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IBM is reportedly transferring U.S. jobs in its global service unit to India. The Wall Street Journal said Wednesday morning that the company was expected to inform what the paper could only call "a large number" of American workers that their jobs were either being eliminated or sent to India. [email protected] suggests the layoffs will be on Thursday. IBM's earnings were up 12% to $4.42 billion last quarter; it's forecast no strain this year because of the slowdown; and it's supposedly in talks to acquire Sun. Recently IBM reportedly laid off around 4,600 people. It's also unclear whether IBM might be a bidder for the disgraced Indian outsourcer, Satyam. The Journal says Global Services has 180,000 people worldwide. ... (more)

IBM Sitting Pretty on Oracle-Sun Debacle

Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer You have to know when to hold them, and when to fold them. That's the not just slightly smug assessment by IBM executives as they reflect -- with twinkles in their eyes -- on the months-stalled Oracle acquisition of Sun Microsystems, a deal that IBM initially sought but then declined earlier this year. Chatting over drinks at the end of day one of the Software Analyst Connect 2009 conference in Stamford, Conn., IBM Senior Vice President and IBM Software Group Executive Steve Mills (pictured below) told me last night he thinks the Oracle-Sun deal will go through, but it won't necessarily be worth $9.50 a share to Oracle when it does. "He (Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison) didn't understand the hardware business. It's a very different business from software," said Mills. Mills seemed very much at ease with IBM's late-date jilt of Sun (Sun wa... (more)

‘Save MySQL from Oracle’ Petition Delivered to 3 Antitrust Regulators

MySQL Journal on Ulitzer MySQL creator Monty Widenius’ petition to stop Oracle from getting the MySQL open source database along with Sun Microsystems collected more than 14,000 signatures before Widenius started circulating the results to “regulators, governmental bodies, parliaments and journalists” in the wee hours of Monday morning European time. According to campaign organizer Florian Mueller, “The numbers collected so far are phenomenal given the holiday season in large parts of the market. They will go up a lot in the days to come further dwarfing whatever Oracle has presented.” It’s “50 times more customer support than Oracle claimed three weeks ago,” he said. He described the majority of signatories as “business users: more than 5,000 self-employed developers and more than 3,000 people using it in companies of all sizes.” Mueller said deliveries of new si... (more)

Cloud Computing Instrumental in IT Recovery for 2010

New Year 2010 on Ulitzer IDC, the tech industry analysts, have come out with their predictions for 2010 – and it’s a model that heavily involves the development and growth of the Cloud. First some general IT industry forecasts: - growth is expected to return to the IT industry, and IDC is forecasting a more than 3% expansion for the year; the industry will see spending levels rise once again (but to 2008 levels) to $1.5 trillion; - emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil will lead IT recovery, growing 8-13%, while mature markets like the U.S. and Europe are to remain relatively weak and vulnerable to risk factors; - small and medium-sized businesses, another important form of “emerging market” for the IT industry, declined by about 3.5% this year…but expect this sector to grow in 2010 by 3.5%. Growth among SMBs will be higher than large enterprises. What ro... (more)

IBM Buys Netezza

IBM said Monday morning that it's buying Netezza, the data warehouse appliance company that competes with Oracle's vaunted Exadata widgetry, for roughly $1.78 billion net of Netezza's bank book. IBM timed the announcement to coincide with Oracle's OpenWorld festivities which are just getting off the ground. It said it would pay $27 a share cash, close to a 10% premium, modest compared to the recent HP-3PAR deal. Wall Street evidently thinks IBM's bid may be challenged like Dell's was for 3PAR because the punters, probably thinking of Oracle, immediately bid Netezza's stock up over $27 on the news. IBM, on the other hand, expects the acquisition to close in Q4. Oracle has been lording Exadata over IBM in ads on the front page of the Wall Street Journal claiming "Sun runs Oracle twice as fast as IBM's fastest computer" and putting up $10 million for anyone - including I... (more)

Adobe/Macromedia - Microsoft, Look Out!

On April 18, 2005, as we all know, Adobe Systems Incorporated announced a definitive agreement to acquire Macromedia in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $3.4 billion. This is a look back, sideways, and forwards, based on what's been happening since then. After the inevitable wave of early name speculation subsided...would the company be renamed Adobomedia? Macrodobedia? AcroMacrobe?...both Macromedia's Chief Software Architect Kevin Lynch and Adobe's CEO Bruce Chizen made it clear to MXDJ (http://mxdj.sys-con.com/read/49240.htm) and the San Francisco Chronicle respectively that the name of the combined company after Adobe had purchased Macromedia was going to be Adobe pure and simple. Or, as the FAQ promptly displayed on the web phrased it (www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/invrelations/ adobeandmacromedia_faq.html#q6): What Will Be The Name of the Combined C... (more)

EMC vs NetApp for Data Domain: Joe Tucci Sends Open Letter

"We stand ready to welcome the talented people of Data Domain to EMC with open arms," writes Joe Tucci - Chairman, President and CEO of EMC - to all Data Domain employees this morning. He chose an open letter format, says EMC, as the best way to express directly to Data Domain employees his thoughts about why EMC is the best choice for them. EMC initiated its tender offer for all outstanding Data Domain shares on June 1, 2009, by which time  Data Domain had already agreed to be acquired by NetApp. For that reason, EMC was legally prohibited from communicating with EMC. But the company contends that before signing the definitive agreement with NetApp, Data Domain's management excluded EMC from consideration as a potential acquirer. This, says EMC, was despite EMC's attempt at an open dialog.  Tucci accordingly chose an open letter format as the best way to express dir... (more)

IBM & Cloud Computing: Getting Ready for the Zettabyte Age

Well IBM has gone and done it, they've announced a cloud offering yet again. Actually what's interesting about this go, is not that they're getting into the cloud business (again) but instead this time they're serious about it. And like it or not, they're approach actually does kind of make sense for, assuming you're within their target demographic (the large enterprise looking to save a few bucks). My summary of the "Big Blue Cloud" is as follows: It's not what you can do for the cloud, but what the cloud can do for you. Or simply, it's about the application, duh? In a statement earlier today in the New York Times, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano said, “The information technology infrastructure is under stress --- and the data flood is just accelerating.” Palmisano isn't alone in this thinking, earlier this week Cisco Systems, the mobile networking giant, released a report sug... (more)

How Do You Get the Benefits of Shared Resources in a Private Cloud?

I was recording a podcast last week on the subject of cloud with an emphasis on security and of course we talked in general about cloud and definitions. During the discussion the subject of “private cloud” computing was raised and one of the participants asked a very good question: Some of the core benefits of cloud computing come from shared resources. In a private cloud, where does the sharing of resources come from? I had to stop and think about that one for a second, because it’s not something I’ve really thought about before. But it was a valid point; without sharing of resources the reduction in operating costs is not as easily realized. But even in an enterprise data center there is a lot more sharing that could be going on than perhaps people realize. SHARING in the ENTERPRISE There are plethora of ways in which sharing of resources can be accomplished in th... (more)

The Twitter Bubble

Looks like there’s a few bubbles still left in the old champagne bottle. Twitter, which has no income to speak of, has reportedly raised another $50 million in funding and been valued at $1 billion. That’s four times the $250 million valuation it reportedly got in February when it raised ~$35 million in Series C financing from Benchmark Capital and Institutional Venture Partners. With the new money total investment reportedly come to around $105 million. Twitter is supposed to start charging businesses that use it for marketing and customer relations by the end of the year. Whenever did we put that Brooklyn Bridge stock? ... (more)

Value of M&A Deals Plummets 46%; Next - Predators Seek Prey

If the trend of the first six months of 2009 holds, the overall number of M&A deals this year will have plunged to a level last witnessed in 2004. That is the painful truth, according to a report published today by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The world's largest and most active investors who took part in the BCG survey nonetheless want companies to be ready to capitalize on M&A opportunities when they arise - on the basis that the financial crisis will provide opportunities for game-changing acquisitions by companies that are ready to make the right strategic moves when the M&A market returns to growth. "We expect a window of opportunity offering attractive takeover prospects to open soon," says Alexander Roos, a BCG partner and coauthor of the report. "But only those companies that have prepared themselves for action will be able to benefit from these favora... (more)