The latest in in-depth cloud computing reporting, particularly the impact cloud continues to have on the channel.
The VAR Guy must concede: He’s flooded with distributor news. So, he has an idea: How about a weekly distribution wrap-up? Here’s a first attempt at the effort — including a look at news from Avnet Technology Solutions, Ingram Micro, Tech Data and Westcon, among others. First, the big picture: The “worst” may be over […]
It’s the question I hear all the time: Can managed service providers truly profit from Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) cloud applications? And if so, where will MSPs add value? Apparently, Level Platforms wants to provide the answer to that question.
They aren’t household names. But in the world of open source business intelligence (BI) software, Jaspersoft and Pentaho are trading some impressive blows and building out their partner programs. Here’s the scoop from The VAR Guy. After launching a Gold Partner Program in February 2009 and hosting its first partner summit in April 2009, Pentaho […]
During a quick phone chat Monday, Autotask Chief Marketing Officer Bob Vogel (pictured) caught my ear with the following statement: Autotask thinks of itself as the Salesforce.com and Facebook of managed services and IT services automation. It’s a lofty statement. And I realize Autotask faces intense competition.
It’s a moon shot. A big hairy audacious goal in the unified communications market. A bet-your-business statement: Within the next three years, the Siemens Enterprise Communications Group hopes to generate 75 percent of its revenue through channel partners, up from a scant 15 percent today. Here’s the scoop from the unified communications specialist. The VAR […]
As the debate about managed services licensing models continues, ManageEngine has launched MSPcenter Plus Hosted, a platform that blends hosted managed services software with hosted productivity applications — including the Zoho productivity suite, which competes fiercely with Google Apps. (ManageEngine and Zoho are sister companies). If you’re not familiar with Zoho, I traded email with […]
Strong quarterly earnings from multiple Software as a Service (SaaS) stocks lifted our SaaS 20 Stock Index 5.7% for the week ended May 1. Winners beat losers, 17 to 3 — as investors sharply bid shares up at Athenahealth Inc., Concur Technologies Inc., SuccessFactors Inc., NetSuite Inc. and Ingram Micro Inc. Here’s a closer look […]
When it comes to understanding Microsoft’s SaaS (software as a service) strategy, there are only four letters managed service providers need to know: BPOS, short for Business Productivity Online Suite. Most of Microsoft’s major SaaS applications fit under the BPOS umbrella, and the software giant has started evangelizing BPOS opportunities to MSPs.
Within the next few years, I believe virtually all major technology companies will offer SaaS (software as a service) options directly to customers — in some cases, circumventing channel partners and managed service providers. But two fast-growing software companies are taking a stand against my assertion — directing all SaaS opportunities to channel partners and […]
After a two-month hot streak, software as a service stocks cooled off for the week ending April 24. Our SaaS 20 Stock Index slipped 2.19 percent for the one-week period. Amazon.com and Salary.com were the index’s biggest weekly winners; Omniture and RightNow Technologies were the biggest weekly losers. Here’s what went wrong — and right […]