CRN Channel News

  • Sterling Acquires TR2
    Sterling Commerce said Thursday it has acquired privately held TR2, a developer of data-cleansing and synchronization software, for an undisclosed sum.
  • Amazon Posts Record Profits gave the E-commerce sector another shot in the arm on Thursday, reporting record profits and strong year-over-year revenue growth for the first quarter.
  • Microsoft Posts Increase For Q3
    Microsoft posted a 17-percent increase in revenue in the third quarter of 2004 for a total of $9.18 billion, compared with last year's tally of $7.84 billion. Profits reached $1.3 billion, significantly less than the $2.74 billion recorded in Q4 2003, however this is due primarily to the recent $2.5 billion in legal payouts Microsoft made to both Sun Microsystems and the European Union.
  • The Downfall of CA
    There is much to be learned from the sad news this week of Sanjay Kumar leaving the helm of Computer Associates. First is that the corruption saga of the collective American business model continues, and that we still haven't found all the bad apples among us. Clearly, CA was playing fast and loose with its accounting over the years, and top management, including its CFO, knew about it and continued to hide the fact from its employees and shareholders.
  • Cron's Channel Background Seen As Big Plus For Solution Providers

    CA Board Member Cron Accepts Interim CEO Position
    Ken Cron, a former president of CMP Media and the original publisher of CRN, has accepted the post of interim CEO at software vendor Computer Associates International, sources said.
  • CEO samenuk calls restructuring most aggressive transformation in its history

    Network Associates Sells Sniffer, Changes Name To McAfee
    Network Associates late Thursday said it is selling its unprofitable Sniffer network management and analysis product line as part of a sudden restructuring and is changing its name to McAfee.
  • Pays Legal Bills To Sun, EU and Names New Licensing And Pricing Chief

    Update: Microsoft Posts 17 Percent Sales Growth Amidst IT Spending Recovery
    In spite of a $2.5 billion hit due to its legal settlements with Sun and a European Commission fine, Microsoft posted a strong third quarter amidst a budding recovery in the IT sector, generating a 17 percent growth in revenues to $9.2 billion.
  • NetSuite Unveils Tiered Compensation Program
    At its third annual Partnering For Profit conference, NetSuite on Thursday introduced a new, tiered program to compensate its reseller partners. The new Channel Stars program now rewards NetSuite partners with up to 50 percent margins on new subscriptions to NetSuite's hosted applications, including NetSuiteERP, NetSuiteCRM and the self-named NetSuite.
  • CRN Honors Sun Partners At iForce Conference
    At Sun's annual iForce partner confab this week, CRN handed out Best In Show awards to Sun solution providers True North Technology, Alpharetta, Ga., and Forsythe Solutions Group, Skokie, Ill. Here are their winning implementations.
  • VC Firm To SCO: Changes Needed To Keep Money
    SCO Group Inc.'s strategy of publicly taking on Linux users and vendors may have cost the company a large investment from BayStar Capital. The venture-capital firm Thursday insisted that the company might be able to keep the $20 million investment, but only if it makes changes to its management team, focuses more on its intellectual-property lawsuit against IBM, and/or tones down its aggressive behavior toward Linux users and vendors.
  • Profits Down At AT&T And SBC; Bundle, DSL Up
    Declining profits at AT&T and SBC Communications underscore the struggles of the entire telecommunications industry, although both firms sought earnestly for a silver lining in their latest financial reports.
  • Google Gmail Review: Preliminary Impressions
    I've been using Google's new Gmail service for the past few days as part of the second or third round of beta testers. Apparently Google is gradually opening up the pool of testers and is allocating a fixed number of "invitations" each round (a smart way to heighten anticipation). Here are my initial impressions.