Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-07-03

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  • The End of a DBMS Era (Might be Upon Us) | Communications of the ACM
    Michael Stonebraker the major vendors sell software that is a quarter century old,and has been extended and morphed to meet today’s needs.In my opinion, these legacy systems are at the end of their useful life.They deserve to be sent to the “home for tired software.”…In the data warehouse market,a column store beats a row store by approximately a factor of 50 on typical business intelligence queries…In the online transaction processing (OLTP) market,a lightweight main memory DBMS beats a row store by a factor of 50…All the major Web-search engines use home-brew text software to serve us search results.None use relational DBMSs…Hence,in my opinion,the days of a“one size fits all”monolithic DBMS are at an end.The replacement will be a collection of vertical market specific engines,with much higher performance.You might ask,“What if I don’t care about performance?”The answer:Run one of the open source relational DBMSs.They are mature,reliable,and,best of all,they are free.
  • Recruiting Patterns to Hold Steady in Q3, According to Quarterly Job Forecast From CareerBuilder and USA TODAY
    Most employers expect their staff levels to remain the same as recruiting patterns hold steady and job losses trend downward, according to CareerBuilder and USA TODAY’s Q3 2009 Job Forecast. The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive(R) from May 22 through June 10, 2009 among more than 2,600 hiring managers and human resource professionals. “The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that job loss is moderating, a trend that will hopefully continue in the second half of the year as the financial system and economy move toward recovery,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. “Though we’re headed in the right direction, we’re not likely to experience significant movement in job creation in 2009. Jobs will be added, but overall, businesses will continue to be conservative in their hiring and maintain focus on existing human capital. Sixty-eight percent of employers said they don’t anticipate any change in their full-time, permanent headcount in the third quarter.”
  • Next Gen Enterprise: Polachi VC Survey: Pulse on the Industry
    * Hot areas: * Cleantech/Energy: 62.8% * Consumer Internet/Web 2.0:44.2% * Internet Marketing: 40.3% * Med Tech: 22.5% * Infrastructure: 17.8% * Biotech: 16.3% * Enterprise Software 10.9%
  • NetSuite Plans SaaS Partner Summit
    NetSuite Channel Chief Craig West has two messages for aspiring SaaS (Software as a Service) partners. First, NetSuite’s SaaS partners are earning 30 to 50 percent recurring revenue margins. Second, NetSuite is planning a partner summit.
  • From the Vendor’s Point of View: Why ‘SaaS Sucks’
    # After making significant investments in (re)architecting their applications to be delivered as an ‘on-demand’ solutions, # After building hosting facilities or selecting a hosting partner to deliver their services, # After determining how to package, price and promote their solutions, # After developing a service level agreement (SLA) or comparable legal agreement that clearly outlines the company’s contractual obligations, # After convincing a committee of IT/business decision-makers to try their solution, # After determining how much ‘customization’ they can do for specific customers without breaking the common SaaS application and underlying service delivery model, # After accepting a fraction of the value of application in an initial subscription fee agreement, # And, accepting all the responsibility for the availability, reliability, security and performance of their SaaS solution… # The aspiring SaaS vendors then discovered they would only be able to recognize their subscriptio
  • John Wookey
    SaaS pioneers have given us a taste of the potential of OnDemand, but we’ve only scratched the surface of how OnDemand hints at the future model of Enterprise Software. In this keynote address, John Wookey, Executive Vice President, Large Enterprise ONDemand, SAP AG, walks through his perspective on where the world of Enterprise Software is headed – putting OnDemand into the context of the enterprise world. Wookey steps back from the headlines and outlines what it will really take to offer solutions that tackle the issues facing large enterprise.
  • Oracle Fusion 11g Middleware: Executed According to Plan
    Oracle largely stuck to the previously announced roadmap for convergence of BEA products, with the only major surprises being in the details. As planned, Oracle incorporated WebLogic as the strategic Java platform, JDeveloper as the primary development environment, dual business process modeling paths, with master data management, data integration, and identity management driven largely by Oracle offerings with some added BEA content. Although the Oracle Fusion product portfolio came from far more diverse sources than BEA (as Oracle was obviously a more aggressive acquirer), the result is far more unified than anything that BEA ever fielded. Before getting swallowed by Oracle, BEA had multiple portal, development, and integration technologies lacking a common framework. By comparison, Oracle has emphasized a common framework for mashing the pieces together.
  • My Interview With Antitrust Expert Gary Reback: Google’s Looming Antitrust Issues
    On Wednesday I spoke with antitrust attorney Gary Reback, the man who spearheaded the push to break up Microsoft in the nineties. The event was hosted by HBSTech at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley. If anyone in the world can make antitrust law interesting, it’s Reback.
  • Lower the Cost of Sales!
    [I LOVE THIS!-DBM] It’s mostly a waste of time. And money. Not just your time and your money. But also the software company’s. You are both driving up the cost of software, simply by accepting and perpetuating a system where rigmarole is the rule of the day.
  • What cloud computing really means
    InfoWorld talked to dozens of vendors, analysts, and IT customers to tease out the various components of cloud computing. Based on those discussions, here’s a rough breakdown of what cloud computing is all about:
  • Oracle exec calls Amazon’s cloud model ‘unprofitable’
    At the launch of Fusion Middleware (OFM) 11g today, Kurian said: “Amazon is a different player than us. It offers you hardware and space. We don’t think the economics of this sector is profitable and we are not focused on just renting hardware.” However when IT PRO asked Kurian to confirm Oracle would not go down this route, he refused. Oracle’s products are cloud compatible and it does offer space in its Texas data centre, but its “cloud strategy,” as Kurian referred to it, for now is making compatible products rather than creating a cloud of its own.
  • New Salesforce Strategy: ‘Amplify And Extend’
    Peter Coffee, director of platform research at Salesforce, told me over the phone this morning that the sotware-as-a-service (SaaS) vendor is trying to convince potential customers that they can “amplify and extend” their existing investments, rather than swapping them out for the new cloud paradigm…The retort from Salesforce has thus changed from “it’s the end of software,” to, “you can add new capabilities to your existing programs.”
  • PowerBuilder 11.5 Top Feature Picks
    [Note:Nirvana is nothingness-DBM] The draw is a significant set of enhancements that move the development experience closer to the nirvana anticipated in the PowerBuilder 12.0 release.
  • SAP Benchmarking Program Begins Tracking First KPIs
    The first key performance indicators (KPIs) to be tracked will be CPU utilization and storage performance, according to the Francophone SAP Users’ Club (USF). … SAP staff have already visited the businesses taking part in the benchmarking program to set up the monitoring tools, the output of which SAP will use to optimize and improve the performance of the systems.


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