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Top Channel Marker blogs for January 2011

Channel Marker readers were fascinated with Bob Muglia and Randy Runk’s departures from Microsoft and HP, respectively, and Microsoft EAs were also a hot-button topic.

Channel Marker readers were interested in the fallout from Bob Muglia and Randy Runk’s exits from Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard, respectively. Muglia, who will leave Microsoft this summer, is a respected Microsoft veteran who apparently disagreed with CEO Steve Ballmer over the company’s cloud execution. Hewlett-Packard appears to be reshuffling the executive deck since the October arrival of new CEO Leo Apotheker. The reverberating effects of Microsoft Enterprise Agreement licensing changes on Large Account Resellers (LARS) and Brocade partner program modifications also drew reader interest.

Check out top five Channel Marker blogs from January 2011:

 1: Muglia to leave Microsoft

Continuing the march of top-tier Microsoft executives out the door, Bob Muglia is leaving the IT giant. The former server and tools group president was spearheading Microsoft’s cloud movement, but now many experts wonder what Microsoft’s leadership plan and cloud strategy will be going forward.

2: Randall Runk exits HP

There were more changes in HP’s executive ranks in January. Randall Runk, who had been the senior vice president of Hewlett-Packard’s technology services group, left HP. Accenture veteran John Maguire joined the company.

3: Microsoft EA changes put LARs in the hot seat

More Microsoft Enterprise Agreements (EAs) now will sell direct, which means trouble for the Large Account Resellers (LARs) that traditionally sold and managed such deals. But, analyst Paul DeGroot at Pica Communications maintains there is still a need for quality, trustworthy LARs. Because Microsoft InTune and Office 365 will be sold and billed directly by Microsoft, Channel Marker blogger Barbara Darrow writes that it’s important for LARs to maintain strong relationships with their customers.

4: Brocade offers switching fabric and convergence certification

Brocade Communications tweaked its partner program to help networking VARs implement converged data center hardware. Qualified VARs can now get training and certifications on Brocade's data center switching fabric implementation.

5: More predictions for solid IT growth, this time from Forrester

According to Channel Marker blogger Heather Clancy, Forrester Research expects brand new IT projects – as opposed to pent-up demand for upgrades -- will drive growth in tech markets this year. Overall, Forrester expects global IT purchases will be $1.69 trillion this year.

Clancy also reported on Gartner’s IT spending predictions for 2011.  Gartner believes that the main technology categories driving growth will be telecommunications equipment, where sales are expected to expand by 9.1%.

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