Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-08-19

  • Rimini Street Announces the Global Expansion of Its Comprehensive Tax and Regulatory Solution to More Than One Hundred Countries
    Rimini Street, Inc., the leading third-party maintenance and support provider for enterprise software, including Oracle Corporation’s (NASDAQ:ORCL) Siebel, PeopleSoft, and JD Edwards software and SAP AG (NYSE:SAP) software, today announced the global expansion of its proven tax and regulatory update service. Tax and regulatory updates from Rimini Street, already used and trusted by hundreds of clients around the world to accurately process billions of dollars of transactions, are a key component of Rimini Street’s award-winning, third-party support program. With this expanded coverage, Rimini Street will provide mission-critical tax and regulatory updates for more than one hundred countries across all of its supported SAP and Oracle product lines.
  • Satyam to sack chunk of seniors
    The non-billable support category, as the name suggests, is into support services including managerial functions and administrative roles. It is this segment that is in the crosshairs.
  • Wipro: Actively Seeking Acquisitions
    it is “actively” scouting for acquisitions to boost its services portfolio. “Typically, the size of the company should be over $30 million of revenue per year. If it is any smaller it would have to be something very exceptional,” chief financial officer, Suresh Senapaty, told reporters on the sidelines of an industry conference without elaborating.
  • Tibco/SAP Redux: Does Tibco Code Meet SAP Standards?
    a possible acquisition of Tibco, a rumor that’s become red-hot in the past week. Few independent companies know SAP’s software as well as Tibco does, and the excerpt above from the Tibco press release dated Sept. 28, 2004, shows how vigorously Tibco has touted its SAP expertise and its value to SAP customers over the years.
  • IBM Middleware Interprets Data From RFID, Other Sensors
    WebSphere Sensor Events is designed to help organizations derive value from the many sensors that are now available and in many cases already deployed in factories, offices and other settings. Those sensors have proliferated in recent years, especially with the advent of RFID (radio frequency identification) tags, which can be attached to products in transit or to corporate assets such as computers and hard drives.
  • IBM Moving to PaaS
    IBM’s going to built a general-purpose WebSphere platform-as-a-service offering along the lines of Microsoft‘s Azure and Rackspace’s Mosso – and to a lesser extent Google‘s App Engine and Salesforce’s Force.com – not to mention whatever VMware will build now that it’s buying SpringSource.
  • Gartner on OFM11g
    The stated objective for OFM 11g is to be “complete, integrated, hot-pluggable, best-of-breed,” all of which are achieved in OFM 11g to a degree, although each will require additional investment from Oracle over time. To customers it is important to notice that OFM 11g is the foundation for Oracle Fusion Applications (OFA), Oracle’s next generation of packaged business applications. This leverages the need to create an excellent product for Oracle, because it has to eat it’s own dog food here. One can expect that Oracle will continue investing in this set of products. The only uncertainty is to what extent the acquisition of Sun Microsystems will impact the large range of products in OFM. This introduces some challenges, resulting in changes in some of the OFM products (no severe cases expected here).
  • SpringSource Launches Enterprise Java Cloud
    Today, we make another significant announcement. SpringSource is launching an enterprise Java cloud—SpringSource Cloud Foundry. This initiative is a logical extension of our integrated Build/Run/Manage approach to unifying the application lifecycle, extending our vision of simplifying enterprise Java beyond the traditional data center. As cloud computing
    becomes more important, we want to ensure that Java developers can take full advantage of it. We believe that our leadership in Java development, coupled with our strength in the runtime and management phases, enables us to provide a compelling solution that will benefit the developer community.
  • Oracle 11g R2 database release coming in September
    The company has planned at least one informational road-show event on the release, Oracle 11g R2, for Sept. 29 in Bedford, Mass. A company spokeswoman declined comment Wednesday. Oracle has tried to keep a tight leash on information about 11g R2, swearing beta testers to secrecy. A Web page for the Sept. 29 event offers only a general sense of the database’s new features, saying it will cut costs and boost performance, and let IT shops “upgrade database applications while users remain online.” 11g R2 is also expected to make improvements in the area of grid computing, storage management and clustering.
  • Microsoft issues SQL Azure, CEP platform previews
    Also announced was a SQL Server driver that provides Azure support for PHP (hypertext preprocessor), a language popular among Web application developers. MSDN and Technet subscribers gained access to the previews Tuesday; they will be generally available Wednesday. SQL Azure Database is available at no charge until Azure’s commercial launch in November, at which point it will be offered in two tiers. The Web edition will cost $9.99 a month and allow up to 1GB of data, while the Business Edition will include up to 10GB and cost $99.99 per month, according to an official blog post.
  • Ganesh Kirti | Oracle Innovation Showcase
    The platform security services that I’m building now are the most innovative products that I’ve worked on. I do believe Fusion Middleware 11g will help thousands of customers efficiently build applications.
  • With “11g,” Oracle Steps Out Of IBM’s Middleware Shadow
    The latest release of Oracle Fusion Middleware, dubbed “11g,” establishes Oracle as the innovator among Java platform vendors. The first modules of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g — the core Java application server, development tools, service-oriented architecture (SOA), and portal platforms — exhibit a high degree of integration and the first comprehensive declarative development environment for Java from a major vendor. IBM and SAP, the other big Java vendors, are behind Oracle in providing this level of platform integration and Java-development innovation. Application development and enterprise architecture professionals with significant commitments to enterprise Java should now reevaluate their strategic vendors and decide whether or not to follow Oracle’s new path with Java platforms. In considering this path, they should be wary of the high potential cost of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g as well as the high potential for customer lock-in with Oracle’s approach.
  • AR: Continuity of Contact Makes A Difference
    Perhaps half the firms I worked with before have sustained their relationships with me since I became independent. A few have told me they see me as less valuable without my old brand. Some have said they will do things with me now they would not have done with me before. Some smaller new clients say they have no interest in working with the big firms because they think they won’t get any attention. And they may be right, although if they are interesting and they engage the right analyst, maybe they can get their money’s worth – especially if they are proactive.
  • Microsoft Offers Two Database Previews: SQL Server & SQL Azure
    New features to explore in this iteration include a new version of the reporting software and a renewed focus on multi-server management. The Report Builder 3.0 is a self-service reporting tool, and Microsoft is now touting its ability to handle “geospatial visualization” – doublespeak for maps. To attempt to speed up multi-server management, Microsoft added a new database administration wizard.
  • Rimini Street ups the support ante: expands international support
    If you look at the maintenance terms provided by the big vendors they come down to pretty much two lines – we provide you with support. What we’re doing is making sure customers understand the full range of support services they need and how we provide that. There’s a long check list of items that right now customers have to go figure what they need to deal with and what the vendor is going to supply. We don’t think that leads to good value for your maintenance dollar.”

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