Before a standing room-only audience of more than 6,000 attendees here at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Steve Ballmer was put on the hot seat (if you can call it that) as two of Gartner's analysts David Smith and Yvonne Genovese grilled him with a variety of questions regarding Microsoft's strategy moving forward.
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The software landscape is changing. PeopleSoft founder Dave Duffield is heading up Workday, which is a pure on demand, Web services enterprise software play, following salesforce.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is on stage now at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo talking about blurring the lines between software that's delivered locally, or via the Internet. Below is a photo.
In my last post about Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) anti-piracy software, I picked up (third-hand) on a hypothetical mission critical scenario where, for whatever reasons, surgeons who rely on Windows in the operating room could end up having WGA interfere with the task at hand. When I say, whatever reasons, we're hearing that hardware changes are triggering more "You could be a pirate" dialogs than they should be.
Ever since I started covering Gartner Symposium/ITxpo (years back), I've been going to the keynotes and the sessions, returning to the press room, and hammering out write-ups of what I heard. No doubt, I'll be doing that today if Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer drops any bombshells during his keynote "Mastermind" session.
Salesforce.com's Apex programming language has been hailed by some as a significant milestone in short history of Web on demand applications.
By now, the fact that Google agreed to buy YouTube for $1.65 billion is old news.
With the Office 2.0 conference coming up this week, I thought this error message from Yahoo Mail provided an apt example of one of the key issues related to cloud computing.
Customers and rogue users that are worming their way around the control freaks in your glass house in order to have things their way with their IT are not about to go away anytime soon. About the only thing that Gartner analysts Ray Valdes and Neil McDonald didn't say in talking about how it's a bad idea to resist such rebellions is "get over it.
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.