Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-02-05

  • UPDATE 1-Three executives leave Salesforce.com SAVE

    * Salesforce.com President Steve Cakebread resigns … NEW YORK/BOSTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Three senior executives left business software maker Salesforce.com Inc (CRM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) over the past week, at a time when technology companies are bracing for declines in corporate spending this year. The world’s biggest provider of software delivered over the Internet said on Thursday that its president and chief strategy officer, Steve Cakebread, had resigned, effective Feb. 1 for presonal reasons. Meanwhile, people familiar with recent personnel changes at Salesforce said it laid off Gary Hanna, executive vice president for enterprise sales, and another executive vice president.
  • Business ByDesign’s role at Sapphire unclear SAVE

    It is unclear how prominently Business ByDesign, SAP’s nascent on-demand ERP product for the midmarket, will be featured at the company’s upcoming Sapphire conference, executive board member Jim Hagemann Snabe said in an interview Wednesday. “On one side, I really want to show we have a product,” said Snabe, who oversees SAP’s business application development and technology platform. But he also doesn’t want to promote it too heavily at Sapphire — which is scheduled for May in Orlando — if SAP is not quite ready to roll it out widely.
  • SAP’s goose gander theory SAVE

    SAP’s (and other vendors) audacity in this, if true, is at least three-fold: # SAP itself, until recently, has been delivering third-party maintenance for Oracle customers through SAP’s TomorrowNow unit. So, apparently, SAP thinks third-party maintenance is a good idea when SAP does it for a competitor’s products but not when others do it for SAP’s products. # If SAP’s maintenance and support offerings are such a great value, as SAP has been saying lately, why does it feel it needs to contractually bind its customers from using third-party maintenance? # Such contractual terms restrict fair competition. If a third-party maintenance provider is misappropriating a vendor’s IP rights, as Oracle is accusing SAP of doing, SAP can legally pursue that service provider. Limiting the customer’s choice is clearly against free market principles.
  • Now’s The Time To Remove “Gag Rule” Clauses In Your Software Contracts SAVE

    Limits on third party negotiation support. Licensees limited in their ability to discuss contractual terms with others. On top of this, discussion of contractual details require the vendor’s written permission.The impact: Legal advisers, contract specialists, and other interested third parties must obtain permission. A vendor recently banned a licensee from working with a contract specialist citing confidentiality. # Restrictions on freedom of speech. One vendor had the audacity to include legal language to restrict a client vendor from disclosing details about bugs, defects, and contractual breaches with the press, peers, and user groups.The impact: Licensee prevented from working with peers and ecosystem members to resolve technical issues and compare pricing options. In addition, the customer now lacks the proper check and balances in pressuring a vendor to deliver on promised capabilities or address severe security issues and can not go to the media as a last resort if needed.
  • SAP Launches Business Suite 7 – Transformational Change Or Expensive Repackaging? SAVE

    From SAP’s Morton Street New York City marketing HQ, SAP publicly launched Business Suite 7 on February 4th, 2008. At first, the suite offering of SAP PLM, SAP SRM, SAP SCM, SAP CRM, SAP ERP, and industry applications may seem like a repackaging exercise. But on deeper analysis, there is a bit more than “harmonized” UI updates and a bundling of previous products with 3 letter acronyms. In fact, the movement to a synchronized release structure for 5 of the key flagship products onto the common “switch framework” in SAP NetWeaver is no small technical feat. Key highlights from this morning’s announcement include:
  • BMW ORACLE Racing opens RR 2 with a win in boisterous conditions.SAVE

    After a long delay as the Race Committee waited for the breeze to build enough strength for racing, the day ended with BMW ORACLE Racing having to contend with boisterous conditions in 20 knots of wind and strong opposing tides. Racing against the Italian Luna Rossa team, the BMW ORACLE Racing crew gained an early lead and then extended all the way around the track to open their account in the second Round Robin with a valuable 59-second win.
  • i2 Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2008 Results SAVE

    Total revenue for the fourth quarter was $63.8 million as compared to $63.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2007, an increase of $0.5 million or 1 percent. i2 had total fourth quarter software solutions revenue, which includes core license revenue, recurring license revenue and fees received to develop the licensed functionality, of $12.1 million. This compares to $12.4 million of software solutions revenue in the fourth quarter of 2007, a decrease of 3 percent year-over-year. Services revenue in the fourth quarter was $30.9 million, an increase of $1.8 million or 6 percent compared to the $29.1 million of services revenue in the fourth quarter of 2007. Services revenue includes fees received from consulting and training services as well as arrangements to customize or enhance previously purchased licensed software. Services revenue also includes reimbursable expenses. Fourth quarter maintenance revenue was $20.8 million, a decrease of 5 percent from $21.9 million in the comparable pr

  • i2 Technologies Q4 Profit Rises – Quick Facts SAVE

    Thursday, i2 Technologies Inc. (ITWO: News ) reported fourth-quarter net income of $22.2 million, up from $5.8 million in the year ago quarter. Net income applicable to common stockholders was $21.4 million or $0.80 per share, compared to $5.0 million or $0.19 per share in the same quarter last year. On a non-GAAP basis, net income applicable to common stockholders was $8.4 million or $0.31 per share, compared to $7.0 million or $0.26 per share in the prior year quarter.
  • SAP’s Apotheker takes on shoddy consultants, certifications SAVE

    “I don’t give a s**t if it’s Accenture or IBM. I care about the customer. I find it shocking people are walking around talking to customers and have no experience on [SAP]. [Consultants] get hired of people and have no clue. It’s annoying but that’s a fact. Let’s start by certifying people,” said Apotheker. “If we believe [a project] takes 500 days and another partner says it’s 5,000 days I’ll do it for 500 and a fixed fee.”
  • Satyam saved? Company names CEO; Lands financing SAVE

    Indian outsourcing firm Satyam, which is reeling from accounting fraud, said Thursday that it has named an insider as the new CEO and lined up $130 million in financing to keep operations running. In a statement, Satyam said A.S. Murty will become the new CEO. Murty has been with Satyam for 15 years and most recently headed the company’s leadership development group. Murty also led Satyam’s delivery group so will at least be well versed in customer service. Satyam board member Deepak Pareck said it was clear that the new CEO had to come from within.
  • Gartner: Research, consulting revenue projected down in 2009 SAVE

    That outlook, provided on Gartner’s fourth quarter earnings report, shows research revenue falling 3 percent to 6 percent from 2008 with consulting revenue falling 15 percent to 24 percent. Gartner said revenue from its events will fall 28 percent to 35 percent.
  • The end of an era SAVE

    BTW, Barry Diller, capitalist par excellence has this to say to his fellow executives on the issue of layoffs “The idea of a company that’s earning money, not losing money, that’s not, let’s say ‘industrially endangered,’ to have just cutbacks so they can earn another $12 million or $20 million or $40 million in a year where no one’s counting is really a horrible act when you think about it on every level. First of all, it’s certainly not necessary. It’s doing it at the worst time. It’s throwing people out to a larger, what is inevitably a larger unemployment heap for frankly no good reason.”
  • Buzzwords, Toys, Pilots SAVE

    I asked a panel of SAP and customer executives at the Business Suite 7 launch that it was interesting with talk of innovation, there had not been a single mention of iPhone, SaaS or Clouds this morning
  • The inspiration for Business Suite 7 SAVE

    An earlier meeting with a global CIO confirmed the much shortened timeframes and costs possible with these new BS7 capabilities. This CIO verified that 1-3 month timeframes for new enhancement rollouts are indeed possible. Some functions though (e.g., data conversion, data quality, change management, etc.) may drag out rollout timeframes. Leo did indicate that more news on BBD would be forthcoming later this year.
  • Tech firms battle US job protection laws while importing workers SAVE

    On the one hand, importing more foreign workers into the US for lower wages than US workers might earn, would save companies money. On the other, exporting US workers to foreign soil could save them money too.
  • Sales rise for software maker SAVE

    Moreover, unlike many other software companies, the Cary-based business isn’t contemplating job cuts. Software rivals such as Oracle and SAP recently implemented layoffs. Nor has SAS adopted a formal austerity plan, although it is asking employees to trim costs where they can. At an executive management meeting Wednesday morning, Goodnight told SAS executives he was willing to shave the company’s healthy profit margin if necessary to avoid layoffs, Davis said. The company is able to do that because it’s privately owned and doesn’t have to concern itself with Wall Street’s expectations, Davis added.
  • Systems integrators: The model has to change SAVE

    SAP’s launch of Business Suite 7 raised a few interesting questions for systems integrators–Accenture, PriceWaterhouse, IBM. What happens if SAP’s easy upgrade pitch actually turns out to be reality? And if so why would you need a systems integrator?
  • Q&A: Sun open-source officer Simon Phipps SAVE

    As the chief open-source officer at Sun Microsystems, Simon Phipps spoke to ZDNet Australia about the MySQL acquisition and community engagement on OpenOffice.org and OpenSolaris.

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