I’ve been reporting two stories about technology trends for the past several weeks (a look-back and a look-forward) and one of the most recurrent themes that IT solution providers are bringing up proactively (as in, I haven’t asked a leading question) is mobility.
As in, you need to support it — with managed services and application development. I’ll be reporting on that more in those forthcoming stories for SearchITChannel.com, but meanwhile, market research firm IDC has just published a forecast for the worldwide mobile applications market.
According to its data, IDC believes the number of downloaded mobile applications will grow from 10.9 billion in 2010 to roughly 76.9 billion in 2014. The focus of those applications is myriad — ranging from smart phones to media tablets to (eventually) connected devices for the home, IDC predicts. The revenue for those applications will be a whopping $35 billion-plus by the end of the forecast timeframe.
In my opinion, this means two big things for the solution provider community:
- You need to look carefully at your managed services contracts to make sure they state what is and is not covered. Increasingly, you’ll need to support smartphones and tablets, even those that aren’t explicitly sanctioned by your clients’ own internal IT departments. Are your contracts priced to handle those devices?
- Make sure you are not missing the boast with respect to development services. Do you have people on your team who understand which mobile software platforms matter? Are you selling solutions that need a mobile element added? Have you even thought about this?
So, today the VCE coalition became the VCE Company. Or at least that’s the second-hand reports coming out of a series of conference calls hosted Tuesday by VCE, the consortium formed last year by Cisco Systems, EMC Corp. and VMware.
Update: On Monday morning, Dell finalized its deal to buy Compellent for $960 million or $27.75 per share in cash. As of the end of its third quarter, closing Oct. 31, Dell had just under $13.5 billion in cash on hand.)
Another shoe dropping. Dell and Compellent acknowledged Friday that they’re in M&A talks.
The companies said they’re exclusively talking about a merger valuing Compellent at $27.25 per share in cash. Continued »
Data center VARs really want the VCE Coalition to get its sales act together soon and some hope for news along those lines Dec. 14 when coalition execs will talk about what’s going on with the VCE Partner Program, go-to-market plans and training. Continued »
There is a new survey published by IT services and research giant Accenture suggesting that even though many high-tech companies and electronics companies are now thinking globally — including, increasingly, some of you folks out there in the channel — AND have the money to execute on those plans, they might not have the right people to help make good on that strategy. Or, for that matter, the right technology. Continued »
Network Infrastructure Corp. (NIC), a Cisco Gold partner and networking integrator in Phoenix, will soon become part of global IT services company Logicalis. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Continued »
The verdict is in and SAP owes Oracle $1.3 billion for copyright infringement.
Oracle had sought up to $3 billion while SAP, which admitted wrongdoing, said the true damages amount should lie between $28 million and $41 million. Continued »
I stashed this news release from a few weeks back because I wanted to muse on it for a while. But here’s the basic development: value-added distributor Avnet Technology Solutions has established a practice called MobilityPath to help technology solution providers support emerging solutions in mobility, such as tablets and smartphones, as well as unified communications. Continued »
Ironic. Even as Apple brings on integrator heavyweights to push its technology into more business accounts, Apple is discontinuing its XServe server. Sales will end January 31, 2011. Support will continue. For awhile.
While XServe was no market share leader, it has a devoted cadre of users in ad agencies, video production shops and education accounts.
The Xserve discontinuation, disclosed on an Apple support forum, provoked some lively discussion. Apple CEO Steve Jobs reportedly told a complaining XServe user by email, that “hardly anyone” bought XServes.
Many Apple watchers think that Apple has given up on attacking business accounts from the server room, instead hoping to ride “edge” devices like its popular iPhones and iPads into corporate boardrooms.
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How many of you out there can vividly remember the times that you wished some customer service person would just get off the script and do something, usually something very simple, to address your problem? That’s the simple question. Here’s the hard one: How many of you solution provider types out there trust your own technical teams and customer service service sorts enough to empower them with the ability to do the same on behalf of YOUR customers?