What CIOs Need to Know About HP's Acquisition of Autonomy

Here's why you should be paying attention: HP's acquisition of Autonomy is a big analytics play that could help lead the way to making sense of all the unstructured data that's overwhelming enterprises of all sizes, says analyst...

Enterprise BI Made Simple

Will a simplified version of enterprise business intelligence software spur user adoption? Gartner analyst James Richardson thinks so.

ERP Market Shake-Up: What It Means to Your Company

ERP vendors continue to merge and be acquired at a steady pace in 2011. Here are some tips on how you can protect your company's interests as the marketplace continues to shift, from analyst Albert Pang.

Cut IT Costs for Older ERP Apps With Third-Party Support

Some large enterprises are looking to third-party ERP support providers to reduce their maintenance and support costs by 50 percent or more rather than sticking with their existing ERP vendors. Rebecca Wettemann of Nucleus Research...

SAP and Google Maps Team Up to Visualize Corporate Data

SAP and Google have announced a new partnership intended to help enterprises use Google Maps to better visualize and use their critical business data. Here's how this partnership can help your company use its data even more...

Slow Product Ramp-ups Challenge Oracle and SAP

Oracle and SAP still have some things to prove to customers as they continue to unveil their product strategies around Oracle's Fusion Apps and SAP's HANA technologies, according to one analyst.

Where Will Your Future IT Workers Come From?

Finding the right IT people with the right skills is critical to keeping your business running smoothly. So what are you doing to groom the next generation of IT workers for your future hiring needs? It's time to mentor some kids...

IT Failure: Some Ideas Deserve a Second Chance

Innovation is about trying, even when you fail. It's about trying until you succeed. That's the secret behind many innovators who helped bring us the technologies we use every day. Iridium Communications Inc. has never forgotten this...

Is UNIX dead?

UNIX is still breathing. It's still widely used in enterprise data centers. It's still running huge, complex, key applications for companies that absolutely, positively need those apps to run. And despite the ongoing rumors of its...

Virtualization: Bump Up Your Server Utilization for Big Enterprise IT Gains

Are you getting all the savings out of your virtualized servers that you expected? You may be surprised to learn that there's much you can do to make your data center even more efficient. That's what higher server utilization can do...

Summer Camp for Enterprise IT: Bolster Your Team's Skills

IT skills constantly need to be honed and grown to be ready for anything that happens inside a business. Are you making sure that your IT staff is staying up to speed? Take ERP, for example. It's big and complicated, but it's the...

ERP: It's Going Nowhere Without the Buy-In of Your Users

It always amazes me when companies decide on an IT strategy and direction without talking to the people who use the applications. Idaho is experiencing this right now with a troubled ERP application. Is your company taking the time to...

Virtualization Check-Up: How's Your Strategy Shaping Up So Far in 2011?

Your enterprise saw the promise and benefits of virtualization and headed down that path. Are you now constantly reviewing your strategy to keep it all up-to-date?

What IT Vendors Can Learn From an Airplane Redesign

Great design really does matter, in everything from overhead buttons in an airliner's passenger cabin to critical functions in enterprise software, hardware and even consumer electronics. That's why it's too bad that we really don't...

ERP Vendor Shopping: 5 Must-Haves For Your ERP Requirements List

Your company's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) suite may arguably be the most complex, difficult and mystifying application in your organization's entire business software arsenal, so if it's time to replace it or upgrade it, you...

Shades of SCO-IBM Lawsuit as HP Sues Oracle Over Itanium?

Hewlett-Packard caused quite a ruckus on Wednesday as the company fired a lawsuit at Oracle, essentially alleging that Oracle dropped critical bug update support for Intel's Itanium processors in an effort to harm HP.

Welcome to my new blog, "Deciphering Enterprise Apps"

This is Day One of my new blog here on CIO.com, and as the newest reporter on the staff, I wanted to say hello and take a few minutes to introduce myself to you, our readers.

IT in 2020: Will It Even Exist?

On this day when the "Snowpacolypse" is bearing down on New England, I'm reminded of a popular Yankee euphemism that goes something like this: "If you don't like the weather, just wait a second, because it's bound to change." The...

Like It or Not, Here Comes the Facebook-ization of ERP

This much you should know: Resistance to Enterprise 2.0 talk is futile. In 2011, Social Media-inspired, Facebook-like business applications are going to be all the rage...or so we're being told.

An IT Industry Festivus Celebration: My Airing of Grievances

Gather 'round, everyone, because Festivus is upon us (celebrated December 23, for all you non-Seinfeld aficionados), and it's about time we got started. "IT'S A FESTIVUS FOR THE REST OF US!"

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