Microsoft laid off 18,000 workers—mostly former Nokia employees—as it integrates the Nokia brand and moves deeper into a cloud-first, mobile-first strategy. Do you think the massive layoffs will improve Microsoft's innovation and performance, or are the cuts too deep?
The layoffs were the right thing to do. Layoffs might have been necessary, but 18,000 was excessive. The layoffs will end up hurting Microsoft. I don't know — I just hope Microsoft's channel partners don't suffer.
Tintri has appointed former VMware (VMW) executive Andrew Lee as its latest executive vice president of Alliances, leading the virtualization and cloud environment storage provider’s strategic alliances and supporting new business development and corporate strategy initiatives.Content Classification: Curated
Endpoint security and management solutions provider Absolute Software Corporation (ABT) released Absolute Manage 6.5 this month, which the company says is the industry’s first BYOD support software for Mac and Windows computers.Content Classification: Curated
Businesses have no choice but to compete in today’s high-speed, always-on world, where customers require more than ever.Content Classification: Marketing
Google’s (GOOG) Q2 2014 earnings at $6.08 per share came up short of analysts’ expectations of $6.24 a share but the search giant beat revenue projections, posting $15.96 billion in sales for the period, far ahead of the $12.32 billion forecast.Content Classification: Curated
The relationship between long-time buddies Google (GOOG) and Samsung reportedly is continuing to show deepening cracks, this time over wearables.Content Classification: Curated
IBM (IBM) delivered unexpectedly solid Q2 1014 earnings, showing some signs, despite a ninth consecutive quarter of declining revenue, that its makeover toward Big Data analytics, cloud computing, software and mobility may be slowly taking root.Content Classification: Curated
Some 200 Samsung smartphone managers have returned 25 percent of their bonuses for the first half of this year in the wake of the Korean manufacturer’s poor second quarter results, according to a Reuters report.Content Classification: Curated
Apple (AAPL) and IBM (IBM) last week pledged to work together for each other’s benefit in a new enterprise mobility initiative to build industry-specific business apps for iOS-based mobile devices.Content Classification: Curated
Hybrid backup and recovery solutions provider Carbonite (CARB) introduced its new partner program during the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, promising to give the company’s network of channel partners new resources and business opportunities particularly aimed at serving their small-business customers.Content Classification: Curated
If you’re read any news about the IT channel this week, its more than likely you heard about the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference taking place in Washington, D.C. Unsurprisingly, there was a lot of news coming out of this week’s conference, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the most important talking points and reveals to help you get up to speed on everything Microsoft-related.Content Classification: Curated
A new survey reveals an alarming disconnect between IT security professionals and company executives, with many security pros calling for better education and widespread overhauls of their enterprise security systems.Content Classification: Curated
With the forming of a dedicated SMB Solutions Group, SAP is once again sending a signal that it intends to compete much more aggressively in the lower end of the IT market.
Happy Friday, and welcome back to Distribution Watch. This week we’re keeping it short and sweet, with the latest from Arrow Electronics (ARW) Tech Data (TECD) and Jenne. Let’s dig in.Content Classification: Curated
This year, we are capturing the spirit of possibility with No Limits—New Possibilities by helping partners break down walls, demolish barriers and reveal the virtually limitless opportunities ahead at VMworld 2014.Content Classification: Marketing
It’s hard to think of a single product today that isn't called a platform by the vendor building it. The use of the word "platform" is, of course, meant to imply that multiple services can be delivered in a way that creates added value for both customer and solution provider alike.Content Classification: Curated
In many industries, salespeople believe their value lies in their intimate knowledge of the products they sell. If they’re selling cars, salespeople often feel compelled to know everything about every nut and bolt on the vehicle. If they’re selling medical devices, salespeople believe they need to speak the language of the doctors they engage—forgetting, of course, that those practitioners went to school for nearly a decade to learn that language.
Virtualization giant VMware (VMW) has thrown its confidence—and several million dollars—behind software management and distribution company JFrog, as the startup company recently completed its Series B round of funding.Content Classification: Curated
German software provider SAP SE (SAP) announced its Q2 2014 results, with the company showing increased overall growth since its last quarterly report in April. During a call with investors and the media, company co-chief executive Bill McDermott and CFO Luka Mucic outlined the details of SAP’s latest successful quarter.Content Classification: Curated
During its Q2 earnings call July 17, SAP (SAP) announced plans for an SMB Solutions Group, the company’s first division focused entirely on the needs of its small- and medium-business (SMB) customers.Content Classification: Curated