• The Most Dangerous Man in the Business

    Jerome B. York is not afraid to take on anyone. Just ask former IBM chairman and CEO Lou Gerstner or former executives at Chrysler Corp. prior to its merger with Daimler-Benz in 1998. York, who as CFO at both Chrysler and later IBM, was known as a legendary cost-cutter at both companies. At IBM, York was loved by Wall Street and by customers but feared by employees. Though recruited by Gerstner in 1993 as IBM's CFO, York ultimately took on his boss regarding how to approach acquisitions.

  • State CIOs Gain More Clout

    As state CIOs watch their IT budgets get the ax, solution providers are also feeling their pain. At the recent National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) midyear conference in Pittsburgh, technology chiefs made clear to their partners that money is not flowing freely these days,and it won't be anytime soon.

  • Research Is the Answer For Answerthink

    For Ted Fernandez, chairman and CEO of Answerthink, the word of the day is "benchmarks." But Fernandez's company is a solution provider, not a database software maker or server manufacturer. So why is the Miami-based integrator so big on benchmarks? It's because Answerthink has been leveraging its research subsidiary, The Hackett Group, to develop best practices and operational-performance benchmarks that are helping it better serve current clients and win new customers as well.

  • Hey, Microsoft: IBM Wants Your Midmarket ISVs

    Buell Duncan is on a mission. Since taking the reins in January as general manager of IBM Developer Relations, Duncan has been leading the charge to convince thousands of independent software vendors (ISVs),many of them ensconced in the Microsoft-dominated midmarket,to align themselves with Big Blue.

  • CA's BrightStor Enterprise Backup To Get ARCserve Integration

    The next iteration of Computer Associates International's BrightStor Enterprise Backup, version 10.5, will include management capability for the vendor's ARCserve storage software and integrated snapshot capability for SQL databases, said Nigel Turner, senior vice president for storage brand management at CA.

  • CA Exec Offers Vision Of On-Demand Storage

    Nigel Turner, senior vice president for storage brand management at Computer Associates International, used his keynote address at the Storage World Conference here Tuesday to explain his company's vision of on-demand storage.

  • Cisco Pushes Intelligence On The Storage Network

    Storage intelligence is moving from the host and array toward the SAN fabric, resulting in improved storage networking and the availability of improved storage services, said two Cisco Systems executives at a keynote presentation at the Storage World Conference, held here this week.

  • States Urge Tougher Microsoft Penalties

    Two states that refused to settle the Microsoft Corp. antitrust case sought tougher penalties Monday, arguing that a deal negotiated with the Bush administration was inadequate to constrain the software company.