Forward, Backward, Left, Wright


Yesterday, CRN dove into the webcasting waters, launching it's live Netseminar series. Over 400 people took part in "Outlook 2002", hosted by CRN's Dr. John Roberts. Participants got a detailed run down on CRN's latest solution provider research, asked questions and voted in live polls on the propsects for an economic recovery. Some people did experience trouble logging in, (and if you did, let me know, and I'm sorry) but by and large the technology worked great, and Dr. John impressed us all with his smooth web delivery. If you missed it, the archived version of the seminar will be online early next week, and the second Netseminar, Security - Beyond the Firewall, takes place February 7th at 2:00pm ET, 11:00am PT.

Anniversary, Remembered

This is CRN's 20th year in business. In anticipation of their twentieth anniversary issue, coming up in June, CRN is looking back at the last two decades, on their Twentieth Anniversary page. I talked a little about where I was in 1982 in last week's column. Now, you can let us know what you were doing, along with your picks for top products, winners and losers of the past twenty years, in CRN's 20th Anniversary Talk Back boards.

Novell On The Beach

Meanwhile, out on the California coast, Novell convened it's annual partner summit. VARBusiness' T.C. Doyle was there, and reports that the company, led by new CEO Jack Messman, is "more aggressive, more committed" to supporting their partners and fighting for their position in the market. See T.C.'s reports on Novell's Solution Sales approach, as well as his profile of Messman.

Save Rob Wright

"Evaporating before our eyes." That's how VARBusiness's Rob Wright describes the software market in a column this week. Rob--voluble, opinionated, tall--has become something of a lightning rod for reader barbs. His Comdex wrap-up had readers calling for his job. See what you think of his five reasons software has become a "troublesome luxury" in business today, and what can be done about it.