Memorial Day: Marcus Lutrell And His Navy SEAL Brothers
On this Memorial Day weekend, we have a special chance to hear stories of the unimaginable courage, honor, and sacrifice of the U.S. military. Here's a haunting excerpt from Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor, one of those books offering a brief glimpse into the secret lives of these extraordinary warriors who eagerly put themselves in harm's way to protect the rest of us.
Steve Ballmer: Planetary King Of Info Tech Profit
I like Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's dismissal in the Wall Street Journal of all the frothy media churn over Apple surpassing Microsoft in market cap: "I will make more profits and certainly there is no technology company in the planet which is as profitable as we are." Next question, please?
Will Android Overtake iPhone In Enterprise?
With all the chatter about Apple surpassing Microsoft in market-cap, a related detail might deserve more attention: Q1 sales of Android smartphones topped sales of iPhones by 25%, according to a consumer research firm. With consumer engagement driving enterprise adoption, can we expect to see the Google mobile OS starting to crimp the iPhone's style in the business world?
IBM Adds Heft To Enterprise 2.0
I confess that I still think of IBM as stodgy, so my head has been turned around by the leadership I'm seeing out of Big Blue on Enterprise 2.0. Two new Pearson/IBM Press books written by IBMers provide a sound intro for managers looking to get pointed in the right direction so they can help their organizations get beyond the hype and extract some real value from E2.0 technologies.
Microsoft Is Hiring In Boston
The Cambridge consolidation of NERDs is underway: Microsoft is relocating two of its suburban-Boston development groups into a new office space in Cambridge that will almost double the size of its facilities there. And about that NERD thing: that's Microsoft's own name for its New England Research & Development center.
Microsoft Says China Piracy Killing Thousands Of U.S. Jobs
Insisting that software piracy in China has become so pervasive that "there is no software market to speak of" in the fast-growing country, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said yesterday that enhanced enforcement in China of intellectual-property rules could save U.S. firms tens of thousands of jobs, Bloomberg reports.
IBM Lands $31M In Subsidies For 600 Jobs
IBM is planning to hire 600 and possibly up to 800 employees at a proposed new services-delivery center in Columbia, Missouri, and in return will receive various financial incentives totaling about $50,000 per job. It's a great deal for IBM, but is it also a great deal for state and local taxpayers?
Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd's Top 10 Insights
HP released strong financial results last week and in a Q&A session afterward with financial analysts, CEO Mark Hurd offered a range of insights into the company's emerging grand strategy. Here's our take on the 10 most-significant strategic thoughts offered by Hurd.
Top 3 Pluses & Minuses Of Enterprise 2.0
Getting ready for the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston, June 14- 17, I've been thinking about the value of the online collaboration tools most of us are beginning to embrace. My early take is that the positives are engagement, empowerment, and the potential to spur innovation. The downsides are the dangers of groupthink gone wild and the security risks of exposing valuable company data. Click through for my "top three" lists of E2.0 pluses and minus
eBay's $2,000-Per-Second Data Center
eBay's new $287 million data center in Utah was built in just 14 months and is responsible for managing all transactions and revenue from eBay.com and PayPal.com, which in 2009 totaled $60 billion or about $2,000 per second. Maybe it's no surprise that two of the project's leaders are former tank commanders and West Point graduates. And don't miss the photos!
HP Helps Wal-Mart Transform From Photos To Publishing
Hewlett-Packard is helping Wal-Mart expand into the publishing business by sweeping aside the old photo-printing model and letting customers select and print everything from greeting cards to branded images from concerts, TV shows, and movies. With other huge retailers signing on as well, HP expects its new retail publishing business will grow 300% this year.
Microsoft Is Patent Troll, Says Salesforce.com CEO Benioff
Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, never a particular fan of Microsoft's products, technology, vision, or prospects, can now add its legal strategy to his list of things he can't stand about Microsoft. Commenting on the patent-infringement suit filed against Salesforce.com by Microsoft, Benioff called the Redmond company a "patent troll."
iPhone Dictates Response Time For Enterprise Apps: Plattner
Follow the logic: enterprise apps are surging onto smartphones, particularly Apple's iPhone. iPhone users will not wait more than 15 seconds to get a response from their device. Ergo, all enterprise apps-even down to lowly dunning reports-must be able to perform at or close to real time. For SAP founder Hasso Plattner, that 15-second maximum might as well be confirmed as a new law of physics.
The HiPPO In The Room
I attended the MIT Sloan Symposium yesterday, which largely focused on the democratization and decentralization of IT. "You're no longer in control," says Frank Moss, former Tivoli CEO and now head of MIT's media lab. "Get over it."
Hasso Plattner's Six Steps To Real-Time Database Nirvana
In an engaging look at the past and into the future, SAP's founder and chairman laid out the company's development strategy behind "The 'Real' Enterprise 2.0 (powered by in-memory computing)," which he says will give customers phenomenally higher levels of performance and value with absolutely zero risk. Here are his six steps for turning that vision into reality.
Cisco To Buy Moto Development
Moto helped design the Flip Video camera; Cisco says the acquisition will further its aim to develop user-friendly products.
Server Den: CA Seeks IT Automation Sweet Spot
Don Ferguson, chief technology officer of CA Technologies, talks about work to build IT management tools that'll bring transparency to highly virtual and dynamic enterprise architectures.
IBM Is Hiring In Missouri: 800 Jobs Over 30 Months
IBM said it is opening a third services-delivery center in North America, with plans to begin hiring for the Missouri facility this summer. IBM projects that by the end of 2012, it will have up to 800 employees at the center.
App Consolidation: Always the Right Time
How many applications are in your company? Too many? Our cover story this week explores application consolidation strategy, and why it's important to keep the app-cutting pressure on, even as companies start putting more emphasis on growth rather than cost cutting.
Microsoft Takes Supercomputing To The Cloud
Buried beneath the bland verbiage announcing Microsoft's Technical Computing Initiative on Monday is some really exciting stuff. As Bill Hilf, Redmond's general manager of technical computing, explained it to me, Microsoft is bringing burst- and cluster-computing capability to its Windows Azure platform. The upshot is that anyone will be able to access HPC in the cloud.
E-Health Laggards Need To Start Moving Now
Healthcare providers starting from scratch with projects to implement e-health record systems in hopes of cashing in on the government's $20 billion-plus meaningful use incentive programs had better get going.
Apple, RIM Gain Market Share
Motorola saw a 29% decline in shipments, but a significant boost in profits due to its shift in focus to high-margin smartphones.
FBI CIO Unveils Next-Gen IT Strategy
Despite a setback to its Sentinel case-management system, the agency is deploying a high-speed network, new Office-based PCs, and other infrastructure improvements.
Image Gallery: IT Hall Of Shame
Look back at ten of the most infamous and notorious tech industry frauds, flops, and foibles from individuals to products, ideas to entire companies.
CA Changes Its Name
CA, the former Computer Associates, will announce on Sunday that it's changing its name once again. It's not exactly a mind-blower.
Cisco Stock: 4 Reasons It's Not Reflecting Blowout Quarter
CEO John Chambers says Cisco just had "probably the strongest quarter in our history" and given that storied history, that's a remarkable perspective. But investors have been pooh-poohing Cisco shares, which have actually even fallen a bit: do they know something CIOs should know? Here are four possible explanations from a great equity-research firm.
Hasso Plattner Video Panned By Workday Co-CEO Bhusri
Actually, Workday co-CEO Aneel Bhusri liked the video itself: he called it "enjoyable and amusing." But he didn't care much for the core messages and strategies imparted in the video by SAP's founder and chairman. In fact, he wrote a blog post skewering Plattner and SAP for being five years behind the times and called it, "Welcome to the Present."
SAP Smart To Snare Sybase's Mobile Mojo
SAP's $5.8-billion acquisition of Sybase should finally put some momentum behind the movement of business-critical enterprise software apps onto smartphones. That's something today's increasingly mobile corporate workforces need. However, deployment has proceeded at a snail's pace, probably because the enabling expertise has been centered in pockets outside of the mainstream of the enterprise software-development community.