In this edition of the Partner News Podcast, the staff of SearchITChannel.com checks in on life in the Microsoft partner program, as the issue of too many partners is causing some concern. Associate features editor Elaine Hom, senior news editor Barbara Darrow and news writer Colin Steele also talk about renewed competition between EMC and Dell in the storage market, thanks to Dell's acquisition of EqualLogic, plus SAP's new attempt to drive more channel business. Senior news writer Rivka Little then joins in for a discussion on vendor acquisitions and the uncertainty they create.
Some Microsoft Gold partners say there are too many Microsoft VARs chasing too little business -- an oversupply that's causing channel conflict..
EMC partners say the Dell brand name has made the EqualLogic line stronger in the eyes of customers.
SAP will pay consultants to route enterprise resource planning (ERP) software business through channel partners.
After Bain Capital Partners and Huawei Technologies dropped plans to buy 3Com, partners and customers face uncertainty.