• Veritas NetBackup Gets A Makeover

    The growing importance of backing up data has prompted Veritas Software to bolster its product offerings in an area that often is time-consuming for most IT shops.

  • Java War Rages on Between Sun, Microsoft

    The biggest software company in the world found itself the target of yet another lawsuit last week as Sun Microsystems revived the bitter feud over Java with Microsoft.

  • PCs In Easy-To-Take Tablet Form

    Perhaps it may seem like deja vu, but PC vendors are betting that pen-based tablet computers will give budget-strapped IT managers a reason to equip employees with systems that have the power, capacity and functionality of desktops, yet are more portable than notebooks. And because they can be used with wireless networks, tablets will let employees discreetly access e-mail, enterprise data or even the Internet while sitting in a conference room or meeting with a customer.

  • The Storage Front Line

    Welcome to the new frontier of storage. In the past few months, most top vendors have outlined their visions for storage-management software with the hope it will become another cash cow.

  • BEA Looking In New Directions

    As the former president and COO of BEA, Alfred Chuang often stayed in the background while friend and fellow founder Bill Coleman drove the company. Last October, however, during what was arguably the most trying time in the history of BEA,the recession was hurting business and the company lost two employees in the Sept. 11 attacks,Chuang took over as CEO.

  • GE Gives Up Its Numbers

    While the Enron fiasco may have upped the pressure on CEOs, not to mention their accountants, it looks like it's making life easier for at least one sector of corporate America: business journalists.

  • ISS Gives HP/Compaq a Shot In the Arm

    It looks like Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and her management team have momentum on their side as the proxy vote on the fate of the controversial plan to merge with Compaq Computer nears. With HP and Compaq shareholders set to vote on the merger March 19 and 20, respectively, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) earlier this month approved the proposed merger. Because ISS advises about 700 funds on how to vote in proxy battles, the approval could very well put the merger over the top.

  • When We Talk, Bill Listens

    Addressing 4,000 software developers for the launch of Microsoft Visual Studio .NET at a "VSLive!" event in San Francisco last month, Microsoft's Bill Gates listed winning one of VARBusiness Editors' Choice Awards for the Top 10 New Products of the Year as further proof of the increasing .NET momentum in the IT community.

  • Has It Been 15 Years Already?

    Back in 1987, when this high-riding VAR graced our cover, we were still a supplement to Computer Systems News, a former high-tech CMP publication, not as fortunate to be celebrating its 15-year anniversary. VARBusiness' cover story discussed the emerging importance of signing agreements with software suppliers. Companies to buddy-up with: Lotus Development,this is some seven years before its buyout by IBM,and Ashton-Tate, subsequently bought by Borland in 1991.

  • Application Server Vendors Step Up Channel Activities

    For Brad Murphy, president and CEO of Web services company digitalESP, IBM has become the partner of choice in the competitive application-server arena,to the point where his company influences enough WebSphere revenue to be considered one of Big Blue's key business partners. In fact, at the recent PartnerWorld 2002 event in San Francisco, IBM execs chose Murphy as one of the partners they wanted onstage to help launch the new Web Services on WebSphere program.

  • Great Plains: One Year Later

    To get an idea of just how well a big company can assimilate a small company, take a look at Microsoft's acquisition of Great Plains Software. Only a year ago, Great Plains was on its own, a small but popular back-office software maker. Today, the Great Plains Web site is somewhat hard to find on Microsoft's home page, and even the site's search engine doesn't offer up many answers.