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Stories by David L. Margulius

A stocking full of tech trends

With 2008 almost here, it's a good time to stop and think about the really big picture for next year. What matters most in tech? What are the megatrends that might affect your job or career? What cool toys will you get for Christmas?
Well, maybe not that last one. But let's tackle the other two, with some help from a new Morgan Stanley report based on the firm's recent Internet and Technology conferences. Actually, this is something they do every year - a mega, 50-page tome summarizing all the trends they can think of, chock full of miscellaneous fascinating statistics, albeit often provided by vendors (such as Cisco).

Written by David L. Margulius18 Dec. 07 22:00

Should IT care about the credit meltdown of 2007?

Some loud, scary noises have been coming from the stock market recently -- driven by fears about a credit crunch, liquidity, and subprime mortgages. I don't normally write about Wall Street or economic issues, but this week I have to. What's happening isn't just background noise, but something so huge that IT professionals must understand it. This could have major implications for our jobs.

Written by David L. Margulius20 Aug. 07 11:01

The great business process handoff

During the past 15 years, standards such as Java, Windows, and TCP/IP have made it much easier to outsource various aspects of IT, spawning a huge IT outsourcing industry. But that trend may pale in comparison to the next outsourcing wave: BPO (business-process outsourcing).

Written by David L. Margulius09 May 05 14:21

Analysis: SAP NetWeaver: Taking a stab at integration middleware

Why would you buy integration middleware from a packaged application vendor? That’s the question SAP AG and its peer vendors such as PeopleSoft Inc. and Siebel Systems Inc. are trying to answer as they expand their offerings to accommodate customers’ desires for cheaper and easier-to-integrate solutions.
After gaining fame and fortune showing IT managers of large enterprises a better way to do ERP, SAP is now at a crossroads. Despite its previous domination of the ERP market, the company must now square off for its piece of the enterprise software dollar with fellow megavendors IBM Corp., Oracle Corp., and Microsoft Corp. Each company is reaching onto the others’ turf, and middleware is shaping up to be the field of competition.

Written by David L. Margulius08 May 03 22:00