Top 20 Stories in July: Cisco Layoffs, IBM and Microsoft AI, Google Cloud Program Changes

Meantime, traditional telco partners will learn about Viasat's uncertain future and why Avaya's bankruptcy emergence remains popular.

Craig Galbraith, Editorial Director

August 4, 2023

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Some of the biggest players in channel – and all of tech for that matter – populate our top 20 stories countdown for July.

How’s this for big: Microsoft unveiled its new AI Cloud program that could set the stage for partner programs going forward as artificial intelligence starts to take hold in the channel. Not to be outdone, IBM made its own AI splash by making its Watsonx.AI and data platform available to its partner ecosystem. The technology allows partners to train, tune and distribute models with generative AI and machine learning capabilities.

Furthermore, another powerhouse, Google Cloud says it’s taking its partner program to “new heights” with a flurry of changes.

Beyond the IT and cloud channels, Viasat made a big splash when it acknowledged problems with its recently launched Viasat-3 satellite. The company had just done an interview with Channel Futures about the satellite’s potential and how partners might benefit.

And it wouldn’t be a top 20 without Avaya. The communications giant has a nice little streak going on our countdown as news of its emergence from bankruptcy keeps humming with our audience.

Those are just a handful of the stories that were the most popular on Channel Futures and to our newsletter audience in July. You have a chance to weigh in on our rankings simply by visiting our website or by choosing stories to read in our daily and weekly newsletters. You can sign up for those here.

Our slideshow above offers up our top 20 stories countdown for July. If you missed our top 20 stories from June, you can see that countdown here.

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Craig Galbraith

Editorial Director, Channel Futures

Craig Galbraith is the editorial director for Channel Futures, joining the team in 2008. Before that, he spent more than 11 years as an anchor, reporter and managing editor in television newsrooms in North Dakota and Washington state. Craig is a proud Husky, having graduated from the University of Washington. He makes his home in the Phoenix area.

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