Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-07-21

  • SuccessFactors Aims for Small Business With New HR App
    On-demand human resources software vendor SuccessFactors on Monday announced SuccessFactors Express, an application aimed at companies with fewer than 50 employees.
  • JDA Software 2Q Profit Jumps On Higher Sales, Margins
    Shares soared 21.4% to $20 in after-hours trading Monday as the results were sharply higher than Wall Street’s expectations. … The software company reported profit of $8.9 million, or 25 cents a share, up from $3.1 million, or 9 cents a share, a year earlier. Excluding stock-based compensation and acquisition-related costs and restructuring charges, earnings rose to 47 cents a share from 29 cents. Revenue rose 8.4% to $99.5 million. Analysts’ estimates were for per-share earnings of 30 cents on revenue of $86.2 million, according to a poll by Thomson Reuters. Gross margin rose to 64% from 59.6%. Product revenue climbed 16%, while services revenue slid 7%.
  • JDA Software Q2 profit beats expectations, shares climb
    JDA Software Group Inc (JDAS.O) posted a second-quarter profit that handily beat market expectations as revenue from software licenses surged, and the company named a new chief financial officer, sending its shares up 22 percent.
  • Sybase 2Q Earnings Up 26%, Raises Full-Year View
    Sybase Inc.’s (SY) second-quarter profit increased 26% as the software company improved its margins. The better-than-expected first half of the year led the company to boost its full-year projections, raising its non-GAAP earnings target 3 cents to $2.23 to $2.27 a share and revenue estimate to $1.11 billion to $1.12 billion from $1.1 billion. Sybase reported strength in analytics, enterprise mobility and mobile commerce, helping it also project third-quarter earnings in line with Wall Street’s estimates. The maker of databases and products that manage mobile-phone systems sees non-GAAP earnings of 55 cents to 57 cents a share on revenue of $275 million to $280 million. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters now expect earnings of 55 cents on revenue of $278 million. Shares were up 3.6% to $33.54 just after the opening bell on the optimistic forecasts and second-quarter results topping expectations. The stock is up 34% so far this year. Sybase reported earnings of $37.6 million, or 43
  • Sybase Q2 profit beats Street; ups FY view
    Q2 EPS $0.56, ex items, vs est $0.52 * Q2 rev down nearly 2 pct * Sees Q3 EPS $0.55-$0.57 ex items * Raises FY outlook
  • Sybase claims 7th straight record quarter
    Total revenue for the Dublin-based database company in the second quarter of 2009 was $278 million from $282.7 million in the second quarter of 2008. Without the currency impacts, however, total revenue increased 5 percent year over year, and license revenue increased 11 percent year over year.
  • Going mobile pays off for Dublin’s Sybase
    “Sybase is one of those stories that is not fully appreciated as to what is happening with their business,” said Terry Tillman, an analyst with Raymond James & Associates. “This is a company that has structurally improved its growth output.”
  • Sybase Database Business Grows in Q2
    “During the quarter, we launched risk analytics with time series capabilities, expanded partnerships with the Sybase Unwired Platform, and were selected to provide the technology platform on a number of mBanking and mCommerce opportunities,” Chen said. “Due to our stronger-than-expected performance in the first half of this year, we are raising our full-year 2009 financial guidance for the second time this year.”
  • Sybase Inc. Q2 2009 Earnings Call Transcript
    I think it’s [Exadata’s] probably competitive in their own installed base. I don’t really see them a lot. I would normally allow into a Terradata environment or a [Netezza] environment. Basically I’m using a unique LINUX environment to compete with that. In some cases where very, very large data needs to be crunched through on the vertical base, a column base that is, we may run into a KX or Vertical; again, that’s not a predominant case. Oracle, no I have not seen much of that. That’s not to say that Oracle is not doing well in those areas. They are only to say that, I think they’re very much into their phase and of course their phase is huge. I’m not making any statements of negative, but it’s just that we don’t normally see adventure outside.
  • Google Wave Begins To Swell With Developers; Wider Release This September
    As of last week the service was open to around 6,000 developers (most of whom had attended conferences like I/O), and Google is planning to send out an additional 20,000 invites over the next month. It looks like a big batch of them just went out, as we’ve received a number of tips about new invitations, and Twitter is currently abuzz with excited developers thrilled to finally get in on the action. One other piece of news that will be very interesting to non-developers eagerly waiting to try out the service: Google is planning to release Wave to 100,000 users beginning on September 30th, using the service’s main wave.google.com hub rather than the developer site (we can likely expect a Gmail-like limited invitation system). By this time we can likely expect there to be a rich variety of Wave widgets — the site already boasts plenty of them, including a RickRoll widget and more practical things like a weather forecast — but you can’t try them out without a Developer Sandbox account.
  • Microsoft and Linux: A Checkered Past
    Here is a look at some of the milestones since Microsoft internal memos leaked in 1998 that attacked the open source Linux operating system as it began to pick up steam as an alternative to Windows.
  • Possible Improvements to MySQL Administration
    First lets talk about the issues I notice in my day to day usage of MySQL. Then I’ll try and come up with some suggestions as to how these issues might be resolved.
  • Oracle plots VM 3.0 for next year
    What Oracle is bringing to the table is a Xen hypervisor that has been tweaked to encrypt data in memory relating to VMs as they move around the network, and that knows about clustered file systems and high-availability failover right out of the box. Oracle VM also has the virtue of supporting the entire stack of Oracle database, middleware, and application software for Linux and Windows platforms, and has a slew of appliance templates for distributing stacks of software that are pre-configured and ready to run.
  • Court orders Oracle, Alinghi to return to mediation
    Both sides agreed to head back to the bargaining table to prepare their duel in multihulls in February 2010 that is to settle the 33rd edition of the Cup, the oldest trophy in international sports following the ruling by Judge Shirley Kornreich of the Supreme Court of New York State.

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