Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-03-27

  • Microsoft Rips Secret ‘Cloudnapping’ Manifesto
    Microsoft has emitted a squeal of protest much like a stuck pig over a secret “Open Cloud Manifesto” that it says is quietly being handed around the industry seeking signoffs. It doesn’t identify the author or authors of this manifesto but figures its supporters – one would guess organized by IBM given some recent whispers coming from its direction – are going to reveal themselves soon enough and is warning against them. See, apparently Microsoft wasn’t asked to contribute to drafting the manifesto, which evidently lays down “principles and guidelines for interoperability in cloud computing.” It says in a blog, “We were admittedly disappointed by the lack of openness in the development of the Cloud Manifesto.” And apparently the manifesto is a take-it-or-leave-it proposition with no room for Microsoft to maneuver.
  • Satyam Wins Corporate University Xchange Awards
    Satyam Computer Services Ltd. (NYSE: SAY: 1.68, 0, 0%), a global consulting and IT services provider, announced that it received top honors at the 10th Annual Corporate University Xchange Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Corporate Learning last month at the University of Pennsylvania. The company picked up the top position in Excellence Award for Leadership Development. Satyam was also placed first in Excellence Award for Marketing and Communications of Brand Value of Learning. In the category for Strategic Alignment of Learning to Business Strategies, Satyam was awarded the third position.
  • Google to cut 200 sales, marketing jobs
    Google Inc (NasdaqGS:GOOG – News) is cutting its sales and marketing team by roughly 200 employees, saying it had over-invested in certain parts of the company. The move is the Web search leader’s latest effort to cut costs amid a tough economy and a broad slowdown in advertising spending. In January, Google laid off about 100 recruiters and it said up to 40 people would be laid off in February, when Google pulled the plug on its radio advertising effort. “When companies grow that quickly it’s almost impossible to get everything right and we certainly didn’t,” Google Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Business Development Omid Kordestani said in an announcement posted on Google’s blog on Thursday. “In addition, we over-invested in some areas in preparation for the growth trends we were experiencing at the time,” he added.
  • Risky business for SAP
    Even though SAP is banging its GRC drum louder than ever, if anything to show it has an advantage over Oracle, market adoption is still in its infancy. Technically, SAP’s unified ‘holistic’ vision for GRC will be difficult for companies to swallow in one big gulp. Many have yet to get their EPM or GRC strategies right, let alone be in a position to bring the two together. Until then, companies will continue to pursue a reactive, piecemeal approach to GRC, focusing on point business problems and areas of risk across their lines of business.
  • Microsoft hit with patent suit over update tech
    In a lawsuit filed March 20, BackWeb Technologies charges that Microsoft’s Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), as well as Windows UpdateSan Jose, Calif., filed the complaint in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
    and other products, infringe four of BackWeb’s patents. BackWeb, which is based in Israel and has U.S. offices in
  • Salesforce.com Gives Developers New Tools for Coding in the Clouds With New Eclipse-based Force.com IDE
    Salesforce.com, (NYSE: CRM: 35.63, 0, 0%) the enterprise cloud computing company, today announced the availability of a new version of the Force.comIntegrated Development Environment). Built on the popular Eclipse framework, the Force.com IDE extends Eclipse beyond traditional software development and provides developers with a robust development and testing environment to create cloud computing applications on the Force.com platform. Freely available at http://developer.force.com, the Force.com IDE provides developers with tools to customize, integrate and build cloud computing applications on the Force.com platform. Corporate IT departments and ISVs alike can use the Force.com IDE to create applications for use in existing Force.com platform deployments or for distribution via the AppExchange.
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  • Why Salesforce.com’s Social Media Smarts Could Get You Closer to Customers
    “The reason we partnered with Salesforce.com is we believe by working with the business community, by working with CIOs and people who run businesses, we can help understand the needs of their users,” noted Dave Morin, Facebook‘s senior platform manager, during an interview with CIO at Facebook’s headquarters back in January. “Salesforce.com has really been pushing the limits in delivering software as a service and they have a great cloud computing platform that makes cool apps.”
  • Oracle and HP proposed joint Sun dismemberment deal
    Oracle and Hewlett-Packard are believed to have made a joint offer for Sun Microsystems in a deal totaling more than $2bn. Under the deal, database giant Oracle would have taken Sun’s software portfolio for $2bn, leaving HP with Sun’s vast Solaris, Sparc, and x86 server products, manufacturing and distribution, and user base. A potential deal between the three is understood to have been blocked by IBM, in the middle of talks to buy the whole of Sun for a reported $6.5bn.
  • What are Venture Capitalists Saying About SaaS?
    Zombie Venture Capitalists Most of the panelists had done some investments in the past six months but it is clear that SaaS entrepreneurs need to be on the look out for Zombie VC’s, who are still operating but are no longer making investments. These walking dead have their lights on, they have websites, and cash to support existing investments but no longer have enough cash to add new portfolio companies. In writing this post I even discovered that peHUB publishes a list of these Zombie VC’s. If they haven’t made any new investments during 2008, then I would be careful about wasting any time with these firms.
  • Analyst Bloggers – Threat or Menace?
    But the issue is no laughing matter: what is the appropriate code of conduct when industry analysts who work for brand name companies like IDC, Gartner or Forrester have an “outside” blog or start using Twitter frequently? There have been several highly visible incidents recently involving the blogging or tweeting of contentious information that likely would not have passed muster in the normally rigorous methodology of the branded analyst firms. Why is this becoming more of an issue? More analysts are blogging, and using other “outside channels.” We have had press processes figured out for years, but this is different. Three constituencies – analysts, AR, and PR – are all wrestling with how to deal with a changing world:

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