CRN Channel News


  • Microsoft Certified Applications Developer
    With its Microsoft Certified Applications Developer certification, Microsoft hopes to build and nurture a large community of .Net-centric developers and to acclimate developers to the world of Web services.
  • Behind The Charts
    While vendor-Specific certifications dominate the list of the 15 most important certifications in this year’s study, vendor-neutral certifications head up the list of the 14 fastest-rising certifications, indicating change may be on the way.
  • Partner Perspective
    Vendor-specific certifications are fast losing credence to certifications that cover multivendor IT industry skills, solution providers say.
  • The New Deal
    Solution providers are asking for a new deal in certifications, and vendor-neutral programs could well be the wild cards that trump the current vendor-centric certification model.
  • Microsoft Certified Database Administrator
    More than 50 percent of solution providers in the Certification Study reported that return on investment for the Microsoft Certified Database Administrator was improving over time, giving it an impressive first place on this scorecard ranking and a No. 3 standing overall.
  • Vendor Perspective
    With vendor-neutral certifications taking a more prominent role--and solution providers looking for vendor-neutral certifications that offer a stronger technology focus and higher return on investment--some major vendors are modifying their programs.
  • ShadowRAM: August 30, 2004
    Mitch Kapor and the Open Source Applications Foundation hope to have a "dog food" version of a personal information manager out by the middle of next year.
  • Expectations are for continued price drop, so what's in store for VARs?


    Lowdown On LCD Prices
    LCD monitor prices are expected to continue declining through the fall, which may make it easier for solution providers to switch customers away from CRT monitors.
  • Ingram Micro Tries To Keep Channel Relations Steady
    With four executives gone in the past four months, Ingram Micro has many channel observers wondering whether something is afoot at the company. Kevin Murai, co-president of the Santa Ana, Calif.-based distributor, shed light on the impact of the executive departures and the rollout of A NEW channel program in an interview with CRN Distribution Editor Scott Campbell. For the full interview, go to CRN.COM/EXTRA.
  • Riding Web Train To Get Certified
    With all the attention focused on the growing role of vendor-neutral certifications in this week's cover story, one important finding may have slipped under the radar: Web-based certification training has come of age.
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
    Solution providers value the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator certification as a must-have for their business, but not necessarily because they are counting on it to take them into new territory.