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More Musings on IBM (Cast Iron + Sterling Commerce)

by Benoit Lheureux  |  May 25, 2010  |  2 Comments

My colleagues and I just published our formal, consolidated Gartner response to the IBM acquisition of Cast Iron here (subscription required).¬† Relative to my original blog post on the Cast Iron acquisition its worth noting as we elaborate in the published research that I was mostly right — the most important aspect of this acquisition [...]

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IBM Acquires Sterling Commerce — And Ups the Ante on B2B

by Benoit Lheureux  |  May 24, 2010  |  7 Comments

Just on the heals of IBM acquiring Cast Iron Systems a few weeks ago, today IBM announced that it is acquiring Sterling Commerce for $1.4b in cash. Adding to other recent events such as GXS acquiring Inovis this once again ups the ante on B2B. Gartner’s formal consolidated response to the Cast Iron acquisition will [...]

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A Curiosity — Obsolete Floppy Diskette Icons Still Used in IBM Lotus and Microsoft Office?

by Benoit Lheureux  |  May 10, 2010  |  2 Comments

I don’t want anyone to take this seriously, but following a recent corporate PC software upgrade which included Microsoft Outlook 2007 and IBM Lotus Notes 8, I was browsing through the new menus and observed that the “Save As” menu button¬†(for Outlook) and the “Save” menu button (for Lotus) both use obsolete floppy diskette Icons: [...]

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IBM acquires Cast Iron — its about Cloud Services Integration, not appliances

by Benoit Lheureux  |  May 3, 2010  |  Comments Off

Today IBM announced its acquiring Cast Iron Systems. My colleagues and I have followed Cast Iron for nearly a decade and have watched it evolve in the last few years from its roots (and enduring legacy) in appliance-based integration appliances into a prominent provider of Cloud services integration. For several years now it has delivered [...]

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