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Texas IT Firm Adding 100 Jobs
Commentary  |  1/29/2010
A Dallas-based IT services firm with 500 employees is looking to add 100 new jobs this year to support its growing business in managed IT services, applications development, project management, and infrastructure services. About half of the new jobs are based in Dallas while others will be spread around the U.S.
Global CIO: Oracle's Ellison Challenges IBM, NetApp And—Well—Everyone
Commentary  |  1/28/2010
Is Larry Ellison's silicon-to-application strategy the next wave, or is he 50 years out of phase?
Oracle CEO Ellison: Sun Will Be Profitable In February
Commentary  |  1/28/2010
Making a huge commitment to Sun's viability and value, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said Sun will become profitable next month and will remain in the black thereafter. Setting up that unexpected promise, Ellison said, "So we're hiring, not firing. We're not cutting Sun to profitability, we're growing Sun to profitability."
Tech Resellers See Revenue Gain
News  |  1/28/2010
Commercial resellers saw a rise in sales in December, indicating that tech spending among small and medium-sized businesses is on the rebound.
Oracle-Sun Layoff Claim Was Irresponsible Garbage: Ellison
Commentary  |  1/28/2010
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison served notice on competitors yesterday but saved his toughest talk for the UBS investment analyst who recently floated the rumor that Oracle would dismiss more than 13,000 Sun employees, or half its total workforce. Ellison called that claim "garbage" that was "highly irresponsible" and then set the record straight: Oracle will be adding employees.
Oracle Bringing Its Support Fee Philosophy To Sun
Commentary  |  1/27/2010
There's been a lot of debate about business software maintenance and support fees, with SAP this year offering a two-tiered support fee. Oracle at its Oracle-Sun integration presentation made it clear that it very much likes having one fee level, and that it'll move Sun that direction as well.
Global CIO: Apple's Steve Jobs Torpedoes Another Stale Business Model
Commentary  |  1/27/2010
Jobs and the iPad are revolutionizing the book business while picking a big fight with Amazon. What can you learn?
Oracle-Sun: The OnStar To Your Data Center?
Commentary  |  1/27/2010
Listening to the all-day Oracle-Sun event, which is still going on … A couple of execs have mentioned Oracle having a telemetry connection into your data center, to aid in support, to monitor, and even make pro-active changes or recommendations, if you want. It's typical of the incredible trust Oracle is asking companies to have in it.
Global CIO: Oracle-Sun Biggest Challenge Isn't Technology—It's People
Commentary  |  1/27/2010
Sun's founder and its CEO exhort Sun employees to embrace Oracle, and Larry Ellison promises miminal Sun layoffs. Can they make it work?
Oracle Cramdown Vs. SAP Kumbaya?
Commentary  |  1/26/2010
In a phone conversation today, SAP CTO Vishal Sikka contrasted SAP's acceptance of customers' heterogeneous IT environments and its consequent focus on widespread interoperability versus a certain competitor's alternative approach of "making lots of acquisitions and buying more and more pieces and cramming it all down their customers' throats."
PC Processor Shipments Surge 31%
News  |  1/26/2010
The worldwide microprocessor market left the recession behind, buoyed by growth in mainstream and performance processors for laptops and desktops and X86 server chips.
AOL Buys Online Video Firm
News  |  1/26/2010
The $36.5 million acquisition of StudioNow will allow AOL to distribute professionally created video through its Seed.com site.
Apple Defends iPhone Partner AT&T
News  |  1/26/2010
The iPhone maker says it's confident its exclusive U.S. carrier will improve the network traffic problems that have plagued users.
McDonald's Extends Huge IT Services Deal With ACS
Commentary  |  1/26/2010
McDonalds's Corp., which has been one of the few global corporations that have managed to grow during the global downturn of the past 18 months, must be very pleased with the role IT outsourcer ACS is playing as the massive restaurant chain has signed a five-year extension for ACS to continue supplying IT services ranging from desktops to data centers.
Global CIO: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's Top 10 Reasons For Buying Sun
Commentary  |  1/26/2010
New customer value, Sun's great technology, an IBM fixation, resetting the IT landscape, something deeply personal, and more.
Larry Ellison's Like Hugo Chavez, Says Nitwit Blogger
Commentary  |  1/25/2010
While Oracle CEO Larry Ellison surely has his detractors as well as his fans, what are we to make of a supposedly knowledgeable IT blogger who likens Ellison to Venezuela's brutal socialist dictator, Hugo Chavez?
Google Founders To Sell 10 Million Shares
News  |  1/25/2010
The stock sale will be executed over a period of five years and will result in Sergey Brin and Larry Page giving up their majority voting rights.
IBM Predicts Brain Aneurysms
Commentary  |  1/25/2010
IBM and its longtime research partners at the Mayo Clinic are using predictive analytics to increase the speed and accuracy in detecting deadly brain aneurysms and have achieved successful detection rates of 95%, up from 70% via manual interpretation.
Sun CEO's Farewell: Sun Is A Brand, Oracle's Your Company
Commentary  |  1/24/2010
With the 9-month Oracle-Sun saga about to close-or rather to begin-all of the strategy speculation and MySQL melodrama and EU equivocation has made it easy to overlook the real core of this whole deal: Sun's people. In a farewell memo to the Sun team, CEO Jonathan Schwartz provides an elegant reminder that the two greatest technologies the world will ever know are the human brain and the human heart.
Polycom Pairs With Juniper To Battle Cisco
Commentary  |  1/23/2010
Looking to meet the growing demand for network-based video services, Polycom has joined up with Juniper to combine Polycom's online video capabilities with Juniper's high-performance network expertise. Plus, both realize the need for strategic partnerships if they hope to be able to compete vigorously with Cisco.
SAS Is Fortune's Best Company To Work For
Commentary  |  1/22/2010
Fortune named SAS its best company to work for, hardly a stunner to anyone in this industry. Here are a few excerpts from interviews we've had with CEO Jim Goodnight the past year, on tech education, the scourge of open offices, and the "plummeting business" of ERP.
Cisco's Next-Gen Collaboration And Augmented Reality
Commentary  |  1/22/2010
At its major technology event next week in Barcelona, Cisco will be showcasing new tools for what it calls "the third wave of collaboration" as well as recent developments in the rapidly emerging field of augmented reality. For those who can't make it to Barcelona, Cisco is holding a full-day virtual event.
SAS Revenue Up In 2009
News  |  1/22/2010
The analytics vendor reported growth rates for its industry solutions were highest in banking, government, health care, insurance and retail.
AMD Sales Boost 4Q Revenue
News  |  1/22/2010
Share prices dipped, but the chip maker beat Wall Street estimates.
EBay Income Up Sharply
News  |  1/21/2010
The online auction company's 4Q income nearly quadrupled on the success of its PayPal operation and spin-off of Skype.
Opera Acquiring AdMarvel
News  |  1/21/2010
The browser builder joins the ranks of tech companies, including Apple and Google, buying mobile ad firms.
IBM Acquires 'Eyes Only' Specialist
News  |  1/21/2010
Big Blue's buyout of NISC deepens its presence in sensitive areas like homeland security, defense, and intelligence.
Need Your PC On A Stick?
Commentary  |  1/20/2010
I saw this "PC on a stick" post on engadget, and it caught my eye because General Motors CIO Terry Kline was very jazzed on this concept when we met with him late last year.
Oracle To Reveal Sun Strategy Jan. 27
Commentary  |  1/20/2010
Oracle has scheduled a 5-hour webcast for Wed., Jan. 27, to roll out its strategy for the new systems business it will launch following its acquisition of Sun. Oracle's calling the event, "Transforming the Way You Buy, Run, and Manage Your Business Systems."
Oracle-Sun Layoff Prediction: Hold Analyst Accountable
Commentary  |  1/20/2010
I wouldn't know UBS stock analyst Brent Thill if I tripped over him but if it turns out he's wrong on his highly publicized report that Oracle will fire 13,500 Sun employees after the acquisition closes, Thill should have to face the music-probably including the loss of his high-level job.
Gartner: Virtualization And Cloud Will Transform IT
Commentary  |  1/19/2010
Gartner's 2010 CIO survey shows virtualization and cloud computing as the top tech priorities. Thus, IT will morph, at long last, into strategic change agent, rather than supporter of resources, it reasons. Problem: Most CIOs aren't close to using the cloud to drive that transformation, our recent research suggests.
Iceland NATO Facility Becomes Cool Data Center
Commentary  |  1/18/2010
One of the world's largest biomedical research foundations is investing in a project that will convert a former NATO command center in Iceland into a data center. While the 430,000-square-foot project has its challenges, let's just say that cooling will not be one of them.
When It Comes To SaaS, IT Isn't Driving
Commentary  |  1/16/2010
So, about this software as a service trip we're on. IT team, your jobs depend on keeping us on the road and out of the ditch. Oh, you know you're not actually driving, right? And you're not picking the car we use. Or the destination.
Full Nelson: Who Dell Is (Part 2)
Commentary  |  1/15/2010
The company built on commodity PCs is carrying its principles of predictability, reliability, and usability into the data center. Will that be enough to wow enterprise customers?
Microsoft And Oracle Getting Montana Boot?
Commentary  |  1/15/2010
Just two days after California approved open-source software for use in state offices and agencies, Montana's governor has received a request to rip and replace existing statewide contracts with Oracle and Microsoft and instead go with open source.
Wal-Mart, SAP Set Sights On Sustainability
News  |  1/15/2010
Execs stress profit potential of energy savings. Carbon tracking seen as next must-have enterprise software functionality.
Oracle Won't Kill MySQL, Says Co-Founder
Commentary  |  1/15/2010
The list includes a strong commitment to enhance the open version of MySQL under the GPL in parallel with any enhancements to Oracle's own Enterprise Edition. Another highlight concerns Oracle's promise about freedom of choice for support: "Customers will not be required to purchase support services from Oracle as a condition to obtaining a commercial license to MySQL." While the deal's intractable ideological opponents will no doubt concoct all manner of strained arguments about
SAP Revenues Drop In Q4, 2009
News  |  1/15/2010
For the full fiscal year, SAP's total revenues declined approximately 8%.
Will Panasonic Deal Give Lotus Cloud Cred?
Commentary  |  1/14/2010
The battle for enterprise e-mail market share will increasingly be fought online. A lot of the showdowns we've heard about lately have been online Microsoft Exchange versus Google. Is Lotus in the game? It is if its latest customer is an indication.
Down To Business: Don't Give Up On The Innovators
Commentary  |  1/14/2010
As the IT industry consolidates and the recession continues to shorten CIOs' vendor short lists, innovation could become a casualty.
HP, Microsoft In $250 Million Cloud Computing Pact
News  |  1/13/2010
The vendors promise unprecedented levels of collaboration to drive IT's hottest new architecture.
Ex-Qwest CEO Won't Get New Trial
News  |  1/13/2010
Joe Nacchio's six-year sentence for illegal insider stock trading may be reduced, however, if a resentencing review is decided in his favor.
AMD Fields Triple Core Processor To Boost Mobile Graphics
Commentary  |  1/13/2010
AMD is bring an interesting twist to the processor wars. The scrappy semiconductor maker will be offering a triple core--count 'em, three--mobile chip as part of its new "Danube" laptop platform.
Former Apple Strategist Joins Elevation Partners
News  |  1/13/2010
The firm invests chiefly in media and entertainment businesses and counts Palm among its portfolio companies.
IBM Leads Top 10 Patent List
Commentary  |  1/12/2010
For the 17th consecutive year, IBM has been awarded more U.S. patents than any other company in the world, but non-U.S. companies for the second time collectively earned more than 50% of patents granted. Check out the full Top 10 list and take a guess on which company had more patents in 2009: Intel or Microsoft?
Oracle Exadata Q2 Sales Strong In EMEA
Commentary  |  1/12/2010
Citing customer demand for business intelligence, better IT performance, and lower IT costs, Oracle's executive vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa highlighted the rapid adoption of the Exadata database machine in the company's just-completed second quarter.
Server Den Asks Infoblox: What's Infrastructure 2.0?
Commentary  |  1/12/2010
Greg Ness, senior director of the networking automation vendor, talks about managing infrastructure sprawl and offers insight into the standards-oriented Infrastructure 2.0 Working Group, of which Cisco is a member.
IBM Adds 5,000 Jobs In India
Commentary  |  1/10/2010
IBM plans to add at least 5,000 business-process outsourcing jobs in India in 2010 to meet rising demand, according to a senior advisory consultant for the company. IBM has been building a huge workforce in India, although 2009's company headcount in that country remained flat due to the global recession.
Servers 2010: Wonky Tech Trumps Hype Cycle
Commentary  |  1/8/2010
I've spent the early days of the new year--I know; it seems like we've been back at work for a month already--delving into the server landscape. Talking with vendors this week, the big thing that jumped out at me is the discontinuity between what folks like me ask about and what they're working on. As in, we're chattering about the cloud-computing hype cycle, while they're striving to improve power-supply efficiency and build virtualization management dashboards.
Top 10 CIO Issues For 2010
Commentary  |  1/8/2010
What's on your list of top priorities for 2010: Twitter policies? Amazon versus Azure? Vista versus Windows 7? Or how about cloud-computing strategies, attacking the 80/20 ratio, driving new revenue and customer engagements, predictive analytics, the transformation quotient, and much more? Check out our Top 10 CIO priorities list and let us know what you think.
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