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CIO Profiles: Edwin Marcial Of IntercontinentalExchange
Features  |  9/30/2010
Moving ICE Futures Europe's largely floor-based business to the exchange's electronic platform was a huge undertaking.
USAA CIO: On iPhone App ROI, Innovation, And More
Features  |  9/30/2010
USAA, the top insurance company in the InformationWeek 500 ranking, has to innovate to meet the needs of its clientele--military personnel, who are often deployed around the world.
Global CIO: HP CEO Apotheker Has Deep Expertise But Checkered History
Commentary  |  9/30/2010
HP is highlighting Leo Apotheker's experience but his ouster from SAP 8 months ago was marked by widespread customer unrest, product snafus, and awful morale among employees.
Practical Analysis: Wielding Process Like A Weapon
Commentary  |  9/30/2010
One sure way to get your team hated is to suggest that LOB peers change their processes because they don't fit IT's.
HP Taps Ex-SAP Head Leo Apotheker As New CEO
News  |  9/30/2010
Leo Apotheker, who unexpectedly resigned as CEO of SAP in February, has been named to replace Mark Hurd.
Quick Tips For Doing Job Interviews
Features  |  9/30/2010
Consultant says to look for how, not just what people accomplished
Roto-Rooter Boss Goes Undercover To Assess Talent
Features  |  9/30/2010
On reality TV, COO finds he can't use a system he helped design
Astronomers Discover 'Class M' Planet
News  |  9/30/2010
Breakthrough suggests the Milky Way may be "teeming" with potentially habitable bodies.
Global CIO: Tibco Surges And CEO Flips Off IBM, Oracle, And SAP
Commentary  |  9/29/2010
Tibco's revenue is surging toward $1 billion because "20th-century" competitors like IBM, Oracle, and SAP "just don't have the goods," says CEO Vivek Ranadive.
Web 2.0 Expo: O'Reilly Says Have Fun, Invent
News  |  9/29/2010
Tech prognosticator believes researchers need to get less granular and focus on projects that will inspire them to create the next big thing.
Global CIO: HP's $130-Billion Gamble
Commentary  |  9/29/2010
While HP's steeply calculated risk to hold its annual analysts' day without a CEO shows guts, it also lets IBM, Oracle, SAP, and Cisco to continue setting the IT agenda.
Global CIO: HP Pressure-Cooker: The Top 5 Priorities For Tuesday's Call
Commentary  |  9/28/2010
While analysts have lots of probing questions for today's call with HP, here are the make-or-break topics: analytics, cloud, mobile, data centers, and who's the new CEO.
Global CIO: IBM Turns Guns On Cisco With Acquisition Of Blade Network
Commentary  |  9/27/2010
IBM adds Blade Network's innovative technologies and in-Cisco's-face competitiveness to IBM's expanding ambitions in networking and the data center.
HP Completes Cisco Rip And Replace In 6 Data Centers
Commentary  |  9/27/2010
Proclaiming its six data centers are now "Cisco-free," Hewlett-Packard said its six totally revamped data centers are running the $130-billion company's operations with networking technologies supplied exclusively by HP Networking.
IBM's Acquisition List: Four Potential Candidates
Commentary  |  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.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison Is Rewriting The Golden Rule Of IT Strategy
Commentary  |  9/26/2010
Ellison defies conventional wisdom by promising that extreme dependence on a single IT vendor (that would be Oracle) doesn't kill you and in fact will make you stronger.
Global CIO: Oracle's Success Breeds Fear And Loathing At New York Times
Commentary  |  9/24/2010
The Times does a hatchet job with strident but unproven claims about widespread fear and intimidation among Oracle customers.
12 Most Disruptive Enterprise IT Vendors
Slideshows  |  9/23/2010
These vendors, large and small, are shaking up the status quo with their new products, approaches and models.
Down To Business: Enterprise IT's Most Disruptive Vendors
Commentary  |  9/23/2010
God bless the IT disrupters, those startups and established vendors that have caused enterprises to rethink and even redefine the way they evaluate, buy, deploy, manage, and use technology.God bless the IT disrupters, those startups and established vendors that have caused enterprises to rethink and even redefine the way they evaluate, buy, deploy, manage, and use technology.
CIO Profiles: Meg McCarthy Of Aetna
Features  |  9/23/2010
Always be ready to deliver the next big thing to customers, McCarthy advises.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison Sparring With Marc Benioff? Priceless.
Commentary  |  9/23/2010
Trading potshots over differing cloud philosophies, Ellison and Benioff reveal some valuable questions to consider in devising a great cloud-computing strategy.
AMD Apparently Absent From Oracle Blade Server Plans
Commentary  |  9/23/2010
Sans any official word from Oracle, the sun has seemingly set on the use of AMD Opteron processors in the company's Sun Servers. Even though Oracle won't comment on the issue, word has been circulating since spring, when I posted Oracle Seen Axing AMD Opteron On Sun Servers. Recently, I received an e-mail from an Oracle customer, which seems to provide corroboration that AMD is done on Sun.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison And IBM Lead Surge In Optimized Systems
Commentary  |  9/22/2010
Promising greater performance plus less busywork and lower costs, Oracle and IBM lead an industrywide movement toward highly engineered and purpose-built systems.
Global CIO: How Wet Seal Drives Sales With Facebook, iPhone
Commentary  |  9/22/2010
With a customer base of teenage girls, this retailer is learning what works and doesn't work on social networks and smartphones.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison Swaps Cloud Rants For Cloud Love With Exalogic
Commentary  |  9/22/2010
Theatrics aside, Ellison's conversion from cloud-ranter to cloud-computing arms merchant reveals a great deal about today's rapidly shifting IT landscape.
Enterprise 2.0 Watch: Salesforce.com Upgrades Chatter
Commentary  |  9/22/2010
Another salvo in the battle for social enterprise market- and mindshare is being fired on Wednesday, when Salesforce.com takes the stage at Oracle OpenWorld to unveil what it's calling a major upgrade to its Chatter collaboration tool.
After Larry Ellison's Sucker Punch, Red Hat Swings Back
Commentary  |  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?!?
Global CIO: Oracle's New Fusion Apps: An Inside Look
Commentary  |  9/21/2010
Here's an advance look at some of the features and product strategy behind the Fusion Apps that Larry Ellison will introduce today at Oracle Open World.
Larry Ellison Hammers Salesforce.com On Security
Commentary  |  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."
Unlocking Intel's $50 CPU Upgrade Program
Commentary  |  9/21/2010
Sometimes you can't win for losing. Intel is getting hammered by the Web-o-sphere for purportedly ripping off consumers by selling a $50 upgrade to unlock some hidden processor features, when the chip behemoth's main intent is to help its authorized system builders earn a little extra cash. Read on for a possibly deeper dive than you may be interested in.
Global CIO: Is Larry Ellison Going Soft On HP And IBM?
Commentary  |  9/20/2010
Dropping his standard jabs and insults, Ellison's been downright sweet to HP and IBM lately. What the heck's going on here?
Oracle's Mark Hurd Discloses His New Priorities
Commentary  |  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.
Larry Ellison Rips Red Hat Linux, But Stays Committed
Commentary  |  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."
Global CIO: Will Larry Ellison Launch Bidding War With IBM For Netezza?
Commentary  |  9/20/2010
Larry Ellison once said Netezza helped inspire Oracle's red-hot Exadata system, and I think he wants what Netezzza has.
Global CIO: Oracle Launches 'Cloud In A Box' And New Cloud Business
Commentary  |  9/20/2010
Larry Ellison debuts the Exalogic Elastic Cloud middleware machine and says it runs everything from legacy apps to modern Java releases.
Global CIO: At Oracle Open World, Oracle Commits To Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  9/19/2010
Oracle EVP Thomas Kurian's keynote was initially focused on forthcoming Fusion apps but is now called "Oracle and Cloud Computing."
Big Payday For CIO: $4.2 Million
Commentary  |  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.
Oracle's Blowout Quarter Shuts Up Critics
Commentary  |  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.
Global CIO: Is IBM Or Apple The World's #1 Tech Brand?
Commentary  |  9/16/2010
A list of Top 100 global brands includes six tech firms in the top 10, but I think some glue-sniffers must have been behind the ranking given to Apple.
CIO Profiles: David E. Otte Of Sidley Austin
Features  |  9/16/2010
A key CIO skill is separating user needs from wants, Otte says.
Practical Analysis: Secrets To IT Leadership Success
Commentary  |  9/16/2010
Embrace new technologies, keep things simple, and don't get bogged down in the daily drudge of existing systems.
SAP Sales Surge 300% In Latin America
Commentary  |  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."
Global CIO: Larry Ellison's Top 10 Priorities At Oracle Open World
Commentary  |  9/15/2010
New Exadata machines, Mark Hurd's new role, the status of MySQL and Java, and more will be on Larry Ellison's mind at Oracle Open World this coming week.
Global CIO: Oracle Upside Earns Outperform Rating From Wells Fargo
Commentary  |  9/14/2010
Oracle's just starting to wring full value out of Sun and is firmly among top players in overhauling data centers, says analyst Jason Maynard.
Global CIO: The Awesome Transformative Power Of The Apple iPad
Commentary  |  9/14/2010
The iPad is emerging as not just a cooler and slicker computing device but rather a superb customer-engagement tool that unlocks new business possibilities.
SAP New-Product Blitz Tomorrow
Commentary  |  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.
Global CIO: As HP And Oracle Brawl, IBM And SAP Snatch Customers
Commentary  |  9/12/2010
IBM offers HP and Oracle customers aggressive trade-in financing, and SAP hits back at Oracle with new industry-specific real-time applications.
Android Surging Past BlackBerry And iPhone
Commentary  |  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.
Ex-Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz Launches Health IT Firm
News  |  9/10/2010
Picture of Health is recruiting staff for a firm that aims to "leverage technology in pursuit of better health."
A 9/11 Memory: CTO Mike Howell
Commentary  |  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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