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November 4, 2010  5:07 PM

Brocade Communications raises the bar by erasing one



Posted by: badarrow
APN, Barbara Darrow, Brocade Communications, Brocade partners, Channel partner programs, Cisco, HP, IT channel products and technologies

An awful lot of vendors send out an awful lot of press releases touting new partner program perks--new ways that they, the vendors, will help you, the partners, do bigger, better deals. The trouble is a lot of those press releases are 90% puffery. As in very little meat. (The next time I see a...

November 4, 2010  3:34 AM

Oracle: HP’s playing hide the Apotheker



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, HP, IT channel products and technologies, Larry Ellison, lawsuit, Leo Apotheker, Oracle, Ray Lane, SAP

  Tonight's statement from Oracle corporate PR vis-a-vis the SAP lawsuit:

"Hewlett Packard has refused to accept service of a subpoena requiring Mr. Apotheker to testify about his role in SAP's illegal conduct. Mr. Apotheker started work for HP on Monday, but it now appears that...


November 3, 2010  4:52 PM

Microsoft insiders question top leadership



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Bill Gates, IT channel products and technologies, J Allard, Mark Hurd, Microsoft, Robbie Bach, Steve Ballmer

Given the number of high-profile executives leaving Microsoft in recent months, there are some inside (and out) of the company that wonder if Steve Ballmer is the problem, rather than the solution, for Microsoft.


November 2, 2010  2:00 PM

Still hungry, Oracle buys ATG



Posted by: badarrow
ATG, Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Oracle, Thomas Kurian

Oracle is buying ATG, a maker of e-commerce software, for about $1 billion in cash or $6.00 per share. Continued...

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November 1, 2010  5:02 PM

SAP, scared of Oracle, makes goo-goo eyes at HP



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, HP, IT channel products and technologies, Larry Ellison, Leo Apotheker, Mark Hurd, Oracle, SAP

The strange interpretive dance by Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and SAP has put everyone's spidey sense in overdrive. Court proceedings on


October 29, 2010  2:17 PM

Microsoft makes Azure more palatable



Posted by: badarrow
Amazon Web Services, Azure, Azure pricing, Barbara Darrow, Bob Muglia, IaaS, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, PaaS, PDC

  Microsoft execs, including server and tools chief Bob Muglia, have long maintained that the Azure price model was sound and clear as a bell. This despite developers and other would-be...


October 28, 2010  2:53 AM

Ellison reloads, fires again



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, HP, IT channel products and technologies, Larry Ellison, Leo Apotheker, Oracle, Ray Lane, SAP

Another missive from Oracle, attributed to Larry Ellison. The Oracle vs. HP (and SAP) battle continues.  

 

“HP Chairman Ray Lane has taken the position that...


October 27, 2010  12:04 PM

Charles Phillips surfaces at Infor



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Charles Phillips, Infor, IT channel products and technologies, Oracle

That didn't take long. Charles Phillips is now CEO of Infor. The move comes less than two months since


October 27, 2010  11:39 AM

Ellison warns HP/Apotheker



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and technologies, Larry Ellison, Leo Apotheker, Oracle, Ray Lane, SAP

Here's one of the weirder statements (attributable to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison) to hit reporters' mailboxes in recent decades:

“A few weeks ago I accused HP’s new CEO, Leo Apotheker, of overseeing an industrial espionage scheme centering on the repeated theft of massive amounts...


October 26, 2010  3:28 AM

Ray Ozzie sums up Microsoft services effort



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Ray Ozzie, Windows Live

 Ray Ozzie's new "Dawn of a Day" blog entry takes stock of Microsoft's move into services and, not surpisingly, gives the company high marks for its Windows Live and other efforts. Ozzie,


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