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August 19, 2014  10:40 PM

Promised Cisco VIP program changes on schedule

Lynn Haber Lynn Haber Profile: Lynn Haber
Certifications, Cisco, Cisco certifications

As promised by Edison Peres, senior vice president for worldwide channels at Cisco, at the vendor’s partner summit in March, Cisco yesterday rolled out the Cisco Value Incentive Program (VIP) 24, a partner incentive program with a long history at the company.

Out with the complex VIP 23 program and in with the VIP 24, Robb Berger, director of worldwide partner incentives at Cisco, wrote in a recent blog post.

The latest VIP program is designed to align better with the vendor’s architectural strategy and continues to focus on new market trends and business models, he said, while pointing out some key program elements.

For starters, the Borderless Networks track has been broken out into two tracks — Enterprise Networks and Security — each of which is broken out further into subtracks.

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August 13, 2014  5:53 PM

Dell survey highlights GRC management concerns

Lynn Haber Lynn Haber Profile: Lynn Haber
Compliance, Dell, Governance, grc, Information security, IT risk

Last month, SearchITChannel ran a story about Dell’s mission to build out a robust security software portfolio and attract specialized security-focused partners. Software, in general, is an area that Dell wants to grow with partners.

A couple of days ago, Dell released the findings of a survey of more than 200 technology professionals responsible for governance, risk and compliance (GRC) management at companies with more than 2,000 employees in the healthcare, retail and financial service sectors. The findings revealed a significant level of fear and lack of confidence among these IT professionals.

For savvy channel partners where there’s complexity and challenges for customers, there’s business opportunity.

A few findings from the Dell Software-commissioned survey: Continued »


August 12, 2014  4:18 PM

On Office 365 and Yammer for partners

Lynn Haber Lynn Haber Profile: Lynn Haber
Microsoft, Microsoft Office 365, Social networks, Yammer

Microsoft officially moved the Yammer team into its Office 365 organization at the end of July, about two years after it acquired the company, and the vendor continues to advance the enterprise social networking platform as a premier collaboration tool at full speed. Yammer is already an integral part of Office 365.

So it’s no wonder that Microsoft encourages partners to connect to the US Partner Community on Yammer, where other partners and Microsoft sales, marketing and product experts can be found. You can use it to understand how your customers can benefit from Yammer.

In a recent US Partner Blog post, Josh Condie, Microsoft partner technology strategist with small and midsize business and distribution, talked about the value partners have reaped by joining the Office 365 Partner Community on Yammer.

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July 29, 2014  8:22 PM

Kaspersky Lab survey reveals security opportunities for partners

Lynn Haber Lynn Haber Profile: Lynn Haber
Enterprise Security, IT security risks, Kaspersky, Server virtualization, VDI, Virtualization security, Virtualized Environments

By Lynn Haber

If a lack of awareness about IT solutions equals opportunity for savvy partners, then Kaspersky Lab’s recently released survey results highlight a healthy opportunity for channel partners that have expertise in virtualization security.

In the “Global IT Security Risks Survey 2014 — Virtualization” survey from Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, Kaspersky Lab found that despite the prevalence of virtualized environments in organizations worldwide, one in four IT professionals acknowledged that they don’t know what their options are for virtualization security.

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July 23, 2014  7:18 PM

EMC adds new search, customizable dashboard to partner portal

Lynn Haber Lynn Haber Profile: Lynn Haber
Channel partners, EMC

In just a couple of days, the new EMC Partner Portal will go live and include new functionality making easier for partners to do business with the vendor by consolidating and simplifying the design, according to the company.

Improvements that began rolling out in 2013 will come to fruition after July 25 and include a new robust search and filtering tool, customizable dashboard, and interactive content. At that time, EMC will retire Powerlink.

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July 7, 2014  6:22 PM

IT simplification with the help of third-party service providers

Lynn Haber Lynn Haber Profile: Lynn Haber
IDC, IT systems, Managed Services, Managed services providers

Migrating to third-party service providers and/or the cloud is one step in IDC’s simplification road map for organizations mired by complexity.

According to a recent IDC white paper, “Simplifying IT to Drive Better Business Outcomes and Improved ROI: Introducing the IT Complexity Index,” which was sponsored by Oracle, reducing IT complexity leads to better business outcomes.

For channel partners that work with businesses mired in a cycle of complexity, the message is that IT simplification initiatives not only save customers money but improve user expectations, improve operations and improve services delivery to end users, increasing their innovation and productivity.

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June 18, 2014  9:49 PM

Hurry up and hire that applicant

Lynn Haber Lynn Haber Profile: Lynn Haber
IT hiring, IT staffing

For channel partners growing their business, it may help to get a feel for which way the wind is blowing when it comes to market demand and supply for IT professionals.

That’s where recent figures from Dice, a career site for technology and engineering professionals, could help.

According to the latest semi-annual hiring survey by Dice, the job outlook for technology professionals looks pretty good, despite a slight dip in numbers from earlier in the year. Continued »


June 13, 2014  10:12 PM

More women in the channel?

Lynn Haber Lynn Haber Profile: Lynn Haber
STEM

With high school graduations wrapping up and the focus on careers ahead, the hope that more women will join the ranks of IT technology professionals and, for some, find a place in the IT channel is still tepid, at best.

Not withstanding a recent Forbes magazine article, “The Most Powerful Women in Tech 2014″ — which listed familiar names such as Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook; Virginia Rometty, chairman, president and CEO of IBM; Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard; Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo; Sara Cats, co-president and chief financial officer of Oracle; and Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox — the gap between the number of women and number of men earning bachelor degrees in computer science grew between 2002 and 2012. According to the National Science Foundation, the number of women earning those degrees in 2002, 13,690, dropped to 8,730 in 2012, whereas the number of men earning those degrees in 2002, 36,016, rose in 2012 to 39,230. And, women leave technology companies at twice the rate of men.

And, let’s not forget that we’re talking about the small percentage of women who swam against the tide in grade school to pursue science and technology studies in college.

If we look at why women leave their tech jobs, it may better help us understand why the field isn’t attractive for them in the first place. Continued »


June 3, 2014  7:01 PM

CompTIA report sheds light on U.S. mobility adoption

Lynn Haber Lynn Haber Profile: Lynn Haber
Channel, CompTIA

IDC Corp. has said that every major IT player will make big investments in third platform solutions, those built around social, mobility, cloud and big data. Gartner says that these technologies are the fuel for the digital workplace. Channel partners have been getting an earful from their vendor partners about the need to rethink their business strategy as the industry transitions to the third platform.

Today, CompTIA released research findings about the adoption of and challenges around mobile technologies in the workplace. CompTIA’s Third Annual Trends in Enterprise Mobility study, conducted in March among 400 business and IT executives in the U.S., offers customer insight to help partners shape their mobility practices.

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May 20, 2014  9:53 PM

Pew Research: What the Internet of Things will look like

Lynn Haber Lynn Haber Profile: Lynn Haber
Channel, Internet of Things

The volume of talk around the Internet of Things (IoT) has been on the rise for at least the past year. It seems like every vendor is explaining it, touting it and advising channel partners to get onboard for the umpteen opportunities that are there for those who do.

Well, a recent survey offers some perspective on the IoT.

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