Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-06-19

  • Jobs Had Liver Transplant
    Steve Jobs, who has been on medical leave from Apple Inc. since January to treat an undisclosed medical condition, received a liver transplant in Tennessee about two months ago. The chief executive has been recovering well and is expected to return to work on schedule later this month, though he may work part-time initially.
  • Trends: Vignette bets big on beta-SaaS
    Hosted beta testing may not be new. But it’s far from the norm. It’s an underutilized (to say the least) alternative to the usual “Go fly our kite in a storm and report back to us” type of beta testing. I think it could catch on bigtime, though, for many of the same reasons SaaS has gotten so much traction lately. Content management vendor Vignette, it turns out, is placing a major bet on “beta-SaaS.” The company says that ahead of the next major release of their flagship Vignette Content Management offering, beta customers will be able to take advantage of something called the Vignette Virtual Environment (VVE) Program (known in Austin as “the sandbox”). The company says that VVE will provides beta testers with virtualized instances of V-next running on a full technology stack, with a great deal of infrastructure already configured, so that testers can hit the ground running.
  • What’s to Come for Ariba?
    when I peer into my Spend Management crystal ball, I see three things based on my recent interactions, product analyses, customer discussions and channel checks. Down and dirty, here they are. First, Ariba’s solutions are in the process of emerging from a massive transition. Anyone who thinks they know them and who is not familiar with the new direction, capabilities and differentiation should take a seat in the corner. I’m suitably impressed in this regard and see big things for Ariba in regards to customer traction and product innovation in the coming year. This is not the Ariba we all knew 12 months ago. Or even 6 months ago for that matter.
  • Tech giants back ID interoperability project
    The project brings together more than 40 member organisations, and counts companies such as AOL, BT, CA, Intel, The Internet Society, Fidelity Investments, Novell, NRI, NTT, Oracle, PayPal and Sun on its board of trustees. Kantara was initially formed by organisations with a particular focus on identity, including The Internet Society, Libery Alliance, OpenLiberty.org and XDI.org.
  • Oracle seen posting quarterly profit decline
    Wall Street analysts expect Oracle /quotes/comstock/15*!orcl/quotes/nls/orcl (ORCL 20.62, +0.37, +1.83%) to post earnings, excluding one-time items, of 44 cents a share for the period ended in May, and $6.5 billion in revenue, according to data from Thomson Reuters. That compares to earnings, excluding one-time items, of 47 cents a share and $7.2 billion in revenue in the same period last year. Analysts also generally expect Oracle’s new software-license revenue to fall 24%. The new license number is a key metric for the company because it represents new sales to customers rather than providing maintenance for existing software. Oracle itself has said it expects new software license revenue to fall between 17% and 27% from the quarter last year.
  • Oracle: Morgan Stanley Ups Target; Sees “Solid” May Qtr
    Morgan Stanley software analyst Adam Holt this morning repeated his Buy rating on Oracle (ORCL), and raised his price target on the shares to $26, from $20. Holt sees a number of catalysts for the stock coming, including a “solid” earnings report for the fiscal fourth quarter ended May, the launch of the latest version of the company’s Fusion middleware, and the close of the Sun Microsystems (JAVA) acquisition in July. Holt says the Sun deal should add 15 cents a share to EPS in FY 2010. The analyst notes that at 12.8x times his calendar 2010 EPS estimate, ORCL shares trade for about a 25% discount to the Nasdaq Composite, “leaving multiple avenues for further price appreciation as earnings move higher through the summer.”
  • SaaS, On-Demand and Cloud ….shift happens..
    Although I do agree with Sikka’s comments; SAP has deep process and business intelligence from years of working with large enterprises and they can build a far superior On-Demand platform using that knowledge. The advantage of SAP is also there weakness (too much to chew) though and the reason it is taking them longer to deliver an On-Demand platform.
  • MySQL Founders Form Open Database Alliance
    “The Alliance also aims to unify all the different MySQL forks so that there is only one community-developed branch of MySQL instead of three or four as before,” Widenius said. Ed Boyajian, CEO of EnterpriseDB, supplier of a commercial implementation of the competing PostgreSQL open source database, said the formation of the group underscores a fracturing of the MySQL community. ”I think it’s a definition of a fractured community,” Boyajian said during an interview discussing his own company’s new Postgres Plus Advanced Server, launched this week. ”That process started with the Sun acquisition and the uncertainty around what happens with Oracle is accelerating, and guys like Monty want to protect the community of interest.”
  • HP and Red Hat Integrate SOA Tools
    The pact gives Red Hat a way to offer governance and policy management to its JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform, while it gives those that use HP’s SOA Systinet a lower cost enterprise service bus alternative for points within a SOA environment.
  • Sun’s Rock Doomed From Start, Analysts Say
    Rock may have gotten buried under the weight of its costs and high expectations, said Gordon Haff, principal IT adviser at Illuminata. Sun has refused to comment on Rock’s future, but Haff said that the report of its demise “certainly is a very believable rumor.”
  • Oracle kills Virtual Iron-ware
    In a letter to Virtual Iron’s sales partners, Oracle says it “will suspend development of existing Virtual Iron products and will suspend delivery of orders to new customers.” And in a second letter to a partner speaking with The Reg, the company says it will not allow partners to sell new licenses to anyone – including existing customers – after the end of this month (i.e. in 11 days). Before then, partners can only sell licenses to existing customers under certain conditions. “Until June 30, 2009, Oracle may approve granting add-on licenses to existing Virtual Iron end customers, or licensing end customers who had demo’d or otherwise evaluated the former Virtual Iron products and do not require further delivery,” the second letter reads.
  • Gosling: What’s Good for Google May Not Be Good for Java
    In a wide-ranging discussion with eWEEK, Java creator James Gosling sheds light on where he sees innovation in Java, the future of the platform, the legacy of Sun and the new Java Store, among a variety of other topics. In what Sun said was his only formal interview at what could have been the last JavaOne conference, Gosling sat down with eWEEK Senior Editor Darryl K. Taft to engage in an annual tete a tete, which this time proved to be both enlightening and emotional. In this segment, Part 1 of the two-part Q&A, Gosling takes Google to task, talks up the Java Store, and discusses OSGi and more.
  • Page 2 – Gosling: There Is Life for Java After Oracle-Sun Buyout
    There are 0 user comments on this Application Development story. Table of Contents: 1. Gosling: There Is Life for Java After Oracle-Sun Buyout 2. Adjusting to a New Culture Rate This Article: Poor Best E-mail Print PDF Version Gosling: There Is Life for Java After Oracle-Sun Buyout – Adjusting to a New Culture ( Page 2 of 2 ) A: Yeah, I’m hopeful. I mean it’s certainly plausible. It would certainly be interesting being a part of a software company. And they’re deep in all the technologies that we do. So they clearly care about this stuff. I could see it going all kinds of different ways. Q: But their history as a citizen of the Java ecosystem, how would you grade them? A: Colorfully.
  • Misunderstanding Magic Quadrants, MarketScopes, and More
    Sometimes you will also hear criticism that Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision do not matter as decision criteria for customers. I think the evaluation criteria within Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision give a well-rounded view of a vendor and its place in a particular market and that is really the point of a Magic Quadrant. A 2×2 matrix is a really convenient way of showing the relative comparison of vendors. However, there are actually a number of different ways we could choose to present the results based on how the scoring is actually done.
  • EDS’s David Gee on the spectrum of cloud and outsourcing options unfolding before IT architects
    We pose these and other “fluid sourcing” future questions to David Gee, Vice President of Marketing at EDS, in an interview by me, BriefingsDirect’s Dana Gardner. It comes as part of a special BriefingsDirect podcast series from the Hewlett-Packard Software Universe 2009 Conference in Las Vegas this week.
    With these releases Rule Team Server, ILOG’s collaboration environment, and its Microsoft Office editing tools will be shared across the Java and .NET development tools. The developer tools for Java remain in Eclipse and the .NET tools in Visual Studio but the web and Office-based tools are now shared. Rule projects are stored in a common repository across the three deployment options – Java, .NET and COBOL – and both the Java and .NET platforms can now deploy as Decision Services.
  • i2 Announces Software-as-a-Service for Fabless Companies
    i2 Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITWO) today announced the availability of i2 Planning On Demand, an integrated demand and supply planning software-as-a-service (SaaS) for growing fabless semiconductor companies. The solution is designed to allow fabless companies to dramatically increase forecast accuracy and customer delivery performance while optimizing investments in inventory.
  • Progress Software Net Falls 52% Amid Dollar, Revenue Weakness
    Still, the business-software maker boosted its diminished fiscal-year earnings forecast slightly as it projected earnings this quarter below analysts’ estimates. While reiterating its sales view, Progress projected fiscal-year earnings of $1.72 to $1.81 a share, compared with March’s once-again reduced view of $1.70 to $1.80. For the third quarter, it projected earnings of 38 cents to 41 cents a share on revenue of $120 million to $123 million. Wall Street was expecting 42 cents on $122 million, according to a survey of analysts by Thomson Reuters.
  • Fifty Tech Startups You Should Know
    BusinessWeek and market researcher YouNoodle have teamed up to identify 50 tech startups flying under the radar. Our list includes fledgling tech companies—most started in 2005 and later—from the U.S., China, India, Israel, and Russia that are attracting some early buzz and are poised to grow beyond their regional or niche-market origins.
  • IT Bill of Rights – An Open Letter to the Global Technology Services Community
    On this day, the 19th of January in the year 2009, we in the field of information technology services set forth a new set of standards by which clients and service providers shall interact to form unmistakable and mutually beneficial partnerships. Under this global declaration all clients of IT services and outsourcing firms shall have:
  • Salesforce.com Updates Mobile CRM for iPhone
    As soon as you heard Apple (News – Alert) was updating its iPhone software you knew what was coming next — and sure enough: Salesforce.com officials say the Salesforce CRM Mobile application has been updated to “take full advantage of the new iPhone (News – Alert) 3.0 OS software,” giving customers features including the ability to cut, paste and copy, clone records, create custom filters and manage tasks using a new calendar interface.”
  • SuccessFactors Announces SuccessGold: New Customer Support Offering Tailored for Medium-Sized Businesses
    SuccessGold includes all of the benefits of SuccessStandard plus: * Planning and alignment around a customer’s HCM calendar and peak use periods to ensure maximum preparation and effectiveness of the customer support team; * Ongoing focus, oversight, and administration of the support experience by a support account manager who will ensure all cases are handled effectively; and, * Personal orientation to the Customer Success team, which includes an overview of CS, best practices for customer support, and a preview of available online knowledge and training resources to help them be most successful.
  • Salesforce.com: Customer relationship software on demand is in demand
    Stock Analysis: Salesforce.com is a moderate-risk stock. Consider buying a 25% position in CRM now then buy another 25% in three months, if U.S. and global economic conditions don’t worsen substantially. Under any circumstance, don’t buy more than 50% of your CRM position before October 2009. Sell/Stop Loss if you were to buy shares in this company: $17.
  • SalesForce.com pitches cloud computing in Microsoft territory
    Salesforce.com was in Seattle on Thursday promoting its cloud-computing product ahead of Microsoft’s anticipated announcements this summer about its competing product Azure. Chief Executive Mark Benioff gave a speech at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Seattle to customers in an event called CloudForce, which is touring the globe.
  • EnterpriseDB revs Postgres database
    Hopefully EnterpriseDB won’t take Oracle compatibility too far and develop a sudden urge to take over the world or buy a big yacht.
  • Constant Contact
    By 2004, the company changed their name to Constant Contact and in October 2007 completed its initial public offering. Today, the company has over 150,000 worldwide clients that depend on its Web-based email marketing service to communicate with their customers. Reflecting on her years as CEO Goodman said, “My most rewarding business moment … was reaching 100,000 customers and having a really fun party.” And “my scariest business moment … happened in summer 2001 with less than one payroll in the bank, writing the shutdown plan. It was just a very dark week or two.”

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