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Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-05-20

  • SAP’s Implausible Demo
    So why not show it to us? Why leave us with the residual fear that an unscrupulous SAP salesman, if there is such a thing, might use the same demo with a less than knowledgeable senior executive, if there is such a thing, to sell supplier-managed inventory software that the company can’t possibly get any benefit out of unless it puts in a great deal of very, very careful work? Why did they leave the skeptics suspecting that this big new advance in Business Suite 7 amounts to nothing much at all? I think it’s the same reason that Lawson didn’t provide us with a convincing demo. They’ve been doing it for so long and been so successful that they haven’t noticed that the world has changed.
  • SAP’s Business ByDesign: A Riddle, Wrapped in a Mystery, Inside an Enigma
    But a reading of Business ByDesign (or BBD) headlines from the blogosphere post-Sapphire confirms that SAP might be waffling on that “commitment.” Or not. Two articles, in particular, sum up the confusion best: Reuters’ “SAP’s Cloud Venture Fades as Rivals Gather Pace.” And Enterprise Matters’ “SAP’s Business ByDesign Lives (And Reuters Gets It Oh So Wrong).” OK. Indeed, uncertainty abounds for those outside the gates of SAP’s hauptquartier in Walldorf, Germany, and the cranium of newly christened CEO Leo Apotheker. We are left to speculation and the job of piecing together clues from vague quotes and slick demos at Sapphire. But, to me, there’s a question that seems obvious and important: What if SAP actually succeeds with Business ByDesign—then what?
  • SAP Annual General Meeting Approves All Management Proposals by a Significant Majority
    For the fiscal year 2008, shareholders will receive a dividend of €0.50 per common share, as in the previous year. For 2008, SAP will pay out a total of approximately €594 million (previous year: €594 million), which equates to a dividend payout ratio of approximately 32 percent of SAP’s net income. Payment of the dividend is scheduled with effect from May 20, 2009. SAP AG shareholders also approved the proposal authorizing the SAP Executive Board to repurchase shares for treasury representing a total attributable portion of the capital stock of not more than €120 million (120 million shares) by October 31, 2010.
  • SAP Chief Technology Officer To Present on Cloud Computing at Interop Las Vegas 2009
    Companies across the globe rely on enterprise software from SAP to solve fundamental business challenges and make their enterprises more flexible and transparent. As business conditions evolve quickly and IT resources become constrained, more companies are exploring Cloud Computing to provide them with the agility and cost-effectiveness to keep pace and stay competitive. Dr. Vishal Sikka, chief technology officer (CTO) of SAP, will present a keynote on “Demystifying the Cloud: An Application Perspective” at the Enterprise Cloud Summit, being held as part of Interop Las Vegas, May 18-19, 2009. The keynote will take place on Tuesday, May 19, at 1:00 p.m. PDT at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
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  • MySQL :: Market Share
    According to the recent JoinVision study “Open Source in the Fast Lane”, IT specialists indicated they deploy MySQL 30% more frequently than Oracle, SQL Server or DB2. Furthermore, this study concludes that open source is a key component of today’s IT infrastructure, and that the market share of open source technology is increasing.
  • Wipro honchos get big perks; but salaries dip
    Commissions and incentives dominate Wipro senior management’s paychecks in the just-concluded fiscal — or so it seems. A filing by the technology major with the US Securities & Exchange Commission reveals that while senior management took home lower salary for fiscal 2008-09 against the levels in 2007-08 , it was more than made up by high commissions and incentives.
  • Satyam still losing clients
    Two US-based clients of Satyam Computers, Agilent Technologies and Lowe’s Companies, along with another banking sector client Euronet Worldwide, have terminated their contracts with the scam-hit IT firm. The firm had been losing clients from the time the scam broke in January this year and Tech Mahindra’s (TechMa) takeover has not been able to arrest the trend.
  • Microsoft’s Ballmer on His Brain
    Steve Ballmer talks about how fast his brain works and how he needs to do a better job of showing that he’s hearing you.
  • Ray Ozzie on the cloud, Vista lessons, and more
    “Enterprises will not really trust the cloud until they get some experience with it,” Ozzie said, during a speech at a J.P. Morgan investment conference in Boston on Wednesday. He said that large businesses are more likely to start by going with an online version of a familiar product like Microsoft Exchange than they are today to move a major piece of their business into the cloud. A Webcast of his speech is available on Microsoft’s investor relations page.
  • Fujitsu, Salesforce.com Ink Sales, Marketing Deal
    Fujitsu and Salesforce.com, the enterprise cloud computing company, have signed a sales and marketing agreement whereby Fujitsu (News – Alert) will provide Salesforce CRM cloud applications as well as application development and integration services on Salesforce.com’s Force.com platform. Fujitsu officials said that the partnership will aid customers in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, and finance, reducing IT costs and boosting business competitiveness. Officials said that under the pact, the company would provide its application development, systems integration and consulting expertise combined with Salesforce.com’s (News – Alert) market leading CRM cloud applications and Force.com platform.
  • NetSuite CEO on Life with Larry
    Fairly hands-off, NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson said at the Reuters Global Technology Summit on Wednesday. SaaS provider NetSuite, seeded with Ellison’s cash when it was private, went public in December of 2007. “As we got larger and larger, the relationship changed from him calling me to me calling him,” Nelson said. “So today he rarely calls me, although I will pick up the phone once a quarter, once every six months if I have a question about strategy or what we’re doing in the business to get his pulse on it, and so obviously that’s very valuable access to him.”
  • NetSuite eyes better conditions, iPhone
    NetSuite Inc’s (N.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) business is looking up and the software maker is preparing to launch its first application for Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) iPhone, Chief Executive Zach Nelson said on Wednesday. Nelson told the Reuters Global Technology Summit in New York on Wednesday that he feels “a lot better” about NetSuite’s business now than he did in the first quarter, as more customers are now following through on commitments to sign subscriptions for NetSuite’s Web-based software. “Q2 feels a lot better,” he said. “The tone is positive.” Nelson added, “The good news is that the customers who said they were going to buy, did buy. That’s always a good sign.”
  • New NetSuite Edition Focuses on Financials
    The new NetSuite Financials module includes tools such as general ledger; order-to-cash functionality; inventory and supply chain features; “services resource planning” capabilities, which services companies can use to manage projects; payroll and compensation management; and NetSuite’s SuiteAnalytics BI (business intelligence) package. In the latest of a string of similar enticements, NetSuite is offering a 30 percent list-price discount on the financials module for those who switch from Microsoft GP or any Sage ERP (enterprise resource planning) application. NetSuite is also touting the module’s “seamless” integration with rival Salesforce.com. The move both tacitly acknowledges that vendor’s dominant position in on-demand CRM and provides an avenue for garnering some of Salesforce.com customers’ dollars.

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