Apple Tablet Success Riding On Touch-Panel Patents
In my recent story on the Apple iSlate speculation, I pointed to Windows tablets to make the point that Steve Jobs and company don't invent things, they perfect them. But when I wrote that Apple doesn't have any tablet patents, a reader noted that what Apple does have is multi-touch interface patents. And those will be the key to the Apple tablet.
E-Sales In Holiday Surge
Social network marketing, poor weather, and free shipping offers helped push online shopping to a 5% gain during the 2009 holiday season.
Windows 7 Year In Review
The operating-system buzz in 2009 may have been split 60/40 between Windows 7 and Google Chrome OS, but only the former is here today. As to whether a Web-centric OS like Chrome can ultimately edge out the most polished traditional desktop version ever, that's yet to be determined. During 2010, though, I expect that Windows 7 will increase its footprint, as enterprises initially wary of adoption begin to fold Win7 boxes into heterogeneous environments.
Intel Recap: Atom, Nehalem Were 2009 Highlights
For processor-architecture voyeurs of the Intel variety, 2009 was most interesting for the emergence of the low end as market segment with legs enough to compete with traditional laptops. (Read: Atom and netbooks.) At the same time, servers got a big kicker with release of the Nehalem line in April.
Q & A: Army CIO Advances Consolidation Effort
Cloud computing and powerful mobile devices are part of Jeffrey Sorenson's plan to centralize Army IT and make it more consistent for soldiers deploying from bases to the battlefield.
Verizon Defends Cancellation Fees
The largest U.S. carrier said doubling its early termination fee was necessary to reduce consumers' costs for sophisticated devices like the Storm 2 or Motorola Droid.
Oracle Says Market's Recovering But SAP's Unraveling
Oracle's conference call Thursday with financial analysts offered great insights on how its top three executives view their business and the overall IT market, their customers' spending habits, Oracle's products, and its competitors (see second half of headline). Here are 10 such comments you won't want to miss.
Oracle Sees Unconditional EU Approval For Sun
The European Commission will "unconditionally clear the acquisition of Sun in January," Oracle president Safra Catz has just predicted, while also thanking customers for their "overwhelming" support. Hmm--sounds like Catz knows more than she's saying.
Hewlett-Packard Attacks Cloud-Computing Risks
"CIOs understand the potential business benefits of cloud computing but are challenged with how best to manage the risks associated with adoption," said HP executive VP Thomas E. Hogan. Amen to that-so three new HP products are designed to mitigate the risks associated with the security, performance, and availability of enterprise apps in the cloud.
Oracle Outlook, Stock Price On Upswing?
As it prepares to release second-quarter results tomorrow, Oracle could be showing signs of improvement: EU approval for the Sun deal seems to be close, it's digesting $300 million in restructuring costs, and one influential analyst sees potential pipeline optimism due to "thawing in both database and middleware spending."
Oracle Makes 10 Commitments To Seal EU Deal
Oracle has just released 10 commitments to customers and developers about MySQL's future accessibility and openness in the hope of gaining EU approval to acquire Sun. Combined with the powerful customer endorsements given to the EU late last week, these promises would appear to put Oracle on the verge of gaining approval to acquire Sun and all of its assets.
Accenture Drops Tiger Woods
Accenture has dropped Tiger Woods as a featured advertising icon for the company after a six-year sponsorship, the Wall Street Journal has just reported. Ironically, a recent column in the Journal focused on one of the key lines from Accenture's long-time and hugely successful partnership with Woods: "It's what you do next that counts."
AMD, Intel: Graphics To Trump Processors In 2010
For the last few days, I've been mulling over the top semiconductor stories of the year. Clearly, the settlement by Intel and AMD of their ongoing antitrust and patent/licensing disputes is the biggest business news. Picking the tech champ is tougher, because it's not about where we've been in 2009, but rather where we're headed in 2010.
Video Driving Cisco Growth
Cisco will accellerate its move into video while also branching aggressively into collaboration and virtualization, said CEO John Chambers.
EU Hits New Low Vs. Oracle As Kroes Mocks Senate Letter
It's unwise to expect much intellectual integrity from the European Union bureaucrats as they put the screws to Oracle, but leader Neelie Kroes has set a new low by dismissing and mocking an official letter of support for Oracle from the U.S. Senate. This is the most disgraceful proof yet that the EU is purely playing politics while thousands of Sun employees lose their jobs.
Oracle Set For EU Showdown As Blind Call Ellison Lame
As Microsoft and SAP prepare giddily to hammer Oracle in Brussels this week, those two big and dominant global companies damn well better remember that they could be next on the EU rack because the EU's objectives aren't about "fairness"--they're about politics and power. Appeasing the EU now won't grant them sanctuary later--it will only embolden the bureaucrats of Brussels.
Sprint Completes iPCS Acquisition
The $831 million deal will end all pending litigation between the companies and expand Sprint's coverage area and number of subscribers.
Windows 7 Upgrades Drop Ball On Data Migration
Today's experience of upgrading one's PC to a new operating system is qualitatively different from that of a decade ago. It's no longer so much about the OS. You've already got something decent; you're mostly adding new bells and whistles. What's different now is there's a lot more user data--pictures, e-mails and music/video files--to move over. And that experience, quite frankly, stinks.
Intel Floats Cloud Computing On A Chip
InformationWeek readers were the first to learn about Intel's efforts to pack a data center onto a single chip, via my recent interview with Intel chief technology officer Justin Rattner. (See Intel CTO Envisions On-Chip Data Centers.) Now, the chip behemoth has taken things one step further, formally announcing its single-chip cloud research project.
New iPhone App For Car Care Underscores Mobile's Potential
Your business is kinda gritty so it's not really possible for you to offer a fancy-schmancy iPhone app, right? Wrong!! A new iPhone app from the AAMCO car-care chain "lets our customers take that peace of mind with them wherever they go by putting our expert technicians right on their phones."
Podcast: Panda Security CEO Juan Santana
I sat down recently to chat with Juan Santana, chief executive of the largest security vendor you might not be familiar with. Yet Panda Security, founded in Spain in 1990, is huge in Europe and no slouch either in the United States, where it competes against the likes of Symantec, Trend Micro, Kaspersky, and McAfee. I talked with Santana amid the launch of Panda Cloud Protection Service, which moves threat analysis to the cloud and installs with a very small footprint on the client.
Accenture Stock Target Soars As CEO Sees IT Recovery
A Credit Suisse analyst has boosted his target price for Accenture shares from $42 to $55 on the expectation that enterprise IT spending is beginning to loosen up and that Accenture will be a prime beneficiary of CIOs' more-expansive spending habits and their increasing acceptance of outsourcing.
India Outsources Jobs To U.S. In Video-Effects Field
Based in Bangalore, India, a Tata subsidiary that specializes in video effects and animation will open a high-tech delivery center in Los Angeles next week to cater to Hollywood's appetite for video wizardry. Since this is clearly a case of outsourcing, I must ask the question: will the professional positions created at the new lab be "our jobs"?
An Eyewitness To Ousted CEO's Impact At GM
We were in a meeting yesterday at General Motor's headquarters with Kirk Gutmann, chief technology and strategy officer, when a woman walked in and handed Gutmann a note. I could see type highlighted in bright yellow. She said, "You need to be in a 4 p.m. board meeting that just got called." I saw a flash of concern pass over Gutmann's face. We shook hands, and our meeting was quickly adjourned. Less than an hour later, I learned CEO Fritz Henderson had resigned.
Can You Support Remote Workers In Case Of Flu Outbreak?
With the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention this week reporting widespread H1N1 flu outbreaks in 32 states, many companies are dealing with or anticipating the need for staff to work remotely in the months ahead. This can present a challenge for IT organizations that haven't in the past dealt with large numbers of remote workers.
IT Hiring To Increase Next Quarter
A 3% increase in IT staffing is forecast for early 2010, with traditional jobs in networking, security, and application development most in demand.
Sun Trying To Snatch HP Customers
Looking to show that turnabout is very fair play, Sun has launched a campaign to snatch customers from HP with a "no-risk migration assessment" aimed at HP enterprise users who "are facing higher support costs, performance and availability issues, and loss of ISV support for critical business applications."