In a series of e-mail exchanges that started a couple of evenings ago with a notification from Novell's press relations department about an open letter to the open source community from the company's CEO Ron Hovsepian, I asked Novell spokesperson Kevan Barney why, if as Novell has so vociferously claimed, the company's products do not infringe on Microsoft's patents, it would send a $40 million dollar check to Redmond.
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Randy Spratt heads up IT for McKesson, the $88 billion healthcare giant headquartered in San Francisco. In our video interview (transcript here) Spratt described one aspect of McKesson's business as the Amazon.
SeekingAlpha's James Nicholson has in interesting post on the 10 worst Internet acquisitions ever. The biggest surprise: Yahoo's purchase of Broadcast.
In the recent issue of the New Scientist, 70 very smart people predict the biggest scientific breakthroughs of the next 50 years. The topics range from the evolution of consciousness and the universal theory of everything to implantable, organo-electrical brain-machine interfaces and the discovery of extraterrestrial life.
Last week I interviewed Patricia Morrison, Motorola's CIO. She joined Motorola in July 2005 after stints at Office Depot, Quaker Oats (where she engineered the integration into PepsiCo's systems after the acquisition) and GE Industrial Systems.
If you call Dell's customer service department you'll be on hold one-third as long as you would have been this time last year. Tucked away--actually second to last paragraph--in Dell's earnings release was a tidbit on the customer service.
CIO Insight is out with its top 30 IT trends for 2007 and if nothing else the list is worth discussing. CIO Insight compiled its 13 surveys it did in 2006 to project its categories.
As the Web 2.0 Summit a few weeks ago, legendary investor and rock band leader Roger McNamee talked about his firm Elevation Partners' recent minority investment in Forbes for a few hundred million.
The next time you see the phrase "open source" used in association with some software, be advised that you'll need to take that claim with a grain of salt.
Just days ago we were all asking what Red Hat did to deserve an open assault from Oracle and possibly Novell and Microsoft. Perhaps all that consternation was a tad premature.