January 2009 - Marching Orders for 2009

Advice for partners facing uncertain economic times. Plus: a tale of two partners; how partners might benefit from the Obama effect; where Azure fits into the partner ecosystem; more.


How Will Barack Obama Change the Channel?

By Rich Freeman

Barack Obama is set to become the 44th president of the United States. How should partners position themselves for the new administration's IT spending priorities?

A Tale of Two Partners

By Eric Berkman

The collaboration between two Cincinnati partners brought them honors from Microsoft -- and a bumper crop of opportunities.

Marching Orders 2009

By Anne Stuart

Thanks to the downturn, plenty of partners are entering the New Year wondering which way to go. In our third annual Marching Orders feature, RCP's experts offer advice to point you in the right direction.

Solution Spotlights

Awash in Azure Ink

By Scott Bekker

With Microsoft's new Web tier, some channel business models will win and others will lose.

Channel Call

Hazarding a Look Ahead

By Scott Bekker

Uncertain financial climate, new U.S. president, new Windows OS -- all on the horizon and bound to affect partners in some way.


No Rhythm to the Rain

By Paul DeGroot

Redmond has been warning and preparing for a difficult financial year. Smart partners should listen up and do likewise.

Dynamics Perspective

Azure Plus the Dynamics Partner

By Joshua Greenbaum

The Dynamics-in-the-cloud vision remains murky, but partners can take part in giving it shape as Microsoft figures out how to deliver it the right way.

Selling Microsoft

Make Monday Morning Meetings Count

By Ken Thoreson

Get on the right track and start your week off with a well-informed, well-organized game plan.


Software as a Service: CA's New Channel-Led SAAS offering

By Anne Stuart

Partners will handle billing in a new business-continuity solution.

Postscript: Symantec to See Major Shift in Leadership 2.0

By Scott Bekker

In a change with implications for the channel, Enrique Salem will replace John Thompson as CEO in April.

Product Timeline: 2 Key Milestones for Windows 7

By Kurt Mackie

A top Microsoft official says the company expects to release a beta version of its next operating system this month-with a launch to follow in early 2010.

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