In defense of Steve Ballmer

Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is too loud, too bombastic, too sales-y, blah blah blah. He also built one of the world’s most profitable and efficient sales and channel organizations. So there.

HP names new COO, taps outsider to lead software unit

HP puts Silver Lake veteran George Kadifa in charge of software and promotes Bill Veghte to COO, all in a bid to fix its struggling enterprise software business — which was a key priority for former CEO Leo Apotheker and his replacement Meg Whitman.

Autonomy founder Lynch to leave HP

The big news out of Hewlett-Packard’s second quarter earnings call is that the company will lose 9,000 employees in FY 2012, with former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch among the departed. Enterprise software chief Bill Veghte will take over stewardship of Autonomy.