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September, 2008


September 30, 2008  12:06 PM

Brought to you by Microsoft: More bad ads

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

How is it possible that a company as successful as Microsoft can continue to put out such really, really bad ads? Continued »

September 29, 2008  12:21 PM

Not buying it

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Several times over the past few weeks,  Oracle execs have stressed that the company is not unduly exposed to the various earthquakes afflicting financial institutions worldwide. That's hard to...


September 25, 2008  10:45 PM

Oracle takes on storage partners

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Forrester Research's Andrew Reichman has a good take on Larry Ellison's latest competitive foray. During his Oracle OpenWorld Keynote, Ellison did, in fact, position the HP Oracle Database Machine (or Exadata) as...


September 25, 2008  7:51 AM

Oracle throws hardware at disk bandwidth problem

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Oracle, the biggest enterprise software company in the universe, is putting hardware to work to eliminate disk bandwidth problems. The database giant has pressed Hewlett-Packard, apparently now its number one hardware ally, into service building the high-end box. Yes:

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September 24, 2008  1:27 PM

Ten lessons from Oracle OpenWorld

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

1: Trade shows aren't dead. (Sorry Rivka.) The crowds at Moscone Center ---ALL of Moscone Center -- are bigger than remembered. Of course it's been two years since I covered the event and in that time,...


September 24, 2008  12:08 PM

Microsoft makes SBS 2008 bits available to (some) subscribers

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

The RTM version of Microsoft Small Business Server 2008 is posted to Microsoft's TechNet and MSDN for subscribers. Some subscribers that is. A few subsets of that population still cannot...


September 24, 2008  9:06 AM

IT decision makers split on impact of impending election

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

I don't usually get pulled into politics in my blogs, but I couldn't resist a recent survey released by CDW with some data pertaining to how the upcoming election may or may not affect IT spending. The research is part of the solution provider's bimonthly CDW IT Monitor. The survey conducted in...


September 23, 2008  4:07 PM

Oracle X

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

SearchOracle.com's Barney Beal pointed out the big 'X Is Coming' signs that have sprouted up in and around Moscone Center at Oracle OpenWorld today. In this case, X must equal the game-changing,...


September 22, 2008  10:54 PM

So, what’s the killer Oracle feature?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Speculation at Oracle OpenWorld continued to swirl around what Larry Ellison will say Wednesday. In the past two earnings calls, the Oracle CEO has hinted (not very subtly) about a

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September 22, 2008  1:10 PM

Up, up and away: Oracle heads for the clouds

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It looks like Oracle is embracing "the cloud." At Oracle OpenWorld on Monday, the two Chucks -- Oracle president Charles Phillips and executive vice president Chuck Rozwat--said Oracle is making...


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