Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-05-28

  • VC Tim Draper Sings & Dances For Startups
    Tim Draper delivered the keynote at the WTIA conference in Seattle. Mr. Draper danced and sang (rapped) his keynote in homage to entrepreneurs. This is not the first time Mr. Draper has delivered his keynote is such a manner. Below are other keynotes he delivered in the same way. On a serious note he called for less regulation and protectionism and more bold entrepreneurs. Draper is famous for his investments which include Hotmail, Skype, Baidu and Overture and he’s credited with introducing the concept of viral marketing via web email to advance Hotmail and Yahoo Mail.
  • Citigroup to stay with TCS, Wipro, drop Infosys
    The Bangalore-based Infosys could see around $25 million of its annual revenues from Citi go to rivals like TCS and Wipro, according to an official at one of these companies, requesting anonymity. Citibank has a $2.5-billion nind-year contract with TCS and a $500-million six-year contract with Wipro. However, since Infosys does not derive any significant revenues from Citi, the company is not expected to be hit severely. Infosys has bigger, over $50-million contracts with top US banks, including Bank of America and American Express. “Citi’s entire infrastructure management, back office and maintenance work is being shifted to TCS and Wipro, including around $25 million worth of contract with Infosys,” the official said.
  • ‘Severance’ package for 10k at Satyam
    The top management of Satyam in consultation with its new owner Tech Mahindra has prepared a list of around 10,000 employees who have not been billed for over six months now. These employees are set to be offered 40% of their existing salary for six months, along with medical insurance and provident fund. But they may eventually have to leave the firm. Non-billable employees have been short-listed as they do not bring in any revenues to the IT firm. Satyam’s revenues have been under pressure as many customers snapped ties with the firm after its defamed founder B Ramalinga Raju admitted to perpetrating a Rs 7,000 crore financial fraud.
  • SugarCRM Releases 5.5 Beta With More Mobile CRM Tools
    Open source customer relationship management software provider SugarCRM has announced the beta release of the 5.5 edition of the application. There’s an online demo version available on the SugarCRM web site. Some of the new features in the 5.5 release include: * mobile studio editor * dynamic teams * enhanced web services framework * advanced password management * themes framework
  • Sugar 5.5 Beta Online Demo
    Build your own installation of the Sugar 5.5 Beta release on our Sugar Open Cloud on-demand servers. These custom installations give you the opportunity to preview both end user features and administration tools. Choose a Sugar Edition to Demo * Sugar Enterprise * Sugar Professional * Sugar Community Edition
  • Stanford and Salesforce.com Present “Project Management 2.0” in Action
    Chris Fry, salesforce.com vice president of Platform Development and Steve Greene, senior director of Tools and Agile Development, present the company’s successful switch from a waterfall system to an agile-based system — from the traditional, sequential system to an emergent, iterative and empirical system. The conversion is one of industry’s largest and fastest agile transformations. In 2006, the seven-year-old software company was growing at an extremely fast pace and experiencing growing pains within the R&D organization. Fry and Greene suggested a pilot program to incrementally transition to an agile-based system. After listening to their description of the proposed changes, Parker Harris, a salesforce.com founder and executive vice president, felt drastic change was needed. He charged the two managers to go for broke, and complete the transformation throughout the R&D organization in three months.
  • HTML5 Could Be the OS Killer
    We’ve heard that story before. Java was supposed to raise apps above the level of the operating system, offering cross-platform “write once, run everywhere” applications that would break the coupling between an application and a specific operating system. Proponents predicted Windows would become less important with the rise of Java apps. While Java has accomplished a great deal, it’s potential as an OS-killer has not been realized. HTML5 has a better shot. At its developer conference this week, Google demonstrated HTML5 applications support inside future versions of its Chrome browser and the future Android 2.0 operating system. Mozilla executives also promised HTML5 support inside the forthcoming Firefox 3.5 browser. Google demonstrated how HTML5 allows tighter integration of browsers and applications, such as its Google Web Elements. Developers will be able to add applications to web sites by adding only a few lines of HTML5 code, much as they already do with Google Web Elements.
  • With New Software, SAP Aims to Create a Google-like Search Experience
    According to SAP, the new software combines the “intuitive information search and exploration capabilities” from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio with the “high performance and scalability” of SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator software. The result is a tool that “will empower business users to navigate massive amounts of data in seconds, by leveraging indexed data from SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator software.” The new software allows users to enter keywords to find the data they need to answer critical business questions. Veis emphasized that the software can be used by the “lay businessperson” who may not have experience with traditional business intelligence tools; no training or special skills are required to use the system. “We wanted something that was as simple as using Google, that had the same speed of search and was just as intuitive,” Veis said.
  • ‘Rigged’ product demo in SAP suit goes missing
    Waste Management has been asking SAP for a copy of the demo since mid-2008, according to the motion. But in a May 22 filing, SAP said it had the system until August or September 2006, but does not any longer. SAP has “searched extensively” for the system and wants it “as much or more” as Waste Management, since it “will help SAP disprove WM’s fraud claim,” the filing states. In addition, SAP said it has produced ample discovery materials related to the demo, such as its scripts and hundreds of e-mails. In fact, Waste Management should have the demo in its possession, as it was transferred to the trash hauler’s system in late 2005 and early 2006, according to SAP, which demanded in a May 14 filing that Waste Management turn it over.
  • Ingres forecasts MySQL’s demise, releases bundled development stack
    “I think MySQL just came with the package,” said Roger Burkhardt, CEO of Redwood City, Calif.-based Ingres Corp. With Java and Solaris being the obvious jewels for Oracle, Burkhardt sees no economic incentive for Oracle to turn MySQL into an enterprise-class database from the “fairly simple, lightweight” product that it is now. Making MySQL into a more substantial database might have happened under Sun’s reign, Burkhardt said, but as it stands, the open source product hasn’t exactly grown much since Sun acquired it in 2008. Oracle announced last April that it would purchase Sun in a US$7.4 billion deal. It’s disappointing for the MySQL community, he continued, who “didn’t intend this thing to go so far and stop.” Even though the purchase is not yet a done deal, the community has already begun reacting with fragmentation and departures of key open source leaders like founder Monty Widenius.
  • 10 Free or Cheap Tools for Start-ups
    Every start-up founder uses free or inexpensive online resources to get his or her company launched. Chadd Bennett of RetroRazor, a Seattle-based company that sells old-fashioned safety razors, provided us with a list of the tools he found to be the most helpful. First up, he recommends a CRM application. “Until recently, we used a Google spreadsheet to keep track of the retailers buying our razors,” Bennett says. “But we just started using a program called Zoho CRM. I chose it because up to three people on each account can use it for free. Plus, it’s established enough that I don’t think it’s going to disappear. We only use it for our retail clients, not for individual customers, because we have hundreds of them and it would take too long to enter their information into the database.”

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