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June 25, 2010  3:36 PM

Oracle turns the screw on Sun hardware support



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Charles Phillips, IT channel products and services, Oracle, Sun, Sun hardware, Sun hardware support, Sun VARs

News from the field is that as of Monday, Oracle will no longer accept any purchase orders on Sun (er Oracle) hardware that do not include support.

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June 24, 2010  7:44 PM

Allison Watson leaves partner role at Microsoft



Posted by: badarrow
Allison Watson, Barbara Darrow, Ian Roskill, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft partners, MPN

Two Microsoft corporate VPs are swapping places. Allison Watson, who has been the worldwide partner chief at Microsoft for eight years, is moving into a new marketing  role at the software giant. Watson will be...


June 18, 2010  7:27 PM

Oracle nixes HP Solaris contract



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Dell, HP, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, Oracle, Solaris, Sun

You had to see this one coming. The Register reports that Oracle has deep-sixed Hewlett-Packard's ability to sell/support Solaris running on X-64-based HP hardware. Given that  Oracle has said it will only...


June 9, 2010  5:44 PM

Quick video refresher on new Microsoft competencies



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, Julie Bennani, Microsoft, Microsoft Partner Network

OK, so probably many of you have made your arrangement to fly to Washington, D.C., for the annual Microsoft worldwide partner conference. Last year, the company announced a whole set of new competencies, which means that most of you have had to rejigger your certifications with the software...


June 8, 2010  7:22 PM

Whoops! Oracle/Sun not looking so profitable after all



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Larry Ellison, layoffs, Oracle, rebates, Sun Microsystems

Remember when Larry Ellison chastised analysts and reporters for forecasting that  Oracle would decimate Sun Microsystems headcount? Oracle was hiring, not firing, he said. And, remember Ellison promising that the...


June 1, 2010  7:22 AM

Autodesk: Partner ranks growing because of clean-tech activities



Posted by: Heather Clancy
channel program, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services

I have covered the technology and channel programs of Autodesk, the giant design, modeling and visualization software company, for what feels like a very, very long time. In my personal opinion, this is the company that pioneered the very first value-added resellers in the PC industry -- resellers...


May 27, 2010  5:29 PM

Microsoft wake up call



Posted by: badarrow
Apple, Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and services, J Allard, Microsoft, Robbie Bach, Steve Ballmer

Even avowed Microsoft boosters are concerned about the company's recent travails. As someone who doesn't follow the vendor as closely as in the past, it's still very clear that...


May 27, 2010  4:46 PM

McAfee’s Thurber still keenly focused on channel



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Alex Thurber, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, McAfee

Wrote briefly yesterday about some management shifts over at McAfee. Last night, I had a chance to follow up with Alex Thurber, who has taken on a new role focused on...


May 26, 2010  5:34 PM

McAfee’s lead channel exec shifts to mid-market role



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Channel, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and technologies, McAfee, Thurber

McAfee has announced what it describes as a "new alignment" of its business units, one that it says reflects customer interest not in point products but in solutions. The new divisions are:

  • Endpoint...


May 25, 2010  5:57 PM

ConnectWise cranks out phase three of current platform



Posted by: Heather Clancy
ConnectWise, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services

For those of you who use the ConnectWise reseller and services business management platform, the developer has flipped the switch on what it calls Phase 3 of ConnectWise 2010.


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