• ShadowRAM: November 28, 2005
    Apple may be ready to shift to Intel&'s chips, but it apparently is still hedging its bets with other Intel technology.
  • Microsoft And Dell
    Kurt Kolb, Microsoft&'s vice president of system builder and license compliance, likes to talk about the big investments the software giant is making in the system builder channel. And Microsoft is indeed making a whole new wave of investments ranging from a “buy local” program that encourages end users to buy from local system builders to beefed-up technical support. The one area Kolb does not want to talk about, though, is the price gap between what Dell pays for Windows and Office and what system builders pay for those same products. It&'s a sore spot that has existed for years.
  • Tech Data's Q3 Beats Expectations
    Tech Data reported fiscal 2006 third-quarter earnings Tuesday that beat the consensus estimate on Wall Street after the distributor posted strong sales yet again in the Americas.
  • Ingram Micro Makes Education Play
    VARs in tune with the needs of higher education might want to make a stop at the campus bookstore--specifically with college campus resellers (CCR) at private universities who often oversee IT purchasing and seek supplementary services.
  • Tech Data Shares Up 11 Percent After 3Q Earnings
    Tech Data&'s shares increased almost 11 percent Thursday after the distributor released third-quarter earnings. Shares were trading at $38.60, up $3.74 per share, despite the distributor reporting earnings that fell 39 percent for the third fiscal quarter ended Oct. 31 due to restructuring charges in Europe.
  • Sun's Strategy Shift
    Sun Microsystems&' distribution strategy is in flux as the company steps back from the small-business server arena and ponders its relations with new distributors inherited with its acquisition of StorageTek.
  • CDW Divvies Corporate Sales Team
    CDW is restructuring its corporate sales force from a centrally based organization to several geographically divided sales teams that can more effectively communicate with customers and local vendor reps, said CEO John Edwardson.
  • ASI Expands Presence In Storage Market
    ASI cut its teeth as a PC components distributor, particularly selling hard drives. But now, the Fremont, Calif.-based company wants a bigger bite of the storage pie.
  • Why Blogs Should Interest The Channel
    Blogs (short for Web logs) are a rising Internet trend. Part of my business has always been to track and follow trends (and figure out how to profit from them). If you are unfamiliar with blogging, visit my blog for a sampling.
  • The Services Shift
    The outsourced IT services model sweeping through small and midsize businesses is changing everything.
  • 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.