Kris Blackmon


Kris Blackmon is the Editor-in-Chief of The VAR Guy. She is responsible for the overall editorial direction of brand, and plays a key role in Penton Technology's annual Channel Directions Live conference, webinars, videos and podcasts. She is based in Dallas, Texas.

When Partners Need a Partner: 3 Things to Remember when Outsourcing Business Functions
As a channel partner, you're used to serving as an extension of your customers. Clients come to you either to supplement their IT team or to serve as an external IT department.
The Number One Thing Channel Firms Want From Vendor Partners
The rapidly-changing nature of the channel ecosystem is turning every aspect of partners’ businesses upside down, including relationships with vendors.
Channel Veteran Jay McBain Dishes on His First Week as a Forrester Analyst
Penton Xpert Jay McBain is starting a new chapter: that of Principle Analyst of Global Channels at research firm Forrester.
Michelle Obama at WWDC: "Make Room" for Women in Tech
Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference had a surprise guest this week.
If Every Company Is a Tech Company, Where Does That Leave Channel Partners?
An oft-repeated phrase when speaking about digital transformation is that every company today is a tech company. So where does that leave the IT channel?
Why IBM Is Eliminating Remote Workers Despite Millennial Demand for Flexibility
Last week, we learned that IBM, an early pioneer of the remote-work concept, is ending the practice for thousands of its employees.
Cisco and IBM Team Up to Fight Cybercrime
It’s like the start of a little cyber-Justice League, with Cisco and IBM standing together to defend against hackers and bad actors.
What You Can Learn about Business from Cisco’s John Chambers
Cisco's John Chambers admitted that while the company is often criticized for moving too fast, nearly every mistake he’s made has been because he’s moved too slowly.
CompTIA Unveils New Program to Advance Diversity in Tech
Industry association CompTIA debuted a new diversity program, prompting us to ask how business owners can improve diversity starting today. Here are five ways to start you on your road to inclusion.
Would Indiana Jones Be a Data Scientist in 2017?
Jeff Recor of Grant Thornton is advocating for the channel to focus less on tech and more on soft skills like communicating, active listening, recognizing patterns and problem solving—especially when it comes to big data and analytics.
CompTIA Experts Address Skills Gap at SXSW 2017
It’s estimated that about 800,000 people currently in technology occupations will retire by 2024, according to industry analyst firm CompTIA’s Charles Eaton, and the lack of skilled workers to fill those vacated jobs is a real concern.
How AI is Changing the Future of Customer Acquisition
With the advent of artificial intelligence, according to a panel of experts at SXSW 2017.
How to Be an Original Thinker
The best business leaders are more than just smart and confident. They’re truly original thinkers. Here's what they have in common.
7 Ways to Fight the Gender Gap within Your Business
The VAR Guy and Talkin’ Cloud reached out to several business leaders within the channel to see what they’re doing to promote diversity, and asked some strong women in our space for their take on being a female in the channel.
Tech Watch: IBM Makes a Quantum Leap
As the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes mainstream, quantum computing will be essential for organizations wishing to find unexpected insights from the massive amounts of data collected by connected devices to improve business outcomes.
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