Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-06-13

  • Microsoft takes off its xRM platform-as-a-service gloves
    But with Salesforce.com stepping up its Force.com push, Microsoft seems to have decided it’s finally time to talk turkey about xRM and how Microsoft plans to position a Microsoft-hosted version of it as part of its Azure cloud platform. … xRM is an “anything relationship management” platform, upon which hundreds of partners,ISVs and customers already have written line-of-business apps (LOBs) using the core stack that powers Microsoft Dynamics CRM, explained Bryan Nielson, Microsoft’s Director of Worldwide Product Marketing for Dynamics CRM and XRM. The kinds of LOBs built using XRM range from a seeing-eye-dog application to complex human-resource-management systems, he said.
  • CommonTag – A Long Overdue Effort
    You can find more information about CommonTag here and find the specifications here. While talking about CommonTag, Peter Mika from Yahoo! Research emphasized, “Semantic tagging is an important next step in the evolution of the Web. When we add semantic meaning to tags, the content that is tagged becomes significantly easier for machines to understand. That in turn allows for the development of more intelligent applications for aggregating, searching, and browsing the Web.”
  • Common Tag
    Common Tag is an open tagging format developed to make content more connected, discoverable and engaging. Unlike free-text tags, Common Tags are references to unique, well-defined concepts, complete with metadata and their own URLs. With Common Tag, site owners can more easily create topic hubs, cross-promote their content, and enrich their pages with free data, images and widgets.
  • Red Hat releases Fedora 11
    The new Linux distribution, named ‘Leonidas’, was made available for download on Tuesday. It includes OpenChange, which promises to give any email client native access to Microsoft Exchange. The technology uses an open-source version of Mapi, Microsoft’s Messaging Application Programming Interface, to do this. In addition, it provides several virtualisation improvements, including an upgraded console, a redesigned creation wizard for virtual-machine guests, and SELinux support for guests. Other new features are better support for fingerprint readers and the inclusion of the ext4 file system as default. Fedora 11 also comes with the MinGW Windows cross compiler, which allows developers to cross-compile software for Windows while remaining in a Linux environment, according to Red Hat.
  • What can we learn from software development job posts?
    # No one is building apps for the Palm Pre, and not too much for Android # More Blackberry development than iPhone # No more Web 2.0 jobs (AJAX, widgets, etc.) # Still plenty of demand for legacy/niche products (e.g. mainframe, assembly language programming, PowerBuilder, COBOL, Informix, Peoplesoft, Siebel) # Unix is still a force, but not much demand for Mac development # Dynamics is falling further behind # Skills in popular platforms like Oracle, SAP, Java, C++/C#, and Unix/Linux are still in high demand, even in this weak economy
  • How to manage a multiple table insert in MySQL
    A friend, who’s a MySQL-only developer, asked me a question that I couldn’t resist sharing. He wanted to know how to simplify his PHP code by making a single call to the database for a set of inserts to multiple tables. You can imagine my delight when I got to say a stored procedure. He said, “It’s not Oracle; that won’t work.” I said, “MySQL supports stored procedures too.” Then, he asked how do you do that. Since the reference manual is a bit sparse on that, here’s a quick example.
  • Corporate Round up: Satyam surprises investors with profit
    Satyam Computer Services cheered the markets by announcing revenues of over Rs 2,000 crore and profit of Rs 181 crore for the Oct- Dec quarter. Satyam’s revenues could thus touch around Rs 8,000 crore, or $ 1.6 billion, based on an extrapolation of these results. For January 2009, Satyam posted a net profit of Rs 4 crore.
  • 200 Satyam employees from city in exercise to downsize staff
    Nearly 200 employees of Satyam in Pune will be part of the virtual pool exercise implemented by the new owner, city-based Tech Mahindra, to downsize the excess staff. The IT firm announced this programme in Hyderabad on Friday.

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