Stories by Don Tennant

Certifiably concerned about training

I often tell people that as a journalist, there's no beat I'd rather cover than information technology. The reason is simple: I can't think of a discipline that has a greater impact on people's lives or a profession that is populated by more talented, dedicated individuals who epitomize what it means to persevere.


At a seminar last week in San Francisco on the impact of mobility on business, I asked for a show of hands to see how many of the attendees' companies have a policy governing the use of personal devices. Of the roughly 50 people in the audience, four raised their hands.

A plot twist

Talk about lousy timing. Right when Siebel Systems' PR machine was entrenched in a campaign to get the press to write about the company's improving performance under CEO Michael Lawrie, it had a cave-in when Lawrie was forced to explain first-quarter earnings results that were almost as lousy as the timing.

After the afterglow

I've been racking my brain trying to remember if I've ever met Mark Hurd, the former CEO of NCR who last week was named the new CEO of Hewlett-Packard. I believe I must have, because I spent some time at NCR's headquarters in Dayton, Ohio, back in 1996 to interview then-CEO Lars Nyberg and some other NCR hotshots. Hurd, a 25-year NCR veteran, was already a rising star, so chances are I interviewed him or at least bumped into him. But darned if I can remember.

Stone on why Novell picked SuSE

Chris Stone, Novell's vice chairman, spoke Tuesday with Computerworld about the strategy behind his company's plan to acquire SUSE Linux AG, and why Novell chose SUSE instead of Red Hat. Excerpts from the interview follow.

Citrix CEO Mark Templeton on Linux, licensing

Mark Templeton, CEO of application access vendor Citrix Systems, recently worked the crowds at Citrix's iForum user conference in Orlando. In this interview with Computerworld, Templeton discusses a range of topics, including the company's bond with Microsoft and ongoing user concerns about Citrix's complex licensing schemes.

Interview: World Book CTO votes for Java

One of the first users to sign a contract under Sun Microsystems Inc.'s new per-employee pricing model was Chicago-based publishing house World Book Inc. With 300 employees, the company is paying US$30,000 a year for the Java Enterprise System. World Book Chief Technology Officer Tim Hardy spoke with Computerworld US about why he signed up.

With or without the RISC

Shane Robison, chief strategy and technology officer, Hewlett-Packard, talks to Don Tennant on the future of HP-UX.

Sybase CEO decries SCO's, Oracle's behavior

John Chen, CEO of Dublin, Calif.-based Sybase, this week spoke with Computerworld about a range of controversial issues, including The SCO Group Inc.'s claims that Linux infringes its Unix copyrights and the security implications of offshore outsourcing.

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.

Dell storage chief on where storage is heading

As the executive in charge of Dell Computer's storage business, Russ Holt, vice president and general manager of Dell's enterprise systems group, manages what he calls an "emerging" business that's already earning the company US$1 billion a year. At the Technology Leadership Forum, sponsored by Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research Inc., Holt spoke with Computerworld about where Dell's storage foray is heading.

Interview: Quantum's Belluzzo free to tout Linux

Rick Belluzzo, former president and chief operating officer of Microsoft Corp., took over as CEO of ailing Milpitas, Calif.-based storage vendor Quantum Corp. in September. Belluzzo spoke with Computerworld about his first three months in a job where "Linux" is no longer a dirty word.

Interview: Papows on his move from Lotus to MapTuit

In January 2000, when Jeff Papows announced that he was resigning from his high-profile position as CEO of IBM subsidiary Lotus Development, he was one of the most-watched CEOs in the IT industry. Now, he works out of a nondescript business center in Burlington, Mass., as president and CEO of Maptuit, a start-up that makes route optimization software for the trucking industry. In a candid interview with Computerworld, Papows discussed his reasons for the switch and his calculated strategy for ensuring Maptuit reaches its destination.