Steve Ballmer

Microsoft CEO gives presentation at Stanford Business School – see bottom of article for link to full video

Open Source, Part 2

A second generation of open-source tools such as databases and app servers is winning business converts. But do they have the innovation and influence to prosper?

Process Manufacturing Software: A Primer

Process manufacturing has unique requirements differentiating it from other types of manufacturing. When selecting software for the process industry, special attention and emphasis should be placed on these requirements to ensure that a company can operate at optimal levels, consistent with how it does business and not on how the software lets the company do business. This article defines process manufacturing; discusses its formulation, packaging, … [ Read more ]

Post-Merger Integration: How I.B.M. and Lotus Work Together

AT 8:25 A.M. on Monday, June 5, 1995, Jim Manzi, chief executive of the Lotus Development Corporation, received an unexpected phone call from Louis V. Gerstner Jr., the chairman and chief executive of the International Business Machines Corporation.

I.B.M., Mr. Gerstner said, had just tendered an all-cash offer of $64 a share for Lotus, a storied software maker in Cambridge, Mass., and he hoped Mr. … [ Read more ]

Getting Reorganization Right: How Bruce Chizen Drove Change and Innovation at Adobe Systems

Five years ago, when the technology sector was booming, Adobe Systems was in trouble. The company was respected for its technical prowess and popular products, but Wall Street was skeptical; Japan, a major market, was tanking; and Quark, Adobe’s rival, launched a hostile takeover attempt. Forced to swim or sink, Adobe Systems launched a massive turnaround effort spearheaded by executive vice president Bruce Chizen, who … [ Read more ]

Programmers abroad: A primer on offshore software development

Developing software in foreign lands can save time and money-but only if companies do it right.

BI: Everything Must Go

Corporate managers often feel boxed in by their own supply chains. Business-intelligence software may open them up to new possibilities.