Pax8, which has its own platform for software distribution, has now teamed up with German infrastructure-as-a-service vendor ProfitBricks, and some vendors, including these new ones, are now available on this new platform.
In addition to portfolios that the companies say are highly synergistic and with little overlap, the deal also brings Blue Coat CEO Greg Clark into the vacant Symantec CEO position, which has positive vibes given Clark’s highly successful turn-around of Blue Coat.
Built on top of the Avaya Breeze engagement platform, Oceana is designed to deliver on industry promises of next-gen customer engagement, and while it is much more of an enterprise play than mid-market, should be a useful tool for partners who play in the enterprise space.
New partner initiatives the company is working on include deepening technical and product training in their face-to-face training programs, and developing the concept of being trusted advisors together with partners to their joint clients.
Key elements include Azure becoming Citrix’s preferred cloud platform, and Microsoft Skype for Business now being optimized for the Citrix VDI environment, the only one to receive this preferred treatment.
Citrix’s Canadian country manager Michael Murphy talks about the company’s turnaround, what customers in Canada are looking for, and the new opportunities he sees emerging in Canada for the company and its channel partners.
SAP Anywhere formally launched in the U.S. this week. But while demand for the small business-focused CRM solution is strong, a change in SAP’s SMB applications strategy has led to the Canadian launch being put on hold for now.
SAP Canada is thinking about dropping its one billion dollar threshold defining the direct space to the 500-600 million range, but is emphasizing that the idea wouldn’t be to take more business direct, but to make SAP direct resources available to assist partners in the upper half of the SME space.
SAP Business One is fourth in its category with 1.8 per cent market share globally, but its general manager, Luis Murguia, believes a major organizational change which was quietly implemented in April can help to deliver significant growth.
Other Dell SAP-related initiatives announced at SAPPHIRE NOW included ones around the Internet of Things, cloud blueprints to optimize SAP environments, and a new optimized architecture for SAP Foundation for Health.