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8 Things Partners Need To Know About Microsoft's Acquisition Of GitHub

Microsoft's $7.5 billion acquisition of the industry's largest code repository will reverberate through the channel, creating new opportunities to drive enterprise practices and win influence over the next generation of software developers.

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Hearts And Minds Of Tomorrow

In the dark days of yesteryear, Microsoft's influence over the next generation of technology influencers waned.

College students were more interested in mastering open source solutions. And Google was getting to an even younger crop of talent by becoming a dominant presence in K-12.

Since Satya Nadella (pictured) took over the company, Microsoft has focused on building out programs to develop a next-generation workforce by leaning into opens source communities, said Ric Opal, vice president at Oak Brook, Ill.-based SWC Technology Partners.

If Microsoft effectively executes an integration, GitHub will further counteract traction lost in winning the hearts and minds of students at a formative age, Opal said.

"It may open up a world of developers and expose them to all things Azure, hybrid cloud, etc. that maybe would have just taken the default route before of doing it on Google or AWS," Opal said.

"If this gets them back to that generation of buyers and developers that maybe they missed due to some earlier strategy, this is massive," he added.

 
 
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