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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 September 2010

IBM's Acquisition List: Four Potential Candidates

9/27/2010
Noting that IBM has snapped up four Massachusetts companies in the past three months, the Boston Globe speculates on the identities of the next four takeover candidates. After all, an IBM exec says in the article that his company is always on the hunt.

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After Larry Ellison's Sucker Punch, Red Hat Swings Back

9/22/2010
Stung by Larry Ellison's pointed public criticism of its unacceptably slow incorporation of bug fixes and enhancements, Red Hat has lashed back at the Oracle CEO by saying Red Hat's "commitment is deep and lasting, not fireworks and hyperbole followed by a huge invoice and vendor lock-in." Oh, can't we all just get along?!?

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Larry Ellison Hammers Salesforce.com On Security

9/21/2010
Introducing Oracle's new Exalogic Elastic Cloud machine, Larry Ellison opened his remarks by saying that cloud computing has many definitions, and he cited Amazon.com and Salesforce.com as examples of profoundly different cloud approaches. And then he unloaded on Salesforce.com for "commingling" customers' data and offering "a very weak security model."

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Oracle's Mark Hurd Discloses His New Priorities

9/20/2010
Since his sudden ouster as Hewlett-Packard CEO and then his re-emergence one month later as president of Oracle, Mark Hurd has generally kept a low profile and not much has been said about his specific responsibilities. But in a low-key comment during last week's earnings call, Hurd revealed what he'll be focusing upon at Oracle.

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Larry Ellison Rips Red Hat Linux, But Stays Committed

9/20/2010
Oracle has introduced its own alternative kernel to Red Hat Linux because, Larry Ellison says, Red Hat has continually dragged its feet on fixing bugs and making enhancements to its product-sometimes for as long as four years. But Ellison also reiterated Oracle's commitment to supporting Red Hat Linux "forever."

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Big Payday For CIO: $4.2 Million

9/17/2010
Hey, who wouldn't like a 52% pay hike in this economy? That increase for Commonwealth Bank of Australia CIO Michael Harte is even more sweet because it builds on his old pay package of $2.8 million and brings his current comp plan to $4.2 million. CBA's CEO said Harte's technology leadership was "a very significant catalyst" in the bank posting record annual profit of $5.66 billion.

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Oracle's Blowout Quarter Shuts Up Critics

9/17/2010
Underscoring the old adage that it's better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you're a fool rather than opening it and removing all doubt, Oracle posted a blowout quarter yesterday with stronger than expected gains across the board, including several Sun hardware categories that critics said would languish under the Oracle brand.

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SAP Sales Surge 300% In Latin America

9/16/2010
SAP is experiencing soaring demand for its products and services among large businesses and government agencies in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Argentina, according to an article quoting an SAP executive. One of his comments: "We are going from a focus on cutting costs to a focus on growth."

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SAP New-Product Blitz Tomorrow

9/13/2010
Looking to transcend ERP and become the world leader in real-time analytics, SAP tomorrow will roll out 15 real-time analytics applications in concert with six major customers. The launch of new apps, hosted by CEO Bill McDermott, will highlight the industry-specific functionality SAP has built in and will underscore "the importance and evolving role of analytics in business today," the company said.

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Android Surging Past BlackBerry And iPhone

9/11/2010
Just when you thought you'd picked which side to back in the smartphone wars-iPhone or BlackBerry?-along comes that darn Google Android to mess up those best-laid plans: Gartner says Android's market share this year will eclipse that of both BlackBerry and Apple.

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A 9/11 Memory: CTO Mike Howell

9/10/2010
In July of 2002, I received a letter from an executive at an investment firm whose offices had been on the 93rd floor of the World Trade Center's North Tower. On September 11th, 35 of the company's employees were killed, including its CTO, and the executive said he wanted his company's CTO to be remembered. So I had the privilege to write a column about Mike Howell, including thoughts from his wife and a couple of colleagues. And today, eight years later and on the eve of September 11, those mem

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iPad Fever Hits SAP: 17,000 Units In Next 12 Months

9/8/2010
SAP intends to dramatically expand its iPad rollout from the 1,500 employees who have the devices today to 17,000 by this time next year, equalling about 35% of SAP's global workforce, says computing.co.uk. And, not coincidentally, 17,000 iPads would match the number of Blackberries currently in use across the company.

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iPad Love Hits 1,000 At SAP

9/4/2010
Extending the iPad phenomenon from its high-profile executives to mainstream employees, SAP is equipping 1,000 of its workers with iPads running a range of enterprise applications, including SAP's own BusinessObjects BI tools, reports winshuttle.com.

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IBM Exec Slams Oracle Over Customer Philosophy

9/1/2010
Oracle's begun promoting the idea that the IT stack can become much more manageable, much less expensive, and much less complex if CIOs will simply go with all-Oracle stacks. While Oracle says this novel approach is starting to gain traction among customers, IBM senior VP Steve Mills says it's all a bunch of typical Oracle testosterone-driven blather.

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