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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 June 2010

Oracle Offering CTO In A Box

6/25/2010
Putting more muscle at the point of revenue, Oracle is supplying its largest customers with "client architects" to advise CIOs "on how to shape their architectures in concert with Oracle's investments," says company president Charles Phillips. He added that these technical advisors "essentially serve as dedicated CTOs for our large customers."

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Oracle Woos And IBM Sues: Exec Who Knew Too Much

6/24/2010
Oracle has recruited a high-level exec from arch-rival IBM to become senior VP of on-demand services and report directly to CEO Larry Ellison, but IBM is suing to stop the move, claiming she "possesses valuable confidential information about IBM and our operations."

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IBM Adds 600 Jobs In Oregon For Mortgage Processing

6/22/2010
Expanding its presence in the mortgage-software business, IBM plans to add 600 jobs in Oregon, nearly doubling the size of its mortgage-industry workforce there. Oregon, struggling with an unemployment rate of 10.6%, appears to have edged out bids for the jobs from North Carolina and Oklahoma.

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SaaS Industry Is Collapsing! And The Sky Is Falling.

6/18/2010
In 1977, Digital Equipment Corp. founder Ken Olsen said, "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home." Another prediction's not quite as atrociously bad but almost: 22 months ago, Lawson Software CEO Harry Debes said the SaaS industry will go "nowhere" and within two years "will collapse." But hey, he's not wrong just yet-he's still got two months to go.

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Hewlett-Packard Picks Five Winners Among Global Clients

6/16/2010
At HP's Software Universe event this week, five global customers received Awards of Excellence in the categories of Transformation, Business Agility, Cost Optimization, Business Impact, and Outstanding Achievement. One winner rolled out "an IT operational model that can be supported by less than one quarter of the merged staff."

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Obama Protectionism Will Cut U.S. Jobs: Cisco's Chambers

6/6/2010
Saying he expects the Obama administration to raise taxes on profits generated outside the U.S., Cisco CEO John Chambers warned that such a policy will lead to fewer new Cisco jobs in the U.S. and more hiring overseas as the company embarks on a new era of sustained double-digit growth.

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Steve Ballmer: Can't Explain Cloud But It's Next Big Thing

6/2/2010
How tricky is it to explain cloud computing? Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer declined to even try last week, telling his C-level audience that "I'm not sure my goal for today is going to be to actually explain it to you, but I do want to make sure that people understand that I think everybody in our industry accepts it's the next major transition point in terms of how IT gets done."

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Microsoft's Ray Ozzie Says PC Is Razor, Services Are Blades

6/1/2010
Insisting that PCs will continue to play a "growing part" in people's daily lives in spite of aggressive incursions from smaller and hipper devices, Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie sees huge potential for PCs as tools that will allow people to consume an ever-increasing spectrum of services, reports LATimes.com.

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Radical IBM: 200,000 Home-Office Workers

6/1/2010
An IBM employee works out of his home in the Canary Islands while his boss is based in Madrid and his team is sprinkled in home offices across North America. A blogger on a site sponsored by Microsoft, no less explains how that all works, and also offers this head-spinner: 200,000 IBM employees work remotely.

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