Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-02-24

  • Microsoft to Wall Street: We’re Still Spending
    8:12 We’re looking at who did well in 1937 and 1938. RCA is our role model, they kept investing throughout Depression, and dominated when the Depression ended. … 8:19 Wants to reduce MISC opex (legal, IT, HR, etc). Legal in particular is a drain. … 8:23 More Windows Mobile spending too. Servers flat. Enterprise flat. Search & Ad more spending. Entertain & TV flat. More incubation (2% of spending). 8:24 Laying some off but still hiring. You can’t take a videogame designer and move them over to databases (SQL Server.) … 8:27 Windows license is #1. Pirated windows in #2 — tough competitor, great product and a price that’s tough to beat. (Laughter.) … 8:44 IT budgets are “more of an opp than a challenge.” MSFT only has 16% of revenue, ORCL recently raised prices, Steve wants to take share from Oracle. But admits “we’re outmanned” by Oracle’s spend.
  • More IT Vendors Make H-1B Scam List
    Small Iowa communities were used as nothing more than mail drops in an elaborate H-1B visa fraud scheme that allowed foreign workers to illegally work on the East and West coasts while being paid the lower Iowa prevailing rates. Two IT services firms in New Jersey and one in California may be at the heart of the H-1B visa scam, but federal prosecutors warn current indictments are “just the tip of the iceberg.”
  • Microsoft Offers Online Job Resource
    Microsoft on Sunday announced the creation of a Web site, Elevate America, aimed at improving access to job training tools. The site, here, provides resources to help individuals gain the technical skills needed for acquiring jobs, the world’s largest software company said. The economy has shed 3.6 million jobs since the recession began in December 2007 with about half of the decline occurring in the past three months, recent Labor Department data showed.
  • No Settlement in Oracle-SAP Lawsuit
    Oracle’s rancorous lawsuit against rival SAP will continue for the foreseeable future, as a settlement conference on Monday did not produce an agreement, SAP spokesman Andy Kendzie said Tuesday. SAP expects the court to schedule the next settlement conference for sometime in December, Kendzie said. The case is set to go to trial in February 2010.
  • FOX News Poll
    Due to an accounting glitch, Microsoft overpaid severance to some of its workers. Should the software giant ask for that money back? a. Yes (56%) b. No (38%) c. Not sure (6%)
  • Earnings Preview: Salesforce.com
    Salesforce.com (CRM) is expected to report Q4 after the market close on Wednesday, February 25, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET.
  • Satyam gets more H1-B visas than Microsoft
    It may be at the centre of India’s biggest ever corporate fraud now, but Satyam Computer was issued more H1-B visas than any other company in the world except for two of its Indian rivals in the last fiscal. With a tally of 1,917 H1-B visas, Satyam was the third biggest recipient of these non-immigrant visas given by the US to skilled foreign professionals, after its Indian peers Infosys and Wipro in the fiscal year ended September 20, 2008.
  • OSGi Takes Off Among Enterprise Service Bus Providers
    The OSGi Service Platform delivers the dynamic module system for Java to providers and their customers, modularizing and componentizing the Java platform and allowing applications to be adapted remotely and in real time, OSGi Alliance officials said. OSGi technology is a component integration platform with a service-oriented architecture and lifecycle capabilities that enable dynamic delivery of services. Leading vendors deploying ESBs on the OSGi Service Platform include Progress Software, Red Hat and TIBCO Software Inc. These market innovators note the clear advantages OSGi technology provides as a platform for ESBs. Other vendors that are not part of the OSGi Alliance, such as WSO2, also have standardized on the OSGi platform.
  • Former Bush Techie Moves To SAP America
    Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology Robert Cresanti will soon be heading up the Washington office of SAP America, a business software company. After leaving Commerce, where he served from 2006 to 2007, Cresanti worked as a managing director at Ocean Tomo, a bank specializing in intellectual property.
  • Oracle’s Pre-Packaged Play for Public Sector BI
    Last week, Oracle Corp. introduced a new revision of its Oracle Business Intelligence Applications stack, complete with a public service-friendly twist: new BI capabilities — buttressed by pre-fab dashboards and customized ETL schemas — designed specifically for government and other public sector entities. After all, Oracle officials maintain, public sector shops deserve improved insight into their operational budgets, too.

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