The H-1B visa program has become mired in controversy, with proponents arguing it addresses tech worker shortages while naysayers claim it's used to replace American ITFor the week ending Aug. 28, CRN looks at IT companies that were unfortunate, unsuccessful or just didn't make good decisions.Amid soft PC and smartphone sales, Lenovo is 'going for the jugular,' says one partner, in its move to sweeten the deal for channel sales to new customers.Although use of the H-1B skilled worker visa program is pervasive among solution providers and distributors, the process is dominated by a handful of outsourcing giants with ties to India. These 25 firms rely the most heavily on H-1B visas.For the week ending Aug. 28, CRN takes a look at the companies that brought their 'A' game to the channel.According to CRN analysis, solution providers and distributors that used the H-1B skilled worker visa program the most tend to pay less than occasional users of the program.In other top stories, Google improves its channel program. Also, IDC forecasts bad news for Apple.Telecom solution provider RDS Solutions became an Intelisys Platinum Partner when the company hit the $1 million mark in monthly recurring communications and cloud-based revenue.As Verizon and AT&T overhaul their partner programs to treat solution providers like resellers, instead of agents, appreciative partners say that more carriers should follow suit.One way to find out what partners want from their vendor is to ask the question, “What do you hate about working with us?” Via itbestofbreed.comLosers outnumbered gainers 14 to 11 in the first six months of 2015. Take a look at who was up and who was down.Sure, disruptors tend to bring down the cost of a solution, but they do more than that.The stock market downturn, including a whopping 1,000-point Dow Jones Industrial plunge Monday morning, has solution providers looking at making budget cutbacks.Ingram Micro and Synnex will at last be able to sell Dell's entire array of products to solution providers that work with the U.S. government, adding value through technical, sales and marketing support.For the week ending Aug. 21, CRN looks at IT companies that were unfortunate, unsuccessful or just didn't make good decisions.The term 'disruptive technology' is overused, according to an expert on the subject. Here's how to spot a true disrupter.For the week ending Aug. 21, CRN takes a look at the companies that brought their 'A' game to the channel.This week's top stories include a roundtop of earnings from three influential companies.ScanSource recorded its highest-ever quarter of revenue, thanks to overwhelming interest in its payment-processing hardware, networking and wireless offerings.Surging demand for data-center products, notebooks and higher-margin services fueled record quarterly earnings and stratospheric stock-price growth for Tech Data.