Stories by Lee Copeland

Lotus Details Knowledge Management Product

At Lotusphere 2000 in Orlando today, Lotus Development Corp. lifted the covers on its next major product -- its long-awaited knowledge management offering, code-named Raven. IT users attending the show gave the product an initial thumbs up, but also wanted more details on it from Lotus.

Q&A: Lotus Incoming CEO Al Zollar

At Lotusphere 2000 in Orlando this week, Lotus Development Corp. introduced new CEO Al Zollar to customers, partners, analysts and the press. The 23-year IBM veteran will take over for outgoing CEO Jeff Papows Feb. 1. Computerworld senior editor Lee Copeland spoke with Zollar about his strategic vision for the groupware vendor.

ASP deals target Exchange management

Microsoft last week announced deals that will allow users to outsource the management of Exchange groupware and messaging, but analysts say scalability may be a challenge.

EDS, Ariba to offer procurement sites

Electronic Data Systems subsidiary CoNext and Ariba, plan to co-develop Web-based business-to-business procurement sites for big corporate customers, the firms said last week.

Wall Street Looks for Pricey Consultancies

When Wall Street analysts evaluate whether a publicly traded consulting company is a good investment, they look for something information technology shops would rather not see: fees that are high and going higher.

TCP/IP Sets the Rules

At the most basic level, TCP/IP offers a set of rules for conversing among networks. The network protocol governs the complex web of Internet-based communications.

Lotus CEO Resigns

With almost 50 million e-mail messaging seats credited to his tenure at Lotus Development Corp., the company's president and CEO, Jeffrey P. Papows, surprised observers last week and announced his intention to resign effective Feb. 1. Papows remained vague on his postdeparture plans.

New Year's Hangover: Fortunes of Vendors Vary

Predictably, the market for tools and services to fix date fields died when the clock struck midnight Dec. 31, 1999. But as the new year rolled in, many systems integrators that had previously focused on Y2K watched their stock prices soar to new highs as they repositioned their services. Tool vendors, however, haven't been so lucky.

E-commerce strategy pays off for BEA

BEA Systems has been transitioning from its roots as maker of Tuxedo middleware transaction tools to developer of a full-fledged e-commerce platform during the past year. And that strategy appears to be paying off.

Big Iron for app dev debuts

IBM last week introduced a new testing package designed to give S/390 users a cheaper system to develop e-commerce applications.

Interview: SAS CEO James Goodnight talks data modelling

Computerworld Senior Editor Lee Copeland recently spoke with James H. Goodnight, president and CEO of SAS Institute in Cary, North Carolina, about using data-modeling tools and how best to use valuable corporate data.

IBM to focus on selling PCs direct

IBM's troubled PC unit recently announced plans to cut costs through layoffs. But the computer giant also plans to trim some reseller sales from its business model and put greater emphasis on direct, Web-based sales.