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5 Channel Partner Program and MSP News Updates: 16 November 2021

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Here are five (actually, more) technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Tuesday, November 16, 2021. Sip up.

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A. What’s Brewing Today: Technology News

1. Citrix Layoffs, Company Sale?: The Citrix job cuts come amid speculation that Citrix could be acquired.

2. Investment & IPO - UCaaS: NEC plans to pump $40 million into Intermedia, amid Intermedia's updated IPO plan.

3. Funding - RPA Automation: Mimica, which automates RPA projects, has raised $6 million in Series A funding. RPA is short for Robotic Process Automation.

4. Small Business Credit Program: The U.S. Department of the Treasury has introduced capital program implementation guidance for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Program. The updated program will provide a combined $10 billion to states, the District of Columbia, territories, and Tribal governments to "empower small businesses to access capital needed to invest in job-creating opportunities as the country emerges from the pandemic."

5. MSP - Rackspace Quarterly Results: The multi-cloud MSP announced Q3 2021 financial results. Key metrics to know include:

  • Revenue of $763 million, up 12 percent compared to $682 million in Q3 of 2020.
  • Net loss of $35 million, compared to a net loss of $101 million in Q3 of 2020.

The results, which generally beat Wall Street's expectations, arrive roughly four months after Rackspace announced layoffs amid a growing offshore IT support strategy.

6. MSPs - SaaS Application Security for Microsoft 365: Augmentt has enhanced its SaaS application management platform to help MSPs further secure Microsoft 365.

7. Executive Leadership - Cloud Directory Services: JumpCloud has hired Splunk veteran Scott Engstrom as senior vice president of engineering.

8. Partner Program - Low Code Software: WEBCON, a low-code platform provider for building and managing business process solutions, has launched a channel partner program in North America.

9. Research - Are IT Leaders Overconfident?: This research from Syntax reveals that IT leaders may be overconfident on multiple fronts -- including innovation and security...

B. Channel Partner Summits, MSP Conferences and Virtual Events Calendar

  1. SAP TechEd 2021 (November 16-18, Virtual)
  2. Amazon AWS re:Invent (November 29-December 3, Las Vegas)
  3. SecurityWeekly Unlocked (December 5-8, Orlando, Florida)
  4. Avaya Engage (December 12-16, Orlando, Florida)
  5. Citrix Field Kickoff 2022 (January 10-12, Nashville, Tennessee)
  6. ChannelE2E’s complete event calendar
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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.