Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-08-13

  • Analyst of the year 2009 (part 1)
    There is a partial correlation between analyst house importance and analyst importance with a few significant exceptions. Most notably where people attach more importance on the individual rather than the company. This could be because of the bespoke value they give to firms and their unique intelligence and insight. Notable analysts who fall into this category include David Mitchell from Ovum, Ray Wang from Forrester and James Governor from RedMonk.
  • Strengthening India’s offshoring industry
    McKinsey analysis suggests that there is little immediate risk to India’s dominance of the market for offshore technology and business services. But the country’s share could sink to 40 percent by 2020, from just over 50 percent at the end of 2008, primarily as a result of increased competition from other countries, talent and infrastructure constraints, and an unhelpful regulatory environment. But changes in the global market could also give India opportunities, especially if its companies become more innovative and rely less on low labor costs.
  • Community SAAS and Cloud Computing: How to Drive Participation
    Deriving ROI from a software-as-a-service solution depends heavily on use. Especially in this economy, when every dollar counts, knowing how to drive adoption and ongoing participation in a software-as-a-service solution can be the difference between success and failure. With the right combination of technology and best practices to be a good partner, Knowledge Center contributor Amar Singh shows you how to create a community supply chain that yields both short-term ROI and long-term value.
  • REVIEW: Eclipse 3.5’s Many New Features Work Together to Make Developers More Productive
    In fact, this release has more features than I could hope to include in any one review. Here, then, are the biggest: * Full support for both OS X Cocoa and Solaris x86. (And, believe it or not, support for the ancient IBM s390 mainframe—why, I don’t know.) * Alternative button order. Yes, you read that right, and, yes, it really is important. Different operating systems order their OK and Cancel buttons differently, and it’s significant that Eclipse allows you to configure your preference. * Enhancements to the way tool bars and menus can be customized, including the ability to show and hide individual menu and tool bar items. * Multiple instances of the Properties box. This is a good one, because you can open up more than one Properties boxes so you can simultaneously inspect and modify the properties of multiple objects. (I wonder if Microsoft is reading this.) Great improvements to Project Explorer, including Go Into and Go To functionality. (The goal here is to get this explorer u
  • ‘Galileo’ Release of Eclipse Offers a Galaxy of New Features
    Error Messages Eclipse offers many handy error messages such as this one, which includes the option to remove the unreachable code.
  • Remembering Red Hat’s sizzling IPO – with a toast from Microsoft
    Happy 10th anniversary, Hatters. Can it really be that Red Hat went public 10 years ago on Aug. 11, 1999? How time does fly – and how big an impact the Linux crew has had on the world ever since.
  • Investor reveals secret to $1.6 billion in open-source success
    No other investor has had as much success in open-source software as Peter Fenton, general partner at Benchmark Capital. A competitive triathlete, Fenton has turned the standard marathon of open-source business-building into a sprint, churning out four big open-source sales–JBoss ($350 million), Zimbra ($350 million), XenSource ($500 million), and SpringSource ($420 million)–while most investors have yet to turn a profit on any.
  • Red Hat Linux: Beach Front Property with a View
    OK, Red Hat isn’t officially for sale but this is a great listing for them if it were to be so. And, in reality, everything is for sale–for the right price.
  • Eight Non-Certified Skills in the Money
    1. Java EE, SE, ME Flat pay growth in last three months but increased 33.3% in the last year.
  • Transparency in SaaS Service Operations
    A proactive approach would have a Service Status Page depicting the current service availability of the various production systems.
  • OK, so now I feel really bad
    Apparently while I was commenting on Tom Siebel’s recent comments about the maturity of the tech industry, he was recovering from an attack in the Serengeti by a 12,000 pound elephant.

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