IT Hall Of Shame, Part 2
Welcome back to our rogue's gallery of computer industry flops, frauds and foibles. In this installment, we're pleased to present ten more exhibits, from Y2K to the Pentium Bug, that prove the best laid plans of mice and men don't just go awry -- they lead straight to the IT Hall of Shame.
InformationWeek 500 Preview: The Growth Imperative
The annual InformationWeek 500 Conference will commence Sept. 12-15. As organizations explore new ways to grow, this year's gathering will provide the fodder and inspiration to propel IT into the center of that discussion. Come join us at the St. Regis Monarch Beach, Calif.
IBM Takes $200M From HP And Oracle Customers
Continuing to push its four-year-old "Migration Factory" campaign, IBM said it gained nearly 4 points of Unix market share in Q2 by convincing 239 enterprise customers to replace Unix solutions from Hewlett-Packard or Oracle with those from IBM. At an average of less than $1 million per migration, those quarterly wins might not be megadeals-but IBM says its Migration Factory now has 2,600 such conversions.
Microsoft Swings Purse At Apple To Tout PC Over Mac
As part of its increasingly feisty public persona, Microsoft has launched a new website lashing back-well, maybe meowing back-at Apple's Mac-versus-PC ad campaign that publicly flayed Windows for a couple of years. Cnet's Chris Matyszczyk offers a funny take on Microsoft's mushy messages.
Larry Ellison's Shopping List: Who's #1?
Can an analysis of Oracle's past acquisitions tell us which companies are moving to the top of its current shopping list? Enterprise Matters' Josh Greenbaum points to just such an analysis, which is not only compelling reading in itself but also includes an online poll seeking the crowd's wisdom on which company is most likely to be bought next by Oracle.
Move Over, iPhone: Android Biggest Threat To Blackberry
In Q2, RIM's Blackberry smartphone shipments jumped 41%, allowing it to maintain a U.S. market-share lead over the iPhone of almost 50%. Against a market phenomenon as powerful as Apple and the iPhone 4, that's impressive. The problem for RIM is, Q2 Android smartphone shipments surged by 886%, Canalys says.
In Cutting Off Hurd, Is HP Spiting Its Face?
Our Wolfe's Den columnist wonders whether Hewlett-Packard's board isn't taking the easy way out--and potentially reducing future shareholder value--by forcing CEO Mark Hurd to resign.
Google Missing Enterprise 2.0 Future By Killing Wave
You can't be a serious player in the upcoming Web 2.0/Enterprise 2.0 world if you don't have a communications and collaboration platform. That's why it's alarming that Google is pulling the plug on further development of Wave, even though they're saying the technology will appear in other products. This is where one sees the failure of their model of throwing betas against the wall to see
American Airlines' iPhone App Gets Timely Fix
Last week we noted a glitch in a new iPhone app from American Airlines that prevented some long-time members of the AmericanAdvantage club from being able to use the slick application, which helps orchestrate everything from check-ins to seat assignments to upgrades. American says it learned of the problem quickly and corrected the bug within hours.
Facebook Supersizes New Data Center As Demand Surges
With construction on its new Oregon data center only recently underway, Facebook has decided to double the size of the facility to handle current demand from its 500 million users and offer headroom for the additional growth the company anticipates in the future, says Data Center Knowledge.
Sun Founder McNealy Attacks Textbook Industry Via Web
With two daughters in college, I drop about $2,500 a year on college textbooks, and realize many millions of others are in the same smelly and leaky boat. So it's great to see that pugnacious Sun founder Scott McNealy is looking to use the Internet and open-source technology to give back to those textbook fleecers the same sort of thrashing they've been giving the rest of us for so many years.