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May 18, 2008  1:48 PM

IBM vs. Microsoft battles rage on. Does anyone else care?

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Collaboration software, Email -- Exchange, Outlook, IBM, Microsoft

Colin Steele's story this week on IBM taking on Microsoft's SharePoint dominance with Quickr depicts just the latest skirmish in...

May 7, 2008  9:27 AM

Microsoft and Yahoo: Dumb and dumber

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Google, IBM, Microsoft, News

After reading about a gagillion articles on the Microhoo meltdown, the big mystery remains. (The only more popular topic in my household is the Roger Clemens death spiral, but it's a close call.) Is Steve...

March 27, 2008  9:53 AM

Virtual VARs

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Channel partner programs, Cisco, Collaboration software, IBM

Are you a citizen of Second Life? Does it make sense to build a business establishment in a fake world? Unclear, but some VARs, including Ira Chandler, president of Curbstone Corp.,  are aboard. Here he is. Or rather,...

March 13, 2008  4:38 PM

This elephant won’t dance

Posted by: badarrow
Authors, Barbara Darrow, IBM

Few figures in tech are more revered than Lou Gerstner, the oft-proclaimed savior of IBM Corp. When he entered the scene, a demoralized IBM had long lost the luster of...

January 22, 2008  1:12 PM

IBM-iPhone snafu examined

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Collaboration software, IBM

Vendors, like seventh graders,  fall all over themselves to seem cool. And in the process they end up looking more out of it than ever. Witness this week's IBM-Apple PR debacle. The  AP reported a few days...

November 12, 2007  5:46 PM

Cognos: Sold to IBM for $5B!

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Enterprise applications, IBM, Oracle, Reseller channel business development, Supplier relationship management

 IBM Software has long made a big racket about how it's an infrastructure player and would never ever, ever (again) compete with applications partners. But now it's buying Cognos for five billion big ones. That's five billion. For Cognos! So those arguments are sounding pretty flimsy. Of course,...

October 12, 2007  8:28 AM

Oracle pulls the trigger on BEA deal

Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, IBM, Open-source, Oracle, Reseller channel business development

Just when you thought Oracle might be settling down, the company makes a $6.6 billion bid for BEA Systems, the app server power. Such a move has been rumored on and off for some time, but apparently it finally got the stamp of approval up on the eleventh floor in Redwood Shores.

September 19, 2007  3:02 PM

IBM takes (yet another) swing at Office

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IBM, Microsoft, Open-source, SMB

Time warp anyone?

When news outlets reported this week that IBM/Lotus unveiled...

September 18, 2007  3:04 PM

IBM offers open source desktop applications

Posted by: Bcournoyer
Google, IBM, Microsoft, News, Open-source

Another open source desktop applications suite, backed by a major vendor, is out today. IBM launched Lotus Symphony, a free, downloadable software package for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations using the Open Document Format. The announcement comes...

September 16, 2007  9:48 PM

HP and SAP: A winning combo?

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Enterprise applications, IBM, Microsoft, Reseller channel business development, Software as a service (SaaS)

A good source swore last week that Hewlett Packard is talking with SAP about buying the ERP kingpin. This guy is tight with HP insiders. And knee-jerk doubts aside, the idea is not so farfetched. Please note: I know nothing more about a potential deal than what this guy is saying. But, let's...

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