Enterprise

Steve Ballmer Reorganizing Microsoft

Determined to make Microsoft more relevant, CEO Steve Ballmer is spearheading a massive internal shakeup. continue…

Is the Demise of COBOL Greatly Exaggerated?

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Some people say COBOL is kind of like a Wall Street bank: It’s too big to fail. Not long ago, our blogger David Strom argued that as a stand-alone skill, COBOL wasn’t all that valuable anymore despite its prevalence in legacy systems. Along with Fortran and to some extent Visual Basic, he said COBOL was pretty much “dead and forgotten.” A number of users disagreed, pointing out that the federal government and corporations from banks to manufacturers rely on COBOL… continue…

Dell and eBay Eye Hyper-Scale Data Centers

Posted In Living in Tech
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Dell is teaming upwith eBay to launch the Evergreen Innovation Center in a move to grab a piece of the hyper-scale data center market and leverage its existing enterprise offerings. The center is housed in an existing building on Dell’s Austin campus and is drawing on the companies’ current workforce to staff it, a Dell spokeswoman told Dice News. With the Innovation Center, Dell aims to offer customers the ability to scale out and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of… continue…

Windows 8 Won’t Become Business Standard: Forrester

The firm hints that the decline of the PC market, coupled with the popularity of iOS and Android, is also harming Windows 8’s corporate adoption. continue…

How Flash Memory Could Shrink the Data Center

Posted In DataCenter
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Flash is beginning to transform the data center with its speed and efficiency, but its expense and other risks still gives some pause. continue…

Should You Build Your Product on a Proprietary Platform?

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A potential client of mine had a great idea: They were going to build the next great product (let’s call it WidgetFoo), and it was going to be social for enterprise. So, we sat down to have a high level architecture discussion. How were we going to build this thing? Before I go further, let me say for the record: No, the product’s not a widget, but since they’re in the middle of building it right now, I can’t actually… continue…

AMD’s Future Lies in… Game Consoles?

Posted In DataCenter
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Design wins in the next-gen Sony, Nintendo game consoles could provide recurring revenue. But where is the data center in all this? continue…

Striking the Right Application Portfolio Balance

The improving economy has led many organizations to rediscover the value of smaller application vendors. continue…

Here’s Why IT Shouldn’t Write Off Windows 8

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Back in October I speculated that the enterprise will have to support Windows 8 whether it wants to or not. If anything, the plain old consumerization of IT will force technology departments to integrate it into employee preferences with corporate solutions. At the time, there wasn’t a clear consensus on the what value Windows 8 would add to the enterprise and no one had yet seen the Microsoft Surface Pro, but now things are a lot different. Many of us… continue…

Migrating SharePoint to the Cloud: The Pros and Cons

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SharePoint 2013 poses a challenging question for IT directors and SharePoint architects. Traditionally, the core questions regarding a SharePoint migration could be summarized as “when and how.” With Office 365 as a new and viable option for hosting SharePoint in the cloud, “where” becomes a significant question. While there are very attractive motivating factors for going to the cloud, there are also serious risks and considerations that you’ll have to assess. Saving Money The cloud option offers two main attractions:… continue…