Michael Dell is CEO again of his namesake company. Kevin Rollins is out.
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Alcatel-Lucent showed a prototype of its Mobile Endpoint Management System (which the company called the Evros Project for some reason), a 3G wireless platform for managing remote mobile computers. The 3G-based PCMCIA card includes a processor, operating system, battery, memory, GPS, a VPN client and two-factor authentication.
Google spent heavily on information technology in the fourth quarter and sees "significant capital expenditures" ahead in 2007.At least Google can afford it.
6th Sense Analytics demoed an on-demand tool for gathering performance metrics in software development projects. 6th Sense measures active time (time spent coding, testing, debugging) and flow time (uninterrupted periods of active time of at least 20 minutes).
Serendipity Technologies introduced WorkLight, an server-based application that traffics in secure RSS within a corporate setting to deliver what the company describes as "Web 2.0-style" access to corporate data.
I'm at the Demo 07 Conference the next two days, where 68 companies get six minutes to show off their new or revised products. Many bloggers are in the crowd to witness the demo performances and render judgment.
Oracle president Charles Phillips says it's easier to upgrade to new versions of its software. Here's what he said: "The upgrading experience has gotten a lot easier.
Oracle is pitching its customers on the concept of next generation Fusion applications, but it has a line to walk that could turn into a conundrum in the future. The line: Oracle is launching new releases of existing applications that interoperate with each other, but at some point it will want customers to move toward Fusion.
Oracle president Charles Phillips said Wednesday that the company has released five new flavors of its applications that will all interconnect to each other. It is also allowing its independent software vendors connect those systems to other systems via SOA.
SAP has been talking up its forthcoming solution for the mid-market, A1S, that will help the company grow from around 40,000 customers to 100,000 by 2010. According to Shai Agassi, president of SAP's Products & Technology Group, the goal of new suite is to dramatically reduce the tax across technology, operations, user training, integration and infrastructure for implementing and running ERP applications.