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Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-04-14

  • Is Citrix’s $500 Million Purchase of XenSource Paying Off?
    By this measure, the XenSource acquisition has been a success. Citrix has rolled out an enterprise-class virtualization portfolio based on Xen and changed its pricing model, giving away XenServer and focusing on selling virtualization management capabilities. “There are two ways to measure any acquisition. The first is pure revenue growth. The second is how much incremental growth it adds to the entire product portfolio,” Babineau said. “With Citrix it’s tough to measure. Xen certainly fits well in their portfolio, but how much growth is it driving? It’s hard to say.”
  • NetSuite OneWorld for SAP Targets Subsidiaries of SAP Enterprise Customers
    NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), a leading vendor of on-demand, integrated business management software suites for the mid-market enterprise and divisions of large companies, today announced a new version of NetSuite OneWorld that lets large SAP enterprise customers enjoy the cost savings and efficiency benefits of Software as a Service (SaaS) business suites and cloud computing at the divisional level while retaining its current investment in SAP on-premise systems at the corporate level. With NetSuite OneWorld for SAP, large SAP legacy accounts can now use NetSuite’s leading on-demand application to manage multinational, multi-subsidiary business operations in real-time and then roll-up division-level transaction and summary data to gain a key enterprise-wide view of business operations.
  • Oracle Not Budging on Maintenance Fees
    Oracle reported US$2.9 billion in revenue for “software license update and product support” in its third quarter and incurred just $256 million in expenses against that total, for a roughly 90 percent profit margin. In contrast, the vendor logged about $1.5 billion in new license sales in the quarter, which it reported last month. It’s no surprise, then, that Oracle isn’t budging an inch on maintenance fees as it works to finalize new contracts by the end of its fiscal year on May 31, say analysts and consultants.
  • Apple iPhone and the Enterprise: Happy Together?
    The Apple iPhone can find a comfortable home in the enterprise, a new report from Forrester Research suggests. The RIM BlackBerry is still a superior messaging and calendar device, eWEEK is told, but with the iPhone 3.0 addressing many often-voiced security concerns, for content-centric applications, the iPhone is becoming the sanctioned enterprise device of choice.
  • The business of sport
    The club is sponsored by Dietmar Hopp, one of the founders of SAP, the world’s third-biggest software firm, whose headquarters is in nearby Walldorf. Before the economic crash Mr Hopp, who played for Hoffenheim in his youth, was worth €6.2 billion ($8.2 billion). He has poured at least €180m into the club. Much of the money has been spent on a new stadium and training facilities but it has also allowed Hoffenheim to buy more than a dozen promising young players. … Mr Hopp is quite unlike Roman Abramovich, the Russian oligarch who has spent hundreds of millions of pounds on Chelsea, an English football club. SAP made it into the top league of the information-technology (IT) industry, which is dominated by American firms, not least because of Mr Hopp’s management skills. As the firm’s chief executive from its incorporation in 1972 until 1998, he created an organisation more reminiscent of a software commune than a hierarchical IT giant in the mould of Oracle or IBM. Mr Hopp hired good
  • The Modern State of Software Innovation: How Sun and Oracle Are Changing Their Open Source Diet > The Modern State of Software Innovation: How Sun and Oracle Are Changing Their Open Source Diet
    Sun Microsystems and Oracle offer insight into the motives behind accelerating their involvement in open source projects. Matthew Sacks describes how these major players are pioneering their own software products by more actively using open source and virtualization technologies.
  • Open-source VC investments: Time for payback
    For my company’s last management meeting, I tracked our sales against the Dow Jones Industrial Average since November 2005, when we first started selling our product. As can be seen above, while Alfresco followed the DJIA for the first two years, in the past year, as the DJIA has zigged, we’ve zagged. The recession has been very good for open-source Alfresco. But it’s not just us. I’ve talked with a range of open-source companies that I advise (including SugarCRM, JasperSoft, Volantis, and Openbravo), as well as many that I don’t advise (Sun’s MySQL, Pentaho, OpenX), and almost universally, every open-source company reports the same thing: economy down, sales up.
  • Ingres Joins Open Source Channel Alliance!
    Ingres Corporation, an open source database management company, has joined the Open Source Channel Alliance, a group founded by Red Hat and SYNNEX Corporation to extend the value of open source to a broad set of customers through SYNNEX’ 15,000 resellers. Ingres joins as a charter member and has signed a distribution agreement with SYNNEX.
  • MySQL Tuning Best Practices
    The simple answer is MySQL is scalable if you look at the entire architecture and not just at the database tier. I have worked with very large media and entertainment organizations implementing open source technologies for Web content management. Understanding how to set up MySQL and how to improve performance isn’t just about tweaking MySQL but understanding the applications that use it and how to reduce the overall dependency on writing to the database. Each layer of the architecture needs to be addressed to reduce the impact on MySQL and optimize its capacity. The first step is optimization of the code along with caching strategies at the code and Web server levels. After the code has been optimized and memory cache fully utilized, a scalable Web server and database architecture are key in supporting a high-demand Web site.
  • Novell Defines Its Service-Driven Data Center Concept
    Hewlett-Packard has its Adaptive Computing campaign, Sun Microsystems has long had its Open Systems approach, Cisco Systems recently unveiled its Unified Computing strategy and IBM has had a few of these campaigns. Now it’s Novell’s turn. Novell will be using the Service-Driven Data Center as its go-to sales and marketing theme, centered around the recent launch of its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 operating system.
  • Seven big tech acquisitions to watch for in 2009
    6. Oracle buys Salesforce.com Oracle has talked a good game about cloud computing for a long time – long before it was actually called “cloud computing” – but the company is also heavily invested in the old software licensing model because that’s where nearly all of Oracle’s revenue comes from. So Oracle is making a glacial transition from the old world to the new world. Salesforce.com is business world’s most successful Software-as-a-Service application and its founder and CEO, Marc Benioff, was a 13-year Oracle veteran before he left to start Salesforce.com. Thus, Benioff knows Oracle CEO Larry Ellison very well. Many in Silicon Valley expect that it’s only a matter of time before Oracle scoops up Salesforce.com at a fair price. Has Salesforce.com matured enough and does Oracle feel threatened enough by other online application competitors to make 2009 the year for this acquisition to happen? The odds are probably 50/50.

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