Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-07-06

  • Industry Vertical Pivot Points Still Matter Most
    The bottom line – vendors should keep focusing on verticals and micro-verticals By a 3 to 1 margin, software decision makers resonate most with verticals. This continues a trend where customers seek deeper functionality by verticals and micro-verticals in their solutions. Vendors should take the following 5 actions to improve vertical relevance:
  • Red Hat Achieves Security Certification for JBoss Enterprise Application Platform to Broaden Market Potential
    Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, 4.3 has achieved Common Criteria certification at Evaluation Assurance LevelMiddleware, giving government agencies and other security-conscious organizations a new choice for enterprise Java applications. JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 4.3 is Red Hat’s premiere Java application platform solution which also forms the foundation for JBoss Enterprise Portal Platform, JBoss EnterpriseService Oriented Architecture (SOA) Platform, and is included with JBoss Enterprise Business Rules Management System (BRMS). Customers can now deploy JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 4.3 with the added confidence that they meet the security standards set forth through Common Criteria.
    (EAL) 2+ (augmented for flaw remediation). This marks the first Common Criteria certification for JBoss Enterprise
  • Red Hat KVM virtualization announcement expected at VMworld
    It is being reported that Red Hat plans on launching its new virtualization portfolio at the beginning of September. And the announcement should be made just in time for the VMworld 2009 event taking place this year in San Francisco.
  • SaaS Keeps Recession Wolves at Bay: Q&A With E2open CEO Mark Woodward
    A 28 percent increase in business activity wouldn’t be considered shabby during any quarter, but in the midst of a recession, it’s impressive. E2open CEO Mark Woodward credits the SaaS model in part for his company’s success, and indicated that SaaS could be key to its future aspirations. “If we could find a SaaS-based solution that fits well with ours, that would be my preferred way to grow.”
  • Chinese SaaS growth rate to approach 18%
    According to figures from AMI Partners, the annual growth rate of SaaS in China will be an impressive 17.8 per cent, despite having already spent a huge $90 million on SaaS applications in 2008 alone.
  • The 9 Dirty Little Secrets of CRM
    CRM products have been around for more than 20 years, The SaaS vendors have been selling their CRM wares for nearly a decade. Despite all that experience, powerful myths and misconceptions about CRM still can catch customers by surprise. While much of this article’s advice applies to any CRM system, we’ve focused on the specifics of SaaS systems such as Salesforce CRM.
  • What should SAP do with its $5bn war chest?
    Larry Ellison’s hire of Charles Phillips was a masterstroke that has allowed Phillips to write history the way he predicted when working as an analyst at Morgan Stanley. But that’s easy when your master hands you a blank check and says ‘Go get ‘em.’ Even so and despite Oracle being half SAP’s size in the apps business, this is the company the analysts currently favor. They believe Oracle’s long term strategy is superior. I disagree but again, that’s a separate discussion.
  • Open Source Flies In A Recession, Says Ingres
    In fact, though, things are more complicated. Any kind of change involves investment, and users changing to open source will have to put in investment of one form or another, which can be hard to find in straitened times.
  • CRM Solutions Provider NetSuite Adds Google Checkout to its Ecommerce Platform
    This new integration means merchants using the NetSuite ecommerce platform have a fast and simple migration path to add Google Checkout to their existing payment options. All they have to do is enable the feature and register a Google merchant account, which is accessible through the Google portal in NetSuite. The Google Checkout button automatically displays next to the Proceed to Checkout button in the Shopping Cart, or on the Web site checkout landing page. When shoppers click the Google Checkout button, NetSuite directs them to Google Checkout, securely passing along the items in the shopping cart, shipping options, and tax information. After the shopper completes the transaction, NetSuite is notified and a sales order is automatically created based on the detailed order information provided by Google.
  • Oracle Begins New ALM Effort
    Among the numerous elements of its Fusion Middleware 11g launch, Oraclenew application lifecycle management (ALM) strategy. Oracle introduced its ALM offering, called Team Productivity Center (TPC), as a component of the company’s JDeveloper upgrade that accompanied the Fusion launch last week. TPC aims to bring teams together inside the IDE, said Ted Ferrell, Oracle’s chief architect of tools and middleware, speaking on a conference call with media immediately following the Fusion launch event.
    is embarking upon a
  • Some Oracle Users Irked About Support Site Switch
    “We don’t need special effects, special effects are for games. And we don’t even need graphics, we just need functionality, intuitiveness and speed,” he wrote.
  • VMware shares poised to lose rich valuation
    VMware Inc (VMW.N) could lose its rich share valuation as a new product from Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and potentially more competition from Oracle Corp (ORCL.O) threaten its lead in the virtualization market.
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