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  • Key trends, facts and interpretation you need to run your business

    HP And Dell, Neck And Neck
    Hewlett-Packard's focus on the consumer market seems to be paying off: The company took over the lead in the worldwide PC-unit-shipment market share in the fourth quarter of 2003, moving ahead of Dell, according to recent research reports from Gartner/Dataquest and Merrill Lynch. More specifically, HP captured 15 percent of the market over Dell, with 14 percent. Still, one quarter does not a full year make, and preliminary data for the entire year of 2003 shows Dell in the No. 1 spot worldwide with 15 percent market share, followed closely by HP with 14 percent.
  • Minimalist Approach
    A number of enterprise companies were given a list of technologies and asked to rate their importance as part of VARBusiness' annual survey of enterprise-spending plans. So what came out ahead as the top technologies resellers and solution providers should concentrate on in 2004?
  • Dealing With The Ever-Cautious CIO
    First, the good news for technology vendors: At least it's not this time a year ago, when the buying climate still reeked of recession, and when CIOs wanted help consolidating IT, not deploying it. It took some news late in the year--a 7.2 percent spike in real GDP growth--to convince us victims in the tech sector that help was on its way. We all began salivating at the prospects of a new boom in IT spending beginning in 2004.
  • Security woes, product delays and licensing issues put customers in control

    Squeezing Microsoft
    It's a great time to have Microsoft customers, especially if their software licenses expire this year. Negotiating with the software giant can be lucrative--one large Microsoft customer got $1.8 million in discounts when it renewed its license recently under the vendor's Software Assurance program, and another sealed the three-year software contract on a fixed budget of $75,000 that it applied to the first year.
  • Not since Y2K have enterprises been more ready for new systems

    Selling the PC Upgrade
    The challenge is all too familiar for solution providers: How do you get CIOs thinking about upgrading desktop PCs and notebooks across the enterprise, particularly if the ones they have are adequate and spending remains under scrutiny? Take The Hartford, a global investment management and insurance firm, where the policy is to keep desktops running for four years and notebooks for three years. Even when upgrades are performed, many machines are rede-ployed to other employees, says Neil A. Boissonneau, senior vice president in The Hartford's infrastructure solutions department.
  • Who really has juice inside enterprise IT?

    Beyond the CIO
    Pity the poor, lowly IT department inside Corporate America. It has suffered staff cutbacks, money crunches and even an identity crisis in the new millennium.
  • Demand for software development is hot within the enterprise

    Software Development Gold Rush
    Like Sisyphus struggling to push the boulder uphill, enterprise companies toil when it comes to their software environments. Even during the economic doldrums, CIOs still ponder platform choices while deploying new applications, maintaining legacy code and patching and connecting systems in the quest for today's computing nirvana: real-time e-business. On top of that, with executives changing business processes as frequently as their clothing, developers stay busy making the necessary adjustments to underlying application code and logic.
  • Enterprise Spending Methodology
    VARBusiness' 2004 Enterprise Spending survey provides a snapshot of the business and IT environments among enterprise-level IT end users in North America. For the purposes of this study, enterprise-sized businesses are defined as large, end-user business organizations with 1,000 or more employees.
  • Resources Shifted To Niagara And Rock

    Sun Cancels UltraSPARC V, Gemini, But Not Future Processor Development
    The headlines about Sun Microsystems killing its UltraSPARC V and Gemini processor development may have given somes VARs and customers, already on the edge with all the other bad news coming from the vendor, the impression that Sun had no processor roadmap going forward.
  • AMD’s Ruiz Expects Increased 64-Bit Momentum
    Advanced Micro Devices President and CEO Hector Ruiz expects AMD's 64-bit processors to continue to gain momentum despite rival Intel's aim to offer 64-bit extensions for its 32-bit Xeon server platform.
  • OpenPages Assumes PwC's Sarbanes-Oxley Software
    Sarbanes-Oxley specialist OpenPages, together with Big 4 audit firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers, announced Wednesday it has acquired PwC's documentation repository software. PwC's Internal Controls Workbench (ICW) has been renamed OpenPages ICW. Terms of the deal where not disclosed.
  • Booming iPod Sales Fuel Big 2Q Gains For Apple
    Powered by skyrocketing sales of its iPod handheld music player, Apple Wednesday reported a 29 percent year-over-year revenue gain and a profit of 12 cents per share for its fiscal 2004 second quarter, beating Wall Street's earnings forecast by two cents.
  • Nvidia Ships Next-Gen Graphics Processor
    Graphics chip maker Nvidia on Wednesday said it has begun shipping its next-generation GeForce 6800 processors, which are targeted at the high-performance desktop space, a market that will soon get another boost when Intel releases its next-gen chipset.
  • BEA, Accenture Simplify Enterprise Portals
    BEA Systems and Accenture have announced a portal package that can help enterprises untangle the confusing web of customer, employee and partner portals that can contribute to the high cost of complexity in enterprises.
  • Survey: 17 Percent Of Americans Are Wireless
    About 17 percent of Americans--or about 21 million people--have logged on to the Internet using wireless devices, according to a research report released Tuesday by Pew Research.