Enterprise headlines, 2009-08-24

  • SAP’s Popper on smarter marketing
    You recently launched a new campaign—“It’s Time for a Clear New World.” How did you get alignment across the organization on the objectives? Popper: I think sometimes you come up with a good idea that is timely and highly relevant. So what happened for us is that our CEO [Leo Apotheker] saw that it was a big idea and immediately embraced it. So based on his embracing of this idea, we then were able to take a leadership role and bring that idea across the corporation, both for external use and to use as an internal communications platform to make some of these transformational efforts.
  • EnterpriseDB CEO Selected to Discuss Open Source Database Adoption at Red Hat Summit 2009
    EnterpriseDB, the leading enterprise-class open source database company, today announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Ed Boyajian will deliver a presentation at Red Hat Summit 2009 focused on open source database adoption in the enterprise. Boyajian will touch on economic issues as part of an overall discussion on both how and why an increasing number of enterprises are choosing open source database solutions.
  • Podcast: SugarCRM CEO Larry Augustin
    In this pocast, SugarCRM Interim CEO Larry Augustin discusses the company’s search for a permanent CEO; the company’s cloud- and SaaS-focused channel partners; working with Microsoft and Windows Server; and SugarCRM’s growth strategy for open source CRM. Plus: Will SugarCRM run in Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud? Here’s the discussion.
  • 10 Essential Elements For Social Enterprise Apps
    Recent conversations with software vendors, industry luminaries, and customers highlight 10 elements required for future solutions (see Figure 1.). These elements include dynamic user experiences, business process focus, and community connectedness across 10 elements: 1. Role-based design. Software designed around how users perform work including applicable security models. 2. Consistent experience across channels & deployment options. Software that is agnostic to where or how that software is deployed and accessed. 3. Contextual & relevant delivery of information. Software which understands what information to provide users at a point in time 4. Configurable & adaptive. Software that can be modified to meet changing conditions. 5. Outcome-focused & results-oriented. Software that tracks key metrics across an end to end process. 6. Proactive, predictive, & actionable. Software that anticipates requests and supports decision making. 7. Engaging for all stakeholder
  • The BI Outlook: A Bright Spot of Growth in a Gloomy Economy
    Even though the general economy may still be limping through a recession, business intelligence isn’t generally feeling the pinch — in fact, it’s actually growing. Companies are in need of ways in which they can make sense of the data they’re dealing with, and now may be the best time to invest.
  • CIOs’ job satisfaction increases despite recession
    Despite having to cope with massive budget cuts, salary freezes and demoralized staffs, most employed IT executives are more satisfied with their jobs this year than they have been in previous years, according to the results of a job satisfaction survey conducted by ExecuNet. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of the 306 IT executives who responded to the survey said they were satisfied with their jobs. That’s an 11 percent increase over 2008, when 286 IT leaders responded to the survey. In 2007, only 41 percent of IT executives reported being happy with their jobs even though the economy was arguably much stronger then than it is now. IT executives cited work they enjoy (checked by 13 percent), a good relationship with their bosses (12.5 percent), and a comfy fit with their employers (10.2 percent) as the primary reasons for job satisfaction.
  • Enterprises Need to Secure Data During Application Development
    Sometimes it doesn’t take an external hacker to reveal customer data. Often, it happens during the application development process itself. That is because, according to a recent survey from the Ponemon Institute, many organizations use production data during their development and testing process without having proper safeguards in place. Some of this, experts say, is due to enterprises underestimating the possibility of an insider threat; other times, it’s simply companies going with what’s easiest.
  • Harvard Report On Fleeing Silicon Valley – Part 5
    Swaroop Ganguly, 32, in another immigrant in a similar situation. He has been in the U.S. 10 years, earned a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas, he is an expert in an emerging technology called spintronics, used to power semiconductors. Ganguly, is moving back to India this summer. He figures his prospects for research and professional development are better in his home country. He has already accepted a job as a professor of electrical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
  • Expensive Apps Will Ruin Microsoft’s Windows Marketplace
    News Analyis: Microsoft is saying that its Windows Marketplace for Mobile store should feature applications that are more expensive than those offered in competing stores. That’s a problem both for the software giant and developers. Developers might like the idea of making more money from their mobile applications, However, the Apple App Store has already set the price point with its 99 cent applications. It’s hard to see how Microsoft’s plan to sell applications for $5 or $10 is a formula for success.
  • Larry Ellison: The Return Of The Dollar A Year Man
    It’s too bad that a number of CEOs won’t follow the Oracle chief’s move. But, it is almost certain that not a single public company chief will read about Ellison’s action in the paper this week and follow suit.
  • Ellison gives up the one part of his comp that almost made sense
    I was wondering out loud what possible retention or alignment benefit Oracle’s shareholders received from awarding their CEO another 0.007 billion shares on top of the 1.173 billion he already owns. The cost, in the many tens of millions of dollars worth of dilution is impossible to justify. The one part of this compensation I didn’t criticize was his $1 million salary, which amounted to about 1.2 percent of his total compensation. So, guess which part of this compensation his toothless board chose to cut?
  • Introducing the Career Center, Part of the SAP Community Network
    Are you looking for a destination within the SAP Community Network (SCN) where employers seeking expertise in SAP technology can connect with skilled SAP professionals looking for employment opportunities? Then visit the career center, part of the SCN. It’s open to employers and applicants worldwide, and by specializing in SAP-centric positions, it helps employers target recruitment and quickly identify qualified SAP talent anywhere. It enables job seekers to showcase their skills in the collaborative environment of the SCN. Best of all, employers can post jobs free of charge until September 30, 2009.
  • IDC Ranks Vendors In Growing Business Analytics Market
    In 2008, Oracle led the overall market, followed in order by SAP, IBM, SAS and Microsoft, a recent IDC report says. Rounding out the top 10 were Teradata, Fair Isaac, Informatica, Infor and MicroStrategy, respectively.

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