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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 #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...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #052 - Mr. Rich Goes to Washington

Rich was in our nation’s capital for Microsoft’s Inspire partner conference this week, and he’s got lots (and lots and lots…) to say about the sweeping changes Microsoft has made to its sales and partner organizations, not to mention the new Microsoft 365 software-as-a-service suite. And in case that’s not enough Microsoft chatter for you, you’ll also hear two top executives from cloud-based workflow automation vendor (and big-league Azure partner) Nintex provide an insider’s perspective...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #051 - Activate Interlock!

Despite the fiercest of odds, Matt and Rich somehow keep things interesting for you during one of the slowest news weeks of the IT year, starting with a discussion of some new VDI products from Dell, proceeding to a look at the benefits of selling leased phone systems and unlocked smartphones, and continuing to a review of a new video surveillance recorder from TRENDnet. Then you’ll hear ConnectWise CEO Arnie Bellini describe his company’s ambitious, Lego-inspired architectural vision in...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #050 - Today ChannelPro, Tomorrow the World

It’s a golden anniversary 50th episode party, and you’re invited! Activities include a look at new products from Barracuda Networks and Continuum, a discussion of what the market-leading “MSP of tomorrow” should be thinking about today, a cautionary note about the security risks associated with PowerShell, and a review of ChannelPro’s summer reading list. All of that’s followed by an interview with Darren Gottesmann of Ingram Micro, plus a visit with some 72-pin memory modules from Matt’s...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #049 - Bill & Ed's Excellent Adventure

Now, sadly, a duo instead of part of a trio, Matt and Rich blitz through several weeks of news, including the launch of Datto’s managed power product and partner marketing platform; the much-discussed demo of a Datto VDI solution at DattoCon 2017; Continuum’s acquisition by Thoma Bravo, the same private equity firm that owns competitor SolarWinds MSP; and ConnectWise’s ambitious plan to build a Lego-like customizable management platform for multiple kinds of technology solution...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #048 - For Cecilia

In this special edition of ChannelPro Weekly, Matt, Rich, and ChannelPro publisher Michael Siggins celebrate the meticulous professionalism, boundless generosity, and infectious laugh of their dear and now painfully absent friend Cecilia Galvin. Find out through stories and memories from three of the people who knew her best and worked with her closest exactly what made Cecilia such a special editor and special person. Then hear a mere sampling of the many people from across the worlds of...


ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #047 - Clan of the Chicken

Reunited once more now that Rich is back from vacation, the ChannelPro Weekly crew explore Ingram Micro’s expanded subscription-based purchasing program, Acronis’s blockchain-equipped data protection platform, and the ins and outs of getting started in social media marketing. That’s followed by a discussion of easy add-on revenue opportunities in dictation and voice recognition solutions with Mike Whalen of eDist Business, a look back at a gizmo from Matt’s tech museum that every would-be...


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