Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-02-14

  • 25 Random Facts About Ingres
    # While the official line is that the acronym INGRES stands for INteractive Graphic REtrieval System, legend has it that the project was actually named for Eugene Wong’s favorite artist. … # Ingres revenue in 2008 was ~$68M. It is estimated that MySQL did $63M in the same period. … # The name Postgres is a contraction of “Post-Ingres”, but there is no shared code between the two projects . … # Oracle spelled backward and fed into the Google Translate tool from Spanish to English yields the result “expensive”. OK, that’s nothing to do with Ingres, but interesting none the less ;) … # The average tenure of an Ingres Engineer is 15+ years.
  • More Tech Start-Ups Call It Quits
    The deepening recession is speeding up the shakeout in Silicon Valley, forcing droves of start-ups to shut down or sell themselves at fire-sale prices. Many start-ups survived last year by slashing costs and deferring development projects. But as demand for their products continues to deteriorate and funding dries up, these young firms are now running out of lifelines. Many are calling it quits, recalling the dot-com bust earlier this decade.
  • SAP Says: We Don’t Prohibit Use Of Third-Party Maintenance Providers
    The contract says: “In order to receive SAP Enterprise Support hereunder, Licensee shall have obtained all licenses for the Licensee Solutions and the only support and/or maintenance services received by Licensee for such Licensee Solutions shall be the services described herein. ” And: “Licensee hereby confirms, as of the Effective Date of this Schedule: (i) Licensee has obtained all licenses for the Licensee Solutions; and (ii) the only support and/or maintenance services received by Licensee for PSLE Solutions are the SAP Product Support for Large Enterprises pursuant to this Schedule and any other support/maintenance services provided by and separately priced and charged for by SAP which are in addition to SAP Product Support for Large Enterprises (e.g., SAP MaxAttention).”
  • Survival Tips From BEA’s Founder
    Bill Coleman, founder of BEA Systems and Cassatt, offers this advice to struggling companies: Don’t be afraid to change your business strategy. Back in 2003 when he founded Cassatt, a cloud computing infrastructure company, Coleman thought he had the perfect products and services aimed at cost-conscious chief information officers. Yet Cassatt’s offerings proved to be a tough sell because companies had already invested a lot of money in other network infrastructures.
  • Software as a Service Market Will Expand Rather than Contract Despite the Economic Crisis, IDC Finds
    …IDC has increased its SaaS growth projection for 2009 from 36% growth to 40.5% growth over 2008. … Additional findings from the IDC study include: * By the end of 2009, 76% of U.S. organizations will use at least one SaaS-delivered application for business use. * The percentage of U.S. firms which plan to spend at least 25% of their IT budgets on SaaS applications will increase from 23% in 2008 to nearly 45% in 2010. * This market’s growth prospects will accelerate the shift to SaaS for the whole value chainEurope, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) also look particularly positive, and IDC expects that by year-end 2009, nearly 35% of worldwide revenue will be earned outside of the U.S. * On the downs
    as the promise of a recurring revenue stream, and the opportunity to tap OPEX and project-related dollars, will benefit the whole SaaS ecosystem. * While demand for SaaS is strongest in North America, new contracts from customers in
  • Database Science: Are MySQL stored procedures slow?
    MS SQL Server code runs 3.5 times faster than MySQL, but given how much older MS SQL Server is, MySQL is doing well here. So are MySQL Stored procedures slow? Not really, if compared to other databases I’ve used. Just don’t use them to do computationally expensive business logic.
  • Ingres results excellent; MySQL stagnant
    Ingres revenue in 2008 has been announced: $68 Million USD, up 32% from the year before. That is pretty good considering the state of the wider economy. Meanwhile, MySQL doesn’t seem to be rewarding Sun’s billion dollar dowry as richly as Sun would probably like. Billing growth seems to have been dead flat in the last four quarters for which data are available.
  • Sun Microsystems Discusses Changes Afoot for MySQL Database
    The strategy may remain the same, but MySQL’s first year under the Sun umbrella has not been without its challenges. The most publicized of those challenges was the controversy around bugs in MySQL 5.1, which ended up having its general availability pushed back for a number of months. When it was finally released late last year, Widenius, a MySQL co-founder, criticized the number of bugs in the database. “It is going to take a lot of hard work for Sun to focus people’s attention on building and growing momentum behind MySQL, which didn’t have the best first year under Sun thanks to delays to MySQL 5.1 and disputes about its quality,” said Matt Aslett, an analyst with The 451 Group. “There are indications that changes are already under way to make the development process more open and ensure that delays are not repeated.”
  • SAP Once Again Named One of Germany’s “Best Companies to Work for” by the Great Place to Work® Institute Germany; Receives Special Awards in Two Categories
    SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced that it has been named one of the “Best Companies to Work for in Germany” ranking second in the category “Large Enterprises With More Than 5,000 Employees” in the 2009 list compiled by the Great Place to Work® Institute Germany. This is the fifth year that SAP has been recognized on the list. This year, the Institute also awarded SAP special awards in the categories “Diversity” and “Development of Older Employees”
  • Openbravo Recruits Top Guns, Compiere Wins Big Customer
    Compiere released several interesting growth related figures. As Compiere is a privately held company, we do not have official revenue figures, but growth is strong, despite contracting global economy. In Q4 2008, subscribers grew 116%, and partners 67%, compared to Q4 2007. Compiere also announced a deal with a huge customer, probably the largest open source ERP customer to date – french company La Post, a 27B US$ company. This is a great win for the entire open source ERP industry. The success of this project will be a key factor in the perception of open source ERP as an enterprise-grade solution. We look forward to hearing more good news on the project and on other large customers.

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