Global CIO: HP's $130-Billion Gamble
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.
HP Completes Cisco Rip And Replace In 6 Data Centers
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
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.
Down To Business: Enterprise IT's Most Disruptive Vendors
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.
AMD Apparently Absent From Oracle Blade Server Plans
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.
Enterprise 2.0 Watch: Salesforce.com Upgrades Chatter
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
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?!?
Larry Ellison Hammers Salesforce.com On Security
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
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.
Oracle's Mark Hurd Discloses His New Priorities
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
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."
Big Payday For CIO: $4.2 Million
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
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.
SAP Sales Surge 300% In Latin America
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."
SAP New-Product Blitz Tomorrow
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.
Android Surging Past BlackBerry And iPhone
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.
A 9/11 Memory: CTO Mike Howell
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