Stories by John Blau

SAP's PartnerEdge expansion

SAP will broaden its PartnerEdge initiative to include all partners involved in building, selling and implementing services for the company's products. The extended programme will target all companies regardless of size. When the PartnerEdge programme was launched in 2005, it was aimed at independent software vendors (ISVs) focused on developing services for SAP Business One and mySAP all-in-one applications, and towards value added resellers (VARs) selling and implementing them. Small and midsize businesses were the primary customer group. In addition to ISVs and VARs, the extended programme will reach system integrators and other technology partners. Since its launch, PartnerEdge has introduced an e-learning curriculum available in nine languages to more than 2000 partners, an online partner collaboration network involving 3000 users and more than 300 partner systems, in addition to a global sales training program, SAP said. In conjunction with its extended PartnerEdge programme, SAP has added several enhancements to its Partner Service Benefits Package. These include: the Partner Services Advisor, which serves as a single point of contact for inquiries and guidance on organisation and content-related actives; Technical Services, which puts partners in touch with SAP experts managing product development and implementation; Enablement Support, which provides information on integrating and certifying services; and Knowledge Transfer, which provides 24-hour access to a defined set of online, self-service business and technical education offerings.

Vendors image-conscious about show launches?

Fierce competition in the imaging market has prompted many manufacturers to announce their new products days, weeks and even months ahead of one of the industry's key venues, Photokina, which opened on Tuesday.

Businesses to spend big on wireless data, study says

Businesses in Western Europe will spend around US$12.7 billion on wireless data services by 2010, up more than 50 percent from last year, as they provide more tools for workers to be productive on the move, according to new research from Strategy Analytics Inc.

SAP to reveal global channel strategy

As customers of German business software vendor SAP make their way to the company's Sapphire user event, which opens Tuesday evening in Boston (Wednesday NZ time), they will hear about several new partnerships and customer contracts as well as a new global channel program.

Global Net regulators aim to turn the tide on spam

Net regulators from around the globe ended last week's antispam conference sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) with a pledge to try and turn the torrential flood of unsolicited commercial e-mail into a trickle -- if not dam it altogether.

Novell to acquire SuSE Linux in cash deal

DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY (11/04/2003) - In a move that has been rumored for months, Novell Inc. announced on Tuesday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire SuSE Linux AG, a leading supplier of the open source Linux operating system to enterprise customers.