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Apr 15

Tech-Focused Investment Firm KKR Buys Ensono Amid M&A Flurry

By | Managed Services News

The new investor plans to drive continued growth for the hybrid IT services provider.

In the latest channel M&A involving private equity, KKR, the global investment firm, is buying Ensono, the big hybrid  IT services provider. KKR is acquiring Ensono from Charlesbank Capital Partners and M/C Partners. The new investment follows multiple years of strong performance by Ensono, including robust growth in 2020.

Ensono services help enterprises manage, optimize and modernize their IT systems across mainframe, cloud and hybrid infrastructure. Ensono itself just last week acquired U.K. consultancy Amido to bolster its cloud-native software engineering capabilities.

Charlesbank and M/C Partners acquired the company in 2015. It rebranded as Ensono in 2016, and since then has grown significantly in terms of new clients and revenue. Blending Ensono with KKR should deepen the company’s technology experience and global resources.

Keep up with the latest channel-impacting mergers and acquisitions in our M&A roundup.
Ensono's Jeff VonDeylen

Ensono’s Jeff VonDeylen

“We have seen tremendous growth over the past few years. This includes our recent acquisition of …  Amido,” Jeff VonDeylen, CEO of Ensono, told Channel Futures. “Being backed by a strong investor like KKR will better equip us to help our clients manage their business-critical IT environments and drive digital transformation projects forward.”

Companies increasingly want to modernize their legacy infrastructure and expand to multicloud environments, VonDeylen added. They are also adopting more innovative technologies and hybrid working models.

“Ensono strives to be a cloud-agnostic partner that can provide tailored solutions that fit the evolving needs of today’s enterprises. KKR will play a significant role in helping us grow our business and help to deliver on that mission.”

The global investment firm is making the investment primarily from its Americas XII Fund. The investment adds to KKR’s experience helping to grow leading global technology businesses. These include GoDaddy, Internet Brands, Epicor, BMC, Optiv, Calabrio and 1-800 Contacts.

 

Apr 15

The Channel Futures DE&I 101 Application Is Open — Apply Now!

By | Managed Services News

The list will recognize industry leaders who are driving diversity, equity and inclusion in the channel.

Welcome to the Channel Futures DE&I 101. This list recognizes individuals from diverse and multicultural backgrounds who are changing the face of the telco/cable and IT industry through their words, actions and leadership.

The need for diversity, equity and inclusion has been acknowledged in the tech industry for many years. But its importance received new attention and emphasis after the events of 2020. And while many tech organizations are launching DE&I programs, it’s the people at the grassroots level who got things started and are keeping the momentum going. These people deserve recognition and a platform within the Channel Futures DE&I community.

The application for the list is open now and will remain open until June 15.

You can self-nominate or submit an application to nominate someone else. The application is open to managers, leaders and individual contributors in the tech channels. This includes those working for vendors, tech suppliers, service providers, MSPs, agents, master agents, solution providers, and IT and telecom consulting firms. Individuals in channel-related organizations that support the industry — analysts, marketing firms and association — are eligible as well.

The Channel Futures editorial team will review all Channel Futures DE&I 101 applications. They will receive input from our advisory boards, the Allies of the Channel Council and other industry members. We will be looking at each applicant’s accomplishments, their efforts to demonstrate the impact of diversity, equity and inclusion on business results and how their words and actions have impacted the industry.

Questions? Contact Buffy Naylor.

Don’t wait! Submit your application today!

Apr 15

Channel Futures Debuts Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board

By | Managed Services News

The 11 founding board members, from all segments of the ICT channel, will provide strategic guidance.

Channel Futures has assembled a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board to help bring issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in the ICT channel to the boardroom. Their goal is to help technology and communications industry leaders meet and exceed the challenges of creating diverse, equitable and inclusive teams and organizations.

The advisory board is the cornerstone of Channel Futures’ DE&I initiative. The board, composed of prominent ICT channel executives, will strategically guide the new Channel Futures Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Network.  The DE&I platform will provide tools for improving organizational performance while boosting team engagement and inclusion. This results in a more positive, productive corporate culture.

Channel Futures’ Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategies for Channel Success workshops feature subject matter experts, keynote speakers, panels and insight focused on improving business results through proactive DE&I management practices. Sign up now for our inaugural (virtual) event on Tues., June 8, from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. EDT.

The founding members of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board include representatives from MSPs, tech and telecom suppliers, agents, master agents, IT vendors and distributors. They have committed to helping this effort with guidance on content, direction and deliverables to the industry.

Informa Tech’s Kelly Danziger

“Channel Futures is here to support the channel community we serve,” said Kelly Danziger, general manager, Informa Tech Channels. “We have an obligation to use our platform to bring the community together. We must share best practices and detail successful business outcomes that a diverse workforce can help create. The online community group, ongoing workshops and live events are venues that welcome and celebrate diversity. They will help business leaders develop more inclusive work environments.”

Scroll through the slideshow above for an introduction to our founding board members.  

Apr 15

AT&T, Comcast, Cisco, Microsoft, 8×8 Unveil New Products, Services

By | Managed Services News

Read about the latest offerings you can sell.

More and more technology vendors are incorporating SASE into their portfolios.

AT&T, Cisco and Comcast joined a number of companies who are tightly integrating security and networking capabilities. More and more customers are demanding products and services that reduce their number of security and networking endpoints, and ensure the success of distributed workers. In many cases, the carrier has teamed up with a security or networking vendor to enable the update.

Vendors enhanced their offerings in a variety of categories in addition to SASE. For example, UCaaS companies announced multiple product updates that will give channel partners new selling opportunities. RingCentral is bolstering its security capabilities with an acquisition, and 8×8 launched an integration with Microsoft Teams. Indeed, Teams integrations featured heavily in the month of March, as companies used Microsoft’s direct routing capabilities. Moreover, Microsoft announced an update of its own pertaining to its massively popular Teams application.

We also covered several IT-oriented news pieces, including IBM‘s cloud satellite and a new Menlo Security feature. Lenovo announced a tool that will help businesses manage their many PCs, and a data protection provider updated its DRaaS solutions.

In news we didn’t include in this gallery, the distributor/master agent Jenne announced a “Rapid Quote” capability for Extreme Networks products. Also, Vartopia added an online module that improves communications between channel partners and vendors.

The slides above feature important news updates from leading suppliers and distributors in the channel. 

Apr 15

Tech-Focused Investment Firm KKR Buys Ensono Amid M&A Flurry

By | Managed Services News

The new investor plans to drive continued growth for the hybrid IT services provider.

In the latest channel M&A involving private equity, KKR, the global investment firm, is buying Ensono, the big hybrid  IT services provider. KKR is acquiring Ensono from Charlesbank Capital Partners and M/C Partners. The new investment follows multiple years of strong performance by Ensono, including robust growth in 2020.

Ensono services help enterprises manage, optimize and modernize their IT systems across mainframe, cloud and hybrid infrastructure. Ensono itself just last week acquired U.K. consultancy Amido to bolster its cloud-native software engineering capabilities.

Charlesbank and M/C Partners acquired the company in 2015. It rebranded as Ensono in 2016, and since then has grown significantly in terms of new clients and revenue. Blending Ensono with KKR should deepen the company’s technology experience and global resources.

Keep up with the latest channel-impacting mergers and acquisitions in our M&A roundup.
Ensono's Jeff VonDeylen

Ensono’s Jeff VonDeylen

“We have seen tremendous growth over the past few years. This includes our recent acquisition of …  Amido,” Jeff VonDeylen, CEO of Ensono, told Channel Futures. “Being backed by a strong investor like KKR will better equip us to help our clients manage their business-critical IT environments and drive digital transformation projects forward.”

Companies increasingly want to modernize their legacy infrastructure and expand to multicloud environments, VonDeylen added. They are also adopting more innovative technologies and hybrid working models.

“Ensono strives to be a cloud-agnostic partner that can provide tailored solutions that fit the evolving needs of today’s enterprises. KKR will play a significant role in helping us grow our business and help to deliver on that mission.”

The global investment firm is making the investment primarily from its Americas XII Fund. The investment adds to KKR’s experience helping to grow leading global technology businesses. These include GoDaddy, Internet Brands, Epicor, BMC, Optiv, Calabrio and 1-800 Contacts.

 

Apr 15

The Channel Futures DE&I 101 Application Is Open — Apply Now!

By | Managed Services News

The list will recognize industry leaders who are driving diversity, equity and inclusion in the channel.

Welcome to the Channel Futures DE&I 101. This list recognizes individuals from diverse and multicultural backgrounds who are changing the face of the telco/cable and IT industry through their words, actions and leadership.

The need for diversity, equity and inclusion has been acknowledged in the tech industry for many years. But its importance received new attention and emphasis after the events of 2020. And while many tech organizations are launching DE&I programs, it’s the people at the grassroots level who got things started and are keeping the momentum going. These people deserve recognition and a platform within the Channel Futures DE&I community.

The application for the list is open now and will remain open until June 15.

You can self-nominate or submit an application to nominate someone else. The application is open to managers, leaders and individual contributors in the tech channels. This includes those working for vendors, tech suppliers, service providers, MSPs, agents, master agents, solution providers, and IT and telecom consulting firms. Individuals in channel-related organizations that support the industry — analysts, marketing firms and association — are eligible as well.

The Channel Futures editorial team will review all Channel Futures DE&I 101 applications. They will receive input from our advisory boards, the Allies of the Channel Council and other industry members. We will be looking at each applicant’s accomplishments, their efforts to demonstrate the impact of diversity, equity and inclusion on business results and how their words and actions have impacted the industry.

Questions? Contact Buffy Naylor.

Don’t wait! Submit your application today!

Apr 15

Channel Futures Debuts Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board

By | Managed Services News

The 11 founding board members, from all segments of the ICT channel, will provide strategic guidance.

Channel Futures has assembled a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board to help bring issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in the ICT channel to the boardroom. Their goal is to help technology and communications industry leaders meet and exceed the challenges of creating diverse, equitable and inclusive teams and organizations.

The advisory board is the cornerstone of Channel Futures’ DE&I initiative. The board, composed of prominent ICT channel executives, will strategically guide the new Channel Futures Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Network.  The DE&I platform will provide tools for improving organizational performance while boosting team engagement and inclusion. This results in a more positive, productive corporate culture.

Channel Futures’ Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategies for Channel Success workshops feature subject matter experts, keynote speakers, panels and insight focused on improving business results through proactive DE&I management practices. Sign up now for our inaugural (virtual) event on Tues., June 8, from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. EDT.

The founding members of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board include representatives from MSPs, tech and telecom suppliers, agents, master agents, IT vendors and distributors. They have committed to helping this effort with guidance on content, direction and deliverables to the industry.

Informa Tech’s Kelly Danziger

“Channel Futures is here to support the channel community we serve,” said Kelly Danziger, general manager, Informa Tech Channels. “We have an obligation to use our platform to bring the community together. We must share best practices and detail successful business outcomes that a diverse workforce can help create. The online community group, ongoing workshops and live events are venues that welcome and celebrate diversity. They will help business leaders develop more inclusive work environments.”

Scroll through the slideshow above for an introduction to our founding board members.  

Apr 15

AT&T, Comcast, Cisco, Microsoft, 8×8 Unveil New Products, Services

By | Managed Services News

Read about the latest offerings you can sell.

More and more technology vendors are incorporating SASE into their portfolios.

AT&T, Cisco and Comcast joined a number of companies who are tightly integrating security and networking capabilities. More and more customers are demanding products and services that reduce their number of security and networking endpoints, and ensure the success of distributed workers. In many cases, the carrier has teamed up with a security or networking vendor to enable the update.

Vendors enhanced their offerings in a variety of categories in addition to SASE. For example, UCaaS companies announced multiple product updates that will give channel partners new selling opportunities. RingCentral is bolstering its security capabilities with an acquisition, and 8×8 launched an integration with Microsoft Teams. Indeed, Teams integrations featured heavily in the month of March, as companies used Microsoft’s direct routing capabilities. Moreover, Microsoft announced an update of its own pertaining to its massively popular Teams application.

We also covered several IT-oriented news pieces, including IBM‘s cloud satellite and a new Menlo Security feature. Lenovo announced a tool that will help businesses manage their many PCs, and a data protection provider updated its DRaaS solutions.

In news we didn’t include in this gallery, the distributor/master agent Jenne announced a “Rapid Quote” capability for Extreme Networks products. Also, Vartopia added an online module that improves communications between channel partners and vendors.

The slides above feature important news updates from leading suppliers and distributors in the channel. 

Apr 15

Intel Appoints Dawn Jones Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

By | Managed Services News

The 24-year Intel veteran will also serve as vice president of social impact.

Intel's Dawn Jones

Intel’s Dawn Jones

Intel has appointed Dawn Jones as chief diversity and inclusion officer (CDIO) and vice president of social impact. Jones is a 24-year Intel veteran. She will lead the company’s global diversity and inclusion strategy. In addition, she will direct its investments and programs driving positive global impact. This includes prioritizing cross-company and industrywide initiatives to achieve Intel’s ambitious 10-year 2030 RISE Strategy.

Intel’s RISE Strategy expands the company’s corporate responsibility strategy to increase the scale of work with others to create a more responsible, inclusive and sustainable world, enabled through technology and their collective actions.

Since January 2021, Jones has served as acting CDIO after the departure of Barbara Whye. Before that, she served as global director of policy, strategy and partnerships. She was she was responsible for Intel’s diversity and inclusion policy, strategy, communications, external alliances and stakeholder engagement. Jones’ philosophy that leadership is driven from any seat has propelled her at Intel from administrative assistant to public affairs manager of community and education investments to acting CDIO.

A New Chapter

“Today starts a new chapter in our collective journey to create a more diverse, inclusive and responsible workplace, industry and world,” said Jones. “I look forward to partnering across Intel and our industry to accelerate action on our most pressing issues, from persistent gaps in women and underrepresented minority leadership and systemic inequities to sustainability and inclusiveness.”

Channel Futures’ Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategies for Channel Success workshops feature subject matter experts, keynote speakers, panels and insight focused on improving business results through proactive DE&I management practices. Sign up now for our inaugural (virtual) event on Tues., June 8, from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. EDT.

Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Arizona State University. She earned a master’s degree in communications management from Syracuse University. She will report to Sandra Rivera, Intel’s executive vice president and chief people officer.

“Dawn Jones is a leading advocate of actionable change who has demonstrated deep expertise and experience leading diversity initiatives on a global scale,” said Rivera. “Her experience inside and outside of Intel will enable her to lead this critical component of Intel’s business and global impact strategy to create innovative solutions through the advancement of diversity, inclusion and corporate responsibility at every level in our company and the broader industry.”

Engineering the Future

In January, Intel appointed Pat Gelsinger as its new CEO. Gelsinger, a 40-year industry veteran and former VMware CEO, replaced Bob Swan. Gelsinger started his career at Intel and spent 30 years there.

As soon as he took over on Feb. 15, Gelsinger began outlining priorities for the company’s ambitious “Engineering the Future” growth plan. The plan’s goal is to restore the company’s leadership in semiconductor production.

In March, Gelsinger announced that the popular Intel Developer Forum (IDF) would return this coming October in a new form. IDF was discontinued four years ago.

Apr 15

Tech-Focused Investment Firm KKR Buys Ensono Amid M&A Flurry

By | Managed Services News

The new investor plans to drive continued growth for the hybrid IT services provider.

In the latest channel M&A involving private equity, KKR, the global investment firm, is buying Ensono, the big hybrid  IT services provider. KKR is acquiring Ensono from Charlesbank Capital Partners and M/C Partners. The new investment follows multiple years of strong performance by Ensono, including robust growth in 2020.

Ensono services help enterprises manage, optimize and modernize their IT systems across mainframe, cloud and hybrid infrastructure. Ensono itself just last week acquired U.K. consultancy Amido to bolster its cloud-native software engineering capabilities.

Charlesbank and M/C Partners acquired the company in 2015. It rebranded as Ensono in 2016, and since then has grown significantly in terms of new clients and revenue. Blending Ensono with KKR should deepen the company’s technology experience and global resources.

Keep up with the latest channel-impacting mergers and acquisitions in our M&A roundup.
Ensono's Jeff VonDeylen

Ensono’s Jeff VonDeylen

“We have seen tremendous growth over the past few years. This includes our recent acquisition of …  Amido,” Jeff VonDeylen, CEO of Ensono, told Channel Futures. “Being backed by a strong investor like KKR will better equip us to help our clients manage their business-critical IT environments and drive digital transformation projects forward.”

Companies increasingly want to modernize their legacy infrastructure and expand to multicloud environments, VonDeylen added. They are also adopting more innovative technologies and hybrid working models.

“Ensono strives to be a cloud-agnostic partner that can provide tailored solutions that fit the evolving needs of today’s enterprises. KKR will play a significant role in helping us grow our business and help to deliver on that mission.”

The global investment firm is making the investment primarily from its Americas XII Fund. The investment adds to KKR’s experience helping to grow leading global technology businesses. These include GoDaddy, Internet Brands, Epicor, BMC, Optiv, Calabrio and 1-800 Contacts.

 

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