CRN Channel News

  • Observers are skeptical that company's services can broaden beyond CRM

    Can Expand To A Web Services Platform? CEO Marc Benioff Monday hailed sforce 2.0, a new version of the company's development tool, as a platform for building custom Web-services enabled applications. But this broad positioning of what calls its "on-demand" application server, launched earlier this year as a tool to add customization and new enhancements to the company's hosted service, has observers wondering if the industry will welcome another application development platform.
  • Wireless Mesh Networking Gathers Momentum
    Wireless ad hoc mesh networking will get a boost on two levels this week with the unveiling of startup PacketHop Inc. and the announcement that wireless home networking and automation proponent Zensys A/S has entered into a business partnership with Intel Corp.
  • Intel Buying Wireless Chipmaker
    Intel is buying wireless LAN chipmaker Mobilian for an undisclosed sum in a deal to strengthen its strategy to offer a variety of chips for phones and other devices.
  • Samsung Hires Digital Channel Exec
    Samsung hired Gregg Prendergast as vice president of sales for the commercial channel in its Digital Information Technology Division, the company said Monday.
  • VMware, Veritas Flip The Switch
    The debut of VMware's Virtual Center and Veritas' CommandCentral Service 3.5 signal the emergence of an industry and channel around utility computing.
  • RIM Seeks To Regain Edge As Competitors Loom
    Look around the headquarters of Research in Motion and it's easy to understand its co-chief executives' optimism about their company and its pioneering invention, the BlackBerry wireless e-mail device.
  • Can Microsoft Succeed With Tablet PC?
    On the first anniversary of the release of the Windows XP Tablet PC operating system, the question remains whether Microsoft's latest pen computing platform can succeed where others have failed before.
  • VARBusiness 500 Research: The IT Recession Is Over
    The results of an exclusive survey of top executives who run the nation's largest business and technology integration companies indicate the IT recession is coming to a close. The executives responding to a quarterly survey said the fourth quarter shows significant signs of improvement when it comes to their outlook for revenue growth, profitability, utilization rates and hiring. Furthermore, 87 percent of the respondents said they finished the third quarter ahead of or in line with expectations. Those finishing the quarter below expectations fell to a 24-month low. VARBusiness 500 companies are those that report at least $20 million in revenue and span strong regional integrators up to behemoths including IBM Global Services.
  • IBM's Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Channel, SMBs Can Get on The E-Biz Grid
    Editor's Note: Irving Wladawsky-Berger, general manager of IBM's Internet Division, is responsible for the vendor's Internet and network computing strategy and for coordinating its implementation across the company. He is a member of the President's Advisory Committee on High-Performance Computing and Communications, Information Technologies, and the Next Generation Internet. He recently spoke with CRN Senior Writer Paula Rooney.
  • Share The Wealth
    Is it morning again in IT? Is our long national nightmare finally over?
  • The Thrill Is Gone
    Steve Ciarciello is fed up. It's bad enough that vendors don't do enough to help him sell their products, says the president of CompuData, a 32-year-old, $8 million software solution provider, but now they're actually costing him money.