CRN Channel News

  • 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.
  • CA Channel Sales Up 14 Percent
    Computer Associates International reported revenue of $850 million for its fourth quarter ended March 31, a 10 percent increase over revenue of $775 million in the same period a year ago.
  • IBM, Dell Do Best In Q1 U.S. Server Sales
    The server market grew by seven percent in the first quarter of 2004, a research firm said Tuesday, largely fueled by sales of low-cost systems under the $5,000 price point.
  • To Be Channel-Friendly or Not--That is the Question
    A few different versions of this issue's cover wound up crumpled up and tossed in the garbage. The first had BEA president and CEO Alfred Chuang with his back turned. The headline was too tempting, so we discarded it. Another had the headline: "Can You Trust BEA?" We pinned it up on the wall, scratched out the word "Can" and penciled in "Should." Still, that didn't capture the essence of senior writer Carolyn April's hard work. After all, who can you trust these days?
  • Should State CIOs Go Offshore?
    The issue of whether to allow state agencies to use offshore IT providers or even domestic government contractors that are sourcing work overseas doesn't sit well in the public sector. And it is a political issue that crosses not so much party lines as it does state lines. States such as Michigan, for example, which already saw many manufacturing jobs move overseas over the past two decades, are loath to allow offshore IT outsourcing within their borders.
  • After the Pain, the Payoff
    They're in. A slew of earnings reports released mid-April indicate that publicly held VARBusiness 500 integrators have, for the most part, rightsized their way into a more stable 2004. Some of these pure-play solution providers--companies that are not divisions of larger concerns--are making respectable money, while some are still losing it. But on the brighter side, almost every business appears to be doing better than during the same quarter last year, and companies posting