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Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-03-25

  • Eclipse Shines a Light on the IDE’s Future
    The projects, set to be unveiled during the foundation’s annual EclipseCon developer conference this week, include the debut of the Swordfish Enterprise Service Bus, or ESB (define), which is intended to enable more modular service-oriented architecture (define) deployment. While Eclipse is well known for its developer tools like its namesake Eclipse IDE, Swordfish signals that it’s aiming to make a name for itself in runtime frameworks as well. Eclipse this week also outlined how it’s looking to the future of development itself with the Eclipse 4.0 (E4) platform, which will incorporate a host of changes designed to free the IDE from the desktop.
  • Oracle Adds Healthcare Muscle With Relsys Acquisition
    Oracle’s days of digesting huge multibillion-dollar acquisitions of suite application providers — Siebel, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards and BEA — appear to be over for a while. Instead, the company is focusing on smaller, one-off plays to build up its toolset in particular functional areas — such as business intelligence in the case of the Hyperion acquisition. [DBM-Hyperion is evidence that Oracle is focusing on smaller acquisitions?!?]
  • Service Cloud Looms Over Call Center Software
    “The low end of the market is green field today. There are few packaged applications for call centers with under 200 seats. We have the same opportunity as with SFA,” the company’s flagship on-demand CRM application. For the time being, Salesforce.com has this market to itself, and gained 56% market share in the call center application market in 2008.
  • Salesforce.com Service Turns 10
    Ten years ago March 16, Salesforce.com started its life in a small apartment in San Francisco. The hosted CRM service—which would become a milestone proof point for software as a service—has grown to include the Apex development language, Visualforce, the AppExchange platform and the Force.com “platform as a service.” The following screen shots illustrate the service’s evolution through the last decade.
  • Will economic downturn push companies into the cloud?
    At the TechCrunch Cloud Computing Roundtable in Mountain View, Calif., Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, explains why he thinks Microsoft’s entry into the business will bring validation to the cloud. Many CTOs, he says, still need to be convinced that using software as a service will save them money and move their companies toward the future. Moderator: Steve Gillmor, editor of TechCrunchIT.
  • Outsourcing prices to fall 10 percent
    Gartner expects a price fall in datacenter services of between five and 15 percent. Prices in desktop and helpdesk services will decline by between five and 10 percent, but the fall in network services prices will be bigger, at between 10 and 15 percent. Charges for application hosting services, until now one of the fastest-growing areas, will drop between 10 and 20 percent, the analyst firm said.
  • Eclipse Announces Initial Release of Swordfish Enterprise Service Bus
    The Eclipse Foundation is expected to announce on March 23 the first release of Swordfish, a next-generation enterprise service bus (ESB) that provides the flexibility and extensibility required by enterprises to successfully deploy a service-oriented architecture (SOA) strategy. Swordfish is based on the Open Services Gateway initiative (OSGi).
  • Sybase Extends Analytics Leadership in High Speed Streaming Data
    Sybase, Inc. (NYSE: SY), an industry leader in delivering enterprise and mobile software, today announced Sybase® CEP, a complex event processing (CEP) technology for performing analytics on high speed streaming data. By integrating Sybase CEP with RAP – The Trading Edition™, Sybase provides a complete platform for trade lifecycle analytics and furthers its leadership in analytics. Sybase CEP extends the Sybase RAP platform’s capability to store and analyze vast amounts of real-time and historical data, by providing real-time intelligence on high speed streaming market and trade data with minimum latency.
  • Sybase Looks Fully Valued
    By Cowen & Co. ($31.17, March 24, 2009) WE ARE INITIATING COVERAGE on Sybase (ticker: SY) with a Neutral rating. While we are impressed by the company’s recent performance in both its legacy and growth businesses, we are concerned that the stock is fully valued at current levels given that consensus earnings-per-share estimates of $2.20 (down 2%) on sales of $1.15 billion (up 2%) represent what we believe to be best-case-scenario growth assumptions.
  • Oracle: Spending Money to Make It
    Oracle built up its presence in the pharmaceutical industry by acquiring Irvine, Calif. company Relsys International for an undisclosed sum. Relsys sells software that helps pharmaceutical and biotech companies comply with drug safety regulations during clinical trials, and it adds to the lineup of products in Oracle’s “health sciences” business unit, created last year. “It’s a smart tuck-in acquisition,” says Stuart Williams, an analyst at consulting company Technology Business Research. “You can’t make the next generation of blockbuster drugs without having all the data pulled together for testing and analysis.” More broadly, pushing deeper into specialized software markets in industries including health care, insurance, and telecom furnishes Oracle with new customers for its broader database and applications software. The company, which is locked in a battle for market share in business software with German maker SAP, has been on an acquisition spree since 2005, snapping nearly 50
  • Satyam defers joining dates of 9,000 freshers
    Citing global economic slowdown as one of the reasons, Satyam Computer has deferred the joining dates of 9,000 freshers to whom the company had issued offer letters. “The joining dates of around 9,000 students of the 2007-2008 batch, who were given the offer letters during December 2007 to June 2008, have been deferred,” a company spokesperson said. Satyam HR head Mr S V Krishnan said in an eMail to all the freshers has said this decision was made after careful and extensive deliberations and only after all other practical options were exhausted.
  • Satyam founder to undergo lie-detection tests
    The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought permission from a local court to run lie-detection tests on B.Ramalinga Raju, founder of fraud-hit Satyam Computer Services Ltd. The CBI, which is investigating India’s biggest corporate swindle, wants to conduct polygraph and brain-mapping tests on Raju, his brother and former Satyam managing director B.Rama Raju and former chief financial officer Srinivas Vadlamani. All three are currently in custody. Polygraph is also known as a lie detector and brain mapping is a neuroscience technique. Both seek to detect whether a person being interrogated is lying. Results of such tests, however, are not admissible as evidence in a court of law but may provide clues to investigators.

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