Computer Industry Briefs

Microsoft Names New President and COO

Microsoft Corp. last week named Rick Belluzzo, a former CEO of Mountain View, Calif.-based Silicon Graphics Inc. and a Hewlett-Packard Co. veteran, as its new president and chief operating officer. Belluzzo, 47, succeeds retiring COO Bob Herbold, 58, who will stay on part time as a liaison to industry, government and customers. Belluzzo joined Microsoft in late 1999.

SAS President Steps Down After 6 Months

Data analysis software vendor SAS Institute Inc. confirmed last week that its president and chief operating officer has resigned after only six months in that job. Andre Boisvert's departure comes on the heels of the resignations of two other senior employees in the past month. Boisvert was originally hired last February to handle investments and acquisitions at Cary, N.C.-based SAS. He was promoted to president in September, taking over much of founder, Chairman and CEO Jim Goodnight's responsibilities and heading an effort to go public that was started several years before.

Short Takes

EMC Corp. confirmed it dismissed hundreds of workers earlier this month, but the Hopkinton, Mass.-based storage vendor said the move was part of a stringent and ongoing employee review process that doesn't necessarily involve reducing internal costs. EMC officials wouldn't specify the number of employees beyond saying that "several hundred" workers lost their jobs. . . . San Francisco-based RiverSoft Technologies Ltd. has entered into an agreement with Cisco Systems Inc. under which it will supply San Jose-based Cisco with a tailored version of RiverSoft Fault Manager software. The software will provide mobile wireless network management functionality to Cisco's 2.5G and 3G network offerings. . . . Houston-based BMC Software Inc. announced its acquisition of Perform SA, a French Web-based network optimization software developer.

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