Stories by Thomas Wailgum

Blog: P&G Flirts with Google Apps and Scares the Bejesus Out of Microsoft

Does Google Apps pose a threat to Microsoft? No way, said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in April 2007. He made his point clear to attendees at the USA Today CEO Forum: "[Google has] come out with what I might call—what's the politically correct way of saying it?—they've come out with some of the lowest functionality, lowest capability applications of all time."

Written by Thomas Wailgum03 Oct. 08 14:07

Blog: Help! We Need ERP and CRM Software, But We Can't Afford It Right Now!

Enterprise software investments are make-or-break, long-term deals—huge outlays of capital that can span months or even years. Now that we're all living in a world of financial hurt, it's become apparent that the banks still left standing after this quarter won't be dishing out credit as easy as before.

Written by Thomas Wailgum03 Oct. 08 12:52

RFID ROI: Think Servers and Laptops

Wal-Mart's super-streamlined retail supply chain fantasy is still just that, but there's good news on the RFID front. Tag technology has improved, and a number of companies now successfully use RFID to track high-value IT assets in house or on campus -- exactly where RFID makes the most sense.

Written by Thomas Wailgum02 Oct. 08 11:18

Blog: The SnoozeFest That Was OpenWorld

Oracle's OpenWorld event officially wrapped up on Thursday, in case you were still wondering if Larry Ellison would every say anything definitive about Fusion. (He didn't.)

Written by Thomas Wailgum30 Sept. 08 13:59

Inside One of SAP's Smallest ERP Success Stories

Artisan Hardwood Floors' purchase of SAP's BusinessOne ERP software in late 2007 wasn't anything that triggered a gushing press release from SAP's PR staff. It most likely didn't hit the radar screens of SAP CEO Henning Kagermann or CEO-in-waiting Leo Apotheker over in Walldorf, Germany.

Written by Thomas Wailgum26 Sept. 08 14:48

Blog: ERP Lessons from Rich People Who Stink at Golf

I absolutely love it when I'm at the golf course and I see some rich guy saunter up to the first tee, with his brand-new set of high-priced golf clubs. His new TaylorMades (or Titleists or Callaways, doesn't matter) glisten in the sun, a supposed reflection of his need for the latest and greatest in golfing technology to match his impressive athletic skills and golfing abilities.

Written by Thomas Wailgum26 Sept. 08 14:08

Taking Control of Your IT Career in the Face of Layoffs

If you work in IT at a financial services company-or any organization reeling from the country's economic woes-you're probably feeling insecure about your job not-not to mention powerless over market forces beyond your control.

Written by Thomas Wailgum23 Sept. 08 13:51

Wi-Fi wants to be free, but not all businesses agree

There's been an explosion in growth of Wi-Fi hotspots during the last several years. Best-guess estimates range from 33,000 WLAN hotspots worldwide to more than 250,000 at present.

Written by Thomas Wailgum21 Aug. 08 11:54

The Top 10 Celebrity Spammers

No one will deny the global celebrity of Angelina Jolie. She's on the cover of magazines, stars in blockbuster movies and is a ratings bonanza each time she appears on TV. Now that she's had twins, she's got triple the appeal for some fans.

Written by Thomas Wailgum07 Aug. 08 10:05