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  • Lowers bar to $3,000 for SMB software financing


    Microsoft Eases Financing, Licensing Terms For SMB Market
    Even as the company launched its Software Assurance 2006 benefits for large companies on March 14, Microsoft announced enhanced financing options for SMBs as Small Business Server 2003 R2 and Windows Vista Business are prepped.
  • Some cite commoditization as a good opportunity for upgrades and services


    VARs: Cheap Databases? No Problem
    When it comes to databases, free may be nice, but you get what you pay for, solution providers say. With IBM, Oracle and Microsoft offering free and discounted databases, some think full-scale commoditization of databases is on for real.
  • Linux distributor moving to a 'channel enablement' model, exec says


    Red Hat Earmarks Desktop Client For SMB Partners
    Red Hat aims to win over the channel with the summer launch of a Linux desktop product that's targeted at solution providers selling to small and midsize businesses.
  • Red Hat, Novell Vie For Linux Virtualization Title
    As Novell gets set to detail Xen support in its Suse Linux Enterprise Server 10, rival Red Hat is slated to appear on stage with XenSource to discuss Xen support in its Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 upgrade.
  • Gates On Ozzie: He's Always Been With Us
    Bill Gates said Ray Ozzie, who is charged with reinvigorating the software colossus' technology, is fitting in very well at Microsoft, according to a published report.
  • Service-oriented architecture play will include free code, tools for SMB partners; IBM to tout new sales incentives


    SOAs, Channel-Building To Take Center Stage At IBM PartnerWorld
    IBM plans to push service-oriented architecture enablement for midsize companies and foster partner profitability across the board at its annual PartnerWorld bash this week.
  • New: Discounted bundle of database/app server for SMBs.


    More Bargains From Oracle
    Company bundles database/app server for SMBs at a discount.
  • New Microsoft license SKU to debut April 1


    System Center Bundle On Tap
    As it gets set to detail its next round of System Center products for 2006, Microsoft will launch a new licensing offering called System Center Standard Server Management License (SML) and entry-level Microsoft Operations Management (MOM) 2005 License, sources said.
  • Riding The Ruby Rails In A New Direction
    Programmers who have taken up with Ruby on Rails speak about the development framework with the kind of fervor usually reserved for testifying about religious conversions.
  • But some key Mac software encountering performance issues on new machines


    Apple CFO: 1,000 Apps Running On Intel Mac Platform
    Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer said Tuesday that more than 1,000 applications have been ported to the Intel-based Macintosh platform, but he admitted that some key software is experiencing performance challenges.
  • Application transfer tool to be offered as download for Vista


    Microsoft Acquires Apptimum
    With six versions of Windows Vista due out in late 2006, Microsoft is acquiring Apptimum and its Alohabob PC Relocator products to assist users in the application migration process.
  • Financial Management Still a Challenge, Senate Employee Says
    Even with a Line of Business devoted to the cause, federal agencies have a long way to go to get financial-management systems up to par, says David Salem, financial manager for the Office of the Sergeant at Arms in the U.S. Senate, at the Fose show.
  • Partners that identify, fulfill, develop accounts will all get their cut.


    IBM Software Partners To Get Deal Registration
    IBM Software will soon detail a deal registration program for partners that recommend, resell or implement its wares.

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