TechFlash’s Todd Bishop has the Steve Ballmer memo to the troops outlining the latest round of Microsoft layoffs. The cuts have been widely expected given a: the economy in general and b: Microsoft’s position relative to Google in the supposedly all-important Web advertising and search market. That position remains woefully weak despite billions in investment.
” With this announcement, we are mostly but not all done with the planned 5,000 job eliminations by June 2010.”
Bishop has more info on the layoffs here. And, Mini-Microsoft, as usual, has the definitive word here.
SAP, the ERP leader, recently decided to defer maintenance fee increases until it proves to customers that the fees are worth the money. The first question that comes to mind is if Oracle will follow suit.
My guess: No. At least not publicly.
The new edition of the CDW IT Monitor, which is the national reseller’s ongoing poll of IT decision makers from small and midsize companies, shows some glimpses of improvement for the second half of 2009 (if not outright optimism). Overall, the actual index number is still pretty low at 69, but this was relatively flat compared with previous edition published back in February. Believe me, flat is a good thing right now.
What does CDW know that the rest of us don’t know? Is everyone who is being laid off ditching corporate life to do some good for the world or the environment or someone other than himself or herself?
There are two big reasons Microsoft should be concerned about the health of small and midsize businesses: First, because many of its revenue dollars are tied up in this chunk of the commercial market. Second, many of channel partners happen to fall into this chunk of the U.S. business universe.
Here’s a completely non-scientific list of my top five questions arising from Oracle’s $7.4 billion buy out of Sun Microsystems.
5: How could it have been surprising that Oracle was the white knight here? Larry Ellison is the go-to guy for distressed tech companies who don’t want or cannot be acquired by IBM or Microsoft (hell, better throw Google into the mix for the new millenium. ) This goes way, way back. Back in the paleozoic era, Lotus Development Corp. CEO Jim Manzi tried like all get out to get Oracle to buy Lotus so it wouldn’t end up in IBM’s clutches. That didn’t work out so well.
4: What happens to Oracle’s ardent courtship of Dell and Hewlett-Packard? One can only guess that the HP-Oracle Exadata “Database machine” is a goner now. Not that it was setting any sales records.
3: Which virtualization play will survive the inevitable putsch?
2: How soon will a big hunk of Oracle’s revenue be going by way of hardware bundles with Sun servers? This is very much a page ripped right out of IBM’s DB2 playbook. And Ellison could barely contain himself when talking about that “shelfware.”
1: What was deal with Scott McNealy on the call? He sounded ummmm, medicated. Even though this signals the end of the McNealy era in tech (hell, Jonathan Schwartz and the open source pony tail epic already rang the bell on that one.) Still for $7.4 billion, couldn’t Scooter have mustered a little enthusiasm for three minutes? Listen to the playback. It’s shocking
Well that didn’t take long.
Oracle is buying Sun, in a deal worth about $7.4 billion, the company said in a statement released early Monday. Oracle is offering $9.50 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at about $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun’s cash and debt.
ARLINGTON, VA.–If there’s a potential bright spot for IT VARs now, it’s the soon-to-be-flush government sector. Nothing puts the spring in a VAR’s step like the prospect of big bags o’ loot, and the government stimulus is providing at least the prospect of such. Tech Data’ s headline is that it will help VARs capitalize on $135 billion in government sector spending. You know what they say: A billion here and a billion there, pretty soon you’re talking real money.
The goodly researchers at McKinsey & Co. have released an analysis of the business benefits of cloud computing and have found the concept wanting for larger companies. Its findings, in a report called “Clearing the Air on Cloud Computing,” were presented at the Uptime Institute’s Lean, Clean & Green IT Symposium held in New York.
McKinsey had several recommendations for CIOs and IT executives who are puzzling about what to do with cloud computing. More than anything else, the report suggests, that instead of being distracted by building out internal clouds, IT leaders should focus on virtualizing server storage, network operations and other components of their existing IT infrastructure.
There are four big hurdles that will make it tough for enterprises to move to cloud computing, according to McKinsey.
- Cloud computing as currently expressed is not as cost-effective as existing data center strategies.
- Security and reliability concerns need to be addressed and applications will have to be re-architected to take advantage of the cloud model
- Quality of service expectations need to be managed.
- Organizations will need to adapt to a different concept of project priorities.
You can download the presentation about the report at this link and ponder some of the data for yourself, but it will definitely make a great briefing document if you’re trying to figure out how to position cloud services within your business.
McAfee is putting its mark on Secure Computing’s products. And by that I mean ALL over them.
So, say goodbye to IronMail and hello to McAfee Email Gateway.
So long Webwasher; hey to McAfee Web Gateway.