Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-08-23

  • Why Move to SOA Suite 11g?
    # Ability to use JRockit * Performance is the main thing here. JRockit simply performs better than other JVM’s. Long discussions about deterministic garbage collection and other features abound on the ‘net, but the net is it performs better making better use of your HW (lowering TCO) and offering users better usability.
  • Oracle spent more than $1.3M lobbying gov’t in 2Q
    The business software maker’s lobbying interests included computer software standards, patent and information security issues, work-related immigration, and tax and trade matters.
  • Microsoft pulling Live Framework test bits
    Microsoft said on Friday that it plans next month to end support for a test version of its Live Framework, which was essentially the developer side of its Live Mesh service. The idea of Live Framework is to give developers of Web-based applications the ability to add desktop components, while those writing traditional applications could use the Live Framework to add synchronizing and other online capabilities.
  • Live Services : Important Updates to Live Services
    Starting September 8th, 2009, the following services will be unavailable: * Live Framework CTP (Services, SDK & Tools) The Live Framework will be integrated into the next release of Windows Live. Stay tuned to dev.live.comJavaScript) As an alternative, please use the UI Controls from Messenger Web Toolkit. * CTP Tools/ASP.NET Controls (Contacts, MessengerChat, IDLoginStatus, IDLoginView, SilverlightStreaming) As alternatives use: o The UI Controls from Messenger Web Toolkit for Contacts and Messenger Chat o The Windows Live ID Web Authentication Service to replace the IDLoginStatus Control
    for more details in the future. * Contacts Control (
  • Not Sold on Salesforce.com
    Unfortunately, investors are late to the party. Salesforce.com has made a round trip in stock price in the last 12 months — specifically, a round trip back to its overpriced status. At a low of roughly $21, hit back in November, the stock fetched a forward multiple of 42 times. That was a steal of a deal, believe it or not. At today’s multiple of 67 times, the stock is not a buy. Salesforce.com isn’t giving you any of that fat pile of cash. They’re simply funneling it into the corporate debt market, and that’s what you may want to do with your money as well.
  • San Francisco Opens The City’s Data
    In an effort to engage our highly skilled workforce we are launching DataSF.org, an initiative designed to increase access to city data. The new web site will provide a clearinghouse of structured, raw and machine-readable government data to the public in an easily downloadable format. For example, there will be updated crime incident data from the police department and restaurant inspection data from the Department of Public Health. The initial phase of the web site includes more than 100 datasets, from a range of city departments, including Police, Public Works, and the Municipal Transportation Agency.
  • DataSF – Liberating City Data
    DataSF is a clearinghouse of datasets available from the City & County of San Francisco. While there is plenty of room for improvement, our goal in releasing this site is: (1) improve access to data (2) help our community create innovative apps (3) understand what datasets you’d like to see (4) get feedback on the quality of our datasets.
  • Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women
    Ladies in technology and media or those like Neelie who significantly influence technology (she has tackled Microsoft in her role promoting competition) in the Forbes List 12 Carol Bartz, Chief executive, Yahoo 14 Ursula Burns, Chief executive, Xerox Corp. 15 Anne Mulcahy, Chairman, Xerox Corp. 16 Safra Catz, President, Oracle 31 Ann Livermore, Executive vice president, Hewlett-Packard 32 Cathie Lesjak, Executive vice president, Hewlett-Packard 34 Melinda Gates, Co-chairman, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 52 Anne Sweeney, Co-chairman, Disney Media Networks 53 Neelie Kroes, Commissioner for Competition, European Union 60 Amy Pascal, Co-chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment 62 Judy McGrath. Chief executive, MTV Networks . 63 Stacey Snider, Chief Executive, DreamWorks Studios 70 Virginia Rometty, Senior vice president, IBM 96 Charlene Begley, Chief executive, GE Enterprise Solutions 97 Mindy Grossman, Chief executive, HSN, Inc.
  • Foreigners Attending US Grad Schools Way Down: Wake Up, Xenophobes
    U.S. grad school admissions for would-be international students plummeted this year, according to the Council of Graduate Schools—the first decline in five years. The decline was 3% on average, thanks to increases from China and the Middle East, but some countries saw double-digit declines in interest in a U.S. education. Applicants from India and South Korea fell 12% and 9% respectively—with students turning their sights on schools in Asia and Europe instead.
  • SAP plans broader launch of Mittelstand program in 2010
    [Mittelstand: Small/medium enterprises-DBM] In 2009, the company is allowing a predefined client number, which would reach about 100, compared with 90 in six German states at present, the magazine said, adding that the number of clients will rise to between 300 and 1,000 in 2010. Business By Design is a pre-configured piece of software allowing clients to manage financial accounting and order processing.
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