• Lenovo Reaches For New Direction
    Beijing-based Lenovo Group, formerly known as Legend, is China's largest IT-based company. At times, though, the $3 billion-a-year maker of desktops, notebooks and peripherals has struggled to reach into new directions. That all changed when news emerged Friday that Lenovo plans to buy IBM's $11.5 billion PC business.
  • Acer America Aims To Get The Word Out To Resellers
    While Austrian-born Arnold Schwarzenegger may be the big man among politicians, his fellow countryman Rudi Schmidleithner is becoming a big man among solution providers. Schmidleithner, president of San Jose, Calif.-based Acer America, recently touched upon a wide range of topics with CRN Senior Editor Joseph F. Kovar. Chief among them is the company's move to convince the channel that Acer Aerica is the alternative to those PC vendors that compete with their solution providers.
  • Dell Picks Tech Data
    Dell will turn to Tech Data for hundreds of third-party hardware products in a multi-hundred-million-dollar distribution deal, industry executives said last week.
  • Network Protection Gets Physical
    In the IT industry, solution providers go to great lengths to help their customers secure networks and desktops from malicious intrusions and a host of other security threats.
  • Dell Profit Surges, Sees Record 3Q Sales
    Fueled by double digit growth in the corporate and government sectors both domestically and abroad, personal computer giant Dell posted record third quarter sales and saw profits surge 25 percent.
  • Briefs: November 8, 2004
    The 17-month PeopleSoft saga may finally be winding to a close. Early last week Oracle told investors it would abandon its takeover effort if they don't tender at least 50 percent of the 383 million shares outstanding by midnight Nov. 19. Oracle added honey to that warning by upping its bid to $24 a share from the previous $21 a share.
  • Acer's Channel Strategy Pays Off
    While Taiwan-based Acer last week posted strong third-quarter earnings and projected growth of more than 40 percent in 2005, its Acer America unit is hoping a renewed channel commitment will lead it to break-even status.
  • Acer On The Move
    One need only look at the recent channel mind share gains by up-and-coming vendor Acer to realize how quickly a 100 percent channel-focused strategy can pay off.
  • Acer Forecasts Bright 2005
    Acer, the world's fifth-largest computer maker, said Wednesday it expects its global revenue to increase by 30 percent to 40 percent in 2005 from this year.
  • Apple Profit More Than Doubles
    Apple Computer's fourth-quarter profits more than doubled on strong sales of laptop computers and its popular iPod music players, helping the company notch its highest revenue for the quarter in nine years.
  • Eurocom Preps Mobile Workstation
    Eurocom, working to tap into the fastest-growing space in the North American channel, has refreshed its lineup with a series of high-performing mobile workstations. The Nepean, Ontario-based system builder said the workstations will be based on high-end processors from Advanced Micro Devices, Sunnyvale, Calif., or Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., and will be optimized for digital content creation, 3-D rendering and gaming markets, and more.
  • New ThinkPad Includes Fingerprint Reader
    Becoming the first company to wed notebook computing with biometric security, IBM has unveiled a ThinkPad T42 with an integrated fingerprint reader. Starting at $1,699 and shipping later this month, the laptop also features a password manager program that enables users to keep track of their secure accounts more easily.
  • Serious Sticker Shock
    I know my friends on the left coast will think we're behind the times, but some people in my circle have begun to research hybrid car purchases in the New York metropolitan area.
  • Briefs: September 27, 2004
    GE Access has changed its name to Access Distribution, said executives at the distributor. The company is dropping the GE from its moniker as part of a rebranding effort at General Electric, said Anna McDermott, CEO of Access Distribution.