• Tech Data kicks off its service network for solution providers

    TechSelect Members Go National With New Network
    More than 50 TechSelect solution providers signed up for Tech Data&'s new national service network last week at the Clearwater, Fla.-based distributor&'s fall conference, and the majority of the group&'s 400-plus members are expected to join by the first quarter, said executives.
  • VARs Not Ruffled By Lenovo's Deal With Office Depot
    Solution providers brushed off Lenovo's move earlier this month to broaden retail distribution of its new wireless ThinkPads through a deal with Office Depot, provided the deal doesn't cut into their services revenue.
  • Tech Data Introduces AppleAdvantage
    Tech Data stepped up its commitment to Apple this week with the introduction of AppleAdvantage, which will provide VARs with a dedicated Apple-focused sales team, among other benefits.
  • Alliance to assist with recovery opportunities

    Ingram To Point VARs On Right Path
    Ingram Micro&'s GovEd Alliance has started an initiative to help government- and education-focused solution providers find disaster-recovery opportunities in the Gulf Coast region. The Santa Ana, Calif.-based distributor last week unveiled the plan before 300 solution providers at its annual GovEd Alliance Invitational in Palm Springs, Calif.
  • ShadowRAM: November 7, 2005
    Pro-Apple bloggers had a field day last week dredging up a Michael Dell quote from a Gartner conference in Orlando, Fla., eight years ago. When asked at the time what he would do with Apple if Dell bought the company, Dell replied, “I&'d shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.”
  • Affinity program aims to help get more technologies into the distribution channel

    Westcon Seeking New Partners
    Westcon Group spent years of focusing on Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and Avaya solutions. Now the distributor looking for a few more friends.
  • Specialty distributors target ways to improve channel relationships up and down the supply chain

    Distribution Roundtable: Sounding Off
    It ain&'t easy being the middleman. Vendors demand better returns on their channel programs, while solution providers want more services and help. What&'s a distributor to do? The best they can, according to seven specialty distribution executives who recently sat down with CRN to talk about the channel&'s biggest dilemmas. Distributors are rarely short on ideas on how to fix problems, yet getting the other sides of the supply chain to hear them is another matter. The distribution executives feel it&'s getting to the point that they have to raise their voices just to be heard.
  • But fourth pact with Dell makes some question distributor's channel sincerity

    Oracle Turns Triple Play In Distribution
    To witness the growing relevance that IT distribution is achieving today, look no further than Oracle's recent splash at the OpenWorld 2005 event in San Francisco, during which the enterprise software maker simultaneously unveiled not one, but three major distribution deals.
  • New Orleans solution provider Jim Perrier drives this point home: Things may never be the same for his business, his customers or his city, but life goes on

    No Easy Street
    Jim Perrier sets off to work in an old Toyota 4-Runner every morning that his wife keeps begging him to replace. He keeps saying no because he likes the truck and, besides, you don&t get rid of something just because it&s a little banged up. That&s the way it is in Louisiana.
  • The Katrina Question
    One of the amazing things about solution providers is their indomitable spirit.
  • Juniper Adds Catalyst Telecom
    Juniper Networks is expanding its partnership ranks with the addition of distributor Catalyst Telecom, CRN has learned.
  • Supermicro Ships AMD Systems Through Distribution
    SuperMicro this month said it will broaden the availability of its systems based on processors from Advanced Micro Devices by shipping products through distributors ASI, Ingram Micro and Tech Data.