Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-06-02

  • Chart of the Week: SaaS Booming in the Enterprise Market
    Revenues from software as a service (SaaS) should reach $8 billion in 2009, up 21.9 percent from last year, according to analysis and consulting firm Gartner. “The adoption of SaaS continues to grow and evolve within the enterprise application markets as tighter capital budgets in the current economic environment demand leaner alternatives, popularity increases, and interest for platform as a service and cloud computing grows,” said Sharon Mertz, research director at Gartner. “Adoption of the on-demand deployment model has grown for nearly a decade, but its popularity has increased significantly within the last five years,” Mertz said. “Initial concerns about security response time and service availability have diminished for many organizations. As SaaS business and computing models have matured, adoption has become more widespread.”
  • Enterprise Resource Planning Systems Underutilized
    87% believe that spending on enterprise systems, including the use of newer technologies like SaaS, will increase or remain steady in the future.
  • What’s the cloud’s killer app?
    SAP CTO discusses the next big thing in cloud apps At the Interop conference in Las Vegas, SAP CTO Vishal Sikka shares his views with M.R. Rangaswami, co-founder of the Sand Hill Group on application development in the cloud. He pinpoints two key areas for continued research, real-time search and mobility.
  • The Data Charmer: MySQL Sandbox has a dedicated home
    MySQL Sandbox is a mature project (recently released version 3.0), and as such I thought that it deserved a dedicated home. Thus, I went shopping, and I bought a few domains, all pointing to the same place: * mysqlsandbox.net (main site) * mysqlsandbox.org * databasesandbox.com * databasesandbox.net * databasesandbox.org
  • NetSuite Inc. :: NetSuite Celebrates Spring With Industry Awards and Recognitions
    NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N) , a leading vendor of on-demand, integrated business management software suites for mid-market companies and divisions of large enterprises, today announced the latest industry awards recognizing the company’s leading on-demand software products and contribution to helping organizations streamline business processes and spur growth. Strategic advisory service ISM Inc. recognized NetSuite and NetSuite CRM solutions with a Top 15 CRM Small and Medium Business Software Award for 2009 — marking the eighth straight year ISM has honored NetSuite. Customer Interaction Solutions magazine also named NetSuite CRM recipient of a 2009 CRM Excellence Award, and Network World, a prestigious IT publication, listed NetSuite as one of the top 10 cloud computing companies to watch alongside technology leaders Amazon and Google.
  • Ariba Announces 10S1, Makes an Expected Products Splash
    Earlier today at LIVE San Francisco, Ariba announced a number of new enhancements to its On Demand solution suite. In the press release, you can read about a number of the features and capabilities that 10S1 adds. I’ve covered a number of these announcements focused on spend visibility and supply risk in recent weeks already (you can read about them here, here and here). But the major news that I’ve not covered yet is Ariba’s new Supplier Information Management (SIM) platform, a tool that claims to accomplish many of the same things that existing SIM players including Aravo, CVM Solutions, Hiperos, AECSoft and others already do. Ariba claims that their new SIM product and existing performance management solution leverage “a unique combination of technology, expertise and services to help companies quickly identify and assess new sources of supply, rapidly on board approved suppliers, and gain a 360-degree view of supplier information … [giving companies] comprehensive capabilities r
  • Storage Firms Strike New Deal, But EMC Vows to Keep Fighting
    Data DomainInc. accepted NetAppInc.’s raised offer of $1.9 billion, picking its Silicon Valley neighbor over a similar offer from NetApp’s larger data-storage rival EMCCorp. — further escalating the bidding war between the two companies. EMC, Hopkinton, Mass., responded by saying its all-cash offer at the same amount, $30 a share, is superior to NetApp’s cash-and-stock bid and urged Data Domain’s board not to impede EMC’s takeover effort.
  • DOJ Probing Hiring Pact Among Top Tech Firms: GOOG, APPL, YHOO…
    The DOJ, under the new leadership of Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney, seems to be determined to find some type of anti-trust behavior by top US tech firms, especially Google. But this investigation seems to be clutching at straws. Even if true, it would probably not result in a criminal prosecution. The Deal Pipeline reports that the letters are in the form of a Civil Investigative Demand. Critics of large companies such as Google are quick to accuse it of violating anti-trust because of its dominance in online advertising markets and its role on the Internet. However, there is no law against success. Anti-trust laws are designed to prevent criminal business activities.
  • Ellison and McNealy: Java here to stay
    At JavaOne in San Francisco, Calif., Oracle CEO Larry Ellison talks to Sun Microsystems Chairman Scott McNealy about the future of Java development. Ellison says he will continue to expand investment in Java and sees the programming language being used in a variety of devices including Google’s Android phones and Netbooks.
  • Ex-SAP man joins Gore green crusade
    Another ex-SAP man has joined the green crusade. As former SAP wunderkind Shai Agassi attempts to drive his Better Place electric cars across the globe, Amit Chatterjee is launching Hara, an online service for businesses intent on tracking both their natural-resource consumption and their environmental emissions. “We provide a mechanism for you to actually measure your organization’s metabolism,” Chatterjee, the startup’s CEO and co-founder, tells The Reg. This involves monitoring what your business consumes (from fossil fuels to electricity and water) as well as what it outputs (from greenhouse gases to water waste and solid waste) – all with an eye towards reducing such measurements and perhaps saving some dollars.

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