In an interview this week with News.com, Sun CEO Scott McNealy was asked to define his company's strategy.
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Chris Stakutis, IBM's CTO for emerging storage software, says all businesses are confronting three major tech trends: the phenomenal growth of data; the proliferation of wireless connectivity; and the rise of XML, or self-describing data. He's coined a term for the result.
If you ask me, there could be a bit more to Microsoft's announcement that it will be supporting RSS in the next version of Windows (code-named Longhorn) than meets the eye. For starters, to hear all about it, you should give a listen to my 12 minute interview with Microsoft's Windows Group Product Manager Megan Kidd.
If there's a market for the last mile of software -- software that moves actionable data (be it customer information or device management/reconfiguration instructions) closer to the front lines of business where the actual transactions and customer interactions are taking place (whether we're talking about a mobile workforce, a distributed retail operation, or branch offices), then Sybase subsidiary iAnywhere, along with its year-old acquisition of XcelleNet, is in the thick of that market.
News.com's Michael Singer has published a story with the headline Could HP's AMD laptop sway Dell.
Bob Frankston has encapsulated a very suspicious e-mail that he received (or thinks he received) from Bank of America in a longer expression to Dave Farber's List of his worries and concerns that his private communications with the financial institution were seriously breached. Being the technical guy that he is, Frankston tried to diagnose the problem via dissection of e-mail and IP diagnostic data, but only got far enough to know something is very wrong.
If there's one application that just about every computer user in the world (and now, many handset users) makes use of, it's instant messenging.
During a panel discussion about distributed business at SuperNova 2005, Philip Evans of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and author of "Blown to Bits: How the New Economics of Information Transforms Strategy," offered up some basic principles for business success, which he defined primarily as lowering transaction costs.
If there ever was a case study for the uphill battle that AMD must face to get its chips into the marketplace (64-bit or not), today's announcement of the $999 Turion 64-based nx6125 notebook computer by HP is probably it. The Turion is AMD's most power-aware and conservative mobile chip to date that includes the AMD64 technology -- a 32-bit/64-bit hybrid architecture that supports traditional 32-bit applications as well as ones written to take advantage of AMD's 64-bit extensions.
Steve Fulling, CIO of Sento Corp wrote me to say he'd heard W. Brian Arthur, a Santa Fe Institute economist, speak last night on why IT matters.