Toyota Failure Proves Quality Isn't Scalable
There's a computer-industry lesson embedded within the bad news surrounding Toyota's unintended acceleration problem. It's out of the same playbook which in an earlier day saw GM morph from an innovator--electric starter, automatic transmission--into a lumbering behemoth. It's this: Quality is not infinitely scalable.
Force10 Fixin' To Switch HP, Cisco Customers
Force10 Networks is making hay of the impending termination by Cisco of its partnership with HP. The scrappy Ethernet vendor launched a promotion on Wednesday intended to get HP resellers to push Force10 switches instead of competing Cisco and HP ProCurve gear.
Apple Says CIOs Opening Floodgates For Macs
"It's amazing how many CIOs are visiting Apple and are interested in the Mac," Apple COO Tim Cook said Tuesday, noting that the old enterprise fixation on standardization is giving way to a focus on creativity. Cook made those and other scintillating comments at a Goldman Sachs investors conference.
HP Not Rolling Over On Cisco's Severed Ties
Monday's post was not the whole story as regards Hewlett-Packard's response to Cisco's impending termination of the partnership agreement between the two. While the statement HP e-mailed me might create the perception that it's a mature--albeit wilting--flower, shying away from a good fight, a look beneath the sur
HP Responds To Cisco Alliance Cutoff
Hewlett-Packard is taking the high road in response to the Cisco's impending cut off of its reseller relationship. Click ahead to read HP's statement.
Apple's Giant New $1B Data Center From The Air
While this 37-second YouTube video won't be confused with Citizen Kane, it does provide a striking perspective on the massive, remote, expensive, and indispensable digital powerhouses behind the cloud computing platform. And just think of the marketing opportunity: Apple could put a logo the size of New Jersey on the roof.
Oracle's Ellison Reaffirms Rapid Profitability For Sun
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison reaffirmed Saturday that Sun's formerly unprofitable operations will become profitable "right away" as part of Oracle. That follows his promises late last month that Sun will be hiring more people than it lets go, and that Oracle's prize acquisition will turn a profit this month (February).
Cisco Smacks Down HP Partnership
Cisco has made what can only be characterized as an aggressive move emphasizing its strategic surge from a networking-centric vendor into a unified computing powerhouse. As in, they sell servers now, too. In a blog post, Cisco unleashed the news it will terminate its system integrator contract with HP, and the latter will no longer be a Cisco Certified Channel or Global Service Alliance partner.
Dell Profits Dip In 4Q
The PC maker is diversifying its business via acquisition of an IT services firm and plans to enter the smartphone market.
IBM's Palmisano Warns U.S. Not To Fall Behind On Broadband
With global IP traffic in 2013 expected to top 500,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes (half a zettabyte, which is one trillion gigabytes), IBM CEO Sam Palmisano is warning that "our country will not be prepared for a new world that is increasingly built on the fusion of the physical and the digital" without a huge national broadband upgrade driven by private-sector funding and "enlightened" government policy.
Server Den: AMD Emphasizes Energy Efficient Opterons
Our columnist interviews AMD chief marketing officer Nigel Dessau, who talks about the scrappy chip vendor's upcoming processors, the four stages of virtualization, and why scale-out servers could be the platform of the future.
Microsoft: Cloud Computing Will Raise Our Sales, Profit
Microsoft business software president Stephen Elop says the company's June launch of Office 2010 will include a cloud-based version that will result in more revenue and profit for Microsoft because the company will end up "doing much more work for the customer."
Larry Ellison: America's Cup Like Running Oracle
Calling estimates that he spent $400 million in his bid to win the America's Cup "a little high," Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said that winning the racing competition was like running his high-profile enterprise software company: "Everybody sees the sailing teams, but there's an awful lot behind them."
Larry Ellison's Stunning High-Tech Sailing Triumph
Although the only thing I know about sailing is that when you throw up you shouldn't do it into the wind, it has been fascinating to read about the unprecedented innovations Oracle CEO Larry Ellison brought to his high-tech sailboat that recently thrashed Ellison's rivals from Team Alinghi and brought the America's Cup home. Here are a few highlights.
SAP Chairman Plattner On What Could Kill Company
While profits remain enormously important to SAP, co-founder and chairman Hasso Plattner said in public comments last week that if SAP were to try to stifle another particularly vital imperative for the sake of profits, "that could kill the company."
SAP Chairman Vows Not To Interfere
In what must be sweet comfort to his two newly named co-CEOs, SAP chairman and co-founder Hasso Plattner has vowed not to interfere in daily operations. That pledge comes just several days after Plattner promised to "do everything possible to make SAP a happy company again" and as he is deeply involved in a sweeping overhaul of the company's development processes and customer relations.
Silicon Valley Innovation Stalled
A loss of venture capital funding for technology companies and a dwindling stream of foreign talent threatens the region's economic recovery.
Dell Buying Kace: Lesson Learned From EqualLogic Deal
Dell has agreed to buy Kace, maker of the KBOX IT systems management appliance, for an undisclosed sum. The product fits with what Dell learned from acquiring EqualLogic in 2008: that it needed to make its hardware easier to use, quicker to set up, and with fewer tasks to run it.
Sprint Nextel Pins Hopes On WiMax
The company continued to lose revenue and subscribers in the fourth quarter, but believes its growing 4G network will help turn it around.
HP Unveils Huge Data Center Cooled By Wind
The latest addition to the exotic new-wave data centers we wrote about recently-including an ice-cooled former NATO command center in Iceland and a new tourist attraction at Disney World-is Hewlett-Packard's 360,000-square-foot UK facility cooled by the bracing winds from the nearby North Sea.
IBM Exec Sees Demand Rising For IT Services
"We are beginning to see some action, beginning to see purse strings loosening," according to an IBM executive leading its global delivery business in India. That comment, from a Wall Street Journal article, would mark quite a turnaround from a few months ago when IBM's CFO declined to make any comment on corporate IT spending.
Perverse Policy: UK Govt. CIO Loses Clout If He Spends Less
Calling it "one of the most perverse things I have heard," the CIO of the U.K.'s Revenue and Customs branch said he was warned by Cabinet officials that if he were to find creative ways to cut his $1.2 billion IT budget by 50%, he would be dropped from a top-level group that shapes government purchasing policy and strategy.