Blog entries on Microsoft's mobile phone and ERP initiatives were the top entries in this month's most-read IT Channel Marker blogs list. Oracle Corp.'s stance on direct sales also generated reader frenzy, as did the latest takes from the SearchITChannel.com advisory board. Check out the top five IT Channel Marker blogs for March.
1: Microsoft calls do-over on phone effort
Microsoft has finally acknowledged that Apple may have known what it was doing with the iPhone. The new Windows Phone 7 Series is Microsoft's new mobile operating system (OS) approach and is a big departure from the company's previous (and lackluster) Windows Mobile OS.
2: Oracle execs stick to direct sales mantra
Oracle and Sun VARs are getting no relief from the company's direct sales push. During its first-quarter earnings call, Oracle execs reiterated that they plan to stay true to their direct sales tune. Oracle also revealed plans to change its compensation model for sales teams, and this announcement was not well-received either.
3: Healthcare plan = big bucks for VARs
The SearchITChannel.com advisory board has spoken, and members gave healthcare services a big green light. Several board members said that overall business is finally picking up, but they're wary of new proposed taxes on IT services that are cropping up in several states. Check out the top five takeaways from the board meeting, including the latest takes on desktop virtualization and Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite.
4: Microsoft to NetSuite: Take that!
Looks like the midmarket ERP segment is finally getting some attention -- from NetSuite Inc. and Microsoft. First, NetSuite offered select VARs 100% margins on sales going into new accounts. Then, Microsoft responded with its right step promotion by offering an $850 credit per user. Both efforts are clearly aimed at luring defectors from the other company's ERP fold.
5: Have you automated your professional services biz yet?
Professional services automation (PSA) is generating quite the buzz, and Autotask and ConnectWise are two vendors to watch, according to Channel Marker blogger Heather Clancy. Autotask Corp. has partnered with 1nservice, and ConnectWise has connected with HTG Peer Groups to make heavy investments in the PSA world.
Check out the most-read Channel Marker blogs for February 2010.