GREEN BAY, WI. — Rick Chernick sure knows how to throw a good expo.
Chernick, the CEO of Camera Corner / Connecting Point, brought several hundred of his best friends–customers AND vendors–here to hear about the latest and greatest in technology.
CCCP’s Super Show of Technology Expo XXXVI combines two great attributes. First, there was pertinent information — sessions on desktop virtualization, IP telephony, converged infrastructure — that customers need. Second, it was fun which, face it, everyone needs.
Here are the top five takeaways from this event–there’s a lot of stuff here that useful to any business owner.
Microsoft is starting to talk more about Office 365 partner opportunities
“The Office 365 beta now enables partners to sign up customers for the beta and register themselves as the Partner of Record. This feature allows you to get your customers up and running on the Office 365 beta, and to continue to build relationships with them as they move to trial and purchase. A partner of record designation also provides initial advisor fees for each purchase, and perpetual fees for each seat continuing to run Office 365.” Continued »
VARs want to know what’s up with Cisco Systems.
Cisco’s decision to axe its Flip digital video camera business two years after spending $600 million on it strikes many VARs, including those on the SearchITChannel.com channel advisory board, as an indication of big problems. Continued »
Market research firm Gartner figures that IT services spending reached $793 billion in 2010, which represents a 3.1 percent increase from 2009 numbers. While this certainly couldn’t be classified as a huge growth, it sure beats the 5.1 percent decline that was posted between 2008 and 2009. Continued »
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 »
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.
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Jeff Epstein has resigned as Oracle Corp.’s CFO. Continued »
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 »
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 »