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ChannelPro Weekly Podcast is an audio program for channel professionals, focusing on topics of interest as related to the recent week in news, as well as other information, guest interviews, and more.

ChannelPro Weekly Podcast is an audio program for channel professionals, focusing on topics of interest as related to the recent week in news, as well as other information, guest interviews, and more.
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ChannelPro Weekly Podcast is an audio program for channel professionals, focusing on topics of interest as related to the recent week in news, as well as other information, guest interviews, and more.




ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #072 - Partnered with a Partner's Partner

Wondering how many different senses of “partner” we can fit in a single sentence? No? Well listen in anyway as Matt and Rich discuss a new MSSP partner program from SonicWall, a video archiving solution for law enforcement from StorageCraft, Epson’s cool digital signage projector, selling out to private equity, hiring older workers, and laptop-friendly monitors. Oh, and the answer to the question is “three.” We think. Subscribe to ChannelPro Weekly! Look for us in your favorite podcast...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #071 - Count Those Zeroes!

Rallying after a humiliating interview recording mistake (you’ll have to listen for the unfortunate details), Matt and Rich explore Kaseya’s big integration announcement with IT Glue, the free money SYNNEX is handing out for mobile activations, SolarWinds MSP’s new single sign-on functionality, D&H’s plan for century number two, an if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it USB hub from D-Link, and more. They also have a lot of trouble—even with the assistance of a calculator—trying to translate...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #070 - Bathing in Maple Syrup

No news is good news, right? Find out for yourself in this more or less news-free edition of ChannelPro Weekly, in which your hosts spend their time discussing best practices for scaling a managed services practice, cashing in on infrastructure as a service, a GDPR security solution from RapidFire Tools, gaming joysticks old and new, and much more. It may not be quite as good as coating yourself in maple syrup, but it’s close. Subscribe to ChannelPro Weekly! Look for us in your...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #069 - Channel Ninjas!

Matt and Rich were just itching to share the excitement at this week’s ChannelPro SMB Forum event in Dallas, so they recorded an interview with Marketopia CEO Terry Hedden live and onsite at the show. They’d play it for you too, but can't thanks to an on-site techical glitch (but they'll try again in May!). They still have a full show otherwise, like discussing Kaseya’s new appliance-based BDR solution, Cisco’s alliances with D&H and Tech Data, HP’s hardware for healthcare, Secure Now! CEO...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #068 - Hyper Makes Everything Better

Hyperconverged! Hyperscale! Doesn’t everything sound better with “hyper” in front of it? Ponder that thought while listening to Matt and Rich discuss HP’s hyper-unexpected decision to become an Apple distributor, Cytracom’s hyper-interesting addition of analytics and automation capabilities to its VoIP platform, and TeamViewer’s hyper-first Americas partner program. Then settle in for a conversation about a guy suing for Microsoft for $600 million over a bad Windows upgrade, a review of a...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #067 - Putting Your Business in Shirley's Hands

Surely you jest! Matt and Rich are talking about SonicWall’s innovative new zero-day defense, Intermedia’s new UCaaS solution, VIPRE getting acquired by J2 Global, and the ChannelPro 2018 State of the Channel Survey? And they have an interview with Herve Tardy of Eaton and a storage system tech pick from Lenovo on top of that? Yes, and don’t call me Shirley. Subscribe to ChannelPro Weekly! Look for us in your favorite podcast app. If you don't see us (yet) then you can subscribe via...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #066 - Dogs and Cats Living Together

It’s getting crazy out there, folks, and Matt and Rich can prove it. See what we mean as they guide you through the latest from ConnectWise and its newly acquired HTG unit; SonicWall and its newly expanded firewall lineup; Sophos and its newly updated Intercept X product; Kaseya and its newly patched security vulnerability; and Windows 10’s newly achieved status in place of Windows 7 atop the desktop OS heap. Then stick around for a chat about IT ethics, a visit with what’s arguably the...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #065 - Dollars to Donuts

ChannelPro Weekly is back for season two, and it’s bigger and better than ever! No, really, take it from Matt and Rich. They’ll tell you so themselves. Then they’ll chew over IBM’s big push into the SMB space, a new IoT management solution from TeamViewer, and ConnectWise’s acquisition earlier this month of HTG Peer Groups. That’s followed by chatter about ChannelPro’s 2018 tech industry preview article, an interesting new security vendor named ID Agent, some portable scanners, excerpts...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #064 - Absolutely NOT a Linux Distro

Joined on air for the very first time by ChannelPro managing editor Colleen Frye, Matt and Rich explore what the appearance of the first Windows 10 laptops bearing ARM-based Qualcomm processors means for Microsoft, Qualcomm, and Intel alike before exploring some selections from avid bibliophile Colleen’s recently created ChannelPro Book Club. That’s followed by a discussion of why carefully setting customer expectations matters so much, a holiday-themed look at how “bundle stuffers” can...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #063 - Our Gross-est Show Yet!

It’s All-Stars time! As in time to meet the winners of this year’s ChannelPro All-Star awards. Matt and Rich will introduce you to them, too, but only after walking you through news items involving Ingram Micro and Barracuda Networks. Then it’s on to a stimulating and sobering conversation about the security-related rules of the road every MSP should know about with business technology attorney and recently added ChannelPro blogger Bradley Gross. He calls them The Three Gross Commandments...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #062 - Thanksgiving Conflabulation

With just hours to go until Turkey Day, Matt and Rich fill your plate with meaty discussions about VMware on Azure, ISL Online’s affordable remote access solution, opportunities in the industrial Internet of Things, the merits of inkjet printers, and more. Then it’s on to dessert in the form of a recorded interview with SolarWinds MSP’s Dave Sobel about some “beyond the roadmap” innovations that may—or may not—be headed to an RMM platform near you some day. We’d call the whole thing a...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #061 - Portal-in-Portal

Back after a three-week hiatus, Matt and Rich get caught up on what happened while they were away, like Datto and Autotask merging, ConnectWise rolling out its new Unite solution, and SolarWinds MSP rolling out a new email security product, cutting the price of its file backup product, and introducing its first “user experience” product. Then they discuss disaster preparedness lessons learned by channel pros during Hurricane Irma, listen to an interview with ConnectWise CEO Arnie Bellini,...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #060 - Welcome to the Uber Uber MSSPMHSP Insurance Era

Matt and Rich are just itching to tell you all about BitTitan’s latest solution update and managed services vision; a detachable workstation from HP that may or may not have a reason for being; the long-awaited return of Microsoft’s Intellimouse; the just announced debut of the new Surface Precision Mouse; a thin, fast, stylish notebook from ASUS; and some recently published research from CompTIA about SaaS channel partners. Not enough? How about some solid gold, can’t miss suggestions on...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #059 - Meet Call That Girl...Not That Call Girl

Back from their globe-trotting adventures in Tokyo, Las Vegas, and Greenville, S.C., Matt and Rich discuss last week’s security product news from Continuum, SYNNEX’s solution-based growth strategy, and some wacky-but-real software error messages. Matt also gives us a glimpse of the exclusive behind-the-scenes look he recently got of the astonishingly harsh testing regimen Lenovo subjects its ThinkPads to, and discusses the new 25th anniversary throwback ThinkPad Lenovo unveiled last...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #058 - Alexa's Fallen and She Can't Get Up

With Matt now returned from his restful family vacation at Disney World, he and Rich are back on the podcast beat with a look at some giant product launches from SonicWall and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, plus the hardware beauty pageant Matt hosts in ChannelPro’s October issue. You’ll also enjoy hear a behind-the-scenes editorial planning session for Matt’s big trip to Japan to celebrate the ThinkPad’s 25th anniversary, followed by a reunion with a very old ThinkPad from Matt’s tech...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #057 - Iguanas in the Ghost Shell

Back after an unscheduled hiatus and glowing with pride over their just-completed SMB Forum event in Long Beach, Calif., Matt and Rich preview ChannelPro's forthcoming October issue and catch up on the latest news from Avast Business and HP before discussing Matt's thoughts on building pint-sized workstations and the channel's laudable efforts to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. That's followed by an appreciative take by Matt on a new keyboard from Logitech and a dip into our...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #056 - Plan 9 from Planet Zeebs

Freshly returned from vacation, Rich is tanned, rested, and ready, not to mention back on the show to discuss news from Webroot, ADTRAN, and Epson with Matt. Your two hosts then dive into some highlights from ChannelPro’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards, some vertical solution insights from Ingram Micro, and some lesser-known but valuable business metrics for MSPs. All of that is followed by a thought-provoking interview with Neal Bradbury of Intronis on the state of the North American...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #055 - Space Seibert 1999

Never fear! With Rich on vacation you'd think Matt would be left to talking to himself into a padded room, but instead managed to rope a special guest for Episode 55! Dave Seibert of ITInnovators, Microsoft MVP, and a whole lot of other things is a long time contributor and friend to the magazine, and often appears on-stage at our live ChannelPro Events. Matt starts by introducing Dave with a little Q&A (like only Matt can give). After a week hiatus, Matt and Dave dive through a whole...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #054 - Unicorns, Leprechauns, and Rainbows

Join your faithful hosts as they discuss Microsoft’s new pay-per-second Azure container service, a significant milestone in the adoption history of Windows 10, and some easy ways to increase the size of your Office 365 deals—before engaging in an extended rant about the sorry state of humanity and near certain doom that awaits us all inspired by a chilling new white paper from Sophos about ransomware-as-a-service. If you haven’t lost all hope for the future by this point, you’ll also hear...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #053 - An AI Named Smartypants

After a quick look at the week’s top headlines, Rich shares some thoughts about his visit last week to the annual meeting of managed services co-op The 20 and Matt shares some thoughts of his own about why QWERTY keyboards are likely to remain the preferred means of getting text into computers indefinitely. That’s followed by a visit to a venerable IBM keyboard from years gone by in Matt’s tech museum, a quick peek at a “clicky but quiet” present day keyboard from CHERRY, and a discussion...


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