Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-08-01

  • Ariba shares decline after 3Q report
    For the quarter that ended June 30, Ariba said late Thursday it earned $3.9 million, or 5 cents per share, compared with a loss of $4.3 million, or 5 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter. In the prior year’s quarter, Ariba had higher operating expenses and revenue costs.
  • Porting Postgres favorites to Oracle
    For the last month or so, I have been creating temporal extensions for both Postgres and Oracle. Of the two, the Postgres version was easier to implement because the array functionality in Postgres is the best of any dbms out there. So for other developers who split their time between Postgres and Oracle, here is how to create the equivalent of array_agg(), unnest() and generate_series() in Oracle.
  • More on Why Big BI is Bad BI – Leveraging Information and Intelligence
    All of this comes with an increase in spending, but a lack of innovation in the BI space in general. Largely, as I’m asserting, because the consolidation is doing nothing but jacking up prices on products that function very much like they did a few years ago.
  • HP sets out to save Sun customers
    Called Sun Complete Care, the programme offers customers a wide variety of specialised services, support plans and financial incentives. According to HP executives, these include business case development, TCO/ROI analysis and migration assessment services, as well as design, migration and support to financing options. Also thrown in are trade-in opportunities on hardware, software and education programmes.
  • Save up to $33,520.47 Per Year Per DBA by Using Oracle Database 11g Rather Than Microsoft SQL Server 2008
    # DBAs can perform typical administrative functions in 41 percent less time when using Oracle Database 11g compared to Microsoft SQL Server 2008. # Oracle Database 11g requires 43 percent fewer steps for the same set of standard RDBMS tasks than Microsoft SQL Server 2008 using Edison’s metric for complexity assessment. # Benefiting from increased DBA productivity due to lower complexity and higher efficiency cited above, businesses could save up to $33,520.47 per year per DBA by using Oracle Database 11g rather than Microsoft SQL Server 2008. # In the case of backup and recovery tasks, Oracle Database 11g offers architectural and functional capabilities beyond those offered by SQL Server 2008. Oracle Database 11g took 53 percent less time and 60 percent fewer steps than Microsoft SQL Server in backup and recovery tasks. # In the case of performance diagnostics and tuning, Oracle Database 11g demonstrated a significant 87 percent savings in time.
  • Comparative Management Costs Study: Oracle Database 11g vs. Microsoft SQL Server 2008
    The main areas of difference we discovered between the two products were: * Backup & Recovery: In the case of backup and recovery tasks, Oracle Database 11g offers architectural and functional capabilities beyond those offered by SQL Server 2008. Oracle Database 11g took 53 percent less time and 60 percent fewer steps than Microsoft SQL Server in backup and recovery tasks. * Performance Diagnostics and Tuning: In this category, Oracle Database 11g demonstrated a significant 87 percent savings in time.
  • SAP’s Schwarz & Sikka: The Road to More Agile Business Performance
    The challenge going forward is in surfacing information from SAP’s 20,000+ screens to provide contextual timely information in the workflow of a future process driven environment. Providing this level of functionality, with partner applications if necessary, while avoiding the concerns the US Stratcom, responsible for securing the military’s “global information grid”, are arguably the future of Enterprise 2.0 strategy, tactics and associated technologies.
  • The Gobbledygook Manifesto
    The winner was “next generation,” with 9,895 uses. There were over 5,000 uses of each of the following words and phrases: “flexible,” “robust,” “world class,” “scalable,” and “easy to use.” Other notably overused phrases with between 2,000 and 5,000 uses included “cutting edge,” “mission critical,” “market leading,” “industry standard,” “turnkey,” and “groundbreaking.” Oh and don’t forget “interoperable,” “best of breed,” and “user friendly,” each with over 1,000 uses in news releases.
  • Novell delivers SUSE appliance kit
    The SUSE Appliance Program consists of a Web-based appliance construction tool called SUSE Studio Online, a mini-Linux called SUSE Linux Enterprise JeOS (Just Enough Operating System), support for Amazon’s EC2 cloud, plus marketing support. It’s aimed at Independent Software Vendors (ISVs).
  • Novell Rolls Out SUSE Linux Enterprise Platform Appliance Program for ISVs
    Software providers including VMware and SAP have already signed on to offer their technology in software appliance form together with SUSE Linux Enterprise.
  • Novell punts tools to make software appliances
    The tool, which is available here, is available for free and is hosted in Novell’s data centre at its headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts.
  • Oracle Hopes For Aug Sun Merger Completion Despite DOJ Review
    But pressing through a second-request investigation in such an abbreviated time frame would buck the odds, according to Justice Department statistics and antitrust experts, even as Sun’s financial results as an independent entity skid to surprising lows.
  • Mercury News Interview: CEO Eric Schmidt on Google, Apple and Microsoft
    Near the fifth anniversary of Google’s initial public stock offering, Schmidt recalls some of his early, jarring days as Google’s top executive, explains the company’s unique relationship with Apple and addresses recent scrutiny of its business practices. The following is an edited transcript.
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