The future of computing will feature devices that monitor you, anticipate your actions and chronicle your life. The problem: Privacy concerns.
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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.
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SAP CEO Henning Kagermann's Sapphire keynote (see ZDNet coverage of the event) didn't reveal any surprises. SAP is riding high after a good quarter and feeling confident in its ability to deliver on its ambitious strategy to establish enterprise SOA across its product line and enter the on demand application with a new business suite aimed at the lower mid-market.
Do you need a traditional information technology department? That question was at the heart of a Gartner debate on the future of the IT departments.
Former Apple CFO Fred Anderson's statement about Steve Jobs and the company's options backdating issue was telling because it's rare that a top exec throws another one under the bus in a statement outside of a courtroom. Shame none of it matters without documentation.
While Amazon delivered a blow-out quarter it remains quiet about detailing how much it is spending on the fast-growing EC2 and S3 Web services. On the first quarter earnings conference call, Bear Stearns analyst Robert Peck tried to pin down Amazon (AMZN) executives on the capital spending issue for 2007, but CEO Jeff Bezos didn't bite.
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Amazon reported its first quarter earnings that handily beat expectations. It also sees clear sailing in the second quarter.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is apparently taking legal action in the Apple options backdating probe against Apple's former general counsel Nancy Heinen. Steve Jobs is supposedly in the clear, and Apple's former CFO Fred Anderson has settled with the SEC, paying a modest fine and repaying option gains without admitting any wrongdoing.
During his keynote, SAP CEO Henning Kagermann showed how SAP is beginning to embrace the concepts of Web 2.0.
Updated below: Phillip Rosedale, founder and CEO of Second Life, said Tuesday that the company plans to roll out 3D voice applications in the next few months. And more business applications could arise with voice in Second Life.