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TechTarget: Benchmark interest rate rises; what's the channel impact?
By John Moore
The Federal Reserve today raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to a range between 0.25% to 0.50% and suggested that gradual increases could follow, moves that will eventually impact channel partners and their customers. The tiny initial rate increase will likely have limited impact on channel businesses. But a steady increase in the rate over the course of next year will ultimately affect a range of partners, from startups looking for loans to established companies seeking funds to expand their operations.
CIO: Cloud adoption soars in regulated industries By Kenneth Corbin
The past year-and-a-half has seen a steep increase in the rate of adoption of cloud computing applications, with some of the biggest movers found in the government and regulated industries. Get to know the new interface, features and shortcuts in Microsoft's latest operating system. That's according to a new study by the cloud security firm Bitglass, which analyzed traffic from some 130,000 organizations in North America and reported a 71 percent surge in cloud usage across the board in the verticals it evaluated. Within the government sector, Bitglass reported a spike of more than 300 percent in the proportion of agencies that have moved to the cloud.
MSPmentor: MSPs: What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?
By Datto Guest Blog
Can you believe it’s December already? While planning for 2016 is in full swing, it’s a great time to reflect on your goals and set the table for success in the new year. A lot of you may be thinking about the following New Year's Eve resolution: to grow your business. That goal may seem broad, but there are some specific steps you can take to achieve it. Let’s walk through these steps by comparing it to a common personal goal: climbing a mountain.
Channelinsider: Big Data to Transform Channel Management
By Michael Vizard
The sharing of transaction information and deal flow in a structured format has long been a cornerstone of the channel. Over the years, vendors have made the sharing of such data a prerequisite for participating in their channel programs. But with the rise of big data analytics applications, vendors will soon begin collecting massive amounts of unstructured data that will be used to give them more insight into not only how end customers perceive a particular channel partner, but also increase actual sales.
ITProPortal: 4 ways to better protect your data from dastards and disasters
By Richard Walters
More than ever, businesses are assessing their vulnerabilities in order to mitigate future breaches and cyber-attacks. As we’ve seen from recent incidents, cyber-attacks can have a devastating impact on both reputation and customer trust. However, as a recent survey has shown, the greatest threat to your business may be lurking within.
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