Profile of Bob Evans
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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
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.
Here are 10 ways SAP's new leaders have reinvigorated the company, redefined its strategy, and reestablished the primacy of its customer.
Three huge global banks plan to revolutionize the CIO-vendor relationship—will their audacious plan trigger major changes from major IT vendors?
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.
Just 10 weeks after becoming co-CEO, SAP's Bill McDermott has re-energized the company by focusing intensely on delivering great customer value.
Three huge banks will work together to buy at lower prices and to build their own cloud-based global banking infrastructure and network.
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.
Oracle plows all of your support fees into new products and innovation and will offer Fusion "at our cost," vows Charles Phillips.
Whom should HP acquire? Or IBM, or Microsoft, or SAP, or Cisco, or five others? Here are our Top 10 matchmaking suggestions.
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.
Phillips says the mix-and-match approach is killing IT organizations, and the only salvation is standardization (on Oracle, of course).
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.
Riding strong demand for mobile deployment of enterprise apps and data, Sybase posted record first-quarter revenue and earnings and highlighted two of its new mobile apps for SAP as key drivers of that growth.
EMC says its biggest-ever first quarter proves "there is no doubt" that the private cloud is "exactly where customers are heading."
The world's second-largest container shipper is using PowerPivot for Excel to manage massive demand for data and overcome a "nightmare."
Undercutting media hand-wringing over IBM "abandoning the U.S. workforce," IBM says the cuts took place primarily in Europe and Asia.
That's a clear sign that many companies are overhauling operations to drive growth—are you a participant or a spectator?
Ellison says Oracle can overtake SAP by providing more industry-specific functionality, and his latest deal underscores his belief.
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."
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.
The globally celebrated strategist and scholar who championed the entrepreneurial spirit of the world's poor has died at 68.
Not many companies spend $239 million in a quarter on data-center capital expenditures, but for Google that's way down from the whopping levels it reached during its power-spending data-center buildouts in '07 and '08.
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.
Just before upgrading its sweeping reservations system, the airline decided to keep customers in the dark.
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?
Oracle chief architect Edward Screven underscores Oracle's investments in MySQL and its unique value for customers.
"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."
Speaking to 400 CIOs, Schmidt said "the answer should always be mobile first." In his own words, here are 10 reasons why that's so.
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 DataCenterKnowledge.com has compiled a list of what he believes are the biggest of an increasingly oversized breed.
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, Salesforce.com, 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.
Google Docs versus Office Online marks only the beginning of what will become very serious competition for CIOs' hearts and wallets.
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.
Both of those questions carry significant repercussions for CIOs about IBM's focus, ability to execute, and possibly shorter list of competitors.
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.
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.
Leveraging Sharepoint and Excel, Microsoft's looking beyond BI experts to 500 million knowledge workers who can benefit from BI's capabilities.
Ten of the market's leaders made a colleague's "Most Strategic" list, and here are the single biggest challenges each one is facing.
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.
Apptio's tools helped $2.5 billion St. Luke's Health System identify where its IT spending was exemplary, okay, or troublesome.
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."
"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)".
One study says Cisco's best days are gone but another says its "Smart+Connected Communities" will drive massive growth: what's it all mean for CIOs?
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."
Their service revenues are almost three times higher than software revenues and the trend is continuing--what does that mean for CIOs?
Lashing out at SAP on why Oracle will take the lead in enterprise apps, Ellison said some things that he might believe are true but aren't necessarily so.