CRN Channel News


  • EDS Posts Q2 Pro Forma Loss of $16 Million
    One day after Plano, Texas-based EDS (No. 2 on the VARBusiness 500) slashed its dividend by two-thirds to conserve cash, and two weeks after credit-rating agency Moody's downgraded its senior unsecured notes to junk status, the integration giant reported a second-quarter pro forma loss of $16 million, or 3 cents per share, with sales up 4 percent to $5.24 billion.
  • Plans to file more than 3,000 patents in fiscal 2005


    Microsoft Takes On IBM For Title Of Patent Leader
    Microsoft plans to go after IBM for patent leadership in the United States, according to Microsoft founder and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates.
  • Intel CEO Warns Workers About Late Products
    Intel CEO Craig Barrett has called on employees to focus on "actions and attitudes" to halt a string of product delays and manufacturing problems that have frustrated the world's largest chip maker, according to a Reuters report.
  • Oracle Sets "Rules of Engagement" For Partners
    Oracle is on the stump this week, circulating a fresh list of field sales "rules of engagement" to North American channel partners -- an attempt, officials say, to clarify how solution providers work with the software giant and can avoid conflict with its mammoth direct sales force.
  • AMD Unleashes Sempron CPU
    AMD today rolled out its new Sempron processor, aiming at the so-called "value segment" of the market where OEM and white-box systems sell in the range of $399 to $499.
  • Microsoft Delays Three Windows Upgrades
    As it preps Windows XP Service Pack 2 for a belated release to manufacturing in August, Microsoft announced it will also slip the release of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and 64-bit Extended Systems versions until the first half of 2005.
  • As many as 4,000 VARs eligible for financing, up from 400


    HP Revamps Solution Provider Financing Initiatives
    Hewlett-Packard Tuesday said it has revamped its channel financing initiatives into a single program aimed at increasing the number of solution providers participating by as much as 10 times from 400 to as many as 4,000 partners.
  • Altiris Posts Profit For 2Q 2004
    IT life-cycle management solutions vendor Altiris this week reported healthy earnings for its second fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2004.
  • Update: IBM Overhauls Executive Ranks
    Major changes are under way at IBM as several influential and high-ranking executives are changing roles within the world's largest computing company.
  • HP Rolls Out New Partner Financing Initiative
    In an effort to drive more revenue from small and midsize partners, HP is rolling out a new partner financing initiative that merges its Indirect Flooring and Channel Capitalization programs.
  • SAP Taps Troy For SMB Post
    The channel-executive shuffle does not abate in this industry. In the past few weeks, both SAP and IBM have made significant moves within their organizations, both impacting the respective companies' SMB efforts.
  • GE Access To Partner With McData, F5 Networks
    GE Access plans to introduce McData and F5 Networks as vendor partners at the Westminster, Colo.-based distributor's annual New Frontiers Conference for solution providers next week.