Channel Marker readers, like most market watchers, like to theorize about what the next big M&A deal will be in their IT world. That may be why a post surmising that Oracle could buy Red Hat was the most-read item in August. Another Oracle item dealt with the tsuris Sun hardware partners feel as they ponder the future of Sun's venerable SPARC franchise. Check out the rest of the top five here.
Next up for Oracle: Red Hat?
Every time Oracle snapped up another company over the past few years -- PeopleSoft, Siebel Systems, BEA Systems, Sun Microsystems -- folks thought that would be the end of the spree. It never was. Now Oracle VARs think that the company, which already fields a Linux distribution, may just make it official by buying Red Hat.
Rivals eye Sun partners, customers
It's September and Oracle's buyout of Sun Microsystems still awaits the blessing of European regulators. That could take another four months. In the meantime, Sun hardware partners worry about Oracle's plans -- or lack thereof -- for Sun's hardware businesses.
VARs laud Microsoft ARC pilot
Select Microsoft Gold VARs can participate in Microsoft's Analyst Relations for the Channel program, which gives them access to Gartner or Forrester Research services. VARs said the program helps them plan their big-picture business strategy.
NetSuite gives new meaning to cash for clunkers program
Under NetSuite's take on Cash For Clunkers, the company gives customers with old-school, on-premises ERP implementations credit toward NetSuite's SaaS offerings. It's unclear how partners would benefit, however.
Partnerpedia merges community, PRM features
The Partnerpedia partner relationship management (PRM) offering lets a VAR click through views of its relationships with many vendors from one screen -- an appealing perk -- according to Channel Marker contributor Heather Clancy.
Check out the most-read Channel Marker blogs for July 2009.