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This month's installment of the channel quiz covers a mix of the old and new, IT partnership trends and distribution, too. Here's a preview of the top news categories:
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Channel Technology: The humble peripheral device has been a channel staple since the early days of VARs, but how about those new-fangled containers? Long-time channel vendor HP is putting a new spin on copiers, while channel newcomer Docker grows a partner program for its technology offerings.
IT Conferences: No month is complete without several industry confabs and September was no exception. HP Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Autotask were among the vendors hosting channel meetings.
Cloud computing: As with most IT services, margins and differentiation are top considerations for channel partners looking to gain a competitive edge.
Partner programs: Channel programs frequently undergo renovation. Tweaks to tiering structures, new or expanded portals, and updated requirements and incentives are among the typical alterations. And then there's the task of melding two programs after a merger.
Distribution: Times may change, but vendors still look to strike an IT partnership or two in the distribution industry to boost channel coverage. They'll be looking at a changing distributor landscape, however.
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