In my daily life I see a lot of fledgling companies and startups, some in existence for many years, delayed adolescence. Several observers have noted that a number of startups looking to make their mark in the Webosphere are becoming roadkill.
Between the Lines
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.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
SAP is going to spend roughly $400 million to $500 million over the next eight quarters over what amounts to be a big bet on mid-market customers. SAP's fourth quarter results offered few surprises since the company had already flagged weaker-than-expected growth, but the outlook was telling.
Advanced Micro Devices is facing a bleak outlook and at least one analyst is arguing that the company's business model is 'fundamentally broken." There may be some validity to that since AMD CEO Hector Ruiz is also talking about some business model "tweaks.
Notable headlines: Tech earnings galore:SAP sees 2007 margin down, growth outlook unclear. Sun starts to think different; plants private equity seed.
Why would a company with $2.6 billion in cash lying around as of Dec.
Yahoo said most of its advertisers have transitioned to Panama platform and all will be on board by the end of the quarter. Panama, which is the code name for Yahoo's project to close the Google text advertising gap, will launch on Feb.
As part of my daily reading, I check out Dennis Howlett's AccMan blog, and today was a special treat. He posted about Dan Ziman's hilarious "Greg the Architect" video, which skewers the SOA will save the IT world mentality.
Larry Rosen, the man who wrote the book on Open Source Licensing, has penned an open letter to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) regarding the formalization of a policy that paves the way for patented technologies to become IETF standards. The IETF is the organization that sets the standards for most internetworking technologies.
Following EMC's strong fourth quarter results it's safe to say that buying VMware was the best move the company has made. After all, VMware is driving EMC's growth and that's bad news for server vendors.
The Register reports that in Yeovil, England, fingerprint security systems have been installed in many pubs. They are used to keep out "undesirable" patrons--i.e., those who tend toward drunken violence.