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February 26, 2008  10:29 PM

Craving managed services stats and best practices? CompTIA wants to help

Posted by: Heather Clancy
Channel partner programs, Heather Clancy, Information technology services, Managed services providers, Software as a service (SaaS), VAR training, certification

With most consumers of information technology expected to ratchet up their spending on managed services this year, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has started a Web site intended to aid VARs and resellers figuring out whether the business model is right for their own...

February 26, 2008  7:30 PM

Bill Gates here, Linking in

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Collaboration software, Microsoft

Bill Gates is Linked In. And on Thursday you too could be connected to the Microsoft maestro This according to email from the LinkedIn spokespeeps: "This Thursday, Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft, will post a question on LinkedIn. His objective is...

February 25, 2008  11:08 PM

Hurd to partners: HP will fix problems, but attach rates must rise

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Channel partner programs, Direct reseller channel conflict, Hewlett-Packard, Servers and desktop hardware, SMB

Hewlett-Packard has logged robust growth but could do better, especially in the U.S. and in SMBs, HP CEO Mark Hurd said Monday.

Kicking off HP's annual Americas Partner Conference (APC) in Las Vegas, Hurd (hoarse with a cold) also disputed the notion of some partners that the company...

February 22, 2008  11:25 AM

Paul Maritz takes his Pi to EMC

Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Data storage management, EMC, Microsoft, Open-source, Server virtualization, Software as a service (SaaS), Virtualization

EMC is buying Pi Corp., and Pi's founder, Paul Maritz, will now head EMC's software-as-a-service effort. The news was reported by

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February 21, 2008  12:27 PM

EC to Microsoft on interop: Show me

Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Linux, Microsoft, Open-source, Software as a service (SaaS)

Prove it. The European Commission has heard it all before when it comes to Microsoft's vows to be more interoperable and generally better behaved than in the past. Basically, Microsoft has never won good marks in the "works well with others" category, at least in the eyes of European...

February 20, 2008  4:04 PM

Microsoft reorgs business solutions

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Enterprise applications, Microsoft

We've been waiting for shoes to drop over at Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS)—it's been very quiet. Well, they're dropping now.

February 19, 2008  10:34 PM

Microsoft posts new SQL Server 2008 CTP

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Data storage management, Microsoft

The rolling pre- launches of the Windows 2008 "platform wave" continue apace a week before the February 27 launch event. Microsoft made what it calls a feature-complete

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February 18, 2008  10:04 PM

Brokaw to anchor Windows Server 2008 launch

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

Woo hoo. Tom Brokaw's going to host Microsoft's Windows 2008 launch aka the "Heroes Happen Here" on February 27.  Brokaw, besides his long-time NBC anchor gig,...

February 15, 2008  10:08 AM

How’s this for a compelling marketing slogan? ‘Boycott Software Sweatshops’

Posted by: Heather Clancy
Application development, Authors, Heather Clancy, Information technology services, Reseller blogs, Reseller channel business development

Spoke a couple of weeks back with Raza Imam, managing partner of Adaptive Solutions, a software engineering and custom development firm in Chicago about some rather, eh, extraordinary marketing tactics he is using to draw attention to his...

February 14, 2008  11:07 AM

Microsoft re-shuffles

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

Ah, it's that time of year. Microsoft is re-shuffling the executive deck with Pieter Knook, the Windows Mobile guy; Mike Sievert, the Vista marketer; and Steven Berkowitz of the black hole that is online...

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