On the heels of Mobile World Congress in February, many of you may have mobile on the mind. We know that larger businesses are leveraging mobile applications to increase customer, partner and vendor engagement and streamline internal operations. Recent research from the SMB Group indicates 67 percent of SMEs now view mobile solutions and services as “critical” to their businesses.
A majority of organizations engaged in ERP initiatives are experiencing extended implementation durations and over-budget scenarios. Still, despite implementation woes, organizations report high levels of satisfaction with ERP successes—and the confirmation that they would do it all over again if necessary, according to a new study from Panorama Consulting, a Denver-based consulting firm specializing in the global ERP market.
As a strategic planning consultant, I hear a lot of reasons why VARs don’t want to spend time creating plans for their companies. The most popular excuses are, “It takes too long,” ”I don’t have time,” and, “What good is a plan anyway? It will just sit on the shelf collecting dust.”Content Classification: Influencer
At the recently concluded Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, IBM (IBM) chief executive Ginny Rometty, in a move to breathe more life into the vendor’s $1 billion commitment last January to build a business around its Watson advanced artificial intelligence system, challenged developers to build applications that could best take advantage of Watson’s technology.Content Classification: Curated
If you were worried about losing your virtualized information in a freak cloud outage, fear not: HotLink has announced several new improvements to its popular DR Express program for virtual machines (VM) running VMware’s (VMW) vSphere that will ensure your data remains safe and sound.Content Classification: Curated
Hey there racing fans, and welcome back for another dose of weird, wonderful, and wild news with Distribution Watch. This week we’ve got the latest from Ingram Micro (IM), Synnex (SNX), Novus, Tech Data (TECD) and Arrow (ARW). So sit back, pop open a cold one and plant your peepers on this week’s headlines.Content Classification: Curated
Solution providers need to stay at the forefront of IT. They constantly need to look at the next growing services delivery avenue to keep pace with technology advancements and give their customers a competitive edge. The good news is there will be no shortage of opportunities moving forward as cloud computing continues to penetrate all areas business and redefines how IT services ultimately are delivered.
Huawei is building out its software-defined networking (SDN) portfolio with several products and technologies announced at the Open Networking Summit (ONS) in Santa Clara this week. Each of the technologies is based on the SoftCOM framework.Content Classification: Curated
All the cool kids are moving their businesses into the cloud—are you?Content Classification: Curated
Qualcomm (QCOM) announced a major corporate reshuffling this week, in which company CEO Paul E. Jacobs will be transitioning to a new position as executive chairman of the Board of Directors. Current president and COO Steve Mollenkopf will take his place.Content Classification: Curated
Remo Software is offering its Windows customers free antivirus protection for its customers with the announcement of a new partnership with AVAST Software, a veteran of the cybersecurity market.Content Classification: Curated
Four months after departing Microsoft (MSFT), former channel chief Jon Roskill now is at the helm of Acumatica, a 7-year-old, cloud-based ERP specialist focused on SMBs.Content Classification: Curated
It isn’t often that a high-powered exec is willing to admit to his mistakes, especially when those mistakes have to do with one of the most influential tech companies in the world. But former Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer did just that when he spoke to students at Oxford University’s Said Business School earlier this week.Content Classification: Curated
With the start of spring now less than a month away, I’m sure most of us are beginning to daydream about the prospect of sunshine and summer vacation, and the (hopefully) final disappearance of the polar vortex. But let’s not throw on our flip-flops and shut down our computers just yet.
In today’s ultra-competitive world customers are continuously pushing back on price. Loyalty isn’t what it used to be and many organizations are making purchase decisions based solely on price and not the actual value of the goods or services. As a result, profit margins are decreasing at a faster rate than sales growth. It’s time to stop the insanity.
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and NEC unveiled a collaboration that integrate their technologies and lead the companies to develop and bring to market open networking solutions for enterprise customers that are enabled for software-defined networking (SDN).Content Classification: Curated
Hola, amigos! Welcome to the Channel Partner Program Roundup, our weekly exercise in pulling together channel partner program info you need to know. This week we’ve got new from NuoDB, Microsoft (MSFT) and Infor, so grab your sombreros and let’s make a run for the border.Content Classification: Curated
Linux training is coming soon to a MOOC near you. That's thanks to a new partnership between the Linux Foundation and edX, a leading provider of online education, aimed at transforming the open source consortium's existing Introduction to Linux course into a massive open online course (MOOC) that will be freely available across the world.
Business communications vendor Mitel (MITL) has snapped up OAISYS to help the company expand its reach into the enterprise contact center space throughout the channel.Content Classification: Curated
Kaspersky Lab North America has tapped John Salamone as VP of SMB Sales, responsible for include managing all new sales activity to SMBs as well as state, local, education and nonprofit organizations. Salamone also has been tasked with growing Kaspersky’s existing customer base by attracting new SMBs.Content Classification: Curated