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June 8, 2010  7:22 PM

Whoops! Oracle/Sun not looking so profitable after all



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Larry Ellison, layoffs, Oracle, rebates, Sun Microsystems

Remember when Larry Ellison chastised analysts and reporters for forecasting that  Oracle would decimate Sun Microsystems headcount? Oracle was hiring, not firing, he said. And, remember Ellison promising that the...

June 7, 2010  7:14 PM

Oracle Sun hardware support policies already wearing thin



Posted by: badarrow
IT channel products and technologies, Oracle, Solaris, SPARC, Sun, Sun hardware, Sun support, support

Hewlett-Packard, IBM and yes--even Cisco Systems--hope to make hay out of Oracle's decision to boost support price on Sun hardware. And there's no shortage of


May 28, 2010  7:22 AM

Disties declare turnaround



Posted by: Heather Clancy
IT channel products and technologies

Is the recession over for the high-tech industry? Data collected by the world's top technology distribution companies shows sales levels that now exceed the peak of demand prior to the beginning of the economic crisis in September 2008. So, even though we keep hearing about pockets of skittishness,...


May 26, 2010  5:34 PM

McAfee’s lead channel exec shifts to mid-market role



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Channel, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and technologies, McAfee, Thurber

McAfee has announced what it describes as a "new alignment" of its business units, one that it says reflects customer interest not in point products but in solutions. The new divisions are:

  • Endpoint...


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 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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