CRN Channel News

  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
    For the third straight year, solution providers in the Certification Study deemed the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer the No. 1 most important certification to their business.
  • Red Hat Certifications
    Red Hat’s certifications continue to grow in prominence and dividends, but solution providers believe they will generate even stronger returns as the Linux market grows.
  • Selling Certifications
    One of the dominant themes for several years running in our annual special report on certification has been the rise of the vendor-neutral mind-set. The exclusive research upon which this week's related cover package is centered further underscores this trend.
  • Experience Counts
    Manuel Villa doesn't put all that much weight on certifications. For Villa, president of Via Technology, a nine-year-old solution provider in San Antonio, the real test is a service professional's ability to perform in the field and to deliver powerful solutions to satisfied clients.
  • Mercedes Ellison, senior VP of marketing, calls it quits

    Revolving Door Continues At BEA As Another Channel Exec Departs
    One of BEA Systems' channel executives will be the latest to leave in a slew of executive departures over the past two months. A BEA spokeswoman confirmed Mercedes Ellison, BEA senior vice president of marketing, has resigned.
  • NEC Exec Sets Sights on Server Rivals
    NEC has been quietly recruiting channel partners, and is offering servers that feature fault tolerance at prices that rival competitors' standard server offerings. Leading that effort is Larry Sheffield, who talks about what NEC has accomplished since it began its channel push in the U.S. 10 months ago and what it hopes to do next.
  • Mulling the pros and cons of an overabundant LCD supply

    LCD Prices: How Low Can They Go?
    Solution providers and system builders mull the pros and cons of an overabundant LCD supply.
  • Resellers Eye Intel's Price Cuts On Its Processors
    Intel has issued a broad list of price cuts on its microprocessors, slashing by 35 percent the list price of its high-end 3.6 GHz Pentium 4 with Hyperthreading from $637 to $417. The Celeron desktop processor line received smaller cuts.
  • Will supplement existing channel program, boost printer margins

    Samsung Springs New Printer Channel Program
    Samsung is setting out to grab instant mind share in the competitive color laser printer segment, rolling out a new channel program that gives resellers extra rebates of as much as 5 percent if they meet top sales goals.
  • HP enterprise solution provider buys IBM Business Partner STI

    Logicalis Goes On Buying Binge
    Logicalis, HP's largest enterprise server and storage solution provider, becomes a major IBM Business Partner by acquiring $90 million STI and says more acquisitions are on the way.