Profound disagreements within a party or alliance can sometimes lead to a schism that threatens to split it in two.
No, CRN hasn't gone all political and started talking about Jeremy Corbyn - we're actually referring to an internal split within the Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) that has led to the formation of a rival alliance, the Technology Channels Alliance (TCA).
Westcoast (whose founder, Joe Hemani, is pictured right), Exertis and Italy-based Esprinet left the GTDC, arguing it leaves local outfits at a disadvantage, and have clubbed together to spearhead an EMEA-focused group.
GTDC CEO Tim Curran took a veiled swipe back in a blog post, saying his organisation had been misconstrued as catering to ‘global' distributors despite actually having more regional members.
An attempt by Microsoft to get down with the kids backfired spectacularly after a pitiful email it sent to interns was leaked on Twitter.
The infamous missive, from a Microsoft University recruiter called ‘Kim', got off to a bad start by addressing its recipients as ‘BAE INTERNS'. It then promised to ply them with "hella noms and lots of dranks' at an after-party in San Francisco.
HELL YES TO GETTING LIT ON A MONDAY NIGHT, the email concluded. Make ours a quadruple shot of cringe, Kimberly.
"We are going to miss his singing. Wherever he is in the world, Phil can be guaranteed to produce a guitar from somewhere."
Logicalis' Chris Gabriel was among the Cisco partners to pay tribute to the channel - and musical - achievements of Phil Smith during his reign as UK CEO. Smith is one of two top vendor bosses heading for the exit doors alongside Microsoft UK CEO Michel Van der Bel, who will be succeeded by former Vodafone consumer boss Cindy Rose on 1 November.
With Microsoft also announcing new global and UK channel chieftans, and Avnet swapping CEOs, it would be easier to say who hasn't changed jobs this week than has.
Public sector tenders may be much maligned by many IT suppliers, but at least they always offer the taxpayer best value by driving down price, right?
Wrong, according to Crown Commercial Service, which has raised concerns that bids are being rigged by suppliers, artificially inflating the price schools, hospitals and other public services pay for their goods.
The government agency has also created a handy e-learning module to help public sector buyers spot signs that bids are secretly colluding on which of them will win a tender.
Looking at the price and asking if it seems suspiciously high seems like a good place to start to us.
Anyone who thought wearing smart eyewear in public makes them edgy was dealt a cruel blow after research concluded that hype around wearable technology peaked in 2014/15.
According to IDTechEx, the wearable tech market will increase more than five-fold over the next ten years, from $30bn to $140bn.
However, hype around the technology is now beginning to wane, IDTechEx warned, adding that the focus is now shifting to sub-sectors such as virtual reality or mixed reality.
So to summarise, in a couple of years we will all be wearing smartwatches and fitness trackers, but by then they'll be about as passé as Friends Reunited or Alex Garland novels.
IT security catfights
The term ‘collaboration' is very much in vogue in the IT security industry as vendors desperately try to show customers they can work together in the common interest to thwart cyber-threats.
But two IT security vendors definitely not feeling that spirit of fraternity right now are Sophos and start-up endpoint security vendor Cylance.
A war of words between the duo erupted after Sophos posted a video that showed its rival's CylanceProtect solution performing quite poorly against malware and its own solution performing well. Cylance hit back in a blog post about a "legacy AV vendor" which it says obtained its product to "purposely hobble it". It claims its key features were disabled in the video.
In the words of Justin Timberlake, ‘Where is the Love', guys?.
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