Channel Futures keeps you informed of the latest industry research impacting channel firms and supplier businesses.
Talk about jumping on a crowded bandwagon. When International Data Corp. unveiled its MarketScape study of the managed print services (MPS) market, Xerox, Hewlett-Packard and Lexmark each claimed MPS victories. The IDC MarketScape study reminds MSPmentor of Gartner Inc.’s Magic Quadrant for Managed Print Services Worldwide. Each time new study results surface, multiple technology companies stand […]
How are enterprises evolving their information management strategies? A recent Coleman Parkes Research study, organized by Hewlett-Packard, may offer some answers. The study included over 500 interviews with top-level business and technology executives from enterprise companies around the world. Each company has at least 1,000 employees.
Fair’s fair, and after giving Google time to explain its cloud channel play, how could I refuse when Senior Director of Microsoft Online Services Tom Rizzo came to San Francisco and offered the same kind of insight into Microsoft Office 365? In the course of our discussion, which included some new security updates, there was […]
Cisco Systems has launched OnPlus, a cloud-delivered service designed to give VARs and other channel pros a way to manage and assess their customers’ networks. Cisco sees this as an expansion of its Partner Led Sales initiative, as it helps its channel partners grow their business with a new managed service offering. The way it […]
Cloud integrator Appirio is making good on its intent to grow globally with the acquisition of European cloud service provider Saaspoint — its fourth such purchase in 2011, and one that’s going to help Appirio investor Salesforce.com fulfill its goal of expanding its channel presence in EMEA. In the official press release, Appirio repeatedly mentioned […]
Microsoft has expanded its Windows Azure PaaS partner advisory council yet again with the announcement that custom cloud application developer Neudesic would be joining the Azure Circle program. Much like previous circle entrant Nimbo, Neudesic is claiming to have plenty of experience in developing cloud solutions designed to meet specific customer needs, all hosted from […]
SnapLogic, the self-described “cloud connection company,” has announced its integration platform now supports Orchestra Networks’ smartdatagovernance.com, billed as the first cloud-based master data management (MDM) solution. In the official press release, SnapLogic promotes smartdatagovernance.com (these names are killing me) as enabling customers to “quickly and easily establish a single source of truth about their company’s […]
Cloud integrator Appirio has announced a new Social Enterprise Toolkit designed to help customers connect new applications with existing social networks. In plainer terms, Appirio has released a set of 20-plus tools to help bring its customers closer with Salesforce Chatter, Facebook, Twitter and the rest of the social web while still meeting their specific […]
Last week was a painful one for me. First, I took a polite hit from Brendan Cosgrove, director of social media and community at Kaseya. Then, I took a few lumps from Nick Bock, CEO of Five Nines Technology Group, an MSP in Lincoln, Neb. In public forums and in private meetings, Cosgrove, Bock and […]
It’s a new chapter in an old story. First, some resellers became VARs. Then some VARs became managed services providers (MSPs). Now, a group of consulting firms and software companies (players like ChannelCloud, Level Cloud, PointClickWork and OS33) are striving to help MSPs become cloud services providers (CSPs) and cloud integrators. The trend was front-and-center […]
The managed print services market will grow 20 percent annually from 2010 through 2015, growing the total market opportunity to about $78 billion, predicts Photizo Group, which closely tracks the MPS market. MSPmentor is always a bit wary of market research. But generally speaking, MSPmentor believes managed print services remains a growth opportunity for MSPs. […]
Cloud service provider and integrator Model Metrics is claiming it’s seen a sixfold rise in demand for mobile cloud solutions, with “hundreds” of customer projects focusing on SaaS applications for tablets and smartphones. In terms of Model Metrics’ portfolio, the provider offers the aforementioned custom-tailored mobile app development, with a general focus around providing customers […]
A recent study conducted by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the IT industry, finds that companies using IT managed services are seeing significant cost savings. But I’ve got to wonder: Are managed services really about cost savings — or is the real benefit predictable business operations for both the customer and the MSP?
According to the CompTIA study:
The Dell Boomi AtomSphere integration cloud, focused on helping medium-to-large customers and the channel pros that serve them integrate their SaaS applications with on-premises deployments, has gotten its fall 2011 update, bringing new features targeted at boosting simplicity. What’s new? Expanded intelligence for suggesting deployment maps/functions, integrated business views and additional dashboards. But perhaps most intriguing for […]