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August 23, 2010  2:09 PM

New templates for running your MSP business better

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

If you’re looking for some help in bringing discipline to your managed services business, CompTIA and the MSP Partners organization have created four new templates that cover various aspects of running a practice.

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August 23, 2010  12:30 PM

It’s on! HP outbids Dell for 3Par

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

This morning, Hewlett-Packard launched a $24 per share cash bid for 3Par and its data storage expertise. The offer touches off a bidding war against Dell, which offered $18 per share for 3Par last week. Continued »

August 19, 2010  8:58 PM

HP recruits tech reporter to fix corp comms

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

This is a little inside baseball but it still bears noting.

Hewlett-Packard, fresh off its latest CEO scandal, has brought in a reporter–a very good reporter–to lead corporate communications. HP said today that Connie Guglielmo of Bloomberg News is coming aboard.

David Shane, who had been HP’s top flack resigned at the end of July, purportedly to start his own company. Mark Hurd’s much-more-public resignation happened the following week.

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August 19, 2010  1:55 PM

Intel forks over $7.7B on McAfee, but why?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

So the big get bigger.

Intel will buy McAfee and its security portfolio for $7.68 billion. The rationale, according to a statement by Intel CEO Paul Otellini, is that there is insufficient security for the booming number of non-PC endpoints–phones, TVs, other consumer electronics attached to the Internet. Continued »

August 18, 2010  4:51 PM

Oracle/Sun hits just keep on coming

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

The aftermath of Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems is proving to be a full-employment act for bloggers and journalists.

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August 16, 2010  10:02 PM

Freebies if you buy former VAR’s business tome

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Don’t normally do the promo thing, but figured some of the solution providers who read ChannelMarker on a semi-regular basis might be interested in this information. If you buy a business book on August 17 written by one of your own — Charles Nault, the founder of network integrator Atrion Networking — you’ll be able to get a whole bunch of additional business management materials. Free. You like free, right?

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August 16, 2010  12:14 AM

HP v. Hurd reverbs continue

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

If HP’s beleaguered board thought the unpleasant Mark Hurd headlines would evaporate soon, it has another think coming.

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August 13, 2010  2:10 PM

Uh-oh. Oracle sues Google over Java use

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

This one raises lots of eyebrows: Oracle just sued Google over Android’s use of Java.

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August 9, 2010  8:13 PM

Despite broader economic jitters, IT sector continues to improve

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Even if the broader U.S. figures suggests that economic uncertainty lingers, the IT sector continues to show signs of a turnaround both in the United States and in Europe.

According to data from The Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC), U.S. hardware sales in the second quarter grew sequentially by 10 percent compared with the first quarter. On a year-over-year basis, 2Q revenue for IT hardware increased by 20 percent, the organization reports. The GTDC says sales in Europe were up by 15 percent year-over-year for the period.

The numbers are part of the NPD Group Distributor Track, which is based on sales-out information provided by GTDC members.

Here’s some commentary from the press release provided by the council’s CEO, Tim Curran:

“Among other key trends, we’re seeing SMB and larger enterprises invest more heavily in networking, storage and other IT infrastructure to support current and future growth. The range of solutions and services provided by IT distributors is also increasingly diversified, including a growing number of products that would have sold exclusively through other channels in the past.”

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August 6, 2010  9:32 PM

Hurd out at HP

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Mark Hurd is out as CEO of HP. That little stunner dropped after close of business today when Hewlett-Packard disclosed an internal investigation into a relationship between Hurd and an unnamed marketing consultant.

In a statement, Hurd said:


“As the investigation progressed, I realized there were instances in which I did not live up to the standards and principles of trust, respect and integrity that I have espoused at HP and which have guided me throughout my career.”


For its part, HP said the company’s sexual harassment policy was not violated but its standards of business conduct were.


HP partners are no doubt stunned by this. Members of HP’s VAR councils were big fans of Hurd’s leadership and cited his willingness to meet with them over their concerns. He helped temper HP’s “double down” mantra by telling them that they, too, would profit more if they worked more with HP.

HP’s CFO Cathie Lesjack will fill the interim CEO slot and has taken her name out of consideration for the full-time gig.

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