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The Race to OnBoard the Channel to Third-Party Maintenance

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The Race to OnBoard the Channel to Third-Party Maintenance

Partners Group, the global private markets investment manager, acquires global IT support services provider Systems Maintenance Services ("SMS").

Before you pass by this news, let us quickly remember the fastest-growing channel for third-party maintenance is through commission-based partnerships with the authorized VAR community. More on that, later in this article.

This acquisition will trigger renewed interest in TPM in Europe, a race to acquire growing TPMs, and an avalanche of opportunites for European solution providers.

Founded in 1981, US-based Read more...

Google Daydream VR Platform to Launch this Autumn

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Google Daydream VR Platform to Launch this Autumn

At Google I/O 2016 for developers, Google introduced its Daydream — the next generation of its virtual reality.

Google VP of VR Clay Bavor says Daydream will include “all the ingredients you need to create incredible, immersive VR experiences.”

“Over time Daydream will encompass VR devices in many shapes and sizes. But today is about how Daydream will enable high quality VR on Android smartphones.”

Daydream-- both hardware and software — is an advanced successor to Google Cardboard, the disposable headset standard released two years ago. It Read more...

The Digital Disruption of Money

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The Digital Disruption of Money

If your company sells to financial institutions, you need to know about the upcoming tech disruption of the business of... money.

While the Twitterverse debates whether Craig Wright is the mysterious founder of Bitcoin, Wall Street gathered at Nasdaq for a secret meeting that would make every bank a Bitcoin look-alike.

Bitcoin demonstrates how effectively "blockchain" technology can create a virtual currency. But banks (and the governments that collude with them) can't abide by the anonymity of Bitcoin.  

In the sense that Bitcoin is not suported Read more...

IDdriven: IDaaS for Solution Providers

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IDdriven: IDaaS for Solution Providers

Here's a scary fact for you: a computer security firm polled 4000 employees in the UK, Germany, US and Australia and found about 35% of employees would be willing to sell company data for the right price. 25% said they would sell confidential company data, and risk both their job and criminal convictions for as little as £5000.

That shows why security (and compliance) needs are expanding exponentially worldwide for companies of all sizes.

To fill that need, IDdriven (a California company with Dutch founders and Dutch technology) wants to use the Read more...

Chinese Company Buys Ingram Micro!

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Chinese Company Buys Ingram Micro!

Out of the blue sea, Tianjin Tianhai from China announced it will buy Ingram-Micro, the world's largest technology distributor for $6 billion.

$6 billion for a $46 billion company tells you a lot about the business of high tech distribution. But this story is not about the HOW MUCH but more about the WHO and the WHY. 

Tianjin Tianhai began as a humble marine shipping company and turned itself into a modern logistic industry investor and operator, focusing on investment in logistics, supply chain and management-- and financing service for the Read more...

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