Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-06-30

Catching up on about a week’s worth of news in this one posting …

  • Is salesforce.com Really a Terrible Stock?
    To get a better idea of why salesforce is so unloved, let’s take a look at how it stacks up against other companies in the software space.
  • MapReduce: Simplified Data Processing on Large Clusters
    MapReduce is a programming model and an associated implementation for processing and generating large data sets. Users specify a map function that processes a key/value pair to generate a set of intermediate key/value pairs, and a reduce function that merges all intermediate values associated with the same intermediate key. Many real world tasks are expressible in this model, as shown in the paper.
  • ORACLE Corporation, et al., Plaintiffs, v. SAP AG, et al., Defendants
    Order Granting Defendants Motion to Compel Discovery … No later than June 29, 2009, Plaintiffs shall confirm in writing that they have produced all inter-Oracle entity agreements relating to the acquisition, assignment, or transfer of the Registered Works located after a diligent search of all locations at which such materials might plausibly exist.
  • Oracle PLM, ID management are target technologies for new program
    Under the proposal, first reported by SearchITChannel.com in May, qualified resellers that gear up on specialties such as Agile product lifecycle management, supply chain management or complex parts of Oracle’s middleware stack will be the go-to reps for those technologies. “We take a fair amount of investment from partners in terms of pre-sales and advanced sales expertise and you’ll see us recognize partners who specialize and we will drive more marketing through and to those partners,” said Judson Altoff, senior vice president of worldwide alliances and channels for Oracle Corp.
  • Oracle launches $4.5 bln 3-part debt sale
    [To buy SFDC?-DBM] Oracle Corp (ORCL.O), the world’s third-largest software maker, launched a three-part debt sale on Tuesday, according to IFR, a Thomson Reuters service. The sale includes $1.5 billion of five-year notes launched at 120 basis points more than U.S. Treasuries, $1.75 billion of 10-year notes launched at 155 basis points more than Treasuries, and $1.25 billion 30-year bonds launched at 185 basis points over Treasuries, said IFR.
  • Oracle OpenWorld 2009 Vote-a-Session
    Browse the list of proposals sorted by popularity (we don’t show the exact number of votes and sort items randomly within each page to avoid giving any one item too much of an advantage).
  • Outsourcing: The Demise of the Offshore Captive Center
    But today, those offshore captive centers have become drain on many of the companies that created them—so much so that some organizations are desperate to divest themselves of their offshore units. In October 2008, financial services leviathan Citi announced a deal to unload its offshore business process outsourcing center to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Citi made a similar move last month when it sold its captive Indian IT services unit to Wipro. Also in May, outsourcer Capita Group snapped up a 600-person captive center owned by insurer AXA. And earlier this year, the Economic Times of India reported that IBM and Infosys were bidding on Fidelity’s offshore back office operations.
  • Satyam’s new team may renegotiate $80-m FIFA deal
    The pressure to trim costs at the beleaguered IT firm has triggered this move, said a senior official privy to the development. According to him, the company reckons the contract would not be a profitable one, as Satyam has to spend a sizeable amount on branding. According to the agreement, FIFAWorld Cup as the IT firm is one of the sponsors. This sponsorship works out to be expensive for Satyam. “Our current scenario necessitates frugal financial management and we will continue to explore all possible means to address this situation,” said CP Gurnani, the new CEO of Mahindra Satyam. But FIFA did not reply to an e-mail sent by ET last week.
    will pay Satyam for the IT that it renders. At the same time, FIFA will display the Satyam brand across all platforms during the
  • Applied Materials shifts IT support from Satyam to IBM
    Applied Materials would seem to have cancelled its 2007, five-year US$200 million IT application development, maintenance, and support (ADMS) contract with Indian based, Satyam Computer Services and signed a new five-year contract with IBM, for an undisclosed sum. Satyam had been struggling to retain major customers after a major corporate fraud case accused former executives of overstating revenue figures and other corporate governance alleged failings.
  • Top-level changes at Mahindra Satyam
    Key aspects of the new organisational design include integrating sales and delivery into a ‘two-in-a-box’ collaborative model, strengthening industry verticals, regional focus, competency groups, aligning business consulting capabilities and rationalising support functions into logical groups. The new structure aims at simplifying the organisation design in line with the proposed business plans and eliminates duplication in roles.
  • The Right Way to Handle Partner Business Using Salesforce.com
    If your partner already uses Salesforce, you can use a feature called Salesforce-to-Salesforce to share data in a systematic and continuous way. This is the über-cool solution, because it provides transparency and real-time updates for shared records. If your partner uses a different SFA (Sales Force Automation) system or if he or she is unwilling to integrate with your company through Salesforce-to-Salesforce, you can’t expect members of the partner organization to log in to your company’s Salesforce instance.You’ll need to have some sort of a partner portal to address this issue.
  • Secret of Googlenomics: Data-Fueled Recipe Brews Profitability
    The across-the-board emphasis on engineering, mathematical formulas, and data-mining has made Google a new kind of company. But to fully understand why, you have to go back and look under AdWords’ hood.
  • How 22% Annual Fees For You Equals 51% Operating Margins For Oracle
    And finally, will customers who’ve spent the past 12 months having their budgetary backsides reshaped with an industrial belt-sander continue to accept the value exchange with Oracle that has, quite clearly, worked very well for both parties for many, many years? In the new and different economic reality that’s likely to emerge over the next few years, will those customers be willing to do business as usual with Oracle, when in fact they and the global recession have forced almost every other IT vendor/partner to alter long-standing terms and conditions, no matter how sacrosanct those at one time appeared to be?
  • No bail for Satyam auditors: HC
    Justice GV Seethapathy in his 26-page judgment observed that the auditors were appointed on behalf of the shareholders to check the accounts of the company. On the contrary, they colluded with the management. The court also felt that there is material evidence against the two auditors, who represent Price Waterhouse, for their involvement in the scam.
  • UK’s Lloyds banks on Wipro, TCS staff
    The bank, which has over 400 employees in its IT department, is learnt to be considering replacing over 80% of its IT workforce with those from India. “We continue to outsource areas of IT work to companies based overseas. At any one time, some of the staff from these companies will be based in the UK to deliver aspects of our IT projects which is standard industry practice, “ said a Lloyds spokeswoman over email. She added that the number of staff from overseas companies working with Lloyds in the UK varied depending on the projects underway and the skills required. TCS declined to comment since it was in the midst of its silent period while Wipro refrained from comemnting on “market speculation.”
  • We didn’t audit Satyam: PwC
    The questioning of Ramesh Rajan, chairman and CEO of PricewaterhouseCoopers, India (PwC) by CBI last week, has revealed that the Satyam balance sheets were in fact audited by Lovelock & Lewes and not Price Waterhouse (PW). It is also learnt that the auditing fees, though deposited in the name of Price Waterhouse, Bangalore, was later transferred into the account of Lovelock & Lewes. “It is from here that the partners S Gopalakrishnan and Srinivas Talluri withdrew the money,” sources involved in the investigation of the case told TOI.
  • Restructuring dampens work spirit at Mahindra Satyam
    While the reality of the ‘virtual pool’ is sinking in gradually, the simultaneous reshuflle at Mahindra Satyam is scaring them. “The reorganisation is very aggressive and the parameters are not clear,’’ said one associate who operates from the Infocity campus. “There is no excitement at the office for the last two or three weeks,’’ he said. There are reasons for this despondency. He has seen a team handling a vertical dismantled. “There were two seniors at the helm of affairs and one of them has been asked to leave,’’ he said about the changes. Only last week, Mahindra Satyam had brought the roles of about 70 to 80 senior leaders under the scanner.
  • Salesforce CEO downplays chatter of sale to Oracle
    “He calls me. I call him,” Benioff said. “I respect him. You have to bow to him. He is incredible.”
  • Human Resource Executive Online
    Talent management suite vendor SuccessFactors split its usually lavish user conference into a more Spartan three-city road show in June that was free to customers! Each was a launching pad for its new application, Employee Central, which — by integrating official record-keeping into the suite — sets a collision course with HRMS vendors.
  • NetSuite Takes It to SAP
    More than 50 multinationals and early-adopting German companies already deploy NetSuite’s OneWorld service in Germany, customizing the existing software code to handle accounting tasks specific to that country. But now, these companies can run deep audit trails, and account for such things as value-added taxes, on software that has been certified by the German public accounting board. And they can do so without lots of customization. Companies that eliminate on-site computer systems and shift their business software functions to NetSuite’s “cloud” can cut their operational and capital expenses in the process, Nelson says.
  • Oracle reports record margin despite falling sales
    [UNSUSTAINABLE-Customers won’t stand for it!-DBM] Computing giant Oracle managed to produce a record operating margin in its most recent financial quarter, despite the fact that revenues fell to $6.9 billion, down 5% compared to the same quarter of last year.
  • Considerations on Oracle RDW vs RDM
    Why ORDW? Why ORDM? For me there are several great benefits of still having RDW implemented: 1. It uses a clean, easier, Kimball’s like approach for the data model design, which makes it easy to understand and extend it, in the future, to support other missing retail areas. Since RDW is not perfect, it doesn’t have, vanilla, data marts for some of the operational areas that exist inside the operational applications of the Oracle Retail suite. Using this design paradigm, it is somehow easy to design a new sub model and an ETL interface to accomplish it.
  • Angel Funding watchword … Patience
    The key takeaways from the conversation may not be surprising, but they are a good reminder to the state of the market: * Embrace Patience – if you are an entrepreneur, you must embrace patience. Uncertainty in market liquidity and valuations mean that while you may get early financing, later rounds taken in the next year or two will be very dillutive, if available at all. Hence, you had better have enough money to last 2 years, or a clear path to break-even. * Structural issues constrain venture financing – With 50+ companies with 100MM+ in revenue unable to IPO and in desperate need of outside capital to continue to grow, let alone operate, the investor community is impacted… * Valuations take a big haircut – The environment, as described above, has easily shaved valuations by 50% from a year ago… … For those interested, I have made the audio available for your listening pleasure here.
  • Red Hat Reports First Quarter Results
    Total revenue for the quarter was $174.4 million, an increase of 11% from the year ago quarter. Subscription revenue for the quarter was $148.8 million, up 14% year-over-year. … GAAP operating income for the first quarter was $25.1 million, or a 14.4% operating margin. After adjusting for stock compensation and amortization expenses as detailed in the tables below, non-GAAP operating income for the first quarter was $40.7 million, up 19% year-over-year. Non-GAAP operating margin was 23.4%, up 160 basis points from the year ago quarter. Net income for the quarter was $18.5 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared with $17.3 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the year ago quarter. Non-GAAP net income for the quarter was $28.7 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, after adjusting for stock compensation and amortization expenses as detailed in the tables below, as compared to $26.0 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, in the year ago quarter. Operating cash flow totaled $61.2
  • Red Hat Numbers Up in Crummy Economy
    It attributes its results to being cheaper than proprietary kit, particularly in this economy.
  • Is Execution More Important than Vision?
    Is it i2, PeopleSoft or Siebel that ended up reaping top dog rewards for creating the software that now runs every single large company? Nope. It’s SAP—a company great at applications but horrible at underlying technology—and Oracle—a company great at technology but horrible at applications.
  • The Reality of Real Time Hits Real Hard
    Benioff recounted attending meetings with chief information officers who all refused to believe that Twitter represents anything significant; they don’t have accounts themselves because “it’s not their generation.” Benioff’s response? He types the name of their company into Twitter search and shows that they’re missing out on a huge part of the conversation.
  • Palm Pre App Catalog Hits 1M Downloads…And The Fun’s Just Begun
    Palm plans to release the SDK by the end of summer, but until then, it’s up to the company who can and who cannot build Pre apps for distribution via App Catalog. Also developers who sign Palm’s Mojo SDK non-disclosure agreement (NDS) can’t talk about the SDK to anyone. They can’t share feedback or best practices.
  • Zach Nelson
    By Larry Ellison When it comes to the software-as-a-service (SaaS) market, Stanford graduate Zach Nelson is the smartest guy in the room, as well as one of the most experienced…In short, I respect Zach Nelson’s capabilities so much that I hired him twice. You can’t say that about many people.
  • The Economics of SaaS
    Similarly, when the project is scaled up from 500 users to 2,500 and 5,000 users, SaaS was only 3% to 6% cheaper than an on-premise alternative.
  • Structure 09: SAP Aims to Glue Together the Hybrid Enterprise Cloud
    SAP, not exactly an early cloud adopter, thinks cloud computing will factor significantly into large-scale computing services, said SAP CTO Vishal Sikka in conversation with GigaOM’s Stacey Higginbotham at the Structure 09 conference in San Francisco today. But that doesn’t mean enterprise services of the future will be any simpler, said Sikka. … Even with pervasive electricity, Sikka pointed out, people still carry around batteries. Not for any lack of electricity, but because some things are always local, and some things are better shared. Video of the chat is here:
  • Wipro to slash variable pay by half
    To cut costs further, Wipro Technologies, India’s third largest information technology services provider, is understood to have effected a 50 per cent cut in the variable pay of a certain band of employees who are not billable (on the bench) for at least 60 days in a quarter.
  • Rejig at Mahindra Satyam likely on Mon
    Mahindra Satyam, the rebranded IT services firm (earlier Satyam Computer Services), is set for a major organisational restructuring after the new CEO C P Gurnani took over this week. The new structure, expected to be announced by the company on Monday, aims at introducing more agility in decision making by tightly integrating various verticals, delivery units and sales units within the company, a highly-placed source told Business Standard.
  • Ingres Benefits From Oracle-Related Angst
    “There is a limited number of open-source DBMSes with significant customer bases,” Monash said. “Of those, I would say that for transaction processing up to a certain volume and complexity, Ingres is the most proven.”
  • Oracle hits glitch in Sun Micro deal
    According to one person familiar with its preliminary investigation, the Department of Justice has focused heavily on the central part the Java plays in supporting a wide ecosystem of competing technology companies. Oracle
    has said that it would not do anything to disrupt that ecosystem, since to do so would mean weakening the broad industry support for the software, which is Java’s greatest asset.
  • Marc Benioff on the Key to Salesforce’s Success and the Move to Real-Time
    Although Benioff wouldn’t definitively say that the rise of cloud computing has wiped out software, he noted that companies are making the move toward the cloud because its cheaper, elastic, and runs more efficiently. “When you talk to these CEOs, they’re looking to reduce cost and reduce risk,” he said. “When we’ve looked at recent large transactions that we’ve done, a lot of those were driven around speed, low risk, and customers needed an immediate return.” Video of the keynote is here:
  • Should You Buy TIBCO Today? (TIBX)
    The just-reported second quarter saw sales of $142.7 million and GAAP earnings of $0.06 per diluted share. Adjusting for currency changes, that’s 1% of year-over-year revenue growth and triple the net income per share. TIBCO closed 11 million-dollar contract deals this quarter, following 11 such megadeals last quarter and only seven a year ago. Seventy-seven closings in the $100,000 to $1 million range improved considerably on last quarter’s 55 midsized signings and stayed close to the year-ago quarter’s 84 such deals. New customers include massive operations like energy giant Chevron (NYSE: CVX) and Liberty Media Interactive’s (Nasdaq: LINTA) QVC home shopping network.
  • Benioff, High Priest of SaaS, Snipes Back at Oracle
    “Only six months ago, he said the cloud was ridiculous and made some caustic remarks, which is so unlike him,” Benioff joked to Om Malik, founder of the GigaOm Network and host here at the Structure 09 conference, where the two were chatting.
  • Why Enterprises Don’t Like SaaS
    even Salesforce.com, which is religious about being pure cloud, has deployed on-premise when the customer is big enough. But saying so ruins a good story.
  • Microsoft SharePoint vs. Enterprise 2.0 Start-ups
    Microsoft is turning social collaboration into a commodity pretty quickly,” says Oliver Young, a senior analyst at Forrester who follows the Enterprise 2.0 market. “Social collaboration through an app like SharePoint is a given, since so many companies already have SharePoint. They can leverage social features at no or very little extra cost.”
  • Justice Department Extends Probe of Oracle-Sun Deal
    “I fully expect that the investigation will end soon and not delay the closing of the deal this summer,” said Daniel Wall, an attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP in San Francisco who represents Oracle, in the statement. “We’ve had a very good dialogue with the Department of Justice and we were almost able to resolve everything” before the deadline, he said. “All that’s left is one narrow issue about the way rights to Java are licensed that is never going to get in the way of the deal,” Mr. Wall said. News of the investigation’s extension was reported earlier by Reuters.
  • Oracle Issued the Following Statement
    “We’ve had a very good dialogue with the Department of Justice and we were almost able to resolve everything before the Second Request deadline. All that’s left is one narrow issue about the way rights to Java are licensed that is never going to get in the way of the deal. I fully expect that the investigation will end soon and not delay the closing of the deal this summer.”
  • Red Hat: Bad economy is good for open source
    Repeatedly asked on the earnings call about competition from Oracle, Red Hat executives took turns dismissing Oracle‘s Solaris (“When customers decide to jump from Solaris they go straight to Linux, skipping OpenSolaris“) and Oracle’s Linux strategy (“We’ve yet to lose a major customer over the last year to Oracle’s Linux offering. The only one to leave Red Hat in the past couple of years is Oracle itself.”). Indeed, though Red Hat’s JBoss business is growing much faster than RHEL, Red Hat seems devoutly focused to RHEL’s staying power in a bad economy. The reason is financial: JBoss, as Whitehurst noted, often requires a significant upfront integration cost, which makes it less palatable for CIOs looking for short-term cost savings. RHEL, on the other hand, offers immediate, short-term gains. Even so, Whitehurst was quick to point out that JBoss will continue to grow faster than RHEL, and that it, along with other Red Hat technology like Qumranet’s virtualization products, helps posi
  • HP streamlines finance management with new offering
    Realizing the need for IT divisions to efficiently manage their finances, global IT provider HP recently expanded its IT Financial Management suite to include HP Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A), a solution for CIOs to “run IT like a business.” The new offering, HP said, combines a financial planning and analysis capability linked to a financial data model, consolidating financial information from project, asset and configuration management systems, as well as enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.
  • SAP FUD: Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt — and Truth Bending
    Software revenue was down by a full third, dwarfing even the drop that Oracle saw. Subscription and other service revenue was actually up by 27 percent, but that was only an increase from $56 million to $71 million compared to the $204 million drop in software sales. Even if Oracle wanted to claim that customers were switching to a service-based model, they clearly weren’t doing so at anywhere near the pace of the purchasing plunge. Training revenue was down by 31 percent, professional service revenue by nine percent. The only thing that was up, and the only thing that helped keep the overall revenue number from looking worse, was an 18 percent increase in support revenue. Had service revenue even stayed flat, SAP revenue would have been down by 10.4 percent year over year.
  • Oracle spinning its numbers a tad too much?
    # The year ends are five months apart # The economy has been changing over time # Currency rates are volatile: Oracle reports in US dollars, SAP reports in Euros # Each company makes slightly different assumptions about the way they report # Trying to get behind the figures is never easy – claim and counter claim abound. Whenever Oracle takes a pop at SAP, SAP comes back saying it is seeing no real evidence or that reported Oracle wins are in small subsidiaries.
  • Oracle Lying About SAP
    Here’s the numbers form the last quarter in USD: Q4 Americas: SAP: -30% Oracle: -25% EMEA: SAP: -29% Oracle: -11% APAC: SAP: -47% Oracle: -11% And in constant currency: Americas: SAP: -35% Oracle -22% EMEA: SAP: -27% Oracle: 5% APAC: SAP: -50% Oracle -4%
  • Oracle Continues Shift Toward On-Demand Software
    Oracle’s on-demand business is now worth about three quarters of a billion dollars, while the leading on-demand company, Salesforce.com’s annual revenue was $1.077 billion. Ellison also said in the call that Oracle’s goal is to be the number one on-premise application company and the number one on-demand application company.
  • Sybase Wins Best Enterprise Data Management Award
    Sybase, Inc. (NYSE: SY), an industry leader in delivering enterprise and mobile software, today announced that the readers of Waters magazineEnterprise Data Management Vendor.” Sybase
    voted the company “Best received the highest percentage of the readers’ votes to win the category for the second year in a row. The recognition of Sybase was part of the 2009 Waters Rankings, an industry-respected award where the winners are chosen by the qualified readers of Waters magazine, a financial IT publication with a circulation of over 10,000.
  • Satyam case: US accounts under lens
    The CBI now investigating diversion of Satyam funds abroad have identified three “suspicious” foreign bank accounts in the US which are held in the name of three different individuals. About Rs 60 crore belonging to Satyam were channelised into the accounts that stand in the name of these three non Indian persons.
  • NetSuite Tees Up ERP Financial Planning Module
    Teams with Adaptive Planning NetSuite Inc., a leading vendor of on-demand, integrated business software suites for mid-market businesses and divisions of large companies, has announced plans to offer a new Financial Planning module to complement NetSuite’s leading on-demand accounting / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Ecommerce capabilities. Here’s a look at their slide deck:
  • Structure ’09 Panel: From Dataspaces To Databases
    # RDBMS are dumb about disks # People who use databases should rethink how they use databases # Ease of use is important. Adding capacity should be about adding commodity boxes # Scalability means scale out and scale in. Systems should be able to support it # Having the right software for the cloud is important # Facebook‘s largest cluster has 160 nodes # Before putting your data inside these systems, think if it is ok to do it # The bottleneck for distributed applications is the network # Use software in a smart way to overcome the network bottleneck
  • SAP to Stick to Software, Says CEO
    “Henning has an infinite amount of patience,” he says. “I do not.”
  • Salesforce.com’s Marc Benioff: The future of computing looks like Twitter
    “Any concept of batch or delay in development or execution, I think, will not be tolerated by customers anymore,” Benioff said. “Even in development, customers are demanding now that they want to be able to build in that sandbox and deploy immediately, instantly, no delay.” Many companies haven’t realized this is where things are headed, he said. Benioff recounted attending meetings with chief information officers who all refused to believe that Twitter represents anything significant; they don’t have accounts themselves because “it’s not their generation.” Benioff’s response? He types the name of their company into Twitter search and shows that they’re missing out on a huge part of the conversation.
  • When to Implement BI in the Cloud
    From a BI perspective, all three incarnations of the cloud offer interesting possibilities, but come with constraints.
  • Oracle Lying About SAP
    Oracle held its own in database and middleware revenues, where it doesn’t compete with SAP, but in applications, where it does go head to head with the business applications vendor, new license sales declined almost 20 percent and total applications, including support and license updates, declined by 9 percent. It was able to make up some of that ground thanks to twelve percent growth in license updates and product support for middleware and databases. [How much did SAP’s new license revenue decline?-DBM]
  • Oracle CEO Ellison Changes Tack On Cloud Computing
    Ellison’s remark underscores the recognition that cloud computing will likely play an increasingly important role in corporate computing. Companies like Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM) and Netsuite Inc. (N) have begun offering software that they host on their own servers and which customers access via the Internet. Similarly, online retailer Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), is allowing companies to pay for computing power on a per usage basis. Those products challenge incumbent software makers, many of which, like Oracle, have been testing the water with some online products. Oracle’s chief executive indicated that he viewed such companies as potential competition to his own software giant. In particular, he referenced Salesforce.com, the largest company that makes only on-demand software. “We think we can be very competitive against Salesforce.com,” Ellison said. “Virtually every time we compete with them on large deals and with large customers we win and in some cases replace them.”
  • Corporate Whispers and Monthly Market Trends: Software vendor and system integrators trends
    * Ratios of new license to maintenance revenues shift from 1:2 to 1:4 and in some cases 1:5. Enterprise software vendors now in a better position to convert perpetual business models to subscription business models. Do they have the guts and board approval? * Enterprise software vendors slowly adopting Web 2.0 and consumer tech innovations. Look for improved developments from IBM WebSphere, Microsoft .NET, Oracle Fusion Middleware in the next 6 to 12 months * New Stack Wars will focus on PaaS (Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure Services Platform, Google App Engine, NetSuite Business Operating System, Sales Force Force.com platform) vs On-Premise (HP, IBM WebSphere, Microsoft .NET, Oracle Fusion Middleware,) vs Open Source Stacks (BitRock, Covalent, Novell, OpenLogic, Optaraos, Red Hat & JBoss, rPath, Simula Labs, SourceLabs, SpikeSource, Unisys, Virtuas, and Zend.)
  • Oracle Announces Availability of Oracle® Real-Time Decisions Release 3.0
    Powerful Automated Decision Management At the core of Oracle Real-Time Decisions is its Decision Framework which allows business users to implement highly differentiated and targeted enterprise “Decisions.” With Oracle Real-Time Decisions Release 3.0, the Decision Framework introduces the following enhancements: Composite Decisions… Batch Processing… Improved Rule Expressivity… Additionally, this latest release features major enhancements to Oracle Real-Time Decisions Base Application. The Base Application provides a library of pre-configured components, helps speed implementation and maximizes the Return on Investment of product implementations. New features include: Templates for Enterprise Decision Management… A library of reusable, high-value Decision Patterns… Platform Available Standalone, Integrated with Oracle Applications A component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, the highly scalable Oracle Real-Time Decisions Platform is available as a standalone solution for integra
  • Q&A: Andrew McAfee, who coined “Enterprise 2.0,” on What’s Next
    Web 2.0 apps such as blogs, wikis and social networks have come a long way inside businesses for the purposes of collaboration since Harvard Business School professor Andrew McAfee coined the term “Enterprise 2.0” a few years ago. In fact, McAfee says, IT still sometimes underestimates their collaboration power and overthinks the security fears.
  • Clara Shih
    By Marc Benioff When Facebook first launched its platform and APIs, developers clamored to build consumer applications, such as playing Scrabble, sharing photos, and “super-poking.” Clara changed this when over a few days she developed Faceconnector (formerly Faceforce), the first enterprise social networking mashup that pulls Facebook profile and friend data real-time into Salesforce CRM. Clara had the vision that the next generation of enterprise software won’t be about software at all. It will be about people and relationships, and social networking sites by design are all about relationships. Clara’s breakthrough idea was that using Facebook, business professionals could get to know the person behind the name and title, and thereby build a larger number of richer, more personal, and longer-lasting business relationships with customers, prospects, business partners, and colleagues.
  • The Future of Enterprise Software: What’s The Fully Loaded Cost of Software Delivery by Platform?
    “Traditional legacy applications such as Oracle or SAP have a fully loaded cost of delivery of $1,000-$1,500 per user per month. Several years ago, Oracle On Demand got that cost down to $50-$100, whether it was Oracle-hosted or customer-hosted. Salesforce.com has squeezed that cost down even more to $7-$10, though admittedly just for the much lighter-weight CRM portion of the suite.”
  • Let the market speak
    But even there be it would be nice to have customers vote for features with their dollars, as they will in the iPhone App Store.
  • Google Has No Plans to Offer Salesforce.com-Style Enterprise Apps, Exec Says
    I think it’s going to be different. I think it has to be different, honestly, because I don’t think we’re going to be in a situation where everyone is going to run everything in one cloud. Quite frankly, every vendor has a different take on things. For example, we’re never going to be as good at CRM as Salesforce.com. A lot of their platform is oriented around how you build business applications centered around CRM. We need to interoperate with them. We’re going to be much, much stronger at collaboration than a lot of other vendors that are out there.
  • Rivals Move To Flag IBM As Anticompetitive In Mainframes
    The CCIA now has added encouragement from a tiny firm backed by IBM rival Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), which has lodged an antitrust complaint in Europe, while pressing a related lawsuit in federal court in New York and sounding out U.S. regulators. T3 Technologies Inc. argues that IBM unfairly has sewn up the market for mainframes, the powerful machines relied upon by virtually every Fortune 500 company to crunch data.
  • Ingres: An Open Source Rival to Oracle
    Ingres and MySQL are the main open-source alternatives to Oracle in the database software market. Now that Oracle is buying Sun Microsystems, which owns MySQL, you’ve got to figure that Oracle will starve MySQL once it owns it—eliminating what had until now been a potent rival in the Web site market. Ingres is emerging as the last bastion of opposition within the open source world.


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