CRN Channel News

  • IDC Projects 2004 'Conservative' IT Spending Growth of 4.9%; Could Be Higher
    Stating that "tough times will come to an end; they have before," John Gantz, IDC's chief research officer says his company projects "conservative" worldwide IT spending growth will be 4.9 percent in 2004, noting that some believe it could be as high as 8 percent. Wrapping up the Raymond James IT Supply Chain Conference on Dec. 11 with the research firm's forecast for the upcoming year, Gantz broke that number down further, with lower spending growth anticipated from more industrialized parts of the world.
  • IT Channels Stars Headline Gala Event
    Old acquaintances were not forgot at the gala CRN Industry Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where nine technology leaders were recognized for their lifetime contributions to the IT industry.
  • Eliminating dual channel structure in favor of single channel plan

    HP Outlines Reorg
    Hewlett-Packard Chairman and CEO Carly Fiorina last week outlined a sweeping reorganization that will see the vendor create a single channel organization and Duane Zitzner take over HP's top channel spot.
  • Pivotal Closes Its Dance Card
    The belle of the CRM ball has finally picked a dance partner. After months of being courted by three suitors, Pivotal has chosen Chinadotcom subsidiary CDC Software as its acquirer. Pivotal will operate as a distinct business unit of the Hong Kong company.
  • AT&T Boards VoIP Train, Targets Top 100 U.S. Markets
    AT&T last week became the latest major telecommunications carrier to jump on the VoIP bandwagon when it unveiled plans to launch a widespread effort to sell the technology to business customers sometime next year.
  • Partners: Update is major release that will make OS more secure

    Win XP SP2 To Enter Beta
    Microsoft this week plans to release into beta testing a major security-focused update to Windows XP.
  • Raymond James attendees vow targeted approach for 2004

    We're Back, IT Execs Say, But Caution Should Reign
    Business is back,but IT and channel companies aren't yet dancing a jig, and executives say they will be cautious and targeted in their focus marching into 2004.
  • Acer's Full House
    Acer, one of the early pioneers of the PC business, is poised to mount a massive 100 percent channel-focused assault on the U.S. computer market that is sure to shake up the lucrative small- and midsize-business hardware market. With IBM and Hewlett-Packard fighting for high ground in enterprise accounts, Acer is planning an end run to tap into the purchasing power of the tens of thousands of solution providers that are the outsourced IT departments for SMBs.
  • ASP rivals look to cater application services to customer needs

    NetSuite, Jockey For Position
    Two of the biggest ASP pure-plays,NetSuite and,duked it out last week with the release of new editions that can be tailored to customer needs.
  • WorldCom Exec Sidgmore Dies
    John Sidgmore, an Internet entrepreneur who rode the boom and bust of the dot-com bubble, died Thursday. He was 52. The cause of death was reportedly complications caused by acute pancreatitis.
  • Lost Opportunities
    There's an old maxim which states that 90 percent of being successful is simply showing up. But when it comes to vendors coordinating their OEM efforts with their solution provider channel, most vendors have no idea where they are.
  • New Sony Drive Solves SMB Backup Woes
    With the popularity of DVD writers at an all-time high, it shouldn't come as any surprise that the technology has also reached performance levels the industry has never witnessed before.
  • QuicKeys For Windows 2.5
    Recently released QuicKeys for Windows 2.5 continues with its brilliance in automation as a flexible software product that simplifies and puts an end to repetitive tasks. The software automates everything and anything with hotkeys, toolbars and timers.
  • Acquisition to bolster education and public-sector business

    SunGard Data Systems To Buy SCT
    SunGard Data Systems, a Wayne, Pa.-based financial-services solution provider, said it has reached a tentative agreement to acquire Systems & Computer Technology Corp. (SCT) in an all-cash deal valued at $584 million.