Stories by Don Tennant

Ungerman sees light at end of VPN tunnel

Jerry Ungerman, president of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. in Redwood City, Calif., earlier this month spoke with Computerworld about how the firewall/virtual private network (VPN) market leader is faring in the current economic environment, and where the company is headed amid expectations of a recovery.

Interview: Manpower's CEO on paranoia

Jeff Joerres is chairman and CEO of Milwaukee-based Manpower, an US$11.8 billion staffing services company that counts among its clients 98 of the Fortune 100 companies. Joerres was a keynote speaker at the Information Technology Association of America's National IT Workforce Convocation here Monday. He spoke with Computerworld about some of the more controversial staffing issues that IT professionals face.

Interview: Sun VP says Solaris-on-Intel unresolved

With the release of Solaris 9 scheduled for midyear, Anil Gadre, vice president and general manager for Solaris software at Sun Microsystems Inc., has a lot on his plate. For one thing, he has to figure out how to deal with a vociferous user community that rebelled against Sun's decision, announced in January, to pull the plug on a version of Solaris 9 for Intel Corp. processors. Gadre spoke with Computerworld about that issue and about what Sun aims to deliver with the new release.

Interview: Belluzzo's departure from Microsoft

Last week, Microsoft announced that Rick Belluzzo is resigning as president and COO, effective May 1, as part of a broader reorganization of the company into seven business units. The announcement came just two and a half years after the former Hewlett-Packard Co. executive and Silicon Graphics Inc. CEO joined Microsoft and 14 months after he was appointed to the president/COO post. In a telephone interview with Computerworld, Belluzzo talked about what it was like to be an outsider sharing the executive suite with Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates.

McNealy defends Sun reliability, privacy views

During a visit to his company's offices here today, Sun Microsystems Inc. Chairman and CEO Scott McNealy met with Computerworld News Editor Don Tennant for a candid discussion of issues ranging from how Sun dealt with a serious server reliability problem to the ire he's raised among privacy advocates over his stance on national ID cards.

Oracle-Compaq Box to Compete with Ellison Start-Up

The Net appliance collaboration with Compaq Computer Corp. that Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison announced earlier this week at Comdex/Fall 2000 stands to compete squarely against another Ellison-backed venture.

How Long Will Vendors Get Away With NDAs?

I received the strangest fax last week from 3Com Corp.'s PR agency in Hong Kong. I hope no one was looking at me when I read the cover letter, because I'm sure I had that dumb, blank look I always get when marketing and PR weenies do things that perplex me, which is at least daily.

Lotus Exec Eyes Revamped Interface, Linux

At last month's Lotusphere conference in Orlando, Florida, Cliff Reeves, Lotus Development Corp.'s vice president of product management, spoke with Computerworld Hong Kong about the outlook of a company that is clearly in transition. Excerpts:

Liberate Eyes Hong Kong for Net-TV Convergence

Liberate Technologies Inc., the Silicon Valley-based reincarnation of the Network Computer Inc. (NCI) spin-off formed by Oracle Corp. and Netscape Communications Corp., has turned its sights to Hong Kong, where it is meeting with telecommunications and Internet firms to lay the foundation for a client software platform that merges TVs with the Internet.

The Story Behind Papows' Resignation

When Lotus Development Corp. President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Papows announced earlier this month that he would resign 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.

Interview: Portal Software's John Little

Starting an online services company and calling it "Portal" may not seem particularly brilliant -- unless, of course, you did it back in 1985. That's when John Little, a Princeton University graduate and Bell Labs alumnus, founded the company then called Portal Communications. Now known as Portal Software, the Silicon Valley firm supplies the "infrastructure" for Internet business -- customer management and billing software.

Column: Applauding Openness on Y2K

OK, now that the fateful tick of the clock has passed, fess up. How confident were you really that your systems would be glitch-free and that you'd make it through the rollover without incident? How certain were you that everyone had done everything that needed to be done to make serious Y2K-associated problems all but impossible?

Hong Kong Breathes Sigh of Relief

It's mid-afternoon on New Year's Day and the Hong Kong IT community is breathing a collective sigh of relief. So far nobody can seem to identify anything that went wrong during the rollover.

Rollover Smooth for Hong Kong's Air Cargo Giant

In the primary computer room at the largest handler of air cargo in Hong Kong, the first question has been answered. It's 12:03 a.m. on January 1, and there's been no catastrophic power or systems failure. Now it's time to see how well the computers survived the rollover.