Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-07-15

  • U.S. steps up H-1B, green card assault with paper chase
    The program now appears to be under attack from worker bees in the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services bureau and other regulatory agencies who have dramatically increased the amount of paperwork required from employers looking to hire workers with green cards or H-1B visas.
  • Palm Pre Developers Unite
    Software developers interested in the new smart phone are organizing meetings across the country. Apps will follow. [18 job openings posted on Dice.com+Monster.com. Up from 1 a couple of weeks ago, but still not a lot…-DBM]
  • Tips to save you money during software vendor negotiations
    Big software vendors are willing to listen, according to Jones. Take the time to understand your contract and your relationship with them, as well as any changing business needs. This can lead to contractual concessions and built-in protection against future problems. In a recent interview with Jones, he offered some vendor negotiation tips for midmarket CIOs working with IBM, SAP AG, Microsoft and Oracle Corp.
  • Amazon.com: Behind the Cloud: The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Companyand Revolutionized an Industry: Marc Benioff, Carlye Adler: Books
    This title has not yet been released.
  • MySQL Monitoring Commands and Tips
    The MySQL database is rapidly becoming the default choice for big enterprises and pioneering Web 2.0 companies. MySQL system store the all of the critical data and easy to maintenance in every cases. While the adoption rate of MySQL continues to grow in momentum, it poses some unique challenges for traditional DBAs in monitoring and rectifying the problems. Here are the list of things which to be keep in mind by MySQL DBAs.
  • Salesforce.com Opens Singapore Data Center – Web Hosting Industry News
    According to Salesforce’s Wednesday announcement, the new Singaporeinternational customer base as well as extend the capacity, redundancy and scalability of its infrastructure, consisting of two North American data centers.
    facility lets the company meet the service demands of its rapidly growing
  • NetSuite Launches ‘green’ Discount Program
    On-demand ERP (enterprise resource planning) vendor NetSuite announced a promotion on Wednesday that provides a 50 percent discount for one year if the customer can prove they belong to a “green” organization, such as the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council. Customers who buy NetSuite subscriptions through the offer, which is effective through Dec. 31, would also see no greater than a 10 percent price increase for renewals after the first year.
  • Survey: Microsoft customer satisfaction takes second quarter hit
    Does this mean trouble ahead for Microsoft? Not necessarily. VendorRate collects data from IT pros at various tradeshows and it’s possible that it hit a few where the crowd was hostile toward Microsoft. For now, Microsoft’s score is worth monitoring—it could be a blip or a start of a trend. At this point, we just don’t know.
  • Bite-sized tools from SAP
    The Best Run Now product set was launched to deliver packages that meet immediate pain points of organisations and offer a quick return on investment. A series of Best Run Now offerings were launched in SAP’s Sapphire event in Orlando, US, during May this year. These include modules that address generic business processes such as fast financial close, maximising customer revenue and retention, supplier risk management, retail price optimisation and enhanced business intelligence offerings.
  • Oracle sees Sun Micro adding to profit
    [Glad to hear that Sun can make a profit for someone!-DBM] Oracle Corp. /quotes/comstock/15*!orcl/quotes/nls/orcl (ORCL 21.51, +0.88, +4.27%) said it expects the acquisition of Sun Microsystems Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!java/quotes/nls/java (JAVA 9.21, +0.04, +0.44%) to add at least 15 cents a share in non-GAAP earnings to its bottom line in the first full year after closing the transaction. Sun Micro will contribute more than $1.5 billion to its non-GAAP operating profit in that year, increasing to more than $2 billion in the second year. Oracle’s acquisition of Sun remains subject to stockholder and regulatory approvals and other closing conditions. Oracle based its projection on Sun‘s preliminary second-quarter results.
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