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December, 2009

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December 21, 2009  7:49 PM

Customer satisfaction now core to Microsoft Gold designation

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Spoke with Julie Bennani, general manager of the Microsoft Partner Network, Worldwide Partner Group, about the new customer satisfaction survey process that will be part of earning a Microsoft Gold badge moving forward. Solution providers seeking the designation will now need to produce 10...

December 21, 2009  4:16 PM

Microsoft CFO to be General Motors CFO

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Chris Liddell must like a challenge. The outgoing CFO of Microsoft is now the ingoing CFO for General Motors. Liddell had spent four years at Microsoft, following a stint at...


December 16, 2009  6:39 PM

Shuttleworth taking some time?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Canonical's got a conference call slated tomorrow with CEO and founder Mark Shuttleworth on tap, as well as COO Jane Silber. No one's saying nothing, other than to be available at 11 a.m., but here's guessing that Shuttleworth will relinquish...


December 15, 2009  7:01 PM

HTG members will receive special CompTIA membership

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Members in good standing of the HTG Peer Groups, a community of self-governing groups with the professed goal of helping solution providers improve their business acumen and operating models, are being offered a chance to join

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December 9, 2009  4:57 AM

Hot channel trends to watch in 2010

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Desktop virtualization will be big. Cloud computing and new client hardware? Also hot topics, but there's less agreement about whether they'll drive channel opportunities and profits. Yes, the SearchITChannel.com channel advisory board has weighed in on the hot technologies they see driving...


December 7, 2009  5:51 PM

Does your would-be customer have adequate credit?

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Spoke with Janet Schijns, vice president of global channel programs for the Motorola enterprise mobility solutions group, about several topics looking forward into the New Year. Two of her themes, in particular, struck me as particularly relevant on the cusp of 2010. They are actually pretty...


December 7, 2009  4:44 PM

Happy Birthday Notes!

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Just talked to an industry buddy who wanted to know if I was in Somerville, Mass., 20 years ago today. Um, interesting question. What happened Dec. 7, 1989 a.k.a Pearl Harbor Day at the Academy of Arts & Sciences in Somerville? Nothing rang a bell. Turns out that was the day

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December 2, 2009  10:23 PM

Surprise! Cisco UCS hits bigger in smaller companies

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

CIsco may have pitched its Unified Computing System (UCS) to the biggest of enterprises but smaller companies--typically mid-market players just dipping their toes into server virtualization...


December 2, 2009  6:40 PM

Nimsoft’s monitoring solution keeps tabs on internal and external (cloud) infrastructure

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Pretty much everyone I know in the channel agrees that cloud services will play SOME role for at least part of their customers' computing needs. The good news for IT solution providers is that there is still plenty of work for them to do in terms of integration and management services. The bad...


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