CDN News Roundup: Blackberry’s swagger and inside HP’s split

It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the solution provider channel in Canada. Here’s an update on the latest channel news from CDN.

When John Chen took over as executive chair and CEO of financially-troubled BlackBerry exactly a year ago, he decided the company had to focus more on serving enterprise customers.

Christoph Schnell, the senior vice-president of HP Printing and Personal Systems Group (PPS), along with the managing director of HP Americas, revealed many new factors of the HP split during the VARnex conference.

While Cisco Systems’ high-end, immersive room-based TelePresence solution got high marks for user experience, installing it required a lot of skillsets that most of its partners just don’t have.

Lenovo confirmed Motorola will run as a separate entity. Rob Cato, the director of US distribution and VARs for Lenovo, said even though Motorola is on its own Lenovo plans on leveraging its presence in the market.

Microsoft’s third store in the Greater Toronto Area and ninth in Canada overall has opened at Toronto’s Eaton Centre and is being touted as a “flagship” store despite a slightly smaller retail size and launch.

ALSO, be sure to download CDN‘s latest digital edition for an inside look at Dell’s big channel bet and the annual Women of the IT Channel Ecosystem list. Plus, if you’re pondering tablets or PCs for the mobile worker, you should catch solution providers Steve Conaby & Rick Jordan in the latest CDN Debate.

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Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras
A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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