Six Channel Partner Blogs The VAR Guy Didn’t Write: May 14
The VAR Guy has a few more business calls today, then he plans to actually focus on something called a “weekend.” But before our resident blogger checks out, here are six channel partner-related blog entries The VAR Guy didn’t have a chance to write for the week ending May 14.
7. Dead Again: SMB Nation says Microsoft has officially buried its Response Point VoIP product line. The VAR Guy is hardly surprised, considering Microsoft killed Response Point development in mid-2009. Kudos to SMB Nation for getting the official death notice out to readers.
6. Distribution Leadership: Effective immediately, Tech Data has named Pete Peterson senior VP, U.S. Sales. Also, Joe Quaglia, senior VP of U.S. marketing, has expanded responsibilities for all Tech Data U.S. marketing operations and vendor partnerships; and Chuck Bartlett has been promoted to VP and general manager, Advanced Infrastructure Solutions. Hmmm… The reminds The VAR Guy: It’s time for our resident blogger to pursue a raise.
5. Vendor Peer Groups: Arlin Sorensen, founder of HTG Peer Groups for VARs and MSPs, is developing a peer group format for channel vendors. Sources say channel-centric software and hardware companies will join the peer group to share best practices with one another. More details expected in a few weeks.
4. Drying Out, And Changing Dates: 1nService, an organization spanning nearly 40 VARs, has shifted its partner meeting from soggy Nashville (where conference centers are flooded) to Washington, D.C. (where lots of hot air prevents floods). The D.C. event is scheduled for Oct. 11-13. The VAR Guy is trying to see if he can make the trip.
3. A Direct Insult?: Symantec has announced a hosted endpoint protection solution. Plenty of solutions providers told The VAR Guy they were interested in the offering — until they saw the bottom of a Symantec web page that promoted direct sales.
2. Going Google: The search giant is putting a bright spotlight on happy Google Apps resellers. Upbeat partners include LTech, according to this blog entry. Now here’s a tongue-in-cheek question: How can you compete with Google’s mind share when Google can search engine optimize all of their happy resellers?
1. Check the Headline: This is a top six list, so there is no number one. The VAR Guy, as loyal readers know, never plays by the rules. Especially when it’s nearly time to unplug for the weekend.
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