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November, 2007

November 28, 2007  5:24 PM

Write a business plan, do some soul searching

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

So, here's the thing. Yesterday, I was reading a story in The Wall Street Journal about how plain old e-mail is becoming the next spam problem. And I had the realization: This story is SO all about me. For me, e-mail is a procrastination tool. I've been trained to justify jumping...

November 27, 2007  10:31 AM

Vista capable? Rrrrrrrriiiiiigggghhhhht…

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

You could see this one coming. Two sets of plaintiffs are trying to make their lawsuit over Microsoft's "Vista-capable" claims into a class action tiff. Vista has hit more than it's share of 

November 25, 2007  9:45 PM

What’s Sinofsky up to?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

 While many pundits have wondered about Ray Ozzie's radio-silence, I'm more interested in what Steven Sinofsky's been up to.  Sinofsky is credited with driving Microsoft's Office cash cow to market. Often and usually on...

November 20, 2007  11:33 PM

Virtualization wave ruffles Microsoft foundation

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Microsoft proponents would definitely not agree, but the virtualization genie will make operating systems a lot less relevant. Microsoft is pricing its  upcoming Hyper-V (aka Viridian)...

November 19, 2007  10:35 AM

Ex-Loti Sturtevant heads up new Microsoft concept lab

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Reed Sturtevant, one of the Lotus stars behind Freelance Graphics, is now heading up Microsoft’s concept development effort just blocks away from the old “LDB” headquarters building. See story here. This is ironic for...

November 18, 2007  9:41 PM

Customer disorganization can be a big VAR margin killer

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

How closely do you manage your account size mix? There are certainly advantages to working with smaller companies—such as the chance to be a strategic IT advisor—but are you putting an inordinate amount of resources into these accounts? A conversation I had late last week with Dave Casey,...

November 15, 2007  9:40 PM

Singing the Vista blues

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

 The Vista debate continues. John Dvorak and...

November 14, 2007  3:54 PM

Chizen exits Adobe

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Here's  another news nugget that bears watching. Bruce Chizen is leaving his spot as Adobe next month after 13 years with the company.

November 12, 2007  5:46 PM

Cognos: Sold to IBM for $5B!

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

 IBM Software has long made a big racket about how it's an infrastructure player and would never ever, ever (again) compete with applications partners. But now it's buying Cognos for five billion big ones. That's five billion. For Cognos! So those arguments are sounding pretty flimsy. Of course,...

November 12, 2007  2:29 PM

Got an IT job opening? Maybe you should take a chance on a vet

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

When I talk to solution providers about their biggest day-to-day operational challenges, hiring skilled technical personnel invariably comes up as urgent priority one or two. So it seemed appropriate to put on my patriotic cap for a moment on Veteran’s Day to mention a new program started by the...

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