Apple Gets Down To Business
As iPhones, iPads and Macs push deeper into enterprise accounts, Apple appears to be looking to the channel -- especially Microsoft partners -- to help grow sales.
Microsoft officials say the Pinpoint infrastructure drove 1 million leads to partners in the last fiscal year. Some partners appreciate and take advantage of the system Microsoft has built, but others find it too much work for too little return.
As new device types become ubiquitous, it's time to rethink how we take notes. While there are more cutting-edge products out there, Evernote and Microsoft OneNote provide forward-looking, highly productive options for multiple devices and the cloud. Each has its advantages.
Use of iPads, iPhones and Macs by businesses is going through the roof. Despite a history of courting consumers, Apple has a growing need for partners who can integrate the company's hardware with Microsoft software and networks.
Microsoft is currently paired with some big partners, with big risks. With Yahoo in the midst of an executive upheaval and Windows Phone still trailing badly in the smartphone race, can these partnerships yield the results Microsoft is looking for?
The IT distributor is taking the effort it started with Software License Selector further into the cloud.
In an informal survey, Mike tries to figure out what's causing the tension between software vendors and their partners -- and what they can do to alleviate it.
As more IT firms continue to adopt the professional practice model, the traditional salesperson no longer fits the model.
Richer mobile apps and Apple tablet support give Microsoft a better parity case against Salesforce.com on an important user requirement.