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Barbara Darrow


November 7, 2008  4:21 PM

Google CEO as Obama economic advisor



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Google, IBM, Microsoft, News

Should anything be read into the fact that Google CEO Eric Schmidt is among president-elect Barack Obama's economic advisors? Schmidt was listed among the luminaries present at the big...

November 5, 2008  1:22 PM

ERP swoon–Is it Microsoft specific?



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

Anecdotal evidence is that Microsoft ERP sales are in the tank this year, although it's hard to tell how much of that is Microsoft-specific vs. the overall ERP category sucking wind of late.


November 3, 2008  12:01 PM

Circuit City sinks further into sunset



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Information technology services, News, Vendor partner business issues

More bad news: Circuit City is shuttering 155 of its 760 stores and laying off their staffs. The cuts will affect thousands of employees and end Circuit City's presence in 55 markets. The stores will...


October 31, 2008  10:45 AM

Sun CEO to open source ponytail



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Open-source, Sun

Okay, this is hilarious. Check it out. It's got everything: Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz, open source, and Schwartz's ponytail.  Don't mock, you cynics. Faux Schwartz...


October 28, 2008  8:53 AM

Microsoft fills in some cloudware bits with Azure



Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Collaboration software, Enterprise applications, Information technology services, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Networking technology, News, Reseller channel business development, Software as a service (SaaS), Vendor partner business issues

As expected, Microsoft started to talk up some details of its cloud computing strategy Monday at its Professional Developers Conference.

Amidst all the cloud talk, there were a few deliverables...


October 24, 2008  10:17 AM

PDC priority: Proving Microsoft’s mojo



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Google, Information technology services, IT channel products and technologies, Leading technology vendors, Microsoft, News, Software as a service (SaaS), Vendor partner business issues

Has Microsoft lost its mojo? There's something different in the air. Microsoft is doing its best to drum up an uproar around next week's Professional Developers Conference (PDC). The company's code-name generator is in overdrive -- nothing new there. But it's become painfully obvious that the...


October 23, 2008  6:23 PM

Ripped from the headlines: Avatar abuse



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IBM, News

By Elaine Hom, Associate Features Editor Imagine going to jail for a murder you didn't commit. Sounds like The Shawshank Redemption, doesn't it? I’ll bet it’s all too familiar for the...

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October 13, 2008  12:03 PM

Man bites dog; VAR loves vendor



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Channel partner programs, Data storage management, Direct reseller channel conflict, Information technology services, IT channel products and technologies, News, Vendor partner business issues

When a VAR gives an unsolicited testimonial for a technology vendor, it's unusual enough to warrant attention. While researching a storage-related story a month or so ago, I called this VAR who answered the questions posed and then started talking about how much he loved working with


October 10, 2008  9:32 AM

Amazon tiers S3 prices, provides volume discount



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Data storage management, Information technology services, Microsoft, News, Software as a service (SaaS)

Amazon Web Services LLC is "tiering" the pricing on its hosted storage system. Amazon Simple Storage Service (or S3) in the U.S. had charged 15 cents per gigabyte of stored data. That rate will hold for the first 50 terabytes but now as you...


October 6, 2008  11:12 AM

Microsoft plots SQL Server 2010



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Data storage management, IT channel products and technologies, Leading technology vendors, Microsoft, News

Microsoft's database folks say that SQL Server 2010 (yes, that's the shocking name of the next release) will make it out in the 36-month window the company has prescribed for database releases.  It's promised for the first half of Calendar Year 2010. SQL Server 2008 shipped last August. "We...


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