Stories by Jaikumar Vijayan

Conglomerate Eyes $35M Savings in Supply Pact

Zurich-based conglomerate ABB Ltd. hopes to save $35 million in information technology costs over the next three years by using its global presence and purchasing power to drive deeper efficiency gains and economies of scale.

Sun Denies Reports of UltraSparc III Delays

A Sun Microsystems Inc. spokesman Friday refuted a news report published earlier this week that claimed that Sun had once again pushed back the delivery dates of its first UltraSparc III-based servers.

Hitachi Data Systems Splits

The massive reorganization at Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) last week fortifies the company's recently formulated strategy to reduce its dependence on mainframes alone for revenue and profits.

Vendors Offer Tools to Sell Customized Parts

Business-to-business digital marketplaces promise to be a great avenue for buying and selling commodity items. But few give manufacturers a way to negotiate on or buy and sell products that need to be custom-engineered or that involve multiple supply-chain partners.

'Wildfire' finally getting started

Compaq Computer's long-delayed Wildfire enterprise Alpha server - originally due from Digital Equipment in mid-1998 - is finally close to shipping.

Compaq Starts $1B Fund

The growing corporate interest in renting applications and infrastructure services over the Internet is driving the development of closer relationships between hardware vendors and service providers.

B-to-B: Not In it for the Revenue

Consumer Web sites may be after revenue, but some business-to-business sites aren't even going to pretend that their e-commerce efforts will bring in much money.

Business-to-Business Billing No Easy Task

Business-to-business Internet bill-payment systems are more expensive and more difficult to implement than consumer billing systems, a Gartner Group Inc. analyst said at an e-commerce conference here earlier this month.

Manufacturers Face Wholesale Change

The Internet is driving manufacturing companies to fundamentally reassess the way they operate, but most are at least a year away from buying and selling supplies and goods over the Web, according to industry representatives.

Hitachi Scales Back Its High-end Systems

Hitachi Data Systems Corp. is scaling back its mainframe manufacturing operations, less than a month after it announced a powerful new generation of systems aimed at growing its high-end market share.

EDS, CSC Offer Web Hosting, Net Mgmt. Services

Traditional outsourcing vendors are rushing to offer Internet services. Last week, two of the biggest - Electronic Data Services Corp. (EDS) and Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) - launched initiatives offering application hosting and network management services.