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December, 2008


December 31, 2008  12:20 PM

Some “year-begin” thoughts: Discipline and daydreams are not mutually exclusive

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

I'm sure that many of you, like me, are trying to figure out WHICH of the 10 or so New Year's resolutions would not only be the most useful for you to pursue but are actually within the realm of possibility to pull off. You don't EVEN want to know what's going on inside my head right now, but might...

December 31, 2008  10:36 AM

Dell’s New Year’s Eve surprise

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Dell Inc. launched a major reorg on December 31. The move "globalizes" operations around three major customer segments -- large enterprise, public sector,...


December 26, 2008  4:11 PM

Who, exactly, is feeling the IT spending slowdown?

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Either every solution provider I know is brilliant or lying, or every IT decision maker is fudging their answers when they take IT spending polls. That's because even though all the data suggests that companies aren't buying tech or won't buy tech or are too scared to buy tech, at least some of the...


December 26, 2008  2:03 PM

IT services warning: Rough sailing ahead

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

If they're not already kaput, the days of open-ended IT consulting engagements soon will be. Unisys, a big IT consultancy and integrator and also a tech vendor, kicked off the holiday season on a bleak note. Last week Unisys...

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December 23, 2008  10:56 PM

Nortel for sale … maybe

rivkalittle Rivka Little Profile: rivkalittle

Nortel is mulling over bids worth nearly $1 billion for its Metro Ethernet Networks (MEN) unit. Nortel placed the MEN unit -- one of the healthiest divisions in the company -- on the block in September to slash costs and earn some cash, but now the company is

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December 23, 2008  12:49 PM

Whose cloud is it anyway?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Raise your hand if you've heard enough about the proverbial cloud yet. Understood. The hypefest has been enormous. And the payoff? Not there yet. Continued »


December 22, 2008  1:07 PM

Virtualization predictions for 2009

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

With the end of the year approaching, virtualization pundits are coming out with their predictions for 2009. I won't be coming out with any of my own -- I had to sell my crystal ball to buy a few last-minute Christmas gifts -- but here's a roundup of what the experts say to expect in the next 12...


December 18, 2008  3:20 PM

And the Oscar goes to… not this one

Bcournoyer Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

In my first blog post about the "life" of avatars, I joked about avatar deaths being the riveting subject of the next Law and Order episode.  I really meant it as a joke.  Hollywood execs...


December 18, 2008  9:49 AM

VMware hires Google exec to head overseas channel

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

VMware has appointed Maurizio Carli as general manager of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. In that role, Carli will run the region's sales, channel, services and marketing programs. Carli...


December 17, 2008  3:59 PM

Dealing directly with directaphobia

StorageSwiss George Crump Profile: StorageSwiss

In my last entry, I provided some suggestions for keeping a deal from going direct, but despite your best efforts it is going to happen and I think the temptation will be even greater next year. So what do you do? First, don't lose your cool.

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