Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-07-18

  • HP to acquire storage software developer Ibrix
    The Billerica, Mass.-based Ibrix develops software that helps businesses store massive amounts of user-generated data. HP said Ibrix’s software strengthens its position in computing storage, cloud storage and fixed content archiving — a market that’s growing at a compound annual rate of 20 percent.
  • Sun-set of Innovation Took 10 minutes. End of Sun Microsystems
    CEO Jonathan Schwartz nor Chairman Scott McNealy, two of the most outspoken and visible executives, didn’t attend the meeting. It was said that Schwartz was ill and there was no information about Scott.
  • The end of Sun
    But the shrinkage that is yet to come is far greater. Analysts are expecting a 33% cut in headcount at Sun, and I think that’s conservative. Oracle expects to make more money on this deal than it did on its deals with BEA and PeopleSoft combined. And that is why Schwartz isn’t here, I believe. Because he genuinely loved Sun and its employees. And because he can’t stand to look them in the eye knowing that most of them are about to lose their jobs.
  • UK Entrepreneurs: Get Your Funding While You Still Can
    Out of 39 firms that were active investors in British start-ups over the last five years, only thirteen venture firms have £5 million or more left in their coffers to invest, according to NESTA, the UK agency that advocates for start-ups and also sponsored the recent Traveling Geeks blogger tour. That’s right: All but thirteen firms in the United Kingdom are either completely tapped out or have committed the rest of their funds for follow-on investments in existing portfolio companies. In total, NESTA estimates there’s about £400 million left that’s uncommitted among the thirteen, with only half of that available for brand-new series A deals. To put that into perspective, there’s roughly the same amount of money in the fund Marc Andreessen just closed than there is for new companies in the entire United Kingdom right now. This is coinciding with a precipitous drop in UK firms closing on new funds thanks to the global credit crunch. In 2008, only seven firms closed new funds, and NEST
  • Calling all entrepreneurs…
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  • Microsoft Office Opens Up to Firefox
    # First, Microsoft will permit Office 2010 customers to host Office Web within their own corporate networks. Smart move. (Here’s why.) # Second, Office Web will have full cross-platform support for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Apple Safari, according to briefings The VAR Guy attended at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference 2009 (WPC09) earlier this week in New Orleans.
  • How Google Made Its Q2 Numbers: Squeezing Expenses
    Paid clicks were up 15 percent year-over-year, but down 2 percent from the first quarter. Cost per click ($0.42 on average) was down 13 percent from a year ago but up 3 percent from the first quarter. YouTube close to profitability: On the conference call, Google reported that monetized views on YouTube had tripled and that profitability for the service is in sight.
  • HC allows US court to secure docu in Satyam case
    The Delhi High Court today allowed a request of US district court to examine witnesses and secure documents related to accounting fraud in Satyam Computer (now Mahindra Satyam) from IT industry body NASSCOM. Justice S Ravindra Bhatt allowed the plea of UPAID Systems, a British mobile solution s company which had claimed USD 1 billion compensation from Satyam alleging that fraudulent activities by the IT firm caused huge losses.
  • NetSuite quantifies green benefits of SaaS model
    A major SaaS vendor such as NetSuite, says Rauch, can squeeze much higher utilization out of its servers while sticking to a high up-time pledge (Netsuite guarantees 99.5 percent up time). NetSuite runs one large data center for its 6,600 customers, using highly efficient servers from Hewlett Packard, as well as efficient cooling and lighting. The result, says Rauch, adds up to major efficiencies versus the prospect of all of NetSuite’s customers running similar solutions in-house. “Imagine 6,600 companies running servers inefficiently, and building air conditioning capacity and lighting infrastructure as part of running them,” he says. “That is a lot of wasted energy.”
  • America’s Cup champion wants challenger’s document in court
    Ehman did say there is considerable activity at the boatyard in Anacortes, Wash., where BOR 90 was built. The work could be on a new boat or on components for BOR 90.
  • Microsoft Seen Posting Sharp Profit Decline For Fiscal 4Q
    Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is expected to post declines in profit and sales for its fiscal fourth-quarter next Thursday, as the software giant contends with flagging sales of personal computers bundled with its technology.
  • Enterprise Software First Principles: What Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP Will Do Next Decade?
    Some will become IT technology providers with business models similar to the ones already adopted by Cisco, EMC, Intel, and so forth. Most likely that will include Oracle. How SAP ends up — if it is not acquired — remains to be seen. Others will move totally into the services mode similar to the approach already adopted by Accenture, HP EDS, Perot and companies such as Amazonbusiness services providers that use their technologies to deliver the service. The purpose of IT is simply to differentiate them in the marketplace. Some would say Google is already there, and I might agree if it didn’t keep telling me it was a technology company. IBM might have already become a management consulting firm with a strong IT background.
    that have moved even beyond IT service provision to simply be considered
  • Microsoft Azure Prices: Similar to EC2 on some, different on others
    The missing part in the model is the size (or type in EC2 terms) of the compute platform. I would expect Microsoft to augment pricing for compute based-on the amount of compute resources an application requires. I don’t think Microsoft would allow an applications that requires 5x the amount of memory or CPU time to be the same price as another application with lesser requirements. There must be tiers at some point. Nothing is infinitely scalable.
  • Effective Buying Strategies for Enterprise Applications
    The more thorough and rational the buying process for enterprise applications, the better the outcome. For sure. Right?
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