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January, 2008


January 31, 2008  3:16 PM

Same ol’, same ol’ at Oracle



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Direct reseller channel conflict, Enterprise applications, Oracle

Oracle’s next channel chief will have to deal with the age-old conflicts the company has always faced. Many Oracle partners credit the recently departed Rauline Ochs...

January 30, 2008  1:32 PM

Time for VARs to get more adept at mobile



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Authors, Heather Clancy, Information technology services, IT channel products and technologies, Mobile networking technology, News, Reseller channel business development

CompTIA (the Computing Technology Industry Association) has released some data that finds that IT departments are spending more money and resources supporting various mobile communications and computing devices, especially the BlackBerry. To start, close to two-thirds of the 816 people who...


January 29, 2008  3:17 PM

Microsoft partner says portal makes him look stupid



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Channel partner programs, Microsoft, Reseller blogs

The Microsoft Partner Program Web site gets skewered today by John Powers, CEO of independent software vendor Digipede.Microsoft Partner Program On his blog,


January 28, 2008  10:14 PM

Attention MSPs: There’s a new online tech support site in town. Interested?



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Authors, Collaboration software, Heather Clancy, Information technology services, Managed services providers, News, Reseller channel business development, Software as a service (SaaS), VAR training, certification

The exclusive Demo conference held several times each year is usually replete with great Web concepts and technologies that won't really be relevant for the channel for at least a year down the road. But, behold, this week's conference boasts at least one major exception in the form of


January 28, 2008  8:57 PM

V-Day: VMware gets pounded, SWsoft becomes Parallels (finally)



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Microsoft, Server virtualization, Virtualization

 Monday was  a big day in virtualization. First, VMware said it  doubled its profits and boosted revenue by 80%  in its fourth quarter.  Wall Street rewarded it...


January 28, 2008  12:50 PM

VMware memo: Microsoft cutting out Citrix



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Microsoft, Server virtualization

VMware is trying to drive a wedge between Microsoft and Citrix Systems, according to virtualization.info. The site says it has obtained a memo that VMware sent to its sales channel last...


January 25, 2008  2:03 PM

Microsoft ‘clarifies’ SQL Server 2008 slip



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Data storage management, Microsoft

The latest word on SQL Server 2008 is that final shipment is now on for Q3 2008 -- basically a slip of a quarter.  The company had said to expect the database in the first half of the year with a lot of noise to come out at the


January 22, 2008  1:12 PM

IBM-iPhone snafu examined



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Collaboration software, IBM

Vendors, like seventh graders,  fall all over themselves to seem cool. And in the process they end up looking more out of it than ever. Witness this week's IBM-Apple PR debacle. The  AP reported a few days...


January 21, 2008  1:56 PM

A tale of two stacks



Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Linux, Microsoft, Open-source

Microsoft -- or at least part of Microsoft -- continues its quest to persuade open-source developers that Windows should be on their short-list of platforms. You know, right up there with Linux. Sam Ramji, the Microsoft guy whose job it is to mend fences and foster collaboration with open-source...


January 18, 2008  2:09 PM

Beware ‘TMI’



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Channel, Email -- Exchange, Outlook, Network and application security

Too much information! Warning customers against posting personal data to the Web is one of the most important services VARs can provide. Many in the business community are enamored of social networking sites and appear to feel that more is more when it comes to "sharing" their lives on LinkedIn,...


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