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November 5, 2008  1:22 PM

ERP swoon–Is it Microsoft specific?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Anecdotal evidence is that Microsoft ERP sales are in the tank this year, although it’s hard to tell how much of that is Microsoft-specific vs. the overall ERP category sucking wind of late.

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November 4, 2008  10:37 AM

Reseller ROI: Eliminating evaluations

StorageSwiss George Crump Profile: StorageSwiss

In my last blog entry, I talked about how critical it is to communicate your ROI to customers. But how can you improve upon your ROI? Well, one way is to eliminate — or at least shrink — the evaluation process. Continued »

November 3, 2008  12:01 PM

Circuit City sinks further into sunset

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

More bad news: Circuit City is shuttering 155 of its 760 stores and laying off their staffs. The cuts will affect thousands of employees and end Circuit City’s presence in 55 markets. The stores will close on Election Day with liquidation sales to follow.

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October 31, 2008  10:45 AM

Sun CEO to open source ponytail

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Okay, this is hilarious. Check it out. It’s got everything: Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz, open source, and Schwartz’s ponytail.  Don’t mock, you cynics. Faux Schwartz has a point: You don’t see Steve Ballmer open sourcing HIS ponytail.

October 31, 2008  10:28 AM

Will the year end with a bang or a whimper?

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

The big whack that consumer confidence took over the last couple of months (as measured by the Conference Board) continues to be echoed in the IT buyer community, according to the latest stats from the ongoing, bimonthly CDW IT Monitor. Now, though, the anemia is spreading out of the commercial buying minds and into the government sector.

The monitor includes two components: The IT Value Monitor, which looks at the value that IT organizations place on technology, and the IT Growth Monitor, which measures future expectations for technology. In September, the overall readings for all three government areas (local, state and federal) slipped by four points to 70 (the lowest point since the CDW data collection started last year. The overall Monitor rating across all sectors declined by one point to stand at 72.

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October 31, 2008  8:07 AM

VARs: What’s your ROI?

StorageSwiss George Crump Profile: StorageSwiss

Over the next few months, you’re going to see a dramatic shift in marketing from your supplier partners. The theme of their marketing will shift from all the cool stuff they can do to how much money they can save customers. Rapid ROI, or ROI now, is going to be the drumbeat. But what about you? Are you explaining to your customers how much money you can save them? Continued »

October 28, 2008  8:53 AM

Microsoft fills in some cloudware bits with Azure

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

As expected, Microsoft started to talk up some details of its cloud computing strategy Monday at its Professional Developers Conference.

Amidst all the cloud talk, there were a few deliverables mentioned in Monday’s keynotes including activation codes for four new Azure Services outlined by Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie on Monday morning. Developers and VARs can use those codes to poke around and try out the hosted services.

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October 28, 2008  7:51 AM

NetApp cancels user conference because of travel cuts

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

The failing economy has claimed a victim in the world of tech conferences.

NetApp has canceled NetApp Accelerate 2009 — what was to have been the company’s first annual user conference — because of widespread cutbacks in corporate travel.

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October 28, 2008  7:27 AM

The Onion skewers Microsoft’s blue screen of death

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

For all the complaining people do about how Windows machines freeze up, crash and give us all these wacky error messages, we should thank our lucky stars that the problem is limited to PCs.

Imagine a world where it takes an hour and a half to watch one episode of “Scrubs,” you have to hold down the power, mute and number seven buttons on your remote control to reset your TV, and error messages like “Windows does not recognize the device ‘DVD Player'” pop up on your television.

Well, The Onion has. And it’s not pretty. But it’s hilarious.

October 27, 2008  12:01 PM

Half-baked virtualization and you

StorageSwiss George Crump Profile: StorageSwiss

I spoke on the subject of virtualization rollout strategies in a session at Data Center Decisions in Chicago last week. I started the session with an informal two-question survey of about 80 or so end users in the room. The results from those two questions speak volumes about the ongoing opportunity for resellers.

My first question was: “How many of you have started to roll virtualization out beyond just testing and evaluation?” Continued »

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