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Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-05-07

  • Data Search Technology Used by FBI Makes Its Way to Enterprises
    Chiliad, the company behind the data search technology used by the FBI’s counterterrorism data warehouse, is bringing its massively parallel processing technology to the enterprise space. The pitch – to help enterprises connect the dots between their unstructured and structured data so they can draw business value from it.
  • Borland Software Corporation to be Acquired by Micro Focus International plc
    Borland Software Corporation (NASDAQ: BORL) (“Borland”), the global leader in Open Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), today announced that Micro Focus International plc (LSE:MCRO.L) (“Micro Focus”) and Borland have entered into a definitive agreement (the “Agreement”) under which Micro Focus will acquire all the outstanding shares of Borland in a cash merger transaction.
  • You Spoke Up About Maintenance Fees, And They Listened – Global CIO Blog – InformationWeek
    The world’s two largest enterprise software vendors finally got the message: CIOs do not view software maintenance fees like death and taxes. In a surprising move, Oracle has loosened its “we don’t negotiate” stance and is giving some breaks on fees, while SAP is backpedaling from a staunchly unapologetic decision to raise its fee structure. It’s a markedly different tone from what these vendors were saying just a few months ago. When I sat down with Oracle President Charles Phillips in January, he told me that Oracle’s 22% maintenance fee was never negotiable, adding, “We are sticklers on that.” This means if you purchase $10 million in software licenses from Oracle, expect to pay $2.2 million every year for maintenance and support of those licenses.
  • OAUG president talks Collaborate ’09 and the future of Oracle apps
    Raymond Payne: The big takeaway from yesterday’s keynote was in two specific areas. Everyone’s really excited about release 12.1 (of E-Business Suite), the new modules and new applications which that’s bringing — our membership in particular. They are extremely interested in that and really glad to see it hitting the market and see that Oracle’s continuing its promise to use the latest versions of technology. The integration with Fusion Middleware is spot on, and for many customers like myself, that is very important. The other big takeaway was the announcement of the fee waiver for Extended Support for some of the earlier releases. That’s a key factor for much of our membership. We’re frankly suffering from the economic situation, and that goes a long way in helping us out in that we have a little more flexibility in our planning for upgrades, and for a time we won’t have to worry about yet another expense to add on to our support coverage. That was huge. SearchOracle.com: What spec
  • Citrix Expands Virtualization Management Capabilities
    Citrix (NSDQ:CTXS) on Wednesday enhanced the capabilities of its XenServer and Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT)’s Hyper-V virtualization technologies with the introduction of a major upgrade to its Citrix Essentials management application. Citrix also enhanced its XenServer server virtualization technology and expanded its ability to help customers move to compute clouds with technology to run Microsoft applications and virtual desktops as a service.
  • Oracle Aims to Differentiate With BI Application Releases
    The release adds a number of new human-resources dashboards, such as for talent management, recruiting and absenteeism. The vendor’s procurement and spend-analytics BI module gets a number of updates, including a new employee-expenses dashboard and a “spend analyzer.” In addition, Oracle has integrated its JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Financial Management application with its financial analytics BI software. Meanwhile, the new Project Analytics module is aimed at governments, construction companies and services companies that want to analyze the costs of their projects. It includes a number of prebuilt dashboards tuned for both private and public-sector organizations. Loyalty Analytics enables users to determine the success of marketing campaigns at both the customer and partner level.
  • NEXT09: deconstructing the enterprise gulf
    Internally I struggle with much of what I hear about Enterprise 2.0. Not because it is fundamentally flawed but because it feels misguided and out of touch with what I see around me. Jarvis for example bangs on about ‘What would Google do?’ – holding them up as some sort of business paragon. Yes Google is important but in enterprise terms? It’s a minnow, an afterthought. People who live in this bubblicious world find it disarming when I say that Google is a bit player. It’s almost as though I’ve pooped on the front door mat.
  • Transcript of an Interview with Larry Ellison by Reuters on the Acquisition of Sun Microsystems: Part I
    Why does Oracle, a company that prides itself on highmargins, want to get into the low-margin hardware business? Are you going to exit the hardware business? No, we are definitely not going to exit the hardware business. While most hardware businesses are low-margin, companies like Apple and Cisco enjoy very high-margins because they do a good job of designing their hardware and software to work together. If a company designs both hardware and software, it can build much better systems than if they only design the software. That’s why Apple’s iPhone is so much better than Microsoft phones.
  • Ask the Oracle CEO – Part 1
    Asked about exiting the hardware business, Larry Ellison answered with: No, we are definitely not going to exit the hardware business. A different question was “Are you going to discontinue the SPARC chip?”. The answer was clear: No. Once we own Sun we?re going to increase the investment in SPARC. A few lines later as an answer to a different question: We want to work with Fujitsu to design advanced features into the SPARC microprocessor aimed at improving Oracle database performance. The answer to the question “Are you keeping the disk storage and tape backup business?” was: Yes, definitely.

One Response

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