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 2010
American Airlines has rolled out a new iPhone app that promises to offer everything (except on-time arrivals) from E-check-ins to seat assignments to monitoring upgrades but the, uh, fly in the ointment seems to be that it won't let you log in unless your American Advantage membership number contains at least one letter. The problem is, many don't.
With 84% of global PCs still running XP/Vista and 63% of Office users still on versions from 2003 or earlier, Microsoft is looking at some serious growth potential over the next couple of years, says enterprise software analyst Brent Thill.
With co-CEO Jim Snabe, McDermott's set a vibrant new strategy, restored growth and profitability, and exorcised some wicked demons and ghosts.
Two tiny makers of mainframe knockoffs are joining forces with the always-eager EU to try to browbeat IBM into unearned submission.
While Salesforce.com's the unquestioned SaaS revenue leader, Taleo, RightNow, NetSuite and SuccessFactors are all closing in on annual run rates of $200 million. With SuccessFactors this week reporting 27% quarterly revenue growth to $46.8 million, these and other high-growth SaaS vendors have proven they've got industrial-strength enterprise chops.
Larry Ellison was the top-earning CEO of the decade across all industries, the Wall Street Journal reports, with total income of $1.836 billion. Apple's Steve Jobs came in fourth at $748.8 million. For Ellison, Jobs, and others, it's surprising-shocking?-to see how a $100 investment in each company's stock performed over that same decade.
Charles Phillips' claim about Oracle's $70B war chest is belittled in a stunningly public clarification that's also a put-down.
Wal-Mart's big-time RFID expansion down to individual items has the privacy kooks on red alert--any danger behind their paranoia?
Paul Maritz explains how CIOs can create one giant computer to go beyond CapEx to OpEx reductions and fund new high-value applications.
The iPad phenomenon is unprecedented, and CIOs who want to innovate rather than procrastinate need to follow the money to Apple's stunning success.
A management shuffle and pointed comments from IBM CEO Palmisano show the drive for optimized systems will accelerate.
The last time Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia did a joint funding close to this size, the recipient was Google. Will lightning strike twice?
The power of pervasive consumer technology is causing massive disruptions in not only retail but your business as well--are you clued in?
Citing massive turnover among IBM employees, failure to back up data appropriately, and a high-profile server crash that is jeopardizing the state's ability to pursue several fraud investigations, the state of Texas has put IBM on 30-day notice of possible termination of their $863 million services contract. Texas claims 16 separate instances where IBM has defaulted on its obligations, says dallasnews.com.
Before my dad died, we had a great supply-chain adventure. Here's a reprint of my column about that extraordinary man.
This little-known BI company had 2009 revenue of $157M plus blue-chip corporate customers and proven success on the iPhone and other mobile devices.
Schumer's publicity-grubbing letter is a joke, but the ugly threat it represents of a horribly regulated and bureaucratic IT industry is frightening.
As real-time and Big Data pressures mount and CIOs need advanced databases to keep up, Oracle claims 11g is 5-10 years ahead of IBM and Microsoft. First in a series.
A CIO's plea that "We never want another update from Microsoft again" spurs Redmond to join the swelling ranks of IT-appliance providers.
Transcending data warehousing and OLTP, Oracle's Exadata is triggering an industrywide redefinition of the core IT systems that fire the global economy.
Hewlett-Packard's converged infrastructure technologies and overall enterprise portfolio and strategy should allow the world's largest IT company to outperform expectations and gain share in "IT Data center spending," says a new research note from Morgan Stanley.
With 6,000 employees and a full complement of Indian and non-Indian execs in place at its Globalization Centre East in Bangalore, Cisco has selected its "next frontier" on its journey to become a truly global company: Brazil.
Reversing a recent decision to outsource IT infrastructure, a bank expects in-house IT to boost speed and customer value.
Two high-growth privately held firms that IBM has snapped up this year were tracking toward IPOs but instead elected to take IBM's all-cash offers. The 451 Group says the IBM-acquisition cashouts proved far richer-and quicker-for Initiate Systems and BigFix than going public would have.
A Microsoft exec shares some huge company numbers but those digits spark deeper questions about the company's direction.
After narrowly averting strikes among its Enterprise Services division in the U.K. earlier this year, Hewlett-Packard could face more labor unrest there following word that 934 HP professional-services employees based in England will be losing their jobs. A union representing the HP employees is seeking for "a job security guarantee."
Ellison says his Exadata machine is converting IBM customers, but IBM says Ellison's dealing in smoke and mirrors rather than reality.
Apple might not be targeting its iPad at business users, but businesspeople are certainly targeting it. The situation's gotten so intense at Wells Fargo that a senior VP leading an iPad trial can't get her hands on one-her boss took the one intended for her, according to bloomberg.com.
CIOs don't have to like mergers among IT suppliers, but they sure better be able to manage and optimize them.