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October 8, 2009  8:28 PM

The Oracle conspiracy



Posted by: badarrow
appliances, Barbara Darrow, HP, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, Linux, Oracle, Sun, Sun Microsystems

For those who attribute Machiavellian motivations to everything Larry Ellison does, here’s a doozy of a theory.

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October 6, 2009  5:01 PM

Benioff to take stage at Oracle OpenWorld



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Marc Benioff, Michael Dell, Oracle, Oracle Open World, Salesforce.com, Scott McNealy

This is interesting: Salesforce.com CEO (and former Oracle guy) Marc Benioff will speak at Oracle OpenWorld next Tuesday alongside Michael Dell.

For those who haven’t followed the labyrinthine tales of the Oracle-Salesforce.com rapport, believe it, this is interesting.  Salesforce.com says this will be an official OOW event although it will be held  at the Yerba Buena Arts Center a venue that is very close to but may not be part of OOW’s overall Moscone Center site.

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September 30, 2009  8:39 PM

Oh wait! There’s more



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Exadata, HP, IT channel products and technologies, Mark Hurd, Oracle, Sun

Still more news from HP just as folks were trying to digest the juicy tidbit that it’s about to meld its printer and PC businesses into one. 

This news is official, however. HP  brought in a former Sun exec to run sales for its  big storage, server and networking business in the Americas. Gee, I wonder what brought that on?  Randy Seidl will be senior vice president of Enterprise Servers and Storage  (ESS) and Networking Group, reporting to executive vice president Dave Donatelli. Continued »


September 30, 2009  7:57 PM

Huge HP changes on deck



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, HP, IT channel products and technologies, Mark Hurd, PCs, printers

Whoa.

Is HP really going to converge its once-sacred printer business with the PC group? Yes, according to a Wall Street Journal report (password required) today. Continued »


September 29, 2009  3:24 AM

Vista-reminiscent marketing blitz starts for Windows 7



Posted by: badarrow
Microsoft, Windows 7, Windows 7 launch party

When the geniuses behind WIndows 7 marketing came up with the idea for customer-hosted launch parties (and associated Windows 7 launch party prep videos) I’m sure they didn’ t expect the most common descriptor would be “cringe inducing.”

What this not-so-dynamic video foursome needs is not Windows 7 so much as cheap tequila. A lot of cheap tequila.

More on the festivities here.


September 29, 2009  3:11 AM

HP, Microsoft moves irk partners



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, compliance, ERP, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Business Solutions

Hewlett Packard channel partners were unpleased to learn this week that HP will make them foot the bill for new compliance training.

HP wants all its parters to comply with the U.S. Government Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by year’s end. And said compliance will set them back $120 which they will be required to front on their credit card upon registration.

The goal is to make it “easy and affordable..for our channel partners to comply,” according to HP. The problem is, the FCPA is for “U.S. firms seeking to do business in foreign markets” and many of the affected HP partners are not authorized to sell HP products outside the U.S.

Well, at least they can charge it. Microsoft ERP partners were unpleased to learn that, starting in November, tehy won’t be able to fund their software license purchases with credit cards–corproate or otherwise. The reason? Microsoft was sick of the associated charges so now VARs must pay by check or PO.  The news was first highlighted in Bob Scott’s Insights last week. 

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September 24, 2009  1:28 PM

Free help (sort of): CompTIA starts mentors program



Posted by: Heather Clancy

Looking for some tips about marketing? Have a human resources question? Need some technical insight?

If you’re a member of CompTIA (there’s the caveat!), you now have access to a set of “Industry Mentors” you can consult about these and other business issues. Here are the people you can consult, as well as the topics they represent: Continued »


September 23, 2009  9:36 PM

Big changes for spawn of Perot



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Dell, EDS, H. Ross Perot, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and technologies, Perot Systems

Wow.  it was quite a week for the IT brainchildren of H. Ross Perot.

On Monday, Dell announces a $3.9 billion buyout of Perot Systems to bulk up its enterprise IT services against nemesis Hewlett Packard. Two day later, that same HP drops the venerable EDS moniker it acquired a few years ago for a cool $12 billion and change. Continued »


September 22, 2009  6:43 PM

More shoes dropping at Yahoo



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

 Yahoo has put Zimbra email on the block, according to All Things D. Continued »


September 17, 2009  6:42 PM

Microsoft starts testing Office Web Apps



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Office, Office Web Apps

Last year Microsoft promised light-weight, browser-born analogues to its Office applications juggernaut.
Today, it’s ready to let some invited outsiders test Office Web Apps. At least some of them. Continued »


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