The appetite for cool software is increasing, and customers are willing to pay more for it
Apple's (AAPL) business model is increasingly dependent on the health of its App Store, the rich breeding ground of the company's software ecosystem, and a report to clients issued Monday by Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster suggests that the ecosystem's vital signs are good.
Apple only releases data about the App Store when it serves its interest MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 11, 2011 6:42 AM ET
Having let the Mac version languish, Intuit prepares for the death of its flagship product
My first three entries in Quicken, dated Sept. 8, 1997, were a $17.31 payment to Bell Atlantic (remember them?) marked "Philip's modem" (remember those?) and $15 for my annual subscription to the Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link in Sausalito, Calif., which for many years was my only conduit onto the Internet.
I've been a loyal user of Intuit's MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 8, 2011 12:25 PM ET
After 600 negative reviews and a 5,000-signature petition, it offers 4 'not yet's and 2 'soon's
Eight days after releasing Final Cut Pro X, the latest update to its popular professional video editing software, Apple (AAPL) issued an FAQ designed to answer what it describes as "a lot of discussion in the pro video community."
"A lot of discussion" is an understatement.
The program was lampooned on Conan O'Brien. It triggered the current MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 29, 2011 11:17 AM ET
One day later, 501 reviews, 229 of them negative
"Since the early 2000s," according to its Wikipedia entry, "Final Cut Pro began to develop a large and expanding user base, mainly video hobbyists and independent filmmakers." By 2008, according to a survey published by the American Cinema Editors Guild, more than one in five members had abandoned Avid's (AVID) Media Composer and were doing their post-production work on Final Cut Pro.
Which MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 22, 2011 6:34 PM ET
The automaker is embracing engineering software from Siemens where it once used Dassault. A case of open vs. closed?
Before it hits the road, every car first lives digitally on an automaker's computers, where engineers can keep track of engines, electrical systems and every other detail.
Chrysler, the struggling U.S. automaker that owns the Dodge and Jeep brands, has quietly taken a step away from engineering software market leader Dassault Systemes and MOREJon Fortt - Jun 23, 2010 9:15 AM ET
To help Mayo Clinic improve detection of potentially deadly aneurysms, IBM prescribed technology used to treat ailing business operations.
Here's the thing about brain aneurysms: They aren't necessarily deadly, unless they pop. If that happens, there's roughly a 50% chance that the patient will die—so it's best to spot and treat them early.
To help in their aneurysm hunt, radiologists at Mayo Clinic use special software developed with IBM (IBM) that analyzes MOREJon Fortt - Mar 15, 2010 7:47 AM ET
The deal guys stand ready to merge your company. But how about the IT department?
By Nan J. Morrison, senior executive, IT strategy and transformation group, Accenture
As the economy recovers, many analysts expect many corporations to go on a buying spree, gobbling up weak competitors or expanding into new businesses.
The problem? There's a strong chance the would-be acquirers are not as ready as they think. While they may have the MOREJan 7, 2010 10:00 AM ET
Can an online connection replace the personal touch?
By Zvi Guterman, CEO, IT Structures
The economy may be improving, but corporations are still acting like we're in the midst of a downturn, especially when it comes to their information technology decisions. Companies are slashing IT budgets, delaying purchasing decisions, and executives are taking a more hands-on approach to evaluating new software offerings.
Technology vendors have reacted to this new world by doing MORENov 3, 2009 10:00 AM ET
Technology isn't a cure-all for getting employees to talk to each other. In fact, it can be the enemy.
By Scott Raskin, CEO, Mindjet
How do you harness the creativity of your workforce? In this age of Twitter, Facebook and other so-called Web 2.0 tools, technology seems like an obvious way to get employees to collaborate. Ditto your suppliers, customers and other interested parties.
But collaboration, high-tech or otherwise, isn't so easy to MOREOct 5, 2009 10:00 AM ET
Intuit, maker of finance software, turns its attention to health-care bills.
If you have health coverage, perhaps you've received that ominous-looking piece of mail from the insurance provider that declares: "This is not a bill," but looks a lot like one.
It's called an "explanation of benefits." But the correspondence doesn't seem to offer much of an explanation to anyone who lacks a medical degree or background as a company benefits MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Aug 27, 2009 6:00 AM ET
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