Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-08-27

  • Versata Software Wins $139 Million Verdict in Patent Suit Against German Vendor
    McKool Smith partner Ted Stevenson, who was co-lead trial counsel with his colleague Sam Baxter, said that over the seven-day trial, the jurors took “copious notes” and really tried to understand the technology. “At the end of the day, we had good witnesses, some pretty good patents and we were able to explain the technology in a way the jurors could understand,” said Stevenson. Versata will also ask Judge T. John Ward for an injunction of SAP’s infringing products, according to Stevenson. At trial, SAP was represented by a trio of Howrey lawyers that included Paul Grewal, James Batchelder and Rusty Day. Day and Batchelder were partners at Day Casebeer Madrid and Batchelder before that firm merged with Howrey on July 1.
  • Sybase to Enable Deployment on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
    Sybase is offering three powerful data management servers for the EC2 environment. — Sybase SQL Anywhere for customers seeking low administrative requirements for their workgroup, mobile, and Web applications — Sybase IQ for high-performance analytics, data warehousing and other Business Intelligence applications — Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise for powerful transaction management systems Availability Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) of the developer editions for Sybase SQL Anywhere, Sybase IQ, and Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise are available for immediate use. AMIs for SQL Anywhere Web Edition are scheduled for availability by September 30, 2009, with additional SQL Anywhere AMIs scheduled for availability in Q4 2009. AMIs of the production versions of Sybase IQ are scheduled for availability for use on Amazon AWS EC2 in Q4 2009. Production versions of Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise are scheduled for availability beginning in Q1 2010. Pay as you go pricing will be available a
  • How to improve SAP application performance through smart hardware decisions
    SSDs are especially useful for search indexes of databases, the SAP TREX search engine in NetWeaver, SAP liveCache, an object-based version of the MaxDB database system, SAP customers using the tempdb database in Microsoft SQL Server, the SAP Roll Area, a memory area with a set (configurable) size that belongs to a work process, and specific areas of Business Warehouse Accelerator.
  • With DataSynapse, TIBCO looks to both present and future
    DataSynapse’s FabricServer software will help customers adapt a variety of existing applications to cloud infrastructure as well. These include Java applications based on IBM WebSphere, Oracle WebLogic, and Red Hat JBoss, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0, IIS, and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, SAP Business Objects, IBM Cognos, Informatica, and SAS Institute, and a variety of vertical-industry specialists. This is a substantial expansion of TIBCO Silver’s value to customers.
  • CRM failure: An ounce of prevention
    My presentation explains underlying reasons why CRM projects do not achieve expected results and describes how to overcome these problems. I spoke at length about harnessing the “wisdom of crowds,” or collective intelligence, to improve software implementations.
  • Oracle demands documents from Rimini Street in SAP lawsuit
    “Third-party support is legal,” the document states. “The way SAP and TomorrowNow provided it was not.”
  • Speculation Abounds as Sun-Oracle Wedding Day Nears
    Some observers argue that as far as Oracle is concerned, there is a great deal of overlap between Linux and Solaris in both operating systems and file systems. Others feel they are pieces of the same technology — there is a local file system and a clustered file system for both operating systems. Therefore, having the ability to combine technologies allows for better tuning for Oracle. “What remains to be seen are the plans that Oracle has for either integrating these technologies for Solaris or Linux, or using one or more technologies to enhance the other,” said Layton. “In my opinion, Oracle will probably continue to support both Linux and OpenSolaris.” To Layton, Oracle appears to be in control of its own destiny regardless of the direction the IT world takes toward the cloud, open source or anything else on the horizon.
  • Saugatuck Releases Largest SaaS Study to Date
    Saugatuck’s research indicates a series of planning positions for users, SaaS providers and ISVs to take into account through 2014. These include the following: * By YE 2014, SaaS (and Cloud Computing) will become integral to infrastructure, business systems, operations and development within all aspects of user firms… * While few users will “swap out” existing core legacy applications and systems with SaaS solutions through YE 2012 – except in highly commoditized market and customer segments – SaaS solutions will become the de facto choice for the majority of user organizations that are replacing legacy applications or business systems as they reach the end of their useful lives, or when driven by other important business considerations (e.g., M&A activity). * Through YE 2012, more than 40 percent of traditional ISVs will be paralyzed by “strategic uncertainty” regarding SaaS and other software business models, opening more doors for more SaaS providers.
  • St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
    But there’s more making this year different and more interesting. The contestants are two ERP vendors and two Talent Management suite vendors — a match-up I’ve wanted for years. … Finally, the Shootout has always required demonstrations be presented (with someone else on the keyboard) by the CEO of HR-only software companies and the executive in charge of HR products at companies that do more. So that’s exactly whom you’ll see: * Larry Dunivan, SVP Global HCM Products, Lawson * Paul Sparta, CEO, Plateau * David Ludlow, VP Suite Solution Management, SAP * Kent Plunkett, CEO, Salary.com
  • Salesforce.com Surge Pushes SaaS Into Mainstream
    And the prime mover behind that has been Salesforce CEO Benioff. Bolstered by a strong upturn in new-customer bookings, revenue for the quarter ended July 31 rose 20% to $316.1 million, while net income jumped 112% to $21.2 million. And this breakdown of the company’s results from Ockham Research underscores the dual burden Salesforce carries: its need to perform well for its own customers and shareholders, and its need to continue buttressing the broader SaaS community.
  • Wipro techie jumps to death
    A software engineer working with Wipro Technologies allegedly jumped to death from the multi-storeyed Wipro building located on the outskirts of the city, police said today. The deceased was identified as Vishal Yadav (28), a native of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, the police said. Vishal was working with the software firm in the Electronics city since 2004. He was on three months leave and last month he sent in his resignation through e-mail from his hometown which was accepted by the firm. The company, however, said he could work till August 31, the sources said. Vishal came to the office last night and jumped to death from the building, police said.
  • Inforum 2009 Brings Together Infor Customers, Experts and Partners to Drive Business Innovation
    Highlights of Inforum 2009: — Keynote, Chairman and CEO Jim Schaper will share his thoughts on improving performance by driving business innovation Tuesday, October 20 at 11:00 a.m. EDT — Solutions Expo, a high-energy interactive environment where attendees can visit Infor and partner booths, participate in live chats and presentations, access product information, view video demonstrations, and download valuable business information into a virtual “briefcase” on their desktop — Networking Square, a central conference networking space designed to promote online group discussions and one-on-one live chats with members of Infor’s product management team and other users
  • Catching up With Ariba Services Procurement (Part 2)
    I’d suggest the Services Procurement module is of interest to at least 50% of Ariba On-Demand P2P prospects based on what I’ve heard from Ariba as well as companies looking at their options from Ariba and others (though ultimately fewer end up implementing it). At this stage, Ariba’s success with the module usually depends as much on what a prospect’s pain point is as how much they’re willing to commit to a broad Ariba source-to-pay relationship. If prospects are looking at services procurement holistically, outside of just contingent labor, then Ariba has a reasonable chance at winning the business, especially in cases where an organization is looking to minimize the number of different platforms it works with. However, I do know of some organizations that decided on Ariba for P2P and chose Fieldglass for both contingent labor and non-contingent labor services spend because of the analytical and reporting capabilities of Fieldglass.
  • IBM Public Policy Prediction Markets: Collective Wisdom on Education, Transportation, Energy and Healthcare
    IBM CEO Sam Palmisano laid out three fundamental changes to global urban areas: 1. Our world is becoming instrumented: Sensors and devices are coming down in cost, and increasing in functionality, giving us “for the first time ever, real-time instrumentation of a wide range of the world’s systems” 2. Our world is becoming interconnected: With the rise of devices with these sensors, “systems and objects can now ’speak’ to one another” 3. All things are becoming intelligent: Better sensors, increased computing power and more information from interconnection mean that “intelligence can be translated into action, making our systems, processes and infrastructures more efficient, more productive and responsive-in a word, smarter.”
  • The Need For Speed
    * Today cutting edge exchanges are building systems which can process a trade in under 100 microseconds (yes that’s micro, not milli and definitely not seconds). On the flip side, Banks and Hedge Funds with their algorithmic trading systems are sending trades into these exchanges at volumes which for stocks is increasing at over 50% per year and for options at well over 100% per year, so these system need to scale. In addition those same firms are monitoring the response times of each exchange and if they see one being slower than another, the trade gets routed to the faster exchange wherever possible. The drive toward zero latency is causing a lot of traditional exchanges who had legacy systems such as the New York Stock Exchange, London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse (three of the biggest), to lose market share and as a result they are all undergoing radical redesigns and deploying new cutting edge systems.

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