CRN Channel News

  • Briefs: Hindsight And Foresight, March 1, 2004
    MICROSOFT BUSINESS SOLUTIONS PARTNERS MERGE, GET FUNDINGThe moving and shaking in the Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) channel continued last week as two MBS partners, EYT and In2Gr8, merged and announced $20 million in first-round funding.
  • CompUSA Orders SoftwareToGo
    Asoftware point-of-sale upstart and a custom-system manufacturer have joined forces to roll out a nationwide, custom application-on-demand service for retailer CompUSA that could lay the groundwork for sales into other markets. The solution allows CompUSA customers to download and purchase software titles from more than 200 publishers via in-store kiosks.
    Last summer's blackout proved the value of having properly configured UPSes in place. Not only did UPSes prevent the certain loss of lots of data, they also allowed critical work to get done while local electrical grids were down. In fact, the power provided by UPSes, in conjunction with the judicious shutting down of non-essential hardware, allowed CRN's production and editorial staff to finish the following week's issue on the night of the blackout. No deadlines were missed.
  • Mobile PCs On Move To Outsell Desktops
    As the market turns increasingly toward mobile PCs, builders of white-box desktop PCs are undecided about the impact this shift will have on their businesses.
  • HP Responds To Enterprise Partners' Complaints
    A group of disgruntled Hewlett-Packard enterprise partners pulled the plug last week on their bid to establish an independent VAR council after HP agreed to revamp its own enterprise VAR council.
  • Some stick with HP, but IBM scores in recruiting rival's enterprise VARs

    Place Your Bets
    What happens to IBM's business when 200 Hewlett-Packard enterprise solution providers become IBM Business Partners?
  • Despite surge in business partner sales in 2003, channel conflict issues linger

    Still Work To Be Done
    IBM is getting its act together, but some channel conflicts still taint its partner strategy. Solution providers say IBM needs to do a better job policing field-sales people who still want to take business direct. "There are some people in the field-sales force that feel that the more business they get through us, the less value they are perceived to have to IBM and they fear for their jobs," said Jim Simpson, president of MSI Systems Integrators, an IBM Business Partner in Omaha, Neb.
  • Sitting down with Sam Palmisano

    Partners Make The Difference
    On the eve of PartnerWorld, IBM Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano said solution providers are critical to IBM's on-demand strategy but stressed that both sides must invest to capture the opportunity it presents.
  • Desktop Management Suite Keeps Companies Honest
    Desktop management suites have matured phenomenally during the past few years, evolving beyond the traditional desktop and transforming into complete business solutions capable of holding entire organizations accountable for their actions. With increased scrutiny directed at corporate America, companies are constantly being audited and looked upon to provide proper business practices. Mature desktop management suites may provide this assistance.
  • Who Do You Trust?
    As a journalist, my stock in trade is trust: I trust you to answer my questions honestly, and you trust me to communicate your responses accurately. Things fall apart when either side fails to live up to this bargain.
  • Partners get cash for migrating SME accounts

    Verio Restarts Incentive Plan
    Verio last week reactivated an incentive plan designed to give certain partners in its viaVerio channel program cash incentives to streamline their accounts.
  • PartnerWorld Buzz: New IGS incentives, ISV programs tie into IBM's vision

    On-Demand Era
    IBM is stepping up its on-demand drumbeat at PartnerWorld this week with a host of announcements including a big boost in financial incentives to resell IBM Global Services managed hosting and a major new ISV initiative.
  • Logitech Premium Desktop Optical
    Sold in bulk exclusively through the channel, Logitech's Premium Desktop Optical is well suited for the security-minded enterprise. While the wireless mouse provides ergonomic freedom of motion, the wired keyboard prevents interception of passwords and other sensitive data that would be transmitted by a wireless alternative. It also prevents the less-likely keyboard spoofing to break into sensitive systems.
  • IBM's Channel Challenge
    When more than 3,000 IBM loyalists descend on Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino for IBM's PartnerWorld, which began on Feb. 29, they'll have a lot of decisions to make. The issue resonating loudest in their heads will be IBM's claim that e-business on demand will rock their worlds and pay for their retirements. You read in our previous story that IBM chairman Sam Palmisano calls "on demand" nothing less than an "industry shift." Many partners will be wondering whether or not that's true.