CRN Channel News


  • Point Of Sale Possibilities
    Cash-register machines may be one of the most unsexy pieces of technology in the history of the world. But some resellers haven't let appearances fool them out of cashing in on point-of-sales (POS) solutions, which are enjoying a resurgence.
  • Put the $ Back In Small Business
    A number of solution providers are making their mark in an unsung sector of the market with technologies ranging from wireless security software to flat-panel monitors. With all the talk from big vendors such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Cisco on the treasures of the small and midsize business market, the "S" in SMB has been overshadowed. And that's exactly where several resellers say they're seeing the most demand for emerging technologies and upgrade purchases.
  • Just Who Motivates You?
    We can all use a boost now and then. That's where a visionary who can show us the way to a better future can help.
  • Low-cost "case modding' adds pizzazz to a dull computer


    The PC As A Fashion Statement
    The beige box is dead. What started as a hobby powered by rotary tools and hacksaws has become big business in the form of PC modification, also known as "case modding." Today, case-mod parts are plentiful and easy to install.
  • Tech Data Takes Aim At Special Pricing
    Special pricing has been a sharp thorn in the side of Tech Data. And Steve Raymund, chairman and CEO of Tech Data, has been one of the more outspoken critics of special pricing--also known as ship and debit--because of the escalating administrative costs that result when product prices are adjusted after the shipment goes out.
  • How To Become A Master Of The Midmarket
    While economists and politicians debate our economic future, you can take solace in the midmarket'that prosperous bastion of the IT marketplace. In this segment, customers are ready and willing to seriously spend not only on sound advice as well.
  • IBM Plans To Hire Nearly 19,000
    IBM raised its estimate for the number of people it expects to hire in 2004 to 18,800, up from an earlier forecast of 15,000, citing strong growth in key business areas such as consulting, grid computing and Linux.
  • Deadline Extended For 2004 Tech Innovator Awards Nominations
    The deadline for VARBusiness' 2nd Annual Technology Innovators Awards has been extended to 5:00 pm ET, Friday, Aug. 20, 2004. Entries can be submitted via our online form (Registration required; existing ChannelWeb registrations can be used, new registrations can be obtained on the spot.)
  • Google Playboy Article May Raise Concerns
    Google plans to open the auction for its hotly anticipated IPO Friday and set the final price next week, despite legal questions about a newly published Playboy interview with the founders of the online search engine.
  • AMD's Ruiz Sees 64-Bit Surge Ahead
    VARBusiness talked to AMD chief AMRuiz recently to find out how he intends to fend off new competition from Intel, which recently released its first processor targeted at Opteron in the form of the new "Nancona" Xeon processor. For an in-depth look at AMD's 64-bit progress, be sure to read "AMD's 64-Bit Gambit" in the Aug. 23 issue of
  • IBM Lotus Showcases Emerging Collaboration Tools
    IBM's Lotus division this week pulled back the covers on several ongoing research projects, unmasking a new wave of technologies aimed at enhancing the ways people collaborate in an increasingly decentralized workplace.
  • Shakeup comes after $208 million 3Q operating loss in enterprise server/storage unit


    HP's Blackmore, Milton Out
    Hewlett-Packard has given its top enterprise server and storage executives, Peter Blackmore and Jim Milton, their walking papers in the wake of a $208 million third-quarter operating loss for the division.
  • Avnet's Q4 Impresses, But Q1 Forecast Disappoints
    Avnet posted an impressive fourth-quarter profit Wednesday that more than quadrupled from the previous year, but the distributor's lowered forecast for the upcoming quarter has caused concern among investors and analysts.
  • Compliance Causes SMBs To Reduce Spreadsheet Usage
    Financial executives in small to mid-sized businesses plan to dramatically reduce their reliance on spreadsheet-based accounting processes, according to a survey of 118 business leaders conducted by RevenueRecognition.com and IDC.