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Rivka Little


December 23, 2008  10:56 PM

Nortel for sale … maybe



Posted by: rivkalittle
Channel partner programs, Cisco, News, Rivka Little

Nortel is mulling over bids worth nearly $1 billion for its Metro Ethernet Networks (MEN) unit. Nortel placed the MEN unit -- one of the healthiest divisions in the company -- on the block in September to slash costs and earn some cash, but now the company is

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December 9, 2008  10:10 AM

Strange bedfellows: John Chambers and Barack Obama



Posted by: rivkalittle
Channel partner programs, Cisco, Rivka Little

It’s a funny thing Cisco CEO John Chambers was such a strong John McCain supporter since it’s actually president elect Barack Obama’s administration that is likely to boost the company’s shares and stabilize...


December 8, 2008  2:57 PM

Will Cisco sit out an appeal in the Infra-Comm case?



Posted by: rivkalittle
Channel partner programs, Cisco, Rivka Little, VAR training, certification, Vendor partner business issues

Cisco Systems hasn’t yet filed for an appeal in the Infra-Comm case and it only has about six weeks left to do so. Continued »


December 5, 2008  3:05 PM

Is there anyone not trying to steal Nortel partners?



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

Seems Juniper Networks is not the only buzzard swooping over the potential ruins of Nortel to snatch its channel partners. John Wrona, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Nortel partner Ronco Communications, said he’s been hit up...


November 25, 2008  5:32 PM

Cisco imposes week-long US and Canada operations shutdown to slash spending



Posted by: rivkalittle
Cisco, Rivka Little

When Cisco CEO John Chambers says he plans to slash spending, he means it. Cisco has implemented a mandatory shutdown of U.S. and Canadian operations between December 29 and January 2. During his fiscal year ’09 Q1 report, Chambers...


November 19, 2008  6:20 PM

Juniper’s KJ the new Yahoo chief? Microsoft-Yahoo dance continues?



Posted by: rivkalittle
Google, Microsoft, News, Rivka Little, Tech Blogs

Juniper CEO (and former Microsoft exec) Kevin Johnson is a pundit favorite to replace outgoing Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang. Huh? Didn’t KJ just get a new job?


November 18, 2008  9:38 PM

Cisco VARs consolidate: INX acquires NetTeks



Posted by: rivkalittle
Channel partner programs, Cisco, Collaboration software, Enterprise applications, Reseller channel business development, Rivka Little, Vendor partner business issues, VoIP over IP (VoIP)

INX Inc. snapped up Cisco VAR NetTeks Technology Consultants this week, continuing a trend in VAR consolidation. The acquisition...


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...


November 5, 2008  6:39 PM

Cisco predicts sales to drop in Q2; will ride out storm with hiring freeze



Posted by: rivkalittle
Channel partner programs, Cisco, News, Rivka Little, Tech Blogs

Cisco CEO John Chambers said Wednesday afternoon during a Q1 earnings call that he expects sales to fall 5 to 10% in the second quarter and that the company will go on a $1 billion cost cutting campaign, halting hiring as one of many maneuvers. The good news is that Chambers didn’t lower long...


October 18, 2008  7:15 PM

Could hosted services spur tension between distributor and partner?



Posted by: rivkalittle
Application development, Channel partner programs, Direct reseller channel conflict, Enterprise applications, Information technology services, IT channel products and technologies, Managed services providers, News, Reseller channel business development, Rivka Little, Software as a service (SaaS), VAR training, certification, Vendor partner business issues

San Diego -- Ingram Micro CEO Greg Spierkel faced a funny question from partners at the VentureTech Network (VTN) conference here Thursday morning: “What do we do that drives you crazy?” Spierkel’s answer? “Buying from my competitors.”


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