Profile of Mary Hayes Weier
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Articles by Mary Hayes Weier
posted in November 2007
A Web site overhaul helped Overstock.com avoid the transaction slowdowns that plagued some other sites.
The chief executive breaks the company's financial silence with analysts by enticing them with new consumer offerings that are expected to differentiate it from HP and Apple.
While multi-hour Web site meltdowns are now rare, slowdowns in product search, cart loading, and check out still left many shoppers stuck this week.
CEO Patrick Byrne credits the success of his new Web site to a move away from offshore outsourcing and the investment in "expensive" Java developers.
Mortgage lenders on Tuesday committed to a doozy of an IT project: they'll build a database on every foreclosed property in the United States to help cities untangle the foreclosure mess. Good. The guilty party is finally starting to show some responsibility for the subprime mortgage crisis.
XTuple will announce this week that it's certified its OpenMFG ERP suite and its simpler, free PostBooks accounting software to run on Mac OS X Leopard.
Services, products enhanced by aggressive acquisitions strategy.
So the other shoe drops. Four months after admitting one of its subsidiaries downloaded Oracle documents it didn't have legal rights to, SAP is doing everything it can to yank out and destroy that thorn in it's paw known as TomorrowNow.
Even with four companies now controlling more than of half the business intelligence market, don't forget the independents, including SAS Institute and MicroStrategy.
Marc Benioff says Salesforce.com is on target to hit $1 billion in revenue next year, but I don't think it will happen. I predict that before Salesforce.com hits that run rate as an independent, publicly traded company, Oracle will buy it.
Marc Benioff's confidence comes after the company reported net income for its third fiscal 2008 quarter reached $6.51 million.
The 165 agents and managers at the company's Kansas call center are using Google Docs, Gmail, Calendar, Talk, and Start Page.
IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP may own the largest slice, but independent BI vendors suggest they have much more to offer.
Half of the BI tools market will now be owned by the big four: IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, and SAP.
The days of work going offshore to Indian IT pros earning $15,000 a year? They're gone. Now salaries are at least double that, according to a seemingly reliable source.
Ralph Szygenda says CMMI for Acquisition helps the automaker juggles multiple service vendors employing a total of 15,000 IT professionals worldwide.
Information Builders insists that with the release of better smart phones, such as the iPhone, access to BI from mobile devices is about to take off.
It's inevitable. We post a story about offshore outsourcing, and the comments section quickly fills with several or more postings about those damn foreigners taking our jobs. My multi-story package on entering the second decade of offshore outsourcing has attracted quite a few.
The contract includes managing the travel agency's SAP system and network services, plus many of its accounting and HR functions.
Kris Gopalakrishnan shares his thoughts on India's talent shortage, the importance of good English for U.S. customers, and hiring U.S. IT workers to train in India.
Can you believe it's been a whole decade since CIOs began offshore outsourcing? Small bits of development work went overseas before then, but the practice didn't really pick up until CIOs found themselves short-handed on Y2K code fixes. From that point on, it exploded.