• Year-End Inventory Impacts Intel
    A buildup of desktop inventory haunted Intel again in the fourth quarter, a problem that exasperated sluggish sales in that segment.
  • Ingram Micro To Offer New professional Services: OfficePac
    Ingram Micro this week plans to launch a new suite of SKU&'d services that allows solution providers to sell customers one extended warranty contract for a heterogeneous solution and have it serviced by a third party anywhere in North America.
  • Truth In Marketing
    The word platform is one of the most abused in our industry. It&'s right up there with paradigm or paradigm shift. Or leveraging. Or synergy. But I digress.
  • Arranged Marriages
    Some solution providers are leery of saying 'I do' to HP's new strategy that calls for muliple partners to pursue individual accounts. The plan marries volume and value players, which vendors hope will result in a greater percentage of total IT spend.
  • AMD Shows Strong Gains In Q4
    Advanced Micro Devices Wednesday reported a strong fourth quarter and said it continues to pick up enterprise customers for its dual-core server processors.
  • A Quintum Leap Toward Overseas Call Savings
    With companies frequently outsourcing to foreign countries, an increasingly common service that solution providers can offer their customers is FXO (Foreign Exchange Office) gateways with VoIP trunking applications, such as Quintum's Tenor MultiPath Switch.
  • Your Move, Mr. Jobs
    Michael Oh, CEO of Tech Superpowers, a 14-year-old Apple solution provider coming off its best year ever, is pumped about the new Intel dual-core Macs. Apple CEO Steve Jobs officially kicked off the Intel era at Macworld last week, showcasing two iMac all-in-one desktops and two MacBook Pro notebooks, all of which run on the new Intel Core Duo processors.
  • Sun To Bundle Servers With 'Free' Oracle Database
    Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Sun Microsystems' CEO Scott McNealy reaffirmed their mutual admiration at a yukfest Tuesday. They said their respective companies will "collaborate, interoperate" for another decade.
  • Sales Of Servers, Notebooks Drop
    As the Taiwan ODM notebook market has supplied an ever-increasing source of low-cost commodity portable computers to the channel, the number of VARs that resell custom-built notebooks has dipped dramatically over the past year.
  • HP's Trojan Horse?
    Many Hewlett-Packard solution providers have long complained that their biggest competitors are other HP solution providers.