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Content tagged with Executive Insights & Innovation posted in March 2010
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Global CIO: Larry Ellison's Nightmare: 10 Ways SAP Can Beat Oracle
Commentary  |  3/30/2010
Ellison bluntly predicted Oracle will blow past SAP in enterprise apps, but here are 10 steps SAP should take to reassert its preeminence.
IBM, Johnson Controls Eye Smart Buildings
News  |  3/30/2010
Vendors combine facilities management and IT systems to help customers reduce energy costs by as much as 35%.
Global CIO: Oracle's Dazzling Profit Machine Threatened By Rimini Suit
Commentary  |  3/29/2010
The two-way litigation's nominally about intellectual property but is really about Oracle's phenomenally profitable support revenue.
CIO's Front-Row Seat In Healthcare History Making
Commentary  |  3/29/2010
John Glaser, CIO at Partners HealthCare System--which operates several Boston area hospitals, including Massachusetts General and Brigham & Women's, is finishing up his nearly year-long stint as an advisor to President Obama's health IT czar.
Cisco Lands Bank Of AmericaTelePresence Deal
Commentary  |  3/29/2010
Bank of America is installing more than 200 Cisco TelePresence units across the globe in what Cisco said will be its largest TelePresence installation. The large-scale program will be used only for internal collaboration with no plans for customer-facing applications as yet.
IBM 'Internet of Things' Video Is Almost Too Cool
Commentary  |  3/29/2010
Can a 5-minute animated video capture a technology company's global vision? IBM's "The Internet Of Things" YouTube clip is inspiring and compelling and the sort of fresh thinking more tech companies should try, although I did crack up during the final segment as some massively Deepak-Choprah-overdosed guy buzzes about what the planet is saying and the universe is hearing.
Global CIO: Oracle's Larry Ellison Declares War On IBM And SAP
Commentary  |  3/29/2010
Ellison admits Oracle trails SAP in enterprise applications and IBM in high-end servers, but lays out plans for becoming #1 in each sector.
Hewlett-Packard And UPS Collaborate On Breakthroughs
Commentary  |  3/26/2010
Hewlett-Packard's close relationship with UPS has led to two recent innovative breakthroughs that are very different in scale-data-center cooling versus handheld devices-but very similar in reducing waste and energy use while improving business results.
CA Completes 3Tera Acquisition
News  |  3/25/2010
The purchase of 3Tera, a supplier of application packaging for the cloud, is CA's third acquisition of a cloud computing startup this year.
Novell Acquisition Bidding Stalls
News  |  3/25/2010
The company's directors are hoping another firm will make a purchase offer above Elliot Associates' $2 billion bid to acquire Novell.
Samsung Intros LTE Phone
News  |  3/25/2010
The SCH-r900, to be offered by prepaid provider MetroPCS, upstages the buzz around Sprint's 4G Android phone at the CTIA Wireless show.
Global CIO: Oracle Smart Grid Study Reveals Deep Cost Concerns
Commentary  |  3/25/2010
While the smart grid industry's bubbling over with hype and hope, it lacks the insights on which broader business-technology strategies can be built.
Down To Business: FCC Broadband Plan All Over The Map
Commentary  |  3/25/2010
Why should we think that government mandates will bring broadband to the masses more efficiently and effectively than the private sector already has over the past decade?
Global CIO: UPS CIO Barnes Shatters Dangerous IT Stereotypes
Commentary  |  3/25/2010
One of the world's top CIOs says the technology strategy at UPS is very simple: "It's the business strategy. There's no difference."
Down To Business: Cisco Talks Telepresence Direction
Commentary  |  3/24/2010
Cisco coined the term and raised market awareness. Now it's looking to drive adoption into wholly new areas.
Cisco Launches Cloud Services
Commentary  |  3/24/2010
Extending its involvement in one of the IT industry's hottest markets, Cisco has formed a cloud-computing joint venture with a large European telecom firm doing businesses in 20 countries across Europe and Asia. With the global market for cloud services quadrupling to $60 billion in 2012 from $15 billion in 2008, Cisco said, the time is now.
Dell Doubles India Revenue
Commentary  |  3/24/2010
Scouting out strategic opportunities in India, CEO Michael Dell said his company's annual revenues in that country are more than doubling and that he sees specific opportunities for continued growth in services, servers, and smartphones. "India is a great place to be in," said Dell, who's got 23,000 employees there.
Global CIO: Ford's Challenge: Social Networking At 70 MPH
Commentary  |  3/23/2010
Automaker takes a different view of location-based apps.
Global CIO: Are Oracle, HP, Cisco & IBM Too Big To Innovate?
Commentary  |  3/23/2010
They're great at acquiring aggressively and generating huge cash positions—but do those translate into customer-focused innovation? We hand out report cards for each.
Clearwire Expanding To LA, Miami
News  |  3/23/2010
Seven more cities will get Clearwire's WiMax service by the end of the year, the firm announced at CTIA.
500 Million Wi-Fi Phones To Ship In 2014
News  |  3/23/2010
Consumer demand and higher profits are driving carriers and device makers to embrace the once-shunned wireless handset technology.
Hewlett-Packard & Polycom: Enemy's Enemy Is My Friend
Commentary  |  3/23/2010
With businesses investing heavily in video and telepresence, Polycom's eager to compete with market leader Cisco and has the goods to do so but lacks 800-pound -gorilla mass. But Hewlett-Packard offers Polycom the means (ubiquitous market presence), the motive (Cisco's HP's most-abrasive competitor), and the muscle mass ($120 billion in revenue). Can an HP-Polycom partnership cut into Cisco's lead?
Does FedEx Profit Jump Signal Global Recovery?
Commentary  |  3/22/2010
With third-quarter profits up almost 150%, FedEx chairman and CEO Fred Smith said late last week that a global economic recovery "is well under way" and that his company plans to boost capital spending by 10% while also reinstating some employee-compensation programs suspended last year. Is it time for your company to invest for the upturn?
Global CIO: Will The Mobile Tipping Point Bury You?
Commentary  |  3/22/2010
Smartphones and mobile apps are radically changing how business is done. Is your mobile strategy a company-saver or career-killer?
Oracle Revenue To Jump 15%, Analysts Predict
Commentary  |  3/19/2010
Oracle is expected to report a revenue increase of more than 15% for the quarter ended Feb. 28 as some analysts are forecasting a resurgence in new software license sales. One report referred back to related comments made three months ago by Oracle president Safra Catz who said, "We're definitely seeing customers back buying . . . . We are really seeing a recovery."
Psychoanalyzing Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, And Larry Ellison
Commentary  |  3/19/2010
"The business world has always been a cauldron of personal animosity, and those animosities have been particularly intense in Silicon Valley. Few do grudges quite as well as geeks," writes a columnist in the Economist. He then attempts to peel back the id-driven layers of the psychological onions animating Jobs, Gates, Ellison, and others. It's actually a lot more interesting than it sounds.
Global CIO: Hewlett-Packard CEO Hurd Shifts Strategy Toward Services
Commentary  |  3/19/2010
Six months ago, Hurd dubbed HP "the infrastructure company" but he now seems to be tilting toward services as HP's centerpiece.
HP-3Com Vs. Cisco: Who Will Be Your Network Provider?
Commentary  |  3/18/2010
Fresh from an HP analyst summit, Steve Hilton of Analysys Mason takes a hard look at how the newly combined HP-3Com will fare against Cisco.
Down To Business: The Most Strategic Vendors, 11-20
Commentary  |  3/18/2010
One reader said my 1-10 list favored sales machines over true innovators. Point taken. This focuses less on size and more in impact.
Branding Brilliance Behind Cisco's Borderless Networks
Commentary  |  3/18/2010
Our Server Den columnist says that Cisco is smartly encapsulating the deep technology of next-gen networks supporting mobile workers and streaming video, but Juniper and HP ProCurve won't stand idly by.
Top 25 Highest-Value Tech Firms On Nasdaq
Commentary  |  3/18/2010
The Nasdaq's five biggest market caps belong to (listed alphabetically) Apple, Cisco, Google, Microsoft, and Oracle. The market caps for the top five are, in descending order, $259.9 billion, $203.2 billion, $179.8 billion, $150.4 billion, and $127.6 billion. Try to match the each of those top five companies with its market cap--and you might well be in for a surprise.
Global CIO: Will Cisco's Revolutionary Router Torpedo Tinseltown?
Commentary  |  3/17/2010
Technology is roiling short-sighted Hollywood, and the business-model implications and opportunities for CIOs in every industry are enormous.
8 Steps For Leveraging Technology To Build A Business You Can Sell
Commentary  |  3/17/2010
Want to sell your business one day? Follow these eight steps to build a business you can sell.
IBM Ruins Lives, Impoverishes America, Says eWeek
Commentary  |  3/17/2010
eWeek's hallucination appears to go like this: IBM has become "a model company for killing good U.S. jobs," it has "ruined" an untold number of lives, and it has made "the United States a poorer part of the planet." My oh my--and just what terrible acts did mean old IBM perpetrate to deserve such condemnation from eWeek?
Global CIO: Why Oracle's Earnings Will Improve With Sun
Commentary  |  3/17/2010
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison promised Sun's profitability would start last month, and here's an analysis showing why CIOs should believe him.
Global CIO: 10 Things SAP's Co-CEOs Should Focus On
Commentary  |  3/16/2010
Annual maintenance fees, the 80/20 trap, rebuilding customer trust, raising employee morale, the truth about Oracle, the truth about SAP, and much more.
Ning CEO Steps Down
News  |  3/16/2010
Gina Bianchini, co-founder and public face of the social network builder, has resigned; COO Jason Rosenthal will take over her duties.
Global CIO Quick Take: IBM Joins UPMC To Fight Bioterrorism
Commentary  |  3/16/2010
The joint effort also includes Merck and Battelle and intends to set up a rapid-response vaccine-development and production facility.
Global CIO Quick Take: Oracle & Iron Man 2 Seek Super CIO
Commentary  |  3/15/2010
Oracle's "Go from IT Hero to Super Hero" contest will evaluate transformative IT efforts, with the winner going to a fancy premiere of the movie.
Global CIO: An Open Letter To Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
Commentary  |  3/15/2010
You said Microsoft's all-in cloud commitment puts more power in individuals' hands. But your heavy-handed iPhone ban severely undercuts the credibility you crave.
Congress Targeting Defense IT Acquisition Reform
News  |  3/15/2010
A House report recommends changes to military IT procurement policies ahead of possible broader reform legislation.
PC Sales Poised For Double-Digit Growth
News  |  3/15/2010
Global PC shipments show solid increases over the next five years, but revenue will recover at a slower pace, say analysts.
Data Center In Bomb Shelter Will Heat Helsinki Homes
Commentary  |  3/15/2010
Even as data centers are placed in increasingly exotic locations and tied to peripheral issues ranging from tourist attractions to economic-growth strategies, this one's a real doozy: a new Helsinki data center built in a former bomb shelter under a historic cathedral will heat several hundred Helsinki homes while being cooled by frigid Baltic seawater.
Global CIO: IBM And Microsoft Clash Over Unbundling Policy
Commentary  |  3/14/2010
IBM attacks a study calling for mandatory unbundling of operating systems from hardware, especially for high-end servers and mainframes.
Dot-Com Turns 25: Commercial Blockbuster Just Gets Started
Commentary  |  3/12/2010
The bubble burst wasn't as bad as people made it out to be, and the new business models, services, innovations, and economic growth it spawned are unprecedented.
Gates, Ellison Top Billionaires From Tech Industry
Commentary  |  3/12/2010
Seventeen tech-industry executives made the new Forbes list of billionaires, led by Bill Gates in the #2 spot and Larry Ellison in the #6 spot. Can it be true that Facebook parvenu Mark Zuckerberg outranks Apple icon Steve Jobs? Here's a list of those 17 along with their ranks and estimated net worths.
Global CIO: Why IBM CEO Palmisano Earned His $24.3 Million
Commentary  |  3/12/2010
Layoffs, though unfortunate, helped IBM outperform most of the global marketplace as it prepares for continued growth.
Global CIO: What's IT Worth? Northwestern Mutual Life CIO Knows
Commentary  |  3/11/2010
CIO Tim Schaefer's team puts hard-dollar values on IT systems as assets, and boldly says the language IT uses is important.
Server Den: Juniper Fires Back At Cisco CRS-3
Commentary  |  3/11/2010
As the networking behemoths battle over router speed claims, both are attempting to cement public personas, and clue in non-technical consumers on who they are.
Global CIO: Apple, IBM, & Oracle Get Turbocharged By Cisco
Commentary  |  3/10/2010
Cisco's Internet-acceleration plan means big opportunities for 14 key vendors. But more important, what's it mean for you?
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