• In Brief: August 2008
    Avnet has launched a program to help educate health-care solution providers by letting them observe doctors and medical staff to better understand how hospitals work.
  • How To Find Customers
    VARs are deploying many different strategies to actively expand their customer bases.
  • There's Strength In Numbers
    A wide range of organizations enable women executives to network with their peers, offer advice to those just starting out, and so much more
  • The Channel's Summer Blockbuster
    Vendors need to examine their SMB strategy because the collective VAR community is their greatest asset and often their weakest link.
  • ShadowRAM: August 11, 2008
    Microsoft's Silverlight technology will get a big dose of exposure this month as the technology delivering online multimedia for the Beijing Olympics.
  • More Renewal Flak
    My recent column on software license renewals ("Renewal Trouble," CRN July 28,) sparked a firestorm of e-mails and phone calls from solution providers weighing in on the debate.
  • Channel Chatter: Networking
    Despite the weak economy, Juniper Networks Inc. reported a rise in quarterly profits, partly due to solid router sales and the growing momentum around Juniper's new line of EX Ethernet switches, launched in January. CEO and Chairman Scott Kriens said on a recent earnings call that second-quarter profits rose 40 percent to $120.4 million from $86.2 million in the previous year and revenue jumped 32 percent, rising to $879 million for the quarter.
  • The White Label VAR
    C.J. Ezell, president of The ASI Group, a fast-growing VAR that uses the tagline "Powering Digital Healthcare," has given his business a makeover that is a model for solution providers of all stripes. First off, Ezell said bye-bye to his entire break/fix business four years ago in order to specialize solely on the health-care market. That move had his employees thinking he was "nuts." In fact, Ezell's lead technician quit and started his own break/fix business that captured many of the 150 customers that ASI Group was serving.
  • AMD Releases 790GX Chipset For Performance PCs
    The chip maker positions its new motherboards, integrated graphics against Intel's P45 and Nvidia's nForce 750, claims 40 percent performance boost over older on-board graphics and boasts of new overclocking features.
  • Fast Growth Is Smart Growth
    If you're looking for the secret recipe for Fast Growth success, look no further than the sitcom "Married With Children." Well, it's not an exact match, but at least one Fast Growth solution provider thinks there's something to be learned from perpetually aggrieved women's shoe salesman and ex-jock Al Bundy, the head of the dysfunctional Bundy clan on the long-running Fox series.
  • ShadowRAM: July 28, 2008
    Ever wonder what the employees at top tech vendors really think about their bosses, their work environments and the general direction their companies are taking? only launched its beta version Web site in mid-June, but it already boasts some 40,000 anonymous reviews from employees at more than 11,000 companies across a host of business sectors. Employees rate their companies and CEOs by the numbers, but are also encouraged to post pro and con commentaries about the firms they work forand#8212;and there are some real doozies.
  • Make Way For The Airflow King
    With the goal of providing every gamer a case they can identify with, El Monte, Calif.-based NZXT has been striving to become the premier chassis manufacturer for the gaming community since the company was established in 2004. Within that short period of time, they have successfully created more than a dozen award-winning designs that fall into either their Classic Series or Crafted Series, each with their own unique look.