Larry Dignan

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.

Rachel King

Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.

Latest Posts

MIA at Gartner Symposium: The new guard (aka Guard 2.0)

Strangely, at a time when the usually conservative Gartner research outfit is talking more about how businesses and organizations shouldn't so quickly rule out bleeding edge technologies, there's one group of people that's noticeably missing from the event's agenda: the innovators that are bleeding that edge.  For example, I haven't seen any of the leading "2.

October 9, 2006 by David Berlind

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Gartner: Spending, consumerization, and business goals should dominate CIO thinking

As expected, Gartner Managing VP and Fellow Daryl Plummer took the stage this morning with a message that the more than 6,000 IT managers in attendance here at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo need to figure out a way to allocate more of their budgets to projects that deliver business value and growth than to "keeping the lights on." According to Plummer (pictured left), many organizations are spending as much as 90 percent of their IT budgets on "standing still.

October 9, 2006 by David Berlind

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Small is Beautiful: Building a Successful Company with Less Capital

At a Churchill Club event on September 14, a gang of venture capitalists participated in a panel, "Small is Beautiful: Building a Successful Company with Less Capital." It's part of the new culture of startups, which are taking far less capital investment than the first round of Web startups.

October 9, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Salesforce strives for the on demand Apex

Salesforce.com is taking another step in its quest to become a dominant platform for enterprise applications with the announcement of Apex, which opens up its multi-tenant, on demand infrastructure and an enhanced programming language to any developer.

October 8, 2006 by Dan Farber

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ActiveGrid recipe: Soak in XML. Integrate. Scale.

For companies looking to speed up integration between new and legacy systems (or, just new and new systems), I've seen a lot of products out that there that use Web services standards (namely XML) to (1) give everything that needs to be integrated a common XML interface and (2) provide the graphical app dev environment for stringing everything together in rapid fashion. But what many of these XML soaking rapid app dev solutions have no concept of is scalability.

October 6, 2006 by David Berlind

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Time to CTRL-ATL-DEL the Motorola Q?

I just went to make a phone call with the Motorola Q smartphone that I'm testing and, when I activated the sleeping display (by the way, there's no single button that does this without doing something else too.... something else you may not want to do), here's what I saw: I'm not sure what exactly went wrong.

October 6, 2006 by David Berlind

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