Enterprise Applications: Google, Motorola, HP Set Summertime IT Trends

By Eric Lundquist  |  Posted 2011-08-22 Print this article Print
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Cisco Systems bailed out of the Flip business in part to try to recover lost ground in enterprise networking. Hewlett-Packard is reassembling itself into an enterprise IT software and services organization. Why is that? Enterprise IT has money and it is willing to spend it where it can help grow sales or make a company more efficient.
While the lazy, hazy days of late summer are usually a time to head out on that last family vacation or just whittle away the hours until Labor Day arrives, the tech world has been unusually busy. In the span of one week, Google announced it is buying Motorola Mobility to help both defend and expand its valuable Android franchise, and Hewlett-Packard detailed its plans to drop webOS, spin off its PC division and focus more on software and IT services. Cisco Systems, another bellwether of the IT industry, also announced changes and decided to ditch its Flip business. In addition to all these company moves, the business of IT is still moving along with more and more enterprises investing in cloud computing, virtualization, mobility, open-source software and business applications—especially ones that help with analytics and so-called "Big Data. In order to put the summer of 2011 into perspective, eWEEK's Eric Lundquist looks back at the last three months to analyze the trends that have made the IT world stand up and take notice.
Since 1996, Eric Lundquist has been Editor in Chief of eWEEK, which includes domestic, international and online editions. As eWEEK's EIC, Lundquist oversees a staff of nearly 40 editors, reporters and Labs analysts covering product, services and companies in the high-technology community. He is a frequent speaker at industry gatherings and user events and sits on numerous advisory boards. Eric writes the popular weekly column, 'Up Front,' and he is a confidant of eWEEK's Spencer F. Katt gossip columnist.

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