American Airlines Goes iPhone But Flunks Alphabet
American Airlines has rolled out a new iPhone app that promises to offer everything (except on-time arrivals) from E-check-ins to seat assignments to monitoring upgrades but the, uh, fly in the ointment seems to be that it won't let you log in unless your American Advantage membership number contains at least one letter. The problem is, many don't.
Microsoft Stock 'Inexpensive' As Big Upgrade Cycle Looms
With 84% of global PCs still running XP/Vista and 63% of Office users still on versions from 2003 or earlier, Microsoft is looking at some serious growth potential over the next couple of years, says enterprise software analyst Brent Thill.
SuccessFactors Revenue Nears $200M As SaaS Grows Up
While Salesforce.com's the unquestioned SaaS revenue leader, Taleo, RightNow, NetSuite and SuccessFactors are all closing in on annual run rates of $200 million. With SuccessFactors this week reporting 27% quarterly revenue growth to $46.8 million, these and other high-growth SaaS vendors have proven they've got industrial-strength enterprise chops.
The Best-Paid CEOs Of The Decade: Ellison #1
Larry Ellison was the top-earning CEO of the decade across all industries, the Wall Street Journal reports, with total income of $1.836 billion. Apple's Steve Jobs came in fourth at $748.8 million. For Ellison, Jobs, and others, it's surprising-shocking?-to see how a $100 investment in each company's stock performed over that same decade.
Windows Phone 7 As Web 2.0 Pacesetter?
Possibly my perspective is collaboratively twisted, because I've been spending so much time looking into Enterprise 2.0 technologies. Probably that's why I think all the chatter about Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is missing the point in comparing the new mobile platform to iPhone and Android. What Microsoft is doing is brilliant: they're bringing Web 2.0-ness to mobile more forcefully than any of their co
Vint Cerf Eyes Interplanetary Internet
I've never much considered the potential latency of packets routed between Earth and Mars. Me, I'm more worried about my cable-modem going down or dropped 3G calls. Fortunately, Vint Cerf, co-developer of TCP/IP and currently a Google evangelist, is among a group of more forward-thinking folks envisioning an interplanetary backbone where network traffic hubs could be hundreds of millions of miles apart.
IBM Failed Us Big Time, Says Texas
Citing massive turnover among IBM employees, failure to back up data appropriately, and a high-profile server crash that is jeopardizing the state's ability to pursue several fraud investigations, the state of Texas has put IBM on 30-day notice of possible termination of their $863 million services contract. Texas claims 16 separate instances where IBM has defaulted on its obligations, says dallasnews.com.
Hewlett-Packard Has Enterprise Upside, Says Morgan Stanley
Hewlett-Packard's converged infrastructure technologies and overall enterprise portfolio and strategy should allow the world's largest IT company to outperform expectations and gain share in "IT Data center spending," says a new research note from Morgan Stanley.
Cisco Picks Brazil As Next Frontier
With 6,000 employees and a full complement of Indian and non-Indian execs in place at its Globalization Centre East in Bangalore, Cisco has selected its "next frontier" on its journey to become a truly global company: Brazil.
Cashing Out Via IBM, Not IPO
Two high-growth privately held firms that IBM has snapped up this year were tracking toward IPOs but instead elected to take IBM's all-cash offers. The 451 Group says the IBM-acquisition cashouts proved far richer-and quicker-for Initiate Systems and BigFix than going public would have.
Oracle Server Architect Emphasizes Exadata
The technological urge to merge is evident in Oracle's high-flying Exadata database machine, which is a platform combining hardware and software in a manner totally tuned towards the objective of fast OLTP. I was put in mind of this by Bob Evans' latest column, Global CIO: Larry Ellison's Hardware Boasts Are Nonsense, Says IBM. That got me thinking about my recent chat with John Fowler,
Hewlett-Packard Layoffs Could Trigger Strikes In U.K.
After narrowly averting strikes among its Enterprise Services division in the U.K. earlier this year, Hewlett-Packard could face more labor unrest there following word that 934 HP professional-services employees based in England will be losing their jobs. A union representing the HP employees is seeking for "a job security guarantee."
iPad Gets Raves At Wells Fargo
Apple might not be targeting its iPad at business users, but businesspeople are certainly targeting it. The situation's gotten so intense at Wells Fargo that a senior VP leading an iPad trial can't get her hands on one-her boss took the one intended for her, according to bloomberg.com.
Foxconn Raises May Not Boost Worker Income
Employees at the China manufacturer say overtime restrictions and workload increases mean they are actually working more and earning less after a 33% base salary hike.
Andy Grove: Knowledge Work Isn't Enough
Intel co-founder Andy Grove doesn't have all the answers in his Bloomberg column on "How to Make an American Job Before It's Too Late." But he makes one opinion clear: The U.S. can't innovate if it doesn't also build stuff.