News.com's Matt Hines cites a new study by the Hackett Group showing that companies building too much complexity into HR and financial software systems will incur higher costs than companies that have simple strategies.
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I know I said it the other day in another blog -- "Nicholas Carr, eat your heart out" -- but now comes a company that's pretty much saying it on TV. Although the TV commercial apparently isn't that new, I noticed that Bank of America is running ads on OLNTV's Tour De France coverage (not much can stop Lance Armstrong from winning his seventh Tour at this point) that, in no uncertain terms, attempts to point out that IT is one of the financial giant's key differentiators.
From Ed Gottsman: The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, with funding from the US Department of Homeland Security, has developed a "smart" cell phone that sits on a security officer's hip and continuously transmits radiation readings to a central server. These readings are used to develop a map of existing radiation sources, which in turn is used to detect new, illicit sources of radiation, should they appear.
During the conference call announcing the layoffs and restructuring HP CEO Mark Hurd explained his reasons for dissolving the company's Customer Solutions Group (CSG), which was tasked with sales to corporations, small and medium-size businesses and public-sector customers. The bulk of the sales organization will be integrated into the Technology Solutions Group, which will now both develop product solutions and sell to large corporations.
In his last response to my response to his response to my attack on the credibility of his report on Technorati (did you follow that?), Microsoft evangelist Robert Scoble asks and implies some questions that deserved to be answered.
IBM's senior program manager of Web services Standards Tom Glover (also president, and Chairman of the Board for the Web Services-Interoperability (WS-I) Organization) has responded to my feedback on defining open. Why define open?
I couldn't help but spot the irony in the fact that in the same week that HP announced it would be laying off approximately 15,000 employees, it also announced it would be taking on one new employee who will be getting a compensation package with an estimated worth of $15.3 million per year.
The Promethean Dave Winer (who I wrote about here) chimed in to the percolating Berlind/Scoble (chief Microsoft geek blogger) conversation about their respective views on Technorati and blogging styles:Meanwhile Scoble is getting some grief from ZDNet's David Berlind. I've gotten this kind of grief myself, and it's based on a big misunderstanding.
This past Friday, before signing off for the weekend, I took Microsoft's Robert Scoble to task for what, in my opinion, was a grossly unjust review of the services provided by Technorati. Robert Scoble is the publisher of the very popular blog Scobleizer and I felt his coverage was unjust for two reasons.
Although I try to stay away from issues concerning the blogo-journosphere here on Between the Lines (it's just not very IT-related), I've decided to come out for a whirl of it today since someone else's coverage of the "blojosphere" draws some unfairly levied criticism at a company that I've been studying closely as well as some attention to the blogging/journalism rub.