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Big Blue bets big on Cloud-First Enterprise
IBM CEO Arvind Krishna’s announcement about a strategic move to spin off their managed infrastructure services business on October 8, 2020 is reverberating across the business and technology landscape. However, keeping the magnitude of the announcement aside, this is in line with IBM’s time-tested modus operandi of divesting slower growth and maturing businesses, such as their exit from the PC business. While this strategic shift is considerably late compared to other players, it is the right move that leverages their Red Hat acquisition to target the fast growing multi-cloud market.
Desktop PC Price/Performance Study: 2001-2005
This special report is a comprehensive study of cost and performance trends over the past five years for desktop computers from the major manufacturers: HP/Compaq, IBM/Lenovo, and Dell. This report allows you to: (1) accurately forecast the residual value of desktop computers in use today or planned for aquisition, based on the historical fair market value (FMV) decline curves that are documented in this report, (2) anticipate future vendor pricing strategies, (3) forecast future improvements in PC price/performance (cost/GHz), (4) obtain maximum useful life from current investments in desktop computers by understanding historical useful life, (5) formulate buying strategies by understanding the forecast for Intel processor performance. (134 pp., 32 figs.)[Read the Full Report Description]
What Does 2005 Have in Store for IBM and Hewlett-Packard Users?
The New Year confronts both IBM and Hewlett-Packard customers with questions regarding the future paths of the companies. Based on user surveys and our analysis of the two companies, Computer Economics has developed forecasts of the strategies the two companies will be following in the coming year. The one clear message to both sets of customers is that market forces are continually forcing IBM and HP to recreate themselves in ways that will allow them to fight off growing competition. Click here to purchase. - $125 (USD)
Large Server Economic Returns Out Pace Small Servers
Most organizations have embraced a mix of large servers (costing in excess of $250,000) and small servers as major components of their system architectures. Computer Economics' Information Systems Spending and Technology Trends points out that while small server acquisitions exceed those of large servers, economic returns more often favor the larger machines. IT managers making equipment selection decisions will want to review these results before making choices. Click here to purchase. - $95
The Business Case for Linux Deployment
Linux has many advocates for use both in servers and on the desktop. The question arises, however, that in view of ongoing legal, financial, and technical controversies whether Linux is an effective enterprise-level strategy. Although there are a number of concerns in regard to Linux adoption, including legal challenges, return on investment, and the cost of ownership, many organizations find the economics of Linux to be positive. Click here to purchase. $95 (USD)
Mainframes Show Solid Performance in a Milestone Year
Celebrating its fortieth year, the mainframe continues to provide some owners with highly reliable and secure computing services. In comparison with lower cost servers, the mainframes are rarely hacked because of their superior security features, and big iron has deservedly earned a reputation for highly dependable operation. Such performance has its cost, and mainframes are noted for often stratospherically high prices. Click here to purchase. - $125
Does On-Demand Computing Deliver?
The option of being able to pay for computing services only to the level necessary to support on-going business activities is an attractive one. The potential savings of the technology can make it effective in many organizations. Not having to pay for idle computing resources saves money for more productive purposes. The experience of early adopters has been encouraging and points toward opportunities for IT managers to introduce new computing economies into their organizations. Click here to purchase. - $125
Is 64-Bit Worth the Wait?
After struggling in niche workstation, graphics, and number-crunching segments for the last decade, the 64-bit microprocessor is now starting to gain a foothold in the commodity server hardware scene. While the price/performance curve of the Intel x86 family has served general-purpose computing well over the last decade-plus, the growth in data intensive and CPU intensive applications with large numbers of users is fostering interest in 64-bit outside of its typical domain. Whether 64-bit technology is worth the wait really depends on your needs. This article will help you answer this question and determine your strategy for server technology moving forward. Click here to purchase.
On-Demand Mainframes Rewrite the Economic Equations
Despite many claims of its demise, the mainframe is far from dead. The reliability of these machines and their tolerance for legacy software makes them invaluable to large organizations. New systems offer dynamic workload balancing based on selectable priorities and, more importantly from a cost point of view, capacity-on-demand processing.
An Assessment of Hewlett-Packard One Year After the Merger (3Q03)
A year after HPâs acquisition of Compaq, some of the consequences of the merger are beginning to become apparent. HPâs sales during 2002 were a credible threat to IBMâs dominance of the market, but HP lags far behind in profit margin. Part of the reason for HPâs poorer profitability is tied to difficulties in aligning products and personnel.
IBM’s E-Business On-Demand Strategy (1Q03)
Providing e-business via an on-demand model may become a key differentiator that separates market leaders from the pack.
IBM’s Strategy in Acquiring Rational Software
Rational Software products are found in 98% of the Fortune 100, making this a sound acquisition decision by IBM.