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Cybersecurity for SMEs - a smart solution

Jamie Akhtar, Co-Founder and CEO at CyberSmart, discusses the importance of cybersecurity solutions developed specifically for the SME market and the benefits they can bring to both the Channel and end users themselves. Jamie also outlines the security challenges he sees ahead, which are potential opportunities for CyberSmart and its partners - to demonstrate the value of their solutions during the cost of living crisis and as a means of addressing both the positive and negative aspects of the impending AI explosion.

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Dealing with IT infrastructure complexity in a hybrid world

Andy Bevan, Head of Propositions and Strategy Consulting at Daisy Corporate Services, discusses recent research findings which reveal that two-thirds of IT leaders say that legacy infrastructure is creating a sustainability nightmare. Andy explores the options available for addressing this problem, with a consumption-based IT infrastructure model the likely solution.

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Remembering how to be sustainable

Richard Eglon, CMO at Nebula, discusses the findings of the company’s latest report: ESG Unwrapped: Building a Sustainable Channel Community, which calls for collaboration, co-opetition and knowledge sharing as crucial ingredients for ESG success. Richard shares some example of how Nebula is benefitting from this new approach as well as offering some advice as to how the Channel more generally can embrace the advantages of ESG.

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What’s on the horizon? N-able provides clarity for the future

John Pagliuca, CEO of N-able, discusses the company’s recently published ‘MSP Horizons Report’, produced in association with Canalys, providing invaluable insights as to the key technologies and business trends which provide both challenges and opportunities for MSPs as they seek to guide their customers through the complexities and uncertainties of digital transformation. The stakes are high!

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SME AI optimism tempered by security concerns

Greg Keller, Co-Founder and CTO of JumpCloud, discusses the findings of the company’s latest report focusing on the SME IT landscape. AI is on the horizon, but there’s some nervousness over how to best manage this opportunity. Security remains the number one SME concern, alongside budgetary and people constraints. Greg explains how SMEs are placing increasing trust in MSPs to help navigate these challenges and opportunities, alongside some advice as to how organisations can help themselves. View the State of IT 2024 Report here: https://jumpcloud.com/resources/q1-2024-it-trends-for-small-and-medium-sized-enterprises-smes

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PAM platform promises positive disruption in the channel

Marcia Dempster, Vice President of Channels Americas and Global MSP at Keeper Security, discusses the company’s Privileged Access Management (PAM) platform, highlighting the ways in which it brings best of breed identity and access management technologies to trusted MSPs and their customers at a time when optimised cybersecurity solutions have never been so important for end users.

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Digital transformation is about much more than infrastructure change

Erik Nicolai, CEO of Workspace365, explains why a successful digital transformation journey is about much more than migrating to the cloud. Workspace365 provides a range of technology solutions which enable truly digital businesses, working with its Channel partners to educate and work alongside end users.

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Master MSP Services make sense for a secure future

Angus Shaw, Sales Director at Brigantia Partners, navigates through the maze of VADs, MSPs and Marketplaces, to explain some of the significant opportunities which await forward-thinking channel organisations as they seek to optimise their cybersecurity solutions portfolios, with the ultimate aim of growing their businesses by helping end users address the seemingly ever-increasing IT security challenges they face.

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A changing Channel landscape for Parallels

Christa Quarles, Alludo CEO, discusses the challenges and opportunities facing the company as it heads into the new year. She’s optimistic that, with increased visibility, Alludo’s compelling solution will attract new customers via the channel partner network.

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MSPs optimistic as to business opportunities

Holly Pateman, SVP Product Marketing at Kaseya, discusses the recent Datto State of the MSP: Trends and Forecasts for 2024 Report, which finds a steady transition of traditional VARs to become MSPs, and also highlights the main challenges and technology growth opportunities for the Channel, which include improving the customer experience, vendor consolidation, self-service, storage and cloud. Overall, MSPs are cautiously optimistic as we head into a new year.

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Help with selecting the right security platform

Piers Wilson, Head of Product Management, Huntsman Security, explains how MSSPs’ needs differ from enterprises when it comes to choosing the right SIEM or security monitoring platform. Visit: https://huntsmansecurity.com

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Time to take seriously Active Directory security?

Guido Grillenmeier, Principal Technologist EMEA at identity security pioneer, Semperis, discusses the company’s recent research which reveals that too many organisations are still failing to address Active Directory security gaps. The good news is that, those who do tackle this problem and engage expert help see a massive improvement in their security posture.

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Making the transition to managed services – the major channel driver

Kunal Kaul, Cisco Managing Director, Partner Managed Services & SP RTM, EMEA, discusses a recent Cisco/Canalys report, which reveals that IT Channel partners anticipate significant growth in 2023, with the main driver being managed services. Technology-wise, the cybersecurity focus remains a major driver, alongside managing IT complexity, the AI opportunity and sustainability.

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The cyber resilient storage imperative

Eric Herzog, CMO at Infinidat, explains why cyber resilience is so important for both enterprise cybersecurity and storage, recommends an action plan for CTOs to both secure their data infrastructure and boost their cyber resilience, and outlines the Infinidat technology solutions developed to support these strategies.

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The importance of delivering the Total Experience

John Hayes-Warren, CEO of Agilitas, discusses the findings of the company’s 2023 Channel Trends report, with customer experience and company culture, combining to provide the Total Experience, as the main priorities for the channel. The report also highlighted the importance of leadership, purpose, alliances, skills and sustainability, as John explains.

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