CRN Channel News


  • Methodology: VARBusiness Application Development Survey
    VARBusiness' 2004 Application-Development survey explores the business and IT environments among IT solution providers who are currently, or plan to, be involved in application development and/or customization. The respondents to this Web-based survey are personally involved in application development in at least one of four ways: developing custom applications; influencing the decision as to which development languages, platforms and/or vendors to use; selecting partners for the development of custom applications; and/or working for an independent software developer.
  • It's All About Integration
    The turnaround in IT spending this year, modest as it may be, is having a profound effect on application development. Those projects have consistently ranked among the most significant portions of IT budgets in recent years"behind security"but now application-development projects are on the rise.
  • Developers Weigh Services Vs. Software
    One of the trickiest questions facing any VAR is whether"and when"to pull the plug on a long-supported product line. Sometimes the decision is obvious because of the way the industry has evolved, but if it's an easy choice to dump an asset, you probably should have done it sooner.
  • The App-Dev Revolution
    As technology categories go, application development covers a heck of a lot of ground. Software developers do many different things, using a wide range of tools and running businesses that can't be defined by a single skillset, project type or model. It's a big tent getting bigger, with appreciable growth confirmed by the results of VARBusiness' annual survey of the State of Application Development.
  • Ingram Micro Loses Another Key Exec
    Ingram Micro's Donna Grothjan has resigned as senior vice president of product management. She is the third key exec to leave the distributor this year.
  • A new standard for storage management promises to make integrators' lives easier


    At the Cusp of Interoperability
    A new standard for storage management promises to make integrators' lives easier.
  • TechWatch: Software
    Sometimes those ephemeral bytes that comprise computer code come together to create programs that actually solve problems.
  • Atlanta VAR Thrives Selling Used PCs To Other VARs
    One person's loss is another's gain" may be only a clich to some, but to Patrick Hiller, CEO of Atlanta-based Abacus Solutions, it's the foundation for a successful business model for his VARBusiness 500 company.
  • Two-Thirds of VARs Counting On App Dev For New Sales
    Application development presents many opportunities for the custom software solution provider and ISV community, particularly in the health-care, retail, manufacturing, finance/banking, and state and local government vertical markets.
  • Greg Stroud Fills Empty Slot At Sun
    In the wake of current channel chief Gary Grimes' decision to retire from the company at the end of the calendar year, Sun has named Greg Stroud to oversee virtually all of Sun's partnering efforts. The move sends Sun further down the path of putting all partnering into one bucket, and brings it more in line with what IBM, Microsoft and others are doing, too.
  • Lessons learned from the tale of two hotels


    The Power of Wireless
    Lessons learned from the tale of two hotels
  • VARs Remain Loyal To PeopleSoft
    Since Oracle launched its $7.7 billion hostile takeover bid of PeopleSoft last year, a cloud has hung over the company and its future.