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March 25, 2010  5:17 PM

Healthcare plan = big bucks for VARs



Posted by: badarrow
Android, Barbara Darrow, Cisco, Droid, DVI, Google, iPhone, IT channel products and services, Microsoft, SearchITChannel.com advisory board, Virtualization

  While many VARs may not agree with the now-approved healthcare legislation, those with a healthcare bent see it as a potential goldmine. This according to one member of the SearchITChannel.com Advisory board. Here are the top five takeways from yesterday's quarterly advisory board...

February 5, 2010  4:27 PM

Bracing for the Oracle ‘we get the cloud’ onslaught



Posted by: badarrow
Amazon, Barbara Darrow, cloud computing, Google, IT channel products and services, NetSuite, Oracle, Salesforce.com, Sun

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has made much hay proclaiming that the term "cloud computing" is over-used, mis-used and misconstrued. He has a point. Kind of. So get ready for Oracle to go on the cloud offensive in coming weeks, with a series of "road shows" or cloud computing forums (fora?) kicking...


January 4, 2010  5:45 PM

Good riddance to a bad decade



Posted by: badarrow
Apple, Barbara Darrow, dotcom bust, Google, HP, IBM, iPhone, IT channel products and services, Microsoft, Open-source, Vista, y2k bug

Face it, the first decade of the 21st century was a bummer. As it closes, it's time for the obligatory look at the major IT stories of the aughts. Based on a completely unscientific survey  of VARs and colleagues, here are the biggest stories of the that painful decade. 1: The fizz (and...


December 9, 2009  4:57 AM

Hot channel trends to watch in 2010



Posted by: badarrow
Android phones, Barbara Darrow, BPOS, Business Productivity Online Suite, deskop virtualization, Google, iPhones, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, VDI, VMware

Desktop virtualization will be big. Cloud computing and new client hardware? Also hot topics, but there's less agreement about whether they'll drive channel opportunities and profits. Yes, the SearchITChannel.com channel advisory board has weighed in on the hot technologies they see driving...


November 16, 2009  5:03 AM

Microsoft PDC 09: The pressure’s on



Posted by: badarrow
Amazon, AWS, Azure, Barbara Darrow, cloud computing, Google, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, PDC 2009, Professional Developers Conference, Ray Ozzie

In the past, Microsoft has used its Professional Developers Conference to talk pie in the sky. Promises made one year for the next typically dribbled out months, even years late and functionally short. Longhorn anyone? That can't happen anymore.  With PDC...

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November 3, 2009  8:25 PM

Google and Microsoft trading places in mail



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, BPOS, Google, Google Apps, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft

So, Google wins a big, prestigious $7.2 billion email account --for 30,000 Los Angeles municipal workers . Google Apps Premier is displacing Novell Groupwise there.  But Google beat out the...


October 21, 2009  4:15 PM

Top five IT channel lessons for the quarter



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, channel advisory board, Google, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Oracle, public cloud, Sun

VARs remain extremely cautious on public cloud computing and are obsessed with which vendor giants will remain standing after more expected M&A activity. Those are but two highlights of this quarter's SearchITChannel.com Advisory Board call. But there...


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 13, 2009  12:05 PM

Report: Microsoft tries to sell Razorfish



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Google, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, online advertising, Razorfish

  Microsoft is reportedly trying to sell off Razorfish, the digital ad service to a large consortium of advertising agencies. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is trying to offload Razorfish--but with...


June 17, 2009  8:36 PM

Microsoft: Google Apps’ Outlook sync breaks Outlook



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Google, Google Apps, Outlook

You could see this coming down the pike. Last week, Google announced Outlook synchronization for Google Apps--a very important addition for business email users. This week, Microsoft takes to it's...


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