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July, 2010


July 26, 2010  2:05 PM

Forrester: Growing opp in energy management software



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Breakaway, energy, Green IT, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services

Forrester Research's latest survey on green IT trends (its seventh) highlights a big jump in the number of businesses that are planning to invest in some sort of software or solution for tracking their carbon footprint or energy consumption.

July 15, 2010  8:27 PM

Clearing up the Gold mess at Microsoft



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Gold, IT channel products and services, Microsoft, Microsoft Partner Network, Microsoft partners, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Silver

Still have questions about the Microsoft Gold, Advanced, no Gold competencies? Here's an explanation of the...

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July 14, 2010  4:01 PM

Still much gnashing of teeth about the economy



Posted by: Heather Clancy
CompTIA, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services

Thought y'all could use a bit of non-Microsoft news this week. (No offense, Barb.) In any event, there are two new research tidbits out from CompTIA that relate to our national obsession: the economy.


July 14, 2010  12:27 PM

Microsoft makes bite-sized services available to partners



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and services, Microsoft, Microsoft Services

Microsoft has tweaked its "Services Ready" deliverables to make the more flexible and affordable for VARs and integrators.


July 13, 2010  6:18 PM

Microsoft partners will once again go for the gold



Posted by: badarrow
Advanced, Barbara Darrow, competencies, Gold, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Partner Network, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

So remember all that stuff about Microsoft ditching the "Gold" partner designation because it didn't mean anything? Well, never mind.


July 12, 2010  2:39 PM

Microsoft positions Azure as the cloud for all



Posted by: badarrow
Azure, Azure appliance, Barbara Darrow, converged data center, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Steve Ballmer

A couple of positioning statements from Monday's Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference keynotes. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was careful to claim that virtualization does NOT equal cloud computing. That's what I would say too if I were trying to displace the VMware juggernaut. 


July 11, 2010  11:33 PM

Top five questions for Microsoft at WWPC



Posted by: badarrow
Add new tag, Apple, Azure, Barbara Darrow, Bob Muglia, BPOS, Google, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Gold partners, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Ray Ozzie, Steve Ballmer

As the kickoff for Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 approaches, here are some questions Microsoft partners would love Steve Ballmer, Bob Muglia et al. #1: Why should partners go for the Microsoft Partner Network's "advanced" badge? The zillion dollar question this...


July 9, 2010  3:30 PM

Microsoft partners expect cloud deluge at WWPC



Posted by: badarrow
Azure, Barbara Darrow, BPOS, cloud computing, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Steve Ballmer

There'll be a lot of cloud talk at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in D.C. next week. What Microsoft lost in being late to the party--compared to Salesforce.com, Amazon, Google--it will try to...


July 7, 2010  2:35 PM

Going to Breakaway? Put my green IT session on your schedule



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Green IT, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services

Thanks to the CompTIA services professional group for asking me to handle a session on green IT issues during the upcoming Breakaway 2010 conference in San Antonio next month (it's almost...


July 6, 2010  6:15 PM

Badass VAR earns martial arts honor



Posted by: badarrow
Alvaka Networks, Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Kevin McDonald, VAR

If you see Kevin McDonald on the street, or on a customer call, behave yourself. As proof that tech nerds can also kick butt, McDonald--who is executive VP for Alvaka Networks and member of SearchITChannel.com's advisory board-- was just inducted into the


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