Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-08-12

  • Microsoft Adds New Parallel Programming Support to Visual Studio
    With its new add-in for Visual Studio 2008, Microsoft is providing support for debugging Message Passing Interface (MPI) programs. The VS 2008 add-in technology will be included in Visual Studio 2010. MPI is a language-independent communications protocol used to program parallel computers. Moreover, MPI is a specification for an API that allows many computers to communicate with one another. It is used in computer clusters and supercomputers.
  • Debugging, Profiling and Analyzing Parallel Applications
    Here’s a brief tour of the parallel programming, debugging, and diagnostic features available in Visual Studio 2008 and upcoming in Visual Studio 2010.
  • How Hadoop Revolutionized Data Warehousing at Yahoo and Facebook
    Hadoop is a data grid operating system which augments current BI systems and improves their agility by providing an economically scalable solution for storing and processing large amounts of unstructured data over long periods of time
  • Embarcadero to upgrade acquired Borland tools
    Embarcadero later this month plans to update a suite of Windows and .Net developer tools acquired when the company bought the former software development arm of Borland Software, adding capabilities for application gestures and Firebird database support.
  • Salesforce.com: Morgan Stanley Backs Off Bearish Stance
    “An increasingly positive tone in recent channel checks, a pronounced upturn in transaction growth, and positive currency benefits all point to the potential for billings growth to stabilize in fiscal Q2,” he writes. “This stabilization, combined with better expense controls, eliminates the two primary elements of our Underweight rating.”
  • Leaner IBM ‘looks where the puck is going’
    Since 2003, the company has made more than 50 acquisitions to shore up its software division, the most prominent being the purchase of Ottawa’s Cognos Inc. for US$4.9-billion last year, a move that came as part of a US$10-billion, three-year plan to expand the company’s business analytics offerings, which also included adding more than 4,000 new consultants.
  • IBM Acquires SPSS – A Big Deal, or Not?
    “SAP’s partnership with SPSS is working well and we do not expect IBM’s intended acquisition to have an impact on this relationship. We have a growing number of customers as a result of this agreement and we will continue to partner with IBM and evolve our predictive services portfolio to meet the needs of our customers.”
  • Eduardo Silva | Oracle Innovation Showcase
    Customers are always looking for solutions to improve their business processes. Oracle makes a contribution by providing the most exciting and innovative products to meet customer needs. Oracle’s innovative culture benefits employees, too, because employees are encouraged to have open minds and discover new things. They receive support internally and ultimately deliver innovative products for Oracle customers.
  • Mahindra Satyam Boss Talks Up Prospects
    “We lost a fair amount of business and it had to go to someone – in certain cases it went to Wipro (WIT) or IBM (IBM) or TCS or HP (HPQ), you name it,” said Gurnani, who took over as CEO six weeks ago after moving from his post as president of international operations at Tech Mahindra.
  • Part 2: Analyzing Ariba’s Quarter — Customers and the Competition
    From a competitive perspective, Ariba continues to come out swinging in regards to SAP, the company it appears to view as its primary competition going forward (Ariba employees have been very dismissive of late over Emptoris, even before Avner’s recent departure). On the call, Bob cited the case of Swisslog, a company with an SAP back-end that initially chose Ariba for an inexpensive sourcing toolkit and later upgraded to its “full upstream” suite (which I suspect includes spend visibility and the more robust enterprise sourcing solution). These wins were competitive with “an ERP provider” whose name I suppose you can guess. In addition, Ariba also claimed “nearly a dozen takeaways or head-to-head wins against SAP” in the quarter overall. Having looked at a number of deals in the field beginning to shape themselves at the moment, I can say with near certainty that Ariba is benefiting from delayed ERP upgrade cycles as well as SAP’s inability to get its act together on the sales front

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