Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-02-11

  • The Salesforce Departures: Much Ado About Very Little
    Three high-ranking Salesforce executives left the company recently, and immediately much of the SaaS knowledge-sphere began wringing their hands, consulting the tarot cards, and presuming the worst for the firm. But reading about a couple of layoffs and resignations and making overly broad inferences about a company, an industry or an entire economy helps nothing
  • IBM Unveils Cloud Computing Division, Strategy and Partnership
    –IBM unveiled a package called the Service Management Center for Cloud Computing, which contains a set of offerings — drawn from all over the company — that provide users with a platform upon which to build and deliver cloud services. … –IBM launched a Tivoli Storage as a Service offering through its Business Continuity and Resiliency Services cloud. Beginning later in 2009, developers will be able to use Tivoli data protection via a cloud service. –IBM announced a new version of Rational AppScan 7.8, an application management system that enables Web services to be secure and regulations-compliant. Alongside the new Rational AppScan OnDemand, this service software ensures that Web services are monitored on a continuous basis and provide IT managers with ongoing security analysis.
  • Why doesn’t Sun really respect Java?
    Somehow Java has become really boring…Based on some quick interviews I did, Java guys are all over the map as to why the excitement is gone, running the gamut from JSR bureaucracy, to the focus on things like JavaFX, to the changes in Java EE 6 that most developers didn’t ask for and do nothing to support new paradigms like Web apps or cloud computing. Sun has effectively lost the battle for the cloud to virtualization, which boggles the mind considering the enormous arsenal of servers, storage, and software that Sun has at its disposal to create a differentiated cloud offering for all of the enterprise Java shops… Much of the feedback I got from developer friends was related to Sun’s lack of connection to the developer community, which I eventually distilled to mean a lack of leadership–not specifically on the developer side, which is quite strong, but from a corporate angle and a human face defining software leadership.
  • Sun Releases Enterprise Open Source Platform
    Today Sun announced the release of its open source GlassFish platform…The GlassFish platform provides a standardized and integrated stack, helping to simplify management and decrease costs. The platform includes, a complete LAMP stack, a portal for web site development and collaborative work spaces, a full Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), and enterprise scale management and monitoring for SNMP. Technologies include Sun Web Server, Apache HTTPd, GlassFish, lighttpd, Memcached, Mod_jk,perl, ruby, PHP, Ruby, Python, Squid , and Tomcat). While Sun is not expecting customers to dump their WebSphere and WebLogic platforms, they are betting that the downturn will give organizations a fresh reason to look at open source for its price/performance advantages.
  • Sun GlassFish Portfolio – Web Application Platform
    Key Benefits * Most complete open-source platform * Best price/performance * Feature-rich application development * Enterprise-class support
  • Oracle, Alinghi reach challenger final
    America’s Cup holder Alinghi beat bitter rival Oracle by one second Wednesday in a tense start to the three-race challenger final at the Pacific Series sailing regatta. As lawyers for both teams presented opening arguments to the New York Court of Appeals in a rancorous legal battle over planning for the next America’s Cup regatta, sailors produced a bout of equal drama on the waters of the Waitemata Harbour.
  • UPDATE 1-Satyam says client confidence improving
    * Satyam chairman says can pay Feb salaries * Says there is more comfort, stability among clients * Board meets Thursday in Mumbai (Adds details)
  • Ballmer urges stimulus approval
    Dear member of Congress: Microsoft strongly supports passage of the conference agreement announced today between the House and Senate on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R. 1), and I urge Congress to act now. We believe the final conference agreement will help families during this difficult economic time, create and save jobs, and begin to put our country back on the path toward long-term economic growth.
  • SAP May Have Business Suite 7, But It¢s Still MIA With SaaS
    Other than announcing delays and the existence of unnamed satisfied beta customers, however, SAP hasn¢t had much to say about Business byDesign since. Meanwhile, its rivals are busy sucking the oxygen out of the market with regular introductions of new products and feature sets.
  • NetSuite Unveils New Suite for Retailers
    The Multi-Channel Retail Management Suite has features for creating Web stores that connect with retail locations, providing a unified view of inventory, accounting and customer information; package tracking information for customers; and support for multiple currencies and languages. NetSuite is also integrated with eBay. Other capabilities include marketing campaign tools, such as a “shopping cart abandonment” feature that can be used to send customers coupons for items they initially placed in their online shopping cart but subsequently failed to buy.
  • NetSuite Extends ‘Business ByNetSuite’ Program for SAP Customers Eager to Embrace the SaaS Revolution
    NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N) , a leading vendor of on-demand, integrated business software suites that provide Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Ecommerce software for mid-market enterprises businesses and divisions of large companies, today announced the extension of its Business ByNetSuite program for SAP (NYSE: SAP) customers. The program targets existing SAP R/3 software customers who are eager to address expanding business software needs without having to increase their capital investment in SAP. The NetSuite program guarantees SAP R/3 software customers at least 50% off their current annual maintenance and support agreement when they switch to an annual NetSuite subscription. For more information about the Business ByNetSuite program, please visit www.netsuite.com/businessbynetsuite.

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