Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-08-29

  • Epicor Releases Service Enterprises 8.2 Software
    Epicor said the new release expands capabilities offered to professional services firms, such as audit and accountancy practices, engineering and construction consultants, and embedded IT services groups, allowing them to manage detailed, project-based businesses. It features in-context business intelligence, and functionality in the areas of finance, project planning, and sales management.
  • HP shows off the works in its labs
    Hewlett-Packard opened the doors of its famous research lab in Palo Alto on Friday, as the world’s largest technology company showed off some of the fruits of a scientific effort that was recently reorganized to align more closely with HP’s business divisions.
  • SAP Is Company At Crossroads As Huge Rivals Line Its Horizon
    “SAP is trapped in a 20th century business model, because that’s what got them this far,” said Bruce Richardson, an analyst with AMR, which counts SAP among its clients. “They’re around $15 billion in annual sales, so it’s fair to ask: How will they grow to $25 billion or $30 billion?”
  • Understanding SAP R/3: A Tutorial for Computer Scientists
    The goal of this tutorial is to present the distributed system architecture, the data model, the database programming language, the transaction and process model and the system evolution concepts of SAP R/3 from a computer science perspective and to relate them to established database and distributed system concepts. The presentation will help attendees understand how SAP R/3 relates to their own research and development work and will provide a well-structured foundation for a further study of SAP R/3’s innovative system concepts.
  • 4 Technologies That Are Reshaping Business Intelligence
    Predictive analytics is a white-hot growth segment that got hotter with IBM’s $1.2 billion deal to buy SPSS, a company that uses algorithms and combinations of calculations to spot trends, risks, and opportunities in ways not possible with historical reporting. Between the extremes of rearview-mirror reporting and advanced predictive analytics lies real-time monitoring. Front-line managers and executives increasingly want to know what’s happening right now–as in this second, not yesterday or even 10 minutes ago. This is where stream processing technologies are moving beyond niche industry uses. Real-time monitoring detects events or patterns of events as data streams through transactional systems, networks, or communications buses. Proven on Wall Street and in other data-soaked industries, stream processing technologies deliver subsecond insight that conventional BI can’t touch.
  • OracleMetaLink 3 Upgrade to My Oracle Support Begins August 28, 2009
    Oracle Global Customer Support is pleased to announce the launch of Oracle’s new online support portal, My Oracle Support. This coming weekend, August 28-30, 2009, Oracle will upgrade Oracle MetaLink 3 and officially change the name to “My Oracle Support.” This transition will migrate existing OracleMetaLink 3 customers and partners (those using PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Siebel, and Hyperion products) to My Oracle Support at https://support.oracle.com.
  • The Leading Cause of Startup Death – Part 1: The Product Development Diagram
    In hindsight both you and your investors were idiots. Following this diagram religiously will more often than not put you out of business. The diagram was developed to be used by existing companies doing product line extensions – not startups creating new markets or resegmenting existing ones. Most experienced entrepreneurs will tell you that the model collapses at first contact with customers. VC’s who still believe in the product development model in the 21st century offer no value in building a company other than their rolodex and/or checkbook.
  • Will your production MySQL server survive a restart?
    Since debug symbols weren’t shown in the stack trace, we needed to generate a symbol file (binary was unstripped) to use with the resolve_stack_dump utility. The procedure for obtaining this is detailed in the MySQL manual. With a good stack trace in hand, we were able (with assistance from an old friend, thanks Dean!) to narrow the crash down to bug 38856 (also see 37027). A little further investigation showed that the right conditions did exist to trigger this bug: * expire_logs_days = 14 # had been set in the my.cnf * the binlog.index file did not match the actual state of log files (i.e. some had been manually deleted, or deleted by a script)
  • VMware Competitors Microsoft, Citrix Will Exhibit at VMworld
    VMware has changed its rules and is limiting its two biggest competitors to 10-foot-square booths at VMworld, the world’s largest virtualization show. VMware also is restricting the movement of Microsoft and Citrix Systems
    employees by requiring them to remain within the boundaries of their booths. [Smart move on VMware’s part!-DBM]
  • Citrix, Microsoft Complain About Being Marginalized At VMworld 2009
    “Exhibitor agrees that it may not use any Organizer event to leverage or promote any other event in which Exhibitor is a sponsor or participant, and therefore agrees that it may not, during the period from two days before until two days after the Event, conduct, promote, endorse, or sponsor any functions, classes, seminars, exhibits, or similar marketing activities within 50 miles of any event similar to the Event that is the subject of this agreement, other than Exhibitor’s participation in the Event under this Agreement.”
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Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-08-28

  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud And Does It Make The World More Secure?
    Amazon is clearly understanding the dilemma faced by enterprises in embracing public clouds right away and wanted to lure them with an offering that will make them relatively comfortable testing the Cloudy waters. They clearly saw the emergence of a strong private cloud market and this is a direct response to the competition. Having said that, one should not dismiss this announcement as a mere market response. There is a clear wow factor here. This has a potential to uproot some of the players in the “cloud labs” category and, also, threaten some vendors in the Amazon ecosystem itself. Plus, it offers Amazon a direct line to enterprise customers without any intermediary.
  • Amazon Web Services Blog: Introducing Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
    Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) lets you create your own logically isolated set of Amazon EC2 instances and connect it to your existing network using an IPsec VPN connection. This new offering lets you take advantage of the low cost and flexibility of AWS while leveraging the investment you have already made in your IT infrastructure.
  • Sales Force App Exchange Install Guide
  • Strategic Thinking before Operational Actions: The Enterprise 2.0 Tool Cargo Cult Problem
    The reality is that the ‘Enterprise 2.0 ‘ software industry enables collaborating parties to roll out next generation information silos replete with the ability to link, tag, recommend, analyze and so on, but without a well defined strategic and tactical roadmap you’re just going to head off into business oblivion quicker.
  • Study: Hot Linux market to top $1B by 2012; Red Hat, Novell dominate sales
    The recession is hurting Novell, but news could be worse without Linux. On Thursday, Novell said quarterly revenue fell 12 percent to $216.1 million from $245.2 million in the previous year. Matt Asay, writing at Cnet, noted Novell’s Linux revenues increased more than 20 percent to $40 million to make the revenue picture much better. In June, Red Hat said its most recent quarterly revenue rose 11 percent to $174 million from the previous year.
  • Dfdts Mtn of Mtn and Mtn For Partial Summary Judgment re Pltfs Hypothetical License Damages Claim
    Defendants’ notice of motion and motion for partial summary judgment
    regarding plaintiffs’ hypothetical license damages claim [redacted version]
  • Oracle & Bingham McCutchen: Litigating the Competition into Submission Since 2003
    “the discovery process, in which both parties gather evidence (in this case from computer systems) and interview people on both sides, has already become a massive, intricate and costly legal proceeding.” (To which Bingham McCutchen retorts: Cha-ching!)
  • Ariba’s Kevin Costello
    They asked if we could help. My firm hadn’t ever done anything like this before. Never. I don’t think anybody had ever done anything like this particular area before.
  • Sun posts loss as Oracle purchase draws near
    Net revenue for the quarter ended in June fell to $2.6 billion from $3.8 billion, the company said in a regulatory filing.
  • Why SaaS and the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud Will Steal Your IT Job and What You Can do About it
    Moreover, most IT professionals were hired because they understood how technology worked not how IT can solve business needs. That’s a shame, because more and more IT work is being outsourced to SaaS providers that better understand your employees’ business needs and treat them better than you do. This has lead to some executives who believe that IT departments are just lowest-common-denominator technology implementers.

Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-08-27

  • Versata Software Wins $139 Million Verdict in Patent Suit Against German Vendor
    McKool Smith partner Ted Stevenson, who was co-lead trial counsel with his colleague Sam Baxter, said that over the seven-day trial, the jurors took “copious notes” and really tried to understand the technology. “At the end of the day, we had good witnesses, some pretty good patents and we were able to explain the technology in a way the jurors could understand,” said Stevenson. Versata will also ask Judge T. John Ward for an injunction of SAP’s infringing products, according to Stevenson. At trial, SAP was represented by a trio of Howrey lawyers that included Paul Grewal, James Batchelder and Rusty Day. Day and Batchelder were partners at Day Casebeer Madrid and Batchelder before that firm merged with Howrey on July 1.
  • Sybase to Enable Deployment on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
    Sybase is offering three powerful data management servers for the EC2 environment. — Sybase SQL Anywhere for customers seeking low administrative requirements for their workgroup, mobile, and Web applications — Sybase IQ for high-performance analytics, data warehousing and other Business Intelligence applications — Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise for powerful transaction management systems Availability Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) of the developer editions for Sybase SQL Anywhere, Sybase IQ, and Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise are available for immediate use. AMIs for SQL Anywhere Web Edition are scheduled for availability by September 30, 2009, with additional SQL Anywhere AMIs scheduled for availability in Q4 2009. AMIs of the production versions of Sybase IQ are scheduled for availability for use on Amazon AWS EC2 in Q4 2009. Production versions of Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise are scheduled for availability beginning in Q1 2010. Pay as you go pricing will be available a
  • How to improve SAP application performance through smart hardware decisions
    SSDs are especially useful for search indexes of databases, the SAP TREX search engine in NetWeaver, SAP liveCache, an object-based version of the MaxDB database system, SAP customers using the tempdb database in Microsoft SQL Server, the SAP Roll Area, a memory area with a set (configurable) size that belongs to a work process, and specific areas of Business Warehouse Accelerator.
  • With DataSynapse, TIBCO looks to both present and future
    DataSynapse’s FabricServer software will help customers adapt a variety of existing applications to cloud infrastructure as well. These include Java applications based on IBM WebSphere, Oracle WebLogic, and Red Hat JBoss, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0, IIS, and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, SAP Business Objects, IBM Cognos, Informatica, and SAS Institute, and a variety of vertical-industry specialists. This is a substantial expansion of TIBCO Silver’s value to customers.
  • CRM failure: An ounce of prevention
    My presentation explains underlying reasons why CRM projects do not achieve expected results and describes how to overcome these problems. I spoke at length about harnessing the “wisdom of crowds,” or collective intelligence, to improve software implementations.
  • Oracle demands documents from Rimini Street in SAP lawsuit
    “Third-party support is legal,” the document states. “The way SAP and TomorrowNow provided it was not.”
  • Speculation Abounds as Sun-Oracle Wedding Day Nears
    Some observers argue that as far as Oracle is concerned, there is a great deal of overlap between Linux and Solaris in both operating systems and file systems. Others feel they are pieces of the same technology — there is a local file system and a clustered file system for both operating systems. Therefore, having the ability to combine technologies allows for better tuning for Oracle. “What remains to be seen are the plans that Oracle has for either integrating these technologies for Solaris or Linux, or using one or more technologies to enhance the other,” said Layton. “In my opinion, Oracle will probably continue to support both Linux and OpenSolaris.” To Layton, Oracle appears to be in control of its own destiny regardless of the direction the IT world takes toward the cloud, open source or anything else on the horizon.
  • Saugatuck Releases Largest SaaS Study to Date
    Saugatuck’s research indicates a series of planning positions for users, SaaS providers and ISVs to take into account through 2014. These include the following: * By YE 2014, SaaS (and Cloud Computing) will become integral to infrastructure, business systems, operations and development within all aspects of user firms… * While few users will “swap out” existing core legacy applications and systems with SaaS solutions through YE 2012 – except in highly commoditized market and customer segments – SaaS solutions will become the de facto choice for the majority of user organizations that are replacing legacy applications or business systems as they reach the end of their useful lives, or when driven by other important business considerations (e.g., M&A activity). * Through YE 2012, more than 40 percent of traditional ISVs will be paralyzed by “strategic uncertainty” regarding SaaS and other software business models, opening more doors for more SaaS providers.
  • St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
    But there’s more making this year different and more interesting. The contestants are two ERP vendors and two Talent Management suite vendors — a match-up I’ve wanted for years. … Finally, the Shootout has always required demonstrations be presented (with someone else on the keyboard) by the CEO of HR-only software companies and the executive in charge of HR products at companies that do more. So that’s exactly whom you’ll see: * Larry Dunivan, SVP Global HCM Products, Lawson * Paul Sparta, CEO, Plateau * David Ludlow, VP Suite Solution Management, SAP * Kent Plunkett, CEO, Salary.com
  • Salesforce.com Surge Pushes SaaS Into Mainstream
    And the prime mover behind that has been Salesforce CEO Benioff. Bolstered by a strong upturn in new-customer bookings, revenue for the quarter ended July 31 rose 20% to $316.1 million, while net income jumped 112% to $21.2 million. And this breakdown of the company’s results from Ockham Research underscores the dual burden Salesforce carries: its need to perform well for its own customers and shareholders, and its need to continue buttressing the broader SaaS community.
  • Wipro techie jumps to death
    A software engineer working with Wipro Technologies allegedly jumped to death from the multi-storeyed Wipro building located on the outskirts of the city, police said today. The deceased was identified as Vishal Yadav (28), a native of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, the police said. Vishal was working with the software firm in the Electronics city since 2004. He was on three months leave and last month he sent in his resignation through e-mail from his hometown which was accepted by the firm. The company, however, said he could work till August 31, the sources said. Vishal came to the office last night and jumped to death from the building, police said.
  • Inforum 2009 Brings Together Infor Customers, Experts and Partners to Drive Business Innovation
    Highlights of Inforum 2009: — Keynote, Chairman and CEO Jim Schaper will share his thoughts on improving performance by driving business innovation Tuesday, October 20 at 11:00 a.m. EDT — Solutions Expo, a high-energy interactive environment where attendees can visit Infor and partner booths, participate in live chats and presentations, access product information, view video demonstrations, and download valuable business information into a virtual “briefcase” on their desktop — Networking Square, a central conference networking space designed to promote online group discussions and one-on-one live chats with members of Infor’s product management team and other users
  • Catching up With Ariba Services Procurement (Part 2)
    I’d suggest the Services Procurement module is of interest to at least 50% of Ariba On-Demand P2P prospects based on what I’ve heard from Ariba as well as companies looking at their options from Ariba and others (though ultimately fewer end up implementing it). At this stage, Ariba’s success with the module usually depends as much on what a prospect’s pain point is as how much they’re willing to commit to a broad Ariba source-to-pay relationship. If prospects are looking at services procurement holistically, outside of just contingent labor, then Ariba has a reasonable chance at winning the business, especially in cases where an organization is looking to minimize the number of different platforms it works with. However, I do know of some organizations that decided on Ariba for P2P and chose Fieldglass for both contingent labor and non-contingent labor services spend because of the analytical and reporting capabilities of Fieldglass.
  • IBM Public Policy Prediction Markets: Collective Wisdom on Education, Transportation, Energy and Healthcare
    IBM CEO Sam Palmisano laid out three fundamental changes to global urban areas: 1. Our world is becoming instrumented: Sensors and devices are coming down in cost, and increasing in functionality, giving us “for the first time ever, real-time instrumentation of a wide range of the world’s systems” 2. Our world is becoming interconnected: With the rise of devices with these sensors, “systems and objects can now ’speak’ to one another” 3. All things are becoming intelligent: Better sensors, increased computing power and more information from interconnection mean that “intelligence can be translated into action, making our systems, processes and infrastructures more efficient, more productive and responsive-in a word, smarter.”
  • The Need For Speed
    * Today cutting edge exchanges are building systems which can process a trade in under 100 microseconds (yes that’s micro, not milli and definitely not seconds). On the flip side, Banks and Hedge Funds with their algorithmic trading systems are sending trades into these exchanges at volumes which for stocks is increasing at over 50% per year and for options at well over 100% per year, so these system need to scale. In addition those same firms are monitoring the response times of each exchange and if they see one being slower than another, the trade gets routed to the faster exchange wherever possible. The drive toward zero latency is causing a lot of traditional exchanges who had legacy systems such as the New York Stock Exchange, London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse (three of the biggest), to lose market share and as a result they are all undergoing radical redesigns and deploying new cutting edge systems.

Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-08-26

  • Optimizing ERP support staffing in smaller companies
    I have seen or heard of MS Axapta or QAD sites of 50-100 users that are effectively managed by one full time IT person. But you rarely see that with Oracle or SAP, for example. Our report shows that Tier I systems simply have a bigger footprint, requiring more ERP support staff.
  • Microsoft interns get perks, pay, play
    Microsoft had rented the museum for a private party and a screening of the new “Harry Potter” movie. After the screening, about 600 attendees received a free Xbox 360 video-game console. The recipients of this VIP treatment? Microsoft’s summer interns.
  • MySQL – Using the “IN” clause
    I was helping someone debug a slow query today when I noticed a common mistake that a lot of developers do. He was trying to get a list of users given a list of user id numbers. The query looks something like this:
  • Enterprise 2.0: what a crock
    can someone explain to me the problem Enterprise 2.0 is trying to solve? [I don’t think it’s a single problem-DBM]
  • Amazon Launches Private Cloud Service
    Using a few API calls, customers will be able to create an isolated network, specify an IP address range, and launch the Amazon cloud into that network. They’ll then create a VPN to bridge Amazon to their existing IT infrastructures. Existing security and networking technologies will apply to any traffic moving between a customer’s private clouds within the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and the public Internet, Amazon said.
  • Taleo has $50 million to spend
    Dublin-based Taleo Corp., a maker of software used to hire and evaluate employees, may spend as much as $50 million to acquire companies with comparable technology, Chief Executive Officer Michael Gregoire said. Taleo, whose clients include JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Starbucks Corp., spent $128 million last year to buy competitor Vurv Technology Inc., Gregoire said in an interview Friday. To finance buyouts, Taleo would use some of its $62 million in cash and might seek an equity or debt offering if more were needed, he said. Taleo has no long-term debt.
  • What happened at Quest West?
    # Oracle’s top management structure has recently changed in a way that could benefit the JD Edwards community. Ed Abbo, who ran Oracle’s application business, has left. Application development now reports to Thomas Kurian. JDE executive Lenley Hensarling now reports directly to Kurian. # Chuck Roswat has gone walkabout (technically a leave of absence but likely a de facto retirement). Roswat was a direct report to Ellison and the executive in charge of all product development including applications. Kurian has taken his place making him a peer of co-presidents Safra Catz and Charles Phillips. # A future posting will try to sort out the meaning of the organization change but the bottom line is that Hensarling (and therefore JDE) is no longer buried far down the Oracle org chart. # Apparently Oracle Founder and CEO Larry Ellison has become especially excited and energized by the Sun acquisition that looks like it will close formally before OpenWorld. Time spent by Ellison on hobbie
  • SAP SaaS for all of us
    End of summer. This is when the “hibernating bear” – as Hasso PlattnerInformationWeek: “(SAP) is testing the software-as-a-service suite with 90 customers, and SAP hopes — but can’t guarantee — that it can accelerate the rollout next year” NetSuite might as well change the webinar title to say it is delivering the missing-in-action-for-years-now SAP SaaS product for all of us.
    called SAP’s SaaS Business By Design product at Sapphire earlier this year – was supposed to come out. But while they announced Feature Pack 2.0 recently, they are still keeping the rollout very selective.
  • JBoss Middleware Wins Key Fed Security Certification
    Red Hat’s JBoss’ open source Enterprise Middleware now has security certification for government projects thanks to receipt of the Common Criteria certification. The Common Criteria certification, now awarded to JBoss’ Enterprise Application Platform 4.3, is often required by government agencies and firms doing business with them to illustrate products comply with security standards.
  • SAP AG – Annual Report 2007 – (24) Litigation and Claims
    In April 2007, U.S.-based Versata Software, Inc. (formerly Trilogy Software, Inc.) (Versata) instituted legal proceedings in the United States against SAP. Versata alleges that SAP’s products and services infringe one or more of the claims in each of five patents held by Versata. In its complaint, Versata seeks unspecified monetary damages and permanent injunctive relief. SAP submitted its answer to the complaint in July 2007. The trial has been scheduled for August 2009.
  • Eastern District of Texas Federal Court Practice: Patent verdict in Versata v. SAP
    The Marshall jury in Judge Everingham’s court rendered a verdict in the Versata v. SAP, 2:07cv153 case this afternoon. The jury found all six submitted claims infringed, inducement and contributory infringement of one claim, found that the defendant has failed to prove one patent invalid for failure to satisfy the best mode requirement, and $138,641,000 in damages.
  • The 10 Most Expensive iPhone Apps
    2. MATG – SAP BusinessOne – $449.99 iTunes link Hooks into SAP’s BusinessOne financial management software. Designed for sales reps or marketing/finance execs. Also available for Microsoft Dynamics GP.
  • Microsoft Apologizes for Racially Charged Image Alteration
    The edit of the Microsoft ad for its Polish division was crude. The U.S. ad depicted three people at a conference table: an Asian man, a black man, and a white woman. When localizing the marketing image for Poland, Microsoft replaced the black man’s with that of a white man.

Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-08-25

  • Business software provider QAD’s 2nd-quarter loss essentially flat, revenue down 26 percent
    Business software provider QAD Inc. said Tuesday its fiscal second-quarter loss was virtually unchanged from the year before as cost-cutting efforts offset a sharp drop in revenue. The company posted a loss of $1.4 million, or 5 cents per share, in the quarter, equaling its loss in the year-ago period.
  • Salesforce Opens Up Force.com Platform To Outside Partners
    Salesforce.com has continued to expand the capabilities of Force.com, its platform to build and deploy enterprise applications. The company recently rolled out Force.com Sites, which lets companies build and run their applications for internal use as well as for public use on Salesforce.com cloud computing platform. Today, Salesforce will be opening up an additional distribution channel off of Force.com: the Value-Added Reseller (VAR) program.
  • CA Launches New Services for Fast Software Implementations
    As part of its larger Lean IT strategy, CA is rolling out 17 new and upgraded Standardized Services designed to make the deployment and implementation of CA software projects easier, faster and more efficient. CA offers more than 70 such Standardized Services, which offer repeatable methods for implementation, which lead to faster ROI and greater IT value, according to CA officials. The new services touch on such areas as application performance management, infrastructure management and mainframes.
  • Amazon’s AWS Toolkit for Eclipse Makes It Easier to Develop for the Cloud
    The AWS Toolkit for Eclipse is a plug-in that allows developers to develop and deploy software to the Amazon Web Services cloud infrastructure. The plug-in provides full integration into Eclipse, offering complete control over managing remote instances, uploading code, running code remotely and even debugging remotely without leaving Eclipse.
  • SAP Improves Community Network
    The success of the SAP community network can be directly attributed to the openness and the ability of members to provide feedback on the content contributed by others. The rating and ranking features allow direct feedback from community members to help other members navigate through large amount of content available in the community network virtual library.
  • Microsoft Mobile Apps ‘Worth More’ than 99 Cents, Says Developer
    Microsoft is encouraging developers of mobile applications to charge more than 99 cents for the software they post on Microsoft’s Windows MarketplaceResearch In Motion have already boosted the minimum price for many mobile applications. Microsoft’s move can also be seen as a shot at Apple, whose App Store charges 99 cents for a wide variety of apps—something that could frustrate developers looking for better margins on their products.
    for Mobile. Rival companies such as
  • The Allure of Azure
    Another program has the potential to unleash a powerful wave of change upon Microsoft’s channel, and that’s the Microsoft Azure platform. Microsoft’s cloud-computing infrastructure will require partners to imagine new ways of doing business with their customers and with Microsoft, while facing competitors made more agile by the technology. Azure and its competitive cloud-computing models — from Amazon.com Inc., Google Inc., IBM Corp. and others — have the potential to upend the logistics of going into the computer business. No more will channel competitors have to find ways to fund large infrastructure outlays. Now, if you can come up with the idea — and hire the software development talent to execute it — you can leave the physical infrastructure to Microsoft or other cloud providers on a pay-as-you-go basis.
  • Microsoft Upgrades Virtualization Management Tool
    VMM 2008 R2 is a key virtualization component for Microsoft, which from an early stage has been playing up its ability to manage both Hyper-V and VMware environments. Microsoft recently began trotting out the idea of a ‘VMware tax’ to depict the virtualization market leader’s products as an expensive and unnecessary additional layer of network infrastructure.
  • Sybase IQ technical highlights
    General highlights of the Sybase IQ technical story include: * Sybase IQ is an analytic DBMS with a columnar/column-store architecture * Unlike most analytic DBMS, Sybase IQ has a shared-disk architecture. * The Sybase IQ indexing story is a bit complicated, with a bunch of different index kinds. Most are focused on columns with low cardinality, and it least in some cases are a lot like bitmaps. (Sybase IQ when first introduced was a pure bitmap index product, with a single index type “Fast Project”.) But one index kind, “High Group” — designed for columns with high cardinality – is an exception to most generalities about other Sybase IQ index kinds, and instead is more akin to a b-tree.
  • Sybase IQ business notes
    The way Sybase breaks down its different target markets is somewhat confusing, but so far as I can tell: * A whole lot of Sybase IQ installations are focused on straight reporting. * Sybase is beefing up its efforts and penetration for IQ in “advanced analytics.” How advanced that is to date is a little unclear. * Sybase claims 80-90+ Sybase IQ customers in the “data aggregator” business, counting fairly narrowly. * Financial services is, unsurprisingly, a special-case market of particular focus.
  • Billion-Dollar Donors
    Three others including SAP co-founder Dietmar Hopp, mutual fund guru James Stowers and former banking billionaire Herbert Sandler qualified for this top givers club though their donations helped knock them out of the ranks of the world’s wealthiest. “I’m surprised there aren’t more,” says Sandler, “It’s a shame there aren’t a lot more.”
  • Top CIO Salaries: Eastern U.S.
    Wondering how much your peers in other cities are making? Technology staffing firm KForce gathered data on IT salaries from their consultants in various cities across the U.S. Here’s what they estimate as the going rate for new hires in the eastern region of the U.S.
  • Oracle Shareholders Not the Only Ones to Complain About Ellison’s Salary
    Larry Ellison currently holds a moderate 63% approval rating and a 13% disapproval rating, and interestingly, he falls among the top 100 highest rated CEOs on Glassdoor.com as of today (ranking #85 among CEOs with more than 25 reviews).
  • Mahindra Satyam senior VP quits
    Keshab Panda, senior vice-president of Mahindra Satyam, has put in his papers, marking another high-profile exit from the tainted IT firm, the erstwhile Satyam Computer Services. Rakesh Soni, chief operating officer (COO) of Mahindra Satyam, has now been given additional charge of business development and delivery operations of the US market and for the manufacturing, commercial and services verticals, said Sridhar Maturi, spokesperson of Mahindra Satyam.

Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-08-26

  • Optimizing ERP support staffing in smaller companies
    I have seen or heard of MS Axapta or QAD sites of 50-100 users that are effectively managed by one full time IT person. But you rarely see that with Oracle or SAP, for example. Our report shows that Tier I systems simply have a bigger footprint, requiring more ERP support staff.
  • Microsoft interns get perks, pay, play
    Microsoft had rented the museum for a private party and a screening of the new “Harry Potter” movie. After the screening, about 600 attendees received a free Xbox 360 video-game console. The recipients of this VIP treatment? Microsoft’s summer interns.
  • MySQL – Using the “IN” clause
    I was helping someone debug a slow query today when I noticed a common mistake that a lot of developers do. He was trying to get a list of users given a list of user id numbers. The query looks something like this:
  • Enterprise 2.0: what a crock
    can someone explain to me the problem Enterprise 2.0 is trying to solve? [I don’t think it’s a single problem-DBM]
  • Amazon Launches Private Cloud Service
    Using a few API calls, customers will be able to create an isolated network, specify an IP address range, and launch the Amazon cloud into that network. They’ll then create a VPN to bridge Amazon to their existing IT infrastructures. Existing security and networking technologies will apply to any traffic moving between a customer’s private clouds within the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and the public Internet, Amazon said.
  • Taleo has $50 million to spend
    Dublin-based Taleo Corp., a maker of software used to hire and evaluate employees, may spend as much as $50 million to acquire companies with comparable technology, Chief Executive Officer Michael Gregoire said. Taleo, whose clients include JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Starbucks Corp., spent $128 million last year to buy competitor Vurv Technology Inc., Gregoire said in an interview Friday. To finance buyouts, Taleo would use some of its $62 million in cash and might seek an equity or debt offering if more were needed, he said. Taleo has no long-term debt.
  • What happened at Quest West?
    # Oracle’s top management structure has recently changed in a way that could benefit the JD Edwards community. Ed Abbo, who ran Oracle’s application business, has left. Application development now reports to Thomas Kurian. JDE executive Lenley Hensarling now reports directly to Kurian. # Chuck Roswat has gone walkabout (technically a leave of absence but likely a de facto retirement). Roswat was a direct report to Ellison and the executive in charge of all product development including applications. Kurian has taken his place making him a peer of co-presidents Safra Catz and Charles Phillips. # A future posting will try to sort out the meaning of the organization change but the bottom line is that Hensarling (and therefore JDE) is no longer buried far down the Oracle org chart. # Apparently Oracle Founder and CEO Larry Ellison has become especially excited and energized by the Sun acquisition that looks like it will close formally before OpenWorld. Time spent by Ellison on hobbie
  • SAP SaaS for all of us
    End of summer. This is when the “hibernating bear” – as Hasso PlattnerInformationWeek: “(SAP) is testing the software-as-a-service suite with 90 customers, and SAP hopes — but can’t guarantee — that it can accelerate the rollout next year” NetSuite might as well change the webinar title to say it is delivering the missing-in-action-for-years-now SAP SaaS product for all of us.
    called SAP’s SaaS Business By Design product at Sapphire earlier this year – was supposed to come out. But while they announced Feature Pack 2.0 recently, they are still keeping the rollout very selective.
  • JBoss Middleware Wins Key Fed Security Certification
    Red Hat’s JBoss’ open source Enterprise Middleware now has security certification for government projects thanks to receipt of the Common Criteria certification. The Common Criteria certification, now awarded to JBoss’ Enterprise Application Platform 4.3, is often required by government agencies and firms doing business with them to illustrate products comply with security standards.
  • SAP AG – Annual Report 2007 – (24) Litigation and Claims
    In April 2007, U.S.-based Versata Software, Inc. (formerly Trilogy Software, Inc.) (Versata) instituted legal proceedings in the United States against SAP. Versata alleges that SAP’s products and services infringe one or more of the claims in each of five patents held by Versata. In its complaint, Versata seeks unspecified monetary damages and permanent injunctive relief. SAP submitted its answer to the complaint in July 2007. The trial has been scheduled for August 2009.
  • Eastern District of Texas Federal Court Practice: Patent verdict in Versata v. SAP
    The Marshall jury in Judge Everingham’s court rendered a verdict in the Versata v. SAP, 2:07cv153 case this afternoon. The jury found all six submitted claims infringed, inducement and contributory infringement of one claim, found that the defendant has failed to prove one patent invalid for failure to satisfy the best mode requirement, and $138,641,000 in damages.
  • The 10 Most Expensive iPhone Apps
    2. MATG – SAP BusinessOne – $449.99 iTunes link Hooks into SAP’s BusinessOne financial management software. Designed for sales reps or marketing/finance execs. Also available for Microsoft Dynamics GP.
  • Microsoft Apologizes for Racially Charged Image Alteration
    The edit of the Microsoft ad for its Polish division was crude. The U.S. ad depicted three people at a conference table: an Asian man, a black man, and a white woman. When localizing the marketing image for Poland, Microsoft replaced the black man’s with that of a white man.

Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-08-25

  • Business software provider QAD’s 2nd-quarter loss essentially flat, revenue down 26 percent
    Business software provider QAD Inc. said Tuesday its fiscal second-quarter loss was virtually unchanged from the year before as cost-cutting efforts offset a sharp drop in revenue. The company posted a loss of $1.4 million, or 5 cents per share, in the quarter, equaling its loss in the year-ago period.
  • Salesforce Opens Up Force.com Platform To Outside Partners
    Salesforce.com has continued to expand the capabilities of Force.com, its platform to build and deploy enterprise applications. The company recently rolled out Force.com Sites, which lets companies build and run their applications for internal use as well as for public use on Salesforce.com cloud computing platform. Today, Salesforce will be opening up an additional distribution channel off of Force.com: the Value-Added Reseller (VAR) program.
  • CA Launches New Services for Fast Software Implementations
    As part of its larger Lean IT strategy, CA is rolling out 17 new and upgraded Standardized Services designed to make the deployment and implementation of CA software projects easier, faster and more efficient. CA offers more than 70 such Standardized Services, which offer repeatable methods for implementation, which lead to faster ROI and greater IT value, according to CA officials. The new services touch on such areas as application performance management, infrastructure management and mainframes.
  • Amazon’s AWS Toolkit for Eclipse Makes It Easier to Develop for the Cloud
    The AWS Toolkit for Eclipse is a plug-in that allows developers to develop and deploy software to the Amazon Web Services cloud infrastructure. The plug-in provides full integration into Eclipse, offering complete control over managing remote instances, uploading code, running code remotely and even debugging remotely without leaving Eclipse.
  • SAP Improves Community Network
    The success of the SAP community network can be directly attributed to the openness and the ability of members to provide feedback on the content contributed by others. The rating and ranking features allow direct feedback from community members to help other members navigate through large amount of content available in the community network virtual library.
  • Microsoft Mobile Apps ‘Worth More’ than 99 Cents, Says Developer
    Microsoft is encouraging developers of mobile applications to charge more than 99 cents for the software they post on Microsoft’s Windows MarketplaceResearch In Motion have already boosted the minimum price for many mobile applications. Microsoft’s move can also be seen as a shot at Apple, whose App Store charges 99 cents for a wide variety of apps—something that could frustrate developers looking for better margins on their products.
    for Mobile. Rival companies such as
  • The Allure of Azure
    Another program has the potential to unleash a powerful wave of change upon Microsoft’s channel, and that’s the Microsoft Azure platform. Microsoft’s cloud-computing infrastructure will require partners to imagine new ways of doing business with their customers and with Microsoft, while facing competitors made more agile by the technology. Azure and its competitive cloud-computing models — from Amazon.com Inc., Google Inc., IBM Corp. and others — have the potential to upend the logistics of going into the computer business. No more will channel competitors have to find ways to fund large infrastructure outlays. Now, if you can come up with the idea — and hire the software development talent to execute it — you can leave the physical infrastructure to Microsoft or other cloud providers on a pay-as-you-go basis.
  • Microsoft Upgrades Virtualization Management Tool
    VMM 2008 R2 is a key virtualization component for Microsoft, which from an early stage has been playing up its ability to manage both Hyper-V and VMware environments. Microsoft recently began trotting out the idea of a ‘VMware tax’ to depict the virtualization market leader’s products as an expensive and unnecessary additional layer of network infrastructure.
  • Sybase IQ technical highlights
    General highlights of the Sybase IQ technical story include: * Sybase IQ is an analytic DBMS with a columnar/column-store architecture * Unlike most analytic DBMS, Sybase IQ has a shared-disk architecture. * The Sybase IQ indexing story is a bit complicated, with a bunch of different index kinds. Most are focused on columns with low cardinality, and it least in some cases are a lot like bitmaps. (Sybase IQ when first introduced was a pure bitmap index product, with a single index type “Fast Project”.) But one index kind, “High Group” — designed for columns with high cardinality – is an exception to most generalities about other Sybase IQ index kinds, and instead is more akin to a b-tree.
  • Sybase IQ business notes
    The way Sybase breaks down its different target markets is somewhat confusing, but so far as I can tell: * A whole lot of Sybase IQ installations are focused on straight reporting. * Sybase is beefing up its efforts and penetration for IQ in “advanced analytics.” How advanced that is to date is a little unclear. * Sybase claims 80-90+ Sybase IQ customers in the “data aggregator” business, counting fairly narrowly. * Financial services is, unsurprisingly, a special-case market of particular focus.
  • Billion-Dollar Donors
    Three others including SAP co-founder Dietmar Hopp, mutual fund guru James Stowers and former banking billionaire Herbert Sandler qualified for this top givers club though their donations helped knock them out of the ranks of the world’s wealthiest. “I’m surprised there aren’t more,” says Sandler, “It’s a shame there aren’t a lot more.”
  • Top CIO Salaries: Eastern U.S.
    Wondering how much your peers in other cities are making? Technology staffing firm KForce gathered data on IT salaries from their consultants in various cities across the U.S. Here’s what they estimate as the going rate for new hires in the eastern region of the U.S.
  • Oracle Shareholders Not the Only Ones to Complain About Ellison’s Salary
    Larry Ellison currently holds a moderate 63% approval rating and a 13% disapproval rating, and interestingly, he falls among the top 100 highest rated CEOs on Glassdoor.com as of today (ranking #85 among CEOs with more than 25 reviews).
  • Mahindra Satyam senior VP quits
    Keshab Panda, senior vice-president of Mahindra Satyam, has put in his papers, marking another high-profile exit from the tainted IT firm, the erstwhile Satyam Computer Services. Rakesh Soni, chief operating officer (COO) of Mahindra Satyam, has now been given additional charge of business development and delivery operations of the US market and for the manufacturing, commercial and services verticals, said Sridhar Maturi, spokesperson of Mahindra Satyam.