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August 10, 2009  4:45 PM

Microsoft fires up CTP generator with latest SQL Server



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Database, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, SQL Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2

The CTP of SQL Server  2008 R2 is now available

Community Technical Previews have become an inevitable, incremental step in the Microsoft trudge towards availability.  VARs can download the CTP and check out new support for up to 256 cores, and geospatial visualization capabilities in Report Builder 3.0.

It was not explicitly stated that the latest-and-greatest SQL Server will run both on Windows Server 2008 R2, due this fall and the current Windows Server 2003 release. One can’t assume anything given the latest Exchange Server 2007 kerfuffle.  In mid July, Microsoft let it slip in the middle of a blog post, that the current Exchange Server 2007 email will not run on future versions of Windows Server 2008, including the upcoming R2. Continued »

August 5, 2009  2:59 AM

Rivals eye Sun partners, customers



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

To say that competitors are circling Sun Microsystems’ customers and partners like vultures is probably overstating the case. But not by much.

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July 30, 2009  5:31 PM

Still waiting for the Microsoft vision



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, cloud computing, Google, IT Channel, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Ray Ozzie

A former colleague, who has worked the tech beat for more than 20 years, had some interesting thoughts the other night on the new-look Microsoft under chief software architect Ray Ozzie.

His rant went something along the lines of: “Geez, [expletive deleted] where’s this vision we hear so much about? What’s the next big thing? All we’ve seen is me-too stuff about the cloud. What’s beyond the cloud? What’s next?”

There was a gut instinct to defend Ozzie, home-town and Lotus Notes hero. After all, it’s hard to blaze a trail into the future while protecting a huge installed base of products, customers and partners. 

But then again, the rant rings true.

In tech everyone gets caught up in the latest thing–to such an extent that they may ignore or miss something truly exciting. Obviously, Microsoft can’t avoid the cloud, but is its Google fixation blinding it to other opportunities?

Microsoft has always played catchup to early innovators–to Apple, to Lotus, to WordPerfect, to NetScape, to Apple again, now to Google. As a current colleague said in Microsoft’s defense: “At least they’re playing catchup now on cool, cloud stuff.”

But when it was chasing NetScape Navigator, that was cool stuff. Ditto the Mac OS. Ditto iPhone.

Is that good enough for this self-proclaimed innovator?

What do you think? Send email to: Barbara Darrow.


July 29, 2009  8:15 PM

NetSuite to Sage partners: Bring new customers to us and split the revenue for first year



Posted by: Heather Clancy
NetSuite, Sage

A full court press is on for the loyalty of Sage partners. On demand business management applications developer NetSuite has launched a program that will allow Sage partners to split the revenue they generate by bringing new business to the NetSuite platform during the first year of their relationship.

As part of the offer, Sage channel partners will receive customized training that has been tailored for Sage implementation experts. NetSuite figures it can hit Sage while it is weak, pointing to developments including the demise of a leading Sage reseller, MIS Group.

The program targeting Sage channel partners is effective through Sept. 30, 2009, based on a financial evaluation and their acceptance into the NetSuite Solution Provider program. The 50 percent revenue share offer applies to new one-, two- and three-year subscriptions (not renewals).

Details of the competitive win program can be found at http://www.netsuite.com/sagepartner.


July 28, 2009  2:22 PM

IBM restarts M&A engine, snaps up SPSS



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Business Intelligence, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, predictive analytics, SPSS

IBM started up its acquisition push and analytics landgrab this week with a planned $1.2 billion buyout of SPSS.

SPSS, out of Chicago, does statistical and predictive analytics software. IBM launched its business intelligence/analytics push a few years back when it grabbed up Cognos for $5 billion. Cognos had been a close applications partner of IBM Software.

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July 24, 2009  1:20 PM

Microsoft Golds rip Windows 7 RTM schedule



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Gold partner, Windows 7

Some Microsoft Gold partners are more than miffed that they won’t get their Windows 7 RTM code until after volume customers as well as hardware OEMs and ISVs.

According to the Windows Team Blog, Microsoft Golds have t Continued »


July 22, 2009  1:49 PM

Top five channel hot spots



Posted by: badarrow
atom-based servers, Barbara Darrow, Cisco, cloud computing, IT channel products and technologies, Twitter, Windows 7

There’s nothing like a channel advisory board call to recharge the batteries.

Here are the top five takeaways from SearchITChannel.com’s quarterly call earlier this week:

First: It’s probably a no-brainer, but solution providers expect a big hardware refresh to accompany the Windows 7 launch this fall and hope to bundle an array of services around that upgrade binge.

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July 21, 2009  10:36 AM

1nService nabs international member



Posted by: Heather Clancy
1NService, ITS InfoCom

1nService, the consortium of regional IT integrators and services companies that bands together to help deliver on bigger projects than they normall would be able to handle, has signed up a company in Costa Rica to extend its reach.

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July 20, 2009  3:51 PM

Mohamad Ali leaves IBM for Avaya



Posted by: badarrow
Avaya, Barbara Darrow, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, Mohamad Ali, Nortel

Mohamad Ali, a veteran IBM exec, is leaving the company after more than 13 years, to join Avaya as SVP of corporate development, according to an email sent out over the weekend.

The mail arrived just two days before Avaya disclosed it has a deal to buy Nortel’s enterprise solutions business for an estimated $475 million.

He also joined the board of Ember Corp. a Boston-based zigbee wireless company.


July 20, 2009  3:43 PM

Office 2010 gets a blog of it’s own



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Office 2010

Microsoft launched a new blog for its upcoming Office 2010 last week.

At its Worldwide Partner Conference last week, Microsoft talked up the next-gen Office, promised it for next year. Partners and other invitees can participate in a special preview now. A similar preview of the Web Office apps is promised for next month.

 


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