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


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."
Frank Vitagliano on Day One, Hour Seven of His New Gig at Computex
Frank Vitagliano on Day One, Hour Seven of His New Gig at Computex
If there’s one thing Frank Vitagliano knows, it’s how to build successful channel partnerships. For more than 30 years, Vitagliano has worked at the front lines of vendor channel programs at companies like IBM, Juniper and, most recently, Dell.
As Citrix Summit Kicks Off, New Head of Global Channels Lays Out Strategy for ‘Winning Together’
The new head of global channels at Citrix is a familiar face to many. Craig Stillwell is a 17-year veteran with the company, having previously served as vice president of Citrix’s U.S. commercial business the channel head for Citrix in the Americas.
Meet the Channel: Roula Vrsic, SOTI

This week we sat down with Roula Vrsic, chief marketing officer at SOTI, a company that develops enterprise mobility management (EMM) and other mobile security solutions for enterprise businesses.

TVG: What are the top trends in mobility you’re seeing today?

The Year in Cloud 1
The VAR Guy reached out to several cloud experts to see what they thought 2017 would bring in the market. Click through to see their predictions.
2017 Will Tame the Chaos of the UCaaS Market 1
The meteoric rise in applicability and popularity of software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications has resulted in an environment where channel partners scramble to patch together different plug-and-play services.
Intel Makes Further Investments in Self-Driving & Location Technologies
Intel Corp. continues in its efforts to convert its dominance of the PC market into a solid foothold in chips for the automotive market with new products and investments geared toward autonomous cars and devices.

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