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 June 2010
Putting more muscle at the point of revenue, Oracle is supplying its largest customers with "client architects" to advise CIOs "on how to shape their architectures in concert with Oracle's investments," says company president Charles Phillips. He added that these technical advisors "essentially serve as dedicated CTOs for our large customers."
Ellison says his billion-dollar baby, Exadata, is racking up huge customer wins at major IBM accounts due to superior speed and reliability.
Oracle has recruited a high-level exec from arch-rival IBM to become senior VP of on-demand services and report directly to CEO Larry Ellison, but IBM is suing to stop the move, claiming she "possesses valuable confidential information about IBM and our operations."
As more employees blatantly flaunt IT policies, CIOs are getting crushed between security mandates and social's unstoppable momentum.
While HP's got networking gear and Palm WebOS, IBM's porting its software for mobile use and its Sterling acquisition is critical.
Expanding its presence in the mortgage-software business, IBM plans to add 600 jobs in Oregon, nearly doubling the size of its mortgage-industry workforce there. Oregon, struggling with an unemployment rate of 10.6%, appears to have edged out bids for the jobs from North Carolina and Oklahoma.
Human beings' 15-second limit: how the iconic iPhone will change the way enterprise apps are written and perform.
In 1977, Digital Equipment Corp. founder Ken Olsen said, "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home." Another prediction's not quite as atrociously bad but almost: 22 months ago, Lawson Software CEO Harry Debes said the SaaS industry will go "nowhere" and within two years "will collapse." But hey, he's not wrong just yet-he's still got two months to go.
CEO Chambers is telling all who will listen that high U.S. corporate tax rates are forcing businesses to do most of their investing and hiring elsewhere.
If you think Cisco's been aggressive with acquisitions and product launches in the past, you'd better tighten your shoelaces because John Chambers says the company's new management structure has slashed decision-making times by more than 90%.
Analyzing the cloud's impact on everything from security to the CIO to corporate culture, a new book on the cloud revolution by my outstanding colleague Charles Babcock is an absolute must-read.
At HP's Software Universe event this week, five global customers received Awards of Excellence in the categories of Transformation, Business Agility, Cost Optimization, Business Impact, and Outstanding Achievement. One winner rolled out "an IT operational model that can be supported by less than one quarter of the merged staff."
As Delta's CIO completes the massive IT integration with Northwest, she turns her passionate leadership to creating EXCEPTIONAL customer experiences.
Microsoft is hiring up to 500 sales reps for its public-sector cloud-computing solutions to add more firepower to its intensifying competition with Google for the hundreds of millions-and potentially billions-of government dollars being pushed into the cloud.
An investment manager lists 15 reasons--15!--to avoid Salesforce.com's stock. Could that sentiment spread to product purchases as well?
Jive says Social Business is software's most important category in a decade, and some powerful partners agree. Will CIOs buy it?
Oracle has every right to cut employees while integrating Sun, but the problem is that Larry Ellison said very specifically that would not happen.
The business world has changed fundamentally, but some CIOs cling to the past. And the price they'll pay is losing their jobs.
The oncoming information explosion can bury you or provide unique competitive advantage. HP says the key is analytics.
Saying he expects the Obama administration to raise taxes on profits generated outside the U.S., Cisco CEO John Chambers warned that such a policy will lead to fewer new Cisco jobs in the U.S. and more hiring overseas as the company embarks on a new era of sustained double-digit growth.
Runaway success at Apple and Google has governmental mandarins gleefully preparing litigious and regulatory shackles. And that is sheer madness.
Fortified by not only stronger enterprise IT spending but also other critical factors, Oracle represents a "compelling valuation" and should hit the upper half of its guidance range, UBS analyst Brent Thill states in a research note.
An astute Apple observer dissects Jobs' public comments about Apple TV and offers this conclusion: "Steve Jobs Gets It Wrong."
The new and widespread antipathy toward successful and disruptive companies like Google and Apple is cowardly and counterproductive.
How tricky is it to explain cloud computing? Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer declined to even try last week, telling his C-level audience that "I'm not sure my goal for today is going to be to actually explain it to you, but I do want to make sure that people understand that I think everybody in our industry accepts it's the next major transition point in terms of how IT gets done."
HP and all of its employees face an ugly future unless its CEO continues to transform the company to meet the needs and demands of tomorrow.
Insisting that PCs will continue to play a "growing part" in people's daily lives in spite of aggressive incursions from smaller and hipper devices, Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie sees huge potential for PCs as tools that will allow people to consume an ever-increasing spectrum of services, reports LATimes.com.
An IBM employee works out of his home in the Canary Islands while his boss is based in Madrid and his team is sprinkled in home offices across North America. A blogger on a site sponsored by Microsoft, no less explains how that all works, and also offers this head-spinner: 200,000 IBM employees work remotely.
Microsoft spends more on R&D and earns more profit than any other tech company--but Ballmer's favorite stat is something else altogether.