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 »
It looks like Office 2010 is on track for its first-half of 2010 delivery. According to documents shared with some TAP participants, milestones are slated for the end of each month from November through April. That leads one tapster to project a May launch.
So why didn’t Microsoft prioritize Exchange Server 2007 to run on Windows Server 2008 R2? Is it the inherent PowerShell incompatibilities? A conspiracy? What??? Here are some thoughts.
The CTP of SQL Server 2008 R2 is now available
Community Technical Previews have become an inevitable, incremental step in the Microsoft trudge towards availability. VARs can download the CTP and check out new support for up to 256 cores, and geospatial visualization capabilities in Report Builder 3.0.
It was not explicitly stated that the latest-and-greatest SQL Server will run both on Windows Server 2008 R2, due this fall and the current Windows Server 2003 release. One can’t assume anything given the latest Exchange Server 2007 kerfuffle. In mid July, Microsoft let it slip in the middle of a blog post, that the current Exchange Server 2007 email will not run on future versions of Windows Server 2008, including the upcoming R2. Continued »
To say that competitors are circling Sun Microsystems’ customers and partners like vultures is probably overstating the case. But not by much.
A former colleague, who has worked the tech beat for more than 20 years, had some interesting thoughts the other night on the new-look Microsoft under chief software architect Ray Ozzie.
His rant went something along the lines of: “Geez, [expletive deleted] where’s this vision we hear so much about? What’s the next big thing? All we’ve seen is me-too stuff about the cloud. What’s beyond the cloud? What’s next?”
There was a gut instinct to defend Ozzie, home-town and Lotus Notes hero. After all, it’s hard to blaze a trail into the future while protecting a huge installed base of products, customers and partners.
But then again, the rant rings true.
In tech everyone gets caught up in the latest thing–to such an extent that they may ignore or miss something truly exciting. Obviously, Microsoft can’t avoid the cloud, but is its Google fixation blinding it to other opportunities?
Microsoft has always played catchup to early innovators–to Apple, to Lotus, to WordPerfect, to NetScape, to Apple again, now to Google. As a current colleague said in Microsoft’s defense: “At least they’re playing catchup now on cool, cloud stuff.”
But when it was chasing NetScape Navigator, that was cool stuff. Ditto the Mac OS. Ditto iPhone.
Is that good enough for this self-proclaimed innovator?
What do you think? Send email to: Barbara Darrow.
A full court press is on for the loyalty of Sage partners. On demand business management applications developer NetSuite has launched a program that will allow Sage partners to split the revenue they generate by bringing new business to the NetSuite platform during the first year of their relationship.
As part of the offer, Sage channel partners will receive customized training that has been tailored for Sage implementation experts. NetSuite figures it can hit Sage while it is weak, pointing to developments including the demise of a leading Sage reseller, MIS Group.
The program targeting Sage channel partners is effective through Sept. 30, 2009, based on a financial evaluation and their acceptance into the NetSuite Solution Provider program. The 50 percent revenue share offer applies to new one-, two- and three-year subscriptions (not renewals).
Details of the competitive win program can be found at http://www.netsuite.com/sagepartner.
IBM started up its acquisition push and analytics landgrab this week with a planned $1.2 billion buyout of SPSS.
SPSS, out of Chicago, does statistical and predictive analytics software. IBM launched its business intelligence/analytics push a few years back when it grabbed up Cognos for $5 billion. Cognos had been a close applications partner of IBM Software.