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.
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
In a blog entry posted last week — “The big IT job skills squeeze” — I reported on IT staffing shortages as the unemployment rate for IT jobs dips below 3 percent. Well, there’s no news like good news. According to the most recent CompTIA IT Industry Business Confidence Index (ITIBCI) report, IT industry executives continue to express optimism about business prospects.
In its Q2 report, which is based on 305 IT executives’ opinions of the U.S. economy and was conducted in early April, the business confidence index continued its upward climb to 61.3 on a 100-point scale, up slightly from 60.2 in the Q1 report, according to CompTIA.
IT skill shortages can be a double-edge sword for partners.
On one hand, channel partners can exploit IT staffing shortages at potential client sites and find new business opportunities (as mentioned in a recent story on SearchITChannel about new managed security services from Cisco, for example). That’s the good news. Continued »