I had been wondering this lately, and so have been asking people: who are IBM's software customers? My company sells into a wide range of Global 2000 companies, but we almost never bump into IBM databases or application servers (or hardware, for that matter). I can count the number of times on two hands, yet we often run into Oracle, Microsoft, BEA Weblogic, even Sybase. Rarely IBM.
System Restore is a feature of Windows XP that periodically backs up the Windows system folders. It does this in case some piece of software is not doing something today that it was doing yesterday. In that event, you can restore the latest System Restore backup and hopefully fix things.
Microsoft refers to System Restore backups as "restore points". They reside on the C disk in a folder Windows tries to keep hidden.
System Restore runs silently in the background, thus, you can use a Windows XP machine for years and not be aware of its existence - … Read more
Ian Howells, Alfresco's chief marketing officer, did some analysis of the company's customer and user community, and I found the results interesting. I've been hearing rumblings for some time that Windows increasingly serves as a great evaluation platform for open source, but most companies use Linux when they're serious and want to go into production. Ian's data confirmed this, and more. (Zmanda has published data that corroborates our findings.)
First of all, the Alfresco data shows that Windows is plays a healthy role in the open source ecosystem. (In the graph, Windows = green, and Linux = blue, in case you can't see it well.) We have plenty of companies going into production with open-source Alfresco sitting on top of closed-source Windows. From my work with SugarCRM, JasperSoft and others, I know the same holds true for them. I don't suspect that this is going to change anytime soon.
Windows plays a large role because it's the OS sitting on the most desktops. But when customers are serious about production, the majority favor Linux. Again, I think you'd find very similar results were you to talk with MuleSource, Funambol, SugarCRM, etc.… Read more
Savio has a point, much as I don't want to admit it. However, it might not be the point he's thinking that he's making. Or, rather, the data points to an entirely different point.
Wayne Waddoups of SAIC sent this slide deck along to me from a presentation delivered by Michael Cusumanoa (MIT) at Carnegie Mellon University, and I found it fascinating. The data clearly shows a (strong) decline in enterprise software sales over the last few years, with the only exceptions being "hits" and "platform leaders." In other words, those who get lucky and those who have built a massive lock-in ecosystem.
As shown, software is clearly on the decline, while services revenue is on a strong upswing. This, as Cusumanoa posits, may well lead the industry to invest in the next big area of innovation: Services innovation.… Read more
As Steven Vaughan-Nichols is reporting, the Software Freedom Law Center is offering a free day of open-source legal education from the best in the business. Let's put it this way: if you get any opportunity to hear Eben Moglen speak, you take it. Especially when admission to the event is free.
The Summit will have two parts: a closed session in the morning for a private meeting of some of the world's foremost FOSS attorneys, and an open session in the afternoon consisting of free legal presentations to the public.… Read more
BMC Software decided to get "real" Thursday, announcing it snapped up RealOps, which makes "run book automation" and other IT process automation software.
The acquisition of Virginia-based RealOps is designed to bolster BMC's Remedy IT process automation platform. The companies plan to combine BMC's Atrium Configuration Management database with RealOps' "run book automation" software.
The end game is to allow customers to integrate and automate their operations across a number of IT management functions. Some of those operations could range from identifying, diagnosing and fixing problems to resolving overly excessive response delays. … Read more
IBM on Wednesday reported strong revenue and income growth for second quarter 2007, in a sign that the company has improved profitability in its giant professional services division.
Excluding a one-time gain from the sale of its printing division, IBM reported diluted earnings of $1.50 per share, beating analysts' expectations by 3 cents.
A 10 percent increase in Global Services helped fuel second-quarter revenue of $23.8 billion. Income rose 8 percent to $2.2 billion, excluding an $81 million windfall from the sale of its printing division.
IBM Software--a crucial part of its revenue growth strategy as IBM … Read more
Journalists tend to generate a lot of dog references by the public. Lapdog, bulldog, bloodhound, you get the picture...
But here's another description to throw into the mix: Pavlov's Dog.
The saliva content in the newsroom usually hits the high water mark when the Salesforce.com press kits arrive, historically bearing chocolate.
But today, a lot of saliva went to waste. The Salesforce press kits arrived, touting the company's Summer '07 release, but no chocolate. Instead, a small, white box of mints came with the delivery.
Do you think the mints address dog breath?
A co-worker sent me a link to the kids pages at the US Patent and Trademark Office. Part of me is delighted that our government is trying to make itself more accessible to children. Indeed, next month I intend to take advantage of that very accessibility when our family visits Washington DC to see the three co-equal branches of our federal government and the various departments they operate. If we are lucky, we might even meet one or more of our elected representatives in person!
But part of me is mortified by the levels of propaganda filling pages that purport to be educational and the thought that millions of children may be exposed to such propaganda without thought or review by tech-savvy parents.… Read more
During my trip to Raleigh, I was fortunate to catch up with Iain Gray, vice president of Global Support Services at Red Hat. With my Alfresco hat on, I wanted to find out how Red Hat manages support, and with my CNET hat on, I wanted to share that insight.
Specifically, I wanted to get Iain's perspective on how open-source support differs from support in the proprietary software world. (You can tune in to a Red Hat video of Iain talking about this topic, too.)
Iain brings to Red Hat over a decade of support and services experience honed at Sun and SCO Group (back when it was a Unix company, not a law firm). As such, the obvious question was...… Read more