Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-03-12

  • Jonathan Schwartz’s Blog
    I was stunned. I asked, “why?” He responded, “Oracle is our global standard, and with 20,000 developers, people need to follow the rules.” I said we had a very good relationship with Oracle, and started talking about how fast Oracle runs against our new Open Storage products. Until he interrupted me, “…but my ban failed.” What? “We hire lots of people out of college every year, and they all come in knowing MySQL. All my prototypes are written to MySQL, and now I have a big base of MySQL apps I don’t want to port, and a bunch of MySQL programmers I don’t want to retrain. So I’d like a commercial relationship.”
  • Oracle’s Golden Goose, Maintenance Revenue, Contains Flight Risk
    To understand why Oracle Corp.’s (ORCL) business of selling long-term maintenance contracts may face pressure in the future, consider the decision Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. recently made. Rusty Gaston, the chief information officer of the Santa Fe, N.M.-based unit of Reynolds American Inc. (RAI), switched the company’s service contract for Oracle software to Rimini Street, a third-party support company that says it charges half of what Oracle does. “We were paying higher fees,” Gaston said of the Oracle contract. “And getting no more for it.”
  • The Life You Can Save
    Less heartening, however, are the statistics on how the superwealthy spend their billions. While Singer praises Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, he decries the “moral depravity” of Oracle founder Larry Ellison, who not only lags in charitable giving, but embraces a lifestyle that wreaks disproportionate havoc on our environment. In a single hour, Ellison’s $200 million yacht burns as much diesel fuel as does a Volkswagen Jetta in seven years and emits as much nitrogen oxide in that hour as the car emits over 20 years.
  • Is Ingres leading an open source ‘apps stack’?
    With the announcement of an ECM appliance barely a year after its declaration of an integrated business intelligence (BI) solution, open source database vendor Ingres appears to be creating, through partnerships, an alternative ‘one-stop shop’ for enterprise applications. While the likes of IBM and Oracle may not have to worry yet, given these cost-conscious times, Microsoft – whose price-point is closest to open source – and smaller ISVs need to take note.
  • Infy to hire 20k engg grads at over 8% higher salary
    India’s second-largest software company Infosys will be inducting almost 20,000 engineering graduates this year at over 8.3 % higher salary from what was offered last year, even as the company seeks to cope with a lower demand for software services in its top export markets such as the US and Europe. At a time when other industry rivals such as TCS, Wipro and HCL Technologies are deferring the joining dates for new hires, Infosys is holding on to its commitment and that too at better salary levels than last year.
  • Protectionism threatens India’s IT sector
    India’s money-spinning information technology sector may be staring at its worst nightmare as several European countries, taking their cue from the United States, consider adopting protectionist policies that could deal a serious blow to the industry. Succumbing to mounting job losses and pressure from taxpayers, several Western and European nations are looking to adopt stringent protectionist measures to save their local businesses and jobs. Experts say that in a bid to generate jobs, the United States and the United Kingdom are resorting to protectionist policies on the issue of outsourcing, and many more European nations could adopt even stricter protectionist measures.
  • Shrinking onsite staff hits IT cos’ margins
    Global customers of IT firms are increasingly looking at an `out-of-sight’ arrangement rather than the traditional `on-site’ model in their effort to reduce costs. Buyers today are keen to maintain a lean onsite that is, bare minimum support staff from vendors at their premises as onsite billing rates are significantly higher than offshore rates. The per hour offshore charges range between $18 and $40 while the onsite rates range from $60 to $150.
  • Tech job postings fall 40 percent in March
    Tech job postings fell 40.4 percent in March over year ago figures, with most of the decline coming from full-time positions, according to a report released Tuesday by tech career site Dice.com. Dice, which collects its figures at the start of each month, noted tech job postings fell to 54,301 in March, down from 91,080 a year earlier. The decline in job postings comes at a time when the nation’s unemployment rate has worsened, reaching 8.1 percent in February. According to the Dice report, full-time job postings dropped 44.2 percent to 35,570 in March and contract positions fell 35.6 percent to 23,545. Job postings, on a sequential basis (or month over month) also declined further, dropping 5.3 percent during March from February.
  • UPDATE: SAP, Sybase To Deliver Mobile Enterprise Programs
    Office software companies SAP AG (SAP) and Sybase Inc. (SY) on Wednesday unveiled a partnership to deliver mobile enterprise programs to workers on the go. The German software giant will make its SAP Business Suite available to the Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhone, Research in Motion Ltd. (RIMM) Blackberrys and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) Windows Mobile phones and other devices using Sybase’s mobile application platform. The move underscores the increasing importance of bringing programs routinely used on a computer to smartphones.
  • SAP Announces Sybase Partnership, Mobile Business Suite 7
    SAP has partnered with Sybase, a creator of enterprise and mobile software, to deliver mobile solutions for the SAP Business Suite. Once integrated with the Sybase mobile enterprise application platform, the SAP Business Suite can be run on the Apple iPhone, Microsoft Windows Mobile, BlackBerry smartphones and other mobile devices.
  • SAP to offer corporate apps on iPhone
    Sybase, which provides database software to large companies, already sells programs that let users access corporate applications and information on their mobile devices. But now it says it will work closely with SAP to customize the software.
  • SAP, Sybase, mobile apps: shrug?
    Then there’s the question of pricing. Executives would not be drawn other than to say ‘reasonable.’ If we’re talking about iPhone apps then they’d better be free or close to it. Oracle has had Oracle Business Approvals for Managers on the Appstore, since October of last year. SAP’s version looks remarkably similar. The Oracle app is free though it requires the licensing of the Business Approvals Connector server app at a pre-discount price of $8,750 for the minimum of 25 users.

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