Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-05-14

  • MySQL daddy seeks post-Sun Oracle independence
    He’s argued the MariaDB fork can act like the Fedora project to Red Hat’s Linux distro. A key Alliance goal is to remain closely connected to MySQL developers that remain inside Oracle and to also ensure that they continue to work inside the MySQL and MariaDB community instead of getting boxed off by Oracle or serving only development goals deemed priorities by the giant. “To see colleagues go away from the MySQL/MariaDB community would be a loss for me and for all MySQL users/customers,” Widenius told The Reg Wednesday. The Alliance will seek to create a “better” MySQL Server by continuing to working with MySQL developers inside Oracle, he said. “We will keep MariaDB up to date with all changes to MySQL and it’s in our interest that MySQL works.”
  • Ballmer Moves to Quiet SAP Buyout Talk
    A Microsoft-SAP hookup, though, is a tasty proposition in some ways and a scary one in others. Aside from the regulatory troubles it could bring (which is why we suspect it’ll never happen), the merging of two fairly large companies with dissimilar cultures across an ocean sounds like a beast of a chore for Microsoft, which is currently trying to make users forget Vista by wowing them with Windows 7 and is also endeavoring to stave off the netbook craze that’s eating away at Windows profit margins. Then there’s Dynamics, Microsoft’s own ERP and CRM offering. What on earth would happen to the four Dynamics ERP suites plus Dynamics CRM if Microsoft snapped up SAP? Would they disappear? That’s our guess, actually, given that Dynamics’ momentum is slowing a bit and that we’re hearing second-hand reports of gloom and doom from Dynamics partners. Then again, gloom and doom aren’t exactly in short supply right now. Or, would Dynamics get folded into SAP’s offerings, thereby destroying Mic
  • Oracle Buys Virtual Iron
    Oracle has agreed to acquire Virtual Iron Software, Inc. (Virtual Iron), a provider of server virtualization management software that enables dynamic resource and capacity management in virtualized data centers. The combination of Virtual Iron’s technology and Oracle VM’s scalable, high performance and highly available server virtualization product is expected to provide more comprehensive and dynamic resource management across the full software stack. Customers are expected to benefit from better capacity utilization, streamlined virtual server configuration, and improved visibility and control of their enterprise software. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close this summer. Until the deal closes, each company will continue to operate independently. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
  • Businesses Quit Slashing IT Budgets
    The stabilization doesn’t mean the good times are back in tech. While spending may have hit a bottom, the executives say they don’t intend to boost their budgets again until after their businesses and the economy as a whole have shown stability for several quarters. For 2010, they anticipate tech budgets that are mainly flat. “I don’t think that we’ll see the [spending] levels that we saw three or four years ago,” says Catherine Brune, the chief information officer at insurer Allstate Corp., whose $1 billion tech budget has been flat for the last year and will most likely remain so into 2010. But for now, she says, “I’m not hearing the panic that I was six to nine months ago.”
  • Oracle’s Virtual Iron Buyout Will Provide Essential VM Tool Set
    Oracle has a number of reasons to want to own a mature virtualization tool set, and acquiring Virtual Iron contributes to that goal. To become the full-service IT infrastructure company it envisions, Oracle needs more control of virtualized software and hardware for all its deployments. Oracle doesn’t want to keep paying a so-called virtualization tax to third-party providers such as VMware.
  • Sybase Befriends Samsung, Symbian, Amazon EC2
    Sybase (NYSE: SY) today announced that its Sybase Unwired Platform is being used to deliver the new Samsung SDS Enterprise Mobile Service. Samsung’s service provides all the expected enterprise apps, such as ERP, CRM, and SCM and the Sybase-Samsung SDS partnership includes co-marketing, sales, and joint service deployment, Sybase said in a statement. “Samsung further validates our Sybase Anywhere platform as an approach to providing enterprise mobility,” said Stepien.
  • NetSuite Crashes SAPfest in Orlando with Client Announcements
    Distribution Video and Audio, GestureTek and Schaeffer Oil are now using NetSuite’s enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management and e-commerce offerings “in a single on-demand application … at a fraction of the cost and administrative overhead of SAP (News – Alert),” company officials say. Guess their invitations to Sapphire got lost in the mail. The NetSuite officials gleefully cite “new research from Macro 4, a UK-based global software company,” claiming to find “a high degree of risk and complexity involved in most major SAP upgrades,” including “the bulk of historical data clogging up their systems … the time that upgrades consume, the complexity involved and the staffing resources involved.”
  • Microsoft preps for open-source cloud apps
    Microsoft has unveiled a toolkit for PHP developers building open-source applications that help fluff its planned Azure cloud. PHPAzure is a software development kit (SDK) for programming to both Windows Azure and the underlying SQL-like Windows Azure Storage service’s blobs, tables, and queues. PHPAzure is an open-source project developed with RealDolmen and hosted on Microsoft’s CodePlex site.
  • Tangible Benefits of E2.0 – Part 3: Real Examples (Fusion ECM)
    Now in Part 3 we cover the good news from the anecdotal (case study) angle. In some cases the actuals are rather prosaic (as suggested by the 7 ways article linked above). I mean, who gets excited about the cost savings from reduced printing costs? Well here are four brief anecdotes of where Oracle Enterprise 2.0 technology played a big role in achieving real results for real people doing real tasks.
  • Target: Intel, and Competition
    The world is returning to the 1970s on most economic policies, so why not antitrust too? Judging by events this week, antitrust enforcement in the U.S. and Europe is in for a major comeback, whether or not consumers benefit. Yesterday in Brussels, the European Commission imposed a record antitrust fine of $1.45 billion on Intel for the heinous crime of discounting computer chips in its fierce and long-running competition with AMD. Meanwhile on Monday, President Obama’s new antitrust chief, Christine Varney, issued a radical revision of the Department of Justice’s own antitrust enforcement standards. Ms. Varney’s ambition seems to be nothing less than bringing Europe’s corporatist approach to competition policy to the U.S. To succeed, she will have to flout or overturn decades of Supreme Court precedent on the limits of U.S. antitrust law.

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