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Volume 6, Number 22 -- June 4, 2008
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Microsoft Kicks Off TechEd 2008 with Gates and Previews
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

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Dynamics AX 2009 ERP Suite Comes to Market
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

It may be nearly six years since Microsoft bought the ERP suites called Axapta and Navision from the two merged Danish ERP software suppliers, Damgaard and the Navision, who merged two years earlier than that, but Microsoft is still operating four distinct ERP software lines. As Microsoft well knows and surely profits from, customers are stubbornly resistant to moving off software they know well, even if they don't always love it. READ MORE >


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U.S. Drags Down Server Sales in Q1, But Weak Dollar Helps
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Depending on how you want to look at it, the United States both helped and hurt sales in the global server market in the first quarter of 2008, according to statistics compiled by the box counters at IDC. The jittery economy in the United States has caused companies large and small to pull back on server spending, but at the same time the weak dollar compared to currencies in overseas markets that are experiencing decent growth in server sales as their economies build up and are amplifying the revenues as those sales are booked back in the States for the major server players. READ MORE >


Servers, Storage, Laptops and Weak Dollars Buoy Dell in Q1
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Computer maker Dell is trying to give Wall Street, investors, and customers the impression that it is on the mend, and the weak U.S. dollar is certainly doing its part to make that job a little easier than it might otherwise be. Somewhat revived server sales in the first fiscal quarter as well as the industry trend to upgrade to laptops among companies and consumers alike also did their part to give Dell some revenue growth, and share buybacks helped push up earnings per share, too. The company was sitting on $8.5 billion in cash, but has some pretty big bills to pay, too, from running the business--accounts payable was $4.9 billion larger than accounts receivables. READ MORE >



 

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Server Branding 101: Big Name, Big Game?
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

For kicks and giggles a few weeks ago, I spent some time monkeying around on the three top search engines seeing how many pages out there on the Internet relating to various IBM server brands and operating systems were being indexed with those terms. As I fully admit, this is a thoroughly unscientific way to try to gauge the relative importance of brands, but it seems to me to be as valid as doing a random poll by telephone--and has the virtue of being done in a few minutes. Now, let's compare all the big server brands and their vendors. READ MORE >


But Wait, There's More:

• IBM Releases Lotus Notes/Domino 8.5 Beta

• Java Compute Appliances Upgraded by Azul Systems

• Three Users Groups for HP Customers Merge

• Interesting Mods and Add-Ons for Office Blade Servers

• Tape Backup: Obviously, a Whole Lot Greener than Disk Backup


 

Reader Feedback and Insights

We value your feedback and insights.  Feel free to send a letter to the editor.  Letters may be printed, unless otherwise specified, and edited for clarity or length. READ MORE >


 
Editor: Alex Woodie
Contributing Editors: Dan Burger, Joe Hertvik, Shannon O'Donnell,
Timothy Prickett Morgan, Victor Rozek, Kevin Vandever, Hesh Wiener
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The Four Hundred
More Power Transitions Are on the Way

U.S. Drags Down Server Sales in Q1, But Weak Dollar Helps

Server Branding 101: Big Name, Big Game?

Java Compute Appliances Upgraded by Azul Systems

Survival of the Fittest: Ensuring IT Is Providing You with an Innovative Edge

The Linux Beacon
Novell Swings to a Tiny Profit on a Tiny Revenue Bump in Q2

U.S. Drags Down Server Sales in Q1, But Weak Dollar Helps

Intel and Itanium Partners Gear Up for Quad-Core Tukwilas

Java Compute Appliances Upgraded by Azul Systems

Server Branding 101: Big Name, Big Game?

Four Hundred Stuff
Data Quality Tool from AMB Now Supports i and z/OS Platforms

Magic Targets Rich Internet Apps, SaaS with G5

DB Technology Cuts the Paper Chase for AS/400 Shops

NGS Launches SaaS Initiative to Deliver BI as a Service

IBM Updates Secure Perspective Tool

Big Iron
U.S. Drags Down Server Sales in Q1, But Weak Dollar Helps

Top Mainframe Stories From Around the Web

Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings

Four Hundred Guru
Use PCOMM Scripts to Dynamically Build a Spreadsheet, Part 2

Use SQL to Strip Out Tab Characters

Admin Alert: Monitoring the Monitors

System i PTF Guide
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May 3, 2008: Volume 10, Number 18

April 26, 2008: Volume 10, Number 17

The Unix Guardian
The Unix Competition Is Still as Heated as Ever

The Server Biz Enjoys the X64 Upgrade Cycle in Q1

Intel and Itanium Partners Gear Up for Quad-Core Tukwilas

As I See It: The Programmer as Artist

Reseller Mainline to Acquire Competitor Cornerstone

Four Hundred Monitor
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Microsoft Kicks Off TechEd 2008 with Gates and Previews

Dynamics AX 2009 ERP Suite Comes to Market

U.S. Drags Down Server Sales in Q1, But Weak Dollar Helps

Servers, Storage, Laptops and Weak Dollars Buoy Dell in Q1

Server Branding 101: Big Name, Big Game?

But Wait, There's More:

IBM Releases Lotus Notes/Domino 8.5 Beta . . . Java Compute Appliances Upgraded by Azul Systems . . . Three Users Groups for HP Customers Merge . . . Interesting Mods and Add-Ons for Office Blade Servers . . . Tape Backup: Obviously, a Whole Lot Greener than Disk Backup . . .


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