CRN Channel News

  • CompuCom Acquired By Platinum Equity
    Platinum Equity, a diversified technology investment firm, has acquired $1.5 billion solution provider CompuCom Systems in an all-cash deal valued at $254 million.
  • IBM Beefs Up Program To Attract Midmarket ISVs
    IBM this week unfurled a plethora of new perks for its ISV partners in a continued effort to appeal to midmarket ISVs that long have been the domain of Microsoft. Chief among the new initiatives are a host of sales and marketing benefits and a free technology "loaner" program that uses grid-computing to let developers test applications virtually on IBM hardware and middleware.
  • CRN Interview: John Paget, Synnex
    John Paget has run a manufacturing plant, a solution provider organization, an enterprise distributor and a financing organization. Why would he want to enter the low-margin business of broadline distribution? In his first interview since being named North American President and COO of Synnex, Paget spoke with CRN Distribution Editor Scott Campbell about his passion for the channel, why he joined Synnex and why Synnex needs to offer more value-added services and products.
  • Calif. Senate OKs E-Mail Scanning Limits
    The California Senate approved a measure Thursday that would curtail a new e-mail service from Google Inc. that scours messages to tailor advertisements for users of the service.
  • Utility computing an attraction to most respondents

    Survey: Business Network Spending Set To Rise
    A sampling of senior executives reveals that most harbor some doubt about their corporate network's ability to face business challenges over the next two years--and solution providers will find many opening the coffers for improvements.
  • Tech Data Beats Forecast
    Tech Data stomped Wall Street's earnings forecast for its first quarter fiscal 2005, thanks to a continuing surge in the IT distributor's European business.
  • Microsoft To Launch New Search Technology
    Microsoft is looking beyond Internet searches, heading into its battle with Google Inc. with technology designed to allow people to scour their e-mails, personal computers and even hefty databases for information.
  • Borland Signs Up With eBay And PayPal
    Through a joint distribution agreement announced this week at Microsoft's TechEd Conference, eBay and Borland Software Corp. unveiled a program that will allow Borland developers to download tools and other resources for creating Web services applications for the eBay and PayPal communities.
  • Partners Ponder CA’s Cutthroat Pricing Practices
    Price. The word was surprisingly absent from the keynotes and press conferences at this week's CAworld conference in Las Vegas. Simplicity, manageability, interoperability, security, services, integration and partnering were words repeated at length by CA executives. But pricing just didn't come up, at least not officially.
  • Tech Data Beats 1Q Expectations
    Tech Data beat Wall Street expectations for its first fiscal quarter ended May 26, earning $34.7 million, or 59 cents per share, on $4.82 billion in sales.
  • Web Changes At VARBusiness, CRN And ChannelWeb
    This week, we're in the process of converting the Web infrastructure of our ChannelWeb, CRN, VARBusiness and CMP XChange sites. Some of the moves are already visible. Here's a preview of what's to come.
  • Comedian Colin Quinn To Headline 2004 ARC
    VARBusiness is excited to announce that comedian Colin Quinn has signed on as the entertainment for this year's Annual Report Card Awards Dinner, taking place Aug. 17 at the Chicago Sheraton Towers. Quinn currently hosts "Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn," a late-night roundtable on Comedy Central that highlights the day's political and cultural events and features four guest comedians.
  • BEA Launches New Developer Resources
    BEA Systems Wednesday released a raft of new developer resources at its eWorld 2004 Conference aimed at developers building service-oriented architectures (SOAs).
  • NEC Introduces 64-Bit DB2 Servers
    NEC Solutions America said it has enabled IBM's DB2 Universal Database on its NEC Express5800/1000 server with Intel Itanium 2-based, large-scale SMP.
  • PeopleSoft Spurns Oracle Takeover Bid
    Business software maker PeopleSoft rejected its relentless suitor Oracle for a fourth time Wednesday and announced a settlement of a shareholder suit that objected to an unusual sales program created as a takeover defense.
  • BEA Outlines SOA Plans
    BEA's eWORLD conference is long on vision, with new enterprise-integration products soon to follow. The company is hosting more than 2,000 attendees in San Francisco this week as it attempts to outline its future plans and move up the charts among enterprise-oftware vendors.
  • Unicenter rebates, tighter distribution ties among anticipated changes

    CA Channel Execs Pledge To Execute
    In the months ahead, Computer Associates International solution providers can expect rebates tied to the Unicenter management software line, more competitive selling tools in the highly contested security and storage software space, and tighter distribution relationships.