It’s been real but…eBay is ready to end its ill-fated marriage with VoIP pioneer Skype. The 2005 buyout–for just under $3 billion–is viewed as a disaster in terms of tech M&As with eBay writing off $900 million two years later. Almost on par with Time-Warner’s buyout of AOL. Here’s a handy-dandy Skype timeline.
One great thing about talking to VARs about all manner of things is that they often cut to the chase in a way that investment bankers and deal makers cannot. (Or do not.) VARs will call a spade a spade. They can puncture the myth of corporate “synergies” and shoot down the verbiage about paradigm shifts. Many tech deals never make sense to start with and end up making a lot less sense over time.
Ebay and Skype never made sense.
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I’m not at VMworld this week, but it seems like everyone else is, including Microsoft. So it’s not surprising to me that some of the channel news that I’ve come across in the past couple of weeks is very much tied to activity at the conference. This post is about two of the vendors seeking to coat-tail themselves on the success of the VMware channel.
A company called Constructive has created a sort of hybrid between traditional high-tech partner relationship management (PRM) systems and partner community portals.
Everytime you think Oracle has had its fill of M&A, Larry Ellison whips out the corporate checkbook and buys something new. So why not Red Hat? Continued »
Never one to miss a good marketing opportunity, NetSuite has stolen a page from the U.S. federal government’s “Cash for Clunkers” incentive initiative. Only NetSuite’s target is out-of-date hardware and software that businesses may be running on site. Continued »
It would have been great to go to Avnet Technology Solutions’ annual Sun confab last week, especially given what’s going on with Oracle’s $7.4 acquisition bid for Sun.
According to ITbusiness, Avnet’s Sun partners are as worried about Oracle’s plans for Sun hardware as the rest of the Sun partner ecosystem. An Oracle VP did the best he could early in the week to calm those fears but couldn’t say much because the U.S. Justice Department still hadn’t approved the acquisition. That happened on Thursday. Now European regulators, who also must approve the deal, have until September 3 to either sign off on it or launch a deeper look into it. Oracle partners said the Europeans are particularly concerned about MySQL’s future under Oracle.
In the meantime, IBM and HP will keep pitching Sun customers hard. What’ s not so clear is if those customers are responding. Preliminary data from a SearchDataCenter.com survey show that among data center customers who name Sun as their primary server provider, 85% said an Oracle buyout will not affect their purchasing plans
High-tech vendors have been pretty creative this year about establishing new financing options for partners that have been hit hard by the credit crunch. Now, Symantec has started up a new short-term program that is intended for partners that have made the effort to earn its SMB Specialization status. Continued »
Vendor partner programs are very big on training VARs on the latest-and-greatest vendor technologies–where they fall short is in helping partners with their overall business strategy. A Microsoft pilot program that aims to fill that gap is winning kudos from partners. Continued »
This has been a very social summer. While many (it will soon be just “some,” I hope) VARs still pooh-pooh the notion that social media or social networks will mean all that much to their business, there is one very tangible way that technology solution providers can participate in the dialogue right away: by figuring out what this means for their clients’ security posture. Continued »
Microsoft posted a raft of software previews today, including the CTPs or community technology previews for SQL Server Azure Database bits and SQL Server StreamInsight. The latter will be a component of SQL Server 2008 R2, due in the first half of 2010. The CTP for the overall database posted last week. Continued »