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 July 2009
While Google's search share of 60% in the U.S. will certainly be tough for Microsoft and Yahoo to attack, the challenge in many other major countries around the world will be even more daunting: Google's worldwide search share is 67%, according to ComScore.
I'm a huge fan of Wal-Mart and its passionate commitment to customers and its ability to do things at an unmatched scale and with unmatched efficiency. Even so, I'm not buying an investment advisor's frothy analysis of how Wal-Mart is looking to harness the power of the sun to become one of the country's largest producers - and sellers - of electrical power.
With Microsoft's Windows franchise generating more than $10 billion in operating profit in fiscal 2009 despite the Vista disaster, Windows 7 has become a make-or-break product for Microsoft. So the optimism that CIOs and others have begun expressing for Windows 7 and CEO Steve Ballmer could very well signal a reversal in the giant company's stumbling fortunes.
Why IBM's plan to buy SPSS will greatly accelerate the evolution of not only IBM but also that of the entire IT industry.
Quick: in 2008, in the category of global enterprise apps, whose revenue was almost twice that of its rival's - SAP or Oracle? And if I offered to bet you a year's salary that Sage Group generated more revenue from global enterprise apps than did Microsoft and Salesforce.com combined in 2008, would you take the bet? AMR's list of the Top 50 app vendors offers the answers.
Maybe it's the law of big numbers, maybe it's marketing, maybe it's execution - but longtime SaaS poster-child Salesforce.com just had one analyst cut his rating estimates for the $1.2 billion company, while another analyst boosted his ratings and estimates for up-and-coming SaaS provider SuccessFactors. Which way are the clouds blowing?
It's been quite a week for former Motorola CIO Patty Morrison: first she's named CIO of $91 billion Cardinal Health, and then a couple of days later IBM agrees to acquire SPSS, on whose board she sits, for $1.2 billion. And third, tomorrow Morrison will be a featured speaker at our online Global CIO Summit virtual event: "Driving Business Value and Customer Value in the Global Economy."
After two decades of aggressive expansion in the bricks-and-mortar side of its retail-banking business, Bank of America is reportedly set to close about 10% of its 6,100 nationwide branches as more and more consumers handle their banking needs online and with mobile devices rather than visiting their local branch. My only question is, why have they waited so long?
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Cisco's aggressive moves outside its traditional networking markets hold a lot of potential for it and its customers. But with so much going on, CIOs want and need to know: What business is Cisco in today?
Cardinal Health CIO Jody Davids is stepping down from the $91 billion company according to her own plan and will be replaced next week by former Motorola CIO Patty Morrison. Two interesting details around this transition: Morrison will not inherit the other half of Davids' former job - EVP of corporate shared services - and will report to the CEO, which was not the case for Davids.
Bucking the rotten employment news that's become commonplace these days, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group is looking to hire 19 applications-development specialists and managers by Sept. 1. The company is planning a face-to-face job fair and is also accepting applications online.
As General Motors CIO Ralph Szygenda winds down his legendary career, he'll be remembered for many things: shifting the focus of his team from IT systems to cars and customers; consolidating a near-endless array of systems, applications, networks, and processes; using arbitrage to create a flexible network of third-party IT services; and more. But to me, the biggest impact he had was in helping make GM relevant again by changing it from a mediocre fortune-teller to a real-time global business.
Oracle has added real-time data-integration capabilities with the acquisition of privately held GoldenGate Software, enhancing its ability to ensure that vital business applications aren't disrupted during migrations and upgrades. The announcement confirms reports that we wrote about five weeks ago here in Global CIO.
For five straight years, Apple's stock price has performed magnificently as Steve Jobs' company has created a series of brilliant products. But a Wall Street Journal columnist argues that with declining revenue for both iPods and Mac computers, Apple must now pin all its hopes on the iPhone's ability to slug it out in an "industry of mutual assured destruction."
Alternative providers of support and maintenance services are winning over CIO hearts and wallets, but is this a real threat to SAP and Oracle or just a fad?
Hilton EVP and CIO Tim Harvey has left the company one year after Hilton was recognized as #2 in the InformationWeek 500 ranking. Hilton didn't give a reason for Harvey's departure, which follows a decade-long tenure marked by promotions and industry recognition. Did the recent addition of responsibility for corporate shared services dilute Harvey's ability to focus on CIO leadership?
A group seeking to build the largest and "most capable and advanced telescope ever constructed" hopes to open this stunning 30-meter window into the past by 2018 in Hawaii. Astronomers believe the massive telescope will let them "study light from the earliest stars and galaxies" and "test many of the fundamental laws of physics." And that's end-to-end visibility you can believe in.
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Citing "steady, modest improvement throughout the quarter" from enterprise customers in North America, a prominent securities analyst has upgraded Cisco's shares from neutral to outperform and bumped up his revenue forecast by $210 million for Q4. Are we seeing signs of the bottom?
Many large corporations have stopped cutting back on IT spending, according to Tata Consultancy Services' CFO. "The decline has been arrested," said the Tata executive.
Continuing to snatch Oracle and now SAP customers with half-price maintenance and support contracts, Rimini Street is morphing from gadfly to high-flier as its annual run rate approaches $200 million and it accepts a $10 million private-equity investment to fuel global expansion. Is it too late for the big boys to pull out the fly-swatter?
The not-so-good news is that IBM is expected to reporth declining revenue for the fourth straight quarter this afternoon. The good news is that the percentage decline expected for this quarter versus last quarter is almost flat, leading some analysts to speculate that the struggling economy might be bottoming out. The bad news? If they're wrong, it means we're in a free-fall.
In The Perfect World, we'd all have electronic health records that are complete, portable, and secure. But here in the real and imperfect world, the government's aggressive injection of itself into an already bewildering situation is pitting patients versus the IT industry. Or as the headline over an excellent news story asks, "Who really profits from digital medical records?"
A small organization whose members are Chief Customer Officers has named Oracle CCO Jeb Dasteel as its Chief Customer Officer of the year. While that's clearly a nice bit of recognition, we need to bear in mind that the voters were a few dozen other CCOs. Wouldn't it be interesting to see what Oracle's actual customers feel about the job Dasteel has done?
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Two highly educated and accomplished sons join the United States Marines to defend their country. One is killed in Iraq; the other still serves there. The 61-year-old father - an orthopedic surgeon - gets an age waiver to enlist and now serves as a combat surgeon near his son. The mother - strongest of all - supports and prays for them from home. Meet the remarkable Krissoff family, whose story reminds us all of the debt we owe our military families.
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has shown outstanding leadership in creating easy-to-use websites that let taxpayers see how their money is being spent (or wasted) by the federal government's vast array of IT projects. But after looking at outlays for $38.6 billion in "major investments, I almost - but not quite - wished Kundra had kept some of these ugly and depressing details out of sight and therefore mercifully out of mind.
Should CIOs join the boards of directors of IT vendors? By joining the board of Netezza, Merck CIO J. Chris Scalet will gain unmatched insight and input into the strategic plans of a key IT partner, and Netezza gets front-line customer expertise and cachet. But many vendor-customer relationships go through rough stretches or even dissolve altogether -- will Scalet be able to equitably fulfill both sets of responsibilities?
In a rapidly changing IT market, Dell has stood pat for a while as competitors have jumped into virtualization, the cloud, software, networking, and services. A few financial analysts feel Dell needs to quickly regain the confident aggressiveness that made it a global powerhouse earlier in this decade, and here are some acquisition targets they think will enable Dell to make that leap.