• Ballmer & You Revisited: More Hot Topics

    Ask Microsoft's CEO a question, and you'll likely get a straight answer. Might not be the one you were looking for, but a strong, succinct answer you'll get just the same. That's what we received when VARBusiness posed questions from readers to Steve Ballmer, the man who has effectively been running Microsoft since Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates moved over to serve as chief software architect three years ago.

  • Outsourcing: Offshore Hiccups An Irreversible Trend?

    The reining in of a pair of high-profile offshore relationships late last month shows how the movement of IT and customer-service operations to lower--cost overseas locales still carries sizable business and public-relations risks.

  • Microsoft Sets Sights On Cars

    First Microsoft set out to put a computer in every home. Now the software giant hopes to put one in every vehicle, too.

  • SilverBack 4.0 Needs No VPNs

    SilverBack Technologies, a developer of network monitoring solutions, recently updated its flagship product to include a component that can save solution providers time and money by eliminating the need for VPNs and firewall reconfigurations.

  • L.A. Official: Computer Labels Offensive

    A county official has asked computer and video equipment vendors to consider eliminating the terms "master" and "slave" from equipment because they may be considered offensive.

  • Samsung Sees Program Payoff

    Samsung was searching high and low for ways to inject some much-needed energy into its channel business last year. While the company was a proverbial powerhouse in Asia, it didn't have the traction it desired in North America. That changed in January, when Samsung Electronics America, based in Irvine, Calif., dove headlong into the white-box market with a new partner program, which only now is starting to pay off for the vendor.

  • Is The IT Recession Over?

    The IT recession is over, VARBusiness 500 executives say. Our exclusive quarterly survey of VARBusiness 500 solution-provider executives reveals that VARBusiness 500 executives are hiring, expecting big increases in fourth-quarter sales and putting their people to work at rates not seen since the end of the dot-com boom.

  • Westcon Group Steps Up Security Business With An Emphasis On Services

    The current market seems like a proverbial gold mine for security solutions. With so many companies equipped with little more than a firewall, conventional wisdom says the recent rash of cyberattacks and viruses should spark a trend of increased IT spending for security technology.