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.

Here's the One Trait that is Key to Channel Success
QAD executive Tony Winter tells what took him from a small child in Wales to CTO of a major software company.
Why Liberal Arts Majors May Take Over the Tech World
These experts say that an education in the humanities develops a set of skills that may be more valuable to a tech company than strict STEM-only programs provide.
Lessons for the Channel in IBM's $128M Judgment
If you think Monday's court ruling that IBM owes the state of Indiana a whopping $128 million in damages is the end of a long and tired saga, think again.
CompTIA: Tech Employment Booms, Telecom Jobs Fizzle
Industry association CompTIA released its July 2017 numbers, and they're good new for the channel...mostly.
Progress Channel Chief on How IoT is Fueling the Rise of the 'New' Channel
When Yogesh Gupta joined Progress Software as its CEO last October, he began to steer the company toward a cognitive, Internet of Things-centric model.
Mitel Acquires ShoreTel, Strengthens Foothold in UCaaS Market
To compete with born-in-the-cloud providers, traditional on-premise vendors are looking for fast routes to larger market share. Such is likely the case with Mitel’s decision yesterday to buy ShoreTel for $430 million.
Citrix Channel Chief: The Past Holds Lessons for Partners
Citrix channel chief Craig Stilwell on the transition to cloud and the company's complex channel program.
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.
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