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August 10, 2009  4:45 PM

Microsoft fires up CTP generator with latest SQL Server



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Database, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, SQL Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2

The CTP of SQL Server  2008 R2 is now available Community Technical Previews have become an inevitable, incremental step in the Microsoft trudge towards availability.  VARs can download the CTP and check out new support...

August 5, 2009  2:59 AM

Rivals eye Sun partners, customers



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, channel conflict, HP, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, Oracle, Sun Microsystems

To say that competitors are circling Sun Microsystems' customers and partners like vultures is probably overstating the case. But not by much. Continued...

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July 30, 2009  5:31 PM

Still waiting for the Microsoft vision



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, cloud computing, Google, IT Channel, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Ray Ozzie

A former colleague, who has worked the tech beat for more than 20 years, had some interesting thoughts the other night on the new-look Microsoft under chief software architect Ray Ozzie. His rant...


July 28, 2009  2:22 PM

IBM restarts M&A engine, snaps up SPSS



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Business Intelligence, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, predictive analytics, SPSS

IBM started up its acquisition push and analytics landgrab this week with a planned $1.2 billion buyout of SPSS. SPSS, out of Chicago, does statistical and predictive analytics software. IBM launched its business intelligence/analytics push a few...


July 24, 2009  1:20 PM

Microsoft Golds rip Windows 7 RTM schedule



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Gold partner, Windows 7

Some Microsoft Gold partners are more than miffed that they won't get their Windows 7 RTM code until after volume customers as well as hardware OEMs and ISVs. According to the Windows Team Blog, Microsoft Golds have t


July 22, 2009  1:49 PM

Top five channel hot spots



Posted by: badarrow
atom-based servers, Barbara Darrow, Cisco, cloud computing, IT channel products and technologies, Twitter, Windows 7

There's nothing like a channel advisory board call to recharge the batteries. Here are the top five takeaways from SearchITChannel.com's quarterly call earlier this week: First: It's probably a no-brainer, but solution providers expect a big hardware refresh to accompany the Windows 7...


July 20, 2009  3:51 PM

Mohamad Ali leaves IBM for Avaya



Posted by: badarrow
Avaya, Barbara Darrow, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, Mohamad Ali, Nortel

Mohamad Ali, a veteran IBM exec, is leaving the company after more than 13 years, to join Avaya as SVP of corporate development, according to an email sent out over the weekend. The mail arrived just two days...


July 20, 2009  3:43 PM

Office 2010 gets a blog of it’s own



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Office 2010

Microsoft launched a new blog for its upcoming Office 2010 last week. At its Worldwide Partner Conference last week, Microsoft talked up the next-gen Office, promised it for next year. Partners and other invitees can...


July 16, 2009  2:40 AM

Top Five WPC Lessons



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, iPhone, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft Worldwide Par, SharePoint, WPC 2009

1: Sales of Business Productivity Online Suite are sad.  First clue? The 250 free seats offered to WPC 2009 attendees. People applauded that news but some of the more um--realistic--VARs in the crowd said it's may be the only way to get some actual users online. VARs hate BPOS because Microsoft...


July 15, 2009  10:19 AM

Microsoft VARs: Do you know where your TPAM is?



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Telephone partner account managers

Microsoft is moving its Telephone Partner Account Managers (TPAMs) into distribution. The company told several of its VARs at the Worldwide Partner Conference this week that the TPAMs will soon be working out of distributors' support organizations but performing most of their same tasks. One...


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