Six Channel Partner Blog Entries The VAR Guy Didn’t Write: Jan 14
The VAR Guy is feeling a bit stung this evening. Maybe it’s the cold weather. Maybe it’s lack of sleep. Either way, our resident blogger is in catch-up mode. So here are six channel partner blog entries The VAR Guy didn’t find time to write for the week ending January 14, 2011.
6. They Were Bluffing: Red Hat explored moving from North Carolina to Georgia or Austin, Texas. But let’s be honest: Was Red Hat — on pace to become a $1 billion company — really going to uproot its headquarters and leave a technology hotbed like Research Triangle Park? And let’s not forget: All the colleges in Red Hat’s back yard provide an ample pipeline of low-cost talent. Plus, Red Hat apparently received incentives worth $15 million to stay in North Carolina. The VAR Guy knew they were stickin’ around all along…
5. Heading Into the Boardroom: CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, has named its board of directors for 2011. Bob Godgart, chairman and chief visionary officer of Aututask Corp., was named ComPTIA’s chairman. Chuck Lennon, president of TeamLogic IT, is vice chairman. Robert Stegner, senior vice president, marketing, North America, SYNNEX Corp., also is vice chairman.
The CompTIA Board also includes…
- Nancy K. Hedrick, president and CEO, CSI Technology Outfitters.
- Lester Keizer, CEO, XiloCore.
- Linda Lynch, president, KI Technology Group.
- Kerry McDonough, U.S. director for small business sales, Cisco Systems.
- Michael K. Menegay, CEO, Mobile Armor, Inc., which Trend Micro acquired in November.
- Mike Parrottino, VP, Personal Systems Group Sales and Business Management for HP,
- Fernando Quintero, VP, channel sales and operations for the Americas, McAfee,
- Janet Schijns, VP, Business Solutions Group, Verizon.
- Dan Shapero, senior VP, marketing, Kaseya.
- MJ Shoer, founder, president and virtual chief technology officer, Jenaly Technology Group.
4. We Are Gathered Here Today: Pentaho, the open source business intelligence company, will host its Global Partner Summit on Jan. 19-20 in San Francisco. The VAR Guy expects plenty of channel news.
3. SaaS Channel: Sounds like NetSuite is planning some channel partner moves within the next few weeks. NetSuite had called 2010 the year of the channel in the cloud. But it sounds like 2011 really, really, really is the year of the channel in the cloud.
2. Wither Wintel?: Microsoft and Intel depend less and less on one another — especially as the world shifts to mobile systems and cloud computing. But how’s this for an interesting twist: Intel delivered record earnings for 2010, and Microsoft delivered record sales in its first quarter of 2011. Not bad for two companies facing disruptive competition on multiple fronts.
1. Check the Headline: This is a top six list. Always has been. Always will be. So there is no Number One.
That’s all for now. The VAR Guy — wherever he is at this moment — thanks you for reading.