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August, 2008


August 28, 2008  9:46 AM

Jobs’ obit posted

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

It's an editor's worst nightmare: An obituary hits the wire before the subject is, well, is actually dead. (Insert Monty Python Holy Grail joke here.)  It happened yesterday when Bloomberg posted its Jobs obit.

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August 26, 2008  8:17 AM

Avnet/IBM and the importance of being certified

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

By Elaine Hom, Associate Features Editor ibm certifiedSAN ANTONIO -- At Avnet/IBM's Ignition '08 Conference in San Antonio, the word of the day seems to be "certification." Every time I sit down...


August 25, 2008  1:27 PM

CompTIA security-certified professionals now top 50,000

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) says it has certified more than 50,000 IT professionals with its vendor-neutral CompTIA Security+ designation. How many individual vendors can say the same thing?  

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August 21, 2008  8:36 AM

Microsoft recruits Jerry Seinfeld for Mac attack

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

We now know how Microsoft is spending $10 million of its $300 million campaign to combat Apple's "Mac vs. PC" ads: by hiring

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August 20, 2008  4:35 PM

HP strips partners of their “metals,” revamps partner designations

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

So, the word is out: Hewlett-Packard is collapsing its PartnerOne program for resellers, VARs and other IT solution providers, stripping it of all those precious metals designations and creating, instead, new labels that it thinks will mean something more to potential customers.

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August 19, 2008  7:42 AM

Regulatory compliance: Getting customers to look at the big picture

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Regulatory compliance has driven a whole lot of business for security resellers in the past few years. But that doesn't mean you can just walk into a customer site, say "compliance" and...


August 18, 2008  9:16 PM

Tandberg receives takeover bid, but is another major prospect lurking?

rivkalittle Rivka Little Profile: rivkalittle

Last week videoconferencing company Tandberg confirmed that it had received a takeover bid by an unnamed private equity firm. Since then rumors have been flying that...


August 18, 2008  7:06 PM

Vista downgrades can’t really be this rampant, can they?

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

A recent study -- albeit a highly unscientific one -- has found that 35% of business users who bought PCs with Windows Vista licenses have downgraded to Windows XP. The study comes from...


August 18, 2008  2:59 PM

SAP reorganizes SME channel, expands partner system

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

SAP has reorganized its SME channel to improve partner recruitment, enablement and marketing. Patricia Hume, senior vice president of SAP's global indirect channel unit, stopped by SearchITChannel.com world headquarters today to tell us about the reorganization. She explained that the basic org...


August 15, 2008  11:47 AM

Cisco-Linksys SMB combo not so pretty for partners yet

rivkalittle Rivka Little Profile: rivkalittle

Wow, poop rolls downhill really quickly at Cisco. It’s just been a few days since the company officially announced it would fold its Linksys small business staff and channel into the Cisco small and...

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