So Is Metalogix for Sale or Not?

There's a war of words brewing between two major SharePoint ISV partners.

AvePoint, a competitor of Metalogix in the SharePoint tools space, on Tuesday launched a Metalogix switch campaign with a blog post from Chief Revenue Officer Chris Larsen asserting that Metalogix was for sale. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 18, 2018 at 12:22 PM0 comments


Riverbed Upends Program To Make it More Flexible for Partners

As Riverbed Technology seeks to seize on the new market opportunities of its expanding product line, the company on Wednesday unveiled a more flexible partner program to enable partners to move more nimbly into the new business areas as well.

Riverbed, which made its reputation on the SteelHead line of wide area network (WAN) optimization appliances, has been both acquiring and organically developing other products for software-defined solutions and managing application performance.

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Posted by Scott Bekker on January 17, 2018 at 1:12 PM0 comments


Rough Start to 2018 for Microsoft Cortana

Given all that Microsoft has invested in creating the illusion that Cortana has a personality, it's not too weird to think she must be a little depressed.

It's certainly been a rough start to 2018 for Microsoft's virtual assistant. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 16, 2018 at 2:56 PM0 comments


SharePoint Online Deployments Surging, According to Survey

The rate of cloud-based Microsoft SharePoint deployments ballooned by triple digits in 2017, based on a recent industry poll.

SharePoint tools suppliers Sharegate, Hyperfish and Nintex this week released their "The SharePoint and Office 365 Industry Survey," which included responses from about 450 SharePoint administrators and IT professionals. The three companies also surveyed a random sample of their combined client pools in 2016, providing lots of data points for comparison. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 10, 2018 at 2:44 PM0 comments


Update: Intel Confirms Flaw, Big Patch Week Ahead

The next Patch Tuesday or some date around then is looking like a doozy.

Reports have been bubbling up this week that vendors and open source teams are hustling under embargo to fix a major security flaw affecting Intel processors over the last decade. The rumored software fix could seriously slow down both personal systems and public clouds. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 03, 2018 at 11:54 AM0 comments


Microsoft Dynamics Giants Combine in End-of-Year Merger

Two of the biggest partner companies in the Microsoft Dynamics channel merged in a deal announced Friday.

Edison, N.J.-based SBS Group and Columbus, Ohio-based Socius are combining to form Velosio, which will be led by the executive teams of both organizations. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on December 15, 2017 at 4:05 PM0 comments


Huddleston Taking Leave, Schuster To Run Microsoft OCP

Ron Huddleston, corporate vice president of the Microsoft One Commercial Partner (OCP) worldwide organization, is going on an indefinite family leave a little less than a year into the job, and Gavriella Schuster will step into the role.

Schuster previously reported to Huddleston as corporate vice president for worldwide channels and programs, and was also considered Microsoft's "worldwide channel chief," a semi-official designation that she had also held prior to Huddleston's arrival in OCP when she was CVP of the now-discontinued Worldwide Partner Group (WPG). More

Posted by Scott Bekker on December 11, 2017 at 11:10 AM0 comments


Windows 10 on Snapdragon Reaches a Milestone

A year after unveiling a Microsoft-Qualcomm partnership to bring Windows 10 to the Snapdragon platform and create a new class of Windows on ARM devices, ASUS and HP are showing off systems with shipments set to begin next year.

The ASUS NovaGo, a 2-in-1 convertible, will be available in early 2018. The HP Envy x2 Windows on Snapdragon Mobile PC is supposed to ship in the spring. Both devices were on display for hands-on use at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii this week. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on December 06, 2017 at 12:08 PM0 comments


In MPN 'Ask Me Anything,' Microsoft Gives Pitch for the Cloud Enablement Desk

During an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session this week aimed at new partners, Microsoft gave the hard sell for its Cloud Enablement Desk benefit.

Microsoft hosted the AMA session, called "Partnering with Microsoft," on its Microsoft Partner Community page on Wednesday after taking questions for eight days. Fielding questions for the session was John Mighell, Global Breadth Partner Enablement Lead at Microsoft, who is also responsible for the MPC Partnership 101 discussion board. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on November 30, 2017 at 12:27 PM0 comments


Microsoft, SAP Take Cloud Partnership to the Dogfood Level

Global technology companies like Microsoft and SAP SE of course often double as marquee clients for one other.

Taking advantage of their scale, prominence and ongoing strategic partnership, SAP and Microsoft this week announced a new dogfooding arrangement. The companies will each put their joint engineering efforts to get the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud running on Microsoft Azure to work internally on running parts of their actual businesses. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on November 29, 2017 at 10:19 AM0 comments


HPE Unveils Pay-Per-Use GreenLake Solutions

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) unveiled five packaged workload solutions that will be billed like cloud services but reside on-premises.

The pay-per-use offerings are called HPE GreenLake, and the initial set will include Big Data, backup, open database, SAP HANA and edge computing. HPE announced them Monday during its Discover conference in Madrid. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on November 27, 2017 at 12:41 PM0 comments


SkyKick, Ingram Offer Monthly Billing on Office 365, Backup, Migration Bundle

SkyKick and Ingram Micro now offer a bundle of Office 365, SkyKick Cloud Backup and the SkyKick Migration Suite that Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Indirect Resellers can buy from Ingram and sell to customers on a monthly billing basis.

The companies launched the bundle at the IT Nation show in Orlando, Fla., this month. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on November 17, 2017 at 9:11 AM0 comments