Microsoft partner RedPixie has launched into the asset-management world, spinning out a new intellectual property company based on blockchain that it claims will "revolutionise" the industry.
Backed by Microsoft Azure, Nimbrix will offer a SaaS platform which it claims is the first cloud-based asset-management platform.
It says the solution is so impressive that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella himself held one-to-one meetings with Nimbrix and RedPixie president Simon Bullers. Get him.
Channel partners who don't know their tweets from their tags are in trouble. That's according to Cisco's chief marketing officer Karen Walker, who at Cisco's Partner Summit in San Francisco urged the channel to embrace digital marketing - comparing it to oxygen.
She said big TV commercial campaigns are a thing of the past, and channel partners of all sizes can make a big noise online through social media, videos and search.
"If you think about your own buying experiences as a consumer - whether it's Airbnb, Uber - it's a fantastic, simple service and experience," Walker gushed. "The business buyer is going to expect that same simplicity. By 2020, a buyer will come to you for the experience [you give them] versus the product or the price."
Microsoft launched its Teams product at an event in New York earlier this month, with the work chat solution set to take on Canadian start-up Slack for the market leader spot.
Slack quickly picked up the gauntlet thrown down by Microsoft by publishing an open letter to its new competition, coincidentally in the New York Times.
In a somewhat passive aggressive manner, Slack subtly accused Microsoft of copying it - or building "something just like" its own offering - while also jabbing at Microsoft for having "the same way of thinking" and warning that "all this is harder than it looks." Fight! Fight! Fight!
Apple's new MacBook launch was met with mediocre reviews from the channel, with some claiming the vendor is being out-innovated by Microsoft.
Just days earlier Microsoft launched its range of new Surface laptops, with one partner saying that Microsoft is "absolutely" winning the battle with Apple.
Analysts claimed to be underwhelmed by the new MacBooks, with some ruing the lack of a "more radical" overhaul. The MacBook Pro is the thinnest and lightest ever, according to Apple, but while the casing is smaller, the price is bigger.
The entry-level MacBook Pro starts at £1,449 and doesn't even have the Touch Bar Apple was raving about.
$270,000 (£218,000) would just about get you a small flat somewhere in the Home Counties these days. That's the amount of profit from operations Insight EMEA made in Q3, down a whopping 74 per cent annually. This was on sales of $311m which were up six per cent over the same period.
Although EMEA let the side down considerably, it was a prettier picture on a global basis, after the US and APAC businesses both saw a rise in sales and profits. Overall, net profits jumped annually by four per cent to $21.6m, on sales which over the same period rose by the same amount to $1.39bn.
But never mind - $270,000 is not to be sniffed at.
You would hope that after more than four years in operation, people would know what G-Cloud is and what it is for. But apparently that is not the case, and the government has had to publish a blog explaining the differences between the G-Cloud framework and the Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS) framework. There had been some confusion, the government said on the Digital Marketplace blog.
To clarify - G-Cloud is for off-the-shelf cloud services, and Digital Outcomes and Specialists is for digital outcomes and specialists. Obviously.
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