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April 11, 2008  6:21 AM

Microsoft partners ponder Microsoft’s partner problem



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Direct reseller channel conflict, Enterprise applications, Microsoft, Reseller channel business development, Supplier relationship management, Vendor partner business issues

Microsoft partners really, really, really want to be recognized by the quality of their work. And not surprisingly, they want to be paid for it. One recurring theme sounded by Gold Certified partners

April 10, 2008  1:19 AM

The low-down from Honolulu: Cisco’s collaboration bent



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Authors, Channel partner programs, Cisco, Collaboration software, Data center disaster recovery planning, Heather Clancy, Leading technology vendors, Reseller channel business development, Vendor partner business issues

I’d be remiss if I didn’t report in this week from the Cisco Partner Summit, where I’m helping the company’s Industry Solutions Partner Network team with some breakout panels and communications activities. The themes I’m about to recount were plucked from the main keynote address hosted...


April 8, 2008  9:49 AM

Google App Engine: Amazon killer or ‘Geocities 2.0′?



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Application development, Enterprise applications, Microsoft, News, Software as a service (SaaS), Tech Blogs

We've been awaiting big enterprise news from Google for a few weeks now, and last night we finally got some. The Google App Engine is a free, hosted Web development platform that...


April 2, 2008  6:57 PM

SAP shuffles



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Enterprise applications, Microsoft, Oracle, SMB

SAP named Leo Apotheker co-CEO Wednesday. He will share CEO-ing duties with Henning Kagermann until the latter leaves the company next year. Apotheker had been deputy CEO. Kagermann's contract expires in 2009 and he said today he will leave at that time. In the second half of 2008 "Leo and the...


April 1, 2008  12:06 PM

Google Docs now available offline (kind of)



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

The Microsoft vs. Google battle has officially expanded to the desktop. Google Docs -- albeit an extremely limited version -- is now available offline. With the Google Gears browser extension, users...


March 28, 2008  3:14 PM

Microsoft in Eclipse? It could happen



Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Microsoft, Open-source, Sun

Given all of the apparent love flowing from Microsoft to its new-found open source allies and given that Microsoft's go-to open soruce guy Sam Ramji keynoted at the recent EclipseCon 2008 conference, the obvious question is: Will Microsoft join The Eclipse Foundation? Ramji listened politely and...


March 27, 2008  10:40 AM

Buh-bye CRM Live



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Enterprise applications, Microsoft, Software as a service (SaaS)

Microsoft is about to change the branding of CRM Live before CRM Live is officially out the gate, sources say. Word is when the Microsoft-hosted customer relationship management goes fully -- um --...


March 27, 2008  9:53 AM

Virtual VARs



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Channel partner programs, Cisco, Collaboration software, IBM

Are you a citizen of Second Life? Does it make sense to build a business establishment in a fake world? Unclear, but some VARs, including Ira Chandler, president of Curbstone Corp.,  are aboard. Here he is. Or rather,...


March 25, 2008  9:19 PM

Could open source ISVs outprepare Microsoft stack players?



Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Microsoft, Open-source, Server virtualization, Virtualization

Here's an interesting juxtaposition. On Tuesday, Microsoft's  Sam Ramji talked up the company's progress wooing open-source ISVs to


March 14, 2008  4:25 PM

And the new Rauline Ochs is…



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Channel partner programs, Enterprise applications, Microsoft, Oracle

Word out of Redwood Shores is that Oracle has tapped the new channel chief for North America. Make that channel chiefs. Plural.  Apparently it takes not one but two men to fill Rauline Ochs'...


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