03/01/2009

March 2009 - RCP Reader Survey: Here's What You Think

Plus: The dynamics of Dynamics; how partners can be more Web 2.0-savvy; Muglia moves up the Microsoft chain; why PC sales are dwindling; more.


In-Depth

Here's What You Think

By Anne Stuart

RCP readers weigh in on our annual survey about the Microsoft Partner Program, the IT industry, SaaS and the economy.


Making Sense of the Dynamics Business

By Rich Freeman

Is Microsoft's Dynamics business holding strong or dropping fast? For partners and industry experts alike, that question is especially tricky to answer these days.


Web 2.0 Series: Web Wise

By Fred Bayles

The best business Web sites are more than online billboards -- they're powerful sales tools. Here's how some Microsoft partners are using their public sites to attract new customers and better serve their existing ones.


Solution Spotlights

Channel Ecosystem: Channel Gets a Crack at Windows 7

By Scott Bekker/RCP Staff and Kurt Mackie/Special to RCP

Microsoft launches Ecosystem Readiness Program for forthcoming operating system.


Channel Call

Inside Microsoft's Worst Hard Time

By Scott Bekker

Based on its latest quarterly report, Redmond resembles other tech companies hit by the recession as it bleeds net income and lays off workers.


Selling Microsoft

Web Wise on the Sales Side

By Ken Thoreson

Partner Web sites should be more than marketing vehicles -- they should be sales tools as well.


News

Products: Microsoft Shutters PerformancePoint Server

By Michael Desmond

Microsoft plans to discontinue its business intelligence product.


Outsourcing: Is There an Uptick Ahead?

By Stephen Swoyer

Analysts split on outsourcing's prospects in a downturn.


By The Numbers: A Miserable Quarter for PC Sales

Netbook sales and a very weak professional market contributed to a grim Q4 2008 in PC sales, reported Gartner.


Reorg Update: Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group Turns Over

By Scott Bekker

Allison Watson fills holes in her team with Thompson, Brown.


Reorg: Muglia Takes a Step Up

By Scott Bekker

Veteran Microsoft executive joins Redmond's presidents, sees growth opportunities on several fronts.