Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-04-07

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  • Why Hadoop Has Google Fans (and Rivals) Excited
    Hadoop is a solution for analyzing large unstructured or semi-structured data sets (indexing the web, identifying spam email), typically in batch mode (indexing the web to feed a search engine, not executing the live queries).
  • Dark Cloud Over U.S. Jobless Data
    The Labor Department reported Friday that the U.S. economy shed 663,000 non-agricultural jobs in March, pushing the national unemployment rate to 8.5%, from 8.1% in February, the highest level since November 1983. March’s losses were in line with Wall Street’s expected drop of 661,000. Though labor data are considered lagging economic figures, they’re closely examined for their insight into consumer behavior.Friday’s report indicates the U.S. labor market is still in crisis and a recovery is far off.
  • Five ERP Disasters Explained
    The Project: A mistake-laden Oracle implementation rolled out in October 2005, which caused the company’s order tracking system to go down for a full week and contributed to a Q3 2005 loss of $14.2 million.
  • Types of Joins in SQL Server
    While different implementations have many ways of joining tables, you concentrate on the most common joins in this lesson. The types of joins that you learn are * EQUIJOINS * NATURAL JOINS * NON-EQUIJOINS * OUTER JOINS * SELF JOINS
  • Life Without Legacy Systems
    At that point, the default database choice for Ruby was MySQL. During the first year we realized that didn’t scale well enough, so we switched over to Postgres. Why didn’t you use one of the commercially available databases? We had looked at [IBM] DB2, Oracle ( ORCL – news – people ) and [Microsoft] SQL Server. One big concern was expense. We were still in start-up mode. That would have been a big start-up cost and an annual enterprise software fee. By going with open source it saved us enough money to hire another developer–a really high-end database person. We made that choice and we’ve been pretty happy with that.
  • Sun Microsystems’ Rise And Fall
    All of which may be a long way of saying that it’s more important to pay attention to how the winds are blowing than to whatever a sailboat’s captain is doing with the tiller. It definitely takes skill to take proper advantage of your environment. But heaven help when the fates turn against you.
  • Boating Business: Ellison ahead in billionaire’s bragging match
    Most observers seem to think common sense and sportsmanship prevailed in the New York court recently when a 6-0 legal whitewash gave Larry Ellison’s Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) the nod with as the official challenger for the next America’s Cup. The court emphatically threw out the hastily constructed Spanish yacht club that was created seemingly to give Ernesto Bertarelli a clear run to win the 33rd America’s Cup without worrying too much about the opposition or the rules. Now it’s down to whether the two men will talk to each other to set up the next event, which could be a mano-a-mano Deed of Gift (DoG) event between two huge multihulls, or a multi-challenger event, maybe in Valencia. The court said if the billionaires can’t agree on an event with up to 15 challengers in 85 to 90ft monohulls, then they must meet one-on-one within the next 10 months in huge multihulls somewhere on the world’s oceans. Bertarelli gets to choose the venue for that one.
  • Oracle Tightens SAP Integration on Managing Automation
    Oracle Corp. today significantly expanded its Web services-based Application Integration Architecture (AIA) enterprise application integration offering, adding support for six sets of new business processes, including one set that links Oracle’s Agile PLM software suite with SAP ERP applications. Also today, the company upgraded its Oracle Transportation Management system, enabling manufacturers to manage private shipping fleets with assets operated by common carriers.
  • Tech Job Cuts Biggest Since 2002
    Still, there’s a sliver of a silver lining in the turmoil: Tech job cuts aren’t expected to be nearly as deep as they were during the dot-com bust. According to Challenger, nearly 1.2 million jobs were lost in 2001 and 2002. This compares with about 240,000 cuts total in 2008 and first-quarter 2009. (See “Pink Slips And Data Theft.”)
  • Zend offers PHP cure for Java bloat
    Zend Technologies has built an application server for PHP that it hopes can slowly convert frustrated Java programmers as well as those relying on Java on the web and in the enterprise. On Tuesday, the company is expected to unveil the Zend Server, a paid-for PHP stack that comes with service agreements and support and the free Zend Server Community Edition. Zend’s chief executive and co-founder Andi Gutmans called the servers the culmination of five-years’ work. That’s seen creation of the Zend Framework and integration with Windows and databases from Oracle and IBM. It’s also seen an Eclipse PHP plug-in project refine the runtime experience and provide developer tools plug-ins based on Eclipse.
  • Tech Giants Help Clients Tap Stimulus Funds
    With the recession forcing corporations and institutions to cancel projects, technology suppliers are eyeing the economic-stimulus package as an elixir to keep revenue flowing. It earmarks more than $100 billion that could be spent on information technology, according to research company IDC. The stimulus legislation doesn’t provide checks directly to tech companies. Instead, it will parcel money out to needy health-care providers, school districts, governments and rural phone companies, among others. It is too soon to tell whether providing a grant-writer will produce a bonanza for any institution, but that hasn’t stopped Cisco, Microsoft Corp., or Oracle Corp. from offering advice that could help customers land stimulus grants.

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