Tech up

By Eric Lundquist  |  Posted 2003-12-15 Print this article Print

-and-comers"> There were also nominations among up-and-comers. Salesforce.coms Marc Benioff was named for backing up his braggadocio with revenues. Ambuj Goyal, the new Lotus general manager, got a mention for deftly guiding Lotus into deeper integration with the rest of IBMs technologies without forcing users to abandon their Notes/Domino investments. Eric Rudder, Microsofts senior vice president for Servers and Tools, got a vote for being the companys secret weapon in its efforts to make Windows the easiest and cheapest platform on which to develop innovative applications. Shai Agassi, a member of the executive board of SAP, who came to that company through the 2001 acquisition of TopTier Software, was acclaimed for making SAP approachable. Suns Jonathan Schwartz drew a rave for actually going where the technology puck was headed and forcing Sun to offer Solaris 9 on x86 hardware. Old-timer and up-and-comer Steve Jobs was named for making iTunes the best Windows application of the year.

Among those who had support as both heroes and villains were Michael Doyle, the holder of the Eolas patent and a party in a patent infringement lawsuit that resulted in a $521 million judgment against Microsoft. Alas, his patent threatens to mess with the way the Web itself works. In the same group was SCO CEO Darl McBride. He must have been the tech exec who had the greatest industry impact while generating the smallest industry revenues. He wont be invited to Torvalds sauna anytime soon, and his legal attack on Linuxs GNU General Public License blew a chill through the open-source software industry.

Finally, Larry Ellison gained villain votes for threatening to have Craig Conway walk the plank as part of his scheme to have Oracle roll up the applications software segment.

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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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