Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-06-11

  • In Turnabout, Sun Touts Benefits to Customers of Buyout by Oracle
    Thing is, this wasn’t always Sun’s opinion. In fact, the company’s touting of the benefits of the Oracle acquisition is, dare I say, a tad ironic given its preacquisition opinion of Oracle’s prices. Consider this handy calculator Sun built to show potential customers how much they could save by going with Sun’s SOA platform over Oracle’s WebLogic Suite (click on the image below). $8,610,000 for Oracle Fusion? $2,200,00 for Sun SOA Perpetual? Why the choice is clear: Sun, ALL THE WAY. “Oracle WebLogic Customers–Reduce Costs and Eliminate Vendor Lock-in with this limited time offer,” Sun shouts from the page. Eliminate Vendor Lock-in. Heh. Act now before the DOJ clears the merger….
  • Save with Sun’s SOA Platform
    $7,980,000 Oracle WebLogic $8,610,000 Oracle Fusion $2,200,000 Sun SOA Perpetual $1,500,000 Sun SOA Subscription Sun SOA Perpetual: Perpetual licensing allows enterprises to purchase the software license up front and purchase yearly maintenance that includes upgrades, support, and patches, etc. Available on a per socket basis. Sun SOA Subscription: Subscription pricing is our innovative offering where we offer an all-inclusive license for an entire enterprise. These are per employee per year subscriptions and include upgrades, support, and patches.
  • SAP in SaaS U-turn
    In a major U-turn, SAP is expanding its “Large Enterprise on Demand” offering, to allow end user organizations to integrate SAP’s online offerings with their core, on-premises or hosted ERP platforms. SAP’s current Large Enterprise on Demand applications include CRM on-demand and e-sourcing, with expense management set for a 2010 release. The aim, according to SAP, is to combine the flexibility of SaaS with the key strengths of the company’s core Business Suite product. These include maintaining a standard system for business processes and avoiding data sharing and integration problems, which can arise when mixing best of breed products or hosted and in-house systems. SAP’s LE on-demand applications will run on the Java-based Frictionless platform that the company acquired in May 2006.
  • Salesforce.com C[M]O addresses convergence of branding, customer service
    “Customer service and marketing are really coming together in interesting ways,” Collins said, noting that Salesforce.com focuses on having customers evangelize for the brand. To achieve this, he said, customer service must be top-notch. Collins said this branding approach makes sense in the era of the Internet, because—with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social network sites—“it’s never been easier to share your experiences.” Collins said that his job is to “build a brand that people want to talk about.” Apparently, he’s doing a good job of that. He said 92% of Salesforce.com customers would recommend the product and 77% have actually recommended it.
  • SuccessFactors’ CEO On SAP’s SaaS Strategy
    [Every argument in this article is crap. SAP could spend 10x SFSF spending on data centers and not make a dent in their margin-DBM] Wall Street won’t tolerate it, Dalgaard argued. “You can’t transition from an old model to a new model without getting a massive impact on revenues, because earnings and revenue will go to [expletive] and you’ll be in the penalty box for years.” Well, what about SuccessFactors, I ask. How could’ve it had a fairly successful IPO if investors didn’t believe in SaaS? “[SAP has] a history and we don’t,” he answered. “You can’t get out of a place you belong to.”
  • NetSuite Adds Business Financial Planning
    NetSuite plans to introduce a Web-based financial planning module to help companies create “what-if” modeling scenarios so they can plan, forecast, and budget their finances better. The financial planning module, which NetSuite plans to begin selling in the third quarter, will provide drill-down features to allow users to review a plan vs. actual variance, isolate the organization responsible for the variance, and drill down into the transactional details contributing to the variance.
  • Never realized this before, but Oracle Calendar (aka dCal) ha… on Twitpic
    Never realized this before, but Oracle Calendar (aka dCal) has a grammar error. “Fewer” not “less.” [Either way, not good for your social life or your diet :-) -DBM]
  • Microsoft keeps dividend, opens investor question
    Microsoft Corp. will pay shareholders a quarterly dividend of 13 cents, the same as last quarter.
  • Microsoft Tops IBM And Oracle On R&D Spending — Combined
    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says his company will spend $9.5 billion on R&D this year. That’s almost 50% more than IBM’s $6.5 billion, and it’s more than the combined R&D spending of IBM and either Oracle ($2.7 billion) or Google ($2.8 billion). And almost nine times as much as Apple’s $1.1 billion. Is Microsoft deriving equivalent multiples in business value?
  • Watch Out, Oracle: Google Tests Cloud-based Database
    Under the hood of Fusion Tables is data-spaces technology, which will make conventional databases go the way of the rotary phone, according to Stephen E. Arnold, a technology and financial analyst who is president of Arnold Information Technology. Data spaces as a concept has been around since the early 1990s, and Google, realizing its potential, has been developing it since it acquired Transformic, a pioneer of the technology, in 2005, Arnold said. Data-spaces technology seeks to solve the problem of the multiple data types and data formats that reside in organizations, which have to scrub the data and make it uniform, often at great cost and effort, in order to store and analyze it in conventional databases.
  • Official Google Research Blog: Google Fusion Tables
    Database systems are notorious for being hard to use. It is even more difficult to integrate data from multiple sources and collaborate on large data sets with people outside your organization. Without an easy way to offer all the collaborators access to the same server, data sets get copied, emailed and ftp’d–resulting in multiple versions that get out of sync very quickly. Today we’re introducing Google Fusion Tables on Labs, an experimental system for data management in the cloud. It draws on the expertise of folks within Google Research who have been studying collaboration, data integration, and user requirements from a variety of domains. Fusion Tables is not a traditional database system focusing on complicated SQL queries and transaction processing. Instead, the focus is on fusing data management and collaboration: merging multiple data sources, discussion of the data, querying, visualization, and Web publishing. We plan to iteratively add new features to the systems as we ge
  • Google Fusion Tables Tour
    Import and visualize table data online Look at public data. Get started with an interesting data set from the Table Gallery. Import your own. Upload data tables from speadsheets or csv files. During our labs release, we can support up to 100MB per table, and up to 250MB per user. You can export your data as csv too. Visualize it instantly. See the data on a map or as a chart immediately. Columns with locations are interpreted automatically, and you can adjust them directly on a map if necessary. Use filter and aggregate tools for more selective visualizations.

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