I've now joined Facebook.
I have created a Facebook profile for myself. I have to admit, it's not entirely clear to me what Facebook is for, but it seems to be the next great thing (since whatever the last great thing was), so I'm giving it a try. It supposedly is (or is becoming) a platform for social networking applications, which sounds interesting, but I don't know what that really means.
The best use I can think of for this stuff is helping me connect to my IBM co-workers and to customers I've worked with or at least who are interested in what I have to say. Then again, isn't that what this blog is for? But this blog is very one-way; maybe social networking will be more two-way. Which would be good, except I don't need to get pinged every time someone I know (or at least who knows me) does something that may (or may not) be vaguely interesting to somebody; I already get more status updates like this than I can grok, thanks. And really, IBM already has an internal directory of employees, so I'd rather extend that with descriptive symbolic links to my co-workers than go do that separately outside IBM's site. But non-IBMers can participate on Facebook, so maybe I need Facebook network that extends into IBM for my co-workers but outside for non-co-workers. Hmm.
Anyway, if you're in Facebook and you'd like to add me as a friend, please do so. Then we can see what all of this is good for.[Read More]
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Marc Fleury, founder of open-source Java EE application server JBoss, has left Red Hat, the company that acquired JBoss for $350 million.
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IBM announced quarterly earnings yesterday, and they were lead by middleware.
Profits are up 11% ("IBM Posts Big Fourth-Quarter Profit Rise" in Forbes). Software Group contributed significantly to the good earnings with sales up 18% ("IBM profits rise 11 percent on middleware revenue" by IDG News Service; "Big Blue's Profitable, Middleware Year" in Internet News) and a gross profit margin of 86% ("IBM Sees 4Q Profit Gain From Software Acquisitions, Service Contracts" by Reuters).
In "IBM earnings beat; stock tumbles" (CNN Money), an analyst says, "Software was really strong, and they've clearly integrated the acquisitions very well," and continues, "Plus their suite of products is unmatched amongst their competitors."[Read More]
Here's an interesting bit of news: IBM is suing Amazon for patent infringement.
The suits say Amazon violates IBM patents covering such features as allowing users to order items from an electronic catalog, displaying advertising in an interactive service and storing data in an interactive network.
[IBM claims that the patents cover] the presentation of applications in an interactive service, the storage of data in an interactive network, the presentation of advertising in an interactive service, and the ordering of items from an electronic catalog.
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IBM has reported earnings for last quarter. I'm no expert, but they seem pretty good.
Who knows? IBM may help the Dow reach 12,000.
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Business Week magazine ran a really interesting article a month ago, "IBM's Revved-up Software Engine."
Sandy Carter (IBM VP of SOA Marketing) reviewed it in Business Week Article Rocks!!! She does a great job discussing the highlights, so I won't repeat that here.
The article, and Sandy as well, make a point that I spoke of in IBM Software: One-Third of IBM Profits--the IBM Software Group is quite profitable. I have a quick analysis on my wiki.
I conclude "Software, compared to Global Services, produces one-third the revenue and yet $2 B more in profit." And according to the article, Software revenue is growing thanks to SOA and IBM's dominant position in SOA. And as Software revenue grows, it has a multiplier effect for profits and IBM's bottom line. Pretty cool.[Read More]