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5 Channel Partner Updates: Thursday 30 August 2018

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10. Salesforce Momentum: Salesforce revenue grew 27 percent to almost $3.3 billion in the company’s second quarter, according to new Co-CEO Keith Block. The company is on track to reach a target $23 billion in revenue for Fiscal Year 2022, he indicated. Still, shares fell slightly in pre-market trading on Thursday morning amid investor questions about the company’s profits and marketing costs.

9. Zendesk Conference: Zendesk Relate 2018, the help desk and IT service management software company’s annual user conference, is confirmed for November.

8. Tech Data Quarterly Results: Tech Data’s net sales were $8.9 billion for fiscal Q2 2019, up 10 percent compared to the prior-year quarter, the distributor disclosed this morning. Net income was $75.9 million, compared to $47.5 million in the prior-year quarter. Tech Data’s stock fell about 12 percent on the news because the earnings fell a bit short of Wall Street’s expectations. Still, revenues were about $160 million ahead of Wall Street’s predictions, SeekingAlpha says.

7. Funding – Enterprise Storage: Distributed file system and object storage provider Cloudian has raised $94 million in a Series E funding. Key investors include Digital Alpha, Eight Roads Ventures, Goldman Sachs, INCJ, JPIC (Japan Post Investment Corporation), NTT DOCOMO Ventures and WS (Wilson Sonsini) Investments.

6. M&A – Sage Partners: BCS ProSoft is acquiring Steward Consulting Inc. (SCI); the deal unites two of Sage’s top U.S. consulting partners.

5. M&A – MSPs Part One: AdEPT has acquired Shift F7 Group, uniting two MSPs in the United Kingdom. AdEPT is an MSP that specializes n unified communications, connectivity and voice solution. Shift F7 Group specializes in IT services for the commercial sector. We’ll share more details later today.

4. M&A – MSPs Part Two: Full-service technology provider Powernet and managed IT services provider Maxis360 are merging. The company are very familiar with one another, and have had a cross-selling relationship since 2016. The combined company will continue as Powernet under the leadership of CEO Alli Stevens. Key focus areas include voice, data, WiFi and IT managed services. We’ll share more details soon.

3. M&A – Rural Broadband, Voice Services: Mega Broadband Investments (MBI) has acquired Northland Communications, a Seattle-based provider of broadband, television and voice services to residential and business customers in rural markets in the Southeast, Texas, and the Northwest. MBI is backed by private equity firm GTCR in partnership with CEO Phil Spencer.

2. Small Business Health Insurance: How will the small business health insurance market evolve? Here are some potential clues.

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