During the conference call announcing the layoffs and restructuring HP CEO Mark Hurd explained his reasons for dissolving the company's Customer Solutions Group (CSG), which was tasked with sales to corporations, small and medium-size businesses and public-sector customers. The bulk of the sales organization will be integrated into the Technology Solutions Group, which will now both develop product solutions and sell to large corporations.
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In his last response to my response to his response to my attack on the credibility of his report on Technorati (did you follow that?), Microsoft evangelist Robert Scoble asks and implies some questions that deserved to be answered.
IBM's senior program manager of Web services Standards Tom Glover (also president, and Chairman of the Board for the Web Services-Interoperability (WS-I) Organization) has responded to my feedback on defining open. Why define open?
I couldn't help but spot the irony in the fact that in the same week that HP announced it would be laying off approximately 15,000 employees, it also announced it would be taking on one new employee who will be getting a compensation package with an estimated worth of $15.3 million per year.
The Promethean Dave Winer (who I wrote about here) chimed in to the percolating Berlind/Scoble (chief Microsoft geek blogger) conversation about their respective views on Technorati and blogging styles:Meanwhile Scoble is getting some grief from ZDNet's David Berlind. I've gotten this kind of grief myself, and it's based on a big misunderstanding.
This past Friday, before signing off for the weekend, I took Microsoft's Robert Scoble to task for what, in my opinion, was a grossly unjust review of the services provided by Technorati. Robert Scoble is the publisher of the very popular blog Scobleizer and I felt his coverage was unjust for two reasons.
Although I try to stay away from issues concerning the blogo-journosphere here on Between the Lines (it's just not very IT-related), I've decided to come out for a whirl of it today since someone else's coverage of the "blojosphere" draws some unfairly levied criticism at a company that I've been studying closely as well as some attention to the blogging/journalism rub.
Is Amazon worthy of its $15 billion valuation? A News.
A recent report by the NGA (National Governor's Association) Center for Best Practices reiterated the need for Governors to have strong, effective CIOs to manage their IT infrastructure. You might think this is a foregone conclusion, but some states still wonder, and each new wave of Governors struggles with the right mix anew.
Joe Kraus of Jotspot came by my office today and we chatted for about 30 minutes about how his wiki-based platform and applications are evolving. Joe has ample Web 1.