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May 3, 2011  1:07 PM

Doug Burgum wants to bring Great Plains model to health care

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Doug Burgum, EMR, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft Business Solutions, Real-time location services

Doug Burgum, the guy behind Great Plains Software and who spearheaded the Microsoft Business Solutions ERP-and-CRM push, is still in software, but is attacking a new opportunity. Continued »

April 27, 2011  6:34 PM

Data reminds solution providers to think ‘private’ when developing cloud solutions

Posted by: Heather Clancy
cloud computing, Forester Research, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, private cloud, public cloud

I’ve had my head in cloud business practices on the brain lately, because of a project that I’m in the process of finishing up this week. If you’re in the process of evaluating your own options, you should definitely check out some new data Forrester Research in the form of a report called “Hosting Service Providers — Cloud Partners or Competitors?” Continued »

April 26, 2011  3:25 PM

Ex-Oracle CFO heads for Infor?

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Charles Phillips, Infor, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Jeff Epstein, Mark Hurd, Oracle

Little birdies say that Jeff Epstein, who yesterday resigned as Oracle CFO, is heading to Infor.

You would probably know Infor if you’re in mid-market ERP and/or follow Charles Phillips, the former Oracle president who left Oracle last summer as Mark Hurd swept in. Phillips became CEO of–you guessed it–Infor!!

Infor is known for acquiring companies–mostly in the accounting and ERP software realms– and their products, thus buying into existing revenue streams. The Infor Wikipedia entry lists nearly 30 acquisitions–of Agilisys, GEAC, MAPICs etc.– in the past nine years.

UPDATE:  GGC Software Holdings, an Infor ”affiliate,” is trying to buy Lawson Software, one of the few remaining independent ERP providers. Coincidence with this Epstein-goes-to-Infor talk? Hmmmm.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Barbara Darrow, Senior News Director at

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April 25, 2011  9:48 PM

Oracle CFO resigns

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and services, Jeff Epstein, Larry Ellison, Oracle, Oracle CFO, Safra Catz

Jeff Epstein has resigned as Oracle Corp.’s CFO. Continued »

April 25, 2011  9:12 PM

CDW surveys: Videoconferencing uptick over next 2 years

Posted by: Heather Clancy
CDW, Heather Clancy, IT buyer market research, IT channel products and services, survey, videoconferencing

Man, oh man, people just can’t stop talking about videoconferencing this year — and its potential to explode in adoption over the next 18 months to two years. Continued »

April 21, 2011  2:59 AM

LA proving a tarpit for Google, CSC

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, BPOS, Google, Google Apps, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Los Angeles, Microsoft

Remember last year when Google trumpeted its big-boy computing win over Microsoft in a major Los Angeles email-and-applications deal? Remember how the cloud-inflected Google Apps Premier system, deployed by Computer Sciences Corp., was gonna be awesome?

Well, it’s a  year-and-a-half later and we’re still waiting for the awesome. Continued »

April 18, 2011  8:54 PM

New book offers social media tips for entrepreneurs like you

Posted by: Heather Clancy
Gary Vaynverchuk, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, The Thank-You Economy

I still get at least a couple of business books every month (in hard cover, no less). I try to skim through most of them to see if they are relevant to the myriad things I cover, but rarely set off to read the whole thing. There are exceptions, of course, one of them being the new book called “The Thank You Economy,” written by WineLibrary TV founder (now Daily Grape) and social media advocate Gary Vaynerchuk. Continued »

April 17, 2011  7:32 PM

SAP loses its Wookey: Will he show up at HP?

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, David Meyer, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, John Wookey, Leo Apotheker, Oracle, SAP

The twitterverse is tingling with reports (from reliable sorts like Ray Wang) that John Wookey is leaving/has left SAP. No word on his destination but smart money’s on Hewlett-Packard. Continued »

April 11, 2011  10:16 PM

Forrester: Software will lead 2011 IT spending growth

Posted by: Heather Clancy
2011, first quarter, Forrester Research, IT channel products and services, IT spending, software

Market watcher Forrester Research has released its first IT spending update of the year (“U.S. Tech Market Outlook: Q1 2011″) and software looks to be the fastest growing information and communications technology (ICT) category. The estimated spend for software this year is pegged at about $219 billion, with an 8.6 percent growth rate. That’s slightly higher Forrester’s projections of 8 percent in spending for ICT as a whole during 2011.

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April 11, 2011  1:33 PM

Microsoft’s cloud conundrum

Posted by: badarrow
Azure, Barbara Darrow, ERP, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Convergence, Microsoft Convergence 2011, Microsoft Dynamics, Project Green

News that Microsoft plans to move three (count ‘em 3!) of its legacy ERP products to its cloud is both stunning and unsurprising. And it illustrates the company’s cloud problem.

MIcrosoft already offers hosted CRM to customers as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). But Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online is not yet hosted on Azure, the company’s much-touted cloud platform which has been available, at least in part, since early last year.

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