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Europe driving sustainability, says Logicalis CEO

Europe is taking a lead on sustainability, according to Logicalis CEO Bob Bailkoski.

Bailkoski said IDC recently delivered a list of the top priorities for CEOs on a region-by-region basis.

“The No. 1 priority for CEOs in EMEA was ESG [environmental, social and governance]. In the U.S., it was in the top five, and in Asia Pacific, it was in the top five. But in EMEA it was No. 1, and that’s a really encouraging trend,” he said.

Moreover, the report aligns with what companies are seeing in Europe, said Bailkoski.

“It’s a growing trend around the world, but Europe is leading the way in ESG. That’s really encouraging and one that’s new for a lot of organizations. If this survey had been done five years ago, it probably wouldn’t have featured in any top five trends or priorities for CEOs. That’s then driving priorities for the rest of the organization. And in particular, CIOs, where there’s a lot of energy and carbon consumption, have to respond to that.”

For the first time, part of Bailkoski’s bonus as CEO will be dependent on Logicalis achieving certain sustainability metrics.


Microsoft’s new channel leader

Two months after Microsoft channel chief Rodney Clark left, the tech giant has named Nicole Dezen as its chief partner officer and changed roles for other key partner executives.

Along with Dezen’s newly created title, she will also hold the title of Microsoft corporate vice president of the Global Partner Solutions organization, according to a blog post from the tech giant.

This title was formerly held by Nick Parker, who has been promoted to president of the Industry & Partner Sales (IPS) organization, according to Microsoft. Dezen will report to Parker.


AWS’ shot at Microsoft

Staying on Microsoft, an Amazon Web Services executive took shots at Microsoft licensing policies on Microsoft-owned LinkedIn this week, saying that Microsoft’s “recent licensing rhetoric” is “a troubling admission” of anti-competitive tactics.

Matt Garman, AWS’ senior vice president of sales and marketing, wrote on LinkedIn that Microsoft’s “recent licensing rhetoric” is “a troubling admission of the same anti-competitive tactics that many companies have been raising with them for years, but went unheeded until they were put before the European Commission.”

Garman also published a link to an opinion article published earlier this month in The Hill by University of California, Berkeley, professor Steve Weber. The article calls for more regulation around the bundling of cloud applications and cloud platforms.

Justin Stenger, Microsoft’s senior commercial executive for independent software vendors and gaming, defended his company in comments on Garman’s post, as per CRN US.

“How many cloud providers does AWS allow to run AWS software?” Stenger asked. “What Amazon IP does Amazon allow customers to run in the Microsoft Cloud?”


Cisco’s Webex channel programme

Cisco has launched a new Webex Wholesale Route-to-Market (RTM) for Service Provider partners to address the needs of SMBs.

Cisco said the new sales model includes a single commercial agreement with each partner and a self-service platform for Service Providers to deliver managed services for Webex.

The Wholesale partner program features consumption-based billing with fixed, predictable per-user / per-month package pricing and equips Service Providers with several invoicing options. The partner onboarding experience includes dedicated Cisco experts, paired with online training and a set of migration and marketing toolkits to drive market demand and serve SMB customers.

Author: Christine Horton

Publish Date: 25/07/2022 10:56

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