DH Kass

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Articles by DH Kass
SAP Pumps Up Certifications with Member Portal, Registry Service
SAP is offering its certified individuals and channel partners two new services: a credentials management portal and listing in a public registry.
Google Q1 Revenue, Earnings Miss--Stung by Nest, Motorola

Even Google’s (GOOG) bad days still are pretty good. The mega-colossus search, advertising, cloud and hardware vendor missed Wall Street estimates on Q1 2014 revenue and earnings, posting a 19 percent sales uptick to $15.42 billion along with $3.45 billion in earnings.

Microsoft OS Chief Myerson: Desktop, Touch Key to Future Plans

Despite the marketplace’s continuing tepid takeup of Windows 8, Microsoft (MSFT) OS chief Terry Myerson recently said the vendor has no intention of walking away from the desktop or touch input, as both are central to the vendor’s blueprint going forward.

Paragon Software Kicks Off BDR Go-to-Market Channel Program

Backup and disaster recovery (BDR) provider Paragon Software has kicked off a new channel initiative to drive demand, tidy up sales cycles and build profits for partners selling its product lineup.

Intel’s Strange Q1: PC Chip Sales Stabilize, Mobile Revenue Plummets

In the year since taking over Intel’s (INTC) helm, chief Brian Krzanich has talked a mobile blue streak, pledging to speed up mobile processor development, open the vendor’s plants to other mobile processor makers, bake Braswell into Chromebooks and ship 40 million tablet SOCs in 2014.

Heartbleed Bug Blamed for Canadian Tax Agency Attack, More Expected

Canada’s Revenue Agency (CRA) tax collection arm is blaming hackers exploiting the Heartbleed security vulnerability for stealing confidential data on 900 people, in perhaps the first known report of a large organization victimized by the OpenSSL flaw.

Staples Pilots In-store 3D Printing Services with 3D Systems

Here comes 3D printing. Retailer Staples (SPLS) is selling 3D printing services aimed at small businesses and consumers in a two-store, joint pilot project with 3D Systems (DDD) to determine the market’s viability and the best way to approach it.

Heartbleed: Cisco, Juniper Find Bug, Apple Says No Effect

Networking giants Cisco Systems (CSCO) and Juniper Networks (JNPR) have found the Heartbleed encryption OpenSSL bug, referred to as “catastrophic” by security experts, in their networking equipment—including routers, switches and firewalls—widening an already open door for intruders to steal user names, passwords or other sensitive information from businesses and consumers.

Apple: iPhone Design Whiz Ive Gains as Software Exec Christie Exits

Apple (AAPL) design whiz Jony Ive has consolidated his control over the iPhone’s look and feel with the exit of top executive and software design team leader Greg Christie.

HP’s $108 Million Settles DOJ, SEC Foreign Corruption Probes 1

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) offered up $108 million to remove itself from the crosshairs of a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) probe into allegations company executives in Russia bribed local officials to win IT supply contracts.

Motorola Names Osterloh to Head Mobility Unit in Lenovo Transition

Motorola has named Rick Osterloh, formerly head of the vendor’s Product Management unit, as president and chief operating officer (COO) during the mobile device maker’s transition from Google (GOOG)-owned to Lenovo’s corporate umbrella.

Microsoft Inks XP Support Deals with UK, Dutch Gov’ts

Microsoft (MSFT) has inked a $9.2 million one-year extended support deal for the XP operating system with the U.K. government and followed that up with a similar, shorter agreement with Dutch officials.

NetApp: Georgens New Chairman as Warmenhoven Retires

NetApp (NTAP) has reshuffled its executive suite, naming Tom Georgens, the storage vendor’s current president and chief executive, as its new chairman to replace Dan Warmenhoven, a 20-year company veteran who will retire at the close of his term this coming September.

XP Still Home to Thousands of Websites Worldwide

Even though Microsoft (MSFT) officially retired Windows XP April 8 when the vendor issued the OS’s final security update, the 13-year-old platform still hosts more than 6,000 websites worldwide, according to data compiled by U.K.-based researcher Netcraft.

Former Microsoft Exec Knight New Rackspace Channel Head

Will Knight, a former 15-year Microsoft (MSFT) veteran, is Rackspace Hosting’s (RAX) new channel sales head, charged with building strategic partner relationships and sprinkling the program with incentives to improve profitability and sales.

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