Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-05-30

  • Sun’s Rock CPU Could Be a Gem for Oracle
    But a bit of hardware might turn out to be a hidden gem in the deal. Some industry insiders say that the database giant has an opportunity to get ahead of competitors by pioneering the technology behind Sun’s Rock CPU, which is scheduled for release later this year. Rock will boast 16 processor cores—more than any other server CPU on the market—and, even more important, it will also be the first chip to offer a performance-enhancing feature called transactional memory. Transactional memory, or TM, allows programs simultaneously running multiple threads (short strings of instructions) the ability to read from and write to memory registers more easily and without accidentally overwriting the data that other threads require.
  • Shai Agassi Is Less Creative Than Melinda Gates
    Yet Fast Company thinks he’s less creative than Melinda Gates who basically just spends her husband’s billions to save the world. The business magazine has a list of the 100 most creative people in business and put Apple’s Jonathan Ive at 1, Gates at 2, and Agassi at 3.
  • It’s Time For Microsoft To Face Reality About Search And The Internet
    At the same time, Microsoft still has an AWESOME business in enterprise software and services. This business continues to provide the vast majority of its revenue and all of its profit. By continuing to pour resources and attention into its mediocre consumer Internet business, Microsoft is failing to fully exploit an opportunity that it has a much better chance of dominating: Enterprise applications, including SAAS services such as those offered by Salesforce.com, et al. Importantly, Oracle and IBM are still making major hay in enterprise software. While Microsoft fiddles with search and advertising, Larry Ellison has bought up most of his competitors. Every dollar of revenue and profit Oracle, IBM, SAP, Salesforce, et al, generate is a dollar that Microsoft is leaving on the table in a misguided attempt to make headway in a business it has no core competency in.
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