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.

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.
Talent Crisis Presents Big Opportunities for the Channel
Even without the added pressure of immigration reform, there is a growing skills gap within technology.
Vive la Résistance! Ladar Levison’s Fight for Digital Privacy
On January 20, the day the U.S. inaugurated Donald Trump as president, Levison relaunched Lavabit, along with a new email environment, the world’s first Dark Internet Mail Environment (DIME).
Dell EMC Enhances Cloud Service Provider Program, Introduces Rebates
Dell has announced an expansion of its Cloud Service Provider (CSP) partner track.
New CompTIA Report Says the Future of the Channel Is Now
CompTIA's latest IT Industry Outlook report shows the future of the channel is brighter than ever.
Privacy Advocates Celebrate as Judge Rules Microsoft Can Sue the DOJ
A federal judge rejects Microsoft's Fourth Amendment complaint, but says it has the right to sue the government over alleged free speech violations.
Will These Whiz Bang Wonders Live Up to the Hype?
We reached out to a handful of industry experts to get their take on the hottest tech trends of 2017. Will they live up to the hype?
New Penton Professional Education Offering Teaches Partners to Raise Capital
Penton Technology's Channel Group has announced a new professional development offering designed to help partners finance business growth.
As Citrix Summit Kicks Off, New Head of Global Channels Lays Out Strategy for ‘Winning Together’
Craig Stillwell is a 17-year veteran with the company, having previously served as vice president of Citrix’s U.S. commercial business the channel head for Citrix in the Americas.
2017 Will Tame the Chaos of the UCaaS Market
The cloud is now intrinsic to most businesses’ collaboration technologies.
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