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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 »

March 9, 2011  2:21 PM

Ingram Micro ups its green IT game with e-recycling service

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

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 »

March 8, 2011  6:13 PM

HP services take it on the chin

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Sometimes you wonder if Hewlett-Packard can buy itself a break. Checkout this Wall Street Journal  headline: IBM shows HP how to serve clients.


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March 7, 2011  9:18 PM

Cisco makes three courting SMBs

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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 »

February 25, 2011  1:07 AM

HP focuses on MDF changes in PartnerOne program

PatOuellette Pat Ouellette Profile: PatOuellette

Hewlett-Packard said it will make it easier and faster for its partners to get their market development funds (MDF) and will give them more notice of PartnerOne program changes. Continued »

February 24, 2011  3:34 PM

HP’s the odd man out as IBM and Oracle tango

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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 »

February 23, 2011  7:14 PM

Whither Adrian Jones?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

The latest parlor game among Hewlett-Packard channel partners is guessing where Adrian Jones will set up shop.

Jones, as first reported by yesterday, quietly resigned from HP last week. Continued »

February 23, 2011  2:35 PM

Research: CRM spending boost will outstrip those for productivity suite, ERP apps

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

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 »

February 18, 2011  10:21 PM

Are you missing the real social media opportunity?

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

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 »

February 15, 2011  8:43 PM

IBM’s Palmisano returns fire, touts Watson

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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 »

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