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October 2, 2007  6:16 AM

Rosy economic forecasts ignore the dour nature of the products being sold

Posted by: Brein Matturro
Data storage management, Reseller channel business development, Software as a service (SaaS), Virtualization

Despite the need to project budgets and hiring plans into the future, relying on generalized economic indicators can be iffy and, in some cases, counterproductive. Right now, for example, a

September 24, 2007  9:58 PM

MSPAlliance launches first vendor accreditation program

Posted by: Brein Matturro
Intel, Managed services providers, VAR training, certification

As the MSPAlliance kicked off its fall managed services conference in San Jose, Calif., the organization announced the launch of its vendor accreditation program (VAP) for the managed services industry. Designed by MSPs as a benchmark for vendors who sell to the MSP community,...

September 24, 2007  3:42 PM

Facebook face off: Microsoft takes on Google again

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Google, Microsoft, Software as a service (SaaS)

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday afternoon that Microsoft wants a piece of the Facebook franchise. (For those without a Journal subscription here’s a

September 17, 2007  2:51 PM

Kaseya launches program to help managed services providers

Posted by: Bcournoyer
Managed services providers, News

Automation software vendor Kaseya is offering a new program to help its channel partners provide managed services. Kaseya's emPower Program, launched today, supports partners' managed services with around-the-clock IT monitoring, training and additional...

September 16, 2007  9:48 PM

HP and SAP: A winning combo?

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Enterprise applications, IBM, Microsoft, Reseller channel business development, Software as a service (SaaS)

A good source swore last week that Hewlett Packard is talking with SAP about buying the ERP kingpin. This guy is tight with HP insiders. And knee-jerk doubts aside, the idea is not so farfetched. Please note: I know nothing more about a potential deal than what this guy is saying. But, let's...

September 10, 2007  7:12 AM

SaaS players in shoving match for partner attention

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Direct reseller channel conflict, Enterprise applications, Microsoft, Software as a service (SaaS)

The next few weeks will be big for the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) category. is about to host its DreamForce event. NetSuite's IPO is on its way. SAP will unveil A1S on September 19 in New...

September 6, 2007  12:41 PM

File under ‘Duh’: Microsoft meeting to stress software

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Microsoft, Software as a service (SaaS)

Today is Microsoft’s big company meeting at Safeco Field. The usual occupants, the Mariners, are off doing battle on the road--not too successfully—against the Yankees. But I digress.

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September 5, 2007  10:52 PM

Sun, NetApp heading for judgement day

Posted by: Brein Matturro
Application development, Data storage management, Open-source, Reseller channel business development, Sun, Tech Blogs, Virtualization

Network Appliance Inc. today announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Sun Microsystems Inc. seeking damages and an injunction against Sun to prevent further distribution of Sun’s file system technology.  The lawsuit, filed in the...

August 26, 2007  11:52 AM

Ruh, roh: Windows Genuine Advantage goes belly up

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Google, Microsoft, Server virtualization, Software as a service (SaaS)

Just when you thought Microsoft might catch a PR break after public Google miscues, word leaks (erupts?) that its reviled 

August 3, 2007  8:59 AM

Heather Clancy: Survival of the fittest – and how to be one

Posted by: Heather Clancy
Heather Clancy, Managed services providers, Reseller blogs, Software as a service (SaaS)

I never really pondered what Charles Darwin meant by the word "fit" until this week at the CompTIA Breakaway conference.

Certainly it doesn't refer to "fit" in the sense that we use the term now -- all buffed-up from sessions at the...

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