Tenacity Matters In E-Medical Record Projects
E-medical record projects aren't for the faint of heart. The conviction of a strong leadership team and a solid vision of the project's goals are keys to successful deployments. Just ask the folks involved with the EMR rollout at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Vermont.
Can Windows 7 Go Viral?
It seems highly likely that most of your organizations will move to Windows 7 in the coming years, unlike your violent indifference to Vista. Along the way, there's a test of Win 7 to watch for: Will it go viral among employees?
Google Looking To Acquire One Company Per Month
Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that with the worst of the recession behind us, his company will resume making acquisitions and hopes to complete one deal per month. While Schmidt didn't rule out large acquisitions, he did note, in an equivocation worthy of the Oracle at Delphi (as opposed to the equally acquisitive one at Redwood Shores), that such larger deals are "unpredictable."
Bill Gates Calls Out China On Software Piracy In Business
In a Q&A session at Carnegie Mellon University this week, Bill Gates said two of the five most-profitable businesses in China don't pay for the software they use. And he said those are only two examples of a massive trend in that country.
Oracle CEO Ellison Vows To Whip IBM In Hardware
In a rare public interview, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison pledged to give IBM the same sort of beatdown in the hardware business that Oracle's given IBM in the software business. Short-term, though, he said Sun-his not-so-secret anti-IBM weapon-is losing $100 million a month.
Oracle Mulls Shift To Subscription-Based Pricing
Oracle, it seems, is trying to hammer out a strategy to more heavily embrace the most radical faction of the SaaS movement, one that completely upends the traditional software vendor profit model: Subscription-based pricing. If what Oracle said Tuesday in a Web event is true, this could be a huge shift for the software giant.
Wipro Expands In UK, Names Ex-CEO Of SAP To Board
Wipro Technologies has opened a new UK headquarters in London and expanded its suburban Reading facility to add centers of excellence and support customer projects. With 26% of its revenue coming from Europe, Wipro needed to enhance its regional capabilities and decided to focus on the UK since it is home to several major Wipro customers.
Microsoft DRM Patent Could Revive Peer-to-Peer Music Nets
Here's an odd twist that might give new life to the dying horse of music digital-right management. Microsoft has just been awarded a U.S. patent for a distributed DRM system -- it works over peer-to-peer networks -- which uses encrypted public and private keys as the licensing mechanism. This is significant because, while centralized music stores like Apple's iTunes have forsaken DRM, the Microsoft patent would enable peer-to-peer networks to reemerge as viable, albeit protected, content source
Retail CIOs Raise Funds, Ideas To Help 400M At-Risk Children
While there are lots of conferences featuring CIOs exchanging innovative ideas and strategic insights, a January event featuring 10 top retailer CIOs will be raising money and awareness for 400 million at-risk children around the world as part of a truly strategic ROI effort: the Retail Orphan Initiative.
Dell Buys Perot: Told You So!
Three months ago, Global CIO asked, "Dell Needs To Make An Acquisition-But Which One?" We listed 15 prospects from financial analysts, and from those we picked Perot Systems as the best fit for Dell. This morning Dell bid $3.9 billion for Perot, and we hope all you sharpies who followed our advice will enjoy the 68% premium Dell's paying for your Perot shares.
IBM System Must Handle Each Hour More Data Than In WWW
A proposed giant new telescope will stream incomprehensibly large volumes of data to a computer IBM has agreed to build. The trick is how to handle the data torrent captured by the kilometer-square lens, which is expected to generate more data in a single hour than currently exists on the entire World Wide Web.
Four Factors Changing The SaaS Landscape
A "future of software" panel at our InformationWeek 500 conference offered several fresh insights into why the software-as-a-service landscape is changing. Here are four.
IW500: Making IT Sexy Won't Attract Kids
Are young people staying away from tech careers because young people are foolish and shallow, concerned only with big bucks and glamour? Or are there smarter reasons? The answer to that question will determine how best to attract young Americans into tech careers in the future.
MDOP Smoothes Path For Windows 7 Deployment
Microsoft is firing on all marketing guns as it moves to create an adoption groundswell for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. For enterprise users, another key piece of the ecosystem is about to fall into place. That would be the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2009 R2, a multi-tentacled toolkit containing virtualization technologies and a bunch of management tools.
Global CIO: Where Do Oracle's Profits Come From?
Oracle's quarterly numbers show all of its profits came from "software license updates and product support"--aka 22% maintenance fees--and only 20% of its revenue came from actual software sales.
Avaya Approved To Acquire Nortel Unit
The $900 million purchase of Nortel's Enterprise Solutions unit paves the way for Avaya to be North America's largest enterprise phone equipment maker.
Twitter Succeeds At InformationWeek 500 Conference
I'm back from the InformationWeek 500 Conference, where we integrated Twitter into the proceedings. It's commonplace at other conferences, but it was a bit of a risk for us, because it was the first time we'd tried anything like it, and because the InformationWeek community is just plain not early adopters of social media. But it turned out that Twitter integration was a success, significantly exceeding expectations.
Oracle Zaps SAP's Apps Slump
Oracle president Safra Catz said Oracle's database revenue grew more slowly than normal in Q1 in large part because of slumping sales via some Oracle resellers, "most notably SAP, who is selling less database because its applications business is down 40%." Yikes-you don't often see Oracle spank its own customers, but then again SAP is no doubt a very special case.
IBM Adding 240 Jobs In Vermont
IBM is hiring manufacturing and maintenance workers at its Vermont chip-making plant in response to strong consumer demand for cell phones and DVDs using IBM electronic components. The new hires will push total employment at the Essex Junction plant to about 5,000.
India Has Its Own 'H-1B' Problem
U.S. worker groups complain that Indian outsourcers import too many employees to this country under the H-1B visa program. Ironically, Indian professionals-and New Delhi-are now stressing over the throng of talent from the People's Republic that is accompanying Chinese business contracts into the Subcontinent.
Intel Grabs 81% Of CPU Revenue
The company's share of the global microprocessor market hit a four-year high in 2Q, as the PC market took another step toward recovery