The networking industry has now received an endorsement from IBM which recently launched its Neteam initiative to sign up thousands of resellers to proselytise its network-centric idea of computing. This new idea is being pushed by Don Rainey, the man in charge of worldwide channel development for Neteam. But when asked to define network-centric computing, the best Don could do was recite Sun managing director Scott McNealy's five-year-old phrase: 'The network is the computer.' Straplines have never been IBM's strong point.
There may be huge profits in the still-young IT industry, but other sectors are booming after having suffered during the recession. US dealership Entex Information Services has hired a chief financial officer, David Chemerow, who has joined from an industry that has enjoyed a resurgence and is even more rampant than IT. Apparently Chemerow joined from a company more used to centrefold than Centregold, and play mates than Bill Gates. He used to be chief financial officer at Playboy.
Eagle-eyed Channel Talkers may have noticed an ad in PC Delia a couple of weeks ago for CHS Electronics, featuring a couple in their undies draped over a four-poster bed. Yes, you did read that correctly. She posed with a drink while he awkwardly lounged around in a dressing gown next to a PC, but both looked as unconvincing as a David Ginola free-kick appeal. Apparently, CHS actually paid an ad agency to get the idea across that more people will begin working from home (teleworking) and will use Novell Netware to do it - and CHS can sell you Netware. 'One simple product brings home the benefits of teleworking,' the headline joked, presumably suggesting that you can spend all those teleworking days in bed. The next time someone at CHS says they are at home teleworking, you'll know what they are up to.
Absent-minded Muslims may well be interested in some new software that Channel Talk heard about last week. It seems a company has launched a package that is programmed to pop up and remind users with a message at pre-set times of day. Nothing new in that, you may think, but this message is a call to prayer for forgetful worshippers. Unfortunately, the package has not got the capability of pointing out which way is east.
Channel Talk is convinced that sport is taking over the IT industry. The plethora of sponsorship deals in the last year included a big one between ICL and the Jordan-Peugeot Formula One motor racing team. But Channel Talk thinks ICL has gone too far when it insisted on having staff with sports-related monikers. A Garryowen may be a big hoof into an opposing rugby team's half, but a Garry Owen is also a server and networking business development manager at ICL. Who will they employ next? Nut Meg? Hail Mary? Sally Shilly-Shally?
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