Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-05-27

  • The Big Deal: SuccessFactors
    Danish-import Lars Dalgaard runs $112 million (sales) SuccessFactors ( SFSF – news – people ) with zeal and big goals: He would love to see every company track every employee’s performance using his firm’s Web software. That kind of ambition has led some industry observers to compare Dalgaard to Marc Benioff of Salesforce.com ( CRM – news – people ). Dalgaard rebuffs the notion as “infantile.” Here’s his big deal. “My biggest deal isn’t a single moment, but instead something I’ve worked on over time. I’ve created a company where everybody really cares about the customer. It’s hard. You likely had lousy service somewhere in the last 72 hours, but most organizations don’t care.
  • Ford’s CEO delivers new car to Microsoft’s CEO
    “Hehehe! Hahaha! Beautiful, man!” crowed Ballmer as he bounded across the cement to greet Ford (NYSE: F) CEO Mulally. The former Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO drove up in the Microsoft chief’s new 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid at an event staged for the media on Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) campus.
  • SaaS and Cloud Forging a New Role for CIOs
    One of the myths surrounding software as a service is the notion that SaaS makes the CIO redundant. While it’s true that businesses replacing on-premise applications with SaaS equivalents will have less in-house infrastructure to maintain, their IT staff still have an important role to play in managing the external resources. In most cases, they will find they not only still have jobs, their work will be more rewarding. Instead of spending their time fighting fires and keeping the infrastructure running, they can turn their attention to enhancing the applications and helping end users achieve a better fit to business needs.
  • SaaS vendor using swine flu to scare up sales?
    “If you can’t go into the office or travel on business what do you do? You can work from home!” the blog said. “Even if you do not experience flu like symptoms, working at home is going to obviously limit your exposure to contagious ailments like swine flu.”
  • StoneRiver Goes Live on Workday in 38 Business Days
    — Workday Solution Center, announced today, leverages best practices in implementation methodologies and standard configurations to deliver customers the fastest possible time to value. — StoneRiver was formed as a spin-off of financial services company, Fiserv. — The new organization was given approximately 10 weeks to transition its 2,000 employees off the parent company’s solutions, and onto its own HR and business systems. — With a fixed budget and a small internal IT staff, StoneRiver selected Workday for its on-demand delivery model, ability to deploy quickly and scale over time, and low cost of ownership. They also selected Workday as a trusted brand in HR. — StoneRiver went live on Workday HR in just 38 business days. The company has subsequently gone live on Workday’s Worker Spend Management to support expenses. — StoneRiver’s senior vice president of HR, Julia Hill-Nichols, speaks about the deployment in a Workday video interview.
  • It’s Alive — SAP SRM 7.0 in Depth (Part 1)
    At Sapphire, SAP provided their latest solutions marketing presentation on SRM 7.0, keeping much of the positioning they used to market the original ramp-up release. To wit, SRM 7.0 enhancements roughly fall into three pillars, in SAP-speak: procurement excellence, services procurement and foundational investments. Of these, perhaps the most noticeable difference for those who have used an earlier version of SRM, is what SAP describes as a single consolidated view of all P2P activity and one view for all purchase orders and queries. Among other enhancements, once you dig below the surface, SAP touts its new comprehensive services access and management area as well as a new unified work center and power list. There are hundreds of other small features and functional enhancements, many of which I’ll profile and discuss in my own analysis of 7.0 enhancements starting tomorrow. But what interests me most about what SAP is claiming around SRM 7.0 is not how they position or spin its bene
  • Could next week’s JavaOne be the last?
    This year’s conference will begin Tuesday, June 2, at the usual place — the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Held since 1996, JavaOne attracts about 15,000 attendees per year. But with Oracle set to buy Sun for $7.4 billion, will Oracle put an end to JavaOne and perhaps replace it with a Java emphasis at the massive Oracle OpenWorld conference? OpenWorld will be held in October at the same place as JavaOne. Asked what the future holds for JavaOne, representatives from Sun and Oracle declined to comment on Tuesday. A glance at the Moscone event calendar running from January to June 3, 2010, however, does not list JavaOne as a scheduled event. A Moscone representative did not know of future plans for the event. An austere Web page does exist for JavaOne 2010, stating the event runs June 21-24. The page invites submission of presentations.
  • MySQL Cluster – flexibility of replication
    One of the better kept secrets about MySQL Cluster appears to be the flexibility available when setting up replication. Rather than being constrained to implementing a single replication scheme, you can mix and match approaches. Just about every Cluster deployment will use synchronous replication between the data nodes within a node group to implement High Availability (HA) by making sure that at the point a transaction is committed, the new data is stored in at least 2 physical hosts. Given that MySQL Cluster is usually used to store the data in main memory rather than on disk, this is pretty much mandatory (note that the data changes are still written to disk but that’s done asynchronously to avoid slowing down the database).
  • MySQL can be great for Oracle…
    Like many I believe that Oracle would not want to kill MySQL and that steering it more towards the SQL Server market as opposed to Oracle DB could make a lot of sense for Oracle. After all, MySQL definitely competes with SQL Server on ease-of-use and some of the mainstream relational DB features, while for the very high-end features, Oracle is still way ahead (Real Application Clusters, Database Resident Connection Pooling, Backup & Recovery, Data Mining, OLAP). But what will it take to steer MySQL towards SQL Server? Invest in better Windows packaging? Improve performance on Windows? Invest in native management UIs? Build a strong Visual Studio plug-in for MySQL? Make .NET-based applications like Dotnetnuke work better with MySQL? I think it means all of the above and probably some additions I didn’t think of. All that said, I have now changed my mind and believe this is not where the big opportunity lies for Oracle although I see it as a strong secondary strategy and believe Orac
  • More on MySQL Forks and Storage Engines
    Suppose Oracle wants to make life difficult for third-party storage engine vendors via its incipient control of MySQL? Can the storage engine vendors insulate themselves from this risk by working with a MySQL fork? As laid out most clearly in a comment thread to a previous post*, Mike Hogan (CEO of ScaleDB) believes closed-source storage engine vendors can use a MySQL fork without running afoul of the GPL. In a nutshell, what he proposes is an inbetween layer of software, itself open-sourced, that on one side interfaces with MySQL, and on the other side talks cleanly enough to storage engines that it doesn’t infect them with the GPL.
  • TechM gets ready to lay off surplus Satyam employees
    The proposed lay-offs may be done within the next few weeks. Satyam has employees in four bands and is working out a formula that would see maximum lay offs at the junior and middle levels. Gurnani’s statement comes barely a few days after Vineet Nayyar, the CEO of Tech Mahindra and now whole-time director on the Satyam board, declared that Satyam had an excess staff of around 10,000.
  • Five top IT recruitment trends
    While there may be less advertising for senior IT managers and IT directors, the natural cycles of recruitment are still very much alive – as people leave for pastures new, in most circumstances they are replaced. The nature of the current economic climate has certainly changed the parameters for senior-level hiring on a number of levels. For instance, a number of our clients are using the recession as an opportunity to reassess the role of IT within their organisation, and ultimately the brief for their new hires.

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