This month, the Thai floods caused delays and shortages of hard drives throughout the industry that will likely last for months. Meanwhile, Oracle voiced its intent to steal HP’s partners in the midst of the company’s continued personal systems group confusion. Also in November, the increased awareness and adoption of NoSQL technology has crossed into the channel arena – spurring another popular topic among SearchITChannel.com readers.
Read through all the of SearchITChannel.com’s top November 2011 stories:
1. Hard drive shortage ripples through channel
The hard drive industry is suffering from the backlash of the devastating floods in Thailand, which have caused supply chain shortages, serious delays that are slated to last for months and extreme price increases. Home to thousands of factories, the area is responsible for close to 70% of the world production of hard drives, driving some partners to consider alternative storage options.
2. HP partners not buying what Oracle is selling
Capitalizing on the months of confusion within Hewlett-Packard’s personal systems group, Oracle has increased efforts to pilfer partners from HP. Despite HP’s disarray and Oracle’s statement that the company is looking to gain between 8,000 and 25,000 of HP partners, the partners themselves are unenthused by Oracle’s pursuit and are displaying no immediate interest in making the switch.
3. NoSQL technology gains channel support
An increased demand for more complex forms of data cataloging has illustrated the merits of NoSQL technology as an alternative to the relational database model. Due to its increased flexibility, U.K.-based Telefonica recently adopted the technology for its e-commerce platform roll out, which may serve as precedent for the budding trend.
4. Selling managed print services requires attention to detail
Managed print services is capable of supplying a two-fold benefit to customers: cutting back on costs because the maintenance helps maximize supplies as well as efficiency; and reducing power use and environmental impact. Despite the customer benefits, it’s important for solution providers to be aware of the intricacies of managed print services sales to avoid financial losses of their own.