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.
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.