Over at the IT Garage, Doc Searls goes through some history of Microsoft's InfoCard initiative and asks some good questions. InfoCard is an identity metasystem that Doc correctly describes as a "barn raising project" led by Microsoft.
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While Apple and Intel CEOs Steve Jobs and Paul Otellini took the stage at Apple's WorldWide Developer Conference to make their partnership official and to discuss just exactly what the future holds, the blogosphere and the analysts are all abuzz with the analyses of what went wrong between Apple and IBM and what, if anything, will change significantly for current and future Apple customers.
In somewhat of an anticlimax, Steve Jobs announced the shift from Power PC to Intel x86 over the next few years. Based on the what Jobs said, IBM's delay in providing a processors for Power Mac and Intel's roadmap clinched the decision.
Continuing as one of the few executives making good use of blogs, Sun President and COO Jonathan Schwartz just posted a justification for the StorageTek acquistion and an invitation to Apple to adopt Solaris 10. Regarding StorageTek, Schwartz provides deeper logic for making the deal, which brings in money but primarily in a slow growth, non-sexy area--tape.
Actually, there are laws; laws against false advertising. According to our in-house WiFi guru George Ou, most of the WiFi vendors are getting away with murder and no one is holding them accountable for it.
I was reading Dan Farber's post this morning and was struck by the first line that juxtaposed the title of the Churchill Club panel session he attended -- "Masters of Cybercrime: The Ultimate Battle of Good and Evil" -- against the panelists' consensus on how good is actually faring against evil in that battle. Apparently, it's losing.
In his new book “Getting It Right the First Time: How Innovative Companies Anticipate Demand,” coauthored with John Katsaros, Peter Christy says it is possible to increase business success by predicting demand for products and services. In a video interview, I asked Peter to explain his methodology for beating the odds.
The speculation is running rampant in anticipation of an announcement tomorrow of some kind about Apple using Intel chips and scrapping its long-time partnership with IBM. One thing for sure--Steve Jobs will be getting Intel chips at bargain basement prices.
With the priorities of CIOs now focused on methods for intimately linking business and IT, vendors sensing opportunity are gunning for the burgeoning market for next-generation management tools that do just that. One of the leading vendors is Mercury Interactive, also one of the fastest growing software companies today and a leader in the business technology optimization (BTO) space.
eWeek has a report that quotes Open Source Initiative acting president Michael Tiemann as saying "Microsoft reached out to me as president of the OSI and they basically said they wanted to begin a productive conversation, and we agreed to take that at face value." Later the report quotes Tiemann speculating on thepurpose of the invitation.