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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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.

Synnex CEO: Existing Tech Presents New Opportunities for Channel Partners

Synnex CEO Kevin Murai outlined where the distribution giant will place its focus in the near future this morning at the spring Varnex conference opening session. Among talk of cybersecurity and consumer technology, he focused primarily and predictably on the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing.

The VAR Guy’s Top Trends of 2016

We’ve curated some of the most interesting videos, infographics, news articles and posts from the tech world below. Are you positioned to grab the channel opportunities these trends are revealing? Read on to find out.

New Study Finds Channel Opportunities in IT Challenges

Last week, SolarWinds released the findings of its IT Trends Report 2016: The Hybrid IT Evolution. The study, based on survey data gathered in December 2015 from IT practitioners, managers and directors from a wide range of backgrounds, explores the state of cloud adoption and reveals trends in business IT that the channel can leverage to create opportunity.

Nutanix Poised to Break the Great Tech IPO Freeze of 2016

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) provider Nutanix updated its paperwork with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday, signaling the company may once more be moving forward with plans for an initial public offering (IPO). According to the filing, Nutanix, a leader in the still relatively small pack of players in the startup HCI market, nearly doubled its revenue in the six-month period ending January 31.

Channel Companies Would Do Well to Offer Solutions, Not Services

When a large manufacturing company came to Wisconsin-based Information Technology Professionals asking for help making sense of their big data, the service provider didn’t even have a solid business intelligence (BI) offering in place. That didn’t stop CEO Paul Hager from taking the job, though.

NTT Data Purchases Perot Systems from Dell for $3.05 Billion

The long-rumored acquisition of Dell (DELL) subsidiary Perot Systems by Japanese company NTT Data was finally announced yesterday to the tune of approximately $3.05 billion. The IT consulting asset founded by billionaire and once presidential candidate Ross Perot will significantly increase NTT Data’s North American footprint and strengthen its presence in the healthcare, manufacturing, banking and insurance sectors.

Sirius Computer Solutions to Acquire Force 3, Expand Cybersecurity Offerings

Sirius Computer Solutions, a national IT integrator, yesterday announced it reached an acquisition agreement with network security company Force 3 for an undisclosed amount. The deal will allow Sirius to continue to expand its offerings in cybersecurity, one of the fastest-growing IT spaces. The transaction also grows Sirius’s presence in the Mid-Atlantic region and helps the company gain a firmer foothold in the Federal marketplace.

Security Provider Verizon Enterprise Suffers Data Breach

“With cyber attacks growing in strength and number, it’s harder to avoid becoming a victim,” according to Verizon Enterprise Security Solutions website. Ironically, the company learned this week just how true that is after a data breach resulted in contact information for 1.5 million of its customers being put on sale in an underground cybercrime forum, as reported by KrebsOnSecurity.

CompTIA Names Amy Kardel as 2016-2017 Board of Directors Chair

CompTIA has named IT industry veteran Amy Kardel as its new board chair, where she will work to utilize the industry trade association’s training and certification initiatives to create new employment opportunities within the channel.

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