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October 26, 2010  3:28 AM

Ray Ozzie sums up Microsoft services effort

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

 Ray Ozzie’s new “Dawn of a Day” blog entry takes stock of Microsoft’s move into services and, not surpisingly, gives the company high marks for its Windows Live and other efforts.

Ozzie, the out-going chief software architect at Microsoft,  also points out where company has fallen short. Continued »

October 25, 2010  6:19 PM

Westcon helps data center solution providers take a LEAP

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Data center technology distributor Westcon Group has opened its first LEAP Center in the United States. LEAP is an acronym that stands for Learn, Experience, Architect and Plan. As you might expect, the intention behind these facilities is to help IT solution provider test, train on, and experiment with next-generation virtual data center technologies. The first one is located in Lafayette, Colorado.

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October 25, 2010  3:10 PM

Cloud steals the show at VMware user group event

NicoleH Nicole Harding Profile: NicoleH


At last week’s New England VMware User Group meeting in Atkinson, New Hampshire, there was no shortage of cloud talk.

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October 22, 2010  3:18 PM

MSP label tainted, pipelines in flux and other VAR takeaways

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

The “managed service provider” moniker that used to be golden has actually become a deterrent to business, according to the channel advisory board.

“We dropped the MSP label–it turned into a dirty word,” said board member Kevin McDonald, vice president of Alvaka Networks. Continued »

October 22, 2010  1:30 AM

Ballmer announces two candidates for Ozzie position

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

The names will surprise you. Or maybe not.

October 20, 2010  11:46 PM

Microsoft Live Meeting outage–that’s gotta hurt

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Microsoft Live Meeting went bust today.

I know this because a partner event was cancelled this morning because of technical difficulties.

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October 18, 2010  9:05 PM

Ray Ozzie leaving Microsoft gig

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Ray Ozzie is leaving his post at Microsoft, company CEO Steve Ballmer said today.

In a memo to staff posted to the company’s Web site, Ballmer wrote: 

“With our progress in services and the cloud now full speed ahead in all aspects of our business, Ray and I are announcing today Ray’s intention to step down from his role as chief software architect. He will remain with the company as he transitions the teams and ongoing strategic projects within his organization – bringing the great innovations and great innovators he’s assembled into the groups driving our business.”


Ozzie was named Bill Gates successor as chief software architect and strategist  nearly five years ago but his visibility diminished over the past year or so after the Windows Azure effort moved over to Bob Muglia. Even before that, when he was tasked with Microsoft’s mammoth cloud transition project, it was unclear how much muscle he really had within Microsoft’s famously contentious product groups when none of the group leads reported to him. Many said that structure was bound to fail.

Ozzie will stay at Microsoft during a transition–the length of which was not specified. And, “before he retires from Microsoft, Ray will be focusing his efforts in the broader area of entertainment where Microsoft has many ongoing investments,” Ballmer wrote.

Microsoft will not name a new chief software architect, Ballmer said.

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October 18, 2010  4:09 PM

Sun VARs get (temporary) reprieve from Oracle

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Sun VARs have been given another two weeks aboard the Oracle partner program to close deals before losing their ability to do so. Continued »

October 18, 2010  3:45 PM

Beware of sharing, beware of Facebook

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Granted, Facebook is addictive. Especially the Scrabulous/Scrabble part which is what got me hooked. For many others,  Zynga’s FarmVille, Mafia Wars game portfolio is the original hook. And for those people–there’s a rude awakening. Without knowing it, they have “overshared” their data. Continued »

October 14, 2010  7:38 PM

Autodesk draws on simulation for channel sales training

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

When you consider that the average IT solution provider supports easily a dozen different vendor relationships, all the sales training that blossoms out of those contracts must blur together. Interested in capturing more channel mindshare, Autodesk has taken a more unique approach to its channel education: business simulations that were designed by BTS. Continued »

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