Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-08-11

  • Judge: Microsoft can’t sell Word anymore
    In its complaint (PDF), i4i alleges Microsoft willingly violated its 1998 patent (No. 5,787,449) on a method for reading XML. The company, whose Web site advertises that users can “Create and edit XML content in Microsoft Word,” helps clients work with XML.
  • i4i Limited Partnership, Plaintiff, vs. Microsoft Corporation, Defendant.
    [Complaint document-DBM]
  • McKool Smith: Judge Upholds Verdict, Enhances Damages, Issues Permanent Injunction Against Microsoft in Patent Infringement Lawsuit
    The national law firm of McKool Smith is announcing a permanent injunction and total damages and interest of more than $290 million against software giant Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) in a Texas patent infringement lawsuit won by Toronto-based technology provider i4i Inc.
  • Oracle Smooths Integration Between JDE, Supply Chain Planning Apps on Managing Automation
    The new integrations link JD Edwards EnterpriseOne with the following Oracle Value Chain Planning applications: * Oracle Advanced Supply Chain Planning, which offers unconstrained and constraint-based planning * Oracle Demantra, the demand management suite acquired by Oracle * Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center, a set of supply chain analysis, risk management, and alerting tools * Oracle Inventory Optimization, which can be used to manage inventories in multi-echelon supply chains * Oracle Strategic Network Optimization tools for supply network design and optimization * Oracle Production Scheduling, used to plan shop floor production
  • Oracle Gives JD Edwards a PIP of an Upgrade
    It’s upgrading the JD Edwards offering with a bundle of supply chain management (SCM)-related applications and best practices that Oracle developed for its own products over the years. JD Edwards users will be able to access the tools through a new integration service, Application Integration Architecture Process Integration Pack, or PIP.
  • America’s Cup team plans huge Dogzilla vessel
    “We’re pleased to publicly confirm that the BOR 90, which will continue to undergo modifications, is the boat that will compete for the 33rd America’s Cup in 2010,” BMW Oracle said.
  • BMW Oracle Racing names Jimmy Spithill as helmsman
    The America’s Cup challenger BMW Oracle Racing has named the Australian Jimmy Spithill as helmsman for the team’s showdown with the defending champions Alinghi of Switzerland in February. The BMW Oracle Racing skipper and CEO Russell Coutts made the announcement on Tuesday. Spithill will be sailing in his fourth America’s Cup.
  • Get Personal with Your Audience
    For example, the other week I visited Workday, a fast-growing Pleasanton (Calif.) company selling HR software via the Internet. Workday was started by Peoplesoft founder, David Duffield. (Oracle (ORCL) has bought Peoplesoft). During my tour, I met with several employees who all shared the company mantra of customer satisfaction. The intense devotion that pervades the organization begins with Duffield’s insistence that customer service set the company apart. He once told one of his employees that he wanted his tombstone to read: “He had happy customers.” Duffield is passionate about customer service and takes every opportunity (presentations, e-mails, customer visits) to share his personal commitment.
  • Google Welcomes NetSuite as a Checkout Partner
    When a user enables the Google Checkout option, it displays the Google Checkout button next to the Proceed to Checkout button in the shopping cart, or on the checkout landing page. Customers can then click on it and go right to Google Checkout, with NetSuite providing the items in the shopping cart, the selected shipping option and tax information.
  • Teaming Up to Crack Innovation and Enterprise Integration
    In the continuing quest for business growth, many CEOs are turning to their CIOs and IT organizations because technology is essential to two compelling sources of growth: innovation and integration. Innovation, of course, is doing new things that customers ultimately appreciate and value—not only developing new generations of products, services, channels, and customer experience but also conceiving new business processes and models. Integration is making the multiple units, functions, and sites of large organizations work together to increase capacity, improve performance, lower cost structure, and discover opportunities for improvement that don’t appear until you look across functions.
  • Our Lips Are Sealed: More IBM Layoffs
    “It is not right that IBM continues to keep job cut numbers, locations and divisions secret,” said Conrad in an e-mail. “IBM needs to come clean on how many jobs are being terminated as the work is offshored. We call for full transparency.” The Alliance@IBM is a Communications Workers of America
    local that doesn’t have enough members to gain official recognition as a bargaining unit.
  • Business Salaries Still Declining, Index Finds
    A report from online payroll service SurePayroll found that while hiring rose 1.7 percent among small businesses in the month of July, salaries, on the other hand, have consistently been trending in the opposite direction. Year to date, the average small business salary has dropped 5.1 percent, according to the SurePayroll Pay Index, which is an economic index of the average salary paid by a U.S. small business.

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