CRN Channel News

  • Debate Over Offshore Outsourcing Gets Louder
    Is offshore outsourcing benefiting the IT community or is the use of cheap labor in foreign countries commoditizing such skills as programming and application maintenance, effectively putting and end to a livelihood that Americans have enjoyed for decades? As offshore IT outsourcing creates upheaval throughout the American workforce, and in the solution-provider community in particular, the debate continues to get louder.
  • Oracle Hints At Things To Come At OracleApps World
    Oracle gave tantalizing hints at OracleApps World Tuesday about what the company will soon ship, but provided few, if any, details. Still, in his first presentation as Oracle co-president, Chuck Phillips told the San Diego crowd that Oracle now recognizes that customers live in more than an Oracle-only universe. As a result of that realization, Oracle has developed a road map of products and services designed to help enterprises connect applications and data from Oracle competitors.
  • Comergent Buys New Piece To Demand Chain Puzzle
    Demand-chain software vendor Comergent Technologies said Monday that it has acquired Profile Systems in a pure stock transaction. Profile has more than 30 licensed customers and more than 1,000 subscribers to its software for managing product-related data and handling vendor-managed inventory. The two closely held companies did not disclose the purchase value.
  • PeopleSoft fires back, charging that hand-picked nominees are biased

    Oracle Attempts To Nominate New PeopleSoft Directors
    Oracle has stepped up its $7.3 billion hostile bid for rival PeopleSoft with a bid to nominate five new directors to PeopleSoft's board of directors.
  • Briefs Hindsight And Foresight: January 26, 2004
    LEGRA OFFERING DOUBLE-DIGIT PARTNER MARGINS, BONUSESLegra Systems this week plans to unveil an aggressive partner program that includes guaranteed margins of between 10 percent and 20 percent over the next year and cash bonuses for partners delivering the largest deals.
  • Laser, inkjet sales up 23 percent from year-ago period

    Lexmark Posts Better-Than-Expected 4Q Results
    Printer maker Lexmark turned in fourth-quarter earnings of $1.05 per share, topping the 90 cents per share it reported for the same quarter a year earlier and easily beating the Wall Street average estimate of 92 cents.
  • Ariba Plans To Acquire FreeMarkets
    Ariba has agreed to acquire FreeMarkets for $493 million in stock and cash, saying the merger will dramatically extend the capabilities of its software for helping companies negotiate better prices for supplies and services.
  • Symantec's Reach
    When a channel program is firing on all cylinders, it is a beautiful thing to behold. Nowhere is that more evident than with Symantec.
  • IBM Software to detail solution at Lotusphere

    Lotus On-Demand Workplace In View
    IBM plans to use its annual Lotusphere gathering this week to showcase a new "mega server" featuring its J2EE-based application server, portal server, and content management and collaboration capabilities.
  • High-Skilled Jobs Should Stay In U.S.
    Job losses due to offshoring have become a hot-button issue in political and technology circles, with some in Congress backing measures to restrict companies from moving jobs overseas.