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


The Number One Thing Channel Firms Want From Vendor Partners 2
The rapidly-changing nature of the channel ecosystem is turning every aspect of partners’ businesses upside down, including relationships with vendors.
Report: New Hybrid Security Threats on the Rise
Fresh off the heels of last week’s announcement that it raised an investment of $100 million, security startup Netskope today released its latest cloud report data highlighting a new kind of security threat.
Channel Veteran Jay McBain Dishes on His First Week as a Forrester Analyst
Penton Xpert Jay McBain is starting a new chapter: that of Principle Analyst of Global Channels at research firm Forrester.
In Case You Missed It: This Week in Tech News
We try to stay away from roundups on TVG, but come Friday, there are always a slew of stories we didn't get to mention. Click through to see the top five stories you should read as you head into your weekend.
Michelle Obama at WWDC: "Make Room" for Women in Tech
Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference had a surprise guest this week.
Synnex Acquires Weston-Comstor Americas, Expanding Portfolio of Services
Datatec Ltd announced Tuesday its plans to sell its Westcon-Comstor American operations to Synnex Corp, a deal worth up to $800 million that allows the South African IT firm to offload part of a struggling business.
Report: Short DDoS Attacks Can Have Lasting Security Impact
Short, low-volume DDoS attacks causing only brief service disruptions may be the greatest security threat for businesses, because they can act as a “Trojan Horse” for destructive malware and other attacks, according to research released this week by Corero.
Tech Dominates Top 100 Brands: What It Means for the Channel
The 2017 BrandZ 100 Most Valuable Brands report is out, and it paints a vivid picture of the rapid and drastic disruption digitization is causing in the marketplace.
If Every Company Is a Tech Company, Where Does That Leave Channel Partners?
An oft-repeated phrase when speaking about digital transformation is that every company today is a tech company. So where does that leave the IT channel?
Avaya Networking Biz Saga Ends in Acquisition by Extreme Networks
One chapter of Avaya's long and troubled story may be coming to a close. Extreme Networks has confirmed that it will acquire Avaya's networking business for $100 million.
Why IBM Is Eliminating Remote Workers Despite Millennial Demand for Flexibility 1
Last week, we learned that IBM, an early pioneer of the remote-work concept, is ending the practice for thousands of its employees.
Cisco and IBM Team Up to Fight Cybercrime
In the wake of the WannaCry ransomware attack that crippled systems around the globe earlier this month, two tech giants have joined forces to fight cybervillains.
5 Bits of Wisdom from 2017's Commencement Speeches
Each May, universities send their new graduates off into the world armed with a degree, student loan debt and some wisdom imparted by speakers during commencement.
New Healthcare Debate Causes SMBs to Weigh Bottom-Line Costs against Long-Term Talent Investment
About 23 million people would lose health coverage in the next decade under the proposed Republican legislation aimed at repealing and replacing Obamacare.
What You Can Learn about Business from Cisco’s John Chambers
Cisco's John Chambers admitted that while the company is often criticized for moving too fast, nearly every mistake he’s made has been because he’s moved too slowly.

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