Stories by Eric Lai

At home with Microsoft’s vision of the future

The latest remodel of the Microsoft Home, the software maker’s techno-fuelled vision of domestic accoutrements of the future, doesn’t have any robot butlers or any flying cars parked in the driveway.

Oracle upgrade, telecommuting keep Sun CIO busy

Bob Worrall was promoted to CIO of Sun Microsystems two months ago, filling a vacancy that arose when former CIO Bill Vass took up another position at the company. Worrall, 45, had been vice president of IT. In an interview with Eric Lai of Computerworld US, Worrall talks about Sun’s massive three-year ERP consolidation plans, as well as the advantages of letting employees telecommute.

Survey finds execs cool on virtualisation

Server virtualisation may be one of enterprise computing’s hot new technologies, but a recent survey of corporate IT buyers shows that near-term adoption may not match the hype.

Sleepycat buy signals Oracle sales shift

Oracle has never enjoyed much respect from IT managers looking for alternatives to large relational databases. Michael Olson, the former head of open-source database vendor Sleepycat Software, which is now owned by Oracle, wants to change that.

Avanade: getting the most out of MS products

Avanade, the Seattle-based systems integrator formed in 2000 by Accenture and Microsoft — which still own a majority of the company — has 3,000 consultants that work exclusively in Microsoft technologies. Nearly three quarters of Avanade’s revenue is derived from enterprise IT work done on behalf of Accenture or Microsoft — and that revenue has grown steadily over the past six years.

The price will be right, says Ingres’ new president

Roger Burkhardt, Ingres’ recently-appointed president and chief operating officer, spoke with Computerworld US about his plans for the open-source database vendor and why he left the New York Stock Exchange, where he was CTO.

Double plus good

Microsoft is denying speculation that it plans to cripple copies of Windows XP for users who refuse to install its controversial antipiracy tool, Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA).

Opponents to ODF strike back in Massachusetts

A Massachusetts Senate committee released a report Thursday criticizing the state's Information Technology Division (ITD), claiming that its "unilateral" plan to move all state employees to use software that reads and writes files in the OpenDocument format was poorly planned, ignored the needs of handicapped workers and violated state law.

Quest for the Holy Grail of management

Quest Software, best-known for its database management tools, plans to bolster its application management lineup by releasing 72 self-tuning and performance management tools this year.

Oracle stays atop global database market

Oracle continued to top the worldwide database market last year, propelled by companies migrating to Oracle Database running on Linux, according to figures released by two leading market research companies.

Ubuntu upgrades as part of corporate push

Ubuntu Linux has gained more than 2 million users worldwide since its release in October 2004, according to Canonical, a small vendor on the Isle of Man that oversees the software. Most are home users. But at the Desktop Linux Summit 2006, Jane Silber, Canonical's chief operating officer, spoke with Computerworld about the company's efforts to increase Ubuntu's corporate appeal.

CIOs need to think business development, not cost-cutting, says analyst

Globally, corporate IT budgets continue to grow more slowly than inflation, says Gartner analyst Ken McGee. Speaking at the Gartner Symposium/ITexpo in San Francisco earlier this month, he said CIOs who want to snag more IT dollars need to come up with imaginative ways of helping their companies make money, not just save it.