CRN Channel News

  • The New Deal
    Solution providers are asking for a new deal in certifications, and vendor-neutral programs could well be the wild cards that trump the current vendor-centric certification model.
  • Microsoft Certified Database Administrator
    More than 50 percent of solution providers in the Certification Study reported that return on investment for the Microsoft Certified Database Administrator was improving over time, giving it an impressive first place on this scorecard ranking and a No. 3 standing overall.
  • Vendor Perspective
    With vendor-neutral certifications taking a more prominent role--and solution providers looking for vendor-neutral certifications that offer a stronger technology focus and higher return on investment--some major vendors are modifying their programs.
  • ShadowRAM: August 30, 2004
    Mitch Kapor and the Open Source Applications Foundation hope to have a "dog food" version of a personal information manager out by the middle of next year.
  • Expectations are for continued price drop, so what's in store for VARs?

    Lowdown On LCD Prices
    LCD monitor prices are expected to continue declining through the fall, which may make it easier for solution providers to switch customers away from CRT monitors.
  • Ingram Micro Tries To Keep Channel Relations Steady
    With four executives gone in the past four months, Ingram Micro has many channel observers wondering whether something is afoot at the company. Kevin Murai, co-president of the Santa Ana, Calif.-based distributor, shed light on the impact of the executive departures and the rollout of A NEW channel program in an interview with CRN Distribution Editor Scott Campbell. For the full interview, go to CRN.COM/EXTRA.
  • Riding Web Train To Get Certified
    With all the attention focused on the growing role of vendor-neutral certifications in this week's cover story, one important finding may have slipped under the radar: Web-based certification training has come of age.
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
    Solution providers value the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator certification as a must-have for their business, but not necessarily because they are counting on it to take them into new territory.
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional
    The Certified Information Systems Security Professional is a vendor-neutral certification whose time has come. Not only is it the only vendor-neutral certification among the Big 8, but it vied with Cisco certifications for top honors, placing No. 1 in return on investment with a whopping 36.8 percent ROI and second as a generator of new business.
  • 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.