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Former MSP Enters Next Phase Of Its Transformation As Security Vendor

(NOTE: This story was originally posted to Sept. 14.)

A former managed services provider has found a new and thriving life as a security vendor.

Phalanx Secure – formerly Raven Data Technologies – has launched a reseller program as it moves away away from its MSP roots and leverages its security operations center-as-a-service solution through channel partners.

Partners Applaud First-Ever Joint Partner Program Between HPE, Aruba

(NOTE: This article was originally posted to Sept. 12.)

More opportunites could be headed toward partners of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Aruba Networks after the two vendors unveiled their first-ever joint partner program this week.

Partners cheered the announcement of the program, which will combine the best elements of the Aruba Partner Edge and HPE Partner Ready programs.

Want To Hire The Best? 5 Tips From A Management Consultant

Weeding Out Actors

No matter how extensive their hiring processes are, CEOs still face the risk that they're hiring actors instead of truly great workers.

At XChange 2016, a conference hosted by The Channel Company, IT Best Of Breed's parent company, David Russell talked to solution providers about the best practices for hiring the perfect candidate.

Looking For New Vendors? Meet This Year's Innovation Drivers

(Note: This story was originally posted to Aug. 18.)

It's always important for solution providers to be aware of the up-and-coming IT companies that just might be the big names of tomorrow.

In the IT industry, shattering the status quo is the status quo. While big vendors generate their share of ground-breaking products, startups are a major driver of innovation and are changing the rules of the game.

Partner Profile: Growing MSP Sticks To Its Acquisition Recipe

Karl Bickmore and Randy Crockett came together to open their own IT consulting company in 2009, and like the owners of any new business, they had plans to grow.

Seven years later, their Phoenix-based company – SNAP Tech IT -- employs more than 80 people in four locations across the United States.

But Bickmore (pictured) said the company isn't done growing, nit until it multiplies its client base by 10, mainly through acquisitions. Since its founding, SNAP Tech has acquired four companies.

Talk Back On LinkedIn: Ransomware, ScanSource-Intelisys, Wage Parity

We posted three new discussion threads on IT Best of Breed's LinkedIn page and invite you to comment.

Here they are:

Apple Makes Its Mark For Gender Wage Parity

Apple said recently that its male and female employees in the U.S. are now paid equally, and the announcement won praise from women executives of solution providers. Will this open the door for other technology companies to follow suit?