• CRN Deal Tracker, July 10 - August 10, 2006
    Here is a snapshot of merger and acquisition activity in the IT channel during the past month, which included IBM's purchase of FileNet and HP's acquisition of Mercury Interactive.
  • For D&H, Small Is Big
    Lots of distributors talk about serving small-business- focused solution providers. But talk is cheap. Most simply ignore that segment of the market. The exception is D&H Distributing, which this week unveils a distribution pact with PC giant Lenovo. D&H is absolutely the only major distributor that has built a big business around serving small solution providers that have been cast aside as simply not big enough by rival distributors.
  • Three-tiered program tackles partner profitability, channel conflict

    Websense To Unveil New Channel Program
    Websense plans to debut a new channel program at CMP Technology's XChange '06 that it hopes will exorcise the demons of direct sales that have damaged its relationships with partners in recent years.
  • New unit to house all of the distributor's partner services

    Ingram Micro To Launch VAR Services Division
    Ingram Micro plans to launch a separate services division on Oct. 1 that brings under one umbrella all the offerings that the distributor makes available to solution providers.
  • D&H Signs Deal To Distribute Lenovo Systems
    D&H Distributing has signed a deal to distribute Lenovo desktops and notebooks, becoming the first new U.S. distributor for the vendor since it acquired the IBM PC business nearly two years ago.
  • Seagate, ViewSonic and Belkin take home glowing channel honors at first annual Digital Integration Channel Excellence ceremony

    A Roll At The DICE Awards
    Seagate Technology, ViewSonic and Belkin were the big winners at the first annual Digital Integration Channel Excellence (DICE) awards ceremony at the recent TechConnect XChange conference, hosted by CMP Technology.
  • Consumers are spending on downloadable Internet TV and movie content--now Tinseltown and Integrators foresee a booming revolution

    Hooray For Broadband Hollywood
    When Apple's iTunes announced the availability of top-tier television content for Internet download late last year, tremors rolled through the Hollywood Hills. To date, Hollywood studios had tied themselves up in a Gordian knot of digital rights management issues, delaying the distribution of popular movies and television episodes via broadband downloads. Meanwhile, the horse was clearly leaving the barn. According to the Motion Picture Association of America, of the $6.1 billion their studios lost to piracy last year, illegal Internet downloads accounted for $2.3 billion.
  • System builders cite supply, interchangeable part issues

    Intel's Looking For A Whitebook Boost
    Intel is hoping increased supply from original design manufacturers will help jump-start its fledgling whitebook program.
  • Acquisition Boosts Avnet's 4Q Profit, Sales
    Avnet reported double-digit growth in revenue and earnings for its fiscal 2006 fourth quarter, due in large part to the distributor's acquisition of Memec Group Holdings.
  • CRN Channel Benchmarks, Week of July 31
    CRN compared financial measures from the week of July 31 with those from the week of July 3 to develop the most recent data on four-week trends. The data show that during this period, commerical professional IT services and IT outsourcing were the two categories that saw the biggest gains in overall financial strength.
  • Briefs: August 7, 2006
    Tom Ducatelli, Tech Data's senior vice president of sales, resigned last week, effective immediately. Ducatelli "has decided to pursue new opportunities outside Tech Data," the distributor said in a statement.
  • Auto Attendant At City Hall's Beck And Call
    When it came time for the city of Fountain Valley, Calif., to renew the maintenance contract on its PBX system and upgrade its voice-mail system, it went to Digital Telecommunications Corp. (DTC), Van Nuys, Calif., the city's telecommunications solution provider.
  • Microsoft Adds iSCSI Target To Storage Server OS
    Microsoft is planning to bring its Windows Storage Server operating system, currently available only to OEMs, to a wider range of custom-system builders as its Longhorn version of Windows becomes available.