Six Surprises That May Change Your View of Dell

December 19th, 2013

Dell’s journey to transform itself from a hardware company to a solutions vendor has been ongoing for a couple of years. To achieve that, the company has been acquiring, building and blending hardware, software, services, cloud and open standards to … Continue reading

Sage Summit 2013: That Was Then, This Is Now

August 8th, 2013

I’m a bit behind in getting my wrap up and thoughts on Sage Summit–Sage’s annual event for business partners and customers–together. But better late than never! As you can see in the related links at the end of this post, … Continue reading

Sage Streamlining Takes a Major Turn With the Sale of ACT! and SalesLogix

February 19th, 2013

Last week, The Sage Group announced that it is selling its Sage Act! contact manager and SalesLogix CRM to Swiftpage. Swiftpage is a U.S. based digital marketing software vendor and has been a Sage partner supplying Sage E-Marketing as a … Continue reading

SAP Shines the Spotlight on Small and Medium Businesses

January 15th, 2013

SAP’s stellar success in building its blue-chip large enterprise business has often overshadowed its considerable but quieter achievements in small and medium business (SMBs) markets. But SAP is not a household name in the SMB community. Even technology insiders are … Continue reading

MSP Cloud Challenges in the Midmarket–and How IBM Helps Meet Them

November 1st, 2012

In my recent post, A View From the MSP Trenches: Cloud Opportunities in the Midmarket, I examined how MSPs see the midmarket opportunity shaping up, and why they are partnering with IBM to capitalize on these opportunities. I discussed how MSPs … Continue reading

MSP Cloud Challenges in the Midmarket–and How IBM Helps Meet Them

November 1st, 2012

In my recent post, A View From the MSP Trenches: Cloud Opportunities in the Midmarket, I examined how MSPs see the midmarket opportunity shaping up, and why they are partnering with IBM to capitalize on these opportunities. I discussed how MSPs … Continue reading

A View From the MSP Trenches: Cloud Opportunities in the Midmarket

October 10th, 2012

As discussed in my blog, IBM’s Managed Service Provider Initiatives for Midmarket: An Interview with Mike McClurg, IBM views MSPs as an increasingly critical channel for delivering cloud-based technology solutions to midmarket companies. Just a few days after I posted this … Continue reading

There’s an App Store for That!

June 14th, 2010

App stores focused on the needs of small and medium businesses (SMBs) seem to be proliferating quickly as cloud computing takes off. As discussed in “What is an App Store, and Why Should You Care,” a marquee SMB vendor, such … Continue reading

What Does Cloud Computing Mean for the Channel? Presentation at Sage Insights 2010

May 26th, 2010

What Does Cloud Computing Mean for the Channel? Last week I attended  2010 Sage Insights, Sage Software’s annual partner conference, and had the opportunity to present Perspectives on the Business Model of the Future: What Does Cloud Computing Mean for … Continue reading

NetSuite’s SP 100 Program: An Offer VARs Can’t Refuse?

March 2nd, 2010

In a bold move to get traditional value-added resellers(VARs) off the SaaS fence, NetSuite announced its new Solution Provider (SP) 100 Program, which gives business application VARs 100% margin on the first year of license subscriptions they sell. The program … Continue reading