Certainly, you can’t attribute that entire amount to replacement batteries for computers, but businesses all over the world and of every size are rethinking the life expectancies for existing corporate hardware. That means they may be more willing to spring for a new notebook battery than in the past, as the efficiency of older ones takes a nosedive.
That thinking is reflected in Tech Data’s recent decision to sign up Oncore Power Systems, which makes products for leading brands including Apple, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP-Compaq, IBM-Lenovo, Panasonic, Sony and Toshiba.
I’m sure the margin isn’t mind-boggling or anything, but this could be one more relationship in your arsenal of technologies that underscore your ability to recommend hardware strategies that are more energy efficient and environmentally sound. To get things started, Oncore is offering commercial resellers an instant rebate of 45 on all replacment batteries and power adapters that they buy through July 31; government and education resellers can snag an instant rebate of $10 on these items.]]>
Estimated retail price (ERP) on upgrades is $119.99 for Win 7 Home Premium; $199.99 for Professional; $219.99 for Ultimate. These (U.S.) prices are presumably for users moving from either Windows XP or Vista.
ERP for full packaged retail product is$199.99.99 for Home Premium; $299.99 for Professional; and $319 for Ultimate.
The blog characterized some of this as an outright price cut:
“For Windows 7, we are reducing the price on our most popular retail product for customers, the Home Premium Upgrade, by approximately 10% (depending on the market). In the U.S., this means a customer buying Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade will pay only $119.99 instead of the $129.99 being charged today for its predecessor.”
Some VARs don’t agree that Win 7 is a bargain There has been a lot of grumbling about how hardware prices have fallen while the percentage of the PC cost attributable to WIndows is disproportionately high. That’s one reason some hardware OEMs are seriously looking at Android or Linux for new netbooks, and many VARs are lauding that move.
Given the rocky reception Windows Vista got, WIn 7 is seen as a very important product for Microsoft.]]>
Microsoft last month had confirmed the future SKU and that it will include OneNote and SharePoint Workspace (nee the Groove client) in addition to the usual Office suspects, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Excel etc.]]>
Methodist Hospital in Memphis posted a statement to its website confirming news first reported by the Wall Street Journal (siting unnamed sources) last Friday.
“[Jobs] received a liver transplant because he was the patient with the highest MELD score (Model for End-Stage Liver Disease) of his blood type and, therefore, the sickest patient on the waiting list at the time a donor organ became available. Mr. Jobs is now recovering well and has an excellent prognosis.”
The surgery itself raised many issues. Did Jobs’ wealth and prominence get him special treatment?
Shouldn’t Apple, a publicly traded company, be more transparent on what’s going on with its iconic CEO? Isn’t Jobs health, in fact, material information to be shared? Company boosters maintain that since Jobs handed over day-to-day responsibilities to COO Tim Cook in January, that his health is nobody’s business.
Many beg to differ, especially as Marketwatch’s Therese Poletti points out, Apple continues to slap Jobs’ name in press releases ballyooing various iPhone successes.]]>
Upstarts like Appzero want to know why Microsoft and other software incumbents aren’t jumping on the bandwagon to virtualize big-iron database, ERP and other server-delivered apps. Appzero CEO Greg O’Connor asked the question, and then helpfully answered it in a blog post late last month.
Microsoft is probably in no hurry to push server app virtualization because it makes a ton o’ dough selling server SKUs. For its quarter ending in March, Microsoft’s Server & Tools group, which includes SQL Server database and other goodies, logged nearly $3.5 billion in revenue, up from $3.2 billion for the previous quarter. Clearly Server & tools revenue is not something the company wishes to mess with. But it does have some server-side app virtualization in house from its Softricity acquisition. In December, the application virtualization group posted a blog asking for input on this server application virtualization.
The posting explains what the technology can do:
“Bringing virtualization to server applications will allow customers to rapidly deploy and service Windows Server workloads in a new way. Today it may take days or weeks to provision applications in the data center. By decoupling the server application from the operating system, customers gain a level of flexibility that can be applied in various scenarios to improve operational efficiency. Virtualization of server applications can allow IT departments and businesses act quickly and efficiently to the demands of their customers while integrating with both physical and virtual machines. ”
Appzero clearly has a horse in this race. The small Boston area startup says it’s already there when it comes to server-side app virtualization–on Windows and other OSes. O’Connor’s pitch is that his company’s technology will help customers move the apps that do their heavy lifting into the cloud much more cost effectively and (in theory) with little rewriting or tuning.
Microsoft showed off nascent server-side application virtualization at its Management Summit. Nothing was said about dates.
In another post referencing that demo, O’Connor said he was thrilled about Microsoft’s entry.
“Why? Because any time Redmond pees on the 4 corners of a market, that space is immediately validated. And server-side application virtualization is AppZero’s claim to fame. We do Windows – and we do it now.”
Many of the usual suspects were there. CDW (!) won for advanced infrastructure solutions/systems management. The other finalists in that category were Dimension Data, Australia; Avanade; and Accenture.
In the Large Account Reseller (LAR) category, Dimension Data, Austrlia took top prize, follwoed by CDW and Softchoice.
The full list is here.
Given the economy and a non-scientific poll of VARs, it looks like WPC attendance will be a little thin this year.]]>
Get this: they have to pay a membership to belong, on that is calibrated to the amount of revenue they’re pulling in on an annual basis. ($550 per month if you’re less than $5 million in size and $1,100 per month if you’re over that amount.)
This brings the total membership of 1nService to 35 companies, which is about 50 percent more than at this time a year ago. The new members are Ausgar Technologies, San Diego (focused on development and high technical integration services); Business Information Group, York, Pa. (which has been behind some cool wireless projects that I’ve written about in the past); Henry Brothers Electronics, Fairlawn, N.J. (a security integration company just down the street from me!); Quest, Sacramento, Calif. (which just snagged a service partner of the year award from Cisco); and ISC, Englewood, Colo. (which has advanced status with vendors including Cisco, EMC, VMware and Microsoft)
The main idea behind 1nService, one that started with its six founders, is for member companies to share best practices across their respective businesses. They also adopt common operating principles so that if a customer needs multi-regional support, they can tap 1nService to help out, without seeing any difference in how they are supported across the country.
Although 1nService doesn’t act as a channel buying collective, new members also tend to bring new vendor partners to the table, which can extend reach on both sides of the channel, says Paul Cronin, CEO of the group. Incidentally, 1nService is testing something called a supplier member mentor program. That means if a high-tech vendor that is already affiliated with the group wants to help sponsor a 1nService membership for one of its resellers, VARs or integrators, it can do so. (Suppliers will have to pay the $1,000 monthly rate to sponsor a member.)]]>
It’s unclear if a standalone Groove client license will still be available going forward.]]>
No doubt that the transplant happened, but it’s intriguing that there’s no source attribution at all. No “people close to the company” or “a source with knowledge of the situation.” Or a “friend of Steve.” The WSJ reporters apparently were handed this scoop by….well… by no one. The ubiquitous Katie Cotton is heard from, barely:
“Steve continues to look forward to returning at the end of June, and there’s nothing further to say,” the Apple spokeswoman said.
A conspiracy theorist might say an Apple protege, worried about continued shareholder angst over Apple’s refusal to disclose more on the health status of its fearless leader, dropped a dime, with the condition that no one, NO ONE, be fingered as a source.]]>