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September 23, 2009  9:36 PM

Big changes for spawn of Perot

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Wow.  it was quite a week for the IT brainchildren of H. Ross Perot.

On Monday, Dell announces a $3.9 billion buyout of Perot Systems to bulk up its enterprise IT services against nemesis Hewlett Packard. Two day later, that same HP drops the venerable EDS moniker it acquired a few years ago for a cool $12 billion and change. Continued »

September 22, 2009  6:43 PM

More shoes dropping at Yahoo

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

 Yahoo has put Zimbra email on the block, according to All Things D. Continued »

September 17, 2009  6:42 PM

Microsoft starts testing Office Web Apps

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Last year Microsoft promised light-weight, browser-born analogues to its Office applications juggernaut.
Today, it’s ready to let some invited outsiders test Office Web Apps. At least some of them. Continued »

September 15, 2009  1:40 PM

Get inside the mind of the CIO with IBM’s latest global survey

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

I’m kind of guessing that you enjoy hearing about data that helps you get inside your customers’ head. So, here’s a pointer over to IBM’s latest global survey of more than 2,500 CIOs.

Key findings from “The New Voice of the CIO” research include the following factoids:

  • 83 percent are investing in business intelligence and analytics technology to help improve their decision-making process
  • 76 percent are planning or already in the middle of virtualization projects
  • More than half are looking to standardize business processes (and the way technology supports them), across their company. So, it sounds like departments will have less authority to invest in renegade IT projects.

That last item in particular should be concerning to VARs and systems integrators that have managed to get in through the back door with projects in the past. As larger companies look to centralize their infrastructure more, it may be tougher to do that.

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September 11, 2009  6:36 PM

Microsoft Golds can still sign up for ARC

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

It’s not too late to participate in Microsoft’s Analyst Relations for the Channel (ARC) pilot. Qualifying Gold partners can still sign on for Gartner or Forrester Research access until September 30. Continued »

September 10, 2009  7:50 PM

Oracle ad claims bright future for Sun hardware

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

So, you were wondering what Oracle will do with Sun’s venerable hardware franchise? Apparently a lot.  A new ad in The Wall Street Journal and available on Oracle’s site says the vendor will spend more dough on the Solaris OS and SPARC hardware than the independent Sun does now. Continued »

September 10, 2009  11:19 AM

CDW reports improving optimism among IT decision makers

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Are things looking brighter for your customers? And, in turn, for you? It would seem so, as reported by the latest CDW IT Monitor.

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September 8, 2009  11:16 AM

Tech Data promises the benefits of a bi-coastal integration relationship

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Distributor Tech Data, which as you all know (what you didn’t?) is based in Clearwater, Florida, has opened a new 25,000-square-foot West Coast integration center at its existing Fontana, California, facility.

The distributor already has a ISO 9001:2000-certified integration center in Swedesboro, New Jersey.

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September 3, 2009  1:51 PM

European regulators poop on Oracle’s party

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

As many expected, the European Commission isn’t smitten with Oracle’s planned buyout of Sun. And the regulars want to take a closer, deeper look at the $7.4 billion deal which already won approval by the much less picky U.S. regulators. Continued »

September 2, 2009  4:27 PM

Not ‘getting’ the channel

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Why is it that very smart, MIT-educated technologists cannot answer a simple question when it comes to the VARs and systems integrators that often implement the products they build?

It never ceases to amaze. Earlier this week, a very smart Oracle technologist was asked what about the new Oracle 11g R2 will particularly please Oracle VARs. His answer was that customers will love the stuff it does to lower the cost of ownership, its new advanced compression technology that helps reduce storage costs etc., etc.  Continued »

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