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New HP portal targets healthcare IT; CA slims down with Nimsoft

Barb Darrow
IT channel news in brief for March 12, 2010

HP groks healthcare with new partner portal

Hewlett-Packard is gearing up a push to prep its partners for a potential healthcare IT windfall.

A new "HP Healthcare Expressway" website is now available on HP's partner portal. Content includes white papers, videos and other resources relevant to healthcare.

HP and almost every other tech vendor and channel player want to reap some of the billions of dollars that will be funneled into healthcare IT efforts, including the federal push for electronic records management.

The big distributors all field healthcare-specific business units, and Avnet Technology Solutions has won raves for its Healthpath University, which takes VARs onsite in hospitals to better understand medical IT needs.

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Ingram Micro recently signed an alliance with NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, an EMR provider. Tech Data offers McKesson's EMR wares.

The reason is simple: money. "When you look at healthcare, there are $2 trillion spent each year -- one out of every seven dollars spent in the U.S. is spent on healthcare," said Mike Humke, vice president of public sector and healthcare for HP.

A healthcare practice can reap $44,000 per doctor for implementing updated IT including EMR.

CA tries to get nimble with Nimsoft buy

CA, known for its pricey and heavyweight systems management portfolio, looked to lighten up with its agreement to buy Nimsoft for $350 million in cash.

Nimsoft, based in Redwood City, Calif., is something of a systems management darling among the managed service provider (MSP) set, and it has also seen some successs stealing enterprise business from the Big Four systems management players (CA, IBM, HP and BMC).

Microsoft updates ID management

Microsoft's new Forefront Identity Manager 2010 picks up where the company's Identity Lifecycle Manager (ILM) 2007 -- formerly dubbed ILM "2" -- left off. The new product aims to take some of the admin load -- including password resets -- off IT managers and hand it off to users.

Microsoft announced the new product at the RSA Conference 2010 last week.

Google gets businesslike with new Apps Marketplace

At its recent Campfire One conference, Google launched its new Google Apps Marketplace as a cloud alternative to Microsoft Office.

The website integrates Google Apps accounts with services that users can access via Gmail, Google Docs and other applications.

Using Marketplace, an HR department can connect Intuit Online Payroll to employees' Google Calendar to automatically send out paystubs, or they can use eFax's Internet faxing service through Gmail, according to SearchCloudComputing.com.

Industry experts say that Marketplace could be an attractive option for companies that don't want to pay for pricey Microsoft Office licenses.

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