If you want to know Microsoft’s position vis-a-vis partners in the cloud, check out this money line buried in a new Microsoft-sponsored Harvard Business Review-produced white paper:
“Trying to operate in the old way — for example, hiring a large integrator to run your implementation — misses the point (and the cost benefits) of cloud, experienced users believe. One company was quoted $20 million to move to a software-as-a-service solution for HR because they had brought in a third party to do it for them, when another very large company had done the whole thing for less than a quarter of that. ‘A lot of people just don’t get it yet.'” Continued »
Oh, Oracle, Oracle, Oracle. You’re nothing if not predictable.
On yesterday’s Oracle fourth quarter earnings call, there was the usual happy talk about fat margins and great execution. The by-now-expected great software license sales numbers, we all know the drill.
As Hewlett-Packard preps its would-be Apple iPad killer — the HP TouchPad — for release on July 1, a new research report from ABI Research predicts that the market for enterprise smartphone and media tablet applications will reach 830 million just five years from now. Continued »
As Oracle, Cisco and Hewlett-Packard try to convince the world that every data center needs Oracle or Cisco or HP’s own unique brand of converged hardware–that mythical IT beast that somehow combines the best of every breed plus absolute adherence to industry standards–there seems to be a growing realization in the real world that there just ain’t much of a market for such products.
It would be sad if it weren’t so entertaining: The HP-versus-Oracle spat ratcheted up again this week with Hewlett-Packard suing Oracle.
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Ann Livermore, the respected Hewlett-Packard veteran once considered a prime CEO candidate, is relinquishing day-to-day responsibilities and will take a seat on the HP board. Here’s HP’s official statement . Continued »
Since I wrote my article last month about the spike in channel mergers and acquisitions, two more big deals have come to my attention — one aimed at expanding the service footprint of the acquiring company and the other marking a geographic extension of the acquiring company’s sales territory. Continued »
It’s really not news that Oracle sales people go into a discounting frenzy at the close of the fiscal year. And, that discounting has netted Oracle some Exadata deals in its fourth quarter ending May 31. At least one buyer was a large financial services company that had previously discontinued any future Oracle-Sun hardware purchases.
There are rumors swarming that Dell may buy Brocade Communications Systems Inc. Brocade is respected for its high-end SAN networking gear and owns 70% of the SAN switching market, and would be a good target for Dell because of its Ethernet switching. Or at least that’s what several Wall Streeters say. Continued »
There have been many prognostications about the bring-your-own-device movement, the phrase used to describe the phenomenon of people using their own IT equipment for work purposes. Mainly, it covers mobile devices from smartphones to notebooks. No one doubts it is happening, the question is the depths to which it will penetrate. Instead of looking at this as resale revenue lost, you might want to start thinking about this as security service revenue gained. That’s because a new member survey from ISACA, a security technology association, finds that more than half of U.S.-based IT decision makers view these non-sanctioned devices as a bigger security threat than those supplied by the company.
The 2011 ISACA IT Risk/Reward Barometer also found that 27 percent of the respondents, however, felt that the benefits of these mobile systems were worth the risks. My guess is that often the people who bring mobile devices into their workplace wouldn’t be on the list for a company-requisitioned device, which means they are probably more productive than they would be otherwise. There were approximately 2,800 people surveyed as part of the data-gathering process.
Said John Pironti, a security expert who is an advisor to ISACA and president of IP Architects:
“[BYOD] lets both employees and organizations take advantage of the latest technology innovations at limited cost to the organization. Unfortunately, it also introduces new vulnerabilities, due to the limited ability of most organizations to effectively manage and secure employee-owned devices accessing their information infrastructure. Organizations should educate their employees on their BYOD security requirements and implement a comprehensive mobile device policy that aligns with their organization’s risk profile.”
Smells like a managed service to me, everything from assessment to mobile device management. This is especially timely given another finding in the survey: That organizations believe that IT security and risk management should be embraced more closely in overall enterprise risk management strategy.