Six Channel Blog Entries The VAR Guy Didn’t Write: July 23
The VAR Guy is packing his bags for the Avnet Technology Solutions Partner Summit. But before our resident blogger heads to the airport, here are six channel partner blog entries The VAR Guy didn’t write for the week ending July 23, 2010.
7. Cranky No More: The VAR Guy was in a less-then-stellar mood this afternoon. Then, SMB Nation‘s Harryb dialed from Seattle and … yada, yada, yada … our resident blogger’s mood improved significantly. By the way, the theme for SMB Nation’s fall 2010 conference is Hybrids Happen Here… a tactful way of saying cloud and on-premises IT must live in harmony… the way Harryb and The VAR Guy do…
6. Mooovin’ On Up: Kevin Gilroy will now oversee of SAP America’s small and midsize enterprise operations. Gilroy had been managing managing SAP’s North American channel organization since January 2010. Oracle has taken some aggressive shots at SAP in recent months, but Gilroy shared some upbeat channel perspectives during the SAP Sapphire event in May 2010.
5. Head of the Class: Open-Xchange, an open source alternative to Microsoft Exchange, has won a 33,000-seat deal with the University of Salamanca in Spain. Quer System, an Open-Xchange Business Partner in Spain, won the deal. Open-Xchange has been expanding its partner program globally and recently landed in The VAR Guy’s Open Source 50 report, which tracks the top open source partner programs.
4. Conspiracy Theory: Dell allegedly took secret payments from Intel, as part of a silent agreement for Dell not to use AMD processors. The silent — and questionable — agreement surfaced this week as part of Dell’s $100 million settlement with the SEC.
3. Big Money: Microsoft announced record quarterly results on July 22, stating that revenues jumped 22 percent to $16.04 billion. Some pundits suggest Microsoft remains too dependent on on-premises software. But net income for the quarter shot to $4.52 billion, up 48% for the quarter. So, um: Can anybody name another software company generating $4.52 billion in quarterly net income?
Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
2. Giants Among Us: The VAR Guy plans to meet with Oracle and Cisco channel leaders during the Avnet Technology Solutions Partner Summit. Our resident blogger claims Oracle and Cisco will wind up competing more in the data center, especially as Sun servers and storage run into Cisco’s Unified Computing System in selected accounts. Either way Avnet wins, since the distribution giant partners with both companies.
1. Check the Headline: Our resident blogger is one part lazy and one part consistent. This has always been a top-six list, hence there is no number one. Thanks for reading.