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Gossip from SMB Nation Las Vegas: What is ChannelEyes and who brought the gecko?

Ever since CompTIA Breakaway in August, the whole channel has been guessing about what Bob Godgart will do next.  Bob’s a noted figure in our channel, as founder and chairman of Autotask corporation and current chairman of CompTIA, who separated himself from the day to day at Autotask a few months ago to focus on a “new project.”  He’s been very tight-lipped this summer about said new project…but yesterday he finally started talking. 

Godgart announced yesterday that he’s finally resigned his chairmanship at Autotask, with today being his last day in service to the board.  We knew yesterday that something big was coming our way. 

So you can imagine my total lack of surprise when, this morning, I found the following press release in my inbox, finally naming and describing Godgart’s much-anticipated new project, ChannelEyes.  ChannelEyes is the channel’s first social network.  Its goal is to transform communication between channel vendors and resellers, enabling better channel engagement and sellthrough. On a purely editorial note, the gecko mascot is pretty cute. I like. 

The word is that Godgart is in Vegas for the SMB Nation fall event this week, and I hear that the ChannelEyes team will be working the show floor today offering early sign up access to channel partners at the show. So don’t miss it, if you’re in Vegas, and stay tuned to Looks Cloudy for more on ChannelEyes as we find out! 

Here’s the news release: 

East Greenbush, NY – September 30, 2011 — ChannelEyes LLC today announced that they are creating the first free and secure social network to aggregate Channel Program information, transforming communication between suppliers and Channel Partners, integrators, dealers and agents.
For all types of Channel Partners, ChannelEyes.com will be the single place to see a snapshot of new channel information every day. Partners can control the programs they need to follow, filter the information they want to share and easily build social conversations around it.
For suppliers like vendors, distributors, associations, franchises and other players in the ecosystem, it will be the place to engage with their entire channel. Organizations will be able to target the right person with the right information at the right time. The net result is better engagement and sellthrough.
ChannelEyes is the brainchild of Bob Godgart, a well-known industry veteran and current Chairman of CompTIA. Bob was a pioneer in Cloud Computing, and spent the last 11 years automating how Channel Partners run their business. Now, the focus is on enhancing how they communicate. Godgart’s vision is to create a “ridiculously simple and secure way to engage all Channel Partners.”
Gartner Group noted in their Channel research that social communication and collaboration are in the Top 5 Strategic Technology Areas for 2011. Traditional vehicles such as email, newsletters and Portals are quickly being replaced by social conversations across peer networks.
The ChannelEyes team has talked to hundreds of Channel Partners and they agree it’s virtually impossible to continually read and disseminate industry information. In fact, only 5% use vendor portals and less than 17% open vendor emails. “This is a big problem!” states Godgart, “and ChannelEyes is going to fix that. What Facebook did for collaboration among friends, ChannelEyes will do for business.”
ChannelEyes has an impressive roster of industry talent and has secured strong backing from leading vendors, associations and major VARs. Announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

“Business social applications go beyond simple sharing to create an industry focused, secure environment where information is filtered reaching the right person at the right time” said David Geoghegan, Chief Technology Officer of ChannelEyes. The Company has committed to product availability before year-end.

Vendors and channel partners can sign up for early access today at http://www.channeleyes.com

About ChannelEyes
ChannelEyes LLC will provide the first free and secure social network to aggregate Channel Program information, transforming communication between suppliers and Channel Partners, integrators, dealers and agents.

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