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February, 2009


February 17, 2009  9:25 PM

Extending credit: Tech Data is latest to expand financing options

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Have you been having trouble this year getting customers to pay quickly? Recognizing a common refrain across the channel, distributor Tech Data says it has been working with its product vendors and financing partners to come up with additional financing, flooring and leasing options.

February 16, 2009  3:41 PM

Microsoft partners: Ready to climb the profitability ladder?

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Viral videos are supposed to be "viral" in the sense that they spread like wildfire from website to website because they're so popular. Most of Microsoft's recent attempts have been "viral" only in how sickeningly bad they were. There was the cheese-tastic "


February 13, 2009  3:14 PM

Training: Why you should be offering it

StorageSwiss George Crump Profile: StorageSwiss

In my last entry, I cited a survey Symantec fielded last fall indicating that IT budgets would either stay the same or go up in the following 12 months....


February 11, 2009  8:20 PM

How will the economic stimulus package help resellers?

StorageSwiss George Crump Profile: StorageSwiss

Are you really asking yourself that question? Then you are about ready to go out of business. I find that most businesses that are waiting for the winds of Washington to determine their...


February 11, 2009  2:35 PM

Welcome to our new blog location on IT Knowledge Exchange!

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Dear Channel Marker readers: I'd like to take a moment to introduce you to some of our new blog features and also some of the features on IT Knowledge Exchange.


February 7, 2009  12:37 PM

MySQL diaspora

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

It's been 13 months since Sun Microsystems announced its  plan for a $1 billion buyout of MySQL and almost a year to the date since the deal closed. Now, the MySQL executive diaspora is on.


February 5, 2009  11:13 AM

SharePoint as Borg (and the rise of Microsoft Management Reporter)

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

With Microsoft moving the scorecarding and analytics of PerformancePoint server into SharePoint it sure seems that SharePoint is the go-to repository for all the capabilities that Microsoft doesn't...


February 5, 2009  7:35 AM

HP introduces two small-business tech financing promotions

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

One of the things that will separate the successful high-tech vendors this year from the rest of the pack will be their ability to help their reseller and VAR partners manage credit and cash flow.


February 4, 2009  3:21 PM

Will your suppliers prosper this year?

StorageSwiss George Crump Profile: StorageSwiss

In my last entry, I asked you to examine your organization. Is your company focused and ready to prosper this year? If not, you still have some work ahead of you on that front. Go back to my last post and...


February 2, 2009  4:05 PM

Prosper in tough times

StorageSwiss George Crump Profile: StorageSwiss

I promise, this won't be another "2009 is going to be full of doom and gloom" post! You don't need to be told the obvious; you're living it right now. What you need to know is what you can do to come through the economic downturn better than ever. My next round of blog posts will focus on what you...


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