Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-06-10

  • Diversity Helps Your Business–But Not The Way You Think
    Whether trying to solve murder mysteries, develop new products, enter new markets or overhaul work processes, employees in organizations work harder when diversity is present, and a little bit more hard work is exactly what we need in corporate America. So as you think about diversity and its effects in organizations during this tough economic time, recognize that the most robust practical value of diversity is that it challenges everyone in an organization. We are more thoughtful, and we recognize and utilize more of the information that we have at our disposal, when diversity is present. That is diversity’s true value.
  • Consultant: Oracle Holding Firm on License Discounts
    Conventional wisdom has it that Oracle customers should wait until the very end of the vendor’s fiscal year in order to extract the best price from desperate salespeople eager to make their numbers. But in recent years, that strategy has become ineffective and even counterproductive, since in the rush to finally reach a deal, disadvantageous contract clauses can slip in, Colon said. Also, Oracle has taken the position that at least for certain products, it has no reason to offer steep discounts because they are best-in-class, Colon said.
  • NetSuite CEO says Q2 feels better, June will tell
    * June will be “telltale month” for Q2 * Company aims to be profitable for full year 2009 * Growth strategy is organic, not through acquisitions
  • VMware vSphere 4 Raises the Virtualization Bar
    REVIEW: VMware vSphere 4–the renamed and upgraded VMware Infrastructure–will allow IT departments to place application workloads on the most cost-effective compute resource. With its new vNetwork Distributed Switch and support for third-party, integrated network switches, vSphere 4 removes barriers that made it difficult to implement and manage virtual machine infrastructure on a large scale. Advances made in this version of VMware’s infrastructure platform also include new linked management consoles, host profiles that ease ESX Server creation and maintenance operations, and enhanced virtual machine performance monitors.
  • SAP to Make Online Software Push
    SAP plans to unveil a new online software strategy later this week. This time the target audience is the large businesses that make up SAP’s core customers, says John Wookey, the SAP exec in charge of the project. Wookey has spent the last six months crafting the company’s online-software strategy.
  • SAP reshapes strategy for online software
    “Until John got there, there was no strategy,” said Bruce Richardson, an analyst at AMR Research in Boston. “It’s absolutely essential for SAP – if they don’t make a viable play in the on-demand world, they will be completely overwhelmed by it,” said Josh Greenbaum, an analyst at Enterprise Applications Consulting.
  • Satyam facing huge attrition, loses 9457 associates in 14 months
    Beleaguered IT services provider Satyam Computer Services said it faced a huge rate of attrition between January 2008 and February 2009, bringing the total headcount down to 41,622 as of March. In a regulatory filing at the Bombay Stock Exchange made by Satyam on Tuesday, the technology outsourcer said 9457 associates had quit the company between January 2008 and February 2009 and “As of March 28, 2009, the company (standalone) had 41,622 associates.”
  • Satyam’s New Beginning?
    While the financial position of the company is still being ascertained by the two audit firms (Deloitte and KPMG), we expect the company to generate business growth going forward. We have upgraded SAY to a HOLD from SELL, but are still suspending our estimates as long as its correct financial position remains unascertained and the historical financials remain unaudited.
  • Sun Updates JavaFX, Java SE
    Sun Microsystems at its JavaOne conference in San Francisco releases updates to the JavaFX platform and Java Platform, Standard Edition, or Java SE. Systems company Sun also adds a new JavaFX authoring tool for application development and demonstrates JavaFX TV
  • Red Hat Gives Java Developers Choice
    Indeed, executing on its JBoss Open Choice strategy, the JBoss Enterprise Middleware portfolio now includes solutions for all of the common Java application workloads; from simple web applications, to light and rich Java applications, to Java Enterprise Edition (EE) based applications. Moreover, JBoss platforms support a variety of popular programming models including Spring Framework, Seam and Google Web Toolkit. With this expansion, Red Hat now has one of the most comprehensive Java application server portfolios in the industry.
  • IBM Plans Aggressive Mainframe Software Rollouts
    In its continuing push to expand the reach of its System z mainframes, IBM is planning to release enhancements to more than 30 mainframe-based software offerings in 2009. IBM already has released 12 of those upgrades. The move comes as vendors such as CA, BMC Software and Unisys expand their mainframe offerings and HP tries to lure IBM mainframe users to its own Intel-based ProLiant and Integrity systems.
  • Outlook For Google: Corporate Sales
    Google has added tweaks to its e-mail for corporations that are designed to make it easier for potential customers to switch away from Microsoft‘s popular Outlook service. While unlikely to mean much to the search giant’s bottom line anytime soon, it signals Google’s resolve to target large corporations–and gives Microsoft head-on problems.
  • NetSuite Announces New Financial Planning Module Enabling Business Performance Management for Strategy, Planning and Execution
    Companies Gain Cost-Effective, Timely Access to Sophisticated Management and Planning Capabilities that On-Premise Vendors Sell for Millions of Dollars SAN MATEO, Calif., June 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N) , a leading vendor of on-demand, integrated business software suites for mid-market businesses and divisions of large companies, today announced plans to offer a new Financial Planning module to complement NetSuite’s leading on-demand accounting / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Ecommerce capabilities. NetSuite with the new module will give companies of all sizes, cost-effective and timely access to highly sophisticated planning and “what if” modeling capabilities typically only available to large corporations willing to invest millions of dollars and months, if not years, implementing on-premise enterprise software.
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