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A Tale of Two Tech Giants: Apple, IBM Heading in Opposite Directions

1 hour 45 min ago

A few months back after IBM (IBM) reported its third fiscal quarter result I wrote the battle being waged between IBM and Apple since the 1980s was over and that Apple won. This last week has proven not only did Apple (AAPL) make all the right moves at the right times to edge out its longtime rival, it left IBM in the dust.

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Faking It Won’t Increase Email Responses

3 hours 8 min ago

You know I’m passionate about email prospecting. It’s one of my favorite prospecting methods, and highly effective when done correctly. Lately, though, I’ve been turned off by a trend I’m seeing from sellers in email prospecting: Pretending they’ve already contacted their prospects.

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Effective Backup Methods You May Never Have Considered

3 hours 38 min ago

The most exciting thing about IT (at least for me) is how differently people approach projects they work on and problems they encounter. IT is not so different from writing, really. We’ve all got our own voice and our own style, and we’ve all got budgets and timeframes we’re forced to work within.

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Pure Storage Releases VMware Storage Replication Adapter, Plug-in

3 hours 38 min ago

Pure Storage is rolling out a free Storage Replication Adapter for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager as well as an updated vSphere Web Client Plug-in. The solid-state array vendor said its new solutions will allow VMware administrators to enhance their storage and virtualization management, in addition to providing disaster recovery protection and scalability for their virtual environments.

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Explaining the Big Data Productivity Gap

3 hours 38 min ago

Big data is one of the hottest topics. Yet almost no organizations are effectively leveraging Hadoop and other big data technologies in their infrastructure, according to a report out this month from Capgemini Consulting. Why, you ask? Here are some answers to the gap between big data's potential and its actual productivity.

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Apple Deliveries: Watch in April, 12 More Enterprise Mobility Apps by March

Thu, 2015-01-29 14:00
Apple will deliver its much-anticipated smart Watch in April and another 12 business apps from its enterprise mobility deal with IBM in March. Content Classification:  Curated

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Channel Partner Program Roundup: Carousel, Masergy, Sungard

Thu, 2015-01-29 14:00

Happy Thursday everyone, and thanks for stopping by Channel Partner Program Roundup. We hope you all made it through “Snowmageddon” safe and sound, especially for all our friends on the East Coast. This week, we’ve got updates from Carousel Industries, Masergy and Sungard Availability Services.

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OneCloud Partner Program To Provide Benefits for MSPs, Resellers

Thu, 2015-01-29 10:30

Hybrid cloud service provider OneCloud Software has launched the OneCloud Partner Program to help managed service providers and resellers gain incentives for selling its OneCloud Recovery solution.

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IBM Layoff Fallout: Softlayer Boss Crosby Quits

Thu, 2015-01-29 10:00

Obscured, perhaps in the uproar surrounding IBM’s (IBM) latest round of layoffs and a rumored full-scale corporate reorganization, was an employee post on the Alliance@IBM forum saying Lance Crosby, Softlayer founder and chief executive and general manager of IBM’s cloud business, had resigned.

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Weighing Exclusive vs. Non-Exclusive Partner Agreements

Thu, 2015-01-29 09:18

If you want an instant heated and strong opinion then just ask a vendor executive whether his or her company would award exclusivity to a reseller. Mostly they would answer with a flat, "No way," or, "Not a hope." The response is not a rational one.

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Canonical Survey Highlights Private Cloud Popularity

Thu, 2015-01-29 09:00

Private and hybrid clouds are increasing in popularity as security and data privacy concerns limit continued adoption of public clouds. That's the headline conclusion from Canonical's sixth Ubuntu Server and Cloud Survey, the results of which it released today. Read on for details.

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CliQr Adds Docker Containerized App Support to Hybrid Cloud

Thu, 2015-01-29 07:00

Docker, the open source containerization system, has gone into production on another major cloud. This week, hybrid cloud hosting vendor CliQr announced support for Docker containers on its CloudCenter platform with both command-line and graphical control interfaces.

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Steranka: Avaya Focusing on Partner Enablement, Growth

Wed, 2015-01-28 16:00

Avaya will focus on expanding its midmarket offerings as part of its new channel strategy, according to Richard Steranka, vice president of Worldwide Channel Sales. That includes driving outcomes through new partner incentives and by working to improve the ease of doing business with the company as it delves deeper into the cloud services market, he said.

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Symantec Resurrects Veritas Brand for Newly Separated IM Business

Wed, 2015-01-28 15:00
Symantec (SYMC) said its spun-off information management business will take on the Veritas name, sporting a new logo but relying on the original company’s brand recognition, history and reputation to help establish its own new identity. Content Classification:  Curated

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IBM Layoffs 2015: Employees Say Firings Have Begun

Wed, 2015-01-28 13:00
IBM employees in Australia are reporting the vendor already has begun handing out pink slips to all levels of workers, ranging from project leads to managers and account reps. Content Classification:  Curated

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Avaya, VMware Collaborate on Hybrid Cloud Services

Wed, 2015-01-28 12:20

Avaya is partnering with VMware (VMW) on the release of a new enterprise hybrid cloud service that leverages the vCloud Air platform. Avaya's Hybrid Engagement as a Service platform is designed to enable users to bridge private and public clouds to deliver a flexible approach to implementing enterprise communications.

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'Snowmageddon' Highlights Importance of Mobile Adoption

Wed, 2015-01-28 11:33

The northeast got clobbered this week with what many weather forecasters and meteorologists called “Snowmageddon”. While some areas such as New York City actually skirted much of the storm, the surrounding area from Long Island to Boston got massive snow fall accompanied by near hurricane force winds.

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Apple Q4 Profit Soars to $18 Billion, All-Time High

Wed, 2015-01-28 07:00
Apple posted a soaring Q4, including $18 billion in profit, the highest corporate quarterly earnings ever recorded. Content Classification:  Curated

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Microsoft Warns of Gloom Ahead Amid Mixed FQ2, China Worries

Wed, 2015-01-28 07:00
Microsoft posted $26.5 billion in sales and earnings per share of 71 cents for its FQ2 2015, an 8 percent climb in revenue but a 9 percent slide in earnings, barely beating analysts’ sales expectations. Content Classification:  Curated

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CompTIA: IT Industry to Grow in 2015

Wed, 2015-01-28 07:00

All signs point to 2015 being a year for significant growth in the IT industry, according to a new survey from CompTIA. The latest study predicts the New Year promises to bring improved IT sales buoyed by growing faith in the global economy.

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