Category Archives for "Managed Services News"

Sep 21

Latest M&A: HP-Poly, Accenture, Lumen, Rackspace, Thoma Bravo, More

By | Managed Services News

A $3.3 billion acquisition strengthens opportunities for hybrid work. Can you guess which deal?

As our latest M&A edition shows, we observed some of the same trends in August as we did in July. It appears there’s no hitting the brakes when it comes to cybersecurity mergers and acquisitions in particular.

For example, global investment firm KKR has acquired a prominent cybersecurity company with more than 200,000 customers worldwide. It purchased the company from another familiar face in the investment world, Thoma Bravo. This raises another point. Investment firms are as much a part the channel as other organizations.

We selected 18 companies that participated in M&A in August. Some deals got attention for their size, such as HP closing its Poly acquisition. We paid attention to others for their geographic reach. This included Pax8‘s acquisition of Umbrellar, which allows the cloud marketplace provider to expand into New Zealand.

Lastly, we focused on one acquisition across the pond: OpenText is acquiring its British rival, Micro Focus. Unfortunately, Micro Focus is dogged by a number of financial challenges. The bright side is that OpenText may be able to turn things around.

See our slideshow above for all of the latest channel-impacting M&A. Then, if you didn’t catch our previous M&A gallery, you can find it here.

Sep 21

Latest M&A: HP-Poly, Accenture, Lumen, Rackspace, Thoma Bravo, More

By | Managed Services News

A $3.3 billion acquisition strengthens opportunities for hybrid work. Can you guess which deal?

As our latest M&A edition shows, we observed some of the same trends in August as we did in July. It appears there’s no hitting the brakes when it comes to cybersecurity mergers and acquisitions in particular.

For example, global investment firm KKR has acquired a prominent cybersecurity company with more than 200,000 customers worldwide. It purchased the company from another familiar face in the investment world, Thoma Bravo. This raises another point. Investment firms are as much a part the channel as other organizations.

We selected 18 companies that participated in M&A in August. Some deals got attention for their size, such as HP closing its Poly acquisition. We paid attention to others for their geographic reach. This included Pax8‘s acquisition of Umbrellar, which allows the cloud marketplace provider to expand into New Zealand.

Lastly, we focused on one acquisition across the pond: OpenText is acquiring its British rival, Micro Focus. Unfortunately, Micro Focus is dogged by a number of financial challenges. The bright side is that OpenText may be able to turn things around.

See our slideshow above for all of the latest channel-impacting M&A. Then, if you didn’t catch our previous M&A gallery, you can find it here.

Sep 21

Latest M&A: HP-Poly, Accenture, Lumen, Rackspace, Thoma Bravo, More

By | Managed Services News

A $3.3 billion acquisition strengthens opportunities for hybrid work. Can you guess which deal?

As our latest M&A edition shows, we observed some of the same trends in August as we did in July. It appears there’s no hitting the brakes when it comes to cybersecurity mergers and acquisitions in particular.

For example, global investment firm KKR has acquired a prominent cybersecurity company with more than 200,000 customers worldwide. It purchased the company from another familiar face in the investment world, Thoma Bravo. This raises another point. Investment firms are as much a part the channel as other organizations.

We selected 18 companies that participated in M&A in August. Some deals got attention for their size, such as HP closing its Poly acquisition. We paid attention to others for their geographic reach. This included Pax8‘s acquisition of Umbrellar, which allows the cloud marketplace provider to expand into New Zealand.

Lastly, we focused on one acquisition across the pond: OpenText is acquiring its British rival, Micro Focus. Unfortunately, Micro Focus is dogged by a number of financial challenges. The bright side is that OpenText may be able to turn things around.

See our slideshow above for all of the latest channel-impacting M&A. Then, if you didn’t catch our previous M&A gallery, you can find it here.

Sep 20

Latest M&A: HP-Poly, Accenture, Lumen, Rackspace, Thoma Bravo, More

By | Managed Services News

A $3.3 billion acquisition strengthens opportunities for hybrid work. Can you guess which deal?

As our latest M&A edition shows, we observed some of the same trends in August as we did in July. It appears there’s no hitting the brakes when it comes to cybersecurity mergers and acquisitions in particular.

For example, global investment firm KKR has acquired a prominent cybersecurity company with more than 200,000 customers worldwide. It purchased the company from another familiar face in the investment world, Thoma Bravo. This raises another point. Investment firms are as much a part the channel as other organizations.

We selected 18 companies that participated in M&A in August. Some deals got attention for their size, such as HP closing its Poly acquisition. We paid attention to others for their geographic reach. This included Pax8‘s acquisition of Umbrellar, which allows the cloud marketplace provider to expand into New Zealand.

Lastly, we focused on one acquisition across the pond: OpenText is acquiring its British rival, Micro Focus. Unfortunately, Micro Focus is dogged by a number of financial challenges. The bright side is that OpenText may be able to turn things around.

See our slideshow above for all of the latest channel-impacting M&A. Then, if you didn’t catch our previous M&A gallery, you can find it here.

Sep 20

Latest M&A: HP-Poly, Accenture, Lumen, Rackspace, Thoma Bravo, More

By | Managed Services News

A $3.3 billion acquisition strengthens opportunities for hybrid work. Can you guess which deal?

As our latest M&A edition shows, we observed some of the same trends in August as we did in July. It appears there’s no hitting the brakes when it comes to cybersecurity mergers and acquisitions in particular.

For example, global investment firm KKR has acquired a prominent cybersecurity company with more than 200,000 customers worldwide. It purchased the company from another familiar face in the investment world, Thoma Bravo. This raises another point. Investment firms are as much a part the channel as other organizations.

We selected 18 companies that participated in M&A in August. Some deals got attention for their size, such as HP closing its Poly acquisition. We paid attention to others for their geographic reach. This included Pax8‘s acquisition of Umbrellar, which allows the cloud marketplace provider to expand into New Zealand.

Lastly, we focused on one acquisition across the pond: OpenText is acquiring its British rival, Micro Focus. Unfortunately, Micro Focus is dogged by a number of financial challenges. The bright side is that OpenText may be able to turn things around.

See our slideshow above for all of the latest channel-impacting M&A. Then, if you didn’t catch our previous M&A gallery, you can find it here.

Sep 20

Latest M&A: HP-Poly, Accenture, Lumen, Rackspace, Thoma Bravo, More

By | Managed Services News

A $3.3 billion acquisition strengthens opportunities for hybrid work. Can you guess which deal?

As our latest M&A edition shows, we observed some of the same trends in August as we did in July. It appears there’s no hitting the brakes when it comes to cybersecurity mergers and acquisitions in particular.

For example, global investment firm KKR has acquired a prominent cybersecurity company with more than 200,000 customers worldwide. It purchased the company from another familiar face in the investment world, Thoma Bravo. This raises another point. Investment firms are as much a part the channel as other organizations.

We selected 18 companies that participated in M&A in August. Some deals got attention for their size, such as HP closing its Poly acquisition. We paid attention to others for their geographic reach. This included Pax8‘s acquisition of Umbrellar, which allows the cloud marketplace provider to expand into New Zealand.

Lastly, we focused on one acquisition across the pond: OpenText is acquiring its British rival, Micro Focus. Unfortunately, Micro Focus is dogged by a number of financial challenges. The bright side is that OpenText may be able to turn things around.

See our slideshow above for all of the latest channel-impacting M&A. Then, if you didn’t catch our previous M&A gallery, you can find it here.

Sep 20

Latest M&A: HP-Poly, Accenture, Lumen, Rackspace, Thoma Bravo, More

By | Managed Services News

A $3.3 billion acquisition strengthens opportunities for hybrid work. Can you guess which deal?

As our latest M&A edition shows, we observed some of the same trends in August as we did in July. It appears there’s no hitting the brakes when it comes to cybersecurity mergers and acquisitions in particular.

For example, global investment firm KKR has acquired a prominent cybersecurity company with more than 200,000 customers worldwide. It purchased the company from another familiar face in the investment world, Thoma Bravo. This raises another point. Investment firms are as much a part the channel as other organizations.

We selected 18 companies that participated in M&A in August. Some deals got attention for their size, such as HP closing its Poly acquisition. We paid attention to others for their geographic reach. This included Pax8‘s acquisition of Umbrellar, which allows the cloud marketplace provider to expand into New Zealand.

Lastly, we focused on one acquisition across the pond: OpenText is acquiring its British rival, Micro Focus. Unfortunately, Micro Focus is dogged by a number of financial challenges. The bright side is that OpenText may be able to turn things around.

See our slideshow above for all of the latest channel-impacting M&A. Then, if you didn’t catch our previous M&A gallery, you can find it here.

Sep 20

Smartsheet Partners Getting Enhanced Channel Program with Tailored Benefits

By | Managed Services News

Partners have played a critical role in Smartsheet’s growth.

Smartsheet partners are getting an enhanced channel program. The new Smartsheet Aligned program will be available starting in February 2023.

At its 2022 Global Partner Summit, Smartsheet unveiled the new program structure. It will recognize and reward over 800 global partners with tailored benefits. Those will allow partners to differentiate their value-add and promote the investments they’ve made in Smartsheet.

Smartsheet is an enterprise work management platform.

Steve Stewart is Smartsheet‘s global head of channel. He said Smartsheet partners have played a critical role in the growth of the business. They’ve extended its sales and marketing reach, and expanded its professional services capabilities.

Smartsheet's Steve Stewart

Smartsheet’s Steve Stewart

“In fact, annual bookings led by partners has grown to 59% since launching the program three years ago,” he said. “As customer requests for increasingly complex solutions continued to grow, it was imperative that our program evolve and offer enterprise-grade benefits to our partners so they can continue to provide best-in-class service for our customers. With the new structure, Smartsheet Aligned will be significantly more robust and focused on complex solution building than anyone else in the collaborative work management (CWM) market.”

Specialized Paths for Smartsheet Partners

The new Smartsheet Aligned program will provide specialized paths for partners to grow their businesses based on the value they provide Smartsheet customers.

Partners such as Global PMO and Work Bold can earn tiered benefits based on their partnership, performance and capabilities, including:

  • New custom role-based training and solutions certifications, in addition to ongoing sales and technical training.
  • Expanded financial discounts and rebates. In addition, differentiated incentives that provide a competitive market advantage.
  • New marketing and demand-generation resources to raise awareness of their business and drive net new opportunities.
  • Access to technical enablement resources. That includes pre-and post-sales experts to support partners with the delivery of complex Smartsheet solutions.

Sebastian Paasch is managing director at AMX.

“Smartsheet’s world-class partner program coupled with the tremendous growth of the CWM market has helped us quickly grow our business over the past four years,” he said. “From the increased visibility with Smartsheet’s customer base, to the recognition around our investments in their industry-leading platform, I look forward to building on our partnership in the next phase of the Smartsheet Aligned program.”

Sep 20

Latest M&A: HP-Poly, Accenture, Lumen, Rackspace, Thoma Bravo, More

By | Managed Services News

A $3.3 billion acquisition strengthens opportunities for hybrid work. Can you guess which deal?

As our latest M&A edition shows, we observed some of the same trends in August as we did in July. It appears there’s no hitting the brakes when it comes to cybersecurity mergers and acquisitions in particular.

For example, global investment firm KKR has acquired a prominent cybersecurity company with more than 200,000 customers worldwide. It purchased the company from another familiar face in the investment world, Thoma Bravo. This raises another point. Investment firms are as much a part the channel as other organizations.

We selected 18 companies that participated in M&A in August. Some deals got attention for their size, such as HP closing its Poly acquisition. We paid attention to others for their geographic reach. This included Pax8‘s acquisition of Umbrellar, which allows the cloud marketplace provider to expand into New Zealand.

Lastly, we focused on one acquisition across the pond: OpenText is acquiring its British rival, Micro Focus. Unfortunately, Micro Focus is dogged by a number of financial challenges. The bright side is that OpenText may be able to turn things around.

See our slideshow above for all of the latest channel-impacting M&A. Then, if you didn’t catch our previous M&A gallery, you can find it here.

Sep 20

2022 MSP Summit/Channel Partners Leadership Summit Expo Hall Photos, Part 2 – Exhibitors N-Z

By | Managed Services News

Attendees were treated to a full expo hall packed to the gills with top sponsors and exhibitors. This is gallery part 2, N-Z.

The MSP Summit and Channel Partners Leadership Summit boasted a number of excellent keynotes, panels on leadership and growth, and culminated in the MSP 501 awards gala. 

Topics ranged from leadership secrets, to women in tech (highlighting woman-owned MSPs several times), and preparing one’s business for the future. As a result, conference goers came away armed with knowledge to face what’s to come.

The conference also boasted a number of top sponsors and exhibitors. This gallery features booths from companies U-Z. 

See companies A-M here.

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