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DEI focus benefits employees and partners alike

Chloe Cameron, Chief People Officer for EMEA, describes her own role as ‘enabling people to do the greatest work of their lives’ and is responsible for putting the structures into place within the UK to allow Pax8’s employees to be able to provide the best possible service and expertise to business’s partners at scale and speed. As an active member of We are Tech Women, Chloe speaks confidently and expertly on cultural issues and opportunities within the tech sector, as well as the importance of building business culture and working with staff to get the best out of them.

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Tech Channel Ambassadors set to tackle IT skills gap

Ian Kilpatrick, former EVP of Nuvias and the driving force behind the newly established Tech Channel Ambassadors, explains the thinking behind the organisation – a new Community Interest Company (CIC) created to promote the channel IT industry, and to bolster inclusivity in the sector. Tech Channel Ambassadors aims to raise awareness of career opportunities across the IT channel to those in education, those returning to employment, and those looking to change career, including, but not limited to, career opportunities for girls, BAME, disabled, neurodiverse and disadvantaged groups.

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Megaport makes complex networks simple

Mike Jauncey, Channel Director UK & Ireland, Megaport, explains how the company enables the building of secure, scalable, and agile networks in just a few clicks, with one smart and simple platform to manage every connection - allowing customers to provision hybrid cloud, cross-cloud, multicloud, and edge connections all in one place.

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Driving knowledge sharing across the Channel

Patrick Aronson, Chief Marketing Officer and APAC Executive Vice President at Westcon-Comstor, looks at the challenges and opportunities for MSPs and other channel partners around data, as outlined in the company’s recent ‘Bridging the Gap’ research report. Patrick also explains some of the company’s recent data-focused initiatives, including the Partner Insights tool and Tech ConneX.

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Cybersecurity for SMEs - a smart solution

Jamie Akhtar, Co-Founder and CEO at CyberSmart, discusses the importance of cybersecurity solutions developed specifically for the SME market and the benefits they can bring to both the Channel and end users themselves. Jamie also outlines the security challenges he sees ahead, which are potential opportunities for CyberSmart and its partners - to demonstrate the value of their solutions during the cost of living crisis and as a means of addressing both the positive and negative aspects of the impending AI explosion.

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Dealing with IT infrastructure complexity in a hybrid world

Andy Bevan, Head of Propositions and Strategy Consulting at Daisy Corporate Services, discusses recent research findings which reveal that two-thirds of IT leaders say that legacy infrastructure is creating a sustainability nightmare. Andy explores the options available for addressing this problem, with a consumption-based IT infrastructure model the likely solution.

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Remembering how to be sustainable

Richard Eglon, CMO at Nebula, discusses the findings of the company’s latest report: ESG Unwrapped: Building a Sustainable Channel Community, which calls for collaboration, co-opetition and knowledge sharing as crucial ingredients for ESG success. Richard shares some example of how Nebula is benefitting from this new approach as well as offering some advice as to how the Channel more generally can embrace the advantages of ESG.

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What’s on the horizon? N-able provides clarity for the future

John Pagliuca, CEO of N-able, discusses the company’s recently published ‘MSP Horizons Report’, produced in association with Canalys, providing invaluable insights as to the key technologies and business trends which provide both challenges and opportunities for MSPs as they seek to guide their customers through the complexities and uncertainties of digital transformation. The stakes are high!

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SME AI optimism tempered by security concerns

Greg Keller, Co-Founder and CTO of JumpCloud, discusses the findings of the company’s latest report focusing on the SME IT landscape. AI is on the horizon, but there’s some nervousness over how to best manage this opportunity. Security remains the number one SME concern, alongside budgetary and people constraints. Greg explains how SMEs are placing increasing trust in MSPs to help navigate these challenges and opportunities, alongside some advice as to how organisations can help themselves. View the State of IT 2024 Report here: https://jumpcloud.com/resources/q1-2024-it-trends-for-small-and-medium-sized-enterprises-smes

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PAM platform promises positive disruption in the channel

Marcia Dempster, Vice President of Channels Americas and Global MSP at Keeper Security, discusses the company’s Privileged Access Management (PAM) platform, highlighting the ways in which it brings best of breed identity and access management technologies to trusted MSPs and their customers at a time when optimised cybersecurity solutions have never been so important for end users.

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Digital transformation is about much more than infrastructure change

Erik Nicolai, CEO of Workspace365, explains why a successful digital transformation journey is about much more than migrating to the cloud. Workspace365 provides a range of technology solutions which enable truly digital businesses, working with its Channel partners to educate and work alongside end users.

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Master MSP Services make sense for a secure future

Angus Shaw, Sales Director at Brigantia Partners, navigates through the maze of VADs, MSPs and Marketplaces, to explain some of the significant opportunities which await forward-thinking channel organisations as they seek to optimise their cybersecurity solutions portfolios, with the ultimate aim of growing their businesses by helping end users address the seemingly ever-increasing IT security challenges they face.

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A changing Channel landscape for Parallels

Christa Quarles, Alludo CEO, discusses the challenges and opportunities facing the company as it heads into the new year. She’s optimistic that, with increased visibility, Alludo’s compelling solution will attract new customers via the channel partner network.

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MSPs optimistic as to business opportunities

Holly Pateman, SVP Product Marketing at Kaseya, discusses the recent Datto State of the MSP: Trends and Forecasts for 2024 Report, which finds a steady transition of traditional VARs to become MSPs, and also highlights the main challenges and technology growth opportunities for the Channel, which include improving the customer experience, vendor consolidation, self-service, storage and cloud. Overall, MSPs are cautiously optimistic as we head into a new year.

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Help with selecting the right security platform

Piers Wilson, Head of Product Management, Huntsman Security, explains how MSSPs’ needs differ from enterprises when it comes to choosing the right SIEM or security monitoring platform. Visit: https://huntsmansecurity.com

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