Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-05-15

  • How Many Times Can Monty Sell MySQL?
    * Monty’s dreams of success are realized when Sun pays a king’s ransom for MySQL. * Monty wants to have his cake [1] and eat it too, and gets all pissy and storms off in a strop and founds an attempt to get rich a second time on the same project. * Oracle buying Sun means people take this attempt even more seriously and he attracts people who never liked the post-VC-funding MySQL business model in the first place to the cause. So here’s the question that everybody should have on their minds: How many times will Monty attempt to get rich off the same project? [2] Now I wasn’t privy to any of the contractual arrangements around MySQL’s incorporation, or his common stock stake, or the Sun buyout, or any of his employment agreements [3]. I will, however, postulate that if Monty doesn’t have Fuck You money at this point given a $1Bn buyout of the firm he founded, he did something Seriously Wrong, and you probably shouldn’t trust his business instincts.
  • The Open Database Alliance and the Future of MySQL
    SOG: While it will have an obvious technical advantage in its ability to consume patches and fixes that MySQL itself cannot, how does the Open Database Alliance anticipate competing with the enterprise heft of Sun in the short term and Oracle in the long term? Or does the Alliance anticipate pursuing a different customer segment? Monty: Our aim is to make MariaDB the main and most used open source database. If we succeed, then the user and customers will come to us, the Open Database Alliance, for their MariaDB and MySQL business.
  • HA MySQL, write scaling using Cluster to non-cluster replication
    There are various setups and solutions to solve the problem of having redundant mysql masters and scaling writes on them. MySQL Cluster can be an alternative. Here is why and how:
  • Welcome to the CRM Showdown: Microsoft Dynamics CRM vs. NetSuite CRM+
    For this showdown, we looked at five standard CRM modules. To eliminate any chance of bias and to ensure a level playing field, all 1,363 criteria that make up the modules and submodules in our CRM Evaluation Center were given equal weight and priority. In other words, no area of functionality was treated as being more important than any other As you can see in the chart below, straight, out-of-the-box Microsoft edged out NetSuite in overall performance by a score of 78.72 to 72.95. Surprisingly, although Microsoft was the overall winner, NetSuite outscored Microsoft in three of the five main CRM modules, as the chart below indicates. Overall, however, Microsoft is a more balanced solution with solid functionality across all of the main CRM modules. (It should also be noted that Microsoft offers both on-premise and on-demand versions of Dynamics CRM, whereas NetSuite CRM+ is only available as an on-demand solution.)
  • SAP Cofounder Hasso Plattner Promises in-Memory Database Revolution
    In a keynote address, Plattner urged delegates to prepare for “new world of in-memory computing” that would take advantage of multi-core processors and parallel computing to deliver business critical information in real time. These technologies, together with new column-like ways of storing, compressing and accessing data, were fundamentally changing the speed in which decision makers could get the data they required. … Plattner demonstrated the power and speed of in-memory databases to the Sapphire audience. He went on to pledge that by using in-memory databases, any business query in a company the size of SAP could be returned and presented in an industry standard format, such as Microsoft Excel in less than a second.
  • One-on-One with SAP “Demo Boy” Ian Kimbell
    If you’ve ever been to a large-scale SAP software demonstration or to a Sapphire show within the last 10 years, then you have likely witnessed the quick-witted antics of Ian Kimbell, SAP’s self-proclaimed “Demo Boy.” When people mention Kimbell on the Web, he’s most often referred to as the “always entertaining Ian Kimbell,” and that’s because he has a talent for making SAP product demos not only interesting but also fun. His cheeky disposition is the perfect foil for SAP executives intent on delivering the product pitch to audience members whose attention easily drifts to their BlackBerrys or Twitter posts. (To read an account of Kimbell’s performance at SAP’s Business Suite 7 launch, see “SAP’s Most Recent ‘Big News’ Teleconference, Translated for Mere Mortals.”)
  • Understanding SAP’s Business byDesign SaaS strategy
    In reference to reconciling these fundamental operating differences, Pascal Brosset said, “SAP is still trying to get the business model right,” for Business byDesign.
  • SAP’s cloud venture fades as rivals gather pace
    “It’s been a disaster,” said Forrester Research software analyst Stefan Ried, who was responsible for product management of SAP’s technology platform Netweaver around the time the company was beginning to develop its on-demand product.
  • Green for the Right Reasons
    This is what I mean by saying that your company is ground zero for this effort. Change has to take place regardless of what regulations Washington proposes or what solutions companies like SAP deliver. No regulator required a company to go lean, and no regulations should be required to go green either. Whether it’s carbon emissions, water, or some other scarce resource, we’re well past the virtuous stage. This green/sustainability movement is about doing business for the long haul. Or not at all.
  • Microsoft Set to Deliver Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1
    Microsoft is delivering a slew of new features in Visual Studio 2010, including tools for Windows 7 development; an “enhanced user experience”; SharePoint development inside Visual Studio; enhanced Web development capabilities such as a JavaScript IntelliSense engine, one-click deployment and support for Silverlight; cloud development support, with Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio; support for IBM DB2, Oracle and Microsoft’s own SQL Server database; support for parallel programming; and enhanced support for ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) through Visual Studio Team System 2010.
  • Microsoft, analysts tell companies to kill Vista plans
    “If you’re just starting your testing of Vista, with the [Windows 7] Release Candidate and the quality of that offering, I would switch over and do your testing on the [Windows 7] Release Candidate, and use that going forward,” Bill Veghte, Microsoft’s senior vice president for Windows business, said in a keynote speech earlier this week.
  • Mad Money Spotlight: Salesforce.com
    Cloud software is remaining aloft — and garnering the support of Jim Cramer’s on Thursday night’s “Mad Money” — despite recent softness in the rest of the industry.
  • Report: Salesforce.com’s Force.com Is Five Times Faster than Java, .NET
    The study compared application development in the cloud with traditional on-premises application development. The results of the research, an in-depth analysis of 17 companies that had developed in both environments, found savings in time to development and ongoing support costs with Force.com. Specifically, the research showed that developers found they could deliver applications 4.9 times faster on Force.com than on Java or .NET, Nucleus officials said. “Our in-depth analysis shows that cloud computing is dramatically changing the cost and time equation for custom application development,” said Rebecca Wettemann, vice president, research, Nucleus Research. “Given the rapid time to value, lower cost, and greater ongoing flexibility, Force.com is likely to grow in popularity as an option for custom application development.”
  • SAP’s Business ByDesign Lives (And Reuters Gets It Oh So Wrong)
    Actually, the opposite was true: ByDesign was yanked back from a fast-track launch precisely because the technology wasn’t ready to support a full complement of customers in a way that would be remunerative for SAP. In other words, ByDesign wasn’t designed well enough to be a cost-effective SaaS product. That’s what SAP has been working on fixing since, marketing had nothing to do with it.
  • Inside SAP’s Idled Business ByDesign Suite
    SAP hopes to figure out the right formula for Business ByDesign by next year, but it has its work cut out. CTO Vishal Sikka even suggested that SAP would retain primarily the interface aspects of the product and could replace approximately 70% of the internal workings of the system to get it to the TCO that SAP needs. Plattner predicted a market-ready product within two years.

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