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  • While there's a lot of hype surrounding the bring-your-own-device phenomenon, the rise of BYOD as an officially sanctioned policy is more of a process than an event. A new study found that more than one-fourth of IT professionals said there is limited use of privately owned devices on their networks, but almost a third said their organizations are actively evaluating their BYOD policies. More significantly from the perspective of solution providers in the channel, 25 percent of respondents said their organizations will be increasing their BYOD budgets in the next 12 months, according to the study, which is based on a survey of 1,122 IT pros conducted by the LinkedIn Information Security Community on behalf of Vectra Networks, a malware-detection software provider. The report made it clear that mobile computing is a major IT management challenge that only gets more complex with the introduction of BYOD. That should create a significant amount of demand for outside help from IT service providers. However, that problem doesn't officially exist until the organization admits there's a problem worth allocating IT budget dollars to solve. Take a look at how far BYOD has come and what challenges need addressing.

  • This week's briefs include the addition of McAfee SaaS offerings to Tech Data's Solutions Store and Trend Micro's new capabilities for Microsoft 365 customers.

  • This week's briefs cover Parallels' support of the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Program and more channel news.

  • Avnet Technology Solutions launches a security and networking solutions division in the EMEA to help partners increase opportunities in those markets.

  • This week's briefs cover CommVault's enhanced channel partner program, Tech Data's agreement to offer Cisco Meraki cloud and managed services, and more news

  • This week's briefs cover the announcement of Okta's revamped channel partner program, American Megatrends' channel program, and more news

  • Asigra is offering software-defined data protection as a free download—in a move to help channel partners reduce cloud backup storage costs and deployment time.

  • This week's briefs cover Trend Micro's new global partner program, AppNeta's Application Performance Management partner program for MSPs and more news.

  • As mobile computing becomes a mainstream part of business culture, IT spending on related projects has increased dramatically, according to the findings of a global survey conducted by Aruba Networks of 964 IT professionals. Mobile computing clearly has a role, not just for remote workers, but also in the traditional workplace. That means that for solution providers in the channel, the mobile computing opportunity now goes well beyond the device, given that spending on both WiFi networks and security have gone way up. The survey also makes it apparent that with everyone inside and out of IT recognizing the business value of mobile computing, the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon is here to stay, and businesses are increasingly aware of its benefits and its challenges. While the channel has always found it challenging to be an innate part of the mobile-computing device purchasing process, enough critical mass has been attained that the downstream opportunities mobile computing creates for the channel are too compelling to ignore. Here's a look at key takeaways from the study.

  • A new distribution agreement with Ingram Micro aims to increase the number of partners selling the company's antivirus software and other security products.

  • As business use of smartphones and tablets escalates, demand for mobile-device management (MDM) continues to gain momentum. Internal IT organizations are increasingly gaining control over their mobile computing environments, according to data collected from 15,000 mobile applications tracked by the Fiberlink unit of IBM over 14 months. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of the organizations studied have 25 or more mobile applications under management; they consist of a healthy mix of publicly available and custom apps. As a result, the next big mobile opportunity for the channel could be in the realm of security for solution providers. Security concerns include challenges with remote removal of apps when a device is misplaced, stolen or an employee leaves, and organizations' dependence on legacy approaches to VPNs. Perhaps, most surprising of all, is the fact that Apple clearly dominates when it comes to platforms, but the most popular browser on mobile computing devices is Google Chrome. Channel Insider looks at the study findings.

  • This week's briefs cover the FalconStor and Acolyst federal partner program, DLT's new cloud computing initiative and more news.

  • There are growing concerns over what is being done with the user information collected and where the line should be drawn, a Gartner report found.

  • Today's technology disrupters are turning out to be far more than mere buzzwords. Cloud and mobile revenues are outpacing expectations, and data and analytics are predicted to continue to pick up steam in the next two years, according to technology executives surveyed for KPMG's June 2014 Technology Industry Outlook. Nearly all vendors surveyed foresee revenue increases, and many will step up their mergers and acquisitions plans to access new technologies and expand their customer base, the study findings revealed. "Reflecting the critical importance of positioning their companies for the next wave of emerging technologies, tech leaders cited competitive differentiation and anticipating customer 'wants' as leading innovation drivers," the report said. Additionally, "the tech sector's emphasis is shifting to helping customers apply growing volumes of data, sensor connectivity and predictive analytics to create new business models in consumer and enterprise markets." A total of 100 tech industry executives, primarily C-suite and senior leadership, took part in the KPMG study. Take a look at key findings.

  • This week's briefs cover Core Security's partnership with Axxum, two recent Tech Data distribution agreements, Arrow's deal with SoftLayer, and more news.