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May 12, 2009  6:32 PM

SharePoint 2010 to join 64-bit only club

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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 »

May 11, 2009  7:58 PM

Vista who???

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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.

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May 6, 2009  9:32 PM

Can you claim the title of trusted partner?

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

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.”

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May 6, 2009  4:55 PM

Ballmer’s white board magic

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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 »


May 6, 2009  4:35 PM

Mountain to Mohammed: Oracle waives some support fees

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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 »


May 5, 2009  3:40 PM

EMC fights Donatelli departure tooth and nail

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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.


May 5, 2009  3:26 PM

Microsoft layoffs: More shoes dropping

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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.

 Money quote:

 ” 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.


May 4, 2009  3:22 PM

Will SAP maintenance move move Oracle?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

SAP, the ERP leader, recently decided to defer maintenance fee increases until it proves to customers that the fees are worth the money. The first question that comes to mind is if Oracle will follow suit.

My guess: No. At least not publicly.

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May 1, 2009  12:28 AM

Signs of life? CDW spending index shows IT growth potential

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

The new edition of the CDW IT Monitor, which is the national reseller’s ongoing poll of IT decision makers from small and midsize companies, shows some glimpses of improvement for the second half of 2009 (if not outright optimism). Overall, the actual index number is still pretty low at 69, but this was relatively flat compared with previous edition published back in February. Believe me, flat is a good thing right now.

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April 24, 2009  12:15 PM

CDW sees profit in new non-profit team

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

What does CDW know that the rest of us don’t know? Is everyone who is being laid off ditching corporate life to do some good for the world or the environment or someone other than himself or herself?

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