This eWEEK: April 28, 2003
When IBM does something right, it can be scary.When IBM does something right, it can be scary. The once-bumbling Big Blue is showing it knows how to do acquisitions. Sure, the last chapter of the IBM-Rational saga hasnt been written, but so far, as Darryl K. Taft reports, IBM is approaching things in a, well, very rational way, putting IBMs massive research capabilities at the service of Rationals highly regarded chief scientist, Grady Booch. And talk about making sense of an acquisition; it could finally be happening at Hewlett-Packard. For several years, Carly Fiorina has been striving mightily to boost HPs services business, but the $3 billion, 10-year deal with Procter & Gamble that HP snagged from the jaws of EDS is a sign that the strategy may finally be taking hold. Cynics might guess that HP had to low-ball the deal, but both HP and P&G deny it. See Paula Musichs story for the details, and for what it means to you, read what Editor in Chief Eric Lundquist has to say in Up Front.
When Microsoft does a big rollout, its easy to lose sight of the fact that subtle enhancements may be masked in big marketing hype. Windows Server 2003 is not a new paradigm, but there are plenty of desirable featuresespecially if youre committed to the Windows platform. It shouldnt come as too much of a surprise that eWEEK Labs scored the product as good or excellent in all categoriesexcept interoperability (see review). For a look at what the new Win Server can do in the 64-bit arena, take a look at Anne Chens story on how its being used at Cornell University.