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April 11, 2019  3:02 PM

MSP business model moves toward three key staples

John Moore John Moore Profile: John Moore
Business model, Channel, MSP

An ancient agricultural method and the modern MSP business model wouldn't appear to have much in common. Yet there are some interesting parallels between "three sisters" farming, which originated thousands of years ago, and how a number of

April 4, 2019  12:33 PM

Single board computing distributor OKdo debuts

John Moore John Moore Profile: John Moore
Arduino, Channel, Consumer IoT, distribution, electronics, Enterprise IoT, Raspberry Pi

Electrocomponents plc, an electronics distributor based in London, has launched OKdo, a global business that focuses on single board computing and IoT. That focus includes a reseller initiative, but not one populated with the usual channel suspects. Instead of IT


February 15, 2019  10:03 PM

Microsoft partner training offers self-assessment tool

John Moore John Moore Profile: John Moore
Channel, Channel partners, IT training, Microsoft

An important part of education is determining what you need to learn. Microsoft partner training aims to help service providers in that regard, launching a self-assessment tool Feb. 15. The tool, dubbed the Transformation Readiness Assessment, lets partners figure out the "next steps to increase...


November 23, 2018  9:23 PM

Cisco Partner Summit 2018 sets the stage for change

John Moore John Moore Profile: John Moore
Channel, Cisco, Cisco partners, Cloud Computing, Networking, Software

With Cisco Partner Summit 2018 in the books, here are some takeaways from the conference that may shed some light on what Cisco's channel allies can expect over the next few months. Continuing software focus Software has been at the forefront of the Cisco strategy for a while...


August 13, 2018  5:17 PM

Accenture bolsters smart connected products business

John Moore John Moore Profile: John Moore
Channel, Digital transformation, Enterprise IoT, IT Consulting, Manufacturing applications, RFID

Accenture last week scooped up two companies to solidify the product innovation component of its Industry X.0 practice, which aims to help clients develop smart connected products and services. The IT consulting firm acquired Mindtribe, a hardware engineering firm based in San Francisco....


May 18, 2018  1:29 AM

Apple Authorized Service Provider program: ComputerCare’s story

John Moore John Moore Profile: John Moore
Apple, Apple iOS, Channel, Channel partners, computer repair, Support services

What's life like in the Apple Authorized Service Provider program? The example of ComputerCare, a computer repair and IT consulting firm with offices in Santa Clara, Calif. and Seattle, sheds some light on that topic. ComputerCare has been an Apple Authorized Service Provider, or


April 25, 2018  7:56 PM

MSP tools: Virteva consolidates monitoring for better visibility

John Moore John Moore Profile: John Moore
Automation, Channel, IT monitoring, MSP

MSP tools play a pivotal role in a managed service provider's business.  A mix of off-the-shelf and home-grown tools help MSPs deliver services to their customers. Using automated tools to remotely monitor and manage clients' IT assets is really the essence of what an MSP does....


December 22, 2017  5:50 PM

IT channel partners: A look ahead at 2018

John Moore John Moore Profile: John Moore
Channel, Cisco, iot, Marketing, Microsoft

Taking a step back may shed some light on what's ahead next year for IT channel partners. A look at the top Channel Marker blog posts of 2017 -- as measured by page views -- reveals reader interest in next-generation networking, IT security, the internet of things (IoT), data management,...


November 8, 2017  2:44 PM

Three takeaways from Cisco Partner Summit 2017

John Moore John Moore Profile: John Moore
Channel, Cisco, Networking

Cisco Partner Summit 2017 covered a lot of ground before wrapping up last week in Dallas. Here are three takeaways from the channel event: Partners like a consistent strategy Cisco's focus on software and subscription-based offerings remained in force at the partner summit...


July 14, 2017  7:13 PM

Microsoft Inspire: Four takeaways from the company’s partner meetup

John Moore John Moore Profile: John Moore
Azure, Channel, Cloud Computing, Digital transformation, GDPR, Microsoft

Microsoft Inspire, the company’s renamed annual partner conference, concluded this week in Washington, D.C. Here are several things I learned over the course of three days: The Microsoft cloud partner base keeps growing Microsoft says it has some 64,000


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