Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-08-20

  • SAP Implementation Projects: Still Crazy After All These Years – Part 2
    “I don’t know if the SAP project methodology is being used as I have nothing to gauge our experiences against; however, over the past 2 years, I have read a number of items by experienced SAP consultants, and I suspect that they are not applying it correctly, if at all.”
  • Consider more than end of support in move from SAP BEx to BOBJ
    A move from SAP BEx tools to SAP BusinessObjects tools should be driven by where the new applications can fill gaps in functionality, not simply by the end of support, analysts say.
  • Brazilian Bank Deactivates 15 Legacy Systems After Adopting SAP® ERP
    One of the top retail banks in Brazil, Banese (Banco do Estado de Sergipe), has improved its efficiency and reduced operational risk by replacing disparate and high-cost IT systems with the flagship enterprise resource planning (ERP) application, SAP® ERP. The bank expects to achieve return on investment (ROI) for the SAP project in only three years.
  • #16 Safra Catz – Forbes.com
    The 100 Most Powerful Women #16 Safra Catz President, Oracle U.S. …Armed with a bachelor’s in business and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania, Catz worked as an investment banker for nearly 20 years before joining Oracle‘s board of directors in 2001.
  • Lawsuit Against Tesla Dropped
    According to reports, a judge recently ruled that the lawsuit could move forward after Tesla filed a motion to dismiss in late June. Apart from the lawsuit debacle, this summer has proved to be a positive one for Tesla, which achieved profitability in July with approximately $1 million of earnings on revenue of $20 million, thanks to improved margins on its sports car, the Roadster. Tesla Motors also recently announced that the company will build a powertrain assembly facility in Palo Alto, which will also house the corporate headquarters, engineering and R&D departments.
  • Silicon Valley Elite Flock To Y Combinator Demo Day
    The turnout today is huge — VCs representing billions of dollars in managed funds are here, with investors from US Venture Partners, XG Ventures, Founder’s Fund, Greylock Ventures, First Round Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, True Ventures, Freestyle Capital, Venrock, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, FBfund, renowned angel investor Ron Conway and more in attendance. There are also plenty of executives from established companies, including Google exec Bradley Horowitz and Don Dodge from Microsoft. Past Demo Days have certainly received their fair share of attention, but it seems like YC’s larger class size, and perhaps the companies themselves, are bigger draws than ever.
  • The down-low on DB2
    [Tim Vincent, DB2 Chief Architect for DB2 on Linux, Unix, and Windows platforms; IBM fellow-DBM] ComputerWorld Canada’s Kathleen Lau put together had an interview with Tim Vincent, another database specialist with the IBM Toronto Software Lab. I think this is a great clip and one well worth revisiting, especially as Oracle plans its next release. Hopefully by this time next year we’ll be talking less about DB2’s past and more about its future.
  • Can Yahoo’s Carol Bartz Outsmart Microsoft And Google?
    Bartz is betting Yahoo can bring up display revenues and make money leveraging Microsoft’s search engine. Right now that’s more plan than reality.
  • The Business of Giving | Jeff Raikes talks about first year as Gates Foundation CEO
    Raikes recently talked about the fallout of the economic crisis on the foundation, the importance of risk taking and failure in philanthropy, and his experience working with Melinda Gates, which he said has been the most fun. He spoke at a breakfast last week sponsored by the Puget Sound Business Journal. (I couldn’t get in, but thanks to the Seattle Channel I was able to watch it here).
  • Town Square: A Conversation with Jeff Raikes
    8/13/2009: Jeff Raikes is in an enviable position: he is paid to give away big money for good causes. This former president of Microsoft’s business division now heads The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. With an asset trust endowment of about $27.5 billion, the Gates Foundation paid out $2.8 billion in grants last year alone and has granted more than $20.1 billion since its inception. Meet Jeff Raikes, hear his take on his new job, on the foundation that is working to change the lives of millions of people for the better, and on the effects of a challenging economy regionally and globally.
  • Report: Cloud services can’t handle the pressure
    “infrastructure-on-demand services offered by Amazon, Google and Microsoft suffer from regular performance and availability issues.”
  • Google Helps Enterprises Conduct Side-by-Side Search, Plug into Salesforce.com
    Google follows up its Google Search Appliance launch with new side-by-side search and a Salesforce.com connector. The side-by-side search is a free download for GSA that lets admins set up quick search comparison tests for corporate employees. The workers vote on the best results, and the admin can then make purchasing recommendations. The Salesforce.com connector crawls Salesforce.com for files and documents.
  • SAP looks to India for enterprise market growth
    The German software maker enjoys a dominant position in the enterprise market and its India subcontinent head, Ranjan Das, is suddenly in focus because India and China are two regions that are still delivering good growth in hard times.
  • Forrester: SAP, others will make analytics acquisitions
    Forrester particularly singles out SAP, saying the vendor will make a deal soon, and could even submit a competitive bid for SPSS. SAP is already planning to buy SAF AG, a German company that makes analytics software aimed at retailers and wholesalers. An SAP spokesman declined to comment on Forrester’s report.
  • NetApp announces CEO switch; Georgens replaces Warmenhoven
    NetApp has a new CEO after its board of directors appointed Tom Georgens to replace Dan Warmenhoven, who is stepping down after 15 years heading up one the industry’s largest data storage companies.

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