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Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-04-27

  • The Biggest Loser in Oracle-Sun Deal: SAP
    During the next several months, important questions will have to be sorted out by Oracle, such as can the Silicon Valley behemoth succeed in a subsuming Sun’s wares and employees into its own world, and will Oracle be able to achieve the lofty earnings predictions made by CEO Larry Ellison? But another critical question is this: What will be the effect of this transaction on Oracle’s other main product area: business software applications, such as its ERP, CRM, supply chain and BI lines? And, of course, how will this affect Oracle’s number-one competitor in the space: SAP?
  • Oracle’s Dicey Deal — and Why It’s a Sign of the Mergers Ahead
    Goldmacher is advising clients to sit tight on Oracle shares at least until the dust settles, figuring the shares will trade in a range of 15-20 over the next 12 months. Still, he sees a long-term defensive benefit in keeping Sun’s Java software platform, on which many Oracle applications are based, out of the hands of its database nemesis, IBM.
  • Will Oracle kill MySQL? Who cares?
    Oracle’s acquisition of MySQL isn’t like a lottery ticket. There is no chance that MySQL will get significantly better by leveraging some of Oracle’s technology. MySQL developers and practitioners are worried because the only outcomes of this uncertainty are either neutral or negative. Is this growth on my pancreas benign? We’ll have to wait and see.
  • Virt tool maker Cassatt is going titsup
    William Coleman – the founder and chief executive officer at server virtualization management tool maker Cassatt – has bared his soul to Forbes magazine and says that the company is in the process of trying to sell itself or shutting down and selling off its assets. A company spokesperson confirmed the Forbes report and added that Cassatt currently has 55 employees and about a dozen very large customers who have been in deployment for quiet a while.
  • President Obama Announces Members of Science and Technology Advisory Council
    Craig Mundie is Chief Research and Strategy Officer at Microsoft Corporation. He has 39 years of experience in the computer industry, beginning as a developer of operating systems. Dr. Mundie co-founded and served as CEO of Alliant Computer Systems. … Eric Schmidt is Chairman and CEO of Google Inc. and a member of the Board of Directors of Apple Inc. Before joining Google, Dr. Schmidt served as Chief Technology Officer for Sun Microsystems and later as CEO of Novell Inc.
  • The Next Enterprise War
    The entry of Cisco and Oracle into the server business is the first salvo in the battle to reshape the data center.
  • Sun, Oracle address sale worries
    Oracle Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. are trying to allay concerns that Oracle could sell Sun’s hardware business after the planned merger of the two tech innovators is completed. If Redwood City-based Oracle Corp. (NASDAQ:ORCL) wants to keep the Sun hardware business, that would reduce the post-merger uncertainty at the roughly 2,200-employee Sun campus in Broomfield, where many people work on its hardware products.
  • Wipro bids adieu to 300 more ‘Non-Performers’
    The spokesperson said, “Those who don’t clear the ‘tests’, are the ones who are sent off.” Pointing out to similar kinds of measures by other companies, she added, “This type of a move is taken by many companies these days, due to the economic downturn.”
  • Satyam Installs SAP And Its Employees Get Well-Deserved Praise – Global CIO Blog – InformationWeek
    Most of Satyam’s 40,000 employees, who had nothing to do with the financial fraud that nearly destroyed the company earlier this year, have spent the past three months dutifully serving their customers and fulfilling their professional obligations. So it was nice to see a big client lavish praise on Satyam’s employees upon completion of a complex SAP project vital to India’s security and national defense. The SOA-based ERP solution from SAP has gone live at Mazagon Dock, one of India’s leading shipbuilders, and Satyam’s team was recognized by Mazagon officials for their diligent work during difficult times.
  • Drizzle, MySQL and a Public Apology to Karen Padir
    So, when I heard Drizzle being referred to as “the MySQL Drizzle project”, it irked me. If the MySQL engineering group had embraced Drizzle and been active in contributing to it, I wouldn’t have any problem with referring to the project in that way. Furthermore, Drizzle has a lot of contributors outside of Sun Microsystems. If MySQL wants to call it the MySQL Drizzle project, then they should be able to call it the Mixi Drizzle project or anything else they want to. Is it true that the Drizzle code base finds its lineage in MySQL? Certainly, but I don’t believe at this point that the MySQL group has contributed to Drizzle enough to warrant changing its name.
  • BNY Mellon Drives Post-Merger Efficiencies With Informatica
    The Bank of New York Mellon is successfully using the data integration platform from Informatica Corporation to streamline the consolidation of Asset Servicing data after the 2007 merger of The Bank of New York and Mellon Financial Corporation. Following the development of a merged banking infrastructure, BNY Mellon, leveraged the Informatica data integration platform and Informatica Professional Services to help create an Integrated Information delivery platform for global institutional clients of its Asset Servicing business.
  • ‘Mad Money Lightning Round’: Go With Salesforce.com
    Salesforce.com (CRM Quote): “This is one that always confounds me. It’s always expensive, but it always goes higher. Anyone who wants growth with some risk, that’s the one to own.”

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