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Content tagged with Executive Insights & Innovation posted in August 2010
Global CIO: SAP Stunner: ERP Deal Boosts Customer Profit $100M Per Year
Commentary  |  8/31/2010
Airgas says its extensive SAP project will raise annual operating profits by at least $75 million and possibly more than $125 million. Here's how.
Global CIO: NetApp In Ascendancy: An Exclusive CEO Interview
Commentary  |  8/30/2010
The CIO surge toward virtualization and NetApp's "50% guarantee" are driving the company's powerful growth, says CEO Tom Georgens.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison's Acquisition List: Who's #1?
Commentary  |  8/29/2010
Informatica and Teradata are the favorites of poll respondents, but my votes go to EMC and Netezza.
Linux, Windows Server Demand Drives 24% Gain
News  |  8/27/2010
Unix didn't grab a piece of the market's fastest quarterly growth in more than 5 years.
Global CIO: Dell Trumps HP For 3Par, Saves Know-Nothing Columnist
Commentary  |  8/27/2010
Give up, Dell: HP will never let you win the fight for 3Par, I was about to write. Then, proving I'm a fool, Dell won the jackpot. Or did it?
Global CIO: The HP CEO Dream Team: Andreessen & IBM's Rometty
Commentary  |  8/26/2010
Board member Adreessen's tech vision and Rometty's strategic insight and high-level sales savvy could unlock HP's vast potential.
IT Hall Of Shame, Part 2
Slideshows  |  8/25/2010
Welcome back to our rogue's gallery of computer industry flops, frauds and foibles. In this installment, we're pleased to present ten more exhibits, from Y2K to the Pentium Bug, that prove the best laid plans of mice and men don't just go awry -- they lead straight to the IT Hall of Shame.
Global CIO: IBM Top Product Exec Discusses Strategy, Systems, & Oracle
Commentary  |  8/25/2010
IBM's head of Software and Systems Steve Mills describes customer priorities, optimized systems, and Oracle's "bait-and-switch" philosophy.
Global CIO: Has HP Found Its Next CEO?
Commentary  |  8/23/2010
Interim CEO Lesjak scored some big points in last week's earnings call but also revealed equally big challenges at the world's biggest IT company.
Global CIO: HP's Next Two Multibillion-Dollar Acquisition Targets
Commentary  |  8/23/2010
HP needs to create a unique and unmatched market position playing to its strengths, and these two companies can put HP over the top.
Global CIO: Schwarzenegger Shocker: California Strangling Entrepreneurs
Commentary  |  8/20/2010
In his weekly video address, Governor Schwarzenegger explains why it takes 10 times longer to open a business in California than in Texas.
Global CIO: SAP Confronts The Real-Time Culture Wars
Commentary  |  8/19/2010
SAP hopes to help companies overcome the technology challenges of real-time business, but the cultural implications might be even more daunting.
Down To Business: Patent Acquirer RPX On A Roll Against The Trolls
Commentary  |  8/19/2010
The company now has sufficient revenue to buy $100 million in patents and patent rights a year as it shields members from "non-practicing entities."
Global CIO: Oracle Execs Offer Deep Insights Into Company's Soul
Commentary  |  8/18/2010
Oracle's thinking on MySQL, hardware convergence, infrastructure consolidation, case studies from Home Depot, Toys R Us and RIM, and more.
InformationWeek 500 Preview: The Growth Imperative
Commentary  |  8/18/2010
The annual InformationWeek 500 Conference will commence Sept. 12-15. As organizations explore new ways to grow, this year's gathering will provide the fodder and inspiration to propel IT into the center of that discussion. Come join us at the St. Regis Monarch Beach, Calif.
Global CIO: IBM's Brilliant Trojan-Horse Strategy Transcends Technology
Commentary  |  8/17/2010
IBM makes mainframes and microprocessors and middleware—can it also predict business conditions in totally unrelated industries? The answer seems to be yes.
IBM Takes $200M From HP And Oracle Customers
Commentary  |  8/17/2010
Continuing to push its four-year-old "Migration Factory" campaign, IBM said it gained nearly 4 points of Unix market share in Q2 by convincing 239 enterprise customers to replace Unix solutions from Hewlett-Packard or Oracle with those from IBM. At an average of less than $1 million per migration, those quarterly wins might not be megadeals-but IBM says its Migration Factory now has 2,600 such conversions.
Global CIO: IBM & Oracle Expose Hewlett-Packard's Achilles' Heel
Commentary  |  8/16/2010
While HP's systems strategy is on hold, Oracle and IBM are leading customers into the new age of highly integrated and optimized systems.
Global CIO: Bank Of VMware: Its Bold Plan To Fund Your New Applications
Commentary  |  8/16/2010
VMware says its new strategy can give you not only the technology platform for creating new applications but also the funding to pay for them.
HP: My Day In The CEO Interview Hot Seat
Commentary  |  8/11/2010
Ever wonder what it would be like to interview for the top spot at the world's largest IT company? Here's one possibility for how it might go.
Global CIO: Hewlett-Packard's New CEO: The Top 10 Challenges
Commentary  |  8/11/2010
They include forging a new product strategy, focusing on transformation, spotting hot new markets, maybe dumping PCs, and not getting obsessed with "the HP Way."
Global CIO: A Secret Letter To Apple's Steve Jobs From Senator Schumer
Commentary  |  8/10/2010
In which our unctuous politician, giddy over the Antennagate axing of an Apple exec, sends a followup letter loaded with advice for his new BFF.
Microsoft Swings Purse At Apple To Tout PC Over Mac
Commentary  |  8/10/2010
As part of its increasingly feisty public persona, Microsoft has launched a new website lashing back-well, maybe meowing back-at Apple's Mac-versus-PC ad campaign that publicly flayed Windows for a couple of years. Cnet's Chris Matyszczyk offers a funny take on Microsoft's mushy messages.
Larry Ellison's Shopping List: Who's #1?
Commentary  |  8/10/2010
Can an analysis of Oracle's past acquisitions tell us which companies are moving to the top of its current shopping list? Enterprise Matters' Josh Greenbaum points to just such an analysis, which is not only compelling reading in itself but also includes an online poll seeking the crowd's wisdom on which company is most likely to be bought next by Oracle.
Global CIO: Oracle's Fowler Says Systems Performance About To Explode
Commentary  |  8/9/2010
More-powerful engineered systems will give customers dramatically expanded insights, options, and opportunities, says Oracle's systems chief.
Move Over, iPhone: Android Biggest Threat To Blackberry
Commentary  |  8/9/2010
In Q2, RIM's Blackberry smartphone shipments jumped 41%, allowing it to maintain a U.S. market-share lead over the iPhone of almost 50%. Against a market phenomenon as powerful as Apple and the iPhone 4, that's impressive. The problem for RIM is, Q2 Android smartphone shipments surged by 886%, Canalys says.
Global CIO: Schwarzenegger Shocker: California Strangling Entrepreneurs
Commentary  |  8/7/2010
In his weekly video address, Governor Schwarzenegger explains why it takes 10 times longer to open a business in California than in Texas.
Global CIO: Burying Mark Hurd: Hewlett-Packard And Its Future
Commentary  |  8/7/2010
After five years of frosty technocratic rule, HP needs a fiery and charismatic leader who can devise and deliver a compelling vision worthy of the world's largest IT company.
In Cutting Off Hurd, Is HP Spiting Its Face?
Commentary  |  8/6/2010
Our Wolfe's Den columnist wonders whether Hewlett-Packard's board isn't taking the easy way out--and potentially reducing future shareholder value--by forcing CEO Mark Hurd to resign.
Global CIO: Blackberry CEO Should Tell Saudi Arabia To Pound Sand
Commentary  |  8/6/2010
Saudi Arabia's demand to be granted unencrypted access to Blackberry messages should be met with this unencrypted recommendation: drop dead.
Global CIO: In Database Wars, Microsoft Says It Gets No Respect
Commentary  |  8/5/2010
Microsoft's gaining on Oracle and IBM in database revenue but can the company truly scale to help CIOs attack the deadly 80/20 IT-spending ratio?
Google Missing Enterprise 2.0 Future By Killing Wave
Commentary  |  8/5/2010
You can't be a serious player in the upcoming Web 2.0/Enterprise 2.0 world if you don't have a communications and collaboration platform. That's why it's alarming that Google is pulling the plug on further development of Wave, even though they're saying the technology will appear in other products. This is where one sees the failure of their model of throwing betas against the wall to see
Global CIO: IBM's Bank Outage: Anatomy Of A Disaster
Commentary  |  8/4/2010
IBM personnel inadvertently triggered a 7-hour outage at Singapore's largest banking network last month by using unapproved procedures. Here's a detailed look at what went wrong.
American Airlines' iPhone App Gets Timely Fix
Commentary  |  8/4/2010
Last week we noted a glitch in a new iPhone app from American Airlines that prevented some long-time members of the AmericanAdvantage club from being able to use the slick application, which helps orchestrate everything from check-ins to seat assignments to upgrades. American says it learned of the problem quickly and corrected the bug within hours.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison And The New Oracle Rock The Tech World
Commentary  |  8/3/2010
From optimized systems and new Fusion apps to slashing CIOs' integration burdens, Oracle promises to redefine not only product categories but also customer expectations.
Global CIO: IBM, WalMart, & Tom Cruise To Star In Thriller, 'RFID Madness!'
Commentary  |  8/2/2010
Wal-Mart said, "It's just for clothes" and IBM said, "It's just for billboards" but now I've got RFID chips glued to my earlobes. Why oh why didn't I heed the warnings??
Facebook Supersizes New Data Center As Demand Surges
Commentary  |  8/2/2010
With construction on its new Oregon data center only recently underway, Facebook has decided to double the size of the facility to handle current demand from its 500 million users and offer headroom for the additional growth the company anticipates in the future, says Data Center Knowledge.
Global CIO: Oracle Product Chief Offers Glimpse At New Fusion Apps
Commentary  |  8/2/2010
Infused with new BI and collaboration functionality, the long-delayed apps can be mixed and matched with existing Oracle applications, says EVP Thomas Kurian.
Global CIO: 5 Ways India's HCL Will Make Money From Cloud
Commentary  |  8/2/2010
Companies aren't spending much on cloud computing, but it's 'on the cusp,' HCL president says. Here is how one Indian outsourcer expects to cash in.
Sun Founder McNealy Attacks Textbook Industry Via Web
Commentary  |  8/1/2010
With two daughters in college, I drop about $2,500 a year on college textbooks, and realize many millions of others are in the same smelly and leaky boat. So it's great to see that pugnacious Sun founder Scott McNealy is looking to use the Internet and open-source technology to give back to those textbook fleecers the same sort of thrashing they've been giving the rest of us for so many years.

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