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Workers average only three productive days per week

The Microsoft Office Personal Productivity Challenge (PPC), which drew responses from more than 38,000 people in 200 countries, rated workers’ individual productivity based on their responses to 18 statements about work-related practices. Worldwide, survey participants revealed some interesting conclusions about the nature of productivity in their workplace, including these (U.S. findings are in parentheses): — […]

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Cisco, Borderware, Brightmail talk security

The free seminar series consists of two sessions. The morning session is open to senior executives and corporate directors, while the afternoon session is for resellers, VARs, and integrators. The series runs from October 8 through December 9, 2003 in Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, New York, Ottawa, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington DC. Cisco makes firewalls […]

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Best (???) of The Friday File: Games go to the (robot) dogs

To tell you the truth, we were wondering that ourselves. Sure, nobody has advocated as strongly, or as strangely, for Sony’s beloved robot dog as have we down here in the basement. The whole concept of Aibo fits into our mantra of cool, offbeat technology that is as far from “enterprise-level mission-critical” PR bafflegab as […]

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Sony’s PCS-11: big opportunity for lucky few

Sony has more than 3,000 channel partners in Canada for all its computer, communications and consumer products, but only 15 or so that sell its videoconferencing solutions across the country. “They are specialists with videoconferencing technology and the market,” he said. “There are a lot more potential partners out there but if we increase distribution […]

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Microsoft files lawsuits against resellers of counterfeit software

This is the first major legal sweep of the year, according to Microsoft attorneys, and is part of the company’s programs to educate the reseller channel and consumers about the risks associated with counterfeit software. “Although we have an ongoing program, Microsoft took this step because have heard from legitimate resellers that we weren’t doing […]

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Microsoft shows channel more money at Partner Conference

Allison Watson, vice president of the company’s worldwide partner sales and marketing group, told an assembly of around 5,000 resellers — a turnout so large it necessitated moving the general sessions from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to the nearby Air Canada Centre — that Microsoft is bumping its spending on the channel up from […]

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And then there were four…

While we’ve been reporting on Synnex/Merisel and EMJ since our debut in the fall of 1996, these companies have a long and distinguished history in Canada. At one time Canada’s largest distributor, Merisel got its start in 1980 as Softsel Computer Products, Inc., a software distribution company based in California. Annual revenues had grown to […]

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Focus will be key to Synnex/EMJ deal: analysts

Dan McLean, director of strategic partnering and alliances at IDC Canada, said EMJ has always been a selective, focused distributor, and keeping the focus as they become part of the Synnex Canada organization will be key. “As a distributor, you can characterize them as high-touch, much more so than most other distributors, and that’s one […]

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Will Intergraph legal battle be the next SCO?

The level of acrimony and hostility is considerably less, but the ongoing dispute between Las Vegas-based Intergraph – a worldwide provider of end-to-end technical solutions and systems integration – and the big PC and chip vendors has heated up. In October 2002, the U.S. District Court ruled that Intel Corp.’s Itanium-based products infringed Intergraph Corp.’s […]

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Hosting provider adds Linux, warns Microsoft

The Toronto, Ont.-based service provider owns and operates mail2web.com, a web-based email retrieval system and myhosting.com, Web and application hosting services. Tony Yustein, CEO of SoftCom Technology Consulting Inc., outlined during a press conference Tuesday why the company chose to change its dedication from Microsoft technology. “Close to 70 per cent of all of the […]

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