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Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-05-01

  • Oracle’s Java Problem
    Sun never made money from the computing language. Why does Oracle think it can? BURLINGAME, Calif. — The Java computing language has finally proven to be the money-maker that Sun Microsystems always insisted it would be. Everyone, except perhaps Oracle shareholders, should be happy.
  • Sun Updates Solaris 10 Performance, Security
    Every six months, Sun updates its Solaris 10 operating system to include bug fixes as well as feature updates. That continues to be the case, even though it’s likely to be the last release before Sun (NASDAQ: JAVA) becomes acquired by Oracle. Today, the company officially released the Solaris 10 5/09 release, providing new Intel hardware support, IPsec (define) security features as well as network performance improvements. The update also comes as Sun is working on its next version of Solaris in the OpenSolaris community.
  • Your next software buying decision: zero cost?
    [DBM-Let’s see: 100K/5K=20 users per customer. Could easily be replaced with 20 pads of paper…] Commercial customers 100,000 users 5,000 systems I’d have thought most application software vendors would carve off their right arm with a broken hacksaw to get those sort of adoption numbers. But then I’m not following the money.
  • Microsoft apparently makes you a good politician
    WHEN TOP VOLES flee Redmond for greener pastures the fact that they have Microsoft on their CV means that they are eligible for a political career, apparently. State Representative Ross Hunter, a former Microsoft general manager, has announced he’s running for King County Executive. According to Tech Flash, he told a local radio station that his 20 years ducking chairs flung at him by Steve Ballmer gave him good qualifications for handling the job. During his time there apparently Microsoft changed the world and he said that one of the things he learned at Vole Hill was impatience. “I have a level of impatience for solving problems that I think is not as evident in the other candidates,” he said.
  • Google Apps gains LDAP support
    With the new Directory Sync, Apps can tap into existing LDAP-based user directories, such as the ones in IBM’s Lotus Domino and Microsoft’s Active Directory, so that administrators don’t have to set up a separate directory in the Google suite. This functionality will likely appeal in particular to a segment of the collaboration market that Google is very interested in attracting: enterprise IT departments.
  • The Future Of Cloud (Part 1)
    Salesforce.com CEO Mark Benioff, VMWare’s Paul Maritz, Adobe’s Kevin Lynch and Google Enterprise’s Dave Girouard discuss the future of cloud computing at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.
  • IBM Adds Social Networking To DeveloperWorks Portal
    The new features being unveiled on Thursday will allow DeveloperWorks members to create personal profiles, helping them promote their technical expertise, expand their professional networking, and create online groups for shared projects and interests. Approximately 8 million people worldwide, including enterprise software developers and other IT professionals, are registered members of DeveloperWorks, and about 4 million of them visit the portal at least monthly, said Stephanie Martin, IBM’s director of DeveloperWorks.
  • IBM Bridges SOA, Cloud Computing
    With a new hardware appliance and new version of WebSphere Application Server, IBM is giving enterprises an easier way to bring their SOA investments into the cloud computing realm. WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance gives businesses a place to store SOA images and patterns that can then be brought into cloud environments. WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition is optimized to run in virtualized environments and comes preloaded with WebSphere CloudBurst. Both products also integrate with tools from IBM’s Rational and Tivoli businesses.
  • Workday Named #1 Best Place to Work in the Bay Area
    The San Francisco Business Times has ranked Workday, Inc. #1 on its annual list of Best Places to Work in the Bay Area. Employees from almost 400 Bay Area companies participated in an independent, third-party survey that ranks companies based on their employees’ ratings of work environment and corporate culture. Workday tops the list for companies with 101-500 employees. It is the second consecutive time Workday has been named to the annual list.
  • SAP Earnings Down, But ERP Vendor Shows Recession Smarts
    At a time when most enterprise software vendors are boldly clinging to their sacred cash cows, bowing to the all-mighty shareholder and ignoring some basic customer needs, SAP has recently displayed a refreshing blend of common sense, customer service and business smarts. SAP has made a string of crucial announcements that, taken together, show managerial thinking and decision-making based in reality—not just blind adherence to the mantra “that’s how ERP always has been done.” Let’s take a look:
  • What does SAP have to say about the Oracle-Sun deal?
    You can always count on SAP executive Bill McDermott to give a piece of his mind on what SAP often refers to as its “next largest competitor.” So when I even mentioned Oracle yesterday during an interview on SAP’s first quarter earnings, he gladly launched into his take on Oracle’s recent Sun acquisition unprompted. ”I think they have introduced a tremendous level of risk into their business model by making this wild foray into hardware,” McDermott said. “They know nothing about hardware and now they’ve made a move into the hardware business.” He added that they’re also proving that they’re running out of software companies to buy. He also didn’t look too enviously upon Oracle’s idea of providing one-stop shopping for customers either. Larry Ellison said in a press release issued during last week’s announcement that “Oracle will be the only company that can engineer an integrated system – applications to disk – where all the pieces fit and work together so customers do not have t
  • Employee (almost) chronicles Sun’s top 10 failures
    In a series of blog posts, Baigent starts to identify Sun’s top 10 failures, and their consequences, as he seeks to describe how Sun got to this point. Actually, he only managed to get his first three reasons posted before the posts were pulled down. However, Google cached them and you can find below. I can understand why Sun might not want to highlight its failures, and there may be Securities and Exchange-related reasons for shuttering the posts, but Baigent’s commentary is insightful and helpful. I hope Sun will allow Baigent to post his remaining seven reasons. * Reason No. 10: Failed to understand the x86 market. “We approached the market in the only way we knew how – as an extension of our high-end, low-volume, high-value approach to network computing. And not just in terms of product features and capabilities, but in terms of sales, partnerships, channel programs and supply chain management.” * Reason No. 9: Messing with the Java brand. “(N)umerous attempts by well-me

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