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June 10, 2009  9:55 PM

IBM to business partners: Why don’t you mingle a little?

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

As if Facebook or LinkedIn or Plaxo or any of the other places where I’ve been personally congregating with VARs and IT solution providers for months weren’t enough, some of the biggest high-tech vendors in the channel are jumping with both feet into the world of social networks. The latest to announce a new community infrastructure (at least with a certain amount of fanfare) is IBM, which has launched something called PartnerWorld Communities.

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June 10, 2009  4:23 PM

On your mark, get set … Oracle sales kickoff starts July 6

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Turns out Oracle’s annual sales kickoff is on for July 6, not June, as previously reported. (By me. Gulp. Sorry.) This year’s theme: “Power through.” Continued »


June 8, 2009  10:46 PM

One step closer to Oracle Fusion?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Oracle promises to have news about its Fusion vision for a July 1 event starring Oracle prez Charles Phillips and senior veep Thomas Kurian.

The event will feature some real middleware deliverables, sources say,  but they are careful to characterize it as Oracle 11g rather than the “F” word. “Most of the piece parts of Oracle middleware are still things like release 10.4.1 etc, although they’ve been talking 11g–and Fusion forever,” said one partner. Continued »


June 4, 2009  11:09 PM

Should be interesting to see if Cisco customers upgrade en masse over next 12 months

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Wasn’t able to make the Cisco Partner Summit this week in Boston, although I have been following updates along the way on their Channels Blog and also internally within the Partner Central site. Disclosure: I do some communications consulting for the Cisco worldwide partners organization, so I have access to lots of information that I cannot write about. Although if you have a question about their solutions initiative, feel free to contact me directly. :)

I haven’t noticed any news items a Continued »


June 4, 2009  3:08 PM

Back to the future: Ellison eyes netbooks

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

I can’t remember who said it but  around the time Oracle launched its big Sun Microsystems buyout plan, one industry pundit snarked that it was only a matter of time before Oracle CEO Larry Ellison would rechristen netbooks as NCs and declare victory. (If you kids don’t know what an NC is, ask your parents. Or read this.) Continued »


June 4, 2009  1:57 AM

Win 7 promised for October 22

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Microsoft got specific about general availability for Windows 7. The software will be on PCs and store shelves October 22, Microsoft said Wednesday. According to the Windows Team blog, partners should get RTM code in the second half of July. RTM code for Windows Server 2008 R2 will be available at around the same time.

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May 28, 2009  8:08 PM

Survey: SMBs poised to rebound when economy turns

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Small-business owners are a remarkably resilient breed. Even though the federal government sometimes seems to be out to get them (an extra week of vacation anyone?), a new study that was conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by services company Verio, finds that 83 percent of small-business executives are optimistic about their potential for growth once the economy turns. Continued »


May 27, 2009  6:53 PM

Neutron Jack to headline Microsoft partner event

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Former General Electric poohbah, author, and Red Sox fan Jack Welch will take center stage at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans. In July. Continued »


May 26, 2009  6:51 PM

OS choice for netbooks expands

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

First there was news that Hewlett-Packard, Dell and possibly other hardware makers would consider slapping Google Android on netbooks.

Last week, Intel said it’s jumping into the netbook OS market as well with Moblin, it’s own take on a Linux-based netbook OS. 

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May 22, 2009  12:01 PM

Channel advocate looking for others to help preach the cause

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

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.


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