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February 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Dell goes private, how about Microsoft next?

With Dell going private, perhaps it’s time to revisit whether Microsoft should do the same. Two years ago I reported that Microsoft had looked into the possibility, with its treasury department analyzing the possibility. To me it makes sense because Microsoft cannot win back Wall Street, despite steadily growing sales and profit through the recession,…


Comments | Topics: Billionaire techies, Bing, Dell

October 23, 2012 at 2:20 PM

First there was Xbox, now there’s Vbox

It won’t play “Halo 4,” but the new Vbox from Seattle-based Verdiem does give users advanced weapons to combat power hogs. Verdiem makes software for managing information-technology energy usage. Now it’s also selling the Vbox, a product Verdiem calls the “first IT energy management appliance.” It costs a bit more than an Xbox — $5,000, plus software…


Comments | More in | Topics: Energy, energy management, Enterprise

October 25, 2011 at 1:24 PM

F5 breaks $1 billion, shares jump, jobs added

Seattle’s F5 today reported that its sales crossed the $1 billion a year mark, the highlight of a strong earnings report that boosted the stock on what was otherwise a rough day for tech stocks. Although overall tech spending is suffering from the uncertain economic conditions, F5 and a few other companies found a niche providing…


Comments | More in | Topics: Enterprise, enterprise, Entrepreneurs

August 29, 2011 at 9:48 AM

HP follows Wall Street to nowhere

Steve Jobs did his old employer one last favor. By resigning from Apple last week, Jobs made everyone briefly forget that Hewlett-Packard, where he had one of his first jobs, had just hobbled itself. It may seem like ancient history, but HP’s debacle isn’t over yet, and the outcome will reshape the tech industry and the lives…


Comments | Topics: Apple, apple, Enterprise

February 24, 2011 at 7:45 PM

State tech awards announced: Isilon, DocuSign, Swype and …

Judges couldn’t decide on the top commercial tech product or service in the Washington Technology Industry Association awards program tonight and declared a tie. Sharing the award are DocuSign, a leading electronic signature platform, and Isilon, the enterprise storage vendor that was acquired last November by EMC for $2.25 billion. The tech trade group announced the winners…


Comments | More in | Topics: docusign, enterprise, Industry Achievement Awards

August 31, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Apptio lands $16.5 million, IPO next?

Seattle enterprise software vendor Apptio raised a whopping $16.5 million in a third round of funding that positions the company to pursue a public offering next. Apptio will use the funding to push into new markets and generally grow its business. It plans to add 30 employees by the end of the year, after hiring 30…


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June 10, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Bothell’s Vertafore sold for $1.4 billion (updated)

A quiet giant in Seattle’s software industry, Bothell insurance software provider Vertafore, announced today that it was sold for $1.4 billion to investment funds managed by TPG Capital. TPG is acquiring the company from Hellman & Friedman and JMI Equity, private equity firms that bought the company in 2004. It’s quite a show of faith in…


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June 30, 2009 at 2:21 PM

IT decline nearly 4x worse than expected, but it’s just a “pause”

Forrester Research dramatically adjusted its forecast for IT spending in 2009, saying it now expects a 10.6 percent decline instead of the 3 percent drop it predicted at the start of the year. That’s for the globe. In the U.S., Forrester expects a 5.1 percent decline, down from the 3.1 percent it predicted at the start…


Comments | Topics: Enterprise, enterprise, forrester

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