• The Industry Warms Up To On-Demand Computing

    One year ago this week, IBM chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano trumpeted the phrase "e-Business On Demand" and committed $10 billion of Big Blue's money to the new computing model, in the process proclaiming to his then-375,000 employees worldwide, "No doubt about it, it's a bold bet. Is it a risky bet? I don't think so."

  • Meet Mad Hatter

    This december, you can expect to see the long-awaited debut of the Java Desktop System. Unless you're late for a very important date, you should take a minute to familiarize yourself with this product, which is Sun's giant-killer. The giant, of course, is none other than Microsoft, the world's largest and most successful software company. Microsoft controls more than 90 percent of all desktops worldwide. Virtually all PCs today run some flavor of Windows, although some DOS workstations can be found here and there.

  • IBM’s Great Storage Expectations

    One of Big Blue's biggest missteps was failing to recognize that storage would become a major market during the 1990s. Since then, IBM has spent a lot of time catching up to EMC. Now, general manager for IBM storage systems Daniel R. Colby says the goal is never to fall behind again and to make IBM the best storage choice out there. More than 50 percent of IBM's storage business is expected to go through partners this year. VARBusiness senior editor Sonia R. Lelii talked recently with Colby about IBM's storage-management plans.

  • IBM Seeks Simple Life For Partners

    It has been a year since Scott Cooper took over as IBM's vice president of worldwide channel marketing for software. In that time, the Lotus veteran has spoken to hundreds of partners, learning about their businesses. His basic impression of the software community? Anarchy.

  • HP Smart Office Gets CarePacks

    In the coming months, Hewlett-Packard will roll out new services targeted at small- and midsize-business (SMB) customers. The program, called CarePacks, is designed to help partners sell services such as Microsoft Exchange deployment and remote monitoring, HP says.

  • Keane Eyes New Frontiers For Family Business

    John Keane founded Keane Inc. in 1965 as a small consulting outfit that sought to bridge the gap between business and the growing influence of electronics and technology. Almost 40 years later, John's son, Brian, is running the Boston-based company, which generated more than $800 million in sales last year as a premier solution provider in the application-outsourcing market.

  • Sony, Samsung Discuss LCD Collaboration

    Japanese electronics and entertainment giant Sony is in talks with Samsung Electronics of South Korea about cooperating on making liquid crystal displays, Sony said Friday.

  • Lexmark To Offer MFP With New Color Laser

    Printer vendor Lexmark says it will begin shipping a new, sub-$2,000 color printer with an additional incentive: The company will throw in a free multifunction printer or an extra year on its warranty.

  • Massachusetts Locks Horns With Microsoft

    Massachusetts Administration and Finance Secretary Eric Kriss instructed the state's chief technology officer to adopt a policy of "open standards, open source" for all future spending on information technology, in a memo sent last month.