Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-04-29

  • Sugar CRM reduces prices across the board, looking for broad adoption
    With Sugar Express, the company seems to be taking at least some of the price fight directly to Salesforce.com. Apart from basic CRM capability it is including plug-ins and connectors for Microsoft Outlook, allows access to the customization engine along with cloud connectors for services like Facebook and Hoovers. Taken together, this is similar to Salesforce.com’s AppExchange idea but not quite the same as the Force.com application builder platform. “In on-demand, you’re not making code level changes but enhancing the application but then I accept there are only a certain number of things you can do using the existing core,” said Martin Schneider, Sugar’s director of product marketing. The question has to be whether the combination of price and function are enough to get SugarCRM into the bigger league of players.
  • i2 files intellectual property lawsuit against Oracle
    * i2 files intellectual property lawsuit * Says filed a suit for patent infringement against Oracle Corp * Says lawsuit alleges infringement of 11 patents related to supply chain management
  • SuccessFactors lands big deployment, new cloud computing VP
    SuccessFactors, which offers on-demand human capital management software, said Wednesday that it has landed a deployment of 300,000 users bringing its user base to 4.5 million. In addition, it has named former eBay exec Tom Fisher as vice president of cloud computing.
  • i2 Technologies, Inc., and i2 Technologies US, Inc., Plaintiffs, v. Oracle Corporation, and Oracle USA, Inc., Defendants., Civil Action No. 6:09-cv-194
    Plaintiffs i2 Technologies, Inc. and i2 Technologies US, Inc. (collectively, “i2”) file this complaint for patent infringement against Oracle Corporation and Oracle USA, Inc. (collectively, “Oracle”) and state as follows:
  • As Financing Declines, the Future of Clean-Tech Start-Ups Is Uncertain
    During the first quarter of 2009, investment in green technologies by venture capitalists, who drive a disproportionate amount of financing in new technologies, shriveled. In the first quarter of this year, they invested only $154 million in 33 young companies, a drop of 84 percent from the last quarter of 2008 when, despite the crumbling economy, they invested $971 million in 67 start-ups, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. Investment in the first quarter of 2009 reached the lowest level since 2005, before clean technology became Silicon Valley’s newest new trend.
  • Rejig at Satyam helm after another exit
    In less than 10 days after Tech Mahindra successfully bought into Satyam Computer Services, the latter has seen a minor shake-up at the top. The changes have been necessitated following the quitting of Mr Virender Agarwal, head of Satyam’s Asia-Pacific region, West Asia, Africa and India business, located out of Singapore recently. Mr Agarwal is the second from the top 10 leadership executives to leave the embattled IT major since January 7. Mr Agarwal was driving operations out of Singapore, which has a large employee presence of Satyam and projects for the City State Government. Mr Subu D. Subramanian, Head of the Manufacturing and Automotive business Group based in Chennai, had quit during the middle of February. Another notable exit has been Mr Anil Chintapalli (Finance), based in the US in February.
  • Satyam’s American pie vanishes without trace
    Two-thirds of the $150 million that Satyam Computer Services raised from US investors through issue of American depository shares (ADS) in 2001 is not traceable, the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), which probed India’s biggest corporate scam, has found. The 14,000-page SFIO investigation report to the government has revealed that only $50 million of the ADS collections made it to the company’s Indian bank accounts, said an official who has seen the report. “The investigation has found that Satyam promoters have showed that the money was parked with Citibank, but no such accounts were found with the said bank,” said the official who asked not to be named.
  • Satyam case: court witnesses angry exchange of words between lawyers
    The former Satyam Computer Services chairman, B. Ramalinga Raju, and other accused in the fraud that hit the company were produced in a court here on Wednesday. The court witnessed angry exchange of words between lawyers. The failure of the Public Prosecutor T. Venkataramana to furnish copies of the charge sheet filed against the accused by the CBI on April 7 triggered heated arguments. The Public Prosecutor sought time till May 4 to hand over copies but the defence counsel insisted that they be delivered at the earliest.
  • SugarCRM Deploys Budget Friendly CRM Sugar Express on the Sugar Open Cloud
    SugarCRM, a provider of commercial open source CRM software, has launched Sugar Express, a low-cost, on-demand CRM that runs on SugarCRM’s global on-demand computing platform – the Sugar Open Cloud. Like Sugar CRM’s other products, Sugar Express delivers sales, marketing and support features, complete with Sugar Plug-Ins for Microsoft Office and access to SugarCRM Customer Support. Sugar Express is offered as an annual subscription at $499 for up to five users or $799 for up to ten users per year.
  • SugarCRM Introduces Sugar Open Cloud | Cloud Computing Journal
    Elements of the Sugar Open Cloud The Sugar Open Cloud is a global cloud computing platform for managing SugarCRM and other applications and extensions. Key elements of the Sugar Open Cloud include: * Application Delivery – Multi-instance architecture for automated instance provisioning, configuration, and maintenance, with instant-on deployment that requires only a web browser. * Integration Services – Support for Web services for the exchange and consumption of application and data services from around the Web. * Open Source and Standards – Built entirely on a modern, open source infrastructure, adhering to standards that ensure portability, low-cost and no vendor lock-in. * Secure and Fault-Tolerant – Employs world-class data centers to ensure security, redundancy and high-availability. * Distributed Global Monitoring – Utilizes 24×7 monitoring from both within and outside the Sugar Open Cloud to ensure continual delivery of high-speed performance.
  • The Scale-Out Blog: Overcoming MySQL-to-Oracle Culture Shock
    For example, try building horizontally scaled systems. Oracle has excellent “small” database editions like SE and SE1. However, they lack built-in replication of the type provided by MySQL. Even simple and effective deployment patterns like master-master replication do not exist. The usual approach in the Oracle world is to use RAC + Enterprise Edition features like Streams and DataGuard. That’s great for large enterprises, but it’s not a good method for smaller businesses and start-ups. We have been working for some time on a better answer. We are now opening up for general beta testing a commercial extension to our Tungsten Replicator to address replication for Oracle. The new extension adds a process to read Oracle redo logs but otherwise fits neatly into the overall replicator design. It works on Linux Oracle Editions from XE to EE.

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