CRN Channel News


  • IBM Beefs Up Workplace Initiative
    As expected, IBM Software bolstered its Workplace game plan Monday, unveiling plans for new Lotus Workplace-branded Document editor and messaging components. In addition, it promised new shrunk-down middleware to bring "rich" client capabilities to tiny devices running a variety of operating systems.
  • CRN Interview: Steve Raymund, Tech Data
    As the chairman and CEO of distributor Tech Data, Steve Raymund is famous for his unassuming, yet dogged, advocacy of the channel. Raymund outlined his solution to the issue of special pricing, as well as some of his shorter-term goals for Tech Data, in an interview with CRN Editor in Chief Michael Vizard and Distribution Editor Scott Campbell.
  • Siebel To Offer Industry-Specific Editions Of CRM OnDemand
    Siebel Systems moved to shore up its hosting efforts with the announcement Monday that it, together with partner IBM, will offer industry-specific features built into its OnDemand hosted service. The San Mateo, Calif., company said it will offer eight versions of its Siebel CRM OnDemand-Industry Editions by the end of the year.
  • New Symantec plan includes deal-registration initiative


    Symantec, Veritas Tweak Partner Programs
    Two of the fastest-growing giants in software unveiled major changes to their partner programs Monday, further underscoring significant shifts inside and around the channel community.
  • Big Imaging Software Contract Hinges On Disability Access
    Quality Associates Inc. won a $20.9 million, 5-year contract to sell Kofax imaging software to the Social Security Administration by taking Section 508 handicap accessibility requirements seriously, the solution provider said.
  • HyperRoll Update To Support RDBS Queries, Reports
    As most solution providers and systems integrators know, business intelligence (BI) systems can often become bogged down by voluminous data and complex reporting. For four years, HyperRoll has addressed that problem with data aggregation software that can substantially boost the speed with which BI applications query and retrieve information. On Tuesday the company is expected to unveil a new version that supports relational data warehouses and reporting tools--complementing its traditional OLAP analytic environments--and an order-of-magnitude speed improvement.
  • Motorola Eyes iPod Market
    Motorola is set to go after the market that Apple has broken open with its iPod handheld digital music player.
  • RightNow Technologies Files For IPO
    RightNow Technologies, a provider of customer-service software and solutions, has become the latest technology vendor to file for an initial public offering.
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    Optimizing a PC's BIOS, Part 2
    This week, I will discuss advanced features of the BIOS. These include proper configuration of built-in peripherals, as well as power-management issues to consider.
  • Updated Ascential Suite Creates Integration Services
    Ascential Software announced Monday the latest version of its Enterprise Integration Suite, which provides profiling, cleansing, transforming and other integration tasks for both batch and transactional systems. The announcement was made at the TDWI World Conference in Boston.
  • What's In A Naming Convention?
    Over the next couple of months, Intel will stop including clock speeds in the names of its desktop and notebook processors. If that sounds familiar, it's probably because Advanced Micro Devices did that a couple of years ago when it correctly pointed out that clock speed was only one of several important processor characteristics.
  • Dell Jumps On The Digital Bandwagon
    Dell,which is set to release new digital and imaging products in the near future based on deals with Xerox, Kodak and other vendors,once again is aiming to significantly undercut the pricing of competing vendors.
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    Oki Data Adds Printers, Managed Services
    In a move to keep the pressure on its color-printing rivals and add a new line of consulting revenue to its mix, Oki Data recently unveiled seven new printers and a managed services offering.
  • Citrix Accesses Partners For MetaFrame Suite
    Citrix Systems is rallying partners to push MetaFrame Access Suite 3.0 as an all-in-one platform that provides secure access to enterprise data in addition to addressing utility computing needs.
  • White Boxes Selling Well, Survey Finds
    White-box servers and desktops continue to be hot items in the channel, with one-third of solution providers in the March CRN Monthly Solution Provider Survey saying white boxes are their best-selling systems, a higher percentage than that of any single-branded vendor.

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