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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.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
Sun has reeled back another former executive. Stephen Shankland got the scoop that Rich Green, who was an executive at the Sun-laden startup Cassatt, is returning to Sun to run the software division, recently vacated by John Loiacono, who went to Adobe Systems in March.
One of the reasons I was finally inspired to finish that JavaDB piece I just wrote (after starting the homework for it in January) was because a ZDNet reader recently contacted me regarding a two year old piece I wrote that asked whether or not Sybase and iAnywhere were the go-to guys for database synch. Even though some would lead you to believe otherwise, reliable connectivity isn't that ubiquitous and it's for this reason that I have said and still believe that synch is still king.
Nick Carr asks who is making the big money in the Web 2.0 era of user-generated (or user-submitted if you are Google) content.
Last year, at ApacheCon, according to Sun Chief Open Source Officer Simon Phipps, Sun senior staff engineer Francois Orsini apparently gave a demonstration of JavaDB -- Sun's version of Apache Derby. Apache Derby is basically a full blown relational database management system (RDBMS) that's based on pure Java.
Samsung formally unveiled its ultra mobile PC, the Q1 this morning. Similar to other "Origami" Windows XP Tablet Edition systems, it has a 7-inch, 800x480 LCD with touch-screen capability, weights 1.
I'm not sure what the import of this statistic is, but Technorati's data shows that Japanese language writers by far produce the most blog content, and that percentage has been increasing. Does anyone have an explanation for this phenomenon?
I hear a lot about change control these days. During the Churchill Club CIO panel discussion last week, Randall Spratt, CIO of McKesson Corp.
With a name that's impossible to live up to, Genius Inc. launched what company CEO David Thompson called the industry's "first on-demand customer intelligence solution that turns sales professionals into sales geniuses.
On April 26, the Churchill Club held a panel discussion, "The CIO Agenda: Building the New IT" (podcast here). The panelists include four CIOs--Lars Rabbe of Yahoo (listen to my separate podcast interview with Raabe), Geir Ramleth of Bechtel Group, John Johnson of Intel and Randall Spratt of McKesson Corp.