The Channel Happy Hour

The Channel Happy Hour
A weekly podcast discussing the Tech Channel 1 Shot VAR - 1 Shot Vodka - 1 Shot Vendor - 1 Shot Reality - Shake Vigorously Channel Happy Hour podcast with Brett Martin and Mike Vizard. The major IT news of the day will be analyzed from a unique channel perspective. Where there’s mystery there’s profit. Incumbent vendors like to focus most of their efforts on legacy technologies. But these days IT is all about disruption. End users are driving adoption of innovative new technologies at unprecedented rates. That creates an opportunity for channel partners to add products and services to their portfolio much earlier in their lifecycle. That’s important cause the earlier a channel partner gets engaged; the more money there is to be made.
Jan 18 • 20 min
This week we discuss: Rumors that Tianjin Tianhai plans to sell Ingram Micro to Synnex are false Tech Data is making the case for solution providers to rely more on distributors to deliver “meat and potatoes” IT services Spectre and Meltdown are proving…
Jan 11 • 16 min
This week we talk about: Lexmark has hired Lenovo veteran Sammy Kinlaw as VP, worldwide channel and OEM sales. Synnex President And CEO Kevin Murai is Retiring and being replaced by COO Dennis Polk. VMware has confirmed that it has laid off a small…
Channel Happy Hour - Episode 76
Jan 5 • 17 min
Number 1. The IT talent shortage. Number 2. Business Leaders to Hold Solution Providers More Accountable for Outcomes Number 3. IoT Goes Big(ger) Number 4. Real-Time Computing Comes to the Fore Number 5. The Ever-Shrinking Private Cloud Number 6.…
Dec 27, 2017 • 22 min
CompTIA Buys AITP Tech Data Acquires Avnet Technology Solutions HPE Expands it Storage Capabilities With Nimble, Simplivity Deals Datto Merges with Autotask Sirius Buys Forsythe - November Rise of Influencer Channel Programs Rise of Kubernetes Rise of…
Channel Happy Hour - Episode 74
Dec 20, 2017 • 17 min
-Ingram Micro Acquires Cloud Harmonics -Tech Data as launched a Technology-as-a-Service (TaaS) program. -Kaspersky Lab’s has Sued U.S. Department Of Homeland Security -Yet another security breach -Dell is making some partner Program Changes.…
Dec 15, 2017 • 15 min
We discuss the channel news of the week: Reuters reports The White House said Wednesday the U.S. government needs a major overhaul of information technology systems. The Linux Foundation is gearing up to make the OpenContrail SDN from Juniper Networks an…
Dec 9, 2017 • 18 min
We discuss the channel news of the week: Thoma Bravo is acquiring Barracuda Networks for $1.6 billion in cash. KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2017 The AWS Reseller Program will now be renamed the AWS Solution Provider Program. VMware is trying to drive NSX…
Nov 27, 2017 • 18 min
The Channel Happy Hour returns after a 4 year absence. Did you miss us?