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Bob Evans is senior VP, communications, for Oracle Corp. He is a former InformationWeek editor.
Articles by Bob Evans
posted in April 2010

HP-Palm Can Leapfrog Apple In Mobile Apps

If you look at the volume of mobile apps available for Apple (180,000), Android (40,000), and Palm (1,000), you just might scratch your head and wonder what in tarnation Mark Hurd was thinking when he agreed to spend $1 billion to acquire Palm. But an investment manager who's a massive Apple fan suggests one clear way for HP and Hurd to make the deal a big winner.

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Google, IBM, Apple Top List Of Most-Valuable Brands

In an annual ranking of the brand value of global technology companies, Google, IBM and Apple held their top three spots from last year while the brand value for each rose significantly. And between HP and Cisco, one saw its brand value soar 48% for the year while the other's tumbled by 7%. Click ahead to see the whole list.

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CK Prahalad Remembered By Colleague And Friend

In his 14 years at the University of Michigan, Professor MS Krishnan worked as closely and extensively with management superstar CK Prahalad as anyone. In a moving tribute, Krishnan shares some candid and vivid memories of Prahalad, a frequent collaborator with InformationWeek, one of the world's great thinkers, and a passionate advocate for the billions of people at the bottom of the economic pyramid.

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IBM Hiring In Detroit: Several Hundred Jobs Over 5 Years?

IBM is looking to add "multiple" positions at its 7-month-old applications-delivery center on the campus of Michigan State University and a local newspaper says the company might ultimately be looking to add "several hundred" new jobs at the center over the next five years.

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IBM Is Hiring In U.S.: 100 Vermont Manufacturing Jobs

IBM says it is hiring 100 full-time, long-term manufacturing jobs at its semiconductor plant in Essex Junction, Vermont. While most people will consider this to be good news, I'm betting the anti-IBM screecher groups will find some way to turn this into another chapter in their fictional class-warfare saga of IBM versus the little man.

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HP Blasts Cisco's Proprietary Data Center Strategy

Hewlett-Packard has opened up a new data center featuring all-HP equipment with twice the density and half the power consumption of "previous solutions." Poking the eye of its former partner and current competitor, an HP VP said, "We're Cisco-free in this data center and have a plan to extend this freedom across all of our internal IT data centers next year."

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Analyst Says IBM Numbers To Show Tech-Spend Resurgence

IT-industry hopes are buzzing that IBM's quarterly results, coming on Monday, April 19, will validate and accelerate the promise triggered last week by Intel's blowout numbers. One analyst who's expecting very big things from IBM believes its numbers will prove that "a resurgence in corporate IT spending" has occurred.

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Scott McNealy On Steve Jobs And Larry Ellison

Sun Microsystems founder Scott McNealy might be gone but he's not forgotten how to pack a lot of punch into a few words. At a new-product rollout for a company he's advising, McNealy offered the crowd some classic comments on Apple and Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, mistakes Sun made, Microsoft, and how he thinks he'll be remembered.

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Does Intel's Blowout Quarter Signal IT Turnaround?

As we noted yesterday, Intel CEO Paul Otellini went to great lengths in the company's earnings call to avoid linking Intel's record-setting revenue with a return of robust corporate spending on IT. But a Wall Street Journal article says that "Intel's latest view suggests corporate spending is now flowing into tech again." What's the real story?

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Intel CEO Otellini Sees Signs Of Corporate IT Upturn

"We are also seeing signs of corporate demand returning which we believe will continue to improve," said Intel CEO Paul Otellini during an earnings call in which the company announced a blowout quarter. He later added, "You are getting to the point where CIOs are feeling a bit better about their business."

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The 10 Largest Data Centers In The World

The information age's insatiable appetite for ever-larger servings of digital goodies has turned the humble data center of old into the rock stars of 2010, and Rich Miller over at has compiled a list of what he believes are the biggest of an increasingly oversized breed.

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Apple iPad And Mobile BI: There's An App For That

CIOs intrigued by the iPad as a business tool can now evaluate a mobile BI tool that extracts data from IBM Cognos, various Microsoft products, SAP, Business Objects,, and LifeRay and creates interactive reports for iPad users. The new product is from Mellmo, which says a comparable iPhone app is currently deployed to 50,000 enterprise users.

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Microsoft Salaries Top $100K Average, $178,159 With Perks

Microsoft's workers earned base compensation of $100,608 in calendar 2008, with benefits and stock pushing total average comp to $178,159, according to a sweeping study showcasing the company's impact on the state of Washington's economy. The study is surely intended to pressure the state legislature into thinking very carefully about tax burdens placed on Microsoft.

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Are IBM, Google, Apple, Etc. Conspiring On Hiring?

The Justice Dept. believes IBM, Google, Apple, Intel and other large tech companies are attempting to hold down compensation for some employees by agreeing not to recruit from each other. If you ask me, this is a clear sign that the employees at Justice have way too much time on their hands.

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Apple R&D Impact Trounces Intel's, Cisco's, & Microsoft's

Based on R&D spending over the past four years, Apple ($4.6 billion) has been massively outspent by Microsoft ($31 billion, or 7x), Cisco ($19 billion, or 4x), and Intel ($23 billion, or 5x). But over that same period, Apple has blown away those companies in financial performance and set remarkable standards for ROI on R&D.

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Oklahoma Sells Citizens' Data And Makes Millions

Over the past five years, the state of Oklahoma has raised more than $65 million by selling its citizens' personal information including names, birth dates, driver's-license numbers, and more. As further proof of a rotten situation run amok, the state's now trying to shield public-sector workers from those same privacy-trampling practices to which private-sector citizens are subject.

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Intel Ex-CEO Craig Barrett Defends HP Ex-CEO Fiorina

Former Intel CEO and chairman Craig Barrett has written an article defending former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, stating that the "merger of HP and Compaq was an unqualified success" leading to a "strong foundation for HP's current success under its very capable management team." In evaluating Fiorina's tenure at HP, Barrett says, "critiques just do not match the facts."

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Accenture Is Hiring: 1,128 Jobs

"Accenture Is Hiring Experienced Technology Professionals," says the headline over the company's recruitment ad, and a link within that ad takes you to an Accenture sign-in page that includes the line, "Search Results (1128 jobs found)".

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Cisco Releases WebEx iPad App

One more reminder to CIOs that the computing devices, they are a-changin': Cisco's launched a free app that lets iPad users tie into WebEx meetings with a few simple taps, and has quoted a big customer who loves the iPad-WebEx connection because his company "is constantly pursuing solutions that enhance mobile collaboration between our employees, partners and customers."

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