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Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-05-10

  • Video: SAP’s McDermott On Mobility, SaaS, & Business Intelligence
    When I sat down with Bill McDermott, president of SAP (NYSE: SAP)’s Global Field Operations, all I wanted to talk about was whether software-as-a-service is upending traditional self-hosted software. So it almost went by me when he mentioned that SAP would soon have some Business Intelligence news. We also discussed mobile apps, plus Bill had some tough words for competitor Oracle. Click on to access the video and podcast. Let’s dive right into the highlights. (Please watch the video, embedded below, to hear the straight scoop, live on tape. Our chat is also available as a podcast; you’ll see the floating player on the lower left. Or you can click the tiny play button SAP podcast.)
  • Microsoft lays off 1% of India staff
    It is not clear which groups of the Indian operations have been affected by the cuts which are learnt to have been carried out across diverse functions. However, a company source said that a sizeable number of Microsoft’s sales and support personnel in Hyderabad and a few in Bangalore were among those affected. The Response Windows team has also been dismantled completely, the source claimed. The company’s official spokesperson was unavailable for comment on the developments.
  • The Modern State of Software Innovation: How Sun and Oracle Are Changing Their Open Source Diet > The Modern State of Software Innovation: How Sun and Oracle Are Changing Their Open Source Diet
    Many large software companies are beginning to embrace open source technologies for software infrastructures and products that previously have been based largely on proprietary software and technologies. The recent bad economic weather in the U.S. is further persuading large enterprises to consider integrating open source technologies (and consolidation technologies such as virtualization) into the solutions supporting their business systems and processes. This article is based on interviews with major players in the technology industry such as Sun Microsystems, Oracle, and SourceForge.net. The information gathered during these interviews provides a glimpse into what some large enterprises are doing with open source technology, why they’re doing it, and their results.
  • SAP Boots Business ByDesign SaaS Apps to 2010?
    SAP launched its Business ByDesign SaaS applications back in September 2007, and the company has been pushing the product out into the future in baby steps, saying repeatedly that it needed more work and that it wants to get the product right. In a report last week in PC World, of all places, Bill McDermott, president of SAP’s global field operations says that “there is not going to be a lot to report out” about the Business ByDesign apps at the Sapphire 09 show, SAP’s annual event which is being hosted in Orlando, Florida, from May 11 through 14. McDermott added that the “noise level will increase” for Business ByDesign later in 2009 or perhaps in 2010. That sure is a backing off from the bold plans that SAP had for Business ByDesign back when it launched. The company was saying it would have 10,000 customers and be generating $1 billion in sales from the product as it exited 2010. But a year ago, when SAP’s profits took a whack as the economy started to slow, the company said it wou

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