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"I truly believe that the Oracle saga is over." - PeopleSoft CEO Craig Conway who figures PeopleSoft's hurried combination with JD Edwards killed the Oracle bid for all intents and purposes. On the other hand, an evidently still worried PeopleSoft has restarted its money-back guarantee scheme, concocted to ward Oracle off by offering customers a refund of two to five times the cost of their license if PeopleSoft is acquired. Oracle would have to foot the bill. When last heard from, Oracle was saying it was still determined to acquire PeopleSoft. Oracle's tender offer currently expires September 19. Conway claims there's no way Oracle can dislodge the PeopleSoft board as it's threatened to do next June if its tender offer fails. Oracle is going to make another appeal to PeopleSoft shareholders and try to smooth the ruffled feathers of PeopleSoft customers on Wednesda... (more)

Lehman Reserved on Athlon64

Lehman Brothers is betting that the AMD Athlon64 desktop chip won't reach one million units till Q3 of next year at the earliest. The broker, which doesn't think Microsoft will have Office ready for the part before Q2 or Q3, says it has "reservations" about the thing. ... (more)

VC Wants Darl Out

You’ve heard of course about how Baystar Capital Management LLC, the VC operations Microsoft put up to investing $20 million in SCO last year, wants its money back. So much for those nice, pat conspiracy theories about Microsoft underwriting SCO, though it admittedly had an agenda in putting the two together. At press time, as far as we know, SCO had yet to find out what horrible thing it did to cause Baystar to write it a letter last week claiming SCO had breached several of the terms of their loan agreement and demanding to be repaid. It wasn’t returning SCO’s calls. SCO evidently had to read the papers to find out what put the burr under Baystar’s saddle. Baystar hasn’t returned our call, but it did manage to crawl out of its shell, long about Wednesday, and talk to the New York Times, and the AP, and CNET, and apparently Baystar managing partner Larry Goldfarb wa... (more)

Bill Gates to Leave Day Job at Microsoft

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates (pictured) will relinquish his other title of Chief Software Architect, effectively ending his day-to-day participation in the ongoing operations of the company he co-founded three decades ago, Microsoft Corp. Ray Ozzie, who came over to Microsoft with the Groove Networks deal, will now serve as Chief Software Architect. Gates had relinquished his CEO title to Steve Ballmer some time ago, as he started to spend more time with his philanthropic activities with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In announcing that he will no longer be involved with Microsoft on a day-to-day basis he said he was going to spend more time on this work, especially in the areas of global health and education. So as not to upset the stock market unduly, the company announced that there will be a two-year transition (ending when Windows Vista finally ships, ... (more)

Open Source Guru Eric S. Raymond Joins Freespire Leadership Team

One of the co-founders of the open source movement has become the member of the Freespire Leadership Board. Freespire  is a community-driven, Linux-based operating system that gives users the option of combining free open source software with certain proprietary codecs, drivers and applications. Raymond, well-known as both a theorist and an advocate for the open source movement, joins twelve other Freespire Leadership Board members, composed of thinkers, business people, evangelists, and key members of the Linux community. In recent weeks, Raymond has surprised many by speaking publicly about the "necessary compromise" that open source advocates must be willing to make, by providing for an easy way for open source software to work with key proprietary technologies for which there are not yet adequate open source alternatives. Freespire is the most prominent desktop ... (more)

"HP Five" Charged

California's Attorney General Bill Lockyer made good on his threat Wednesday and brought criminal charges against former HP chairman Patricia Dunn and four HP investigators. HP CEO Mark Hurd was not charged. Neither was former HP general counsel Ann Baskins. She resigned from the company minutes before she took the Fifth Amendment to avoid testifying at a Capitol Hill hearing into the HP pretexting scandal last Thursday. However, the investigation is still open, an observation Lockyer made with the same breath he used to say that there was currently no evidence that Hurd was guilty of any wrongdoing. Each of the five charged face four felony counts: wire fraud to obtain customer records from a public utility (in other words pretexting); unauthorized use of computer data; unauthorized use of personal information (identity theft); and conspiracy to commit those crimes... (more)

Describing the Cloud MetaVerse

If you are offended by Theoretical Computer Science, stop reading this now In describing my theory on the Cloud Multiverse, I may have missed the few obvious implications of using the prefix "multi" or consisting of more than one part or entity. Although the Cloud Multiverse thesis suggests there will be more then one internet based platform or cloud to choose from. It does little to describe how each of those clouds interact. For this we need another way to describe how each of these virtualized interconnected environments interact with one another. In place of "multi" I suggest we use the prefix "Meta" (from Greek: μετά = "after", "beyond", "with", "adjacent", "self"). I'd like to propose yet another term to describe the inter-relationships between the world of various internet connected technologies and platforms. What I'm calling "The Cloud MetaVerse" -- This concep... (more)

When is Your Small Business Ready for an ERP System?

A common question small business owners ask themselves is when their business is ready to implement an ERP software application that will replace their existing small business software. Fortunately for the small business owner, there are a number of small business ERP software solutions on the market today that serve as a viable replacement for QuickBooks, Peachtree, and other small business accounting software packages. In my experience, there are three telling signs of when a small business is ready to migrate from its existing small business software to a more sophisticated ERP system. First, the small business is operating in a multitude of software packages based on a given department within the organization. Accounting personnel make journal entries in QuickBooks; warehouse managers enter data into Excel; sales representatives use ACT, Goldmine, Salesforce.com,... (more)

Dojo debugging and editors

Most of the challenges in developing Ajax applications is dealing with the developmentlifecycle of creating applications for the various browsers. Despite the fact that Dojo attempts abstracts away the pecularities of the various browser platforms, there are stillgoing to be cases where it works on one browser and not the other. So here is a list of someof the tools that I use and feel free to add your own as well. Firebug 1.0 for the Firefox browser.Where would we be without Firebug? Dojotoolkit.org thinks the same thing since they made a nicedonation to the Firebug project this January. Firebug is a Firefox plug-in that has a wealth offeatures for the weary Javascript developer: Inspect and edit HTML, CSS update and visalizationmetrics, monitor network activity, and of course debug features. I've only listed a few of thefeatures, but you should look at this amazi... (more)

Ulitzer Will Never Leave You For Thailand

Some of you might have read at least one of my blogs on Ulitzer, categorising the ins and outs of industry trends around the world across different verticals. I am fortunate enough to be able to commentate at such a reach owing to my unique position as Marketing and Communication Director for a global leader in executive communications. My Position allows me to oversee departments from brand management to email marketing, to dealing with senior Media partners such as Thomson Reuters and WSJ. But the most fun and challenging part of my job is running the PR team. Traditional PR still remains the most cost effective way to get my companies messages out, working with editors across the world supplying them with valuable content is a privilege. However! One of my team (For the purpose of this piece we shall call him ‘Dan the Mexican’) has had recent success getting... (more)

Amsterdam in three museums

I love Amsterdam so much. I know the residents have their complaints — including that tourists love it too much — but it is such a physically beautiful city, and so full of life. So, I’m very happy to have 2 days here between jobs. Over the past 1.5 days, I have done nothing but walk, so long as you include walking through museums as walking. My first walk brought me to the Van Gogh museum first, but on a Saturday afternoon the line stretched down the block, so I went to the Rijksmuseum instead. This is, of course, the grand museum of Amsterdam, but it has reduced and concentrated its exhibitions while it undergoes what feels like 30 years of renovation. Your €14 gets you into about a dozen rooms of works by Dutch masters. Despite the intensity of the art, and the fact that I generally get tired after about a dozen rooms in a museum, it felt a bit ... (more)

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Bill Schmarzo, Tech Chair of "Big Data | Analytics" of upcoming CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York (November 12-13, 2018, New York City) today announced the outline and schedule of the track. "The track has been designed in experience/degree order," said Schmarzo. "So, that folks who attend the entire track can leave the conference with some of the skills necessary to get their work done when they get back to their offices. It actually ties back to some work that I'm doing at the University of San...
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...
Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business" and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science," is responsible for setting the strategy and defining the Big Data service offerings and capabilities for EMC Global Services Big Data Practice. As the CTO for the Big Data Practice, he is responsible for working with organizations to help them identify where and how to start their big data journeys. He's written several white papers, is an avid blogge...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...
If a machine can invent, does this mean the end of the patent system as we know it? The patent system, both in the US and Europe, allows companies to protect their inventions and helps foster innovation. However, Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be set to disrupt the patent system as we know it. This talk will examine how AI may change the patent landscape in the years to come. Furthermore, ways in which companies can best protect their AI related inventions will be examined from both a US and...
Enterprises have taken advantage of IoT to achieve important revenue and cost advantages. What is less apparent is how incumbent enterprises operating at scale have, following success with IoT, built analytic, operations management and software development capabilities - ranging from autonomous vehicles to manageable robotics installations. They have embraced these capabilities as if they were Silicon Valley startups.
Chris Matthieu is the President & CEO of Computes, inc. He brings 30 years of experience in development and launches of disruptive technologies to create new market opportunities as well as enhance enterprise product portfolios with emerging technologies. His most recent venture was Octoblu, a cross-protocol Internet of Things (IoT) mesh network platform, acquired by Citrix. Prior to co-founding Octoblu, Chris was founder of Nodester, an open-source Node.JS PaaS which was acquired by AppFog and ...
The deluge of IoT sensor data collected from connected devices and the powerful AI required to make that data actionable are giving rise to a hybrid ecosystem in which cloud, on-prem and edge processes become interweaved. Attendees will learn how emerging composable infrastructure solutions deliver the adaptive architecture needed to manage this new data reality. Machine learning algorithms can better anticipate data storms and automate resources to support surges, including fully scalable GPU-c...
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also receive...