CRN Channel News

  • Microsoft Ships Beta Of Software Update Services 2.0, Slips MOM 2005
    Microsoft kicked off its annual management summit by announcing as expected the beta release of its next software update services (SUS) for the Windows server--but it appears the delivery of both the final SUS code and the newly designated Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 will be delayed.
  • CRN Interview: Adalio Sanchez, IBM
    The best thing that may have ever happened to IBM's pSeries is the stagnation of the Unix market. Although the demand for Unix servers is down, IBM's share of this $20 billion market grew 4 points last year, according to research firm IDC, and revenue was up 12 percent. In an interview with CRN Editor in Chief Michael Vizard, Adalio Sanchez, IBM general manager for the pSeries, details the company's strategy and the opportunities for solution providers partnering with IBM in 2004.
  • Microsoft CEO Holds Talks With EU
    Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer held 11th-hour talks Tuesday with the European Union antitrust chief, just a week ahead of a final decision on a long-running antitrust case against the world's biggest software company.
  • StarOffice To Get MS Office Macro Conversion
    In its quest to wrest converts from Microsoft Office, Sun Microsystems will soon add a macro conversion utility to its StarOffice software suite, a top Sun executive said Tuesday.
  • Veritas To Restate Three Years Worth Of Earnings
    Veritas Software has uncovered a series of accounting abuses that will force the business software maker to recalculate its results for the past three years, causing a delay that may threaten the company's listing on the Nasdaq Stock Market.
  • New Solution Partners Organization combines commercial and enterprise channels

    Gilroy Named HP's Americas Channel Chief
    Hewlett-Packard Monday ended the suspense over who would command its new Americas channel organization by naming Kevin Gilroy vice president and general manager of the new Solution Partners Organization.
  • EDS Sells PLM Software Unit In Multibillion-Dollar Cash Deal
    EDS has sold software unit UGS PLM Solutions for $2.05 billion in cash to three private equity firms: Bain Capital, Silver Lake Partners and Warburg Pincus, a move said to be the largest private technology buyout in history. The unit was sold by the $21.5 billion Plano, Texas-based company (No. 2 on the VARBusiness 500) even though it's a strong performer because EDS wanted to reduce its debt and to focus on its core business of providing outsourcing solutions.
  • AT&T Offers XML-Based Integration Service
    Integrating applications so they can share data among partners, suppliers, and customers is difficult for business-technology managers, especially when they're using different software, protocols, and systems. AT&T last week debuted an XML-based "universal translation" service to make it easier and less expensive for businesses to exchange information.
  • OK To eBay? For Some VARs, That Is The Question
    Ebay is recruiting solution providers to use its online marketplace to sell their customers' displaced gear. While many solution providers already use eBay to auction off old equipment, the company is now developing a formal program to make it easier for the channel to use the service.
  • EDS Gets $2.05B For PLM Unit
    EDS sold its design and product life-cycle management software unit, UGS PLM Solutions, to three private equity firms for $2.05 billion.
  • EU Committee Backs Strong Action Against Microsoft
    The European Union's head office won unanimous backing from national antitrust regulators on Monday for a draft ruling against Microsoft that sources say finds the U.S. software giant abused its Windows monopoly. The draft orders deep changes in the way the company operates.