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Google Doubles Bug Bounty on Chromebook

Google is doubling its bug bounty for Google Chromebook.

Once controversial, bounty programs reward security researchers for reporting the vulnerabilities they find to the vendor rather than publishing the flaws publicly, exploiting the vulnerabilities themselves or selling them on the black market. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on March 16, 2016 at 1:14 PM0 comments

Channel Analyst Bova Leaves Gartner for Salesforce

Tiffani Bova, an influential channel analyst who had the ear of senior Microsoft channel executives, has left Gartner for a newly created evangelism position at Salesforce.com.

Bova's sessions have been a staple of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) for years, and she was a regularly featured speaker at more intimate Microsoft partner gatherings. Microsoft was only one of her many clients, and she presented at dozens of other companies' partner gatherings. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on March 08, 2016 at 8:47 AM0 comments

Workspace-as-a-Service Startup Looking for Beta Partners

Channel entrepreneur and Workspace-as-a-Service expert Michael Fraser is looking for beta partners for a new cloud workspace platform.

The startup is called Infinite Ops Inc., based in Mountlake Terrace, Wash., a suburb of Seattle. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on March 07, 2016 at 7:40 AM0 comments

With Acquisition, LogicNow Puts Dollar Figure on Security Risks

Opening what could be a new market opportunity for managed service providers, LogicNow recently acquired iScan Online Inc.

For now, LogicNow is primarily positioning the acquisition as a play for its IT professional customers. While many technologies perform automated vulnerability scanning, what's interesting about the iScan approach is that it focuses on quantifying the dollar value of at-risk data. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on March 03, 2016 at 12:06 PM0 comments

Buffalo Americas, StorageCraft Team on SMB DR Appliance

Managed service providers serving small-business customers got a new backup and disaster recovery appliance option this month through a partnership between Buffalo Americas and StorageCraft Technology Corp.

The TeraStation StorageCraft Recovery Center 25 is a new joint offering aimed at end-user companies with about 25 employees. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 25, 2016 at 1:56 PM0 comments

SHI Acquires N.C. Microsoft Partner Eastridge

Microsoft's massive licensing partner, SHI International Corp., has acquired the professional services piece of a much smaller Microsoft partner this week to bolster SHI's post-sales services capabilities, especially around Office 365 and other Microsoft cloud products.

The deal for the 18-person professional services division of Winston-Salem, N.C. area-based Eastridge closed on Monday and was announced midweek. The amount that the global technology provider paid for Eastridge wasn't disclosed. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 25, 2016 at 3:52 PM0 comments

Your Turn: What Microsoft Mobile Apps Do You Use?

For the upcoming March issue of RCP, we tried to fill an entire iPhone screen with solid Microsoft business and productivity apps and found more than enough. (The same exercise probably would have worked with an Android phone and Google Play.)

Since putting Word, Excel and PowerPoint onto competitive stores, Microsoft has continued to load those stores with useful apps. To name a few, we found Outlook, Yammer, Skype for Business, Sway, Delver, Power BI, OneNote, Office 365 Admin, OME Viewer, Comp Portal, Dynamics CRM and Groups, among others. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 22, 2016 at 11:34 AM0 comments

What the Ingram Micro Acquisition Means to the Channel

Distribution giant Ingram Micro shook up the channel space this week with the announcement that it was being acquired by a Chinese investment company and folded into the conglomerate HNA Group, based in Hainan.

What does the deal mean for Ingram's channel customers and vendor partners? More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 18, 2016 at 1:14 PM0 comments

Alarm Bells Sound on IT Spending in 2016

Against a backdrop of general warnings about the global economy in the financial sector, IDC is ringing new alarm bells about IT spending for 2016.

In a news release Wednesday, IDC revised its 2016 forecast and projected that worldwide IT spending would post a "major slowdown" in 2016, thanks mostly to economic weakness in emerging markets and smartphone saturation. Overall, IDC expects global IT spending for hardware, software and services to reach $2.3 trillion this calendar year. That's about a 2 percent increase, which is about a third of the roughly 5-6 percent growth in IT spending every year since recovery from the financial crisis. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 17, 2016 at 10:36 AM0 comments

Kaseya Fires a Shot Across the PSA Market's Bow

Kaseya on Tuesday launched the Kaseya Business Management Solution (BMS), which it billed as a generation beyond the current professional services automation (PSA) tools offered by ConnectWise, Autotask and Tigerpaw.

As part of the launch, Kaseya also unveiled a competitive upgrade promotion of one year of free licenses for all ConnectWise, Autotask and Tigerpaw customers. Kaseya is one of the original vendors to managed services providers (MSPs) and comes from the remote monitoring and management (RMM) side of the market. RMM providers typically partner with PSA vendors to offer integrated solutions to MSPs. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 09, 2016 at 5:02 PM0 comments

Partners Scramble as Microsoft Expands FastTrack, Again

Six months after telling partners that Microsoft FastTrack would only offer free cloud migration services to customers with more than 150 seats, Microsoft this week announced that the threshold is now dropping to 50 seats.

Partners contacted by RCP were scrambling to adjust their business models, after having already adapted to a major expansion of the FastTrack program to cover additional products and data migration workloads that was disclosed around the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in July. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 04, 2016 at 3:05 PM0 comments

Microsoft Recalls 2 Million Surface Power Cords

Microsoft is recalling 2.44 million AC power cords for Surface devices sold in the U.S. and Canada due to fire and shock risks.

According to a recall statement published Tuesday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, "Microsoft has received 56 reports of the AC cords overheating and emitting flames and five reports of electrical shocks to consumers." More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 02, 2016 at 1:31 PM0 comments