Now that Carly Fiorina is part of the HP legacy, who will be the next CEO? As Fiorina has experienced, running a complex, global tech company with 150,000 employees in 170 countries and $80 billion in revenue, and a soup to nuts product set ranging from consumer cameras to high-end enterprise servers, is no picnic, even if you are well compensated.
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Nice guys finish last. Of course, in the case of HP's now ex-CEO Carly Fiorina, maybe that should be "gals.
I'm at GlobusWorld in Boston, where a relatively small herd of grid lovers has gathered to get an update on the state-of-the-state of the fundamentally disruptive technology (disruptive to most existing compute paradigms). I took meetings with the Enterprise Grid Alliance, MCNC (its grid-enabled North Carolina-wide backbone network is one of the more advanced of its kind in the world) and an outfit with some way-cool "hive computing" technology called Tsunami Research.
With so many things going on at once for Sun Microsystems, it was only a matter of time before another Sun big gun was enlisted to help load balance the blarketing (blogs+marketing) that the company's COO and president Jonathan Schwartz has so far been handling single-handedly.
News.com's Ed Frauenheim reports that Bangalore, Shanghai and Singapore--as well as Silicon Valley--have new competition from smaller cities and rural areas of the United States...
"Software is bought, not sold." That's the credo of John Roberts, co-founder and CEO of open source CRM software start-up SugarCRM.
Jon Udell declared 2004 the Year of the Enterprise...
Last week, while in Australia and downplaying the importance of last year's watershed agreement between Sun and Microsoft, Sun developer products CTO and father of Java James Gosling proclaimed that "We're still trying to work out what that agreement means. In some levels, it's actually meaning less and less.
Augmented reality systems essentially bring the special effects ofmovies into more practical uses. Maybe one of the simplest examples are thesystems that let you see what your house will look like with the paintscheme you've picked out.
I gave a talk recently at which many people had Wi-Fi-enabled PCs open on their laps. It puts a lot of pressure on a speaker when your audience has Google and your own technical resources are limited to a flaky lapel mike and a glass of water.