Verizon picks partners in 4G deal; IT channel news in brief

4G fortunes made at Mobile World Congress; SAP's BI roadmap a year into Business Objects deal.

IT channel news in brief for Feb. 20, 2009

4G fortunes made at Mobile World Congress

4G headlines dominated Mobile World Congress 2009 this week with both LTE and WiMax taking center stage. Verizon's long-awaited announcement of its LTE partners, Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson, stole the show, according to SearchTelecom.com.

It was rough news for Nortel, which touted its own LTE accomplishment as "the world's first" end-to-end international LTE call, in partnership with T-Mobile. Dick Lynch, Verizon Communications' executive vice president and chief technology officer, was complimentary toward all the competitors for Verizon's LTE business and left the door open for expanded partnerships in the future.

SAP's BI roadmap a year into Business Objects deal

Since SAP acquired Business Objects more than a year ago, the vendor's message has been clear to SAP NetWeaver business intelligence (BI) customers -- start looking at SAP BusinessObjects. Last year, SAP released its post-acquisition BI product roadmap, which said the Business Explorer product line would be phased out by 2016. SAP will continue to invest in the BI Accelerator and SAP Business Warehouse, but the focus now will be on enhancing the Business Objects front-end tools -- now known as SAP BusinessObjects, according to SearchSAP.com. But SAP NetWeaver BI customers are still plotting their courses.

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