While I was at the SAP Sapphire 2007 conference this week I ran into Jeff Raikes, president of Microsoft's Business Division. He was at the event to promote the extended roadmap of Duet, the collaboration between the two companies that integrates Microsoft Office and SAP business processes.
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Apple delivered a blowout quarter largely based on lower commodity costs that boosted gross margins to a healthy 35 percent. Think about it: If all the parts of a $1,099 MacBook get cheaper and consumers pay full price that's a great business.
Security has fallen out of the top 10 business priorities and complacency may be setting in without big attacks grabbing headlines. That was the message from Gartner security analyst John Pescatore, arguably the best observer in the firm.
There's an environmental storm about to hit the technology industry. Information and communication technology accounts for 2 percent of global CO2 emissions, according to Gartner.
Notable headlines: IBM to wed game chip with mainframes.David Berlind: Google gets an F for planned weekday disruption to Google Calendar.
Speaking at the 2007 MySQL Conference and Expo in Santa Clara, CA, MySQL CEO Marten Mickos said the company is working toward an IPO, isn't bleeding cash and did $50 million in revenue last year, compared to an estimated $34 million in 2005 (see Stephen Shankland's full report). That success and growth is also causing frustration among customers, including ZDNet's database guru.
Sun launched some high density iron into the video streaming market with the Sun Streaming System, which the company claimed delivers the highest video streaming capacity to cable and telecom providers in the industry. It supports up to 160,000 simultaneous and unique video streams at 2Mbps for less than $50 per stream, which is about 10 times the streaming capacity of competitive platforms, according to Sandeep Agrawal, group marketing manager, Sun Systems Group.
Updated: Why does the Fred Anderson vs. Apple and Steve Jobs war of words amount to nothing more than a sideshow?
Steve Jobs said. Fred Anderson said. Now the Apple board of directors gets its turn.
The future of computing will feature devices that monitor you, anticipate your actions and chronicle your life. The problem: Privacy concerns.