Six Channel Partner Blogs The VAR Guy Didn’t Write: June 24
The VAR Guy is just about ready to fly to California for an extended trip. Plenty of business, with some family travel allegedly mixed in. In the meantime, here are six channel partner blog entries The VAR Guy didn’t have time to write for the week ending June 24, 2011.
7. The Other SaaS: It sounds like VAR Staffing hopes to promote Staffing as a Service to the IT channel. Among those apparently lending a hand with the evangelism: Autotask Senior VP Len DiCostanzo, who wants to help VAR Staffing connect the dots between on-demand HR and SaaS applications.
6. Are More Changes Afoot?: Sounds like Cisco Systems’ decision to re-focus around five core markets will trigger some channel changes as well. Call it remarkable timing, but The VAR Guy hopes to poke around Cisco’s Silicon Valley campus this week… Hush, hush.
5. More Tablet Fireworks: Lenovo. Tablets. July. That’s all The VAR Guy has to say about that (at least for now).
4. Arriving Soon: Google has sent an alert to The VAR Guy, informing our resident blogger that Google Chromebooks will soon be shipping to Google I/O 2011 attendees. As you may recall, Chromebooks run Chrome OS — a really thin operating system — and leverage Google Apps. Also of note: Google is preparing Chromebooks for Business, a hardware-software-support combo that will cost businesses about $28 per user month and schools about $20 per user per month. Still to be announced: A specific partner program addressing Chromebooks for Business.
3. Mixed Emotions?: In its most recent quarter, Oracle says hardware sales fell 6 percent. The news caused Oracle’s stock to fall about 4 percent on June 24. Still, Oracle sounds upbeat about Exadata and Exalogic — and overall revenues rose 13 percent during the quarter. The VAR Guy hopes to grab some time soon with Oracle Channel Chief Judson Althoff for more perspectives.
2. Here It Comes: Microsoft Office 365, the new cloud platform, is set to launch June 28. Ironically, Office 365’s predecessor — called BPOS — had another outage a few days ago. The VAR Guy wonders: Will Office 365 be ready for prime time? The answer arrives this week. Then, Microsoft will begin a louder Office 365 pitch during the Worldwide Partner Conference, starting July 10 in Los Angeles. In the meantime, Office 365 seems to be dividing Microsoft channel partners into four camps.
1. Check the Headline: This is a top-six list. Always has been. Always will be. There is no number one. Which means that’s the end of this entry.
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