Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-02-21

  • The Enterprise of the Future: Implications for Midsize Organizations
    We conducted 1,130 interviews with chief executives, general managers, business leaders and public-sector heads in the course of completing the research for our third biennial Global CEO Study, which aims to identify the key characteristics of the Enterprise of the Future.1 Here we focus on the responses of the 136 “midmarket CEOs” who head midsize organizations (defined as companies that employ fewer than 1,000 people).2 As part of our research, we sought to understand the differences between the responses of financial outperformers and those of underperformers. We compared the revenue and profit track records of those companies with publicly available financial information against the averages for their industries within our sample.3 We labeled companies that performed above the average on a particular financial benchmark outperformers, and those below the average underperformers. Throughout our analyses, we looked for insights based on these top- and bottom-half groupings.
  • Most iPhone users never use an app after the first download
    iPhone analytics and advertising company Pinch Media recently gave a presentation containing statistics drawn from its analytics data, which included a number of surprising statistics about how often people use applications after they download them (not very often), as well as how viable advertisement-supported applications are (not very).
  • SAP buys application maker Coghead
    McNamara said in the e-mail he sent to customers on Thursday that “many of the Coghead engineering and operations team have joined SAP,” although he himself has not. SAP Ventures, a Palo Alto-based division of SAP, was one of Coghead’s investors when the company raised $8 million last March.
  • The Hidden Costs of Layoffs
    Think downsizing will solve your company’s financial woes? Before getting out the ax, take a look at the unexpected consequences of layoffs.
  • Can Oracle’s CRM Moves Make Waves?
    “We’re seeing Oracle gain more enterprise deals than before for CRM on demand from Salesforce, but the challenge is that there are a still a lot of deals that Oracle On Demand is not in,” Rebecca Wettemann, an analyst at Nucleus Research, told InternetNews.com.
  • Microsoft Ponders Web Services Effort
    Microsoft is considering whether to participate in a Web services standards effort called the Web Services Test Forum, which is backed by IBM, Oracle and others, but the software giant has indicated it may be redundant. The WSTF provides an open community with the goal of improving the quality of the Web services standards; initial members are Active Endpoints, AIAG, Axway, Cisco Systems, Eviware, Ford Motor, Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM, Oracle, Red Hat, Software AG, Teamlog and TIBCO Software.
  • Fresh hiring at Wipro only after demand picks up
    Wipro Technologies, the country’s third largest IT services exporter, has decided not to hire fresh recruits till demand picks up. Pratik Kumar, executive VP (human resources), Wipro admitted that there were delays in bringing on board campus recruits for the next fiscal.
  • Larry Ellison and Tim Allen: Separated at Birth?
    Larry Ellison and Tim Allen: separated at birth? You be the judge …

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