Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
Apparently, if you're a tech exec and you're going to complain about overpriced software, then OracleWorld is the place to do it.
According to Microsoft Watch's Mary Jo Foley, a recent solicitation for beta testers for the next version of Windows Server (code-named "R2")...
Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, gave his anticipated keynote this afternoon at the OpenWorld conference in a keynote hall more reminiscent of a rave party than a corporate powwow. Picking up where Charles Philips, the president of Oracle, left off earlier this week, he said that data fragmentation is a major enterprise disease and Oracle has the cure---put everything in a single database.
A recent blog entry by David Winer that says "It makes me even sicker than I am to think about the lying President we re-elected"...
The more I think about it, the more I'm beginning to believe that Dell is largely responsible for forcing IBM to divest itself of the PC business. This isn't news.
In a blog entry whose date suggests that he finished it well before the IBM/Lenovo concluded (and was just waiting for it to be official...
While the case between PeopleSoft and Oracle is still a toss-up, there is relief on the way; we can expect a final decision on the matter no later than April 2005, according to AMR Research. The Delaware court is to rule regarding PeopleSoft's poison pill next month, and if it rules against it, the matter will be resolved then.
A few weeks ago, I did an audiocast interview with UPS' vice president of Package Operations and Application Portfolios Cathy Callagee. Callagee has been spearheading a complete rewrite of UPS' wireless strategy which now includes GPRS- and CDMA-based wireless wide area networks, Wi-Fi-based wireless local area networks, Global Positioning System (GPS), Bluetooth and a new custom-built wireless tablet that you'll soon see in the hands of your delivery person (if you haven't already seen it).