Articles By Buket Oktem

Builders and VisionariesTop 20 Channel ExecutivesHarry Zarek

Compugen president Harry Zarek sees little meaning in the term VAR. “How we define ourselves is part of our problem. Value added reseller? . . . Is ‘no value added' the alternative?” he

Published on: November 22nd, 2006 Buket Oktem

Builders and VisionariesTop 20 Channel ExecutivesRick Reid

In 1985, as Rick Reid was leaving a management position in southwestern Ontario to move to Toronto, he made this blanket statement: “The PC is a fad and it too will pass.” More

Published on: November 22nd, 2006 Buket Oktem

Builders and VisionariesTop 20 Channel ExecutivesKevin Murai

The president and chief operating officer of Ingram Micro recently had “one of those ‘check the box' experiences of a lifetime.” To mark the distributor's 10th anniversary of going public, Kevin Murai, together

Published on: November 22nd, 2006 Buket Oktem

Builders and VisionariesTop 20 Channel ExecutivesFrank Luk

Profit in business may be important, but Frank Luk sleeps much better at night knowing he has earned trust and integrity from the vendor and reseller community. “Everyone in the industry can trust

Published on: November 22nd, 2006 Buket Oktem

Cisco adds to its Masters certifications program

To help channel partners further differentiate themselves through advanced skill sets, Cisco Systems has introduced the Master Unified Communication Specialization.The new specialization is the second in a planned series of badges for Cisco

Published on: November 9th, 2006 Buket Oktem

Office 2007 beta testers explore upgrade options

Customer adoption of Microsoft Office 2007 has posed few challenges for two Microsoft partners participating in the new system’s beta and rapid deployment programs. “This is a cultural type of change, not necessarily

Published on: October 20th, 2006 Buket Oktem

AMD to push 64-bit computing with approved motherboard platforms

Font color=red>Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has announced a new channel program that it says will help solution providers sell commercial systems based on its AMD64 technology and best-of-breed platform solutions. Dubbed AMD Validated

Published on: October 4th, 2006 Buket Oktem

Samsung chops Canadian distributors of hard drives

Two Samsung partners reacted tentatively after learning the company's hard drives will have to be imported from its Korean headquarters rather than through Canadian distributors. Chris Monette, purchasing manager at Calgary-based Memory Express,

Published on: October 4th, 2006 Buket Oktem

Microsoft, Cisco deliver plan for network access control

BOSTON – Two years after signing a joint architecture development plan, Microsoft Corp. and Cisco Systems have unveiled a road map for interoperability around network access control. The two companies briefed industry press

Published on: September 6th, 2006 Buket Oktem

IBM wants VARs on Express Track

To fuel its presence in the small to mid-size business space, IBM has launched a US$100 million global initiative to add 5,000 new partners to its worldwide reseller base.Called Express Track, the program

Published on: August 28th, 2006 Buket Oktem

Sun gives its ‘hardware centric’ iForce program an overhaul

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Sun Microsystems has created a new partner program in a bid to broaden the way partners and customers view the company and its products.Replacing the existing iForce program, Sun

Published on: August 17th, 2006 Buket Oktem

Cisco to take telepresence to the next stage

LAS VEGAS - Cisco Systems engineers have their work cut out for them according to CEO John Chambers who announced an aggressive plan to introduce a new technology organically every four months.During his

Published on: June 21st, 2006 Buket Oktem

Dell ready to embrace AMD in the server space

Dell's initial embrace of AMD will only involve servers with four processors and the company said it currently has no plans to sell AMD's chips in desktop PCs, notebooks or other servers.“We can

Published on: June 20th, 2006 Buket Oktem

Abate brothers sever ties with On The Go Technologies

Less than a year after its acquisition of Infinity Technologies, Concord, Ont.-based On the Go Technologies Group has severed its ties with Frank and John Abate, the former owners of Infinity. In a

Published on: June 19th, 2006 Buket Oktem

Epson Canada shuts down local warehouse operations

Epson Canada has announced plans to restructure its operations, resulting in 28 full-time staff cuts in its call centre, administrative and warehouse facilities at the company's Canadian headquarters in Toronto. As of August

Published on: June 14th, 2006 Buket Oktem