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5 Channel Partner Updates: Monday 13 January 2020

Here are five (actually, a bit more…) technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Monday, January 13, 2020. Sip up.

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A. What’s Hot Today

1. M&A - Managed VoIP Services: Digitcom and Algo’s Interconnect Division are merging and also preparing to make more acquisitions, the Canadian IT service providers have confirmed. Financial terms were not disclosed.=

2. M&A - MSP and Web Developer: Atiba Software, a combination MSP and Web software developer, has acquired General Proximity, a custom web development and hosting service provider that supports health care and wellness customers.

3. Talent - Layoffs After Ransomware Attack: CyrusOne, a data center provider, is cutting 55 employees or about 12 percent of its workforce. The cuts come roughly one month after CyrusOne disclosed a ransomware attack that impacted its data centers and six managed services customers. CyrusOne did not disclose whether the layoffs were related to the cyberattack.

4. Softbank Investment Layoffs: Startups and unicorns backed by investment firm Softbank have cut more than 7,000 jobs over the past year, according to Business Insider estimates. Among the companies cutting jobs: Zume Pizza, Oyo, Getaround and WeWo. Critics say Softbank overvalued the companies at multiple funding stages, and perhaps foolishly emphasized growth over a path to profits.

B. Partner Programs and Strategic Alliances

1. Partner Program - Cloud CRM: Copper, a provider of CRM for Google G Suite, has launched its 2020 Partner Ambassador Program, and hired Olga Lykova as global VP of partnerships.

2. All Partner Programs: Search the comprehensive ChannelE2E Partner Program Database here. Also, submit your company information here and your partner program can be listed in the database.

C. Upcoming Technology Conferences

  1. NRF 2020: Retail’s Big Show (January 12-14, New York)
  2. Citrix Summit 2020 (January 13-15, Orlando, Florida)
  3. Auvik Networks Frankly MSP Live (January 14-15, Santa Barbara, California)
  4. TruMethods Schnizzfest 2020 (January 19-21, Orlando, Florida)
  5. Top 50 Technology Events in 2020 for Partners
  6. BonusChannelE2E’s complete event calendar

Got news to share for our morning update? Email me: [email protected].

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.