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IN THIS ISSUE:
November 2016
Where Should Solution Providers Place Their Unified Communications Bets?
By Mark Haranas
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The unified communications world as you have known it is changing quickly. The move to the cloud isn't just disrupting UC technologies, but the vendor landscape itself, with research firm Gartner expecting more consolidation as the enterprise UC market continues to mature.

With legacy industry veterans like Polycom being acquired by Siris Capital Group, while Avaya and ShoreTel hire financial advisors to explore new ways of finding new revenue streams -- which could include selling the company or specific assets – channel partners are left in the middle wondering what their next move should be.


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CRN TECH TRENDS
What lies ahead? That's an evergreen question in the technology industry. And this being a presidential election year, talk of the future has already begun after this month's election of Donald Trump.

Solution providers are already speculating about what Trump might do for business once he takes office in January. They also have their eye on what lies around the corner in IT, especially the growing Internet of Things and how communications technology – which once centered around telecommunications giants – will be delivered.
c In our list of CRN.com stories below, read about that, along with other news that will – or could – impact the channel landscape.

Security
Security Experts: IoT Will Be Biggest Threat Of The Next Decade
Cloud
Cisco's AWS Retreat: The Long Road From Public Cloud Disrupter To Multi And Hybrid Cloud Leader
Channel News
NWN Steps Up 'Phone Company Of Future' March With Acquisition of Cisco Contact Center Superstar Collabramind
Networking
Cloud Networking Player GTT Communications Has Its Eye On The Channel
Storage
NetApp Intros New Hybrid Services To Make Connecting Storage To Cloud Easier
 
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Salesforce Releases Overhauled Channel-Building Platform
Here's Who Made Gartner's 2016 Magic Quadrant For Distributed File Systems And Object Storage
10 Hot Tech Products For SMBs
Blockchain Technology And IoT: What It Is And How It's Driving Development Of New Smart Systems
Lenovo Channel Chief Kinlaw On Evolution Of PC Market, Data Center Battle With Dell EMC And HPE
 

 

COMPTIA RESOURCES
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Celebrate IT Pro Day 2016
Introducing our first annual IT Pro Day virtual event; scheduled for December 7. CompTIA and a diverse panel of industry experts invite you and your technical staff to experience four informative and educational one-hour sessions covering hot topics based on infrastructure, development, security and data – all for free and from the comfort of your home or office.
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RESOURCE
AWIT Career Resource Center
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GIVE BACK
ChannelChiefs Giving Circle
MORE COMPTIA RESOURCES
Planning: Looking Back at a Productive and Inspiring 2016
Diversity: Make Tech Her Story
Training: 2016 Fall/Winter IT Channel Training Catalog
Research: CompTIA's Sixth Annual State of the Channel study
 
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PARTNER BUZZ
"I am excited because I think there is going to be some tax relief and hopefully fewer regulations going forward. ... I am hoping this is going to make it easier to do business and bring some fun back to doing business."
~ Rick Chernick, CEO of Camera Corner Connecting Point of Green Bay, Wis., on the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.

"Trump scares me. ... He has a bad combination of enormous ego and the lack of any true experience and knowledge as to what it really takes to get things done. .. I can't picture Trump running anything. He just can't see out of his shadow."
~ CEO of large national solution provider, who did not want to be identified, on Trump's election.
 
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