Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-04-16

  • Oracle Offering Gadget Wizard for Google Apps
    Oracle announces the release of Oracle Gadget Wizard for Google Apps and says Oracle Siebel CRM applications can now interact securely with the Google cloud platform through Google Secure Data Connector, allowing multitenancy support for accessing corporate data behind firewalls. Together, the new developments will allow even mobile enterprise users to interact securely with the cloud, Oracle says.
  • Data Breaches Continue to Soar
    Organized crime successfully cranked up its data breaching efforts in 2008, and it paid off: More electronic records were breached last year than the previous four years combined, according to a new report from Verizon Business Security. The primary target of the thieves was the financial services industry, accounting for 93 percent of all such records compromised last year. The second annual report from Verizon Business was based on data analyzed from the company’s investigative response team, which found 285 million compromised records from 90 confirmed breaches. More than 90 percent of the thefts involved groups identified by law enforcement as engaged in organized crime.
  • How will the recession affect Silicon Valley?
    I recently spoke with Silicon Valley veteran Bill Coleman about Silicon Valley and its future. Mr Coleman worked at VisiCorp on the first spreadsheet, he headed development of Sun’s Solaris, he co-founded BEA Systems which sold to Oracle for $3.5bn, and he now runs Cassatt, a cloud computing tech startup.
  • CIOs Still Spending
    Times are tough and many organizations may be in survival mode, but CIOs are still spending, according to a recent survey conducted by Robert Half International. The firm’s research shows that the majority of organizations still plan on investing on IT initiatives in the next 12 months. Robert Half International recently asked 1,400 CIOs at United States-based companies with 100 or more employees: “Which areas, if any, will your IT department be investing in over the next 12 months?” Read Tony Kontzer’s analysis of the spending report, which says the cheerful aspects are not really so cheerful.
  • SAP Buried Under 9M Pages Of Docs In Ex-Client Lawsuit
    In the meantime, if SAP did indeed receive 8.6 million pages of documents in two weeks, then by my back-of-my-hand calculations that would represent a stack of paper more than half a mile high (2,500 sheets in a 10-inch box into 8,600,000 sheets = 3,440 boxes x 10 inches/box = 34,440 inches = 2,866 feet = 0.54 miles). And only in America could a company that strives to create a paperless workplace lock horns with a company that specializes in managing waste and jointly combine to produce stacks of paper more than half a mile high before the real party even begins. The E-discovery market must be licking its chops.
  • MIX09: Build Applications on the Microsoft Platform Using Eclipse, Java, Ruby and PHP!
    Come hear how Microsoft has delivered multiple technologies that focus on interoperability with non-Microsoft and Open Source technologies. Learn how to use the Eclipse tools today to build Silverlight applications that run on PCs and Macs, how to develop using combinations of Java, Ruby and PHP in addition to the standard Microsoft languages, and how Microsoft’s commitment to openness with the Azure Services Platform and the use of claims-based identity supports heterogeneous identity systems.
  • Deflating The Cloud
    “Those who are banking on the whole-scale move to clouds from large enterprises are likely to be disappointed, unless someone comes out with a more attractive price than any provider currently on the market,” Forrest says. In his analysis, Forrest focuses on one of McKinsey’s financial services clients, and tallies the cost of buying and managing the processing cores that run the company’s Linux and Windows applications. Then he compares those costs with the price of running the same cores in Amazon’s “Elastic Cloud” service–an offering that hosts the computing resources in Amazon’s data center and delivers the processing power over the Internet.
  • NetSuite muscles in on Salesforce.com and SAP
    “NetSuite is looking to exploit one of the gaps in SAP’s strategy by offering a cost-effective product for smaller sites,” claims AMR Research’s Bruce Richardson. “This would have been an ideal role for SAP Business ByDesign but the company never intended to target its installed base. Instead, Business ByDesign was aimed at first-time customers looking for a new SaaS offering. NetSuite is positioning its product as more functional than SAP Business One and less expensive and complex than SAP Business All-in-One and the SAP Business Suite. It does have some customer references to prove its argument.” Richardson cites the example of the CFO of a textile company that moved from SAP R/3 to NetSuite in 90 days. The executive had been frustrated by his inability to attract SAP consultants to his site but by switching to NetSuite, he was able to eliminate 11 topical consultants and two dedicated consultants, and take usage down from 90 SAP users to 32 NetSuite users, while spending went from
  • Enterprise vendors: in pursuit of reality
    When the vendors see these stories it often leads to the: “Why didn’t you check it with us first?” call. Why should we when we get first hand information that will likely be denied anyway – as it has on several occasions. When will MISO start acting transparently? More to the point, when will it acknowledge its deficiencies? Hasn’t it dawned on them that their public posturing and the customer experience when reported together look like two people who are occupying parallel universes of light and shade? MISO PR wants to massage, control, dumb down or just ignore but when you’ve got fearless analysts like Ray in play what can they realistically do to combat the ever increasing stream of criticism coming their way? The usual answer is to summon up the vendor/analyst/journalist/blogger relationship but that’s starting to wear thin as a veiled threat. There are just too many sources prepared to spill their guts.
  • Wipro focuses on crisis-proof biz segments
    Wipro Technologies, India’s third biggest software exporter, has established a new practice for serving healthcare customers, and has also restructured some of its business units in order to focus on recession-proof business segments and ensure sharper focus on its existing business units.

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