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March, 2008


March 31, 2008  4:29 PM

Seven Autodesk partners celebrate silver-anniversary milestone



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Channel partner programs, Heather Clancy, Reseller channel business development, Supplier relationship management, VAR training, certification, Vendor partner business issues

How many high-tech vendors can still claim great channel relationships with some of their original VARs? Ones that have been with them since the very beginning of their channel program. Well, Autodesk just feted seven resellers that each recently celebrated their 25th year of doing business with...

March 28, 2008  3:14 PM

Microsoft in Eclipse? It could happen



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

Given all of the apparent love flowing from Microsoft to its new-found open source allies and given that Microsoft's go-to open soruce guy Sam Ramji keynoted at the recent EclipseCon 2008 conference, the obvious question is: Will Microsoft join The Eclipse Foundation? Ramji listened politely and...


March 27, 2008  1:38 PM

Partner: VMware is ‘challenging,’ Hyper-V is coming on strong



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Channel partner programs, Direct reseller channel conflict, Server virtualization, Virtualization

This morning I spoke with David Lynch, vice president of marketing for Embotics, a VMware partner in Ottawa. I'd been trying to interview him for two recent stories on


March 27, 2008  10:40 AM

Buh-bye CRM Live



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Enterprise applications, Microsoft, Software as a service (SaaS)

Microsoft is about to change the branding of CRM Live before CRM Live is officially out the gate, sources say. Word is when the Microsoft-hosted customer relationship management goes fully -- um --...


March 27, 2008  9:53 AM

Virtual VARs



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Channel partner programs, Cisco, Collaboration software, IBM

Are you a citizen of Second Life? Does it make sense to build a business establishment in a fake world? Unclear, but some VARs, including Ira Chandler, president of Curbstone Corp.,  are aboard. Here he is. Or rather,...


March 26, 2008  2:06 PM

Oracle wants to be BI’s big boy



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Oracle, Vendor partner business issues

Oracle bought Hyperion and now it wants to sell it. Direct. Through partners. Just sell it.

Hyperion's business intelligence (BI) products give the database giant a weapon to use against


March 25, 2008  9:19 PM

Could open source ISVs outprepare Microsoft stack players?



Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Microsoft, Open-source, Server virtualization, Virtualization

Here's an interesting juxtaposition. On Tuesday, Microsoft's  Sam Ramji talked up the company's progress wooing open-source ISVs to


March 25, 2008  9:30 AM

Sun gets grant to develop “laser” technology



Posted by: Bcournoyer
News, Sun

  "You know, Sun Microsystems has one simple request. And that is to have microchips with frickin' laser beams!"


March 25, 2008  9:01 AM

Dude, you’re migratin’ to Vista



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Microsoft, News, Virtualization

Dell has announced its own Windows Vista migration tool, joining a growing list of vendors looking to capitalize on the complexity of deploying the...


March 24, 2008  10:47 AM

Does Vista need an exorcist?



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Microsoft, News

Microsoft resellers had been looking forward to the release of Windows Vista SP1, hoping it would spur more customers to upgrade from XP. exorcistBut now, just a week after SP1 debuted, that doesn't...


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