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Tech Data rolls out global mobile business; plus, top-paying certifications

Tech Data this week announced its new global mobile business, Tech Data Mobile Solutions; plus, the 15 highest-paying certifications and more news.

Tech Data mobile goes worldwide

Tech Data Corp. announced this week its new global mobile business, Tech Data Mobile Solutions.

The move deems mobile solutions a strategic worldwide focus for Tech Data as it continues to grow its Tech Data mobile business. Tech Data Mobile is the company’s European business while TDMobility outlines Tech Data’s mobile strategy in the U.S.

Also announced was the appointment of Rod Millar to the new position of senior vice president of Tech Data Mobile Solutions and the promotion of Heather Murray to vice president of Tech Data Mobile Solutions.

Both Millar and Murray have been with the distributor for many years: Millar since 2007 and Murray for about 15 years.

Top-paying certifications for 2014

Skills training is an essential and ongoing must for channel partners. It’s nice to know that some certifications really pay off. Global Knowledge, an IT and business skills training company, recently listed the 15 top-paying certifications for 2014.

Those 15 certifications ranked in order of most to least paying are: Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), all from the independent non-profit global association known as ISACA; Six Sigma Green Belt; the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (PMP); Certified Scrum Master; Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer (CCEE); Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) for Citrix NetScaler; Certified Ethical Hacker; ITIL v3 Foundation; Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) for Citrix XenServer; ITIL Expert Certification; Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA); Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE); and Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) for Citrix XenDesktop.

EMC announces Concierge Services

EMC recently launched a Concierge Services program exclusively available to the vendor’s Americas partners.

According to the vendor, the new services expand to regional area coverage, have more approved marketing vendors to help drive EMC and partner-related marketing campaigns and initiatives, and offer new marketing packages at various price points that are based on today’s marketing reality.

New threat defense system for service providers from Corero

Corero Network Security this week announced Corero SmartWall Threat Defense System (TDS) for service providers.

Part of the vendor’s SmartWall family of products, TDS is designed to help cloud, hosting and Internet service providers (ISPs) protect customers from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and other cyber attacks, according to the company.

The Corero SmartWall TDS functionality is delivered by a family of appliances including Network Threat Defense, Application Threat Defense, Network Forensics and Network Bypass.

Products are available for trial in the first quarter of the year with deployments beginning in the second quarter, according to the vendor.

Cisco rolls out changes to its Value Incentive Program

Cisco this week announced that it added new product SKUs in each of the architecture tracks to Cisco’s long-running Value Incentive Program (VIP) program, which is now in its 23rd consecutive period.

In addition, there's a new Express Security subtrack that provides incentives for small and midsize partners, initially focused on Cisco Welcome Program Partners.

VIP 23 is open for enrollment until March 7 and is required for program participation. The program runs through July 2014. VIP 23 rewards Cisco partners for selling identified current and relevant product SKUs as part of their larger value-based business strategy. 

Dell Software issues best practices for email migration

Based on the findings of a commissioned survey by Dell and conducted by Dimensional Research, "The State of Corporate Email," Dell Software is offering best practices and tools to help companies prepare for and complete successful email migrations.

Some recommended best practices for email migrations to ensure business continuity, both on premises and in the cloud, include:

  • Preparation, including defining your source and target, taking a complete assessment of the organization and preparing everyone for everything
  • Consideration of the cloud
  • Planning for management and compliance
  • Planning for how to handle PST files
  • Choice the right partner


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