CRN Channel News


  • Key piece of economic recovery now in place


    Job Growth Surges In October
    Notions of a "jobless" economic recovery can finally be laid to rest, as data from the U.S. Labor Department show that companies added 126,000 new jobs in October, the third straight monthly increase in employment.
  • Departing Motorola CEO To Stay With Company As Consultant
    Christopher Galvin will stay on at Motorola as a consultant for two years after he leaves as chairman and chief executive of the telecommunications giant, according to a company filing Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Tyco, Partners Form One-Stop Shop For RFID
    Tyco Fire and Security said Thursday it has banded with several other companies to sell integration services and technology to retailers looking to deploy electronic tags to track goods in the supply chain.
  • Offshore Outsourcing Overwhelmingly Expected To Continue
    IT spending may be showing signs of improvement, but don't expect the trend toward offshore outsourcing to abate as a result. Though companies have incrementally moved IT processes such as application development, maintenance and support operations to countries with highly skilled but significantly lower-cost workers for several years, the trend has hit critical mass in the past 12 months.
  • Java inventor Gosling joins developer division as CTO


    Sun To Release Project Rave Preview By Year's End
    Sun Microsystems will release a technology preview of its Project Rave rapid application development tool for Java by the end of the year, with a beta and formal beta program to follow sometime in 2004, a Sun executive said Thursday.
  • FTC Recommends Users Disable Windows Messenger Service
    The Federal Trade Commission Thursday took a first step in slamming a new kind of spam delivered not via e-mail, but through the backdoor of Windows Messenger Service, a technology built into Windows used by some enterprises, but totally wasted on consumers and small businesses.
  • It's Tech Built
    It's been way too long since my last update here, but at least I'm not showing up empty-handed. We've got a bunch of new features online across the ChannelWeb network of sites. First and foremost, our newest site, TechBuilder.org is live!
  • The firm insists that an influential VC's 38% stake won't compromise objectivity


    Who Owns Gartner?
    Two weeks ago, 700 CIOs and thousands of other technology professionals attended a six-day strategy fest in Orlando, Fla., to hear Gartner analysts talk about everything from application integration to business-process "fusion." The IT research and advisory firm can draw such a large and influential crowd because of its track record for providing top-notch analysis of IT trends and helping companies develop successful business-technology plans. Would their respect for Gartner's advice change if they knew the firm is indirectly owned by dozens of big-money investors who control some of the same companies Gartner evaluates?
  • Wal-Mart RFID Rollout To Start In Texas
    Wal-Mart will use a phased approach to its ambitious radio-frequency identification technology rollout, requiring pallet and case-level tracking for three distribution centers and 150 stores in the Texas region beginning in January 2005, according to a vendor briefed by the company.
  • Organizations need to manage and respond more quickly to change.


    Real-Time Data Access Using Business Process Management
    Organizations are under considerable pressure today to reduce the elapsed time of their business processes, particularly their business-critical processes that provide competitive advantage. Any tool that can enable management to more easily monitor work in progress and identify delays in processing throughout the organization can bring a whole slew of advantages.
  • Wireless Security Seeks Sweet Spot
    It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while enhancements to a technology keep pace with demand and need, as is the case with wireless security, which is evolving nearly hand-in-hand with the maturation of wireless networks. In some cases, they're outpacing them. That's the good news. The bad news is that many customers are still wary of wireless, leaving most VARs months or years away from a wireless payoff.
  • How Will You Score In Microsoft's New Plan?
    Inside Microsoft, the Next Generation Partner Program is now simply known as the Microsoft Partner Program (MPP). But that doesn't diminish how excited Allison Watson, vice president of worldwide partner sales and marketing, is about it. Moreover, her boss' boss, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, is also excited about it.
  • Have Payroll, Will Travel
    We've all heard about the accounting scandals that have been rocking corporate America, but the epidemic of fuzzy math and loose number-crunching struck the state government of North Carolina recently.
  • Paranet Solutions: On the Fast Track
    Few solution providers can boast the kind of impressive growth that Paranet Solutions enjoyed in 2002. The Plano, Texas-based company (ranked No. 281 on the 2003 VARBusiness 500 list of top solution providers) more than doubled its revenue from 2001 and made an Olympic-size leap from $30 million to $70 million in sales. That's a whopping 133 percent increase. Paranet Solutions also earned the distinction of being the fifth fastest-growing company on the VAR500 this year, and also earned a VAR500 award this summer for excellence in the health-care market.
  • And it’s not going to stop there, analysts predict


    CDW-Micro Warehouse Deal Continues Trend of Consolidation
    Several months of drastic and sometimes painful changes in the distribution market culminated recently with CDW's $22 million purchase of selected assets from Micro Warehouse.
  • Intel also boosts notebook chips with Hyper-Threading


    New Xeon DP Offers Dual Action
    In July, Intel unveiled a hot new Xeon processor for dual processor (DP) servers and workstations that promised a performance upgrade of 15 percent. The new product offered double the on-die cache of previous models, and also featured drop-in compatibility with existing systems, allowing customers to upgrade their machines without scrapping them to add new processors.
  • Dial’s IT Agenda
    Challenge: Unlike its larger rivals such as P&G and Unilever, Dial lacked an integrated manufacturing, supply-chain, finance, accounting, performance-management and CRM environment.

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