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March 29, 2011  2:44 PM

HP APC: Leo’s here, how’d he do?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

LAS VEGAS–Hewlett-Packard VARs have had their knickers in a twist since the unceremonious departure of HP CEO Mark Hurd in August and the subsequent hiring of Leo Apotheker as CEO a few months later. Continued »

March 28, 2011  4:09 AM

HP partner wish list

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

LAS VEGAS–As the Hewlett-Packard Americas Partner Conference convenes here Monday,  HP VARs and integrators have a lot of questions for the new management. Here, based on a totally unscientific survey, is what they want to hear from HP.

1: What’s the HP cloud plan? Be specific about deliverables and time tables. HP CEO Leo Apotheker recently made some broad-brush announcements about HP’s plan to build cloud infrastructure and to host a cloud-based app store. But where’s the beef? Continued »


March 25, 2011  3:25 PM

Oracle software biz soars but hardware remains a mystery

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Both Oracle co-presidents were upbeat on yesterday’s third quarter earnings call–flaunting 37% revenue growth to $8.8 billion compared to the year-ago figures.

Sales of new software licenses rose a healthy 29% to $2.2 billion compared to the comparable-quarter last year.  (Here’s a transcript of the earnings call.)

But the real story on Oracle hardware, on the other hand, remains a mystery. Oracle claimed $1 billion in hardware sales for the quarter but there is no year-ago comparison since Oracle completed its Sun buyout in the midst of its third quarter last year. Continued »


March 24, 2011  6:54 PM

OnForce founder launches new labor resources venture, Work Market

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Jeffrey Leventhal, founder of OnForce, the self-described marketplace for orchestrating computer repair services, has surfaced as the founder of what he is calling a “labor resource platform” called Work Market. The new company is his fifth. Continued »


March 23, 2011  7:58 PM

Oracle, HP spatting again

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Okay, someone’s gonna have to separate these two.

Oracle and Hewlett-Packard are at it again and this act is starting to wear thin. Continued »


March 17, 2011  5:10 PM

Solution provider proves that sometimes, it’s OK to be red-faced

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Yesterday, while I was poking around on Facebook researching potential stories ideas from my newsfeed, a rather random item popped up from managed service provide Evolve Technologies: Actually, it was a random photo that popped up on the Fairfax, Va.-based company’s Facebook page, one of the company’s CEO, David Sobel, wearing one of those red noses that you’d normally see some clown wearing at the circus. Continued »


March 16, 2011  8:11 PM

Adrian Jones surfaces at Oracle

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

It’s not really announced yet but Adrian Jones, once the channel chief at Hewlett-Packard, is now at Oracle Corp. Continued »


March 14, 2011  9:42 PM

HP to host app store for enterprises

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Today’s HP Summit has been heavy on buzzwords and light on details, but there is now some verification that Hewlett-Packard plans to build a “cloud-based” (what else?) store for enterprise applications.

HP, which already launched Infrastructure-as-a-Service for enterprise customers will offer public cloud infrastructure in the future, said Leo Apotheker, HP CEO on Monday afternoon. Continued »


March 14, 2011  1:17 PM

All eyes on HP

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker will take the stage later today in San Francisco to outline his (so-far unclear) vision for the IT giant. 

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March 10, 2011  2:51 PM

HP CEO slammed by shareholder group

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Hewlett-Packard shareholders should not vote for three new board members backed by new HP CEO Leo Apotheker, according to Institutional Shareholder Services Inc.

The advocacy group said HP CEO Leo Apotheker improperly moved to appoint these new directors, contrary to the computer giant’s own rules about board member selection. Continued »


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