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February 1, 2012  7:22 PM

Citrix offers training to enable partners, but is the business rationale there?



Posted by: Leah Rosin
Channel, Channel partner programs, Citrix partners, desktop virtualization, VAR training, VAR training, certification, VDI, XenClient, XenDesktop, XenServer

Citrix Systems just announced its 2012 partner training calendar, including a six-week virtual desktop training course, Citrix Academy. The course is offered in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Santa...

April 11, 2011  1:33 PM

Microsoft’s cloud conundrum



Posted by: badarrow
Azure, Barbara Darrow, ERP, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Convergence, Microsoft Convergence 2011, Microsoft Dynamics, Project Green

News that Microsoft plans to move three (count 'em 3!) of its legacy ERP products to its cloud is both stunning and unsurprising. And it illustrates the company's cloud...


March 29, 2011  9:20 PM

MSPAlliance dreams up service provider certification



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, managed service provider, MSP, VAR training, VAR training, certification

One of the toughest tasks for any technology solution provider is building trust with would-be customers. The job gets even tougher when you are asking a business to entrust certain pieces of their IT infrastructure to the so-called "cloud." Can the service provider REALLY guarantee service levels?...


February 9, 2011  1:59 PM

VMware specializations target education, government VARs



Posted by: badarrow
Channel partner programs, Colin Steele, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, specializations, VAR training, certification, VMware, VMware Partner Exchange

By Colin Steele, Senior Site Editor ORLANDO -- VMware is moving away from certifying partners by size, instead focusing on their areas of expertise. Two new channel specializations debuted today at the company's

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October 11, 2010  1:27 PM

What innovations are spurring opportunities for solution providers? Some insight.



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Business Intelligence, cloud computing, enterprise, Green IT, Heather Clancy, innovation, IT channel products and services, IT infrastructure

I had the good fortune to travel to Los Angeles last week for a visit with the attendees of distributor Arrow's annual Net@Work conference. Ostensibly, I was there to give a presentation, "The Entrepreneurial Enterprise," which focused on technology trends that are spurring big-business innovation....


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 25, 2010  1:19 PM

Microsoft updates Dynamics CRM Online



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Convergence, Dynamics GP 2010, ERP, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online

Among new features flowing into Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online are tools to help hook it up with the company's


April 22, 2010  1:44 PM

Microsoft plugs away on SQL Azure



Posted by: badarrow
Azure, Barbara Darrow, Business Intelligence, Database, IT channel products and services, Microsoft, SQL Azure, SQL Server 2008 R2, Ted Kummert

Microsoft is chipping away at SQL Azure, trying to bring it to full parity with on-premises with the company's on-premises  SQL Server 2008 R2. "We have the principal of...


March 11, 2010  4:59 PM

Microsoft to NetSuite: Take that!



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, ERP, IT channel products and services, Microsoft, NetSuite

Things are getting good in mid-market ERP--a segment that could use some caffeination. Microsoft is offering NetSuite shops $850 per user  in credit to move to its ERP lines.  The money goes to end users--presumably the partner benefit would come from implementation work  involved in...


March 10, 2010  7:06 PM

Deshaies continues Microsoft diaspora to Sage



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, ERP, IT channel products and technologies, Jodi Uecker-Rust, Microsoft, Robert Deshaies, Sage Software

Embarrassing to have missed this one but Robert Deshaies, once a channel exec at Microsoft, is now at Sage Software. Sage competes with Microsoft ERP and CRM...


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