Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-05-22

  • Ozzie Lays Out Microsoft’s Vision at J.P. Morgan Event
    In general, Ozzie predicts that it will be a “Software plus Services” world, where customers will adopt a hybrid approach of using both on-premises and hosted software. This shift is possible because of technology and high-bandwidth availability. Still, business users will have to assess their requirements. For instance, they may decide to outsource some elements, such as the management of their phone systems, especially if it can be done more efficiently by someone else.
  • Virtualization users remain true-blue VMware adherents
    VMware’s vNetwork Distributed Switch is possibly the most badass new feature of the 150 new technologies in VMware vSphere, which is available as of today. Meanwhile, Oracle and IBM may shake up the top three virtualization vendors.
  • SAP’s Business ByDesign coming to mobile devices
    Vishal Sikka, chief technology officer for the world’s biggest maker of business management software, told the Reuters Global Technology Summit in New York that his company will let customers use wireless devices to access the Web-based product, which is still in limited release.
  • NetSuite Intros Financial Edition
    The company is taking aim at competitors with the new version, offering a 30 percent discount to customers who migrate from rival ERP software developers. The modularized structure is intended to help companies move their most important financial and ERP processes over to NetSuite as needed and then add extra ERP, customer relationship management and e-commerce functions.
  • Amdocs takes over MetroPCS operations
    Metro became the latest carrier to turn over its carrier operations to a third-party vendor when it announced its six-year managed services agreement with Amdocs in early October. By replacing its legacy system with Amdocs, the OSS vendor is taking responsibility for its data center operations, systems operations and applications management. Amdocs Consulting also provided business process consulting, testing and training services to Metro.
  • Salesforce.com tops views with quarterly profit
    San Francisco-based Salesforce.com said net income for the period ended in April rose to $18.4 million, or 15 cents a share, from $9.6 million, or 8 cents a share in the same period a year earlier. Revenue rose 23% to $304.9 million. Wall Street analysts had estimated Salesforce.com would post earnings of 11 cents a share, and $304.7 million in revenue, according to data from Thomson Reuters. “In a tough IT spending environment, we added a first quarter record 3,900 net new customers,” Salesforce.com Chief Executive Marc Benioff said in a statement, “And strong cost controls enabled us to raise our full-year earnings guidance.”
  • NetSuite, Ex-reseller Locked in Ugly Legal Battle
    In colorful evidence of the competitive atmosphere SaaS (software as a service) poses for vendors and resellers, NetSuite and a Miami company named Skyytek — a former NetSuite “partner of the year” — are embroiled in a legal battle, with both sides claiming the other used disparaging remarks to convince customers to switch allegiances.
  • Seven Ways to Make the Most Out of Layoffs
    Don’t focus on the weeks of severance pay. The formula for severance pay is often the least negotiable item in a severance package. To increase your cash compensation, focus on pro-rated bonuses, extended termination date or contract work.
  • Amazon Leads BusinessWeek InfoTech100
    Amazon leads the the newly released BusinessWeek InfoTech100 for the second straight year. The criteria for the list is pretty complicated but it begins with companies with revenues over $500 million. Some companies were left out if BW believes they have monopoly power (thimble ya’all!). The top 10 (in order) are: Amazon, Oracle, SAP, Inventec, IBM, Bharti Airtel, Quanta Computer, Wistra, Tencent and Acer. Other notables: Microsoft (22), Verizon (32), Google (37), and Adobe (99). Apple fell 17 positions from 2nd to 19th and Google dropped from 11th to 37th.
  • The Infotech 100 2009
    BusinessWeek’s 2009 ranking of the tops in tech showcases companies that managed to thrive even in the face of a bruising global recession. How do you pick through the world’s best-performing tech companies? With the help of Standard & Poor’s Compustat, BusinessWeek combed the financial results of tens of thousands of publicly traded businesses and ranked tech players on shareholder return, return on equity, total revenues, and revenue growth. Leading the list are those with the best aggregate ranking. (For a detailed explanation of methodology, see page 42.) Amazon.com was No. 1 for the second consecutive year, with Oracle No. 2 and IBM fifth. One trend this year: 43 U.S. companies made the list, up from 33 last year. Still, when we launched the list in 1998, 75 were U.S. companies.
  • Microsoft to Give Its First JavaOne Keynote
    Here’s a first: Microsoft will be giving a keynote address at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco next month. Microsoft and Sun Microsystems have come a long way since their bitter split over Java in the late 1990s, but until now, Microsoft has never been on the big stage at Sun’s annual developer conference. Microsoft’s vice president of strategic and emerging business development Dan’l Lewin will speak on June 4, providing an update on Sun and Microsoft’s effort to make Java interoperate with Microsoft’s .NET programming environment. The two compnaies have been on friendlier terms since they settled a lawsuit over Microsoft’s use of Java in 2004. And Microsoft has attended JavaOne in recent years.
  • Microsoft Groove to get a new name in Office 2010
    Microsoft Groove, a collaborative workspace tool, will be getting a new name in Office 2010. Microsoft plans to change the name to SharePoint WorkSpace. Microsoft hopes the new version will help companies deploy it more easily and tie into SharePoint repositories to access additional content. The link to SharePoint (even if only in name) makes sense.

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