Software Pulse
September 22, 2010

Jon FriedmanThe Surprising Synergies of Intel-McAfee

An analysis of the megamerger points to new strategies for software companies to collaborate with chip and hardware vendors.

By Jon Friedman, Product Marketing Services

Intel’s August announcement that it was acquiring McAfee was greeted by head-scratching and primarily negative comments. Observers questioned how Intel could help McAfee grow fast enough to justify the $7.7 billion acquisition price.

But a closer look shows that Intel could do very well from the deal even if its new McAfee division stagnates. This paradoxical conclusion stems from the relative scale of the two companies and the competitive structure of the IT security industry.


New Webinar: A Renaissance in Software Quality

Today's application architectures require that quality assurance and testing organizations transform themselves into strategic lifecycle partners, working with all parties both inside and outside the organization to champion software quality. Join publisher M.R. Rangaswami as he moderates a thought-provoking discussion, “Is Quality An Afterthought? Moving from Gatekeepers to Strategic Business Partner,” with Kate Gentry of AutoDesk and James Shaw of Cognizant. The webinar will take place on September 29, 2010 at 10:00AM Pacific. Click here to learn more and register now.

Measuring the Economic Value of the Cloud

Jeffrey Kaplan

With enterprise technology constantly evolving, Jeffrey M. Kaplan of THINKstrategies insists that companies shouldn’t hesitate when jumping to the cloud due to today’s economics in this post to the Blog on Software in the Cloud.

Is Your MDM Software Serving You Well?

As master data management become more prevalent in enterprises, Charles Greenberg of Data Foundations discusses how it may just fall short of expectations in this post to the Blog on Emerging Technology.

The Small/Large Company Perspective

Kamesh Pemmaraju

Kamesh Pemmaraju looks closer at the differences between the cloud strategies of small and large companies in this post to his Blog, Leaders in the Cloud.

McKinsey – Why Good Bosses Tune into Their People

Know how to project power, counsels Stanford management professor Bob Sutton, since those you lead need to believe you have it for it to be effective. And to lock in your team's loyalty, boldly defend their backs. Learn more in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.

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Poll: Hardware-Software M&A?

First Oracle-Sun. Now Intel-McAfee. Are these hardware-software deals harbingers of deals to come?
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Top Stories from the Past Week

  1. Ellison Announces “One Big, Honkin’ Cloud” (ComputerWorld)
  2. Ohio Ban on Offshore Outsourcing Raises More Ire from Asia (eWeek)
  3. Oracle’s Net Swells 20 Percent Amid Hurd Hiring Hubbub (Yahoo)
  4. IBM Sues Exec Who Jumped to CSC (InformationWeek)
  5. Cloud Computing: Raining Money (Fortune)

The Latest Software Business News on

All Headlines: Oracle and HP settle Hurd litigation and reaffirms their partnership.

VC Activity: BA-Insight gains $6 million in new funding.

M&A Deals: IBM acquires OpenPages.

Executive Moves: New York IT management software and solutions CA Inc. named Mark Frost General Manager, IT Management SaaS/Customer Solutions Unit.

Quote of the Week

“Needless to say, Oracle agrees with [Oracle believes cloud-computing] is a platform. ...on which you run standards-based software. ...It’s a comprehensive development and execution environment that can run all your applications.”

- CEO Larry Ellison on Oracle’s definition of the cloud

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