04/01/2009

April 2009 - RCP Platinum Partner Program

Which partners work well with others? HP and Dell top the list of 15. Plus: Twin Cities partners merge; the greening of the Microsoft ecosystem; green and virtual; more.


In-Depth

Anatomy of a Merger

By Scott Bekker

Credit markets are frozen. Venture capital is in hibernation. The overall M&A market is falling off a cliff. Yet, in the worst economic quarter in decades, two midsize Microsoft partner firms in the Twin Cities area consummated a deal. How did it happen?


Product Roundup: It's Virtually Easy Being Green

By Keith Ward

A roundup of green alternatives in the virtualization space.


RCP Platinum Partner Program

By RCP Staff

Find out which third-party programs your peers say sell better together with Microsoft solutions.


Lean and Green

By Anne Stuart

The economy may be bad, but green is still good -- for everyone in the extended Microsoft ecosystem.


Channel Watch

Bekker Gets All a-Twitter

By Scott Bekker

At times more burdensome than helpful, Twitter becomes a business driver in these challenging times. So, how are partners using it?


Directions

Marketing: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

By Paul DeGroot

Partners are increasingly going to be on their own when it comes to marketing, with fewer SoftBucks to grease the marketing skids.


News

Business Case: SaaS Rules of Thumb

By Scott Bekker

Microsoft is providing specific guidance to ISVs preparing to make the jump to the Software as a Service model.


Financial Forecast: IDC Revises 2009 IT Spending Forecast Downward Again

By Scott Bekker

Research firm's Channel Panel also reports continuing drop in confidence.


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