Our first pre-release peek at Microsoft Dynamics 365, a date with EOL destiny for other Microsoft products, conferences by The ASCII Group and SMB Nation, and a landmark day in the history of a programing language still going strong at 60 are all part of the week ahead for the SMB channel.
Monday, October 10th
- It’s Columbus Day!
Reader ROI: Unless you live in Oregon or Alaska, where it’s basically just Monday. In fact, though Americans have been commemorating Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World locally as far back as 1792 and at the federal level since 1937, Columbus Day is known as Discoverers’ Day in Hawaii, Native Americans’ Day in South Dakota, and Dìa de la Raza (Day of the Race) in many parts of Latin America. It also happens to coincide with Canada’s Thanksgiving Day. Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!
Tuesday, October 11th
- Microsoft gives the world a first look at Dynamics 365.
Reader ROI: Announced early in July and discussed in Satya Nadella’s keynote speech at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference the following week, Dynamics 365 is a new and still forthcoming cloud service offering mix-and-match business apps for sales, finance, operations, customer service, and other functions from both Microsoft and its partners. Today at 2:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time, Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, will host live demos of the new offering and discuss its role in Microsoft’s larger cloud computing roadmap.
- Microsoft ends support for several of its products.
Reader ROI: Ah, the cycle of (digital) life. New products like Dynamics 365 are born and old products like Windows Storage Server 2003, Windows Storage Server 2003 R2, Dynamics AX 4.0, and System Center Reporting Manager 2006 lose extended support, meaning no more security updates or access to technical support. A whole passel of service packs, mostly for Visual Studio 2013, EOL today too, while a shorter list of mostly lesser products slips from mainstream to extended support.
- Barracuda Networks reports earnings for the second quarter of its 2017 fiscal year.
Reader ROI: Barracuda’s share price, which had dropped more than 60 percent in the 12 months prior to its last quarterly earnings report in July, are up over 53 percent since then, thanks to revenue and earnings per share results way above analyst estimates. The company has been busy the last three months, rolling out a new cloud-ready NextGen firewall, an updated edition of its Barracuda Backup line, and a free Office 365 email threat scanning system. Today is when partners and investors learn whether all of that activity reflects a broader, continued resurgence for the security and data protection vendor.
Wednesday, October 12th
Reader ROI: Free to users of Marketopia’s outsourced sales and marketing services for VARs and MSPs, the first annual 4U2GROW event will provide in-depth guidance on lead generation, branding, closing deals, and more. Attendees will also have access to a technology expo hall and two opportunities to earn CompTIA’s Executive Certificate in IT Security.
Thursday, October 13th
- The ninth and final ASCII IT SMB Success Summit of the year gets underway in Newport, R.I. It concludes tomorrow.
Reader ROI: Following the best practices discussions, sponsor presentations, and keynote speech by Kenneth Feinberg, former director of the federal government’s September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and author of the book What is Life Worth?, The ASCII Group will award the coveted ASCII Cup for 2016 to the vendor that received the most awards from ASCII event attendees over the course of the year.
- The SMB Nation Tour de Cloud roadshow reaches Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Reader ROI: Assuming Hurricane Matthew hasn’t gotten in the way, the one-day show will offer a deep dive on Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Windows to channel pros from the greater Miami region, as well as presentations by representatives of SkyKick, Trend Micro, Webroot, and other event sponsors.
Friday, October 14th
- It’s Fortran’s birthday!
Reader ROI: Well, almost. Tomorrow will be the 60th anniversary of the publication of the first Fortran programmer’s reference manual. Developed in the 1950s for use with the IBM 704 mainframe, the “automatic coding language” has been in continuous use ever since. Indeed, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel, and Oracle all still offer Fortran compilers, an open source version of the programming language is available online, and NASA had a job opening as recently as last year for a developer capable of maintaining the Fortran code that runs the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft. Our guess is Fortran will still be spry at 70.