It’s official: Dell’s practice of ignoring channel partners in its news announcements is a trend.
For the third time since May, Dell made no mention of its resellers during a major* news announcement. And as any journalist will tell you, if something happens three times, that’s a trend.
In case the speculation of a Microsoft-Nortel acquisition wasn’t enough to keep partners talking, now there are rumors that IBM could snap up the networking company, according to Mark Evans at the All About Nortel blog.
Those rumors (and Evans stresses that they are rumors) aren’t exactly shocking. For one, as Evans points out, Nortel is trading at under $6 now. That makes me think two things: 1. If I were Nortel, I might spin these rumors just to raise my share value. 2. (The more likely one) If I were IBM, I would be thinking two words: fire sale. OK, maybe I would be thinking a full phrase: Fire sale on a once-solid company that still has incredible potential. Continued »
Today’s blog is brought to you by the letter C.
C stands for “channel partner.” On a report card, it also stands for “average.”
And that’s appropriate, according to a new Forrester Research survey of 20 IT vendor channel execs. Because in this survey, these execs gave their channel partners fairly average marks.
These days, Cisco’s name in the news is generally accompanied by major acquisition speculation (read EMC or VMware). But anyone looking for something more concrete may have an easier time finding affordable gas.
Wednesday morning Cisco senior vice president and corporate controller Jonathan Chadwick spoke at the Citibank Citi Technology Conference where analysts were on the hunt for potential acquisition tidbits.
In perfect Cisco executive form, Chadwick dropped just enough info to keep folks questioning … and nothing more. Continued »
Google Chrome isn’t anything special as a Web browser — at least not yet.
Sure, Chrome is fast and clean-looking. But it really doesn’t have any “Cool! I wish I’d thought of that!” features that dramatically improve the browsing experience. So what’s all the fuss about?
One word: potential. Continued »
Many have been waiting for Sanjay Kumar, the former CEO of CA (which in pre-indictment, pre-conviction days was known as Computer Associates) to break his silence.
Kumar pleaded guilty two years ago to charges of conspiracy, fraud, obstruction etc. etc. in part of a massive Computer Associates accounting scandal. He got 12 years. Now he’s talking, according to court documents uncovered by Newsday.
Microsoft is making a bi-partisan effort to glom onto the political convention season.
It’s an editor’s worst nightmare: An obituary hits the wire before the subject is, well, is actually dead. (Insert Monty Python Holy Grail joke here.)
It happened yesterday when Bloomberg posted its Jobs obit. Gawker managed to find and post the copy before it was retracted.
To re-clarify: Apple CEO Steve Jobs is still among us.
By Elaine Hom, Associate Features Editor
SAN ANTONIO — At Avnet/IBM’s Ignition ’08 Conference in San Antonio, the word of the day seems to be “certification.” Every time I sit down at a table, I get asked, “so what are you certified in?” They seem pretty crushed (and/or scornful) when I sheepishly admit that I’m not certified in diddlysquat.
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) says it has certified more than 50,000 IT professionals with its vendor-neutral CompTIA Security+ designation. How many individual vendors can say the same thing?