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Bob Evans is senior VP, communications, for Oracle Corp. He is a former InformationWeek editor.
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posted in May 2010

Memorial Day: Marcus Lutrell And His Navy SEAL Brothers

5/28/2010
On this Memorial Day weekend, we have a special chance to hear stories of the unimaginable courage, honor, and sacrifice of the U.S. military. Here's a haunting excerpt from Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor, one of those books offering a brief glimpse into the secret lives of these extraordinary warriors who eagerly put themselves in harm's way to protect the rest of us.

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Steve Ballmer: Planetary King Of Info Tech Profit

5/27/2010
I like Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's dismissal in the Wall Street Journal of all the frothy media churn over Apple surpassing Microsoft in market cap: "I will make more profits and certainly there is no technology company in the planet which is as profitable as we are." Next question, please?

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Will Android Overtake iPhone In Enterprise?

5/27/2010
With all the chatter about Apple surpassing Microsoft in market-cap, a related detail might deserve more attention: Q1 sales of Android smartphones topped sales of iPhones by 25%, according to a consumer research firm. With consumer engagement driving enterprise adoption, can we expect to see the Google mobile OS starting to crimp the iPhone's style in the business world?

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Microsoft Is Hiring In Boston

5/26/2010
The Cambridge consolidation of NERDs is underway: Microsoft is relocating two of its suburban-Boston development groups into a new office space in Cambridge that will almost double the size of its facilities there. And about that NERD thing: that's Microsoft's own name for its New England Research & Development center.

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Microsoft Says China Piracy Killing Thousands Of U.S. Jobs

5/25/2010
Insisting that software piracy in China has become so pervasive that "there is no software market to speak of" in the fast-growing country, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said yesterday that enhanced enforcement in China of intellectual-property rules could save U.S. firms tens of thousands of jobs, Bloomberg reports.

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IBM Lands $31M In Subsidies For 600 Jobs

5/25/2010
IBM is planning to hire 600 and possibly up to 800 employees at a proposed new services-delivery center in Columbia, Missouri, and in return will receive various financial incentives totaling about $50,000 per job. It's a great deal for IBM, but is it also a great deal for state and local taxpayers?

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Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd's Top 10 Insights

5/25/2010
HP released strong financial results last week and in a Q&A session afterward with financial analysts, CEO Mark Hurd offered a range of insights into the company's emerging grand strategy. Here's our take on the 10 most-significant strategic thoughts offered by Hurd.

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eBay's $2,000-Per-Second Data Center

5/24/2010
eBay's new $287 million data center in Utah was built in just 14 months and is responsible for managing all transactions and revenue from eBay.com and PayPal.com, which in 2009 totaled $60 billion or about $2,000 per second. Maybe it's no surprise that two of the project's leaders are former tank commanders and West Point graduates. And don't miss the photos!

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HP Helps Wal-Mart Transform From Photos To Publishing

5/21/2010
Hewlett-Packard is helping Wal-Mart expand into the publishing business by sweeping aside the old photo-printing model and letting customers select and print everything from greeting cards to branded images from concerts, TV shows, and movies. With other huge retailers signing on as well, HP expects its new retail publishing business will grow 300% this year.

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Microsoft Is Patent Troll, Says Salesforce.com CEO Benioff

5/21/2010
Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, never a particular fan of Microsoft's products, technology, vision, or prospects, can now add its legal strategy to his list of things he can't stand about Microsoft. Commenting on the patent-infringement suit filed against Salesforce.com by Microsoft, Benioff called the Redmond company a "patent troll."

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iPhone Dictates Response Time For Enterprise Apps: Plattner

5/20/2010
Follow the logic: enterprise apps are surging onto smartphones, particularly Apple's iPhone. iPhone users will not wait more than 15 seconds to get a response from their device. Ergo, all enterprise apps-even down to lowly dunning reports-must be able to perform at or close to real time. For SAP founder Hasso Plattner, that 15-second maximum might as well be confirmed as a new law of physics.

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Hasso Plattner's Six Steps To Real-Time Database Nirvana

5/19/2010
In an engaging look at the past and into the future, SAP's founder and chairman laid out the company's development strategy behind "The 'Real' Enterprise 2.0 (powered by in-memory computing)," which he says will give customers phenomenally higher levels of performance and value with absolutely zero risk. Here are his six steps for turning that vision into reality.

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Cisco Stock: 4 Reasons It's Not Reflecting Blowout Quarter

5/14/2010
CEO John Chambers says Cisco just had "probably the strongest quarter in our history" and given that storied history, that's a remarkable perspective. But investors have been pooh-poohing Cisco shares, which have actually even fallen a bit: do they know something CIOs should know? Here are four possible explanations from a great equity-research firm.

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Hasso Plattner Video Panned By Workday Co-CEO Bhusri

5/13/2010
Actually, Workday co-CEO Aneel Bhusri liked the video itself: he called it "enjoyable and amusing." But he didn't care much for the core messages and strategies imparted in the video by SAP's founder and chairman. In fact, he wrote a blog post skewering Plattner and SAP for being five years behind the times and called it, "Welcome to the Present."

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Intel Promises To Reinvent TV

5/12/2010
As Intel CEO Paul Otellini told analysts the company sees strong growth ahead for the next few years, the company's senior VP in charge of leading Intel's incursions into the television business said an Intel coalition with key players in that business will reinvent TV in the coming year.

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Interpol Chief: IT Speed Keeps Us Step Ahead Of Criminals

5/12/2010
In his keynote talk at Tibco's global customer conference, Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble reflected Tibco's new theme of "the 2-second advantage" by describing how, in Interpol's crime-fighting operations in 180 countries, "two seconds is the difference between security and tragedy."

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Apple iPad Does BI: 6 Choices From App Store

5/6/2010
At the intersection of two red-hot technologies-the Apple iPad and mobile business intelligence-lie a range of choices: build your own traditional enterprise BI apps; build a web-based BI app; or pluck one from the App Store. Here's a link to a blog post that focuses on the third option and describes six BI products for the iPad from the App Store.

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Microsoft: Cloud Boosts Piracy

5/5/2010
Microsoft's head of anti-piracy efforts says the bad guys are still "one step ahead" of the company's efforts to stifle the $50 billion global software-piracy problem and believes that the rise of cloud computing will make it even tougher to clamp down on the copy-crazy crooks.

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Facebook Gets Politics Lesson From Former Privacy Chief

5/4/2010
Facebook former chief privacy officer Chris Kelly is running for attorney general of the state of California, and in a recent blog post he tries, but not very convincingly, to distance himself from the intense criticism engulfing Facebook over its new data-sharing policies. If the privacy culture he fostered at Facebook crumbled so easily, what does that say about his potential as California's top cop?

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