Stories by Torsten Busse

  • PC server market rebounds in Q3

    The worldwide PC server market is posting healthy growth rates for the third quarter of 1998, with year-over-year growth of 22 per cent and sequential growth of 14 per cent, according to market researcher International Data Corp (IDC) However, while third quarter worldwide shipments climbed to a healthy 551,000 units, revenue earned by PC server vendors was not as stellar, as most purchases in the quarter were of low-end systems, said analyst Amir Ahari, with IDC's Commercial Systems and Server program

  • Sybase creates global business units

    Sybase last week announced a new global organisational structure designed to "fuel revenue growth." The company's four new divisions are each charged with growing market share in their distinctive areas.

  • Cabletron predicts Q3 operating loss

    Cabletron Systems this week predicted a third-quarter operating loss of 10 cents per share before non-recurring charges on revenues of $US330 million to $US340 million. Revenues for the same period last year were $US331.8 million. Analysts polled by First Call had expected the networking company to report a profit of 11 cents per share for the quarter, which ended November 30, 1998. Cabletron is due to reveal its actual numbers on December 21.

  • Intel posts record quarter

    Intel this week reported its highest quarterly revenues ever, but said net profits for the third quarter were essentially flat year over year. The chip giant said revenue of $US6.7 billion for the third quarter ending September 26 was up 9 per cent from third quarter 1997 revenue of $US6.2 billion and up 14 per cent from second-quarter 1998 revenue of $US5.9 billion.

  • Metro's sale of Vobis to CHS called off

    The sale of Germany's Vobis AG computer retail, assembly and distribution group -- from German retail powerhouse Metro AG to US distributor CHS Electronics -- was called off last weekend as both sides blamed each other for not meeting contractual obligations.

  • HP to reduce global staff

    Hewlett-Packard will reduce its global workforce as part of its ongoing cost-cutting efforts, but the total number of the planned reductions has not yet been determined, according to a company spokesman. While HP will not hand out "pink slips" -- as lay-off notices are commonly referred to in the US -- it will use relocation and voluntary severance to reduce its staff, according to spokesman Brad Whitworth.

  • ERP outsourcing - what's in it for the channel?

    Before long, companies interested in purchasing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) package will have an interesting new option to consider: lease the resource-hungry software instead of buying it, and have it maintained by a third party.

  • Oracle announces Application Server 4.0

    Oracle has taken the wraps off version 4.0 of its Oracle Application Server, which the company hopes to make the central integration point for a range of enterprise software services.

  • ERP outsourcing -- what's in it for the channel?

    Before long, organisations interested in purchasing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) package will have an interesting new option to consider: lease the resource-hungry software instead of buying it, and have it maintained by a third party.

  • CA buys Notes/Domino management firm Qxcom

    Computer Associates International (CA) this week acquired Qxcom, a developer of management and administration tools for Lotus Notes/Domino groupware products for an undisclosed sum. Under the deal, CA is acquiring 11 software products from Qxcom which assist users in the security and application database administration of large-scale Notes and Domino networks.

  • Oracle to ship Application Server 4.0 next month

    Oracle yesterday officially took the wraps off version 4.0 of its Oracle Application Server, which the database giant hopes will evolve into the central integration point for a variety of new and old software services within the enterprise.

  • ERP market to reach $US52 billion by 2002, analysts say

    The enterprise resource planning software market is not artificially stimulated by the demand for year 2000 fixes, but driven by the adoption of integrated business applications by a growing number of different industries, market researcher AMR Research said last week.

  • Novell doles out NDS-laden dough

    Novell has said it invested a total of $US10 million in four network software companies that make products that exploit Novell's NetWare 5 network server operating systems and its network directory service, NDS.