Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-03-06

  • Andy Hayler: The innovation game
    Yet whereas in the 1980s the consumer could look to benefit from the spin-off effects of innovations in enterprise software, the boot has now shifted firmly onto the other foot. It’s always possible to think of the odd exception, but naming five exciting pieces of enterprise software that have appeared in recent years is as hard as naming five famous Belgians.
  • Apple, Qualcomm Skip Layoffs
    Of the 10 U.S.-based software and hardware companies with the largest market valuations, only Apple (nasdaq: AAPL – news – people ) and Qualcomm (nasdaq: QCOM – news – people ) have been spared the widespread job losses that have been plaguing corporate America over the past year.
  • A Database with Destiny
    Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a series of terrible wars. At stake was control of the multi-million dollar database sector. The shadow of the empire of Oracle hung over the market while the rebel forces of Ingres, Sybase and Informix attempted to topple the overlord Ellison through a series of increasingly fraught technology and marketing campaigns. Ultimately, they failed and the rebel forces scattered throughout the rest of the industry as the empire expanded its reach…
  • Gartner predicts future of CRM
    Mr Thompson concluded: “Over the next decade, organisations are going to experience a shift in CRM applications, with the rise of social CRM. The ratio of operational CRM, analytical CRM and social CRM in packaged applications will shift from 90:9:1 in 2009 to 70:20:10 by the year 2020.”
  • When job seekers invade Facebook
    As the downturn continues, millions of corporate managers—gripped by the job jitters—are rushing to join online social networks in a scramble to build their social capital. The popularity of sites such as LinkedIn is soaring: less than a year ago the site had little brand profile and was seen mostly as a venue for corporate suits trolling for professional contacts while plotting their next career move. Facebook, by contrast, has largely attracted individuals seeking a compelling site for fun social networking.
  • Satyam buyers will have to account for US suits
    Prospective suitors for Satyam Computer Services will need to factor in all future liabilities arising out of class action suits filed in US courts when they put in their bids for a controlling stake in the company, as Indian authorities will not provide the company with legal immunity, senior government officials say. These officials said any acquirer will have to take over Satyam along with these liabilities, which analysts say could depress the valuation of the company in the upcoming auction of the strategic stake.
  • IBM unlikely to bid for Satyam stake: sources
    IBM is unlikely to bid for Satyam Computer Services Ltd as the advantage of expanding in India is outweighed by the legal and financial risks related to Satyam’s accounting scandal, according to people familiar with the matter.
  • When will the high-tech M&A bottom feeders emerge?
    Of course, trying to sell a company in this climate presents enormous challenges. Startup companies are having a hard time making revenue projections or figuring out their infrastructure costs, McAleer said. The extreme valuation nose dive that began last fall also is not helping matters.
  • Microsoft protest organizer returns to code
    The software engineer shot to fame this week when he called on 200 fellow contractors to protest against the pay cuts. Just 30 showed up, though. Palios said his initially strong emotions began to fade and he began to see the issue “in a more objective light” after this.
  • Thoughts on temporary employee pay cuts
    Leading a protest against pay cuts for temporary employees at Microsoft this past week has been one of the most intense experiences of my life. I had the chance to speak with hundreds of people affected by the pay cuts and attract media attention to an issue that had a strong emotional impact on me. As I became an important figure in this issue I quickly saw myself becoming more of a labor organizer and having less focus on software development. After my emotions calmed down and I had more time to think I realized I had begun walking down a path that was not helping me achieve my goals in life.
  • Expect SAP To Play Off IBM, Microsoft: Analyst
    Joshua Greenbaum, an analyst with Enterprise Applications Consulting who follows SAP closely, told me “Microsoft’s Azure strategy is very solid” and added that “I would expect [SAP] to do a deal with Microsoft too.” “SAP will want to have two providers to play off one against the other,” he said.
  • Oracle Earnings Statement to Include Handy Sick Bag
    That’s not clear. But by some accounts, the company’s third quarter is shaping up to be an ugly one–the company’s worst since the early ’90s. Said JMP Securities analyst Patrick Walravens, “Our due diligence suggests that the February quarter was, in some respects, the worst Oracle has experienced in over 15 years. The tone of the commentary from our industry sources regarding new license revenue is the worst we have ever heard.” And with that, Walravens cut his earnings estimate for Oracle’s fiscal year to $1.37 a share from $1.41 a share.
  • Oracle facing ‘worst’ quarter in 15 years?
    Now, it seems Oracle’s $13bn plus M&A binge has hit its logical flaw, as Oracle is this month expected to report the worst quarter since the early 1990s – another recessionary period for those who can see past the dot-com crash of the early 2000s.

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