Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-05-04

  • Oracle Extends Support Value for Customers
    # During his keynote today at the COLLABORATE conference, Oracle President Charles Phillips announced the company has waived Extended Support fees for a number of the Oracle major product lines through 2010 and 2011. # Oracle’s Extended Support includes major product and technology releases; product updates; fixes and security alerts; tax, legal and regulatory requirements; upgrade scripts; and technical support. # Mr. Phillips announced that the company has waived the first year of Extended Support fees for the following products: * Oracle(R) E-Business Suite Release 11i10 – through November 2011 * JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 8.11 – through December 2010 * Siebel CRM 7.8 – through May 2011 * Oracle Database 10g R2 – through July 2011 # Mr. Phillips announced that the Extended Support fees would be waived for the PeopleSoft Enterprise 8.9 releases through June 2011. # Mr. Phillips also announced that for the Oracle E-Business Suite 11i9 release, Oracle would continue to
  • Customer to Venture Capitalists: Please, go out of business
    “Let’s just flush everything out and get back to less competition, less money,” Connolly said, adding a caveat: “Just not my funds.” The venture capitalists meeting here have been pondering what to do to start making more money again. They discussed ways to get initial public stock offerings going again, which are a good source of high returns. When venture capital firms disappear they don’t die with a bang, or even a whimper. Instead, they just fade away, as partners are unable to raise new rounds of funding for investment. One senior official of the NVCA, asked about Connolly’s comments and whether lots of funds were starting to disappear, had a succinct answer: “I don’t want to talk about it.”
  • IBM cements cloud, appliance, BPM, CEP and SOA into an IMPACT 2009 solution brick
    In a nutshell, IBM is helping enterprises create private clouds as either appliances or built on Z Series mainframes, with better connections to CEP, and managed from BPM in public cloud. It provides an excellent story for IBM, and places it at an early competitive advantage against Microsoft, Oracle/Sun, and HP in the ramp up to SOA-enabled hybrid cloud approaches that tackle tough business problems. IBM is going to the cloud with collaboration, too.
  • Microsoft’s slow-moving cloud may overshadow rivals
    The upside for the world’s largest software company is that such a revolution is moving very slowly, if at all. And by the time it does arrive, Microsoft could have levered itself into position to emerge a big winner. “Microsoft is definitely slow and late to the game,” said Matt Rosoff, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft, which sells independent research to the company’s customers and developers. “But they have a huge advantage when they finally get these services out because most businesses already have large contracts for Microsoft software that come up for renewal every two or three years.”
  • Oracle Set To Take The Lead on Cloud Computing
    Sun Microsystems has been struggling for the past 5 years to be competitive and keep enough research and development to stay in the leading edge of cloud computing as IBM, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft charge forward. Its believers remained loyal and kept developing solutions based on Sun’s platforms. In the software evaluation cycle, companies are trying to improve efficiency and decrease costs of having to deploy solutions to individual machines or servers. Oracle has been behind the curve in this area outside of its database solutions but has succesfully masterminded takeovers of software companies that have been dominant forces in their respective markets. Now with Oracle fighting to be a number one competitor and eventually the go-to vendor in the SaaS space, the strategic move to incorporate cloud computing into its mix of all its future offerings makes it a force to be reckoned with in terms of HaaS competing with Amazon, IBM, and Salesforce.com.
  • Unicode bloat blights SAP upgrades
    SAP’s implementation of Unicode – now widely adopted – has massively expanded the amount of data held in the databases underpinning many customers’ SAP systems, increasing their size of systems.
  • LinkedIn: Oracle Company Profile
    Oracle Last edited by SOA Infrastructure Specialist Current Company Logo Oracle Corporation, the world’s largest enterprise software company, specializes in developing and marketing enterprise software products — particularly database management systems. Through organic growth and through a number of high-profile acquisitions (PeopleSoft, Siebel, Agile, Hyperion, Demantra, Retek and others) Oracle enlarged its share of the software market. By 2007… Specialties enterprise, software, applications, database, middleware, fusion, business, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Siebel, BEA, Hyperion, Retek, Utilities, On-Demand, Sun Microsystems Current Employees … Former Employees … New Hires * Robert Hipps, Vice President, Development was Vice President at Informatica – 2 months ago * Madhura Upadhya, Senior Manager – Operations was Assistant Vice President at CS – last month * Madhukar Rajagopal, Director, Industry Strategy & Insight was CIO at
  • NetSuite Announces First Quarter 2009 Results
    # Q1 GAAP Net Loss Improves 16 per cent over Prior Quarter # Q1 Nearly Doubles Non-GAAP Profitability over Prior Quarter # Q1 Posts 542 per cent Sequential Increase in Non-GAAP Operating Income and 89 per cent Sequential Increase in Non-GAAP Net Income # Q1 Revenue Increases 22 per cent Year-over-Year to US$41.6 Million
  • Who Knew Microsoft Still Had It in for IBM?
    Microsoft is taking on IBM with claims that IBM’s WebSphere runs faster, better and more cheaply on Windows Server 2008. Software giant Microsoft is calling IBM out for a showdown to see which platform is optimal for WebSphere in a campaign that asks, Who Knew?
  • SAP goes for the platinum
    SAP America Inc. is putting the finishing touches on a $120 million addition to its headquarters that was built to meet the highest sustainable criteria outlined by the U.S. Green Building Council. The four-story, 218,000-square-foot building aims to meet LEED platinum standards, which would make it part of an elite club of not only commercial office buildings but also for a headquarters. The German software company has its American headquarters on 110 acres here in a $100 million, three-story, 450,000-square-foot building that opened in 1999. It has 2,500 employees working from the U.S. headquarters.
  • SAP Clients Reply on Support Price Hike
    An example of the kind of thing that will be measured is how new releases and products can help reduce hardware or storage costs, for example, by cutting the number of CPUs a business needs. These will be benchmarked by a cross-section of SAP customers. When the price rises were originally proposed in July 2008, the SAP UK and Ireland user group was vocal in opposing them but Bowling said he’s now much happier with the situation.
  • NetSuite Q1 Revs a Tad Light; EPS Beats By A Penny
    NetSuite (N) this afternoon posted Q1 revenues of $41.6 million, up 22% from a year ago but just a hair below the Street at $42 million. The company posted a non-GAAP profit of 2 cents a share, a penny better than expected. The company said that it “continues to take market share.” The on-demand software provider did not provide any guidance on future results in the release.
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