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May 20, 2010  1:31 PM

Ignorance will not be bliss when it comes to the cloud



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Amazon Consulting, Beth Vanni, cloud computing, Heather Clancy, HTG Peer Groups, IT channel products and services, Scott Scrogin

I know this probably sounds vaguely obsessive, but I spend a lot of time worrying about how technology solution providers are coping with the slow, but sure transition of computing into the cloud.

May 13, 2010  7:28 PM

CompTIA shares some discoveries (er, research) about e-discovery



Posted by: Heather Clancy
CompTIA, e-discovery, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services

A new study from the CompTIA tech industry association indicates that 53 percent of IT professionals expect the use of so-called e-discovery -- or the discovery process in civil litigation that is using electronic information as evidence -- to increase over the next several years. The


May 13, 2010  4:22 PM

Ellison rips Schwartz



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Jonathan Schwartz, Larry Ellison, Oracle, Sun

Never a dull moment for Larry Ellison. Oracle's chairman is not shy about rocking the boat, and this week took aim at former Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz in a very public way. In an interview, Ellison blasted Schwartz...

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May 10, 2010  6:52 PM

Webiplex: Another cool vendor you may not have heard of



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, business process automation, document management, IT channel products and technologies, Webiplex

What would you say about a product that could facilitate workflow and document management between various internal apps--HR, accounting, etc.-- as well as handle optical character recognition/scanning for those nasty paper documents we were supposed to be rid of by now? I would bet you'd be...


May 4, 2010  3:38 PM

Small security vendor eSet earns VAR raves



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Dave Dadian, eSet, Frank Basanta, IT channel products and technologies, PowerSolution.com, security software, Symantec, Systems Solutions

In a world where the big vendors race to get bigger (but not necessarily better), it's nice to see innovative, smaller vendors gaining channel recognition.


May 4, 2010  1:55 AM

Microsoft to pare back ERP VARs



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, ERP, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Gold partners

At last, confirmation from Microsoft that it plans to cut the number of VARs offering its ERP lineups came last week from Bob Scott, who covered Great Plains software long before it morphed into...


April 30, 2010  5:37 PM

Why project management should be on your radar screen



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

One of the toughest skills to teach anyone is how to be organized, how to keep projects running smoothly -- according to deadline and according to the ever-changing expectations of clients. When I talk to technology solution providers about the keys to their success, there are several different...


April 30, 2010  1:04 AM

Two separate surveys show SMBs investing again for innovation, not just cost savings



Posted by: Heather Clancy
CompTIA, Heather Clancy, IT buyer market research, IT channel products and services, Microsoft, SMB

Two separate surveys offer insight into second half buying priorities among small and midsize businesses across the United States.

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April 26, 2010  10:09 PM

Top takeaways from Hewlett Packard APC 2010



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, HP, HP APC, IT channel products and technologies

Hewlett Packard's big partner confab kicks off in earnest in an hour or so with a keynote by Stephen DiFranco, Lynn Pendergrass, Randy Seidl, Stephen DeWitt. But here are some takeaways from morning meetings. 1: Most HP execs so far have been coy about if and how the Oracle-Sun data center...


April 25, 2010  7:14 PM

OS/2 mostly gone, but not forgotten



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, Warpstock, Workplace Shell

If you think no one cares about IBM OS/2, the mostly defunct operating system, publish a story on it and wait for the email. OS/2, for all its faults and foibles, still generates a ton of...


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