One of the topics that I blog about most regularly (elsewhere) is green IT. Personally speaking, I think one of the easiest ways for a technology solution provider to become involved in the green IT movement is by bringing expertise in end-of-life product management to its customers. Indeed, why not think about end of life at the beginning of life, when you are deploying technology? Continued »
Sometimes you wonder if Hewlett-Packard can buy itself a break. Checkout this Wall Street Journal headline: IBM shows HP how to serve clients.
Last week it was Cisco Systems’ turn to court SMBs. The networking giant, which has had its head in the enterprise with UCS, used its annual Cisco Partner Summit to talk up the importance of the SMB market. Continued »
Oracle, which some wiseguy termed the world’s scariest software company, may now–with the Sun acquisition — be the world’s scariest IT company, Period.
The software giant’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems famously turned it into a hardware company–raising eyebrows in some very big boardrooms. Last September, IBM chairman Sam Palmisano publicly noted Oracle as the competitor that worries him most. Continued »
The latest parlor game among Hewlett-Packard channel partners is guessing where Adrian Jones will set up shop.
Jones, as first reported by SearchITChannel.com yesterday, quietly resigned from HP last week. Continued »
Just how important is it for businesses to fix customer service and overall customer relations now that the economy is showing signs of improvement? Important enough for the CRM (aka customer relationship management) category to emerge as the top focus of spending increases in a new survey about software applications by market research firm Gartner. Continued »
I have been gratified to hear over the past year that many of the technology solution providers that I communicate with regularly have begun using social media or social networking sites as part of their marketing strategy. But I still think that the channel has only scratched the surface as far as potential solutions that help their customers manage their social media strategies more efficiently, and more securely. Continued »
ORLANDO, FL.–IBM chairman Sam Palmisano may have been jet lagged, flying 7,000 miles to Orlando from Asia, but he was feisty enough to take some shots at unnamed competitors.
Unlike rival Oracle CEO Larry Ellison –who relishes tweaking IBM, SAP and others by name– Palmisano didn’t specify his targets. But you can probably guess who they are. Continued »
You can consider this post an addendum to my story a couple of weeks back about the potential for business videoconferencing solutions in 2011: networking and unified communications integrator Carousel Industries has decided to buy the company that it has been teaming up with for the past year-and-a-half to offer audio-visual technologies and video collaboration services. Continued »