Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-06-15

  • Best Places to Work 2009
    No. 95 Red Hat Inc. Raleigh, N.C. [South Atlantic] http://www.redhat.com Why You Want to Work There As a leading contributor to the development of open-source software, this Raleigh, N.C., company encourages its IT workers to contribute to open-source projects — frequently during working hours. These contributions not only are often directly used within the company’s IT systems and processes, but also are contributed for use by other open-source consumers in the community. This drives innovation not only for Red Hat but for others as well. The IT department puts a strong focus on creating a culture and working environment that attracts and retains the best people, emphasizing a team environment and providing flexibility for external time commitments. IT staffers can take time to attend planned and spontaneous events outside of the office, including many family-oriented functions.
  • Best Places to Work 2009
    No. 63 CA Inc. Islandia, N.Y. [Middle Atlantic] http://www.ca.com/us/ Why You Want to Work There The IT department is one of the “premier customers” of this Islandia, N.Y., software giant. IT employees implement the company’s own software internally before it gets shipped out to external customers, helping to improve the products before they reach the marketplace. IT employees also work with the research and development team to implement the latest CA technology in IT and with the sales group to develop toolkits and act as a customer reference for the company’s products.
  • Best Places to Work 2009
    No. 19 SAS Institute Inc. Cary, N.C. [South Atlantic] http://www.sas.com Why You Want to Work There Because the IT team at this Cary, N.C.-based software company must cover 24/7 operations in the data center as well as offer around-the-clock global support, flexible work schedules are key to employee happiness. With that in mind, the company allows people to work flexible schedules (7 a.m. to 3 p.m. instead of the usual 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for example), offers comp time to on-call employees, gives people time off during the day to attend events at their children’s schools and lets employees work from home when necessary to deal with things like family emergencies or home repairs. The flexible schedules benefits IT’s customers, too, because they ensure that IT workers are available for extended hours. There are other perks, as well. For example, employees can use an on-site fitness center before or after work or even compete in sports during their lunch hours.
  • Best Places to Work 2009
    No. 13 Sun Microsystems Inc. Santa Clara, Calif. [Pacific] http://www.sun.com Why You Want to Work There The flexible work location program tops the list of perks at this Santa Clara, Calif.-based computer giant. Through the OpenWork Program, nearly 19,000 employees, or 56% of Sun’s global workforce, work in a place other than a designated office — at home, say, or in a coffee shop near a customer’s office. The program takes advantage of the company’s own technology to make the workforce mobile. Employees like the flexibility, and the program helps save commuting dollars and reduces Sun’s carbon footprint. An internal study found that employees saved more than $1,700 per year on gasoline and wear and tear on their vehicles. Working from home two and a half days a week, employees reduce energy used for work by the equivalent of 5,400 kilowatt-hours per year. The IT team is also focused on green initiatives: By consolidating two data centers into one new facility in California, 202,000
  • How badly are your business applications performing?
    # 30% reporting it taking days or weeks to resolve typical performance issues. # 35% reporting 3-5 incidents per month, 33% reporting 1-2 with 8% reporting almost daily issues. # 39% of those reporting monthly issues also reporting unresolved issues. # 80% reporting that performance issues impact the business with 46% expressing concern about deterioration in customer satisfaction.
  • Top ten biggest egos in technology
    10. Carol Bartz…9. Jerry Yang…8. Bill Gates…7. Nicholas Negroponte… 6. Marc Benioff … It’s always slightly disturbing going to a Salesforce press conference. Every employee seems to believe with the passionate intensity that Benioff espouses in the future of SaaS. They may well be right, but the cultishness makes me nervous. … Shaun Nichols: Marc Benioff was a corporate protege of Larry Ellison at Oracle, and boy does it show. From the permanent tan to the stylish suit without a tie and confident swagger, Benioff is like a double-sized clone of Ellison, Larry’s ‘Mega Me,’ if you will. …5. Mark Zuckerberg…4. Carly Fiorina…3. Steve Ballmer… 2. Larry Ellison …Ellison has an ego the size of Texas, and he doesn’t care who knows it. He’s the highest paid tech chief executive in the industry, and you know he justifies it to himself by the repeated assurances that he’s simply the best person out there. …1. Steve Jobs
  • Salesforce Offers Free Edition of Force.com
    Salesforce.com is offering a free version of Force.com, its cloud computing platform for the enterprise that allows clients to build and run Websites and Web-based applications using cloud resources. Salesforce.com has been aggressively focused on expanding its cloud-based capabilities as the enterprise shifts its emphasis away from on-premises infrastructure.
  • Adobe Releases Spreadsheet SaaS Application And Adds Premium Version
    The release of Buzzword exposed the dilemma faced by Adobe in this era of SaaS. I strongly recommend the post written by Redmonk’s Michael Cote at that time. Later in May of this year, they announced the release of Presentation app in their labs. Today, they have announced the release of Tables, their SaaS equivalent of spreadsheets in the labs. Like the other two apps, Buzzword and Presentations, where Adobe touted the idea of collaboration, they are pushing Tables also with the same message. In fact, their marketing message itself is “shared tables for shared data”. The two key features are the ability to add data simultaneously and a fine grained model to interact with the collaborators on the document.
  • Project And Portfolio Management Applications Get SaaS-y
    Historically, project and portfolio management applications have been used by big companies to bring order to their IT management and software development processes. But in these days of tight budgets and increased need to control IT spending, SMBs could use some of those same capabilities. And they are getting them, with the growing number of PPM applications being offered today on a Software-as-a-Service basis, making them easier to scale to a midsize company’s needs and budget.
  • YouTube – Bill Gates and Steve Jobs highlights at D5
    From d5.allthingsd.com May 31, 2007 by John Paczkowski A selection of rip-roaring laughs and jokes from the joint interview between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at the D5 conference.
    [Rattled? Doubtful…-DBM] But co-founder Sergey Brin is so rattled by the launch of Microsoft’s rival search engine that he has assembled a team of top engineers to work on urgent upgrades to his Web service, The Post has learned.
  • Things A Venture Capitalist Will Never Say
    It’s just so darn true. The “competence” slide with the guy scratching his head is my favorite. I’m pretty sure it’s a clown that’s presenting to them.
  • Founder Non-Admissions
    Our financial projections are carefully calculated to be exactly 700% too high
  • Microsoft CEO Ballmer to push innovation
    I believe we need to make it easier for U.S. companies to hire highly skilled individuals from other countries by reforming the H-1B visa program, and then we need to take a look at changes to the green card program so American companies can retain the talented people who are vital to U.S. competitiveness. We should also encourage foreign students to stay here after they graduate. More than half of this country’s doctoral candidates in computer science and computer engineering come from abroad. It doesn’t make sense to educate them here but send them home when they’ve completed their studies.
  • SAP, Competitors Strive to Prove the Value of Software Maintenance on Managing Automation
    SUGEN Board Member Mike Stoko, in an interview with Managing Automation, called the KPI benchmarking program a breakthrough and something that SAP implementers can use to explain to their organizations the value of software maintenance and the increased cost of SAP’s Enterprise Support. SAP is hoping Stoko is right. Specifically, the company hopes that the KPI benchmarking program shifts the discussion among its customers from the cost of Enterprise Support to the value it delivers. “When we brought out Enterprise Support, people did get focused on the price increases, and there were a lot of questions raised on that,” said Bill Wohl, vice president, global field communications, at SAP. “We needed to change the discussion from one on price to one on what customers need and what’s the value that customers are getting out of maintenance services.”
  • Microsoft Stops Paying For Employees’ iPhones
    Microsoft won’t pay for its employees’ Apple (AAPL) iPhone data service plans anymore, even if they’re used significantly for work purposes. Nor will it pay for Research In Motion (RIMM) BlackBerry service, or a new Palm Pre. Instead, it will only reimburse data plans for Microsoft Windows Mobile-powered smartphones.
  • Cloud computing and open source face-off
    Along the way, open source has become a key enabler for cloud computing by providing both cheap inputs (as in free) as well as rich capabilities to providers of cloud services. The writing, however, is beginning to appear on the wall: the cloud computing industry will use open source as leverage for a new generation of proprietary platforms-as-a-service, very much like the established Web 2.0 services in the consumer space have used open source platforms to capture and create lock-in around data.
  • I.B.M. to Help Businesses Fight Cost and Complexity
    Starting this week, I.B.M. is returning to the same playbook, introducing some initial products and services and a roadmap for its stable of corporate and government customers to comfortably embrace cloud computing. … Its early cloud entries, to be announced on Monday, follow that model. One set of offerings is focused on streamlining the technology used by corporate software developers and testers, which can consume 30 percent or more of a company’s technology resources. The second set is virtual desktop services, in which personal computer software, either from Microsoft or open-source alternatives, is run on remote servers and piped to simple desktop machines equipped with screens and keyboards. I.B.M. found in tests with clients that such virtual PCs, with little desktop processing or storage, can use 70 percent less power than conventional PCs and reduce technical support costs by up to 40 percent,.
  • IBM – Cloud Computing
    IBM can help you move to a dynamic infrastructure, enabling you to deliver cloud services, whether in your own enterprise, or as one of the growing number of cloud service providers. Cloud computing helps improve service delivery by applying engineering discipline and economies of scale in an Internet inspired architecture. Standardizing systems and software components can help reduce operating expenses, and virtualizing the cloud environment to pool the IT resources help reduce the capital expense of hardware, software and facilities. In addition, service management capabilities are critical for dynamically provisioning, managing and securing resources within the cloud. Addressing these challenges in a cloud environment is key to reduce infrastructure costs, while still meeting the dynamic needs of the business.
  • Trends: eXo merges with JBoss – a game changer?
    In the past week two open source portal initiatives decided to merge efforts: going forward eXo will now be a part of the Red Hat JBoss Portal. It’s a significant announcement but not one that is really going to rock the enterprise portal buyers world. Let’s first consider the positive implications: eXo will gain an audience outside of Europe. And the JBoss Portal will have some nice new applications (content management, collaboration etc) to add to what was a fairly sparse framework. As with any merger, the details could become inconvenient for existing licensees.
  • Under the Covers of the Force Platform Data Architecture
    If you have ever wondered how Salesforce.com is built under the hood, this is the video to watch. Craid Weissman the Chief Architect at salesforce.com does a great job explaining some very complex concepts on what it really takes to build a true muti-tenant SaaS application. Actually Salesforce.com is much more than SaaS it is a Platform as a Service PaaS. The Video –1 hour in Length The whitepaper PDF The Power Point PPT
  • The Force.com Multitenant Architecture: Understanding the Design of Salesforce.com’s Internet Application Development Platform
    To meet the extreme demands of its large user population, Force.com’s foundation is a metadatadriven software architecture that enables multitenant applications. This paper explains the patented technology that makes the Force.com platform fast, scalable, and secure for any type of application.

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