Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-03-11

  • Women Re-Enter Technical Fields
    Small, innovative return-to-work programs are springing up in other sectors — specifically in science, engineering and technology. Prospects for long-term job growth in these fields are relatively good, and many employers expect a talent shortage, partly because of high quit rates among experienced women.
  • Facebook Is … Hiring
    The social networking gargantuan has a solid number of jobs listed for technology pros in almost every expected category. I counted no fewer than 35 jobs that are technology-related, with a number of gigs in the U.K. and Ireland, but most of the jobs are in Palo Alto in Silicon Valley. Technology jobs dominated the list, with sales being next in line, but not nearly as many as IT.
  • IT Salary 2009: A Tri-state View
    Bluewolf, an IT job placement agency based in New York, has recently published its 2009 IT Salary Report for the Tri-state Area (N.Y., N.J., Connecticut) which features numbers for both 2008 and 2009 for comparison. It is important to note that these numbers are predictions based on Bluewolf’s experience in the IT space, as in numbers the agency sees regularly from jobs in demand (and placed) and numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Eclipse Releases Riena 1.0 Rich Client Platform
    The Eclipse Foundation announces the release of Eclipse Riena 1.0, a platform for developing multitier rich client applications based on the Eclipse Rich Client Platform and Equinox. Riena provides a platform for building distributed enterprise applications that simplify user interface development and the integration of back-end systems.
  • Microsoft Touts Silverlight Interop with Eclipse, Java
    Touting its commitment to interoperability, Microsoft has highlighted a new plug-in that enables Java developers to create applications that run on the Microsoft Silverlight platform. The Eclipse4SL plug-in from Soyatec enables Java developers to use Eclipse to create applications that run on Silverlight.
  • DB2/400 Storage Engine for MySQL Now Available as Public Beta
    MySQL and IBM last week started a public beta for the new DB2 for i (IBMDB2i) Storage Engine for the MySQL database, a long-awaited product that will allow System i shops to care and feed for their MySQL-based PHP applications running on their i OS server just as they do for ordinary DB2 for i (DB2/400) applications. The Storage Engine will be available for customers at V5R4 and i 6.1 versions of the operating system, but they must install several PTFs first.
  • Salesforce.com Needs Focus On Margins, Acquisitions
    Going forward, Benioff needs to look at ways of increasing margins. My hypothesis is that it could do so effectively by layering on other synergistic applications that its existing customers are likely to purchase. Doing so via acquisitions would be fine. I am, in fact, surprised that the acquisition spree has not quite started yet. In my opinion, it is a necessary next step to restructure the margin equation for the company.
  • Tuesday’s Tip: When Software Contract Negotiations Strategies Should Be Led By Domain Experts
    A common question asked by readers of this blog is when should vendor contract negotiations be led by a domain expert and when should this be led by a procurement professional? As the complexity of the technology topology increases, expect a multitude of domain experts in roles such as application specialists, business process experts, enterprise architects, and information management professionals to take a greater lead in contract negotiation strategy and become more engaged in the vendor management process. Let me share with you some best practices from the field.
  • What’s Next for SQL Data Services…
    Over the last 4 months, SDS early adopters have been working with our REST service interface with its flexible entity based data model. While we’ve received a positive response on that model, we have had significant feedback asking for more direct relational database capabilities such as SQL queries, relational schema and stored procedures. Our plan has always been to provide more relational capabilities over time. What is changing is that rather than trying to expose relational capabilities through continuous invention at our REST interface level, we are going to accelerate delivery of these features by exposing SQL Server’s existing network protocol, Tabular Data Stream (TDS), directly as the service protocol. With this evolution, SDS will become the first relational database service in the market to provide customers with the ability to use existing investments in T-SQL development and use a full relational data model in the Cloud. In addition to this, SDS will enable developer agil
  • Software Gems on the Cheap
    Four stocks in particular have seen stock-price declines ranging from 19% to 45% in the last 12 months. They are Informatica (INFA), Manhattan Associates (MANH), Quest Software (QSFT) and JDA Software Group (JDAS).
  • Microsoft Adds Sales Incentives, Tools For Dynamics Apps Resellers
    Microsoft is also offering new Dynamics CRM Online customers an introductory subscription price of $9.99 per user, per month (for five to 20 users for six months), and solution providers who sign up customers for that deal get a $500 payment. “This is a really good way for partners to get customers that don’t have CRM,” said Christian Pedersen, senior director of CRM product management.
  • Diversity Rules At Gartner’s ‘Megavendor’ Comparison
    With a show of hands at the “Comparing the Megavendors” presentation yesterday at the Gartner BI Summit, attendees made it clear that giants IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP have their collective tentacles into nearly every enterprise. Attendees also made it clear that those tentacles are often intertwined and that they are in no rush to consolidate on just one vendor.
  • Microsoft touts new CRM freebies
    Microsoft announced the new wares during the first day of its Convergence conference for customers and partners of its Dynamics CRM and ERP products.Among the new offerings: A service-level agreement (SLA) guaranteeing 99.9 percent uptime to all Dynamics CRM Online customers; eight new, downloadable CRM Accelerators, or extensions, for both on-premise and cloud-based CRM customers, that provide additional marketing and sales functionality.
  • Accelerators for Microsoft Dynamics CRM
    The list of accelerators is as follows: * Analytics * eService * Event Management * Enterprise Search * Sales Methodologies * Extended Sales Forecasting * CRM Notifications * Newsfeed Business Productivity
  • Reading the Oracle tea leaves
    In reviewing RDBMS and related licensing I found something I hadn’t expected: I knew that Oracle’s strategy is to shift the revenue base to applications and so ultimately position itself to give the infrastructure products away – but I hadn’t realized that Sybase and IBM have pretty much resigned themselves to selling only to their customer bases.

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