Stories by Juan Carlos Perez

EDS, Oracle launch airport security wares

Four major IT vendors are co-developing a suite of products to automate and improve the screening of passengers and employees at U.S. airports, with the aim of making the process faster and more secure.

EDS defends accounting practices

As scrutiny over companies' accounting practices continues to intensify in the wake of Enron's collapse, IT vendors are trying hard to calm financial concerns from investors, analysts and clients. Following this trend, top executives from Electronic Data Systems (EDS), one of the world's largest IT services providers, devoted considerable time during a meeting with financial analysts this week to defend its accounting practices.

Gartner: Compaq loses ground as LatAm PC shipments grow

Increased competition from local and multinational vendors caused Compaq Computer's PC shipments to drop 12 percent in Latin America in 2001, according to Gartner's Dataquest unit. Compaq's drop compares with an overall 7.6 percent growth in shipments for the Latin American PC market in 2001, Dataquest announced Monday.

Deloitte to separate accounting from consulting

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu has become the latest accounting firm to separate its core financial auditing services from its consulting services, to avoid conflict of interest concerns raised by Enron's bankruptcy and the dual role of auditor and consultant played by Arthur Andersen LLP.

Search engines still sputtering along

One of the first things I noticed after I started using the Web in 1995 was how bad search engines were at finding information. I felt empowered at suddenly having access to a lot of information, but also frustrated at the time and effort it took to find and compile the data I needed. I soon realized I wasn't alone in feeling that way. As Web usage surged in the U.S. in the mid-1990s, users shared a common complaint: search engines suck.

Net devices worsen IT security problems

Companies increasingly deliver their content and services via the Internet to a variety of new devices, such as personal digital assistants, television sets, gaming consoles, MP3 players and smart phones, creating a situation that makes it more difficult for IT departments to protect internal systems from attacks and prevent data theft, a Gartner Inc. analyst said this week.

McNealy blasts competitors

The merger between Hewlett-Packard Co. and Compaq Computer Corp. eliminates two competitors from the enterprise systems space, Sun Microsystems Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Scott McNealy said Thursday.

Ballmer: MS needs to be a better partner

Microsoft has learned from its ongoing antitrust case that it must improve the way it relates to its partners and competitors, company Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said Wednesday at Gartner Inc.'s Symposium/ITxpo here.

Intel's Barrett urges IT execs to spend

Intel president and chief executive officer Craig Barrett on Tuesday urged attendees at Gartner's Symposium/ITxpo to continue to spend and invest in technology or risk losing their business edge.

HP/COMPAQ: HP's Fiorina pledges product migration plans

Hewlett-Packard Co. and Compaq Computer Corp. have a detailed integration plan already drafted that will allow the companies to provide customers with clear product migration paths one month after the companies' proposed merger closes, said Carly Fiorina, HP's chief executive officer and chairman.

Travel fears push Gartner show onto Web

For the first time ever, Gartner Inc. will make every analyst session and keynote speech at its Symposium/ITxpo conference available as a live Webcast to cater for people unable to attend due to travel restrictions and concerns prompted by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the company said Monday.

Crisis management is key for IT departments

The business disruptions the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the U.S. caused have highlighted the need for companies to have plans to recover from disasters and continue operating, a panel of Gartner Inc. analysts said Monday.

Half of IT vendors to disappear in three years

IT managers must be prepared to see half of all the well-known IT vendors doing business today disappear in the next three years, either through mergers or bankruptcy, Gartner Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Michael Fleisher warned Monday during the opening keynote speech of the company's Symposium/ITxpo 2001 here.