• BMC’s Beauchamp Outlines Software’s Future

    Times have never been tougher, but the opportunity to compete is there for vendors and VARs that can help companies align their IT and business strategies. That was the message delivered by BMC Software president and CEO Bob Beauchamp on Tuesday in the keynote address to the 9th annual Remedy User Group conference in San Francisco.

  • State CIOs Face Budget Cuts

    GOVERNMENT Faced with budget deficits through at least 2005, many state CIOs are confronted with having to cut their IT spending this fiscal year by anywhere from 5 to 20 percent. In a good number of states, short-term spending remains in limbo as governors and legislatures hammer out their state budgets. And that has many state CIOs, as well as their systems integration partners, frustrated as the fate of many initiatives including homeland security remains up in the air.

  • EMC vs. Hitachi: Ready For Business

    Several years ago, Hewlett-Packard and EMC had a very public divorce. HP ditched EMC over a branding dispute and went on to sell Hitachi Data Systems' storage,a device so poorly marketed that EMC executives easily dismissed it publicly as a knockoff of their own product. Back then, no one could have foreseen that the technology HP chose to substitute for EMC's high-end storage engine would someday be a threat to EMC.

  • Melillo Thrives In Post-HP-Compaq Merger World

    Mark Melillo, founder and president of Melillo Consulting, can breathe a sigh of relief now that the storm,i.e., the HP-Compaq merger,is over. But he won't. He and his enterprise systems-integrator business simply won't take extended breaks, and it's one of the reasons Melillo Consulting has stayed in business after 15 years in the channel.

  • New Sun Sales Model Focuses On Infrastructure Solutions

    At the Sun iForce Partner Summit here, Sun Microsystems Executive Vice President of Global Sales Robert Youngjohns mapped out a new sales engagement model focused on providing infrastructure solution practices around four key technologies: data management, Java Web services, data center and edge computing.

  • BEA, IBM Build To Integrate

    Product convergence is emerging as a fashionable promise among leading application infrastructure companies, with everyone from IBM and BEA Systems to Sun and Microsoft pledging to weave their middleware wares into a seamless platform. This, they contend, will simplify the processes of developing, deploying and integrating new and existing applications across an enterprise.

  • VARs React To Linksys Purchase

    A spot survey of Cisco partners indicates they view the company's purchase of home networking provider Linksys Group as an opportunity to boost sales to the small-business customer.