Kris Blackmon

The VAR Guy

Kris Blackmon is the Editor-in-Chief of The VAR Guy. She is responsible for the overall editorial direction of brand, and plays a key role in Penton Technology's annual Channel Directions Live conference, webinars, videos and podcasts. She is based in Dallas, Texas, and can be reached at


FCC Fines Birch for "Cramming" & "Slamming" Customers
The Federal Communications Commission has punished Birch Communications for deceptive marketing and billing practices to the tune of $6.1 million.
Xerox Executes Reverse Merger to Compete in New Digital Landscape
Xerox today has joined the ranks of tech companies like Hewlett Packard trying to survive the Digital Transformation through divestiture and separation of assets.
Meet the Channel: Kevin Souers, Revenew

This week we chatted with Kevin Souers, chief technology officer of Revenew, a digital marketing management platform for the IT channel.

Distribution Watch: 9 Expert Predictions for 2017
Everyone agrees, the Digital Transformation is in full swing. What will that mean for distribution next year?
Meet the Channel: VIncent Hsu, IBM
Meet the Channel: VIncent Hsu, IBM

This week we chatted with Vincent Hsu, vice president of IBM Fellow and CTO for Storage and SDE.

5 Innovations That Will Dominate 2017
Tech innovations come fast and furious these days, as creative thinkers continually find ways to improve even relatively new technology. So it’s hard to define five innovations that will have a breakthrough 2017 in enterprise IT, since it seems they never stop coming.
Dell EMC Reveals New Details of Unified Partner Program
Following president of global channels John Byrne’s pledge at Dell EMC World earlier this year to be as transparent as possible, Dell EMC released further details on how Dell or EMC partners’ current ranking will translate in the new unified program.
Distribution Watch: With New Programs, Avnet Attacks Digital Transformation
2016 has been a tremendously disruptive year for the channel. The Digital Transformation is in full effect as emergent third-platform technologies including cloud, analytics, mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT) come out of the theoretical realm and into practical application.
The VAR Guy's 2016 Gift Guide
Throughout this year, there have been a few things cool things I've experienced that for one reason or another didn't make it to the site--usually because they weren't directly related to channel IT. But it's the holidays, and in the spirit of sharing gift ideas, I've reviewed them for you here.
Channel 2017: Predictions from Kimberly King, Progress Software

How did 2016 fall short of our expectations at the beginning of the year? What trends emerged that were surprises, and what maybe didn't come to the fruition we expected? And with all of the change going on in the channel, what should we expect from 2017?

Arista Wins Big Against Cisco in Federal Court
Arista Networks finally caught a break in its long legal battle against Cisco Systems. A federal court in Northern California denied Cisco’s demand for $335 million in damages and ruled Arista did not infringe a Cisco patent, nor Cisco’s copyright on its user manuals.
Citrix Names New Channel Chief...Again
Citrix Names New Channel Chief...Again
In the revolving door that is the leader of the Citrix channel, Kim Martin is out and Craig Stilwell is in.
9 Things to Expect in DevOps for 2017
9 Things to Expect in DevOps for 2017
The VAR Guy asked three software development experts what they see happening for DevOps in 2017.
Seceon Puts AI to Work for the “Fortune 5 Million”
Cybersecurity firm Seceon today launched a channel partner program for managed security services providers (MSSPs) that service small to mid-size businesses (SMBs).
Microsoft's New Venture Fund Deepens the Company's Commitment to AI
Microsoft announced this week that its venture arm has founded a fund that focuses solely on AI, and that its first investment will be in a startup called Element AI.

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