Larry Dignan

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.

Rachel King

Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.

Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

Latest Posts

CEO John Chen sees open source in Sybase's future

I recently talked with Sybase CEO John Chen [watch the video] about a variety of subjects, including his notion of the "unwired enterprise," how the database business will evolve more toward an open source foundation, RFID, doing business in Asia, and reporting security vulnerabilities. Chen told me that Sybase is "attempting to change the open-source business model a little bit.

April 22, 2005 by Dan Farber


Look out for next wave of BSM solutions

Running IT like a business is a major priority for IT managers today. And if you are like most organizations, you're evaluating one or more emerging approaches that can help you align business goals with IT infrastructure.

April 21, 2005 by Chris Jablonski

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The shrinking world of enterprise software

IT Facts reports on recent IDC research on the 191 buyouts worth $30 billion in the enterprise applications market within the past 15 months. In the coming months, IDC predicts that bidding wars will ensue as consolidation mania spreads.

April 21, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Mac, not Linux, is desktop contender

Sometimes one's choice of a comparison gives subtle hints about hidden assumptions. A recent ZDNet article discussing Apple's and Microsoft's upcoming operating systems was probably driven by the fact that both OS vendors plan upgrades in the near future (one much sooner than the other).

April 21, 2005 by John Carroll


Study takes close look at Desktop Linux

Datapoint has the scoop on a report that zeroes in on the practical considerations for organizations thinking about a desktop operating system migration to Linux. While offering no surprise conclusions (Linux on the desktop still has a long way to go…), the free--with registration--report from Europe's Quocirca is a worthwhile read, replete with survey respondents’ free text comments that add color to the issues.

April 20, 2005 by Chris Jablonski


Mercury Interactive goes after wallet share

Earlier this week I attended a dinner, accompanied by a fine Jordan 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon, hosted by Mercury Interactive President and COO Tony Zingale and CMO Christopher Lochhead. The company has made its mark in business technology optimization (BTO)—getting the most out of complex IT systems and aligning them with business goals.

April 20, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Ubuntu: Is the new Linux distro for you?

I was talking to Doc Searls a few days ago and he told me about Ubuntu, a new Linux distro based on Debian.  Ubuntu is the brainchild of Mark Shuttleworth, who probably best known as the guy who bought a ticket on Soyuz.

April 20, 2005 by Phil Windley


Vint Cerf on Internet trouble spots

Good reading: Phil Windley has written up and photographed a recent talk given by Vint Cerf on challenges facing the Internet and computer science. Cerf should know as he is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet,.

April 20, 2005 by Dan Farber

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SQL Server 2005: a 3-tier purist's nightmare

SQL Server 2005, now available as a "community technology preview,"  is an odd beast.  For those who believe their databases should be little more than simple data access routines with business logic placed at the "middle tier," the move towards application server technology integrated as part of a database is a Bad Thing.

April 20, 2005 by John Carroll