Six Channel Blog Entries The VAR Guy Didn’t Write: June 11
The VAR Guy is busy booking travel to Red Hat Summit as well as the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (how’s that for a contrasting events?). But before our resident blogger starts building his agenda for both conferences, here are six channel partner blog entries The VAR Guy didn’t write for the week ending June 11, 2010.
7. Name That Tune (Every Freakin’ Day): Gerard Kane, CEO of MSP Services Network, has launched a Song of the Day service. Friends, enemies and anonymous bloggers seem are on his distribution list. It’s a service you love to hate… and love to love. The VAR Guy promises not to unsubscribe… if Kane agrees to mix in some Pink Floyd picks.
6. Racking Up Channel Business: Rackspace has hired channel veterans from Extreme Networks and AMD, and the Rackspace channel partner program seems to be gaining momentum. The latest Rackspace relationship involves NetApp. But there are signs that Rackspace will be making enterprise channel moves later this year. Stay tuned.
5. Profiting From Oracle SaaS: As you likely know, ISVs can license Oracle software in a SaaS model on a monthly basis. True believers in the effort include Pythian, an enterprise database consulting firm. According Marketing Director Vanessa Simmons, “With Pythian, customers can get the services to plan, deploy and manage the database infrastructure also on a monthly basis.”
4. The Six Million Dollar Man: We hear OnForce and other online marketplaces for VARs could soon have new competition. In fact, one B2B marketplace veteran has just raised $6 million to build a new company. Firm details could emerge in the next few weeks.
3. Impressive Priorities: Laura Crowley, director of investor relations and PR, is leaving Synnex on June 30 to spend more time with her five-year-old son. Heck, we’re all trying to find a better work-life balance. Looks like Crowley is closer to achieving it.
1. Check the Headline: Sorry, The VAR Guy still doesn’t play by the rules. This has been — and always will be — a top six list. As a result there is no Number One.
Thanks for spending some time with The VAR Guy this week. Our resident blogger appreciates the company — and the dialog on his web site.