Kris Blackmon

Kris Blackmon is a technology and business journalist, and a content director at Channel Futures. Based in Dallas, Texas, her areas of expertise include startups, digital operations and marketing, digital transformation, and, of course, the evolving IT channel. She can be reached at

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CompTIA Video Series Provides Cybersecurity Advice from Industry Experts

On average, only 23 percent of organizations are capable of responding effectively to a cyber-incident, and 77 percent have no capability to respond to critical incidents. But the CompTIA IT Security Community is trying to help us all educate ourselves about cyber-risks so that we may become better prepared.

M&A Frenzy Continues in the Channel

The last few days have seen a flurry of acquisition activity in the channel, in particular in the cloud and consulting services arenas. Service providers looking to better position themselves for competitive advantage or acquisition should take note of the trends these deals highlight.

In Tight Tech Market, Investors Choose Quality over Flash

According to analyst firm Gartner, worldwide information security spending reached $76.9 billion in 2015. As businesses of all sizes in all sectors begin to realize their vulnerability to hackers, security spending is expected to grow by well over 100 percent to $170 billion by 2020. But will cybersecurity investments keep pace?

Smart City Spotlight: Dallas

There are a few things that come to most people’s minds when they think of Dallas. Cowboys. Oil money. Barbeque. But the city is also a hotbed of innovation, technology and startups. It’s where tech giants like Texas Instruments and AT&T are headquartered.

A Distributor’s View: Eight IoT Takeaways from SYNNEX

The Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities is a big focus for distribution giant SYNNEX this year. The VAR Guy caught up with some of the company’s key executives to see what’s exciting to them about everything IoT.

Public Transit a Huge Growth Opportunity for the Channel

With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), many new companies are sprouting up to help advance smart cities initiatives. With its multiplicity of platforms, systems, applications and data points, the public transit sector is ripe for the kinds of innovation that IoT can bring.

Womp, Womp: Dell’s SecureWorks IPO Off to a Disappointing Start

The tech sphere has finally seen its first IPO of the year, and true to form in the 2016’s lackluster market, it fell short of expectations. Dell subsidiary SecureWorks (SCWX), a digital security provider, launched its initial public offering on Friday with an asking price of $14 per share, well below its expected price of $15.50 to $17.50 per share. The company sold eight million shares for a total of $112 million Friday, again falling short of its target of nine million.

Network Security

Juniper Unveils New Software-Defined Secure Networks Offerings

Cyber-threats are more sophisticated and their impact greater every day. Security companies must continually evolve their solutions to keep pace, leveraging automated and actionable intelligence to quickly enforce safeguards against breaches.

Earnings Results Reveal Disparity Between Cloud Leaders and Laggards

A number of bellwether tech companies reported quarterly financial earnings this week. When taken as a whole, the results reveal a market in transition. While many companies are enjoying strong growth in their cloud and services arms, their traditional hardware and software businesses continue to struggle.

Lexmark Agrees to Takeover by Chinese Consortium

Global economic uncertainty has led to a stalled tech IPO market and decreased merger and acquisition activity overall, but enterprise IT’s continuing shift to cloud computing and increased customer demands for analytics and as-a-service offerings mean M&A deals in corporate technology are still happening at a healthy rate.

This Week’s Tech Q1 Fiscal Results May Make the Channel Uneasy

It was a tough week for the tech sector as several industry leaders reported results ranging from “meh” to “apocalyptic.” Some trigger-happy analysts are taking the numbers as signs of a major slowdown in tech, but The VAR Guy is more optimistic.

Why a Verizon Bid on Yahoo Makes Sense

Books can—and will—be written on where Marissa Meyer and Yahoo’s leadership went wrong and how they managed to drag a once-great Internet company into irrelevance. Today, all eyes are focused on who will actually be bidding on Yahoo’s core web business.

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