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posted in June 2009
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30% Of Auto-Industy Supply Chain Will Die, Expert Says
Commentary  |  6/30/2009
With bankrupt Chrysler about to resume production and as both it and General Motors struggle with huge losses and drastic new ownership structures, at least 30% and perhaps even 40% of the suppliers that feed the U.S. automobile industry will not be able to survive, says a restructuring expert.
Indian IT Firms Cutting Billing Rates At Unprecedented Levels
Commentary  |  6/30/2009
Indian IT services firms have been cutting their rates by 35% or even 40% as global clients continue to look for ways to reduce costs in the global economic downturn. The depth of this latest round of rate cuts is "unprecedented," according to an industry expert based in India.
SAP Looking At 35% Margins And Doubled Revenue By 2014
Commentary  |  6/29/2009
A leaked SAP strategy document says the company expects to reach an operating margin of 35% by 2014 and also expects current revenue to double during that five-year period. Right now, archrival Oracle has an operating margin of 51%, so it will be interesting to see how each side spins its profit story to its customers.
Nokia Siemens' Acquisition Of Nortel's LTE Unit Contested
News  |  6/29/2009
In the face of objections from creditors and suppliers, Nortel wants a judge to approve the proposed $650 million sale.
Top 10 Companies For US Patents In 2008: IBM Again #1
Commentary  |  6/29/2009
IBM was awarded 4,186 patents last year to lead the Top 10 list, marking the 16th straight year IBM has earned more US patents than any other company in the world. IBM's achievement - that's more than 11 patent granted every single day for the entire year - also marks the first time any organization has been awarded more than 4,000 US patents in a single year.
CIOs Don't Listen To Vendors Anymore, Says Salesforce CEO
Commentary  |  6/29/2009
During the global economic downturn, an IT industry that delivers too much complexity and not enough flexibility has lost a lot of credibility, says CEO Marc Benioff, and a major repercussion has been the rise of the reference-account CIO as sales driver. Is your commission plan all set up?
Global CIO: How 22% Annual Fees For You Equals 51% Operating Margins For Oracle
News  |  6/26/2009
The enterprise-software powerhouse is rightfully proud of its financial prowess. But in this brutal economy, are its customers getting a fair return?
Palm Posts $105 Million Loss
News  |  6/26/2009
Palm has essentially bet its future on the success of its Pre smartphone and webOS operating system.
Recovery In Sight For PC Market
News  |  6/25/2009
Stronger consumer PC shipments -- especially netbooks -- will revive the battered hardware sector, Gartner says.
Oracle's Larry Ellison Touts Company's New Hardware Chops
Commentary  |  6/25/2009
In Tuesday's eagerly anticipated earnings call, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison might have been expected to talk about the company's $23.5 billion software business or its Q4 operating margins of more than 50%. But in a sign of the changing times, he talked not about software but instead about a hardware-based Oracle product that "is shaping up to be our most exciting and successful new-product introduction in Oracle's 30-year history."
iPhone Hammers Blackberry In Crossover Purchase Preference
Commentary  |  6/24/2009
Among smartphone users who don't currently have Blackberries, only 14% say they plan to buy a Blackberry as their next smartphone. But among smartphone users who don't currently have an iPhone, 38% say the iconic Apple smartphone is the one they're going to buy. Eh, cut-and-paste, schmut-and-paste!
Microsoft Exec Predicts Mobile Ad Boom
News  |  6/24/2009
Improved networks and emerging markets are expected to fuel mobile advertising's growth from $3.1 billion to $28.8 billion within five years.
Ellison: Oracle Plans To Be No. 1 In On-Demand Software
News  |  6/24/2009
It may take 10 years, the CEO acknowledges, noting that Oracle is currently only "a little bit" involved in cloud computing.
Apple's Jobs Doing Well Following Liver Transplant
News  |  6/24/2009
The co-founder and CEO took a a six-month leave of absence from Apple to recover from an undisclosed illness that many industry watchers believed was related to the previous surgery.
Enterprise 2.0: Confronting Social Media's Dirty Little Secret
Commentary  |  6/24/2009
I'm encouraged that the dirty little secret of Web 2.0 and social media technologies is finally being openly addressed by early adopters and vendors alike. At the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston, there's been frank discussion this week of the question average users have been whispering (so that their bosses don't hear them): Namely, what can this stuff do for me that's actually useful?
Oracle Takes Share From SAP, But Is It Signing New Licenses?
Commentary  |  6/23/2009
Oracle's acquisition binge has allowed it to take customers and market share from SAP, analysts say, but their bigger focus is on whether Oracle can stem its recent declines in new-license revenue. We'll find out for sure later today when Oracle releases its quarterly numbers, but here's what some analysts are projecting.
IBM's Patent Lawyer: From Reform Advocate To Mr. Fix-It
Commentary  |  6/23/2009
When I was researching an article on the U.S. Supreme Court re-shaping patent law two years ago, everyone kept telling me I needed to talk with David Kappos, IBM's top patent lawyer. Guess President Obama got the same advice.
Enterprise 2.0 Panelists: Get On With The Cloud Already
Commentary  |  6/23/2009
In a "customer visit" session kicking off the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston Monday evening, executives from IBM, Google, and EMC laid out their companies' cloud computing value propositions and then fielded questions from a handful of potential buyers. Much has changed -- and still much hasn't -- from the first "Evening In The Cloud" session at Enterprise 2.0 a year ago.
Citrix CEO Templeton Forecasts Consumerization Of IT
Commentary  |  6/22/2009
In yet another stark example of the type of fresh thinking CIOs need to embrace to overcome tomorrow's business-technology challenges, Citrix CEO Mark Templeton says IT organizations need to create self-service models to lower the cost of infrastructure and give employees more flexibility and power. He even says employees should be given the freedom to provision their own apps and services.
Global CIO: Hey, CIOs -- Augment Your Strategic Reality With This Great New Technology
Commentary  |  6/22/2009
During this difficult economic time, augmented reality has the potential to help you enhance your role as a visionary business technology leader, inspire your team, and steal the march on your competitors.
The Apple iPhone 3G S And The CIO
Commentary  |  6/22/2009
Not too long ago, a mythical CIO finally authorized the Blackberry for corporate use, and overnight was transformed from know-nothing whipping-boy to rock-star hero. But now comes the iPhone 3G S and the troops are threatening an all-out uprising unless they all get one. A real-life IT exec from the U.K. tells this tale of woe in "The CIO and the iPhone."
Selling Online 2.0: Q&A With Author Michael Miller
Features  |  6/22/2009
Millions of small businesses started out selling online with eBay auctions, but times have changed and fees are soaring. E-Commerce expert Michael Miller shares his insights about choosing the right selling strategies and channels for your businesses.
Hewlett-Packard Acquires HR Business-Process Outsourcer
Commentary  |  6/22/2009
Hewlett-Packard has acquired full interest in an HR business-process outsourcing firm formed as a joint venture between EDS and Towers Perrin in 2005 and called Excellerate HRO. Now that HP's wholly owned services unit, EDS, has full control over the venture, HP is likely to become more aggressive in courting outsourcing deals in the HR sector.
What You Don't Know About Pay-Per Click Advertising: Q&A With Kevin Lee Of Didit
Features  |  6/22/2009
Buy a few keywords and watch the customers flock to your site -- if only it were that easy. Search marketing expert Kevin Lee shares his insights about what it takes to carry out a successful search campaign and the most common mistakes.
The Web 2.0 Social Networking Revolution: Q&A With Author Matthew Fraser
Features  |  6/21/2009
The promise of the Internet age was the end of business as usual. Instead much of the business world has resisted the paradigm shifts of Web 2.0 and social media, but the Great Recession may prove the tipping point for widespread adoption.
Is Oracle Looking To Acquire GoldenGate For Data Migration?
Commentary  |  6/19/2009
Reports are circulating that Oracle will trump this week's acquisition of Conformia with the purchase of GoldenGate Software, whose data-migration and real-time integration tools are already widely used to link Oracle with Siebel and other environments.
CIOs Belong On The Board -- Or Else They're Just IT Managers
Commentary  |  6/18/2009
"Having faced the humiliation of having their IT budgets unilaterally cut, [some CIOs] are now in a tail spin that will ultimately have serious business consequences." Sound familiar? IT consultant Ade McCormack says that unless such CIOs are willing to accept the job of IT manager, they need to heed his "call to arms for a 21st-century CIO."
CIO Profiles: Jason Harrison, Worldwide CIO Of Mediabrands
Features  |  6/18/2009
"Very few things in the tech world go according to plan," Harrison warns.
Federal CIO Seeks 'Storefront' For Government IT Procurement
News  |  6/17/2009
The goal is to have a central place to allow federal agencies to quickly buy systems and get them up and running.
Socialism Hits Home As BusinessWeek Asks, Should CIO Pay Be Limited?
Commentary  |  6/17/2009
At the end of a recent article detailing the 2008 compensation packages of the five highest-paid CIOs - with #1 on the list having earned $24.65 million - BusinessWeek asked the rather bizarre question, "Do you think limits should be set for CIO pay?" After reading the article a second time, I think BusinessWeek wants the answer to be yes.
Oracle Wins Strategic Deals With HBO, Abercrombie & Fitch
Commentary  |  6/16/2009
Oracle has landed two significant new deals: with HBO to help it shift more IT spending away from internal operations and more toward content creation and customer engagement, and with Abercrombie & Fitch to create a global single instance for store merchandising and operations as the retailer undertakes a global expansion.
Cloud Computing: 10 Questions For Federal CIO Vivek Kundra
News  |  6/16/2009
Kundra discuss his thoughts about cloud computing in government, and what it would take to make cloud technologies easier to adopt in the federal space.
Hewlett-Packard's Randy Mott Tops List Of 5 Best-Paid CIOs
Commentary  |  6/16/2009
HP CIO Randy Mott, who last year completed a sweeping transformation of HP's IT operations that flipped the ratio of IT spending on maintenance/innovation from 80/20 to 30/70, tops a list of the five best-paid CIOs at public companies in the U.S. Other public companies whose CIOs made the list: Best Buy, State Street Corp., American Express, and JC Penney.
Is That A Cloud On Healthcare's Horizon?
Commentary  |  6/16/2009
Cloud models are starting to provide an attractive option for large and influential regional medical centers to get lots of small, local, laggard doctor offices trading in their paper patient files for electronic medical records. Are there clouds in your forecast?
IBM CEO's Description Of Big Blue Used Against It In Court
Commentary  |  6/15/2009
IBM CEO Sam Palmisano recently told institutional investors, in a very pointed fashion, that IBM is "not like the other companies in the IT industry" because it's transformed itself. And so when IBM sued one of its VPs to prevent him from joining Dell, the VP defended his legal right to make the move by using Palmisano's own words as proof that Dell should not be regarded as a competitive threat to IBM.
10 Questions For Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra
News  |  6/15/2009
Chopra talks about the role of technology in government policy, and advancing Obama's healthcare IT, smart grid, education technology, and economic development agendas.
Semiconductor Equipment Industry Bottoms Out
News  |  6/15/2009
A gradual improvement in global equipment sales is expected on a quarter-by-quarter basis throughout the rest of the year and into 2010, Gartner says.
Apple And The Magical Retail Experience In Its Global Stores
Commentary  |  6/15/2009
A professional investor who's used PCs for 20 years relates the superb retail experience he had at the Apple Store in Tokyo, and emphasizes the power of atmosphere and interpersonal interactions in driving brand equity, revenue and customer engagement. After buying, he wondered, "What excuse could I find to visit my new friends in Ginza, and buy something else from them?"
SAP Turns To SaaS 'To Avoid Extinction,' Says BusinessWeek
Commentary  |  6/15/2009
A Google News search on "SAP" turned up this headline attributed to BusinessWeek: "SAP hits on-demand SaaS button to avoid extinction." But that silly headline and equally silly article weren't written by BusinessWeek - they appeared on a new BusinessWeek site where readers post stories from other sites. With outcomes like this, is SAP the one that should be worried about extinction?
How Technology Can Help Your Business Weather The Great Recession
Commentary  |  6/12/2009
bMighty went out into the trenches to dig up real stories of how actual businesses are using technology to survive ITE (in this economy). Plus: 21 easy ways to cut IT costs without hurting your business.
Global CIO: Avnet Tears Up The B2B E-Commerce Playbook
Commentary  |  6/12/2009
Applying best practices from consumer sites, global electronics distributor jacks up site revenue and visitors.
IRS Says It Wants To Help You SAVE Money On Cell Phones!
Commentary  |  6/12/2009
An anonymous IRS official has leaked some comments about a proposed tax-code change that could make it less expensive for businesses to comply with tax laws governing deductions for cell phones. Forgive me if I'm a tad suspicious, but when was the last time that the IRS did anything to save any money for anyone? And why did the comments have to be made anonymously?
Global CIO: Business Technology Meets The Sports Pages
Commentary  |  6/12/2009
Imagine an industry with team standings, an executive draft, high-profile agents, and a high commissioner to enforce the rules.
General Services Administration's CIO Looks To The Cloud
News  |  6/12/2009
Casey Coleman reveals the GSA's role in driving a government-wide cloud computing initiative and other IT priorities.
Cisco SAN Share Slumps As HP And IBM Switch To Brocade
Commentary  |  6/12/2009
Cisco's recent entry into the server business has caused two of its former partners, HP and IBM, to retaliate by buying more high-end SAN switches from Brocade rather than from traditional supplier Cisco. The result: "a landslide shift in market share in just one quarter."
Microsoft Tops IBM And Oracle On R&D Spending -- Combined
Commentary  |  6/11/2009
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says his company will spend $9.5 billion on R&D this year. That's almost 50% more than IBM's $6.5 billion, and it's more than the combined R&D spending of IBM and either Oracle ($2.7 billion) or Google ($2.8 billion). And almost nine times as much as Apple's $1.1 billion. Is Microsoft deriving equivalent multiples in business value?
SuccessFactors' CEO On SAP's SaaS Strategy
Commentary  |  6/11/2009
After I wrote about SAP's new SaaS strategy Wednesday, several SAP competitors sent emails slamming the strategy. Not an unusual response from competitors, right? But I did accept the offer to talk to Lars Dalgaard, CEO of SuccessFactors, which just landed a massive deal for 420,000 seats of its talent-management SaaS with
Ex-DHS CIO: Hackers Hit Us A Million Times A Day
Commentary  |  6/11/2009
World War III will be fought with computers, a former Homeland Security IT chief is warning. In fact, he said, preliminary salvos are already underway.
Marketing Technology Helps Vico Survive The Great Recession
Features  |  6/11/2009
By combining free and inexpensive marketing methods with an investment in new sales and marketing software, Vico Software was able to increase its sales pipeline despite significant budget cuts.
UBS CTO Out After 10 Weeks As IT Becomes 'Pooled Service'
Commentary  |  6/11/2009
UBS CTO and head of IT Peter Sany is leaving the company after about 10 weeks on the job and all you CIOs out there please take note: UBS's CEO said ongoing cost cuts include "pooling services such as information technology." Is that how your company views you and your IT operation: just another commodity service, like HR and facilities, waiting to be pooled?
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