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July 7, 2008  8:08 PM

Microsoft working on hosted ERP software



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Channel partner programs, Enterprise applications, Microsoft, News, Software as a service (SaaS)

A Microsoft-hosted enterprise resource planning (ERP) offering is appearing more and more likely. That's according to Marie Huwe, Microsoft's general manager for partner marketing strategy. Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference here in Houston, senior news editor Barb Darrow and I...

July 7, 2008  1:24 PM

Microsoft: We will cut partners in on our hosted infrastructure services



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Channel partner programs, Direct reseller channel conflict, Email -- Exchange, Outlook, IT buyer market research, IT channel products and technologies, Managed services providers, Microsoft, News, Software as a service (SaaS)

The word wafting around the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference is that the company will at last outline partner rebate/commission structure for those partners bringing customers to Microsoft-hosted solutions including the Microsoft


July 7, 2008  8:07 AM

More on Microsoft org changes



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Channel partner programs, Direct reseller channel conflict, Enterprise applications, Microsoft, News

More details on the big Microsoft org changes are starting to trickle out. For Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS), home of the Dynamics lineup of ERP and CRM products,


July 6, 2008  8:01 PM

zetVisions buys piece of Business Objects from SAP



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Enterprise applications, IT channel products and technologies, Leading technology vendors, Microsoft, News, Oracle, SAP

SAP partner zetVisions AG has agreed to acquire corporate investment management (CIM) products from SAP's Business Objects...

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July 2, 2008  1:00 PM

Will Microsoft acquire Nortel?



Posted by: rivkalittle
Authors, Channel partner programs, Enterprise applications, Microsoft, Networking technology, News, Reseller channel business development, VoIP over IP (VoIP)

Summertime is the time to mull. Today I have the time to consider whether Microsoft and Nortel -- currently unified communications (UC) partners -- will move from heavy dating to marriage. According to channel partners of both companies, rumors of such an acquisition have been swirling for some...


June 27, 2008  10:08 AM

Ellison on ‘on-demand’



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Enterprise applications, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, News, Oracle, Software as a service (SaaS)

Larry Ellison had some interesting thoughts on the on-demand model, especially intriguing as he retains his interest in NetSuite, the on-demand ERP provider. His ownership stake, which...


June 26, 2008  10:46 AM

Database market share war resumes



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IBM, IT buyer market research, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, News, Oracle

It's that time of year for the database market share squabble. IDC has released its numbers--at least to the vendors--and two of the three big database players are claiming victory. From the snippets the vendors themselves release, it's hard to draw conclusions. It's like the

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June 25, 2008  12:37 PM

The cost of doing business with Oracle



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Channel partner programs, Direct reseller channel conflict, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, News, Oracle

Being an Oracle partner can be a pricey business. For example: If you're a select Oracle partner who wants face time with Oracle reps at the vendor's yearly sales kickoff, you can pay either $6K, $10K or $25K for the privilege. For that amount you get to be an Exhibitor Partner at the big Las...


June 25, 2008  8:25 AM

Ubuntu goes mobile



Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Linux, News, Open-source

Canonical on Tuesday posted its Ubuntu Mobile Internet Device (MID) Edition to its website. This is a developers' release based on the desktop edition of the...


June 23, 2008  11:24 AM

Microsoft partner conference checklist



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Channel partner programs, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, News, Reseller channel business development, SMB, Software as a service (SaaS), Virtualization

This year's Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference will be in Houston. In July. One word: Ugh. And, interestingly, insiders say preliminary numbers show that more than half (60%) of...


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