Feeling complacent? Here’s a cure: As of today, China has taken the lead in supercomputing. Here’s another: Although President Obama has our marker in the game for the race to Mars, so do India, China and Russia. Do we want it more than they do? We are going to have to want to win, not just want to compete. Maybe it will come, but I’m not feeling that sense of commitment desperation at this point. It will be tough looking at Mars with a Chinese or Indian flag on it, especially after so many successful U. S. unmanned explorations.
Cognos 10, the new release of IBM’s flagship business analytics product, has a host of improvements, most notable among them being faster operation, support for Apple iPhone and iPad devices and integration with Lotus Connections for social networking (communities, blogs and wikis). The rollout of Cognos 10 headlines the IBM IOD (Information on Demand) conference in Las Vegas this week. (See eWEEK’s coverage here; InformationWeek’s coverage here.)
IBM got some choice public recognition this week when CEO Sam Palmisano accepted the Deming Cup from Columbia Business School for achieving operational excellence.
W. Edwards Deming, for whom the cup is named, was the world famous authority on improving factory production quality. His consulting work with Japanese automakers is largely credited with lifting the Japanese auto industry to the lofty quality pinnacle it has occupied for several decades.
When you leave a company at 54 and don’t have another job, something just wasn’t working. But that’s how Microsoft Corp. chief software architect Ray Ozzie, one of the most brilliant minds in IT, walks out the door at Microsoft.
Anyone who has had the privilege of interviewing Ozzie knows that he has a masterful grasp of software – and more than that, he is a highly energetic personality and a very convincing advocate for technology he believes in. When Bill Gates hired him as his replacement, most people thought Bill had chosen well. So, what wasn’t working?
Apple 2010; the 1927 Yankees; the 1986 Celtics
Let’s see, Apple’s stock is at $300 per share, an all-time high and up from $10 per share in 2003; Apple is the second-most valuable company in the U. S., behind only ExxonMobil. The Macintosh is at 10% of personal computer sales and Apple is the third largest maker of personal computers behind Hewlett-Packard and Dell; Microsoft is coming out with Office 2011 for the Mac – which will put it close to par with the PC version; a new version of MacOS is waiting in the wings.
It’s an amazing story. To appreciate Apple’s accomplishment you have to go back to 1997 when Apple was practically in life support and the hated Bill Gates threw Apple a lifeline in the form of a $150 million investment. The uphill climb to the pinnacle of today started there.
This is a surprise? Cloud and mobile are the two hottest areas of IT – so an IBM survey has found. The 2010 IBM Tech Trends Survey, conducted online by IBM developerWorks, is based on answers from 2,000 IT developers and specialists in 87 countries. Indeed, the survey confirms what we already know — that IT pros see cloud and mobile as key strategies.
For the moment, let’s turn our attention away from cloud and focus on mobile.
The news: Microsoft has just made a major pitch with Windows Phone 7. As has traditionally been its approach, Microsoft has waited for innovators to create the market before diving in and attempting to claim a big piece of the market. With a reported $100 million to be spent on an advertising campaign, its bringing all its considerable market muscle to bear.
Worth checking out: IBM juiced-up its Lotus Notes collaboration platform with a cloud-based version at $10 per user per month. LotusLive collaboration suite brings together e-mail, calendar, instant messaging, Web conferencing, file sharing and social networking.
The iPad is getting traction in corporations in a way that other novel devices have not.
When it comes to the iPad, something is different – very different. Apple devices have had a tough go in the enterprise for decades, at best carving out a niche as a necessary exception.
Upon its debut a few years ago when it was practically quarantined from entering most enterprises, the iPhone was no exception. But then something funny happened. People liked it so much, it was allowed in. Perhaps it’s on the wave of that acceptance that the iPad is riding.
With the appointment of Leo Apotheker as CEO, Hewlett-Packard is making a statement that global markets and software are the most important strategies for the company right now. Apotheker comes from German ERP software giant SAP AG where he was CEO.
No longer merely a US maker of computing hardware, HP has evolved to become a complete supplier of IT equipment and services. The recently departed Mark Hurd gets most of the credit for that. It’s true that HP’s stock price doubled under his leadership. But many of the key building blocks underpinning the HP edifice were put in place by his predecessor, Carly Fiorina. A stagnant stock price proved her undoing, however.