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Microsoft may drag out layoffs for a year

It could take Microsoft a year to lay off the 18,000 workers it plans to cut, resulting in a drawn-out morale-busting process criticized by both labor experts and industry analysts.
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How Microsoft announces layoffs will show the company's PR IQ

If Microsoft pulls the layoff trigger today, as many expect, the company will face PR problems if it doesn't make smart moves, a crisis communications expert said.

Big changes and possible cuts prompt Microsoft to publicly air Nadella memo

Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella distributed his Thursday memo beyond the halls of his company to signal to everyone that big changes, likely including staffing cuts, are coming.

Oracle offers a sneak peek at OpenWorld

Oracle's massive annual OpenWorld conference isn't happening until late September, but the vendor recently unveiled details of nearly 1,800 sessions planned for the event that on balance paint a comprehensive picture of what its customers, partners and competitors can expect.

Target finally gets its first CISO

Target has hired a chief information security officer, a move that's noteworthy mainly because it is the first time the company has had anyone in this role -- even though it is one of the largest retailers in the U.S.

SAP goes full steam ahead on Hana, the cloud and 'simple' software

A couple of things became clear during SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner's keynote at the Sapphire conference Wednesday: SAP remains fully committed to the Hana in-memory computing platform, as well as its push into SaaS (software as a service).

SAP relents, will provide new UI technology at no extra charge

Bowing to pressure from customers and competitors, SAP will provide a series of recently released, next-generation user interface technologies at no extra charge.

Smartphone lull a golden opportunity for Microsoft

Critics have derided Microsoft's $7.5 billion acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services business but the deal may be closing at the perfect moment -- during a slowdown in smartphone innovation.

WestJet turns to gamification to help its Oracle ERP users soar

Canadian airline WestJet believes gamification, the notion of applying elements of game design to a workplace setting, can help its employees use more effectively its Oracle J.D. Edwards ERP (enterprise resource planning) system.

One user's path to a Chromebook enterprise

Microsoft's dominance in business may be mammoth but it isn't absolute, as Tim Dickson, the director of technology at Auberge Resorts, has found.

IT Transformation In Depth

Apple and IBM: A winning combo for IT

One thing is clear about the Apple-IBM partnership: It will change the dynamic of the enterprise mobility market in significant ways.

The Internet of Things figures into this IT leader's five-year plan

Chris LeBeau, IT director at Advanced Technology Services, is shutting down several outdated systems, migrating users and switching to a more modern business architecture.

Scot Finnie: The continuing evolution of Computerworld

Computerworld's editor in chief bids farewell to the print edition of the magazine and announces the imminent arrival of a new digital edition.

Tech vendor startups gain ground

Many enterprise IT leaders say there are benefits to doing business with startup vendors.

How to make the most of an IT buyer's market

New technology trends are driving big changes in the vendor landscape and creating a once-in-a-career opportunity for savvy CIOs. Huge price cuts, packaged deals, favorable contracts and unique partnerships with big-time vendors are now within reach.

IT power grab: Should you be a Machiavellian manager?

Years of striving for IT/business alignment have resulted in a service provider mentality within IT, one that casts the business as the customer who's always right. Some analysts are exhorting CIOs to grasp the reins of leadership instead.

Why IT needs to drive the risk conversation

The current system of risk management at most organizations is designed to frustrate everyone. Here are seven ways to change the dialogue.

Exclusive video: How to derail technology disruption

In this Reinvention Workshop held at the 2014 Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory CTO Tom Soderstrom gives a glimpse into what rocket scientists see on the high-tech horizon.

Field Notes: Clueless CIOs aside, open source is 'frightening and fantastic'

There's a reason the theme song at this year's Open Business Conference was 'Happy.'

CIOs band together to lift Michigan's fortunes

Michigan's Kitchen Cabinet is a monthly meeting of savvy CIOs from different industries who share ideas and promote tech innovation within their state.