Gartner: Two-Thirds of Organizations Delaying Workplace Reopening
The rebound of Covid-19 through its variants is causing a substantial amount of anxiety in corporate environments.
According to an August poll conducted by Gartner, 16% of organizations are mandating vaccination – a significant increase from the 2% of companies that reported mandating vaccination in January 2021. Thirty-three percent of executive leaders said that FDA approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has increased the likelihood that their organization will mandate employees get vaccinated. Yet nearly 50% of respondents reported that the FDA approval will have no impact on whether their organization mandates vaccination.
“Leaders have been determining if and how to mandate employee COVID-19 vaccinations for the last several months, and the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer vaccine is another aspect employers are now considering,” said Brian Kropp, chief of research for the Gartner HR practice.
“While many organizations are not mandating vaccinations, the majority are tracking vaccination status via several methods, including requiring a physical record of vaccination (28% of respondents) and self-reporting measures (40% of respondents),” said Kropp.
Amid the current COVID-19 resurgence, organizations are employing a mix of incentives and restrictions to encourage vaccination. Twenty-eight percent of executive leaders said that their organization is offering COVID-19 vaccination at work; 18% of companies are offering non-monetary incentives, like additional time off, and 17% are offering monetary incentives. Fifteen percent of poll respondents reported that their organization is mandating that employees get COVID tests before coming into the office if they don’t show proof of vaccination. Further, 21% of companies are limiting access to certain features of their workplace – for instance, the gym, cafeteria, or bus transportation – for unvaccinated employees; 8% are planning to terminate employees who don’t get vaccinated.
“What is most likely to increase the number of organizations pursuing vaccine mandates is requirements from state and local governments,” added Kropp. “Employers want the benefit of a vaccinated workforce, but don’t want the responsibility of having to implement and manage a vaccine mandate.”
A wide variety of tactics are being used to keep employees, customers, and partners safe. These tactics will continue to evolve as time goes on.
Merger Completed for “TD Synnex”
Synnex Corporation and Tech Data Corporation have announced the successful completion of their merger into a combined company to be known as TD Synnex, led by Rich Hume as CEO. Dennis Polk, formerly the CEO of Synnex, is Executive Chair of the TD Synnex Board of Directors.
“We are pleased to have completed the merger and are focused on integrating our businesses,” said Dennis Polk. “We are energized by the enhanced breadth and depth of our offerings and the opportunities ahead of us to deliver superior value to our stakeholders.”
“TD Synnex is uniquely positioned in today’s relentlessly transforming technology ecosystem,” said Rich Hume. “As a versatile distributor and solutions aggregator for the IT ecosystem, we’re strengthening our entire portfolio of solutions and raising the bar on the value we deliver to customers and vendors with exceptional reach, efficiency and expertise.”
Tech Data Corporation was previously wholly owned by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc., and their co-investors. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Apollo Funds received an aggregate 44 million shares of common stock, net $1.1 billion in cash after giving effect to a $500 million equity contribution by Apollo and the refinancing of Tech Data net debt, and now own approximately 45 percent of TD Synnex.
The combined company has 22,000 staff members worldwide serving more than 100 countries in the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. The company will be headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, and Fremont, California.
TD Synnex expects to leverage the merger to accelerate technology adoption, diversify revenue streams, create cross-selling opportunities, and bring to market comprehensive XaaS offerings.
Checkmarx Launches New Global Partner Program
Checkmarx, which specializes in developer-centric application security testing (AST) solutions, has launched a new partner program, focused on driving growth and enablement.
“We’ve listened closely to our partners’ feedback and made strategic investments to not only consolidate and simplify the program, but also revamp the tools, resources, and benefits offered,” said Roman Tuma, Chief Revenue Officer at Checkmarx. “We’re excited to demonstrate this renewed commitment to the channel, better position our partners for success, and further build a world-class network of resellers and distributors who share our passion in AppSec.”
The new program includes virtual training and enablement sessions, certification programs, and an enhanced partner portal that provides access to deal registrations, lead-sharing, and similar aspects of the sales cycle. Benefits including sales rebates, preferred discounts, tailored marketing campaigns, and access to an advisory board escalate by tier.
The product enhances security for a wide variety of software risks, including those related to proprietary code, open source, APIs, and infrastructure as code. The company claims more than 1,600 customers, including half of the Fortune 50.
The new program is intended to maximize channel opportunities amid the demand for AST solutions.\