Kris Blackmon

Kris
Blackmon
Editor-in-Chief,
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 kris.blackmon@penton.com

 

Articles
How the Digital Transformation is Impacting the Vendor-Partner Relationship
The changing channel is throwing vendors and partners alike for a loop. The market has changed, business models are changing and emerging technology means a near constant reevaluation of product and services offerings.
Is the PC market stabilizing? The latest earnings results may point to a levelin
Quarterly Results Indicate Slowdown of PC Market Meltdown
Is the PC market stabilizing? The latest earnings results may point to a leveling off of the plummeting sales suffered by chipmakers in recent years.
Will These Whiz Bang Wonders Live Up to the Hype?
Will These Whiz Bang Wonders Live Up to the Hype?
When it comes to hyped technology, there is no shortage of emerging trends promising to be big revenue drivers for partners in the coming years. But will these promises live up to the hype?
Meet the Channel: Richard McLeod, BlackBerry

This week, we caught up with Richard McLeod, global vice president of Enterprise Software Channels at BlackBerry (BBRY).

Jim Berkman on the New Channel, Networking and 2017 Predictions 2
Kris Blackmon, editor of The VAR Guy, sat down with Jim Berkman of cPacket Networks to talk about emerging trends, discuss the changing nature of the channel and geek out over the future of augmented reality.
Meet the Channel: Ken Romley, Zift Solutions
Meet the Channel: Ken Romley, Zift Solutions

This week we sat down with Ken Romley, CEO of Zift Solutions, a company that utilizes a custom software as a service (SaaS) platform to help channel partners increase their sales. Romley has worked in the IT industry in various marketing leadership roles and in development for more than 20 years.

New Penton Professional Education Offering Teaches Partners to Raise Capital
Penton Technology's Channel Group, which manages The VAR Guy, MSPmentor, Talkin' Cloud and The WHIR, has announced a new professional development offering designed to help partners finance business growth. "Navigating the Captial Raise Pathway in a Complex IT Landscape" will address the abundance of capital available and why a company needs to be adequately prepared in order to secure a successful financing raise.
Avaya Folds Under $6 Billion Debt Burden, Files Chapter 11
Avaya Folds Under $6 Billion Debt Burden, Files Chapter 11
Telecommunications company Avaya, which has been fighting to keep its head above water under the weight of a $6 billion debt load, today gave up the battle and filed for Chapter 11 as part of its attempt to “restructure its balance sheet.”
CompTIA released its annual IT Industry Outlook report today. Here are 10 top ta
10 Takeaways from CompTIA's IT Industry Outlook 2017
CompTIA released its annual IT Industry Outlook report today. Here are 10 top takeaways.
Meet the Channel: Hmong Vang, Liaison Technologies
This week we spoke with Hmong Vang, senior vice president and chief trust officer at Liaison Technologies, a cloud service provider (CSP) specializing in integration and data management solutions for the enterprise.
Breaking: HPE Acquires HCI Startup Simplivity
Breaking: HPE Acquires HCI Startup Simplivity
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today announced a $650 million acquisition of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) startup SimpliVity. The deal comes after HPE spent much of the last year streamlining its business capabilities, shedding business units that did not align with its emphasis on cloud-based infrastructure, storage and servers.
Cisco Announces New Training to Address Skills Gap in Data
Cisco Systems today announced new training capabilities for IT professionals to address the data analytics and data center skills gap.
Gartner: Global Political Uncertainty Will Slow IT Spending Growth in 2017
Gartner & Forrester: Global Political Uncertainty Will Slow IT Spending Growth in 2017
Analyst firm Gartner has scaled back its 2017 IT spending forecast in light of global political uncertainty that's prompting many tech companies to put a hold on new projects. According to its latest report, Gartner has expects worldwide corporate spending on hardware, software, IT services and telecom to grow by 2.7 percent, down from previous projections of three percent.
Windstream's Proposed SMB Discontinuance of DSL Service Proves Quite Unpopular
Last November, Windstream submitted an FCC application to discontinue DSL services to about 300 small and midsize customers in CLEC territories across 22 states, saying that "The Services arebeing provided on equipment that is at the end of life, it is no longer supported by vendors and replacement would be cost prohibitive."



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