• Siebel Mulls Channel Relationships For Midmarket Push

    Anyone keeping track of Tom Siebel's speeches over the past few months would have heard little that's new in his Tuesday keynote address at Comdex. But the Chairman and CEO of Siebel Systems did offer up tantalizing tidbits during his address -- tidbits that typically indicate the company's strategy and direction in the year ahead.

  • IT Execs Focus On Providing Value

    IT budgets remain under pressure, but the focus is slowly shifting from cost-cutting to an emphasis on providing value to the business operations IT serves, said IT executives on a panel at the AMR Research Fall Executive Conference in Boston. Commenting on a range of topics, the four IT managers said they're adopting outsourcing as an IT strategy and appear united in having a love-hate relationship with their major IT vendors.

  • Comdex Meets The Matrix

    In his keynote address at Comdex, Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates focused on a number of key passions that currently are informing the Redmond universe, including Longhorn -- its well-known code name for the next generation of Windows, how to improve security for its customers, and its decision to make "big bets on software connections."

  • Comdex Panel Debates Security Needs

    Does security have a "magic number," a particular amount of firewalls and authentication protocols past which network administrators can be certain their systems are secure?

  • RFID Backers, Privacy Advocates Seek Common Ground

    Consumers must be given notice if radio-frequency identification chips are ever used on individual products and packaging, and they need to be better educated about the technology's benefits and potential for misuse.

  • IBM’s PC Division Does the Executive Shuffle

    VARBusiness has learned that Steven Starkey has been named the new vice president of PC channels marketing for IBM's PC division. He replaces industry legend Frank Vitagliano, who has been named vice president, worldwide distribution channels, IBM sales and distribution, reporting to Mike Borman, general manager of IBM's Global Business Partners. Starkey's responsibilities will revolve around cross-branding (including PC, server, software and storage) for the company's IBM VAR Direct strategy.