Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-07-02

  • Sass? We’re too busy making ERP work
    Kimberling reckons that discounts are heading 20% north of what’s usually possible.
  • Java Centric Look At The New Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g
    # Oracle developer community continues to be very wary of Java. Oracle seems to be addressing this by keeping Java in the background and hidden away. I am amazed at how many ADF based Java web development sessionsJDeveloper even has an application template called “Fusion Web Application”. The description talks of various ADF elements that will be used in the app but there’s no reference to Java, although the app that actually gets built is very much a Java web app. # “Click, drag, drop, minor tweaks and you are done” seems to be the marketing line of 11g. # JDeveloper has not moved much as regards being a Java developer tool. Most of JDev team’s time seems to have gone into making it a better tool for Oracle products’ centric development. So while JDeveloper has improved Weblogic, SOA, BPEL and ADF capabilites. It does not have support worth mentioning for many recent Java development trends.
    I have seen in which not one line of Java code was shown.
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Launched!
    A unified Business Process Platform with which to orchestrate humans, applications, and information into processes that can be monitored and optimized in real time, and providing a common Enterprise Portal through which people can find the Enterprise resources they need, to share them with others through personal productivity and social computing tools [Now where have I heard “Business Process Platform” before?-DBM]
  • Can Sears Help OpenID Go Mainstream?
    OpenID is reaching the tipping point.
  • Improving information technology architecture
    City planners try to preserve viable old assets, to replace outmoded assets, and to add new assets—all in the context of an infrastructure linking them coherently. IT developers have a good deal to learn from that approach.
  • Marc Andreessen’s Picks
    [Map-Reduce plug…-DBM]
  • Don’t Buy Unless You Try
    “At Siebel, we would never, ever, ever let a customer take a look at the software. No way. Not ever.”
  • Some Cloud Computing Moves By Big Open Source Vendors
    The cost effectiveness of Open Source when added on top of the cost savings offered by the Cloud infrastructure has the potential to disrupt IT in the enterprises. It is time for CIOs to take a hard look at this combo.
  • The Success of Enterprise Software – 2009
    The following survey aims to capture the views of enterprise software vendors and their buyers on the definition, expectations, and achievement of success with enterprise software. Your input will help the software industry improve its products and practices. The survey will take only 2-3 minutes and your answers will be kept completely confidential. Thank you in advance for your participation.
  • Innovation in Business Practices: Part of the Oracle Culture | The Sales 2.0 Advocate
    Anneke Seley was the twelfth Oracle employee and the designer of the company’s revolutionary phone sales operation that is now called OracleDirect. She helped to organize Oracle’s first user conferences, which were the predecessor events to Oracle OpenWorld. Currently, she is the CEO and founder of Phone Works, a sales strategy and implementation consultancy that specializes in helping companies incorporate phone and Web selling into their sales models. Seley is also the coauthor of a new book, Sales 2.0: Improve Business Results Using Innovative Sales Practices and Technology (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).
  • Oracle Launches Fusion Middleware 11g
    The bottom line – Oracle raises the stakes in the stack wars with IBM and showcases its middleware foundation for Fusion Apps
  • Oracle closes in on ‘any’-ware with debut of middleware behemoth 11g suites family
    Oracle has sewn up its field brilliantly via its organic and aquisitions-fueled growth of the past decade. With Sun and its ID management, file system/directory, storage, Solaris community, and speedy silicon, the path to cloud seems inevitable and closer than most thought for Oracle. Incidentally, control of Java is more a strategic weapon than an enabler. Oracle still needs more total governance (don’t we all!), a PaaS play, and a whole lot of globally established and cutting edge, cloud-delivery data centers in place humming along. Oh, and the transition from a licensed to subscription commodity services business models won’t be any much easier for Oracle than Microsoft. Has to be done, however.
  • The Startup Funding Gap – from Angel to VC
    “Generally, angels today want to invest in companies where they can get their money back in 3 to 5 years. That precludes traditional Venture Capital funds. Angels prefer companies they can finance themselves all the way to exit. A couple of years ago, I would have said that angel funding topped out around $1 or 2 million per company. In the last couple of years I’ve seen quite a few companies that have raised over $5 million from angels. In summary, I think angels prefer to find companies that will require a million or two to fund to exit, but now with syndication between angel groups, the upper end of the range is now $5 to 10 million. The most important thing is alignment on a realistic exit strategy before you approach the angels”.
  • OracleTowers
    [A little more photoshopping could have put Safra in for Liv and Thomas Kurian for Vigo, show 2 Oracle buildings, but cute nonetheless-DBM] In the shadow of the Oracle Towers, Oracle unleashes 11g middleware on the hapless enterprise software citizens of middle earth.
  • SAP facing pressure from Oracle and Netsuite
    SAP has been promising to come out with Business ByDesign which has had its own share of issues. So, in a sense, SAP is late on the SaaS bandwagon, which companies like Salesforce.com have built to a big market at least in niche areas like CRM. Now, the time to do the same for BI and ERP is ripe. There is also huge market for the Open Source ERP players at this moment, who are are also growing. We will cover these players in another post.
  • One Global SAP Instance vs Multiple Regional Instances
    Single Global Instance Advantages * Maximum utilisation of SAP Functional Integration * Forces standardisation or commonality * Lower cost of on-going maintenance * Organisation-wide operational reporting is standard Disadvantages * Various technical constraints that have to be managed * The online Transactional volume is heavy 24 hrs a day * Response time considerations across global WAN * Inability to accurately estimate client/server workload * More Business Unit impact when system unavailable
  • ADF Desktop Integration
  • Oracle JDeveloper 11g Declarative Application Customization
  • ADF Data Visualizations: Hierarchy Viewer
  • Oracle Application Development Framework – Oracle ADF
    Oracle ADF is an end-to-end Java EE framework that simplifies development by providing out of the box infrastructure services and a visual and declarative development experience.
  • SaaS Vendor LogMeIn Shares Jump 30 Percent In IPO
    SaaS vendor LogMeIn moved boldly into the world of publicly traded companies Wednesday with a successful initial public offering that pulled in $107 million. LogMeIn’s IPO of 6.7 million shares was underwritten by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Barclays Capital and priced at $16 per share. LogMeIn shares began trading on Nasdaq Wednesday and rose nearly 30 percent to $20.77 at midday.
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g: The Foundation for Innovation
    The world’s #1 middleware keeps getting better. Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g: * Enables agile and intelligent business applications * Exploits new hardware and software architectures * Provides an application-centric approach to security * Connects people, processes, and applications through an enterprise portal Explore the tabs above and the links below to access Webcasts, video tutorials, white papers, podcasts, and more.
  • Fraudsters dupe job-seekers with Wipro offer mail
    Many IT job aspirants recently received mails claiming to be from Wipro, through the job portal Naukri.com. The letter, which even has a Wipro letterhead and its logo, says the company has 45 job vacancies in its facilities in Delhi, Bangalore, Noida and Pune in the IT, production, electronics and administration departments. It tells candidates to make a refundable deposit of Rs 5,850 in a certain bank account. It’s an obvious fraud, given its several language and spelling errors. The mail asks for resumes to be sent not to an official email id but to one on Gmail. To make it look authentic, it asks for the requisite documents and also mentions a contact person and a number. When TOI called the number, the person who answered just demanded the money be deposited in the account before 2 pm that day, and kept repeating the interview schedule. “Such fraud recruitment letters are an industrywide issue and many other IT companies have also noticed it. But, this is the first time we have s

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