Pat Taylor, a former system builder who has been a member of Intel’s Premier Partner Board of Advisors for years who also has been its president for three years, wants the channel to stand up for itself with vendors.
Taylor has founded Atypical Business, a company he is using together to bring together a network of “channel entrepreneurs of all sizes” to share ideas. I guess you could call this a private social network, one that is being formed with the aim of helping “the high-tech channel” (aka resellers, managed service providers, VARs, system builders and the like) come up with ideas to help strengthen their collective bargaining position with their technology suppliers and partners. The public expression of his work comes in the form of YouTube videos that can be found at this link.Topics include arguments such as why businesses benefit when they buy local or why the vendor support contract that may seem less inexpensive on paper doesn’t necessarily play out that way in the real world.
You can “join” the social network, which Taylor will use to gather research and ideas that will be used to work on positioning projects for the community. He will use the data in work he does for vendors; he’s hoping to help change policies by providing them with access to community feedback if not to the community itself. Since the group is brand-new, he hasn’t shared the focus of those projects (with me at least, because I’m not technically part of the channel). But you can join his circle of friends and find out more.
The pallid economy took its toll on TechEd 2009 attendance. But there were still lessons to be learned or reinforced. My top five:
1: Microsoft burns with Silverlight fever. This is not a good thing. Microsoft, everyone knows you have Flash envy, but remember that many Web surfers hate, hate, HATE flashy multimedia sites that are more about showcasing technology than providing information. Remember, just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should do it. Show goers blasted the TechEd 2009 web site’s poor usability. Want to scroll down the sessions, put the cursor just there. No, not there. Scootch over–THERE! Try the schedule builder? Fuhgeddaboudit. One of the greatest things about Google (yes, Google, get over it!) is its sparse interface.
The reporters in my row are agog as the Google news outage continues.
Folks wanted to know which alternative search engine to use. The consensus winner was Ask.com, although Altavista and Yahoo got a few votes. Note the lack of clamor for Microsoft Live Search. That is probably not an anomaly.
The next release of Microsoft SharePoint will leave 32-bitness behind. Microsoft dropped the news that SharePoint 2010 will be 64-bit only in its blog and at a TechEd 2009 session. The new SharePoint will also require 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2 and 64-bit SQL Server 2008 or 64-bit SQL Server 2005. Continued »
The most interesting thing–and there were several interesting things–in today’s TechEd 09 keynote was Bill Veghte’s words of wisdom to current Windows shops.
One moniker that gets bandied about plenty in the channel, especially in times like these when everyone is trying to define their “value,” is the idea that an IT solution provider should be considered a “trusted adviser” or “trusted partner.”
Last month, the New York Times brilliantly reproduced Steve Ballmer’s white boarded vision of the company’s cloud services plan. It depicts the company’s “software plus services” vision with Azure at the center of the universe, making use of SQL Server services, Exchange services etc etc. Continued »
How did this not get more ink? Oracle is waiving maintenance fees on some of its software products for up to two years.
This is a baby step, granted. But it is, in fact, movement. For one thing, the premier support that people pay 22% per year for, is still on. But users with extended support on older products get a reprieve. Continued »
EMC isn’t taking the defection of David Donatelli to Hewlett Packard lying down. In fact it’s suing to put the kibosh on the move and a Masschusetts (homer!) judge has granted a preliminary injunction in the matter. A colleague here at TechTarget (thanks Jo) says EMC is one of the few companies that have successfully enforced notoriously hard-to-enforce noncompete agreements in the past so this could get juicy–perhaps as much so as the Microsoft-Google kerfuffle over Kai-Fu Lee.
TechFlash’s Todd Bishop has the Steve Ballmer memo to the troops outlining the latest round of Microsoft layoffs. The cuts have been widely expected given a: the economy in general and b: Microsoft’s position relative to Google in the supposedly all-important Web advertising and search market. That position remains woefully weak despite billions in investment.
” With this announcement, we are mostly but not all done with the planned 5,000 job eliminations by June 2010.”
Bishop has more info on the layoffs here. And, Mini-Microsoft, as usual, has the definitive word here.