For Steve Jobs, the term 'visionary' doesn't go far enough. Consider these acts of vision--and the will that it took to make them real.
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Founded in 1985 by Steve Jobs following his departure from Apple,
NeXT Computer made powerful Unix-based workstations. They were high-regarded but sold poorly. Yet NeXT's influence is still felt. Tim Berners-Lee used a NeXT machine in 1991 to create the first Web browser and the first Web server. And NeXT's NeXTSTEP software became the basis for Mac OS X and iOS. That heritage is still evident in the Cocoa API used for Mac OS and iOS programming: Cocoa classes begin with the letters "NS," for NeXTSTEP. If NeXT failed as a company, it succeeded in helping Apple develop a modern operating system.
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial ServicesIT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
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