Stories by Marc Ferranti

Wall Street Beat: IT faces global decline for 2009

With market observers further slashing forecasts this week, Nortel Networks declaring bankruptcy and a range of vendors including Intel, Nvidia, and Motorola issuing dour financial reports or cutting staff, it appears all but certain that the IT sector faces a global decline this year.

The Top 10 stories of 2008: Not business as usual

What started out as a banking crisis became, in 2008, a story for everyone: retailers, consumers, auto workers -- and tech professionals. Though it wasn't business as usual, some big mergers -- like HP buying EDS -- were executed. Long-awaited products like the Android-based G1 "Google phone" were launched. Standards wars involving file formats like OOXML and hardware technology like Blu-Ray concluded. The battle against spam purveyors like McColo went on ... and on. Microsoft, moving into middle age and struggling to gain ascendance on the Web, was involved in many of the biggest stories of the year. The most influential entrepreneur of our time, Bill Gates, moved on to focus on philanthropy. Here, not necessarily in order of importance, is the IDG News Service's pick for top 10 technology stories of the year.

SAP to bring unified interface across apps suite

SAP will bring a unified interface across its suite of business applications over the next few quarters as part of an ongoing effort to make its software easier to implement, according to company co-CEO Leo Apotheker.

Wall Street Beat: IT shares hit but hope for midterm remains

The US financial crisis is taking a toll on mergers and acquisitions and share prices in the technology sector, causing the tech-heavy Nasdaq to slump to a new 52-week low Thursday, but industry watchers have an underlying confidence in the midterm scenario for IT vendor revenue.

Wall Street Beat: Salesforce, HP, M&A in the spotlight

Salesforce.com gave IT investors cause for concern this week, even though it <a href="http://www.salesforce.com/company/news-press/press-releases/2008/08/080820-1.jsp">announced</a> record second-quarter results, while Hewlett-Packard's star shone again despite <a href="http://h30261.www3.hp.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=71087&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1188713&amp;highlight=">reporting</a> a slowdown in its printing business.

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