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January, 2008

January 31, 2008  3:16 PM

Same ol’, same ol’ at Oracle

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Oracle’s next channel chief will have to deal with the age-old conflicts the company has always faced. Many Oracle partners credit the recently departed Rauline Ochs...

January 30, 2008  1:32 PM

Time for VARs to get more adept at mobile

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

CompTIA (the Computing Technology Industry Association) has released some data that finds that IT departments are spending more money and resources supporting various mobile communications and computing devices, especially the BlackBerry. To start, close to two-thirds of the 816 people who...

January 29, 2008  3:17 PM

Microsoft partner says portal makes him look stupid

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

The Microsoft Partner Program Web site gets skewered today by John Powers, CEO of independent software vendor Digipede.Microsoft Partner Program On his blog,

January 28, 2008  10:14 PM

Attention MSPs: There’s a new online tech support site in town. Interested?

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

The exclusive Demo conference held several times each year is usually replete with great Web concepts and technologies that won't really be relevant for the channel for at least a year down the road. But, behold, this week's conference boasts at least one major exception in the form of

January 28, 2008  8:57 PM

V-Day: VMware gets pounded, SWsoft becomes Parallels (finally)

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

 Monday was  a big day in virtualization. First, VMware said it  doubled its profits and boosted revenue by 80%  in its fourth quarter.  Wall Street rewarded it...

January 28, 2008  12:50 PM

VMware memo: Microsoft cutting out Citrix

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

VMware is trying to drive a wedge between Microsoft and Citrix Systems, according to The site says it has obtained a memo that VMware sent to its sales channel last...

January 25, 2008  2:03 PM

Microsoft ‘clarifies’ SQL Server 2008 slip

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

The latest word on SQL Server 2008 is that final shipment is now on for Q3 2008 -- basically a slip of a quarter.  The company had said to expect the database in the first half of the year with a lot of noise to come out at the

January 22, 2008  1:12 PM

IBM-iPhone snafu examined

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Vendors, like seventh graders,  fall all over themselves to seem cool. And in the process they end up looking more out of it than ever. Witness this week's IBM-Apple PR debacle. The  AP reported a few days...

January 21, 2008  1:56 PM

A tale of two stacks

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Microsoft -- or at least part of Microsoft -- continues its quest to persuade open-source developers that Windows should be on their short-list of platforms. You know, right up there with Linux. Sam Ramji, the Microsoft guy whose job it is to mend fences and foster collaboration with open-source...

January 18, 2008  2:09 PM

Beware ‘TMI’

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Too much information! Warning customers against posting personal data to the Web is one of the most important services VARs can provide. Many in the business community are enamored of social networking sites and appear to feel that more is more when it comes to "sharing" their lives on LinkedIn,...

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