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June 23, 2008  2:02 PM

Partner complaints hit new Dell channel wiki

Posted by: Bcournoyer
Channel partner programs, Direct reseller channel conflict, News

Dell has launched a new wiki, PartnerStorm, that is already fielding reseller complaints about the fledgling Dell channel program. On PartnerStorm, the channel version of Dell's popular IdeaStorm forum, users can post...

June 23, 2008  11:24 AM

Microsoft partner conference checklist

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Channel partner programs, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, News, Reseller channel business development, SMB, Software as a service (SaaS), Virtualization

This year's Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference will be in Houston. In July. One word: Ugh. And, interestingly, insiders say preliminary numbers show that more than half (60%) of...

June 23, 2008  9:53 AM

Symantec stresses endpoint management up-sell opportunities

Posted by: Bcournoyer
Network and application security, News, Systems and systems management

We first reported on Symantec Endpoint Management Suite 1.0 last week, when I found that Symantec had prematurely posted product details on its website. But today marks the suite's official launch,...

June 19, 2008  11:29 PM

MySQL switches version control

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

MySQL is switching version control ships, leaving BitKeeper for Bazaar, an open-source version control system. "Both the main MySQL server code and the code for many ancillary...

June 18, 2008  9:18 PM

YouTube is a great tool for spreading the word

Posted by: Heather Clancy
Authors, Heather Clancy, Leading technology vendors, News, Tech Blogs

This one is for those of you, dear readers, who remember Mike Homer, who contributed some great marketing ideas to both browser pioneer Netscape and personal computer pioneer Apple Computer. Those outside Silicon Valley may not be aware that Homer was diagnosed last year with

June 17, 2008  5:13 PM

Big price hikes from Oracle

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Enterprise applications, News, Oracle

The Cadillac of databases has become the Mercedes. Ok, that might not be the right analogy, so let's just say that Oracle has hiked prices across its software portfolio. Significantly. An example: Per CPU pricing on the big Oracle 11g Enterprise Edition database is now $47,500 vs. $40,000 before....

June 17, 2008  1:01 PM

Avaya executive-go-round

Posted by: rivkalittle
Channel, Channel partner programs, Cisco, News, Reseller channel business development, VoIP over IP (VoIP)

Avaya appointed former Motorola channel executive Jeremy Butt to be its worldwide channel chief today. The appointment is the latest in a series of executive changes at the company in recent months. Butt most recently served as vice president of worldwide channels for Motorola’s enterprise...

June 12, 2008  4:30 PM

The impending cloud

Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Collaboration software, Enterprise applications, Google, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, News, Software as a service (SaaS), Vendor partner business issues

For many VARs, cloud-based computing is a worrisome prospect. The notion of functions served up direct to users from a vendor-owned-and-operated cloud poses a huge disintermediation threat to...

June 11, 2008  2:28 PM

WiMax’ rocky road

Posted by: rivkalittle
Cisco, Enterprise applications, Google, Intel, Mobile networking technology, Networking technology, News

WiMax is having a rough life -- and this week epitomizes that. The wireless protocol for broadband access -- known in long form as Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access -- started off the week on a high note. On Monday, six tech heavy hitters, including Cisco Systems, Samsung...

June 10, 2008  4:02 PM

Next from Dan Bricklin: A wiki-spreadsheet combo

Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Collaboration software, Enterprise applications, IT channel products and technologies, News

Spreadsheet pioneer Dan Bricklin is at it again. The father of VisiCalc is now working to bring the spreadsheet's productivity to workgroups. Bricklin, in his trademark flannel shirt (it's nearly 100 degrees out!) said hello...

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