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Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
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Hewlett Packard's head honchos outlined their divisional strategies on Tuesday. Here's a look at the key themes.
Amazon said Tuesday that it will invest in Bill Me Later, an alternative payment technology, and make it available as an option on Amazon.com.
One of the big takeaways from Hewlett-Packard's analyst meeting will be that the company's information technology overhaul serves multiple purposes.To wit:HP's IT consolidation is designed to save money;The teams are that are carrying out the consolidation are being trailed by HP services soldiers to glean insight;CEO Mark Hurd said the IT overhaul hasn't been entirely smooth;But if all goes well, HP can take its knowledge and sell customers on it.
According to Dynamic Markets, one in three companies' technology projects fail to meet expectations and 43 percent of organizations say their managers accept these problems as the norm.The survey, conducted for Tata Consultancy Services, polled 800 middle and senior technology managers at large companies in the U.
Updated to reflect 2009 outlook, IT consolidation: Hewlett-Packard CFO Cathie Lesjak on Tuesday set the company's outlook for 2009 and updated analysts on its effort save on its technology infrastructure.Lesjak said the company expects fiscal 2009 revenue growth of 5 percent to 6 percent from 2008 to $117.
Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd said Tuesday that the company plans to cut costs more while retooling investments to focus on digital content and software as a percentage of revenue growth. Hurd added that demand for digital content will force enterprises to overhaul technology infrastructure.
Notable headlines:Larry Dignan: Dell launches its first tablet PC; Hopes touch boosts interest. Techmeme.
VMware will announce Tuesday that enterprise software giant SAP will support its applications running on VMware ESX Server. Under the arrangement, SAP will support its virtualized software running on VMware (all resources) and 64-bit Windows, Linux and Solaris platforms.
Dell on Tuesday will launch its first foray into the tablet PC market with the Latitude XT. Can Dell infuse a little interest into tablet PCs with a device that will cost you $2,499?