Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-06-12

  • Google Woos Enterprises With Cheaper, More Reliable Cloud Computing Services
    According to Girouard, companies are adopting Google Apps because: 1. It’s 3 to 20 times cheaper. The smaller the organisation, the bigger the gap between Microsoft’s and Google’s prices. Simply because Microsoft would offer bigger discounts to large companies. Google just charge $50/month per employee no matter the size of the company; 2. Google’s cloud service offiering is more reliable than if a company would deploy it internally. “Failure is not an option,” said Girouard; 3. It’s constantly enhanced with new features. Much faster than for traditional enterprise apps. … And here’s a video excerpt of Girouard presentation today:
  • The One and Only Choice in SMB ERP: Microsoft Dynamics AX!!
    [OUCH!-DBM] Seems those magicians at Gartner have a crystal ball that some of the top minds in ERP just don’t understand. (Foolish Muggles!) A month ago, I wrote that Dynamics’ “alternative” status (OK, more like “ugly, red-haired stepchild” status) in the ERP market was declining: MS was becoming a playa, though there was lots of competition from the establishment (SAP, Oracle and others) and SaaS vendors gaining more and more customers. I guess I was way, way off.
  • John Wookey on saas for the Business Suite
    At this week’s SIIA On-Demand Europe conference, I managed to catch 15 minutes with John Wookey. We briefly discussed various aspects of the new saas play and some of the technology that surrounds it. As always with these things, there’s a ton of questions I wished I’d asked but hopefully this will give you a starting point.
  • NetSuite signs 9,000-user deal with UK company
    Also inks contracts with Siemens, Software AG * Part of European expansion effort * Shares rise as much as 4.5 pct
  • Microsoft Internal Startup Exec To Leave
    Amit Mital, who is the corporate vice president in charge of Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential Group?which develops products for emerging markets?will also assume responsibility for the Startup Business Accelerator once Parthasarathy leaves in September. A spokeswoman says that the two groups have a “symbiotic relationship” and that the move “represents the next step in the evolution of both organizations and their focus on new business for the company.”
  • SAP Getting Agile And Mobile
    Indeed, Shailesh Rao, the senior vice president of SAP’s large enterprise on-demand software division, admitted that “there’s a lot of interest in [software as a service] among our installed base, and a growing comfort.” That’s an amazing admission for a company that once viewed SaaS as fit only for smaller customers that couldn’t afford the bells and whistles of a traditional SAP implementation. But then again, SAP has put its SaaS business in the hands of executives who actually see the value in delivering software as service — Rao is a former Siebel and Salesforce.com executive, and his boss is former Oracle SaaS guru John Wookey.
  • BI Market Grows 22% In Tough Economy
    Worldwide sales of business intelligence software grew a hearty 22% in 2008, according to Gartner, proving that many companies see BI as a good investment during tough economic times. Total revenue for the market came in at $8.8 billion, with six vendors — SAP (NYSE: SAP)/Business Objects, SAS Institute, Oracle (NSDQ: ORCL), IBM (NYSE: IBM)/Cognos, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), and MicroStrategy — owning 75% of the market. SAP/Business Objects led the pack with 24% of the market, or $2.1 billion in sales last year. SAS Institute and Oracle tied for second place, each with 14.6% of the market, followed by IBM/Cognos, with 11.3%. Microsoft came in with 7.7%, and MicroStrategy, 3.2%.
  • Infor buying SoftBrands, owner of Fourth Shift
    What’s most interesting about this deal at first glance is that Fourth Shift has had a partnership relationship with SAP since 2004 to offer Fourth Shift as a small plant solution to SAP Business One customers. Business One is SAP’s small company ERP system, which does not have extensive manufacturing system functionality of its own. [Also, isn’t Fourth Shift written in Oracle Forms?-DBM]
  • Google Fusion Tables vs Oracle (duh)
    This is classic(ly stupid): http://www.itworld.com/saas/69183/watch-out-oracle-google-tests-cloud-based-database. Anyone who spends two seconds looking at Fusion Tables would see that it’s an interesting Web 2.0 competitor to Microsoft Access. Anyone who knows anything about databases know that comparing Access and Oracle is like comparing my Jetta to a semi truck. They both traverse roads, they both carry passengers and cargo, they both run on fuel. That means they’re competitors right?
  • Hotel Haunts ( Oracle OpenWorld Blog )
    Since this year’s Oracle OpenWorld takes place just prior to Halloween, why not check into the places where specters settled down for a long slumber. Several of San Francisco’s historic hotels offer more thrills than you might expect, so if nothing on our OpenWorld listing of hotels rattles your bones, perhaps you’d prefer a room at one of these haunted mansions:

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