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What’s Up This Week: August 1-August 5

Big get-togethers for CompTIA and HTG Peer Group members, product news from SaaSMAX and Intronis, and opening ceremonies for the latest quadrennial gathering of the world’s best athletes—and cyberthieves—are all up ahead for the SMB channel this week. By Rich Freeman

Big CompTIA and HTG Peer Group meetings, product news from leading IT vendors, and the Olympics of cybercrime are all on the SMB channel’s agenda this week.

Monday, August 1st

Reader ROI: We can’t tell you much (or anything, actually) about those products just yet, we’re pretty sure you’ll find them both interesting. Come back to this website later today for complete details.

  • Peyton ManningCompTIA’s 2016 ChannelCon event kicks off in Hollywood, Fla. It runs through Wednesday.

Reader ROI: Today’s agenda, which is heavy on exhibitor presentations, culminates with a late afternoon welcome and keynote presentation by CompTIA president/CEO Todd Thibodeaux and Global Technology Distribution Council CEO Tim Curran. Panels and presentations over the following two days emphasize business and technical skills development, and include appearances by Salesforce customer growth and innovation evangelist Tiffany Bova, Datto CEO Austin McChord, and two-time Super Bowl champ and recent retiree Peyton Manning.

  • Not coincidentally, CompTIA adds two new entries to its library of channel standards, which define business and technical best practices channel pros can use to launch and optimize service offerings.

Reader ROI: Want to know what topics they cover? Come back to the ChannelPro Network site later today and read all about it.

Reader ROI: One of the SMB channel’s most popular peer organizations gathers once more, this time to discuss “performancism,” which you won’t find in any dictionary we know of but probably means exactly what it sounds like. Sessions will focus on building a sales engine and taking time away from work to recharge your inner batteries, among other topics.

Reader ROI: Saturday was actually the first of four days dedicated to training sessions for security professionals. The two-day main event, which includes over 100 presentations by top names in the infosec world, starts Wednesday.

  1. The RetaiNOW conference gets rolling in Grapevine, Texas. It wraps up on Wednesday.

Reader ROI: Hosted by the Retail Solutions Providers Association, RetailNOW (which technically got going yesterday with a golf tournament and multiple welcome receptions) focuses on the point-of-sale market. Speakers include RSPA president Kelly Funk, longtime industry analyst Greg Buzek, and Dallas Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith. Attendees will have access to an expo hall containing dozens of vendors ranging from Ingram Micro and SYNNEX to HP and Oracle to numerous POS-specific hardware and software makers.

Tuesday, August 2nd

Reader ROI: And if you’re one of those partners you’ll definitely want to know about it. Fortunately for you, we’ll have the complete scoop for you right here tomorrow.

  • HTC 10HTC and Seagate report financial results for the calendar year’s second quarter.

Reader ROI: HTC, which saw revenue decline 35 percent in 2015, recorded an even more dire 64 percent year-over-year sales plunge in the first quarter of 2016. Today’s report will reveal whether recently launched products like the HTC 10 smartphone (pictured) and Vive virtual reality device are helping spark a turnaround from that worrying trend.

As for Seagate, today’s earnings report probably comes too soon after the launch of the company’s new 10 TB HDDs and high-capacity M.2 SSD to reveal much about their sales momentum, but should provide clues about how buyers are responding to earlier product releases, including what the superlative-loving folks at Seagate call the world’s first USB-powered desktop storage drive and the world’s slimmest and speediest mobile hard disk drive.

Thursday, August 4th

  • Greg ClarkAcer and Symantec post their most recent quarterly earnings updates.

Reader ROI: Like its Taiwanese peer HTC, Acer had bad news for shareholders in its last financial report. Since then, the company has shipped several premium and budget-priced notebooks, and we should learn today what kind of market reception those new products have been getting.

Symantec, meanwhile, has had a busy three months since announcing its intention to layoff roughly 10 percent of its workforce following a three percent quarterly revenue dip. In June, it acquired cloud security vendor Blue Coat and appointed its CEO, Greg Clark (pictured), to the same post at his new employer, shortly before naming Blue Coat exec Michael Fey president and COO. Clark and Fey get their first shot at articulating a rebound strategy for Symantec during today’s earnings call.

Friday, August 5th

  • Rio Summer OlympicsIt’s opening night for the 2016 Summer Olympics!

Reader ROI: The latest quadrennial celebration of amateur sports will once more draw the world’s finest athletes—and the world’s finest cyberthieves as well. Indeed, there were some 166 million security “events” and a half dozen major attacks during the 2012 summer Olympics in London, according to that event’s organizing committee, and experts believe Rio is in for even worse. “Cybercriminals who worked the London Olympics versus those who’ll be working the Rio Games are like a horse and buggy versus a Ferrari,” said IBM Security’s Caleb Barlow to the New York Post.

That same article reports that security attacks spiked 274 percent in Brazil last year, and cost Brazilian citizen $8 billion in 2014. Meanwhile, a recent study by Kaspersky Lab found that 18 percent of the over 4,500 Wi-Fi networks it studied near Olympic venues had no encryption protection whatsoever, leaving anyone transmitting credit card numbers or other sensitive information with their virtual pants down. Our advice? If you’re headed for Rio, enjoy the games but leave your smartphone safely in the off position.

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