CRN Channel News

  • Oracle: Latest PeopleSoft Bid Is Final Offer
    Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and CFO Jeff Henley say in a letter sent to PeopleSoft Shareholders that the company's $26 per share takeover bid for rival PeopleSoft is the company's "final offer."
  • EDS CEO Says His IT Beats IBM
    IT services giant EDS may not yet be posting the big numbers that it once did, but the Plano, Texas-based company is formalizing a strategy for reclaiming the sure footing it once took for granted. The company, which has endured management upheaval, customer spats and sagging sales in the past two years, has new contracts in the pipeline and shares trading near its 52-week high.
  • Is Another Bubble Building
    Though it seems that the economic rebound is just getting started, there's already concern that another bubble-burst may be coming. It may not be right around the corner, but that doesn't mean it's far away.
  • The Merits of Specialization
    Talk about flying under the radar. Through a combination of good luck and good business sense, Birmingham, Ala.-based Command Alkon (ranked No. 376 on the 2003 VARBusiness 500 list of top solution providers) has latched onto a market so arcane that it's virtually without competition. "We focus on the construction-materials market, [which] has not drawn the attention of major software organizations," says Ken Robinson, founder, president and CEO of the 350-employee integrator.
  • Offshore Casualties Speak Out
    Is offshore outsourcing creating new opportunities for IT workers, or is it ruining the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans? It depends on whom you ask, of course, but clearly it is an emotionally charged issue that will only intensify this year. Perhaps it's because the presidential campaign is now in full swing, but tensions are picking up.
  • iPod’s Dirty Little Secret Makes Users Sing the Blues
    It's one of the most successful gadgets of all time, a design champion that harkens back to the original Walkman, Macintosh and VCR. It is, of course, the Apple iPod, 2 million of which have been sold to date. Great music made simple, users rave. At least for a while anyway. And therein lies the rub.
  • Four of the day's best stories are all about channel execution

    Juniper, HP Channels, Acer and Sam Palmisano
    I just had to laugh when I read a story about how Juniper Networks was going to challenge Cisco on the basis of its proposed $3.63 billion acquisition of NetScreen. I am sure every Cisco VAR attending the network giant's
  • Google, Yahoo Revving Up Search Engine
    Google and Yahoo are revving up their online search engines as the once-friendly business partners shift gears and prepare for what promises to be a fierce rivalry.
  • Microsoft, Intel Release Web Services Spec
    A group of high-tech companies, including Microsoft and Intel, released on Tuesday a Web services specification for discovering devices attached to a local area network.
  • <I>CRN</I> Interview: Bill Botti, Alternative Technology
    Alternative Technology is most often associated with its top vendor, Citrix Systems, but the Denver-based specialty distributor has other programs brewing in the networking and security arenas. President and COO Bill Botti, a former networking VAR who joined Alternative two years ago, recently met with CRN Editor in Chief Michael Vizard and CRN Editor Heather Clancy TO discuss how Alternative is building affinity with its most loyal customers and how it is pushing the envelope when it comes to the role of distribution.
  • PowerPack program provides tools for specific roles in development life cycle

    IBM Aims To Em-'Power' Developers
    IBM on Wednesday launched an initiative designed to give developers a head start in building applications.
  • Lauds upcoming Grantsdale, Alderwood in digital convergence speech

    Intel Exec: Next Chipsets Are Biggest Leap In 10 Years
    Intel's next generation of chipsets will mark a milestone in performance and digital convergence, combining several critical technologies to boost audio, video and image performance, a top executive of the chipmaker claimed.
  • VAR500: Job Creation Back On Track
    It looks like job creation is back on track at VARBusiness 500 companies, the top solution providers in North America, according to our most recent survey results. According to our exclusive fourth-quarter results, two-thirds (66.3 percent) of the executives surveyed by our third-party research partner, Boston-based Bernett Research Services, anticipate that they will add employees during the first quarter of 2004.
  • Intel To Ship Xeons With 64-Bit Extensions In 2Q
    Intel and Microsoft will provide support for 64-bit extensions in Intel's 32-bit Xeon processors as early as next quarter, Intel's CEO Craig Barrett said Tuesday in a keynote at his company's developer forum.
  • Speed systems while avoiding costly upgrades

    Upgrade PC Memory In 10 Steps
    Upgrading a RAM chip is just about the best action you can take to enhance the performance of your customers' PCs. Today's PCs can accept up to 16 GB of RAM, and even the older machines can take up to 1 GB. That was not very useful information back in the Stone Age of, say, 1997, because back then, a RAM installation of any substance cost at least $200. But today you can get some incredible deals.