Channel Marker

October 22, 2010  3:18 PM

MSP label tainted, pipelines in flux and other VAR takeaways

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies

The “managed service provider” moniker that used to be golden has actually become a deterrent to business, according to the channel advisory board.

“We dropped the MSP label–it turned into a dirty word,” said board member Kevin McDonald, vice president of Alvaka Networks. Continued »

October 22, 2010  1:30 AM

Ballmer announces two candidates for Ozzie position

Posted by: badarrow
Ballmer, Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Ozzie


The names will surprise you. Or maybe not.


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October 20, 2010  11:46 PM

Microsoft Live Meeting outage–that’s gotta hurt

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, BPOS, Google, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft Live Meeting, Microsoft Office 365, outage

Microsoft Live Meeting went bust today.

I know this because a partner event was cancelled this morning because of technical difficulties.

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October 18, 2010  9:05 PM

Ray Ozzie leaving Microsoft gig

Posted by: badarrow
Azure, Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Ray Ozzie, Steve Ballmer

Ray Ozzie is leaving his post at Microsoft, company CEO Steve Ballmer said today.

In a memo to staff posted to the company’s Web site, Ballmer wrote: 

“With our progress in services and the cloud now full speed ahead in all aspects of our business, Ray and I are announcing today Ray’s intention to step down from his role as chief software architect. He will remain with the company as he transitions the teams and ongoing strategic projects within his organization – bringing the great innovations and great innovators he’s assembled into the groups driving our business.”


Ozzie was named Bill Gates successor as chief software architect and strategist  nearly five years ago but his visibility diminished over the past year or so after the Windows Azure effort moved over to Bob Muglia. Even before that, when he was tasked with Microsoft’s mammoth cloud transition project, it was unclear how much muscle he really had within Microsoft’s famously contentious product groups when none of the group leads reported to him. Many said that structure was bound to fail.

Ozzie will stay at Microsoft during a transition–the length of which was not specified. And, ”before he retires from Microsoft, Ray will be focusing his efforts in the broader area of entertainment where Microsoft has many ongoing investments,” Ballmer wrote.

Microsoft will not name a new chief software architect, Ballmer said.

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October 18, 2010  4:09 PM

Sun VARs get (temporary) reprieve from Oracle

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, OPN, Oracle, Oracle Partner Network, Sun, Sun VARs

Sun VARs have been given another two weeks aboard the Oracle partner program to close deals before losing their ability to do so. Continued »

October 18, 2010  3:45 PM

Beware of sharing, beware of Facebook

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Bing, Facebook, IT channel products and technologies, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, privacy, Zynga

Granted, Facebook is addictive. Especially the Scrabulous/Scrabble part which is what got me hooked. For many others,  Zynga’s FarmVille, Mafia Wars game portfolio is the original hook. And for those people–there’s a rude awakening. Without knowing it, they have “overshared” their data. Continued »

October 14, 2010  7:38 PM

Autodesk draws on simulation for channel sales training

Posted by: Heather Clancy
Autodesk, channel programs, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, sales

When you consider that the average IT solution provider supports easily a dozen different vendor relationships, all the sales training that blossoms out of those contracts must blur together. Interested in capturing more channel mindshare, Autodesk has taken a more unique approach to its channel education: business simulations that were designed by BTS. Continued »

October 13, 2010  2:53 PM

Microsoft-Citrix V-alliance push piggybacks on VMworld Europe

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Citrix, desktop virtualization, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, V-alliance, VMware, VMworld Europe

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As we all know, VMworld Europe is all  about Microsoft and Citrix. Or so say Microsoft and Citrix.

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October 12, 2010  5:01 PM

Windows 7 phone reviews mixed, but everyone loves the ad

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Windows 7 phone

After so much build up that no one really seemed to care about a launch event, Microsoft finally launched Windows 7 Phone Monday in  New York. And sooprise, sooprise, there were some good reviews. Continued »

October 11, 2010  1:27 PM

What innovations are spurring opportunities for solution providers? Some insight.

Posted by: Heather Clancy
Business Intelligence, cloud computing, enterprise, Green IT, Heather Clancy, innovation, IT channel products and services, IT infrastructure

I had the good fortune to travel to Los Angeles last week for a visit with the attendees of distributor Arrow’s annual Net@Work conference. Ostensibly, I was there to give a presentation, “The Entrepreneurial Enterprise,” which focused on technology trends that are spurring big-business innovation. But I was actually able to use that presentation as an information-gathering exercise, thanks to some interactive audience polling technology, and I wanted to share some of those findings.

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