Stories by Don Tennant

  • Contract attorney offers tips in case of IBM-Sun merger

    Diana McKenzie, head of the information technology practice at Chicago law firm Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, has specialized in IT contract law since 1987. On Monday, she spoke with Computerworld about what customers of IBM and Sun Microsystems Inc. need to know about contract law as IBM pursues its reported US$6.5 billion bid to acquire Sun.

  • One view of EMC

    Perhaps you've read about the lawsuit filed against storage giant EMC by two of its former employees, charging the company with engaging in sexual misconduct and gender bias.

  • Dell puts in the repair order

    If Michael Dell was wondering what would come next, now he knows. This time, it's a lawsuit brought against Dell by New York Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo, who's claiming the vendor engaged in false advertising and deceptive business practices as a means of boosting profits on PC sales.

  • Novell CEO on the Microsoft deal

    The landmark technology collaboration agreement between Microsoft and Novell that was announced earlier this month took a controversial twist when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer later proclaimed that Linux customers have "an undisclosed balance sheet liability" because Linux "uses our intellectual property." Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian provided his views on the ensuing controversy, along with a behind-the-scenes account of how the agreement was reached, in an interview Tuesday with Don Tennant.

  • SNW - Alternative lifestyle

    If the rumblings of the attendees at Storage Networking World conference are any indication, the IT community -- users and vendors alike -- is so desperate for alternatives that exploring them has become something of a professional lifestyle.

  • Why-Fi?

    Disclaimer: I have no personal, professional or financial interest in Verizon Wireless. To my knowledge, I have no friends, acquaintances or relatives who are employed by Verizon. I have no opinion about the merit of Verizon's services compared to those of its competitors. No one at Verizon or any of its representative agencies is aware that I'm writing anything about the company or its services.

  • MY SAY: AMD: All my disgust

    It was only a matter of time before AMD filed an antitrust lawsuit against Intel, alleging that its nemesis for years has engaged in anticompetitive practices that bullied hardware vendors into shunning AMD's processors.

  • Opinion: AMD: All my disgust

    It was only a matter of time before Advanced Micro Devices filed an antitrust lawsuit against Intel, alleging that its nemesis for years has engaged in anticompetitive practices that bullied hardware vendors into shunning AMD's processors. Dare to use AMD processors, and you'll pay dearly by losing those sweet pricing deals.

  • CEO: Novell will make "immature" Linux robust

    At Novell's BrainShare user and partner conference, Chairman and CEO Jack Messman Monday announced that Linux would serve as the migration path for the company's flagship NetWare network operating system. Shortly after making that announcement, Messman spoke about the decision to adopt Linux even though he considers it to be an immature operating system.

  • The story behind Papows' resignation: The village idiots are getting rich in the dot com space

    When Lotus Development president and chief executive officer Jeff Papows announced last month that he would resign from Lotus as of February 1, industry speculation was rife about the reasons for his decision and the impact his leaving will have on the IBM subsidiary. On the opening day of the annual Lotusphere conference in Florida, Papows met with Don Tennant for an in-depth discussion of his decision to leave Lotus; his feelings about his designated successor, IBM veteran Al Zollar, and his plans for the future

  • The story behind Powerlan and CSSL

    It's going to be interesting to see how the media and the Hong Kong IT grapevine paint the startling acquisition of a revered Hong Kong systems remarketer by an upstart IT services provider in Australia.

  • The story behind Powerlan's acquisition of CSSL

    It's going to be interesting to see how the media and the Hong Kong IT grapevine paint the startling acquisition of a revered Hong Kong systems remarketer by an upstart IT services provider in Australia.

  • What's worse than bias from corporate execs?

    I suppose this is going to get me tagged as even more of a Jeff Papows butt kisser, but I just can't let this stuff go unchallenged. Papows, the CEO of Lotus Development, was the subject of a late April Wall Street Journal report which alleged that he has engaged in quite a bit of shameless self-promotion over the years by deliberately falsifying his background information, including his US military record.

  • Classy, competent and clued-in

    Nobody will ever accuse Lotus Development CEO Jeff Papows of passing the buck. Whether it's taking personal responsibility for the delay of Notes Release 5 (R5), or missing the boat on the Linux phenomenon, Papows invariably takes the knocks with self-deprecating grace. If you're willing to call yourself a "jerk" or "clueless", chances are you're one of the most competent, clued-in executives around. Don Tennant sat down with the Lotus CEO for a quintessentially Papows-esque, tell-it-like-it-is interview.