How much money are you leaving on the table by letting the support and maintenance contracts associated with the products you sell expire?
That’s the challenge being addressed by Managed Maintenance Inc. (aka MMI), a Boca Raton, Fla.-based company that sells a Web portal called ONEView, which helps various members of the channel — from OEMs to distributors to resellers — keep tabs on related contracts. MMI also sells services that complement the portal, essentially serving as a contract management arm for a given technology sales organization.
Distributor Ingram Micro has signed a distribution relationship with electronic healthcare records provider NextGen Healthcare Information Systems.
The software that NextGen provides is focused on the so-called ambulatory healthcare provider, smaller clinics or doctors’ offices where patients aren’t staying overnight. The application is available in both an on-premise license or as a service that physicans can pay for on-demand.
Oracle database expert, Ken Jacobs, resigned last week, apparently miffed that he did not win ownership of Oracle’s new MySQL franchise.
Jacobs, often known as Dr. DBA, had hoped to head up the open-sourcey MySQL effort after Oracle completed its acquisition of Sun MIcrosystems. Instead, Edward Screven, Oracle’s chief corporate architect, takes on MySQL. Screven reports directly to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and was front and center last week on Oracle’s conference call discussing the future of Sun and Oracle’s virtualization products and MySQL.
Jacobs was vice president of product strategy for Oracle’s server products and had been with the company since 1981.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has made much hay proclaiming that the term “cloud computing” is over-used, mis-used and misconstrued. He has a point. Kind of.
So get ready for Oracle to go on the cloud offensive in coming weeks, with a series of “road shows” or cloud computing forums (fora?) kicking off this month. Watch for Oracle to tout its tight relationships with Amazon and Google and other cloud pioneers. Continued »
While it may not be facing a Toyota-like crisis of confidence, Microsoft’s got big problems.
Today, Dick Brass, a former exec who headed up Microsoft’s ill-fated tablet PC efforts, turned a spotlight on the company’s “Issues”, in a brutal New York Times Op Ed piece, decrying the silo’d thinking and fiefdoms that have prevented Microsoft from coming out with great (as in not derivative) products. You know, products people actually want to buy, as opposed to the “we have to upgrade to stay legal” kind of products it rolls out. (To all those who would now start screaming that most of Microsoft’s innovation borrowed heavily on advances by Apple, Netscape, and Novell, I have to quote the great Waltmosspuppet and say: “Shut up.” ) Continued »
I had the privilege of catching up with Julie Parrish, the vice president for worldwide channel sales at storage vendor Network Appliance, a couple of weeks ago between one of her frequent trips abroad. My main agenda was simple: to identify her most important priority for 2010. It should not shock you to hear that her most top-of-mind concern can be summed up in this phrase: the transition to cloud computing. Continued »
For VARs in this seemingly endless recession, you’d think easy, low-interest credit would be a big deal. But what counts now is free. Continued »
That Oracle will continue to host JavaOne, the huge conference built around that popular language, came as a relief to thousands of Java proponents.
Oracle execs said JavaOne will be “co-located” with the huge Oracle OpenWorld show in San Francisco next September.
The next question is: How and where? Continued »
Today is an interesting day in tech. Oracle and Apple CEOs will each be doing their best to tout the virtues of integrated hardware and software. Continued »
You’ve probably seen some of the reports from the big market research companies calling for some reversal of the IT spending slump in the months to come. There are also two other reports out that are a bit closer to home: the CompTIA IT Industry Business Confidence Index and the CDW IT Monitor (which I’ve actually been holding onto for a few weeks now). Continued »