Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-06-01

  • Advanced Oracle Fusion Middleware: Transient vs. durable BPEL processes
    As a general practice, it is better to design your BPEL processes as transient instead of durable if performance is a concern. Note that this may not always be possible due to the nature of your process, but keep the following points in mind. The dehydration store is uses to maintain long-running asynchronous BPEL instances storing state information as they wait for asynchronous callbacks. This ensures the reliability of these processes in the event of server or network loss. Oracle BPEL Process Manager supports two types of processes; transient and durable.
  • SaaS in Europe at the tipping point
    Research to be revealed at the conference…finds that three-quarters of businesses in France and Germany are already users of SaaS (and the proportion in Spain tops 85%, although surprisingly the UK comes out lower at around two-thirds)…the European market for SaaS has quietly reached a tipping point and is about to blossom (more SaaS in Europe coverage). … As well as a strong indigenous flavor, we have all the big names of SaaS on the agenda. The opening keynote is by Zach Nelson, CEO of NetSuite. John Wookey from SAP is delivering his first keynote since joining SAP from Oracle, speaking about on-demand in the enterprise. Adrian Joseph, the new head of Google Enterprise EMEA, will provide a counterpoint view on the same topic. Other top names on the agenda include Steve Lucas from Salesforce.com, Werner Vogels of Amazon.com, Mani Gill from SAP BusinessObjects, Annrai O’Toole from Workday, Mikkel Asger Svane from Zendesk and others from Oracle, Progress Software and Microsoft Onl
  • Govt won’t let Satyam to lay off workers: Khursheed
    “Layoffs — this is something we are not going to turn a blind eye to as we have a relevant presence in decision making,” the minister said, adding that his ministry would liaise with the company on this issue. Taking a firm stand on the reported comment of Tech Mahindra CEO Vineet Nayyar that there were 10,000 surplus people in Satyam, Khursheed said, “We will not allow the company to be taken for a ride. Our opinion and advice are important till things improve.”
  • A Bulldog Puppy Emerges
    One thing which does remain from the Stratature heritage is its inherently multi-domain nature, but it is clear that a lot of additional functionality will be included, particularly around operational management.; indeed it seemed clear that the MDS team has no desire to try and build from the ground up the various components of data quality that are already available out in the market (such as address matching) and that third party tools will be able to plug into it via an API. MDS will have a very full API, allowing third parties to build add-ons for it, for example specific industry offerings, and this is something that Microsoft will encourage. As and when MDS does appear, it will be a significant entrant into the market based on the sheer market presence of Microsoft. For example, over 200 companies have been working with the technical preview version of the product, which is much greater than the original Stratature customer base, so by the time it sees the light of day it will
  • Green Tech Startup Pitches SaaS Energy Tool
    A startup founded by former executives from SAP and Oracle has rolled out a software-as-a-service offering designed to help large organizations reduce costs through better management of natural resources. The Environmental and Energy Management system from Hara, of Menlo Park, California, collects data about the resources consumed across an organization, including energy and water, as well as the waste produced, such as carbon emissions. It then recommends steps to reduce costs and meet environmental goals, and provides online tools for tracking progress. The steps can cover the gamut from renewing insulation at factories to using run-off rainwater for water supplies and switching to ecofriendly “biomass” boilers. Hara was founded in 2007 and is funded by a US$6 million investment from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. It has signed up 12 customers, some of which helped develop the product, including Coca Cola Co. and the city of Palo Alto in California. It is now ready to market an
  • SugarCRM, SourceFire, Compiere upgrades almost ready to roll
    As the month of May closed, a number of top open source application vendors announced beta releases and forthcoming upgrades. These include open source CRM, security and ERP vendors.
  • SugarCRM 5.5 Expands Open Source CRM
    Offline storage SugarCRM has an on-demand cloud offering that it expanded earlier this year as well as an Express version that is a hosted, supported version. For cloud versions of SugarCRM, one issue that SugarCRM 5.5 will not address is the issue of offline access. Without a network connection (wired or wireless), users do no have access to their data. Offline storage is something that Google Gears provides and offline access is also part of the emerging HTML5 specification. “We’ve talked about offline storage and the big question is how do we make it easy to support it,” Schneider said. “Google has one thing, Safari has another the problem is how quickly will all the major browser support it?”
  • The dawn of a new machine | Cisco’s Universal Computing System examined
    Project California, as UCS was known through most of its three-year development, is “one of the largest endeavours ever attempted by Cisco,” observes Silvano Gai, a renowned Cisco engineer and co-author of a book documenting the scope of the project. And the opportunity for that undertaking presented itself because one single factor – virtualisation – was changing the game. “We recognised that virtualisation would create an industry transformation,” says Jim DeHaven, head of Data Centre Solutions for Cisco UK and Ireland. “That is where the real focus was when [we were] considering entering an adjacent market: the understanding that the building block was no longer the server hardware but the virtual machine. [And that UCS] would be a new architecture in support of this new atomic building block. That is what would give us differentiation.”
  • Six CIO Mistakes in Vendor Management
    CIOs make the biggest mistakes in vendor management when too many cooks get in the kitchen without putting an executive chef in charge. “A very typical issue that we see is managing these relationships by committee,” says James Harvey, partner and co-chair of the Global Technology, Outsourcing & Privacy Group at law firm Hunton & Williams LLP. “Which means no one is held accountable, communication breaks down and suppliers don’t get good direction.”
  • 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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