Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-05-29

  • Microsoft Silverlight vs Google Wave: Why Karma Matters
    It is easy to dismiss all this with, “Oh, the press just loves to hype everything Google and loves to hate Microsoft,” but that cannot explain why even competitors like us are willing to embrace Google’s innovations, but stay away from perfectly good innovations from Microsoft, such as Silverlight? It comes down to one word: karma. Microsoft just has so much bad karma in this industry that I cannot imagine a company like us trusting them on much of anything. Take Silverlight: Microsoft pledged that they will always support Silverlight on Mac and Linux, and on browsers other than IE. Do you really, really believe their promise? Let’s recap some ancient history here: Microsoft used to have IE for Solaris and even had a beta of IE for Linux. That was when IE was way behind Netscape and was trying to catch up. Once Netscape was safely vanquished, Microsoft’s commitment to support IE on other platforms vanished. In fact, Microsoft intentionally pulled IE on other platforms, because it w
  • Google Wave Crashes Over Microsoft
    It also creates the conditions for customers to comfortably shuck off the shackles of installed software — including Office and other Microsoft products — in exchange for truly lightweight hardware like netbooks or advanced smartphones, without sacrificing the richness of their computing experience. If it gets the kind of developer love it should, Wave is just the first of a series of a breakers that will loosen Microsoft’s grip on the desktop, and may also render Adobe wholly irrelevant.
  • EU Plans Fresh Strike on Microsoft
    The regulatory push is focused on a longstanding complaint against Microsoft: that it improperly bundles its Web browser with its Windows software. Rather than forcing Microsoft to strip its Internet Explorer from Windows, people close to the case say, the EU is now ready to try the opposite measure: Forcing a bunch of browsers into Windows, thus diluting Microsoft’s advantage. The sanctions would come from an EU investigation that began last year. In a sign of how rapidly the case is progressing, these people say, the possible penalty has emerged as a key focus in discussions between the parties.
  • Council’s struggling SAP system becomes political football
    A troubled £30 million SAP-based shared services scheme in the West Country has become a political football in the run up to next week’s Euro elections. The SAP roll out is part of a larger transformation programme being managed by Southwest One, a joint venture partnership between Somerset County Council, IBM, Avon and Somerset police and Taunton Deane Borough Council. Southwest One went live with the first phase of SAP, a procurement module, on 1 April 2009, three months later than its planned. However, the roll out was plagued with problems that led to delays paying supplier invoices.
  • SAP Canada executives reflect on 20th anniversary
    AP Canada Inc.’s top executives gathered for a roundtable discussion with media Tuesday to celebrate the SAP AG subsidiary’s 20th anniversary. The Canadian office had a fairly modest beginning in 1989 with about five customers and six employees, three of which are still with the company, said Mark Aboud, president and managing director of SAP Canada. Today, SAP Canada has roughly 2,300 employees and serves 1,200 clients. “I think everyone would acknowledge that SAP is the dominant player in the large businesses. You would be hard pressed to look at a business in Canada over the last few years who made an ERP decision that didn’t go with SAP,” said Aboud.
  • JavaOne conference opens as Sun prepares to exit the stage
    Sun has long presided over a far-flung ecosystem of Java software and related products, ever since Sun engineer James Gosling developed the language in the early 1990s. But the Santa Clara company, which makes computer hardware and software, is being sold to Oracle in a $7.4 billion deal that is expected to become final this summer. Industry analysts say Redwood City-based Oracle is unlikely to launch any radical changes in the Java software platform, which is used in millions of mobile phones and other consumer devices, as well as Web sites and commercial data centers. Sun has made Java publicly available under open-source licensing, and it’s now an important component of software sold by Oracle, IBM and many smaller companies.
  • Google Wave Developer Preview at Google I/O 2009
    Google Wave Developer Preview presentation at the Day 2 Keynote of Google I/O. To learn more visit http://wave.google.com
  • The Pulse of Software M & A
    Software M&A deal volume has declined sharply and median exit valuations have plunged. For many private software companies, it’s a buyer’s market, and today is undeniably the wrong time to sell. But a good number of others could exit today at a superb valuation, and we have the data to prove it. Problem is, these highly opportune prospective sellers, beaten down by the relentless flood of economic bad news and lower median software valuations, refuse to leave the storm shelter and come to the table!
  • Bing: “But It’s Not Google”
    If they don’t, all Bing will be known for in a few months will be it’s acronym: “But It’s Not Google”
  • Software News Summary
    The search for the search engine’s name was exhaustive. “Bing” is supposed to indicate “the sound of found.” According to CEO Steve Ballmer, the word’s potential to “verb up,” lack of negative connotations and international applicability made “Bing” a strong contender to face off with “Google” (despite the fact that critics quickly realized “Bing” stands for “But it’s not Google.”
  • The Truth About Obama’s “Tax on Outsourcing”
    Perception: Obama wants to tax offshore outsourcing. Reality: In his remarks last week, Obama said his budget will end tax breaks for companies that “ship jobs overseas.” But no one is quite sure whether Obama is talking about companies with captive offshore operations or companies that outsource to third-parties based overseas, or both. “I still don’t know what the President is referring to when he talks about eliminating the tax benefit associated with offshoring jobs,” admits Daniel Masur, an outsourcing attorney and partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Mayer Brown.
  • Intalio Acquires BPM and CRM Companies, Launches Intalio
    Intalio, Inc., The Enterprise Cloud Company, today announced the acquisition of CodeGlide, a software company based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and ProcessSquare, a software company based in Munich, Germany. Prior to the acquisitions, CodeGlide had developed a powerful platform for Customer Relationship Management (CRM), including Sales Force Automation, Marketing Automation, Customer Helpdesk, Analytics, Enterprise Mashups, and Office Productivity, while ProcessSquare had developed a Web-based Business Process Management (BPM) application used by customers such as ABB, Allianz, and Henkel. Both product lines have been fully integrated within Intalio’s product stack over the past six months.
  • 11 Ways Businesses are Cutting Costs Without Firing Employees
    To hear the media tell it, the entire business world is in flux. But not every company is succumbing to economic despair. While many are laying off employees, closing offices, and slashing budgets, others are preserving employee morale and staying afloat without such painful sacrifices. Following, are twelve ways that these praiseworthy businesses are avoiding layoffs and staying the course.
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