Software News

The hunt for higher margins

It’s not exactly headline news that product margins have dropped significantly over the past few years, which is why smart VARs are re-evaluating their business models and trying to sell more high-margin products.

SAP adds Cisco to partnerships

Companies plan to develop business solutions around SOA and Cisco’s SONA network. An industry analyst says the strategy offers partner opportunities, but warned other vendors are buying up niche software makers fast

Managed services grow up

They received a bad rap in the early years from channel partners, but are finally starting to mature.

Speak to me

Microsoft is investing heavily in voice recognition, which could be a big opportunities for partners who are prepared

Symantec gets into SAAS market

Symantec Corp. is inching its way to being a software-as-a-service (SAAS) provider with the introduction of Symantec Protection Network, which is a SAAS platform that is intended to deliver security and availability to small and mid-sized businesses.

GroundWork Open Source

GroundWork offers one of the few open source managed service offerings. Its Monitor Open Source allows providers to offer monitoring as a service to their customers.

N-able Technologies

N-able provides managed service automation software and business transformation services, with more than 1,000 MSP partners around the world servicing 30,000 customers.

IT labels and categorizations

The industry has a need to put companies in a pot and call them something. If they do not fit in any of the usual categories they create one for them

Back into the black

Vancouver VAR developed new accounting system for the University of Alberta to help track its research projects

Kicking some IT butt

Montreal based solution provider becomes an insider at Microsoft not just to better its business, but to bring more social responsibility to IT

Oracle hypes Hyperion acquisition

Company vows to create a more comprehensive business intelligence suite, but competitors shrug. However, an industry analyst thinks one of them may be swallowed


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