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Behind Apple’s Trillion-Dollar Company Numbers

Apple is one of the most popular and powerful companies in the United States, and last week it became the most valuable as well. That news brought back some personal memories of my time at IBM, when it was the most powerful and valuable technology company in the world. For a long time, it seemed v...

Your Bitcoins Are Good at Microsoft

Microsoft last week began to accept bitcoins as payment for digital content purchases. Bitcoins can be credited to a Microsoft account by anyone in the United States at the currency's market value -- currently around US$352 per bitcoin -- and used to buy content at the Windows Store or stores that c...

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HP vs. Oracle: A Perspective on an Ugly Divorce

I know a lot of folks are struggling with what is going on between HP and Oracle, and I think I have an analogy that works. Imagine, if you will, what appears to be the perfect couple. They like similar things, and they each have skills that complement the other's. He is a great writer -- she is a ...

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Retail Industry Is Ripe for Mobile

A strong candidate for mCRM solutions is the retail industry -- an enormous business worldwide that includes apparel, restaurants, department stores, pharmacies, grocery, home and hardware, discount and speciality stores, hotels, malls, airports, convenience, and even telecoms. One American guide cl...

Cleaning Out the Closet: What to Do With Those Worn-Out Legacy Systems

Many large enterprises still run critical applications on legacy Linux and Unix platforms. Much like the fabled Energizer Bunny, these old computing OSes keep going and going and going. Some of these are not even in production any more. Upgrading these systems is no simple matter, partly because the...

Self-Service Kiosks: Bane or Boon?

It's not easy to find something to like about air travel these days -- the industry, after all, has the lowest customer satisfaction ratings in the economy -- but Gail Bower, president of Bower & Co. Consulting, has: the self-service kiosks that just about every airline now uses to handle automa...

Breakthroughs in Analytics, Part 3

The growing reliance on business analytics at the enterprise level to improve strategic operational decision making and increase corporate competitive advantage is driving what IDC estimates to be a $20 billion market for business analytics development tools and packaged intelligence applications. O...

A Host of Hot Niches on the E-Commerce VC Trail

More than a decade after they first rushed to search for exit-strategy gold in the e-commerce niche, venture investors are still finding plenty of early and mid-stage companies to back in the space. Often, however, the deals are more modest in size than they were when the dot-com bubble was building...

NCR Splits Businesses, Setting Teradata on Independent Course

NCR, the world's largest maker of automatic teller machines, said Monday it planned to split itself into two independent public companies by spinning off its fast-growing Teradata Data Warehousing unit. NCR will split by giving shares in the new, stand-alone Teradata to existing NCR shareholders. Th...

Contactless Cards: Are Privacy Jitters Legit?

Americans are using a controversial new microchip technology in some new credit and debit cards to make it easier and quicker to purchase groceries, cigarettes and gasoline. In addition, the cards tie those purchases into the supply chain more rapidly with a flick of the wrist. Backed by powerhouses...

Retailers Using RFID for Better Holiday Customer Service

American retailers are turning to radio frequency identification technology -- RFID tags -- to ensure that in-demand items are in stock this holiday season, hoping to bolster end-of-year revenues, experts say. Holiday revenue can account for 25 to 40 percent of a company's annual revenue, and retail...

Massive Job Cuts Coming to HP as Part of Restructuring

Less than six months after longtime CEO Carly Fiorina was forced to resign, employees at computer maker Hewlett-Packard are bracing for an even more abrupt change, with analysts saying as many as 25,000 layoffs could be announced when the computer maker unveils a restructuring plan early next week.

‘Organic’ RFID Tags Attract Investment, Research Dollars

A number of companies -- start-ups and established firms alike -- are eying the organic RFID tags market. Venture capital firms, like ITU Ventures, are placing seed investment bets on developers with patented prototypes. But despite the hype, the goal of a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag t...

HP’s New Leader Hurd Called ‘the Anti-Carly’

Even before the news was officially announced by Hewlett-Packard yesterday, the speculation had begun on the wisdom of the company's choice of NCR's Mark Hurd as its new CEO. Hurd, 48, who resigned his position has president and CEO after a 25-year career at NCR, will take over the spot Carly Fiorin...

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