Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-08-22

  • CRM failure: An all-star analyst discussion
    I assembled three top-notch analysts to discuss, debate, and help us understand why CRM projects fail and how you can assure success. The result is a unique and informative podcast that drills deeply into the most important issues. The all-star team joining me for the podcast consists of: * Paul Greenberg, fellow ZDNet blogger and author of the influential book, CRM at the Speed of Light * William Band, vice president and principal CRM analyst at Forrester Research * Dr. Natalie Petouhoff, senior CRM and customer service analyst at Forrester Research
  • Linux kernel dev team grows, Torvalds drops off the chart
    Over the past 16 months, the report says, 2.7 million lines have been added, there’s been a ten percent increase in the number of developers contributing to each three-monthly release cycle, and the number of lines of code contributed each day has nearly tripled. Some five thousand developers across more than five hundred companies are involved: of those companies, Red Hat is in the lead with 12 percent of changes, IBM on 6.3 percent, Novel on 6.1 and Intel on 6.
  • Red Hat takes on the recession
    The open source revolution may have yet to happen, but with company budgets on the line, change is in the air. Remember about five or six years ago when the open source software movement was going to beat the stuffing out of software giants like Microsoft (MSFT), Oracle (ORCL) and Sun (JAVA)? That hasn’t exactly happened. Only one company, Red Hat (RHT) took the open source approach: Hundreds (if not thousands) of volunteers work on a piece of software — in this case the Linux operating system for the corporate world — develop it in a money-generating subscription package, and turn it into a large enough business to go public. Read more about Red Hat here.
  • Novell vs. Red Hat: How their Linux strategies affect your data center
    Red Hat used to have a lead with respect to ISVs, but Novell has actually moved slightly ahead in this race, according to counts of ISV applications online for the two companies. Red Hat has done a great job selling its open source vision and convincing customers that they can lower costs using open source software and that it is safe to use open source software. Novell is a mixed-source company with well over 100 proprietary products. Its focus is spread between Linux-based and proprietary products with most of its annual revenue coming from its proprietary products and services.
  • The Ingres VectorWise project
    I will not spend a long time on computational efficiency because it has been widely covered in the media. Put simply, by using vector processing that takes advantage of modern day CPU characteristics, you get much closer to the compiled performance you would expect when using C, say, as opposed to using SQL: orders of magnitude faster for computationally intensive tasks. However, what I haven’t seen widely reported is the fact that VectorWise intends to make this transparent to users: so you should be able to continue to use SQL just as you always did, just get much faster results.
  • Should Red Hat Start Selling Oracle Support?
    It’s my contention that there’s still a hole in the market that needs to be filled: a third-party company that can be a one-stop support vendor regardless of what you’re using — be it Oracle, Red Hat, Windows or anything else. Right now, it’s still too easy for one vendor to blame your problems on another and create a support loop nightmare that you can’t break out of. I salute Oracle for opening the door; now, let’s hope others will enter.
  • Red Hat Says It’s Serious About Building Channel
    Red Hat is adding a Premier Business Partner designation to its existing Advanced and Ready partner classifications. The new level offers VARs expanded sales training, lead distribution, and demand generation campaigns, as well as market development funds and technical support benefits, said Roger Egan, VP, North American Channel Sales, Raleigh—a North Carolina based firm.
  • Many Companies Move to Automate and Integrate Talent Management, Watson Wyatt Survey Finds
    At a time when talent management has become a much higher priority for companies, many are planning to replace their manual talent management processes with automated ones that integrate compensation, recruiting, performance management, learning management, career development and succession planning, according to a survey by Watson Wyatt, a leading global consulting firm.
  • Six factors of success for supply chain software implementation
    [Great advice-DBM] My advice is for customers to walk before they run, try as much as possible to implement the simple, elegant solution rather than the complex solution. Typically, this still provides significant improvement over the customer’s “as is” business process. Once customers find success with the simple solution, then it becomes easier to implement additional functionality as the customer resources are more knowledgeable on the solution and better able to support it.
  • Who will benefit most from the cloud?
    Government and developing countries invest in the cloud At the OpenSource World event in San Francisco, Lew Tucker, vice president and CTO of cloud computing at Sun Microsystems, explained that many developing countries are skipping over acquiring their own servers and going right to the cloud. Because of the cost effectiveness, the move may spur their economies and create jobs. This could also hold true for the U.S. government, currently creating its own cloud as well.
  • What Does Cloud Computing Actually Cost? An Analysis of the Top Vendors
    [Read this if you plan to use or consider cloud computing-DBM] Taking a look at all this, I’ve come away with five conclusions about cloud computing given the current pricing and feature sets: 1. Amazon is currently the least expensive cloud computing option overall. At least for production applications that don’t need more than 6.5 hours of CPU/day, then GAE is technically cheaper. This is due to its reserved instances model. It’s also the most mature and this makes it the one to beat with low prices + maturity. Expect subscriptions from Azure to give it a run for its money however when Microsoft’s cloud platform launches in a few months (probably November). 2. Windows costs at least 20% more to run in the cloud. At least from the major cloud computing vendors. There are undoubtedly cheaper offerings from smaller clouds but they are less likely to be suitable for enterprise, though certainly there are exceptions. 3. Subscriptions will be one of the lock-in models for cloud
  • Why Private Cloud Will Make IT Think Like Wal-Mart
    It’s easy to understand the attraction of a private cloud: it bypasses issues of security and uncertainty associated (fairly or not) with public cloud providers like Amazon, while offering tangible cloud benefits like agile deployment and easy scalability. In a sense, a private cloud offers the best of both worlds: safety and innovation. I did a series of posts on private clouds a few months ago that discussed the topic at length. In this post, I want to focus on one very important topic regarding private clouds: the supply chain. If you look at the chart that accompanied my private cloud postings, you’ll note a dark black dotted line that demarcates application groups (cloud consumers) and IT operations (cloud providers). It illustrates and symbolizes the fact that the working relationships between these two groups will change with the advent of private clouds.
  • Capitalizing on Cloud Computing: Sridhar Vembu talks on Fox Business
    Today in New York, Sridhar Vembu talked about Cloud Computing and Zoho
    on Fox Business. Here is a 5 min video.
  • Spider storage engine 2.0 released
    The main changes in this version are following. – Add table parameter “semi_table_lock_connection”. – Add server parameter “spider_semi_table_lock_connection”. Spider has “spider_semi_trx”, “spider_semi_trx_isolation”, (for transactional tables like InnoDB) “spider_semi_table_lock” and “semi_table_lock” (for non transactional tables like MyISAM) options for consistent reading at remote servers during executing 1 SQL at local server. But you must use different connections for transactional tables and non transactional tables because “semi_table_lock” causes implicit transaction commit. “semi_table_lock_connection” and “spider_semi_table_lock_connection” can use different connection for transactional tables and non transactional tables by checking that “semi_table_lock” is enabled.

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