• Computer Associates' Channel Chief Charts a New Course

    George Kafkarkou took his first job at Computer Associates 20 years ago and hasn't looked back since. He goes back to the early days of the "spreadsheet wars" when Lotus 1-2-3 ruled the world and when Microsoft was still selling Multiplan. Recently, he spoke with VARBusiness editors David Strom and Robert Demarzo about his plans for the software giant.

  • IBM Updates DBA Exam

    Responding to the demand of its partners and resellers, IBM is making it easier and cheaper for database administrators (DBAs) to get certified on the DB2 Universal Database version 8.

  • Microsoft Increases Presence In Virtual OS Space

    Microsoft's purchase of Connectix has brought attention to the previously little-known space of virtual operating system software products. The products, which also include offerings from VMware and SW-Soft, allow users to mix and match various operating systems running on a single machine. That's a useful method to consolidate servers, to test products on new operating systems prior to a full-blown migration, or to separate applications into their own protected spaces for better reliability without having to add additional hardware.

  • Novell Hits The Red

    Novell reported a net loss of $12 million for its first quarter, which ended Jan. 31, compared with a gain of $8 million for the same period last year. The company reported the loss on net revenue of $260 million, down from $278 million in the year-ago quarter.

  • J.D. Edwards Develops Off-Shore Partnership With Covansys

    Hooking into one of today's in-vogue cost-cutting trends, software vendor J.D. Edwards this week unveiled plans for an offshore application development partnership with Covansys valued at approximately $30 million. The six-year deal devotes 60 full-time developers in Convansys' massive outsourcing facilities in Chennai, India, to building J.D. Edwards' packaged applications, including its J.D. Edwards 5 collaborative commerce suite.

  • IBM's Beacon Awards Spotlight Partners

    The IBM Software Group continues to put further distance between itself and its rivals when it comes to honoring its partners for the quality of IBM-centric solutions delivered to a wide range of customers. At its PartnerWorld conference, the IBM Software group hosted a rather posh awards gala at the baroque Saenger Theater intended to showcase the winners of a technology solutions competition judged by IBM employees, technology writers and analysts.