Ingram Micro: Cloud Moves With Salesforce.com, Rackspace?
Call it a healthy hunch. The VAR Guy believes Ingram Micro is preparing to make multiple cloud-related channel moves in the days ahead, and they could involve such partners as Salesforce.com, Rackspace and Microsoft. Here’s the rumor, started by The VAR Guy.
First, let’s state the obvious: Ingram Micro seems to be talking more closely with Microsoft’s BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite) group, which includes such SaaS applications as Exchange Online and SharePoint online.
But our story — um, rumored story — doesn’t end there. Ingram Micro and Salesforce.com have been kicking around channel cloud ideas for quite some time, The VAR Guy hears. Originally our resident blogger thought Salesforce.com would try to counter PSA (professional services automation) software providers like Autotask, ConnectWise and Tigerpaw Software.
But Salesforce.com’s channel ambitions reside elsewhere, The VAR Guy now hears. In particular keep an eye on Force.com, the cloud platform for developing business applications. What if there was a way for VARs and MSPs to profit from those Force.com applications?
Hmmm… perhaps the answer will present itself at the Ingram conference.
Finally, there’s Ingram’s potential relationship with Rackspace. The VAR Guy doesn’t have any educated guesses about that potential partnership. And besides, our resident blogger has already speculated enough in this entry.
The VAR Guy will be sure to offer more details once the Ingram Micro Cloud conference kicks off June 7 in Dallas.