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March 30, 2012  6:33 PM

Microsoft cloud research underscores channel’s role in adoption



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Cloud, Cloud Services, Heather Clancy, IT buyer market research, IT channel products and services, Microsoft, Small and Midsize Business, SMB

There's a new Microsoft survey out this week that suggests adoption of paid cloud services among businesses with two to 250 employees will double during the next five years. Right now, approximately 30 percent of all SMBs use some sort of paid cloud service, according to the research. That,...

March 23, 2012  8:00 AM

Intel unleashes management tool to accompany channel server onslaught



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Heather Clancy, Intel, IT channel products and services

As part of its latest server technology onslaught for custom systems builders and other channel resellers focused on hardware innovation, Intel has introduced a management tool specifically designed for custom server builders and the VARs deploying servers using its latest processor line. The...


March 16, 2012  10:19 PM

The coming convergence of video and unified communications



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Heather Clancy, IDC, IT channel products and services, UC, Unified communications, video, videoconferencing

Finished wrapping up interviews for my next SearchITChannel Tech Watch story, looking at the convergence of network video applications and unified communications solutions that combine IP telephony, email, instant messaging and other voice...


March 9, 2012  3:17 PM

Forrester boosts tablet shipment forecast higher



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Apple, Apple iPad, Bring Your Own Device, Forrester Research, Heather Clancy, iPad, IT channel products and services, tablet

Just in case there was any doubt that consumer tablet computers are a force to be reckoned with in the business world, Forrester Research significantly increased its shipment projects for the next several years. In its


March 2, 2012  4:38 PM

Tips for hiring more technical women



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Heather Clancy, hiring, IT channel products and services, recruiting, women

I never really think about the ratio of men to women in the technology industry until I travel to conferences, where I find myself in the minority. The more technical the event, the fewer the women attendees, historically speaking. The Anita Borg Institute for...

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February 13, 2012  8:57 PM

Microsoft, GE create health care IT venture



Posted by: Heather Clancy
GE Healthcare, healthcare IT, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, Microsoft

General Electric and Microsoft have disclosed some details around a new 50-50 venture, called Caradigm, that the two companies are creating to target the healthcare IT segment. (Try saying the name of the company out loud, and you'll get it.) The company, which will get its


February 3, 2012  3:15 PM

Tech Data introduces one-stop cloud services store



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Cloud Services, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, SaaS, software, Software Licensing, Tech Data

As awareness about software and content piracy increases along with the need for proper licensing management, distributor Tech Data has created a site that creates a way for technology solution providers to streamline software licensing management and to offer cloud-delivered applications and...


January 20, 2012  6:00 PM

Dell plans to crank up channel marketing resources



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Channel Marketing, Dell, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services

I was lured into a briefing with some of Dell's channel marketing team this week. While there really wasn't any immediate news, I came away from the call with the general sense that the company plans to put way more resources into creating marketing materials for the channel to use this year. It...


January 2, 2012  10:17 PM

Our 2011 predictions: Spot on about mobility, ahead of the curve on social media



Posted by: Heather Clancy
cloud infrastructure, data center, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, mobility

While many people are still clinging today to one last day off associated with the New Year holiday, I'm plowing through the requisite year-in-review and year-ahead materials that those of us in journalism use to help keep us honest throughout the year. With that in mind, I dug up my report from...


December 23, 2011  8:07 PM

Taking stock of IBM’s 5 predictions for the next 5 years



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Artificial Intelligence, Heather Clancy, IBM, IT channel products and services, Kinetic Energy

If you are sick of the ridiculously short battery life you get out of your smartphone, you may only have five years to wait until kinetic energy technologies offer a respite. That is just one of the predictions in


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