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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 January 2010
A Dallas-based IT services firm with 500 employees is looking to add 100 new jobs this year to support its growing business in managed IT services, applications development, project management, and infrastructure services. About half of the new jobs are based in Dallas while others will be spread around the U.S.
Is Larry Ellison's silicon-to-application strategy the next wave, or is he 50 years out of phase?
Making a huge commitment to Sun's viability and value, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said Sun will become profitable next month and will remain in the black thereafter. Setting up that unexpected promise, Ellison said, "So we're hiring, not firing. We're not cutting Sun to profitability, we're growing Sun to profitability."
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison served notice on competitors yesterday but saved his toughest talk for the UBS investment analyst who recently floated the rumor that Oracle would dismiss more than 13,000 Sun employees, or half its total workforce. Ellison called that claim "garbage" that was "highly irresponsible" and then set the record straight: Oracle will be adding employees.
Jobs and the iPad are revolutionizing the book business while picking a big fight with Amazon. What can you learn?
Sun's founder and its CEO exhort Sun employees to embrace Oracle, and Larry Ellison promises miminal Sun layoffs. Can they make it work?
In a phone conversation today, SAP CTO Vishal Sikka contrasted SAP's acceptance of customers' heterogeneous IT environments and its consequent focus on widespread interoperability versus a certain competitor's alternative approach of "making lots of acquisitions and buying more and more pieces and cramming it all down their customers' throats."
McDonalds's Corp., which has been one of the few global corporations that have managed to grow during the global downturn of the past 18 months, must be very pleased with the role IT outsourcer ACS is playing as the massive restaurant chain has signed a five-year extension for ACS to continue supplying IT services ranging from desktops to data centers.
New customer value, Sun's great technology, an IBM fixation, resetting the IT landscape, something deeply personal, and more.
While Oracle CEO Larry Ellison surely has his detractors as well as his fans, what are we to make of a supposedly knowledgeable IT blogger who likens Ellison to Venezuela's brutal socialist dictator, Hugo Chavez?
IBM and its longtime research partners at the Mayo Clinic are using predictive analytics to increase the speed and accuracy in detecting deadly brain aneurysms and have achieved successful detection rates of 95%, up from 70% via manual interpretation.
With the 9-month Oracle-Sun saga about to close-or rather to begin-all of the strategy speculation and MySQL melodrama and EU equivocation has made it easy to overlook the real core of this whole deal: Sun's people. In a farewell memo to the Sun team, CEO Jonathan Schwartz provides an elegant reminder that the two greatest technologies the world will ever know are the human brain and the human heart.
Looking to meet the growing demand for network-based video services, Polycom has joined up with Juniper to combine Polycom's online video capabilities with Juniper's high-performance network expertise. Plus, both realize the need for strategic partnerships if they hope to be able to compete vigorously with Cisco.
At its major technology event next week in Barcelona, Cisco will be showcasing new tools for what it calls "the third wave of collaboration" as well as recent developments in the rapidly emerging field of augmented reality. For those who can't make it to Barcelona, Cisco is holding a full-day virtual event.
Oracle has scheduled a 5-hour webcast for Wed., Jan. 27, to roll out its strategy for the new systems business it will launch following its acquisition of Sun. Oracle's calling the event, "Transforming the Way You Buy, Run, and Manage Your Business Systems."
I wouldn't know UBS stock analyst Brent Thill if I tripped over him but if it turns out he's wrong on his highly publicized report that Oracle will fire 13,500 Sun employees after the acquisition closes, Thill should have to face the music-probably including the loss of his high-level job.
One of the world's largest biomedical research foundations is investing in a project that will convert a former NATO command center in Iceland into a data center. While the 430,000-square-foot project has its challenges, let's just say that cooling will not be one of them.
Just two days after California approved open-source software for use in state offices and agencies, Montana's governor has received a request to rip and replace existing statewide contracts with Oracle and Microsoft and instead go with open source.
The list includes a strong commitment to enhance the open version of MySQL under the GPL in parallel with any enhancements to Oracle's own Enterprise Edition.
Another highlight concerns Oracle's promise about freedom of choice for support: "Customers will not be required to purchase support services from Oracle as a condition to obtaining a commercial license to MySQL."
While the deal's intractable ideological opponents will no doubt concoct all manner of strained arguments about
For the 17th consecutive year, IBM has been awarded more U.S. patents than any other company in the world, but non-U.S. companies for the second time collectively earned more than 50% of patents granted. Check out the full Top 10 list and take a guess on which company had more patents in 2009: Intel or Microsoft?
Citing customer demand for business intelligence, better IT performance, and lower IT costs, Oracle's executive vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa highlighted the rapid adoption of the Exadata database machine in the company's just-completed second quarter.
IBM plans to add at least 5,000 business-process outsourcing jobs in India in 2010 to meet rising demand, according to a senior advisory consultant for the company. IBM has been building a huge workforce in India, although 2009's company headcount in that country remained flat due to the global recession.
What's on your list of top priorities for 2010: Twitter policies? Amazon versus Azure? Vista versus Windows 7? Or how about cloud-computing strategies, attacking the 80/20 ratio, driving new revenue and customer engagements, predictive analytics, the transformation quotient, and much more? Check out our Top 10 CIO priorities list and let us know what you think.
Cisco is experiencing surging demand for "high-priority IT initiatives" that have resulted in some of its switching, video, and router products being put on back-order. Cisco says it is striving mightily to "minimize any potential impact to our customers," and analysts say it could mean strong upcoming results for the company.
While an overabundance of breathless hype about cloud computing is certainly fouling the air these days, we're also seeing some very legitimate reasons to believe that a thoughtful cloud-computing strategy can offer great business value for CIOs in 2010. Here are five predictions from a venture capitalist on why this could well be the breakout year for the cloud.
Gartner's recent acquisitions of rival analyst firms AMR and Burton Group could come under the scrutiny of hypersensitive European Union anticompetition regulators who are terrified that the acquisitions will have some impact-good, bad, or indifferent; it doesn't really matter-on at least one European. Head EU bureaucrat Neelie Kroes has reportedly promised a decision by 2012.
IBM is funding big electronic health-records projects for Siemens and three other companies in moves that offer an intriguing glimpse at one of the company's emerging strategies: IBM is leveraging its vast financial resources to win new business from customers that want not only IT products and services but also the cash to purchase it.