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Channelinsight data reporting can help VARs get paid quicker

 

Channelinsight’s new channel sales management suite is for vendors, but what may be of interest to VARs is its Channelinsight DataConnect component.

 

The platform, available free to Channelinsight’s network of 5,000 partners and distributors, is comparable to electronic data interchange and tracks partner and end-user data on channel deals in the cloud while making inventory management simpler for vendors.

 

Randy Greer, network manager of Heartland Technologies, said extracting sales data and sending it to vendors in a timely and precise manner is no easy task and the suite makes it simpler for Heartland to process data.

 

“It’s time-consuming and not always accurate to send our weekly reports to HP on our own; there have been times where we missed an invoice and we wouldn’t get credit for it until the next payment period,” Greer said. “This [platform] helps us reduce labor and our accuracy has gone way up.”

 

Channelinsight CEO Mark Geene said his company is doing for channel sales what Salesforce.com’s Service Cloud does for direct sales.

 

“By keeping better track of these channel deals, vendors can calculate partner checks quicker, which allows them to get paid quicker,” Geene said. “The suite also simplifies data submission requirements by letting partners use one, standard form for each transaction.”

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Do you plan to adopt Windows 8?
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pile of carp
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Windows 7 works well enough and retraining staff on Windows 8 is an unnecessary time investment.
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Just upgraded to Windows 7 last year.
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The new UI will cause adoption troubles.
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We are moving to adapt more of a tablet workforce over the next 2-3 years. This means a small test group of ipad, win8 and linus based tablets to see what works best in our environment. Once decided which is best then we will remove the experamental tablets and roll out the winner
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Windows 8 behaves as a play machine, toy, and a vertical platform. Win 8 will promote to use of Linux or Ubuntu for the serious user.

It is the pursuit of mediocrity, rather than excellence.
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The graph says it all "Not planning on windows 8 90.48%"
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I use several W8, and I give mark 5 !
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No Way...Can you say another Vista like lack of acceptance
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We absolutely have no plans to deploy W8. It would be madness to do so, and would almost certainly lead to a huge drop in productivity.
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Expenditures for all new hardware, learning curve & doesn't play well with non-touch - all of the above create a negative for us.
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I'm part of W8 early adopters group in our company. There are a lot of reasons to choose it over W7.
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We are testing application now with plan to deploy tablets as soon as hardware requiremnts are met. Decision to deploy to desktop/laptop to follow.
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Because of the UI.
It's ugly and unconfortably for use in a enterprise environment.
My right arm pains!
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Although I'm against a corporate roll-out of the Win8 OS, I personally like it very much. It's become my #2 Admin machine (Win7 being #1 with an XP Pro 'just-in-case' machine still sitting on my desk). My feelings against a corporate roll-out aren't as strong, either. Once I gave up (completely) on the touch interface (I really tried it, too, with a gorgeous 24" touch LCD) & went back to the traditional mouse|keyboard I have no problems getting around efficiently. I'm still more comfortable with my Win7 machine, but NOT that much more. I can now envision my 'power users' being able to work in an efficient enterprise environment without all the initial support calls I originally felt it would take. As an OS -- my experience with Win8 is it's a superior product to Win7 structurally. I think a year from now, the Win8 storm will nothing compared to what it is currently.
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No benefit seen. Only cost (*not* a benefit). Windows 8 seems to be targeted to the tablet type market. Business needs to be able to do computing -- possible but unpleasant using a tablet. Why change if it makes (corporate) life harder?
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We've only just upgraded to Windows 7. 8 does not look like a viable business alternative - the phrase 'a sledgehammer to crack a nut' comes to mind!
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I don't want to learn users using computers with new UI.
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I am not planning to. Windows 7 is just ok for me.
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The hardware requirements for Windows 8 is making it not cost effective for us to upgrade at this point in time.
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How can they hope to sell Window 8 to the office enviroment. Brings a whole new meaning to the words "touch typing" There are operations that still require a keyboard!
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We tried W8 on 5 desktops. People after 2 weeks constant moaning moved to W7 and XP.
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we are just migrating to Windows 7...
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we don't see any "must have" applications to justify the cost in a business situation. Might be fun for home use and games.
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Classic shell would help with adoption of Windows 8. Brings back the start menu on Win8. http://sourceforge.net/projects/classicshell/
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we upgraded our enterprise machines recently to Windows 7, so now Windows 8 Migrations not possible.
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Will Use Win * only as a last resort on a desktop PC
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Will probably move to Linux Mint, and
run Windows XP under virtual Box
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The new interface and workflow elements of Windows 8 are counterproductive to IT and most Enterprise users. I have no plans to move to Windows 8 ever.
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Makes Windows ME and Vista look good; visually a disaster.
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Not enough of our applications are compatible with Windows 8 nor IE10
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It is fast, stable, and Works well on non touch devices as well - I see no problem there.
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There is no business reason to do this as none of the new functionality will help you to get the job done. If MS wants to see the future look at Gnome-3 in Linux. The developers made the exact same mistake and users abandoned it in droves.
The solution is simple: Offer the option to return the desktop to the Windows-7 look and feel ( a business edition), and leave the tiles and other detritus for the kids.
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The desktop is visally worse than Win7, wihout Aero. The Tiles and their Fullscreen requirements tick me off. No Windows Mobile support in Visual Studio since VS2008. App have too many limits what they can do. For example with self signed certificates. With Win7 I can use Touch on my Device when I want. With Win8 Im forced to.
I really dont like Win8.
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The desktop is visally worse than Win7 without Aero. The Tiles and the Fullscreen requirement tick me off. No Windows Mobile support in Visual Studio since VS2008. App have too many limits what they can do. For example with self signed certificates. With Win7 I can use Touch on my Device when I want. With Win8 Im forced to.
I really dont like Win8.
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I don't wanna to used it because of it will be slower to my computer
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not in a near futur
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Change for changes sake, is stupid
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Give it a year I think....
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Will not even consider rolling out Windows 8.
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We are not going to roll out Win8 this year -- if ever. Reason: learning curve will be too high (I rolled out Win95 18 years ago -- I know what it will take).

That said -- I like Win8 very much. I don't think the statement "Windows 8 does not work well on non-touch OCs ..." is true. It's become my primary Admin workstation using only mouse & KB. It wasn't until I gave up trying to use my 24" touch screen with it I finally was able to figure out how to effectively get around the OS & get stuff done. It's an excellent OS; every bit as good if not better than Win7 in some cases. But it is different & it takes some time to get used to it (why we won't roll it out to the gen pop as it now is). I don't think Win8 is going to be as popular as Win7 was, but it doesn't deserve the knocks against it the media (most) & uniformed (all) are giving it either.
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not sufficiently compelled to. Mobile apps are sufficient enough to drive me to this ecological upgrade
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Just moved to 7, no plans for 8.
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Perhaps they should have brought out two versions one called Windows 8 touchscreen,
and just Windows 8, that came with the same user menus or similar to Windows 7.
I think the takeup would have been lot faster.
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The learning curve is to steep. There is no way I'm going to ask people to try and learn this OS and hurt there efficiency for several weeks or more.
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No plans to roll out this year but will be evaluating within the IT department.
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Tech reasons I understand, but if as a user you can't learn to work in a new OS environment in half a day you must have rocks in your head.
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