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What’s Up This Week: December 19th to December 23rd

Earnings updates from two familiar names, one struggling and the other thriving, plus the biggest day of the year for providers of Santa tracking services are up ahead for the SMB channel this week. By Rich Freeman

As 2016 winds to an end, earnings updates from two well-known vendors and the countdown to Santa’s big ride are the top milestones of the week ahead for the SMB channel.

DTEK60Tuesday, December 20th

  • BlackBerry discloses its most recent quarterly earnings.

Reader ROI: Once heralded for its seamlessly integrated mobile hardware and software, BlackBerry is a smartphone also-ran these days, though it continues to slap its brand on new hardware like the recently released DTEK60 (pictured) via third-party licensing agreements. The company’s strategic shift into software and services, however, is showing signs of momentum, with revenue for those offerings rising 89 percent on a year-over-year basis last quarter.

More recently, BlackBerry announced a strategic deal to build its QNX embedded system software into Ford Motor Company’s vehicles as well as the release of a mobile security platform for the Internet of Things. Today we find out if small steps like that have BlackBerry on the long road back to profitability.

Red Hat CloudWednesday, December 21st

  • Red Hat posts the week’s second major earnings report.

Reader ROI: Yes, Red Hat is still shipping the Linux software that first brought it to the world’s attention, but cloud computing and containers are where it’s heart lies these days. The latest additions to its product line in those areas since it reported 19 percent revenue growth three months ago include a new version of its OpenStack private cloud platform, a new managed edition of its OpenShift platform-as-a-service solution hosted in Google’s cloud, and a container solution for mobile apps. Today’s conference call may help sort out which of the many, many other cloud and container products Red Hat has rolled out in a busy year are especially strategic, and how they’re faring in the marketplace.

Santa TrackerFriday, December 23rd

  • It’s Christmas Eve Eve!

Reader ROI: That’s right, just hours to go before good Saint Nick begins his global journey of gift giving. Anyone wondering when he’s likely to show up with that 24-port switch you asked for can keep track of his progress in real time with the help of one of the many Santa trackers available on the interwebs. The oldest and still probably best known is operated by NORAD, which has been monitoring Santa’s sleigh for fully 61 years, but Google has been on the job for a dozen years now too. Unlike NORAD, moreover, the folks at Google can keep you up to speed on Santa’s whereabouts even when you’re standing on line somewhere with a bunch of gifts you really should have purchased a long time ago.

About the Author

Rich Freeman is ChannelPro's Senior News Editor