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June 10, 2009  9:55 PM

IBM to business partners: Why don’t you mingle a little?

Posted by: Heather Clancy
business partner, Channel, communities, IBM, PartnerWorld, Social networks

As if Facebook or LinkedIn or Plaxo or any of the other places where I've been personally congregating with VARs and IT solution providers for months weren't enough, some of the biggest high-tech vendors in the channel are jumping with both feet into the world of social networks. The latest to...

April 21, 2009  3:09 AM

Top five questions about Sun-Oracle

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, Lotus, Oracle, Scott McNealy, Storage, Sun Microsystems

Here's a completely non-scientific list of my top five questions arising from Oracle's $7.4 billion buy out of Sun Microsystems. 5: How could it have been surprising that Oracle was the white...

April 20, 2009  11:56 AM

Oracle buys Sun

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IBM, Oracle, Sun Microsystems

Well that didn't take long. Oracle is buying Sun, in a deal worth about $7.4 billion, the company said in a statement released early Monday. Oracle is offering $9.50 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at about $7.4 billion,...

April 6, 2009  1:14 AM

Conglomeration conga

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, M&A, Oracle, Sun, Virtual Iron


Whether Sun and IBM ever actually do tie the knot, the M&A craziness will continue....

March 25, 2009  8:33 PM

McNealy on IBM rumors

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, Open-source, Scott McNealy, Sun

What is Scott McNealy's take on the much-reported IBM/Sun combo under discussion? According to Alex Barrett, pretty much what you'd expect.  As in:

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March 24, 2009  1:38 AM

Possible Sun deal opens can o’ worms for IBM

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Google, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, mainframe, Microsoft, Orac, Platform Solutions, Sun, T3 Technologies

Here's a reminder that Microsoft isn't the only tech vendor known for its hardball tactics. When it comes to monopolistic practices in the computer business, many say IBM wrote the book.

March 19, 2009  7:45 PM

Sun-IBM as Tupac-Notorious BIG

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IBM, Sun

Storage Soup has the best take on the much-talked about IBM-Sun takeout story.  IBM as Biggie Smalls? Brilliant. As for VARs, most seem to divide along party lines. IBM VARs love it, Sun VARs, not so much. 

December 23, 2008  12:49 PM

Whose cloud is it anyway?

Posted by: badarrow
Authors, Barbara Darrow, Cisco, Direct reseller channel conflict, IBM, Leading technology vendors, Microsoft, News, Software as a service (SaaS), Vendor partner business issues

Raise your hand if you've heard enough about the proverbial cloud yet. Understood. The hypefest has been enormous. And the payoff? Not there yet. Continued »

December 17, 2008  7:43 AM

Feds look into Cognos deals

Posted by: badarrow
Authors, Barbara Darrow, IBM, News

Cognos, now part of IBM, has seen more than its share of bad press lately, what with the scrutiny of two large Massachusetts contracts that are under investigation. A series of Boston Globe articles have detailed

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November 11, 2008  8:11 PM

Nortel in too deep; analysts say sale coming

Posted by: rivkalittle
Channel partner programs, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, Networking technology, News, Rivka Little

Nortel is in bigger trouble than some even suspected. Monday the company reported a $3.41 billion loss in the third quarter and announced it would slash 1,300 jobs. Most stunning about the announcement was that the first four employees to go were senior executives. Their departure is part of a...

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