Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-05-19

  • IBM to continue being active dealmaker
    Loughridge declined to say if IBM will continue or step up that pace this year, but said the economic climate provides a “fertile” hunting ground for acquisitions. “Valuations are attractive,” he said, adding that cash-rich companies have an advantage over other buyers because they do not need to take on debt to do deals. Technology investors may be cheering that thinking.
  • In Mac vs. PC Battle, Microsoft Winning in Value Perception
    The perceptions of value the two brands offer has shifted dramatically in the eyes of 18- to 34-years-olds since Microsoft began running its “Laptop Hunters” campaign in late March. Apple’s “value perception” has fallen considerably, while Microsoft’s has risen. The latest push documents several people hunting for a laptop, with the promise that if they can find everything they’re looking for in a laptop for less than $1,000, the marketer will pay for the computer. The chosen ones shop both Windows-based PCs and Apple products before, naturally, finding what they need for the right price in a PC.
  • Microsoft Expected to Show New Search Engine Next Week
    Microsoft Corp. is expected to show a new version of its Internet search engine next week, in a renewed effort by the company to compete against Google Inc., people familiar with the matter said. The Redmond, Wash., company plans to demonstrate its new search engine publicly for the first time at D: All Things Digital, a technology conference in Carlsbad, Calif., put on by the Wall Street Journal, which is owned by News Corp., these people said. Microsoft, as previously reported, has been testing its new search engine for weeks with Microsoft employees. Company executives have said the new search engine — which carries the code name Kumo — is designed to help users more easily find relevant results to online searches. The company is planning a major advertising campaign to promote the new search engine.
  • Federal Government Considering Cloud Computing
    The request for information shows a thorough early government approach to the topic of cloud computing, as it asks 45 questions of vendors that might respond and notes, as in many RFIs, in no uncertain terms that the information is for “data gathering and planning only.” Particularly, the government wants to know about pricing, service-level agreements, operational procedures, data management, security, and interoperability. According to a draft definition by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which will be heading up a government-wide cloud computing initiative, the government identifies infrastructure as a service as “the capability provided to the consumer to rent processing, storage, networks, and other fundamental computing resources where the consumer is able to deploy and run arbitrary software, which can include operating systems and applications. The consumer does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure but has control over operating systems
  • Above the Clouds: A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing
    Provided certain obstacles are overcome, we believe Cloud Computing has the potential to transform a large part of the IT industry, making software even more attractive as a service and shaping the way IT hardware is designed and purchased. Developers with innovative ideas for new interactive Internet services no longer require the large capital outlays in hardware to deploy their service or the human expense to operate it. They need not be concerned about over-provisioning for a service whose popularity does not meet their predictions, thus wasting costly resources, or under-provisioning for one that becomes wildly popular, thus missing potential customers and revenue. Moreover, companies with large batch-oriented tasks can get their results as quickly as their programs can scale, since using 1000 servers for one hour costs no more than using one server for 1000 hours. This elasticity of resources, without paying a premium for large scale, is unprecedented in the history of IT. The ec
  • Cisco: Smart grid will eclipse size of Internet
    The company, whose networking gear is installed in all corners of the Internet, on Monday will announce its intention to make communications equipment for the electricity grid–everything from routers in grid substations to home energy controllers. CEO John Chambers is scheduled to discuss Cisco’s smart-grid push Monday morning at a JP Morgan conference in Boston.
  • The Valley’s Home-Grown Recovery Package
    Oracle and Sun isn’t just another deal. It’s a way to jumpstart the high-tech industry
  • Google Searches for Staffing Answers
    Concerns about a talent exodus have revived in recent weeks amid the departures of top executives, including advertising sales boss Tim Armstrong and display-advertising chief David Rosenblatt. Meanwhile, midlevel employees like lead designer Doug Bowman, engineering director Steve Horowitz and search-quality chief Santosh Jayaram continue to decamp to hot start-ups like Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. Current and former Googlers said the company is losing talent because some employees feel they can’t make the same impact as the company matures. Several said Google provides little formal career planning, and some found the company’s human-resources programs too impersonal.
  • SAP CTO: Our Customers Are Creating ‘cloud Economies’
    SAP is already a major player in the cloud computing world because its customers are using their ERP (enterprise resource planning) implementations to create “cloud economies” that expose system data to customers and partners, chief technology officer Vishal Sikka [cq] said Tuesday during a keynote address at the Interop conference in Las Vegas.
  • The auto company’s plan to fixing VC
    The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) has released its recovery plan (4-pillar plan) to fix Venture Capital that is eerily similar to that of the auto companies. It focuses on the prolongation of (their) life rather than on the quality of its product; the ability to spawn meaningful innovation.
  • Tech Mahindra may restate Satyam accounts for only one year
    Tech Mahindra, the new owner of Satyam Computer Services, is exploring option of restating accounts of the beleaguered IT firm for the past one year, instead of the preceding six years. This would enable Satyam to participate in tenders for projects that need proof of financial viability. Global audit firms KPMG and Deloitte were given the mandate to restate Satyam’s accounts, after the firm’s defamed founder confessed to inflating profit by fudging the books.
  • Govt may be urged to relax Satyam account reinstatement
    Board members of Satyam Computer Services Ltd, Deepak Parekh, chairman of Housing Development Finance Corp. Ltd, and Kiran Karnik, former president of industry lobby group National Association of Software and Services Companies, talked in an interview about the company they helped salvage, the way forward for it, and also their views on the new government and what should be its top priorities. Edited excerpts:
  • IntalioCloud takes on Salesforce.com
    Intalio, a private company that until now has been focused on providing open source systems for business process management (BPM), is launching a more ambitious product called IntalioCloud. With a combination of BPM and customer relationship management (CRM) tools for salespeople, Intalio is challenging Salesforce.com, the company that built its reputation on selling CRM services via online subscription (and which has more than 50,000 customers).
  • Intalio, The Enterprise Cloud Company
    Intalio is the first company to deliver an integrated cloud computing platform designed for the Enterprise. Intalio|Cloud leverages a unique combination of hardware and software to deliver an enterprise-grade cloud computing experience, with dynamic provisioning and elastic scalability, both on demand and on premise. While alternative offerings focus on the Infrastructure as a Service layer, Intalio|Cloud goes all the way up to the application layer, providing best-in-class solutions for BPM and CRM. Intalio has over 500 customers, across all vertical industries, in over 50 countries. We are an engineering-driven organization thriving to become a truly global process-managed enterprise. We are passionate about Open Source software, committed to delivering a sustainable Commercial Open Source Model (COSMO), and working hard to discover the chemistry of process.

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