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Analysis: Amid a mixed growth picture for IBM as a whole, 2% year-to-year growth in overall software revenue illustrates that IBM's existing software assets continue to drive customer conversations and purchasing across the IBM install base, writes Elizabeth Hedstrom Henlin, an analyst with Technology Business Research.
IBM revenue fell 4 percent to $22.5 billion, below the $22.9 billion that analysts polled by FactSet had expected. It's the eighth consecutive quarter of revenue decline. The biggest drop was in its systems and technology unit, or hardware, where revenue tumbled 23 percent to $2.39 billion from $3.11 billion.
Worldwide shipments of PCs continue to drop. But the decline in the first quarter of the year wasn't as dramatic as in recent periods, and Lenovo - the No. 1 global sales leader - broadened its market share by 2 full points to 17 percent.
Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger. An estimated 30 percent of computers being used by businesses and consumers around the world are still running the 12-year-old operating system.
Dan Warmenhoven, the chairman of the board at NetApp, is being replaced "effectively immediately" by the company's CEO, the storage device technology firm says. Warmenhoven, a former CEO of the firm, will leave the board in September. Also, the company promotes an executive to president with a $25,000 raise.
The sudden replacement of Dan Warmenhoven as chairman at NetApp and his retirement from the storage technology firm's board likely means more change is coming. As the company, which has a big presence in RTP, struggles to deal with the era of "cloud computing," CEO and now Chairman Tom Goergens has even more control over its future.
Microsoft retires its 12-year-old Windows XP operating system on Tuesday. Even so, there are still millions of XP computers out there. The Associated Press are suggestions about what to do if you own one of them.
Lenovo has already secured office space in RTP for some 2,000 IBMers who are expected to be transferred as part of then $2.3 billion deal for Big Blue's x86 server business. But Bloomberg news reports that the deal faces a "perfect storm of issues" in winning U.S. government approval. It's deja vu 2005 all over again.
Analysis: Red Hat's success in linking core middleware and Linux platforms to cloud and OpenStack, as well as its focus on generating cross-selling opportunities through its "land and expand" initiative, is evidenced by the firm's consistent mid-teen year-to-year revenue growth and record number of deals exceeding $1 million during its FY14--with four of its top seven deals being entirely middleware. Krista Macomber of Technology Business research offers her insight into where Red Hat is headed.
Red Hat will forever be known as the company that commercialized open source Linux, but it's quickly becoming the driver in OpenStack - or open source - for cloud computing. CEO Jim Whitehurst says in a conference call: "Yes, obviously there is substantially more interest in OpenStack, frankly than there has been in really any products since Linux."
Microsoft has released an iPad version of its popular Office software suite, a breakthrough heralding a new era under a CEO who promises to focus more on the devices that people are using instead of trying to protect the company's lucrative Windows franchise.
So how does Red Hat hope to grow its "cloud computing" efforts? By hiring a research analyst who has talked with companies about challenges and problems they face in the cloud and written extensively about the challenges, especially with OpenStack on which Red Hat is banking heavily.
Facebook is buying virtual reality company Oculus, betting $2 billion that its technology will become a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained. "This is a long-term bet on the future of computing," says Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg
IBM on Monday reportedly began telling workers in its x86 server business whether they would be transferring to Lenovo or not. IBM won't comment, but Lenovo reaffirms its stated commitment to hire some 2,000 IBMers in RTP alone. Meanwhile, the proposed IBM-Lenovo deal receives government approval in India.
CEO Jim Goodnight takes the stage at a conference to demonstrate how SAS continues to take number crunching to higher levels of visualization. A new software suite, Visual Statistics, turns data into graphical predictive models. Meanwhile, Lenovo is using a variety of SAS tools to help understand customer concerns and to detect issues before they mushroom. SAS also announces other new products and an expanded analytics education initiative called "Analytics U."
Cisco says it plans to spend more than $1 billion over the next two years to build up its cloud computing network in what the company calls the "World's Largest Global Intercloud."
A complete technology reboot with new PCs and keeping jobs in North Carolina - Those are the goals of a huge computer purchase that the State Employees' Credit Union is fulfilling in a deal with Lenovo.
Lenovo agreed on Thursday to purchase a portfolio of patents from Unwired Planet and for an aggregated transaction of $100 million cash. The following day, the world's largest PC maker then discovered a pricing error on a new tablet that cost them about $16 million and some change.