Software maker SAP, citing poor employee morale levels and revenue decline, is replacing CEO Leo Apotheker with board members Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe. SAP recently reported a 28% drop in 2009 revenue. "The challenge is going to be what SAP will be doing five years from now; they need a coherent vision," said Thomas Otter, a Gartner analyst and former SAP employee.
The younger generation of IT workers are more acclimated to high-tech devices, but also accustomed to doing things their own way, according to a survey by Accenture. Gary Curtis, chief technology strategist for Accenture, writes that companies must come up with a balancing act that will accommodate and integrate these workers while protecting the company's technology and information assets.
IBM will debut its first four Power7 systems this week for the high-end server market in a direct competitive move aimed at Hewlett-Packard and Sun. It's the kickoff of a new level of competition, according to industry watchers. "We're seeing three very big vendors sharpening their elbows a bit," said Charles King, an analyst with Pund-IT Research.
Virtualizing your servers can provide a business with significant advantages, Brien Posey writes, but IT leaders should ask several crucial questions first to make sure the move is being implemented in a way that makes sense for the company. Make sure not to put all data in one virtual basket and make sure to understand the software-licensing requirements, he recommends.