No modern enterprise stands alone; each is dependent upon a network of
trading partners to remain competitive in today's global marketplace. But
in most cases, the lack of business to business (B2B) integration is holding
back efforts to evolve into a true digital business.
A high-performing supply chain is essentially a dynamic digital network, and
every link in the supply chain is vital for business. But, remarkably, "over
50 percent of the information exchanged among business partners is still done
so manually - not automatically - via email, phone calls and faxes."1
Many enterprises are stymied by silos of data, complex linear processes and
disparate application landscapes. Moreover, each enterprise is reliant on its
own unique set of applications, further exacerbating the struggle to exchange
key information with partners.
B2B integration maturity
Advancing B2B... (more)
The US Patent and Trademark Office has reinstated Apple's famous so-called
rubber-banding patent (US No. 7,469,381) and confirmed four claims, including
claim 19 that Apple asserted last summer in the California trial that
initially led a jury to dun Samsung $1.05 billion in damages.
Samsung presumably made the anonymous request that the patent be re-examined
and the PTO last October threw the whole patent out.
Then the agency changed its mind and disallowed all but three claims,
including the crucial claim 19. Now it's changed its mind again and upheld
another four claims including claim 19.
Apparently the prior art the PTO was using to invalidate wasn't good enough.
Samsung has tried to get presiding Judge Lucy Koh to find the patent invalid
although the jury didn't and she didn't early on. So, if the November retrial
scheduled to sort out the damages Samsung owes ... (more)
Foxconn is losing its Apple monopoly.
Apple has signed up $7.4 billion-a-year Pegatron to build the low-cost iPhone
it's expected to bring to market later this year, according to the Wall
Pegatron, which started making iPad minis last year and made some iPhones the
year before, is another Taiwan-based contract manufacturer with factories in
China. Actually it's an Asustek spin-off.
Foxconn had manufacturing problems with the iPhone 5 last year that scratched
the metal cases and limited availability. It's also not getting the cost
advantages of scale like it used to because it's been raising wages and
improving working conditions following a string of suicides.
And Pegatron, which will up its Chinese workforce by 40% to handle the Apple
order, has reportedly accepted thinner margins.
The paper says because Foxconn became the world's largest electronic... (more)
Apple only has 10 more days before an International Trade Commission's import
ban on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2 and earlier takes effect on Monday,
That is unless the White House vetoes it, something that hasn't happened
since President Reagan over 25 years ago, or, in a pinch, like now, by the
Court of Appeals.
Two months ago the ITC found that the widgets violate a Samsung
standards-essential encoding patent.
In a recent filing with ITC seeking a stay, Apple said that the ban will
"sweep away an entire segment of Apple's product offering."
There's still pretty lively traffic in the older widgets.
Only AT&T will be affected by the ban because the devices only run on its
network but rival Verizon, wary of the precedent it would set, ran an open
letter in the Wall Street Journal this week asking the Obama administration
to intervene arguing that App... (more)
A US federal judge Wednesday found Apple guilty of colluding with five
publishers and artificially driving up the price of e-books before it entered
the market with the debut of the iPad in 2010.
Apple is bound to appeal after the court fixes on a penalty next week.
The Justice Department claimed Apple let the publisher set higher prices on
bestsellers and new releases as a way to offset Amazon's low $9.99 price
point on the same books. As a result the DOJ said e-book prices in general
rose to $12.99-$14.99.
The publishers settled with the government ahead of trial but a resolute
Apple, apparently acting on principle, refused to settle and denied any
It did settle with the European Commission last year without admitting any
The judge's 160-page ruling said, "The plaintiffs have shown that the
publisher defendants conspired with each other... (more)
A panel of the six commissioners at the International Trace Commission Monday
tossed out a Motorola claim that Apple's iPhone 4 was in patent violation,
foiling its attempt to get the widget banned in America.
Motorola and its parent Google can appeal to the Federal Circuit and Google
said it was evaluating its options.
Apple was absolved of infringing the fourth of four remaining Motorola
patents in the suit, which the ITC ultimately found invalid for want of
novelty and obviousness.
It was about sensors and programming touch screens so a user's head doesn't
interfere while talking on the phone.
Motorola started with six patents covering IP stuff like signal noise.
The Federal Circuit has already been asked to attest to the validity of three
other Motorola patents the ITC threw out.
Motorola filed suit before it was acquired by Google for $12.4 billion mostly
for ... (more)
Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who was apparently cured of pancreatic cancer in 2004
only to turn frail and gaunt and need a liver transplant in 2009, has gone
out on medical leave again. He never lost the gauntness.
COO Tim Cook will stand in for him as he has in the past.
Apple issued a copy of the e-mail, signed "Steve," sent to all Apple
employees Monday morning.
It reads: "At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical
leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be
involved in major strategic decisions for the company.
"I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple's day to day
operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive
management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have
in place for 2011.
"I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the mean... (more)
Emerging IoT Markets - MSPs, Take Notice
Managed IT services wasn't even a phrase until the early 2000s and, today,
there are over 75,000 IT service providers in North America alone. By 2020,
there are going to be 50 billion connected devices, and managed IT services
might cease to be a phrase again. Unless the MPSs adapt to the new, connected
world, we are going to see diminishing returns in that space.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kirill Bensonoff, CEO of Unigma, will discuss
the different opportunities IoT will create for MSPs and IT service providers
- from on-site services, to monitoring, managing and consulting.
Kirill Bensonoff is the CEO of Unigma, where he is helping IT service
providers become cloud service providers. Prior, he co-founded
ComputerSupport.com, a national IT services provider.
@ThingsExpo - The World's Largest 'Internet of Thi... (more)
HP has come up with a new reason for why it let Mark Hurd go.
I forget how many this makes now but they keep getting better and better.
According to the Wall Street Journal the board supposedly got ticked off
because Hurd settled with the woman in question the day before he was fired,
short circuiting the board's investigation of her sexual harassment claims
although the board said on August 6, the day Hurd went, that its
investigation had absolved Hurd of violating HP's sexual harassment policies
on July 22, a month after Hurd got a demand letter from her lawyer. They were
supposed to hear from Ms. Fisher.
Anyway, Hurd had reportedly already decided to go and had negotiated a
handsome exit package.
Friends of Mark brand the latest excuse "an utter lie" and retort that he was
told to settle up with the wench especially by HP's general counsel; the
settlement was pu... (more)
What do you suppose the chances are HP gets kicked out of the looming Oracle
After HP sued its ex-CEO Mark Hurd Tuesday seeking to stop him from working
at Oracle - while Hurd was reportedly walking around Oracle shaking hands and
enjoying the first flush of welcome - Oracle CEO Larry Ellison issued the
following "don't tread on me" statement:
"Oracle has long viewed HP as an important partner. By filing this vindictive
lawsuit against Oracle and Mark Hurd, the HP board is acting with utter
disregard for that partnership, our joint customers, and their own
shareholders and employees. The HP board is making it virtually impossible
for Oracle and HP to continue to cooperate and work together in the IT
In retaliation it's easy to imagine Oracle kicking HP out OpenWorld and
rescinding its invitation to HP Enterprise Business chief Ann Livermor... (more)
So there's RIM - within sight of the launch of its unconventional ONX-based
iPad-bucking PlayBook tablet, reportedly set for April 10 or thereabouts -
and all of a sudden its chief marketing officer Kevin Pardy, imported from
Nokia a couple of years ago, decides to leave for the conventional "personal
reasons" although he's supposed to be on tap for a six-month transition to
whomever replaces him.
Some think the Canadian BlackBerry maker might shop for somebody with
consumer experience to take on the iPhone and Android phones if it doesn't
already have someone in mind. Of course Pardy once worked for Coca-Cola, and
that's about as consumer as you can get.
The Wall Street Journal observes that RIM "was late to recognize the
importance of touch-screens, cool interfaces and the need to offer
third-party applications. It has also fallen short in getting a marketing