07/01/2010

Cloud Comfort

Relax, there's a future with Microsoft in the cloud, Allison Watson plans to tell partners at the WPC. That's not to say it won't take hard work to get there. Pioneering partners share their flight path to profits.


In-Depth

Get Comfortable with the Cloud

By Scott Bekker

Relax, there's a future with Microsoft in the cloud, channel chief Allison Watson plans to tell partners at this month's WPC. That's not to say it won't take hard work to get there. Watson and pioneering partners share their flight path to profits.


Migration Madness: SharePoint 2010

By Jeffrey Schwartz

Now that SharePoint 2010 is shipping, partners are primed to handle upgrades on customers' terms.


Bare Metal Battle: Microsoft and Citrix vs. the World

By John K. Waters

Microsoft leads partners to side with Citrix in virtualization's newest battle.


Channel Call

Making the Most of a Partner Conference

By Keith Lubner

In a field crowded with competitors, differentiation needs to be part of everything you do -- even how you attend a partner conference.


Channel Watch

RCP: The First 5 Years

By Scott Bekker

Five years ago this month, we launched our first issue of Redmond Channel Partner magazine. The goal then, as it is now, was to be an independent voice of the Microsoft partner community with a mission of driving partner success.


Directions

Taking Another Look at the LAR-VAR Balance

By Paul DeGroot

An experiment with deal registration for Microsoft partners suggests that the company is looking for alternatives to its current reseller structure. As with many changes, this is fraught with both opportunity and risk.


On Growth

How Much Company Can I Afford To Buy?

By Mike Harvath

The IT M&A market is heating up -- here's the questions you need to answer to be ready for your next possible acquisition.


News

Microsoft Demos New Communications Server

By Kurt Mackie

New soft PBX platform due out by end of year.


Key Windows Server 2008 R2 Update

By Kurt Mackie

First service pack coming this month for Windows Server 2008 R2.


OEM Chief Makes the Case for Microsoft

By Scott Bekker

Guggenheimer explains why Microsoft still matters in a digital near-future that isn't necessarily PC-centric.


Why the University of Arizona Chose BPOS

By Jeffrey Schwartz

A Q&A with university CIO Michele Norin.


Cloud Takes Different Shapes for Two Exchange 2010 Deals

By Jeffrey Schwartz

These deployments show that not all cloud migrations are a one-way street.


Changes Afoot at IAMCP

By Scott Bekker

Microsoft partner member organization adjusts name, U.S. chapter lands new engagement model with Microsoft field.