Stories by Kathleen Ohlson

  • EDS sues Ariba over contract dispute

    Computer services provider Electronic Data Systems slapped a lawsuit on Ariba, seeking to end its US$20 million sales and marketing contract that was allegedly breached by the procurement software maker.

  • IBM's Patrick talks up e-business

    John Patrick, vice president of Internet technology, is one of the driving forces behind Big Blue's Linux and e-business push. He has also been instrumental in helping build IBM's alphaWorks Web site, the company's online research and development laboratory. Patrick, who's worked for IBM for more than 30 years, is an industry luminary and is the author of "Net Attitude," a book about making companies Web-savvy. Network World Senior Writer Kathleen Ohlson recently caught up with Patrick to talk about emerging technologies, Web services and security.

  • IBM to offer hosted CRM service

    IBM Global Services next week is launching a hosted customer relationship management service that it says speeds the process of deploying and upgrading customer relationship management applications.

  • IBM offers Tivoli Web management software

    IBM on Friday announced a new Tivoli Web management product that allows companies to track performance and availability of Web-based resources such as servers, application servers and Java-based middleware and applications.

  • Security is top concern for IBM users

    After working to link their systems more closely with those of their business partners, IBM customers now say they have heightened concerns about protecting sensitive data and resources from their partners.

  • WebMethods snags IntelliFrame

    To broaden its product line, business-to-business software integrator WebMethods on Friday said it will acquire software developer IntelliFrame, a wholly owned subsidiary of Computer Network Technology, for $US31.3 million in cash and stock.

  • B2B market places slowly making it

    Business-to-business (B2B) electronic market places started out with a bang, but will stumble over such issues as overly ambitious plans, and the lack of venture capital and suppliers over the next few years. However, market places will grow dramatically by 2005 as enterprises see a chance to improve their bottom line and streamline operations, as well as bring in higher revenue, according to research released recently at Gartner Group's B2B eMarketplaces conference in Boston.

  • First Palm virus found

    Two vendors of antivirus software have announced separately that they've discovered a virus that targets Palm's popular handheld computers and could be spread from one device to another. But both companies described the virus, dubbed PalmOS/Phage, as a low-risk one for personal digital assistant (PDA) users.

  • Struggling SCO gets $13.1 million cash infusion

    The Santa Cruz Operation (SCO), which has been buffeted by two straight quarters of losses and last week announced a 19 per cent workforce reduction, today said it has received a much-needed cash infusion amounting to $13.1 million.

  • Maritz resigns from Microsoft

    Paul Maritz, one of Microsoft's top executives, has become the latest in a series of senior-level managers to leave the software vendor. Microsoft late Wednesday announced the 45-year-old Maritz, who was group vice president of its platforms strategy and developer group, is retiring from the company after working there for the past 14 years. His departure comes a year after Maritz cut back on his operational duties at Microsoft and began focusing more on technical strategies and developer relations.

  • Baan's results put future in doubt

    Struggling Dutch enterpise software vendor Baan's chances of surviving as an independent company, already in doubt, are looking even more bleak, following an announcement last week of restated financial results that reduced the company's 1999 revenue and widened its loss for last year to $US309.6 million.

  • Baan's future in more doubt after 1999 loss widens

    Baan NV's chances of surviving as an independent company, which already were in doubt, are looking even more bleak on the heels of an announcement late Monday of restated financial results that reduced Baan's 1999 revenue and widened its loss for last year to $US309.6 million.