CRN Channel News

  • Free-ish Money For the Picking
    Rarely has so much been available to so many with far too few takers. I'm talking about market-development funds, better known as MDFs. These are dollars that solution providers have earned, but all too often they either expire or go unclaimed -- a remarkable turn of events in what most observers would view as our "entitlement" society.
  • Intel To Merge Communications Groups
    Stung by poor performance in the unit responsible for flash memory and handheld communication devices, Intel is combining that group into its mainline communications unit headed by Senior Vice President Sean Maloney.
  • IBM, Microsoft, others to demonstrate proof of concept at XML 2003

    WS-I Releases Sample Application For Web Services Interoperability
    On Wednesday, the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) will make available a sample application consisting of multiple-user scenarios to demonstrate how to implement the group's Basic Profile 1.0, a WS-I representative said.
  • Business Advised To Regulate Camera Phone Use
    The growing popularity of cellular phones capable of taking pictures and sending them across the Internet poses a liability and security threat to businesses, which need to adopt policies regulating use of the gadgets in the workplace, an analyst firm said Tuesday.
  • Verio Launches Commercial Next-Gen Internet Protocol
    The telecommunications industry drew a step closer to the much-hyped Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) Tuesday, as Verio, a subsidiary of NTT Communications, unveiled the first such commercial offering in North America. The technology, which many say could someday assign an IP address to every object on earth, is available now through Verio's Network Services channel.
  • ICan Says ‘I Can’ To Managed Services
    Computer Associates International subsidiary iCan SP Tuesday announced the availability of the iCan Service Management Suite (iSMS). The suite is aimed at corporate IT organizations functioning as internal managed service providers.
  • Installation bug in key feature stymies some deployments

    Microsoft Issues Fix For SharePoint Services Bug In Small Business Server 2003
    Microsoft released an official fix for the bug in the add-on to Windows SharePoint Services. The bug affected customers after Nov. 24 when installing or upgrading the newly integrated Windows SharePoint Services in the Windows Small Business Server 2003 and in the Windows Server 2003, said Katy Hunter, a product manager at Microsoft.
  • State of Technology Methodology
    The State of Technology is VARBusiness' annual assessment of the deployment of products, services and solutions for business clients in the technology marketplace. VARBusiness retained The Wayman Group, an independent marketing research and consulting firm located in Cedarhurst, N.Y., to help conduct the research. The study's mission was to query solution providers about their reselling involvement in areas relative to the evolving state of technology, including the impact of economic pressures, the use of technology brands and solutions, and anticipated IT trends.
  • New products galore for VARs to adore

    VARBusiness Celebrates Technology Innovation
    In these post-Internet bubble times, innovation is far from dead. What's more, there are as many ways to measure innovation as there are products that can be considered revolutionary, excitingly new or blazingly different. So why take on the monumental task of asking for, then evaluating one-by-one, hundreds of nominations for VARBusiness' first annual Tech Innovators Awards celebration earlier this fall? Maybe we're gluttons for punishment. Maybe we couldn't wait to get our hands on the latest and greatest of what our industry has to offer.
  • Microsoft's Raikes Rallies Partners Around Office ’03
    True to fashion, Microsoft is spending big, plunking a whopping $150 million into the marketing and development of the new Office System. In addition to the glitzy TV ads, Microsoft has rallied business partners en masse to get the message out about the software's potential for collaboration and business-process integration. The executive charged with seeing it all come together is Jeff Raikes, a longtime Microsoft official and group vice president of productivity and business services. He recently agreed to speak with VARBusiness senior writer Carolyn A. April about his goals for Office System and the opportunity he sees for partners. For more of the interview, go to
  • Acer puts a tablet-PC twist on the everyday notebook

    Wireless Tech: The Radio Is on Fire
    There's no question that wireless is growing. According to VARBusiness' State of Technology survey, a large percentage of solution providers say wireless technology from premier vendors will be crucial in growing their revenue next year; for example, more than 53 percent of VARs surveyed say Cisco's wireless business will be very important to boosting their sales.
  • The Tao Of Software: Novell Takes ZENworks To a Higher Level
    A lot of software companies make great promises about their desktop-management software, then run into problems keeping them. That often leaves integrators to mop up the spill and assuage customers furious over spending too much on a solution that isn't working.