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July, 2010


July 26, 2010  2:05 PM

Forrester: Growing opp in energy management software

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

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.

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July 15, 2010  8:27 PM

Clearing up the Gold mess at Microsoft

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

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.

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July 14, 2010  12:27 PM

Microsoft makes bite-sized services available to partners

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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

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July 13, 2010  6:18 PM

Microsoft partners will once again go for the gold

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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

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July 12, 2010  2:39 PM

Microsoft positions Azure as the cloud for all

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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. 

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July 11, 2010  11:33 PM

Top five questions for Microsoft at WWPC

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

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

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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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