Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-07-29

  • SAP Announces Second Quarter and First Half 2009 Results
    On May 6, SAP announced the acquisition of privately held Highdeal, the leading provider of real-time billing solutions for telecommunications. Highdeal delivers sophisticated pricing and charging solutions designed to support today’s new service economy. The combination of SAP and Highdeal is intended to provide customers a packaged consume-to-cash business process platform to support high-volume billing and enable a reduction in cost of ownership.
  • Assessing the Enterprise 2.0 marketplace in 2009: Robust and crowded
    [Any VC putting new money in this space must be nuts. Worse odds than betting on “00” in roulette!-DBM] The visual above can be clicked to view the gallery containing the full list of Enterprise 2.0-capable applications assessed in this survey.
  • Rating the Summer’s SAP News Stories: One Blogger’s View
    SAP does not appear to be out in front on this story, and a successful BBD product would be a real asset to the SAP product line. Greater urgency is needed here, or a more convincing and clear marketing message, or both.
  • Guy Kawasaki: What makes innovation?
    At Cisco Live in San Francisco, Silicon Valley entreprenuer Guy Kawasaki, author of Reality Check, talks about the four qualities of innovation that he believes all successful products need. They are: deep, intelligent, complete, and elegant.
  • Ingres Unleashes The Power Of Modern Computing
    the Ingres VectorWise project, a collaboration between Ingres, VectorWise, a spin out from the leading database research team at CWI of Amsterdam, a research institute in mathematics and computer science, along with ongoing support from Intel. VectorWise created the first-ever database engine that succeeds in unleashing the performance potential of modern computer hardware.
  • Epicor Reports 2009 Second Quarter Results
    Total revenue for the 2009 second quarter was $100.4 million, with a GAAP net loss of $6.7 million, or loss of $0.11 per diluted share. This compares to 2008 second quarter revenue of $127.9 million, and GAAP net income of $0.3 million, or $0.00 per diluted share. Non-GAAP1 net income for the 2009 second quarter was $6.7 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $10.3 million, or $0.17 per diluted share in the 2008 second quarter.
  • Just How Good Are You?
    You see SAP failing at this. You see Oracle failing at this. It’s because it is a completely different way of running your business. We had real problems, originally, when large banks would tell us, ‘No, put our data behind the firewall, and we’ll give you a $5 million deal.’ We’d respond, ‘That’s not our business. We really want your business. Let us show you how this can be better than anything you ever had before. It won’t break down. It’ll be extremely robust, and you’ll get immediate efficiency.’ That’s what we can do that other companies aren’t doing today.
  • Beware of Gym Salesman VC
    If they use these tactics when they “love you” imagine the tactics when you’re not performing as well as you would have liked.
  • The Scientific Reason for CRM Failure, Part 1
    people are hard wired to resist change and decide the business results are worth altering how things are done. It means not telling people to get over it, or to get hold of themselves, because statements like these create resistance.
  • This is Not Your Father’s HR
    Frustration over ineffective recruitment practices and high turnover are spurring a more integrated view of hiring and managing employees
  • SPSS Gives IBM Advantages, But Can It Execute?
    But IBM’s next step is execution, which is tougher and more important than the decision. More businesses are purchasing BI from their software application vendors, and IBM is not an application company in the vein of SAP or Oracle (NSDQ: ORCL). IBM and its Cognos division had 10% of the total BI market in 2008 with revenues of $800 million, up 5% since the previous year.
  • Should SAP Go Shopping for Acquisitions?
    Mergers and acquisitions are all the rage right now, and it would behoove SAP to get in while the getting is good. Ready to spend some Euros to make some Euros, Mr. Apotheker?
  • Sleek SAP Is Primed For Recovery
    Klusmann agrees that SAP has had a harder time than Oracle in keeping up sales during the recession. “Up until 2007, SAP has been gaining at the expense of Oracle. But in the last two to three quarters that has turned around,” he said.

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