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Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-06-17

  • Sapped council staff offered SAP counselling
    Harrassed Somerset County Council staff are to benefit from “support sessions” designed to help them face the trauma of a SAP implementation which has so far seen the software not quite providing local government operatives with “the visibility to pinpoint inefficiencies”, the “capabilities to transform them into competitive advantage”, the “foresight to identify new opportunities, “the agility to respond, the functionality to optimize your operations”, or indeed “the resources to extend best practices to your entire value chain”.
  • Staff get stress support after SAP go-live
    The council says the difficulties are teething problems.
  • Infor Forms New Advisory Council for Channel Partners
    Seeking to strengthen relationships between Infor and its value-added resellers (VARs), the Infor Channel Advisory Council was chartered to be a representative body for Infor’s partner network with a set of goals that are mutually beneficial. The council provides Infor partners with agenda topics in advance of meetings to solicit feedback and insight to share with Infor leadership. Once meetings have been completed, the council relays information, conclusions and decisions back to the partner network. By providing a direct line to decision-makers at Infor, the company empowers partners and gains key marketplace and industry insight. Bringing VARs together with Infor technology and sales leadership enables Infor to work in unison with partners to establish consistent global standards and share valuable information on product direction and sales strategy, helping boost channel sales and performance. The group will also help to recruit new partners with deep industry expertise and knowle
  • IBM investing $100 million in mobile research
    Mobile enterprise enablement With more business users relying on their cell phones, companies need a way to manage and easily deploy information to those devices. IBM’s new technology dubbed “BlueStar” is striving to automate the use of mobile phones and applications within a large enterprise… Emerging market mobility According to information that IBM obtained from Internet World Stats, 83 percent of the world still does not have regular Internet access through a computer. IBM Research has set up a pilot in southern Indian to help consumers and small business owners find and share Internet information via their cell phones. People in the program speak into their phones to grab content, so Web-enabled smartphones are not even needed. Enterprise to end-user mobile experience Here IBM wants to build a better relationship between the mobile user and the back end. By analyzing consumer and business habits, the mobile Web would get better at providing personalized content.
  • The Infor Blog: Expanding Payment Options for Customers
    our customers have asked us for it. Given the importance of preserving cash in the current environment, there is considerable advantage for customers in rolling-out new technology initiatives and business strategies in a way that lets them fund these programs over time. Many companies are using the downturn to put programs into place that will enable them to emerge as stronger, more competitive organizations—and our software is a large part of that.
  • Intel, Oracle, PayPal Back ID Technology Interop Group
    The Kantara Initiative, formed to promote interoperability among identity verification applications and services, launched on Wednesday with big-name backers like Oracle, Intel, eBay’s PayPal, AOL, CA, Novell, Fidelity Investments, Liberty Alliance, Boeing, Internet Society and British Telecom. Enterprise vendors, large companies and technology startups have in recent years developed a wide array of identity applications and services, creating a growing need to address this technology fragmentation, said Roger Sullivan, an Oracle executive who is president of the Liberty Alliance and of the Kantara Initiative.
  • Kantara Initiative: Shaping the Future of Global Identity
    Swahili for “bridge”; Arabic roots in “harmony” Kantara Initiative: Bridging and harmonizing the identity community with actions that will help ensure secure, identity-based, online interactions while preventing misuse of personal information so that networks will become privacy protecting and more natively trustworthy environments. Join us!
  • Official Google Enterprise Blog: What’s different with Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook
    [GOOGLE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THE ENTERPRISE!-DBM] For that reason, we worked to ensure that as many plug-ins as possible continue to work, like salesforce.com and WebEX. Unfortunately, some plug-ins don’t yet work with Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook, and we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight a few of the more common ones: * Microsoft Office Outlook Connector * Acrobat PDF Maker Toolbar * Outlook Change Notifier
  • E-City, First Super-Specialty Electronics Store in the Middle East, Uses Retail Solutions from SAP
    [The right way to implement SAP-DBM] The successful implementation of the SAP software was completed in only four months, with the support of a dedicated SAP task force.
  • SAP CEO Confirms Operating Margin Target
    German software company SAP AG’s (SAP) Chief Executive Leo Apotheker Wednesday confirmed the group’s 2009 operating margin goal, but said it was still too early to speak of a market recovery. SAP still hopes to attain an operating margin of between 24.5% and 25.5%, providing service related revenue declines not more than 1% this year, he said, on the sidelines of a press conference in Paris. Apotheker said it was still too early to speak of a market recovery at this stage. However, “Current market trends are better than in the past months,” he said.
  • SAP chief sees signs of improvement in sector
    Asked if he still banked on an upturn in 2010, Apotheker told reporters: “I think that, provided there is no further major shock, one would expect things to be a little better in 2010 than 2009.” Apotheker separately told Reuters Television SAP had no plans for a rights issue, while its job cuts programme was progressing and would be completed sooner than planned.
  • America’s Cup boat design shrouded in mystery
    The team’s design co-coordinator, Grant Simms, told CNN that the design would not be revealed until the latest possible point. “It’s quite unusual and we are trying to keep it a secret as long as we can. MainSail special Discover incredible super-yachts and get your sailing fix! Go to MainSail homepage » “We are hoping to stop our opponents from seeing it and reacting to it,” he said.
  • Oracle Buys Intellectual Property Assets of Conformia
    Today Oracle announced that it has acquired the intellectual property assets of Conformia Software. Conformia’s Product and Process Lifecycle Management (PPLM) software has unique capabilities for Life Sciences companies to manage drug design, development and transfer to production across Bio, Pharmaceutical and Chemical drug components. Oracle plans to integrate Conformia’s product and technology into Oracle Agile PLM solution to offer an end-to-end solution for managing drug development, packaging and commercialization. Oracle plans to provide integrations to Oracle applications, Oracle Health Sciences applications and 3rd party systems. This combination will enable Pharmaceutical and Bio-technology companies to accelerate innovation, meet regulatory objectives and improve productivity. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

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