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In the depths of the August vacation season, news about IT channel partners is a bit harder to find. But there are still signs of life in the form of industry conferences, new market research reports and developments on the technology front. We've scoured the breadth and depth of the channel to come up with this month's news quiz. Here's what we are covering in the current installment:
Market research: IT channel partners are conducting their own market evaluations these days. Recent partner-driven surveys focus on topics including cloud computing and Windows 10 adoption. And one channel partner has formalized its research efforts, dedicating a team of researchers to evaluate startup technology.
Compliance: Rules and regs perhaps rival only death and taxes on the inevitability scale. But it's an important subject for channel partners and their customers. Enforcement is becoming more stringent, particularly in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) arena. But regulatory compliance provides a carrot as well as a stick: Gaining expertise in industry-specific compliance requirements can help a channel partner toward vertical market growth.
Automation: Partners seeking to improve service delivery rely on automated tools to help boost efficiency. A new, managed service provider (MSP)-oriented remote monitoring and management tool debuted this month. Meanwhile, robotic process automation continues to make inroads in the outsourcing sector.
Cloud computing: New market assessments provide additional evidence that security isn't the barrier to cloud adoption it once was. And for IT channel partners that want to assess cloud costs, there's a new tool that compares prices among three public cloud platforms.
Partnering strategy: Discussions around partnering typically focus on the channel-to-vendor relationship. But partner-to-partner interaction is another dimension of the channel ecosystem.
10 correct answers: Channel champion
7-9 correct answers: Channel maven
0-6 correct answers: Learning channel
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