Stories by Marc Ferranti

Cisco's Q3 income edges past expectations

Cisco Systems on Tuesday reported third quarter net income of $US646 million, an increase of 33 per cent over pro forma net income of $484 million for the same period last year, slightly besting analyst expectations.

Sun launches

Sun Microsystems yesterday announced, a series of product bundling, sales incentive and service programs designed to help service providers offer mission-critical application outsourcing services.

New HP server boosts drive to 'Net

Aiming to offer better performance than ever before for users of mid-priced servers, Hewlett-Packard yesterday announced the new HP 9000 N-Class Enterprise Server, designed for engineering and Internet-based business applications.

MCI WorldCom expands Asia presence

MCI WorldCom's Internet division, UUNet Technologies, on Monday capped several weeks of activity in the Asia-Pacific region by announcing that it will coordinate efforts in the area through a new office in Hong Kong.

Compaq amends offer for

Compaq Computer yesterday announced that it has reduced the price per share it is offering as part of its pending acquisition of Internet retail site, though the total value of the deal remains the same at about $US220 million.

Compaq reorganises networking division

Compaq Computer is reorganising its networking unit to better reflect changes in buying patterns among users, and will rely on partnerships with third-party manufacturers to offer networking products in the future, according to company officials.

Update: U.N. Eyes Y2K Emergency Plans

National year 2000 experts from more than 130 United Nations member countries convened here today to discuss emergency planning and crisis management issues.

United Nations tackle Y2K

Some 120 United Nations member countries were scheduled to meet yesterday for the organisation's first international conference on the year 2000 problem.

JAVA EXPO: IBM Bolsters Server Tools With EJB

Eyeing an up-for-grabs Web application server market, IBM Corp. is announcing product upgrades for its WebSphere line and the release of source code for its Jikes compiler this week here at Java Business Expo.

Java Expo: Zander announces Java licensing upgrade

Kicking off the Java Business Expo here yesterday, Sun Microsystems chief operating officer Ed Zander announced Java 2, an overhaul of the platform and programming language, as well as initiatives to open up the language's development process to a broader array of developers and users.

IBM Offers ERP Performance Guarantees

Installing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is daunting, but IBM Corp. is trying to take some of the worry out of the task by offering, through reseller partners, a "performance guarantee" for Baan Co.'s software running on IBM RS/6000 machines.

MS/DOJ: IBM Faces Cross-Examination

IBM Corp. executive John Soyring is expected to take the stand again today to answer further questions in the government's antitrust case against Microsoft Corp.

CA bid weighs on Platinum growth plans

By the time you read this, CA's hostile $US9 billion bid for Computer Sciences Corp will finally be settled - one way or the other. However, the acquisition bid has put pressure on Platinum Technology, a rival company whose growth also is being fuelled by acquisitions.
If the Computer Associates (CA)-CSC merger goes through, the company will be able to add some 40,000 CSC services employees - dwarfing Platinum's goal of moving from its current 1500 service employees to 4000 by the end of the year.