Posts Tagged ‘hardware’

Hewlett-Packard Chairman Ray Lane Defends Strategy Shift at the 2011 InformationWeek 500 Conference

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Let’s check in with HP and see what they have to say these days considering all the criticism they’ve gotten lately.

Wow, what a turkey:

(But keep your fingers crossed – you still might be able to find one of these for $99, which is kind of a bargain…)

Anyway:

“Hewlett-Packard Chairman Ray Lane Defends Strategy Shift at the 2011 InformationWeek 500 Conference

Lane acknowledges confusion in market following its announcement to consider spinning off PC business and spotlights HP’s focus on enterprise information technology

DANA POINT, Calif., Sept. 12, 2011  – Speaking at this year’s InformationWeek 500 Conference, Hewlett-Packard Chairman Ray Lane and Chief Technology Strategy Officer Shane Robison discussed HP’s change in strategy and the confusion that followed in the market. HP announced in August that it would buy the software company Autonomy, end production of the TouchPad tablet computer, and explore spinning off its PC business. The executives acknowledged the company didn’t communicate the changes well, and they explained how HP will become a strictly enterprise-focused IT vendor with particular depth in managing unstructured data–the 85% of information that isn’t managed within the columns and rows of conventional databases.

“Predictability is important, but technology companies that just keep doing what they are doing, die,” Lane said. “You have to keep changing, and that’s uniquely important in the technology business.”

In a candid conversation with InformationWeek SVP and Editorial Director Fritz Nelson, Lane said HP was not a leader in consumer devices, describing HP’s TouchPad tablet as “a generation behind” the iPad. HP will continue to support its webOS mobile operating system. By separating webOS from the hardware business, Lane said HP will be able to take advantage of what he described as “the best platform in the world” for commercial application development. “You cannot develop serious, portable applications on Android,” Lane said, noting that the Web app development platform behind webOS can port applications to Android, Apple iOS, and Windows, as well as webOS.

For complete coverage of the discussion with Lane and Robison at the InformationWeek 500 Conference, please visit http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/enterprise_apps/231601245.

The 2011 InformationWeek 500 Conference takes place at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Southern California from September 11 – 13. Attending are more than 325 influential CIOs and IT executives representing companies such as FedEx, JetBlue Airways, San Francisco Giants, Vail Resorts and Prudential Financial. The conference is sponsored by: Cognizant, Dell and Intel, HCL Technologies Infrastructure Services Division, IBM, Information Builders, Microsoft, MphasiS (an HP company), Rimini Street, Inc., Riverbed, SuccessFactors, Syniverse, VMware, Vidyo, Inc., and Workday.”

Lowe’s Home Improvement Finally Opens in San Francisco – Anchoring the Bayshore Boulevard Home Improvement District

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Well, the former Goodman’s Lumber finally has a new occupant and it’s up and running.

Finally.

Get all the deets of this morning’s grand opening celebration, below.

MAYOR NEWSOM JOINS BAYVIEW HUNTERS POINT LEADERS AND NEW EMPLOYEES FROM COMMUNITY TO OPEN LOWE’S HOME IMPROVEMENT ON BAYSHORE BOULEVARD
New Lowe’s Home Improvement & Company’s Commitment to Local Employment Boosts Bayview Hunters Point Economic Development and Anchors New Bayshore Boulevard Home Improvement District

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Gavin Newsom today joined Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, Bayview Hunters Point community leaders and new employees from the community for a grand opening celebration of Lowe’s Home Improvement at its first San Francisco location at 491 Bayshore Boulevard. The brand new store, the former site of Goodman Lumber, has 80,000 square feet of retail space, 11,000 of which is a garden center tailored to the California climate, and will stock over 32,000 products. Mayor Newsom and community leaders also praised the company for its commitment to hiring local members of the community, boosting the economic revitalization of the new Bayshore Boulevard Home Improvement District and creating new local jobs.

“Today we celebrate not just the opening of a new store, but new hope and a new commitment to the economic development and jobs for the people of the Bayview Hunters Point community,” said Mayor Newsom. “Bayshore Boulevard has served as a vital home improvement commercial corridor in San Francisco for decades, and this new Lowe’s will foster the growth and revitalization of the neighborhood and boost our local economy.”

Lowe’s has been committed to supporting the community, both through their corporate donations and local hiring practices. Approximately 312 construction jobs were generated by the Lowe’s development project and of those jobs, about 126 constructions jobs were filled by San Francisco residents with nearly 60 positions by Bayview Hunters Point residents. In addition to construction jobs created, permanent retail and administrative positions were produced to ensure a well staffed store. The Lowe’s team on Bayshore consists of 210 employees and, of those employees, 185 members of the team are San Francisco residents with 81 team members who are residents of the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood.

For more than 60 years, Lowe’s has been providing home improvement shoppers with a wide range of home improvement products. Lowe’s has also continued to give back to the community. To date, Lowe’s has committed $100,000 to the San Francisco Day Laborer Program, $50,000 to San Francisco’s Adopt-A-Tree Program, $5,000 to Clean City Coalition’s Tool Lending Library, and $1,000 to Thurgood Marshall High School. In addition to these contributions, Lowe’s will host a Gift Card Match Day, during which customers can purchase a Lowe’s Gift Card and Lowe’s will match purchases of gift cards up to $5,000 to support Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco’s next building project.

Lowe’s Home Improvement Comes Through – Ponies Up $750,000 for Young Community Developers, Inc

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Union-pleasing workforce training is in the offing now that Lowe’s ponied up their long-romised three-quarters of a mil.

(Let’s hope Lowe’s, when it finally opens down on Bayshore sometime before year’s end, doesn’t get into the business of selling City workers $9,580(!) BBQ grills like that one time with Cole’s Hardware…)

Now, who’s going to spend all this corporate largess? Young Community Developers, Inc., per this recent disclosure at SFGov.

O.K., meet the YCD here, and below.

Partners:

City College of San Francisco
City Build
Wells Fargo Bank
Communities of Opportunities
UCSF
San Francisco Redevelopment Agency
San Francisco Unified School District
African American Chamber of Commerce
Habitat for Humanity
Corner Stone Baptist Church
Carpenters Union Local 22
Bayview Hunters Point Crisis Response Network (CRN)
Mayors Office of Community Development
Laborers Union Local 261
San Francisco Bureau of Child Support
San Francisco Department of Parks and Recreation
Child Protective Services
Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Center
Teamsters Union
True Hope Church
Jobs for Youth
San Francisco Sherriff’s Department
B-MAGIC
The Mayors Youth Education and Employment Project
Youth Guidance Center

OUR BOARD

Our board reflects community leaders who are committed to bridging the equity gap that exists between economically disadvantaged residents who reside in the southeast sector of San Francisco through employment preparation and placement thus enhancing the economic development of the community.

President Vice President
Claude Everhart
The Everhart Company
Mike Theriault
San Francisco Building & Construction Trades Council
Secretary
Carol Tatum
Fomer YCD Executive Director
 
   
Members  
Mary Gebrian
Urban Bay Properties
Charles Turner
Community Design Center
Neal Bailey
Security Pacific
Toye Moses
Southeast Community Facility
Members, Ex-Oficio
Stanley Smith
Former Secretary of San Francisco Building and Trade

San Francisco Hardware Store’s Work Truck is a Porsche Cayenne

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

This Porsche Cayenne, a straight-out-of-Leipzig, “five-seat, mid-size luxury sport utility vehicle,” might seem a little odd as the choice for an Ace Hardware company car, but there you go. If only it were a $125k Turbo S model…

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Only in San Francisco!

(Or possibly Marin, I don’t know.)