With the recession forcing many institutions to cancel projects, technology suppliers are eyeing the economic stimulus package as an elixir to keep revenue flowing — and many are offering advice that could help schools and other customers land stimulus grants, reports the Wall Street Journal. Over the last four weeks, Microsoft has trained its U.S. education sales staff to help customers identify eligible stimulus funds and apply for them, said Anthony Salcito, general manager of U.S. education for Microsoft. And Oracle this month will hold an event for customers offering advice on how to tap stimulus funds, according to its web site. Debbie Karcher, chief information officer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, has had Apple sales people stop by to talk about the stimulus. And she recently attended a presentation where a Microsoft worker talked about stimulus funds that could be available for education. Karcher said she would like to use the funds to pay for software that students can use to locate documents and share information, and she would like to install wireless internet access at some schools. But not every customer looks favorably on stimulus-related pitches. Bev White, chief information officer for the Wake County Public School System in North Carolina, which has a technology budget of $14 million this year, said she has received "eMails that say you can use stimulus funds to buy something" from every major tech company she deals with. "I just view it as advertising," she said…

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