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July 13, 2010  6:18 PM

Microsoft partners will once again go for the gold

Posted by: badarrow
Advanced, Barbara Darrow, competencies, Gold, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Partner Network, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

So remember all that stuff about Microsoft ditching the "Gold" partner designation because it didn't mean anything? Well, never mind.

July 11, 2010  11:33 PM

Top five questions for Microsoft at WWPC

Posted by: badarrow
Add new tag, Apple, Azure, Barbara Darrow, Bob Muglia, BPOS, Google, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Gold partners, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Ray Ozzie, Steve Ballmer

As the kickoff for Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 approaches, here are some questions Microsoft partners would love Steve Ballmer, Bob Muglia et al. #1: Why should partners go for the Microsoft Partner Network's "advanced" badge? The zillion dollar question this...

July 9, 2010  3:30 PM

Microsoft partners expect cloud deluge at WWPC

Posted by: badarrow
Azure, Barbara Darrow, BPOS, cloud computing, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Steve Ballmer

There'll be a lot of cloud talk at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in D.C. next week. What Microsoft lost in being late to the party--compared to, Amazon, Google--it will try to...

June 24, 2010  7:44 PM

Allison Watson leaves partner role at Microsoft

Posted by: badarrow
Allison Watson, Barbara Darrow, Ian Roskill, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft partners, MPN

Two Microsoft corporate VPs are swapping places. Allison Watson, who has been the worldwide partner chief at Microsoft for eight years, is moving into a new marketing  role at the software giant. Watson will be...

June 9, 2010  5:44 PM

Quick video refresher on new Microsoft competencies

Posted by: Heather Clancy
Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, Julie Bennani, Microsoft, Microsoft Partner Network

OK, so probably many of you have made your arrangement to fly to Washington, D.C., for the annual Microsoft worldwide partner conference. Last year, the company announced a whole set of new competencies, which means that most of you have had to rejigger your certifications with the software...

May 27, 2010  5:29 PM

Microsoft wake up call

Posted by: badarrow
Apple, Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and services, J Allard, Microsoft, Robbie Bach, Steve Ballmer

Even avowed Microsoft boosters are concerned about the company's recent travails. As someone who doesn't follow the vendor as closely as in the past, it's still very clear that...

May 4, 2010  1:55 AM

Microsoft to pare back ERP VARs

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, ERP, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Gold partners

At last, confirmation from Microsoft that it plans to cut the number of VARs offering its ERP lineups came last week from Bob Scott, who covered Great Plains software long before it morphed into...

April 30, 2010  1:04 AM

Two separate surveys show SMBs investing again for innovation, not just cost savings

Posted by: Heather Clancy
CompTIA, Heather Clancy, IT buyer market research, IT channel products and services, Microsoft, SMB

Two separate surveys offer insight into second half buying priorities among small and midsize businesses across the United States.

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April 25, 2010  1:19 PM

Microsoft updates Dynamics CRM Online

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Convergence, Dynamics GP 2010, ERP, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online

Among new features flowing into Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online are tools to help hook it up with the company's

April 22, 2010  1:44 PM

Microsoft plugs away on SQL Azure

Posted by: badarrow
Azure, Barbara Darrow, Business Intelligence, Database, IT channel products and services, Microsoft, SQL Azure, SQL Server 2008 R2, Ted Kummert

Microsoft is chipping away at SQL Azure, trying to bring it to full parity with on-premises with the company's on-premises  SQL Server 2008 R2. "We have the principal of...

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