Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-09-03

Long post including all the news from this Monday through Friday …

  • Can Indian firms deliver cloud services from offshore?
    Among them is the giant IT services company Wipro Ltd. in Bangalore, which this week said it will offer a software-as-a-service platform that potentially puts it in a position to compete with providers such as Amazon.com and IBM among others. Wipro will focus on helping ISVs prepare software for SaaS delivery through an offering it developed with Oracle Corp. that utilizes its grid and middleware software.
  • Time to criminalize patent violations?
    A proposed EU directive on intellectual property calls for criminal penalties on patents.
  • JD Edwards Certification
    I’m here to tell you that the JDE certification program is on life support. It barely exists. JDE employees cannot be certified, and neither can JDE clients. Only business partners are eligible to take certification exams. And for $1995 a year, any consulting firm can become a business partner, pass the exams, and have certified consultants. It’s pretty sad that the program has died out to the point where even JD Edwards employee consultants don’t know that it still exists, albeit in greatly reduced form.
  • Alinghi opens it up in sea-trial preparation for America’s Cup
    The two-time defending Cup champion is undergoing sea trials aboard the 90-foot Alinghi 5 off Italy’s Mediterranean coast, preparing for the showdown against U.S. rival BMW Oracle Racing in February in the Persian Gulf.
  • Job Search for SAP Professionals
    Find a job that works for you! The premier source for SAP jobs and talent for SAP customers, partners and professionals.
  • Oracle 11g Release 2 out now
    The new release will enable customers to cut costs and improve performance, Oracle claims, doubling the productivity of database administrators and enabling five times less server costs through Real Application Cluster (RAC) technology. Oracle RAC allow grid and server pooling, so that databases can be consolidated on the grid, cutting server costs. The new release also promises reduced storage costs, with advanced compression and partitioning to compress data and simplify the use of lower cost storage tiers, and Oracle Automatic Storage Management further reduce costs.
  • ERP Satisfaction: How Do Most Companies Define ERP Success?
    This research suggests that companies are fairly satisfied with their ERP solutions even though implementations are more painful than expected and business benefits fall short of expectations. So what gives?
  • UN Document Details $300 Million ERP Mega-Project
    The report proposes a budget of $337 million, which is divvied up among a series of line items, including: — $76 million for “2,597 work months” of system build and implementation services. — $14 million for travel, which presumes 1,285 trips will be taken by “ERP team members, subject-matter experts and corporate consultants” at an average air ticket cost of $6,000. Each trip will also get $202 for “terminal expenses” and $5,000 for 20 days worth of per diems, for a total cost of about $11,000 per trip. — $1.8 million for office furnishings to support 234 workers, including 80 core staff, 66 subject matter experts, eight consultants and 80 system integrators, or about $7,700 per person. — $6.7 million for office rental, based on an annual rate of $14,300 per person — $564,200 for long distance telephone calls, teleconferencing and videoconferencing — $18 million for hiring “limited replacements” for subject matter experts involved in the project
  • Responding to SAP’s Social Media Guidelines for Employees – Riffing on Their Blogging Suggestions, Part Two
    I enjoyed sharing a few comments on SAP’s social media guidelines. It’s a good set of policies, and I hope it inspired more SAP employees to find a bit of time in their schedule to blog or Tweet or YouTube. This is a “learn as you go” environment and we are all still experimenting, but guidelines are still needed. Yes, these pursuits take time, but done properly, they will enhance your industry recognition and help you build a network you can rely on. But that’s another blog post.
  • Unveiling SAP’s New Signature Design: Tour Through SAP’s New UI and Its Benefits for Users
    Here are a few highlights of the concepts, thoughts, and planning that went into the visual design that now shapes the overall look and feel for users (see Figure 1): * The two main physical materials chosen as the basis for the design are white porcelain and brushed blue metal. These combine to deliver the contrasts between light and dark, sharp and rounded, as well as the perceived thickness and feel of the materials the user is looking at. * A blue metal “clasp” wraps around the white porcelain surface , holding it in place. This design element gives the user the perception that his or her control over content and navigation is always in the foreground. A white arrowhead on the left side of the screen collapses the sidebar clasp to offer a full-screen working environment. The combination of the white porcelain surface and the blue metal clasp give the impression of a slate or tablet a user can “hold.” * Navigation icons at the top of the screen allow users to easily s
  • Visual Design for Business Software
    Generally speaking, these generic UI controls are assembled to make up what we call the canvas area. Designing the library of UI controls constitutes the core of our work and is what makes visual designers at SAP more like industrial designers than graphic designers (although the final product of our work is purely electronic, not plastic or steel). I say “industrial design” because our main job is to design the visual form of a modular and dynamic system of user interface elements that are already in use in thousands of applications and that will be used in future products as well. Once the UI controls are designed and implemented, interaction designers, solution managers and developers choose, configure and arrange them into individual screens. The resulting software solutions enable our customers to better run their business.
  • Signature Design
    SAP Signature Design becomes generally available with SAP GUI for Windows patchlevel 11 (7.10 Compilation 3 DVD). You can activate the new SAP Signature Design as the new theme for your front end using TWEAK SAP GUI or the SAP configuration tool in the Windows control panel.
  • IN THE Supreme Court of the United StatesBERNARD L. BILSKI AND RAND A. WARSAW, Petitioners, v. JOHN J. DOLL, ACTING UNDER SECRETARY OF COMMERCE FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND ACTING DIRECTOR, PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE, Respondent.
    Software technology is vital in addressing society’s most pressing challenges. IBM is committed to ensuring that such technology is and remains patentable.
  • U.S. government seeks $5M in H-1B fraud case
    If federal prosecutors win their case against Visions System Group Inc., in South Plainfield, NJ — part of apparent government H-1B enforcement push — they will ask the court to approve $4.9 million in forfeited assets, an amount “representing the total amount of gross proceeds obtained as a result of offenses,” the government said.
  • Judge won’t lower $5M bail for SF IT administrator
    But that was not to be. On Monday, Judge Charles Haines denied the motion to reduce bail, alluding to “public security concerns,” according to Richard Shikman, who is representing Childs in court. Childs is now charged with one count of disrupting computer services and could face as much as five years in prison, Shikman said.
  • Tech Companies That Pay Really Well in Silicon Valley
    Rank Employer Avg Salary Avg Bonus Avg Total Pay 1 Google $106,666 $42,759 $149,425 2 Synopsys $118,908 $15,189 $134,096 3 BroadcomXilinx $114,996 $11,779 $126,775 5 YahooKLA-Tencor $110,227 $15,611 $125,838 7 Sun Microsystems $118,358 $7,356 $125,714 8 Intuit $107,740 $16,349 $124,089 9 VMware $100,817 $19,768 $120,585 10 Nvidia $112,291 $8,095 $120,386
    $115,093 $15,023 $130,116 4 $114,280 $12,441 $126,721 6
  • Electronic Medical Record Mandates to Increase Jobs in IT
    With a $20 billion infusion from the Health Information Technology Act, the EMR market is expected to grow in major ways. Expect jobs to expand in systems integration, programming, project management and training.
  • Sun leads way as server sales take a record plunge in second quarter
    The overall worldwide server revenue in the second quarter fell by a housing market-like decline of 30% from the same period a year ago, or from just over $14 billion to $9.8 billion, according to a report released today by market research firm IDC. This second quarter decline — the largest ever year-over-year quarter decline — follow a 26.5% decline in the first quarter.
  • Azul Systems Brings Java Compute Appliances to Windows
    Azul’s AVM 2.5 also features always-on production monitoring and diagnostics to provide visibility into all performance aspects of running Java applications, including detailed memory profiles, thread execution profiles, and I/O interaction profiles. It also includes what Azul calls “Enhanced Pauseless Garbage Collection,” which eliminates pause time related application instability even under unpredictable application loads, the company said. And the system supports seamless scale in Java memory footprints up to 670GB, and sustains high throughput applications with allocation rates of 30GB/sec and more, Azul officials said.
  • The Business Value of Web 2.0 in the Enterprise
    Cisco this week offered itself up as a prime example of a company that has derived substantial benefits from Web 2.0 applications and technologies in the enterprise. Cisco wants other companies to follow it lead because it is gearing up to bring a Web 2.0 collaboration platform to market and customers that adopt Web 2.0 technologies tend to consume a lot more network bandwidth, which usually means an upgrade to the network infrastructure.
  • Free SAP Articles Covering Advanced Tips, Best Practices, and Techniques for SAP Software
    Here’s a deal even the tightest budgets can handle: Free articles on SAP, six times a year, no subscription fee! This is our way of allowing everyone to access a selection of the great tips found in our full ERPtips Journal and our on-line Document Library. Our goal is simple–we want to help you maximize the value of your current investment in SAP. We provide content that helps you streamline processes, enhance productivity, and simplify the sometimes overwhelming complexity of SAP.
  • SAP ERP 6.0 upgrade easier than past releases
    Plus, SAP did a much better job with the tools available to help with the upgrade, which allow customers to do a significant amount of work before the actual conversion. There are better tools for estimating the size and duration of the project, as well as tools and techniques that allow customers to do the vast majority of work without the systems being down, including test grips and automated testing.
  • Why Data Quality Matters
    A benchmark study by the American SAP User Group reported that 93% of companies experienced data problems in their most recent projects. Some analysts estimate the true annual cost of data problems in the hundreds of billions.[SERIOUSLY? Hundreds of billions?-DBM] The driver for most data quality problems is the fact that very little thought is given to the expense of collecting data in the first place. Enterprise software is inflicted on the lower ranks of the organization by the upper ranks. Whether or not a vast collection of data that appears on a screen is needed is rarely considered. The reason that most enterprise software screens have so much data on them is that an engineer in Walldorf, Germany, or Redwood Shores, Calif., or Bangalore, India, was thinking about the general case. At design time, they want to anticipate the largest set of possibilities and create software that can accommodate them.
  • Why Did Informatica Acquire Agent Logic?
    Agent Logic provides the critical enabling technology that allows us to correlate events in real-time, linking the events to data giving the power to the decision makers to execute actions based on information, rather than ‘gut’ feel. They eliminate the time required to detect and respond to threats and opportunities by automating the analysis of data and delivering instant intelligence to an individual or enterprise. They have a track record of success in one of the most mission-critical industries – within the intelligence community – where correlating data and events must be done accurately, quickly and with no margin for error.
  • Salesforce.com sets sights on the smallest businesses
    [Back to the future!This sounds like SFDC v1.0-seems like a great idea-DBM] The offering is priced at US$9 per user per month. Salesforce.com expects a ready audience for it, said Bruce Francis, vice president of corporate strategy. Many people, having lost their jobs during the recession, are “starting their professional lives over” by forming new businesses, he said. “They need the right product at the right price,” Francis said.
  • Microsoft vs. the World
    The rumors do illustrate, however, just how embattled Microsoft must feel at the moment. Let’s diagram the battleground:
  • Nine Years After The Dot Com Bubble
    Nine years ago today, the Dot com bubble started to blow apart. If I was running for office I would ask, “Are you better off today than you were nine years ago?” It is obvious what the answer is for most people.
  • EMC Founder Commits Suicide
    Richard Egan, the billionaire, co-founder of EMC, went into a linen cupboard in his home at the Four Seasons in Boston, put a gun to his head and shot himself on Friday. Egan, 73, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer terminal lung cancer in May and he ended his life three months later. The “E” in EMC comes from Egan and “M” comes form Marino (Roger) the other co-founder. It is a remarkable how the two turned a furniture company into the world’s most successful data storage company.
  • Oracle, SAP Head-to-Head Over Telecom’s IT Contract
    The two global IT giants, the German SAP and the American Oracle Global, find themselves in another battleground in their respective bids to bag a multimillion dollar contract from a state enterprise. The two companies are now fighting to get the contract from the state owned telecom monopoly, the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC), estimated to be worth over 85 million Br.
  • Launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Renews OS Debate
    The launch of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 operating system again raises the question of whether a robust and feature-laden operating system is really needed for some computing situations. Makers of “software appliances” are using the launch as an opportunity to predict that the days of the monolithic operating system (OS) are numbered. They say the future lies in a modular system in which software runs with only enough lines of OS code to make it work. Some see promise in the appliance alternative to the OS, while skeptics think large enterprises will still need a general-purpose OS.
  • Cast Iron-Amazon Deal Simplifies Path To Cloud Computing
    In a move that could make cloud computing more accessible to a wider audience, Cast Iron Systems will unveil a deal Tuesday to make its data and application integration technology available through Amazon (NSDQ:AMZN) Web Services. The Cast Iron-Amazon alliance will make it easier for solution providers and their customers to move enterprise applications to the cloud and link those applications to on-premise systems, said Chandar Pattabhiram, vice president of product marketing and channels at Cast Iron.
  • Why PostgreSQL Instead of MySQL 2009
    [Biased but interesting-DBM] * MySQL 5.1 (December 2008) finally released with many still-open bugs. Over the course of 2008, MySQL fragmented into Drizzle, Percona, MariaDB and OurDelta, in addition to Sun’s version. * PostgreSQL 8.3 (February 2008) featured major performance improvements, particularly in scalability. Focusing on improving performance has been central to all the 8.X releases up to the current 8.3.
  • As Eclipse Kits for Cloud Arrive, Amazon Deployment Wins
    Here is a table comparing these four: Amazon AWS Eclipse Toolkit, GoogleAmazon EC2, and the planned next major release of SpringSource Cloud Foundry. (Cloud Foundry today provides a Web interface, but will embrace Eclipse.)
    Plug-In for Eclipse, Stax Platform for
  • Oracle OpenWorld Unconference
    Event details When: Oct. 12-15, 2009 – Mon – Weds.: 9am-5pm, Thurs: 9am-noon Where: Moscone West Floor 3 Overlooks About The Oracle OpenWorld 2009 Unconference For the third year in a row at Oracle OpenWorld, attendees will have the opportunity to directly participate by presenting their own session or workshop on a topic they’re passionate about, in an informal, interactive setting. The Oracle OpenWorld Unconference is more than a great opportunity for would-be presenters to share their knowledge and experience with other attendees in an informal setting. It also offers attendees the ability to learn what’s on the minds of the community, directly from the grass roots.
  • Oracle Open World
    FOCUS ON Enterprise Performance Management and Business Intelligence
  • Cisco Signals Intent to Deliver New Collaboration Platform
    Cisco is testing this new application, which it intends to commercially roll out late this year, across more than 10,000 internal Cisco employees. At the core of the new collaboration application is a single sign-on (SSO) service that Cisco has created to simplify identity management across any applications linked to the Cisco collaboration platform.
  • What’s An Eigenbase?
    One of the most interesting manifestations of that spirit I’ve run across is the Eigenbase project, an extensible platform being used by some very creative folks for the creation and continuing development of databases for data warehousing (the LucidDB DBMS) and stream processing (the SQLstream continuous query engine). I haven’t posted about either of those yet but will, and I’m watching their continuing evolution with great interest.
  • Note To Self – Start Renegotiating Your Q4 Software Maintenance Contracts Now!
    The bottom line – follow the seven simple steps to successfully negotiating software contracts. 1. Ensure that the right team is in place 2. Identify the organization’s key business drivers 3. Determine the product adoption plan 4. Consider contract strategy implications of the software ownership life cycle 5. Align contract strategy with product adoption 6. Identify leverage points 7. Prioritize key contract objectives
  • Wipro Announces Oracle Powered Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Platform
    The platform will help ISVs enable their ‘existing’ business applications to operate in SaaS model in a non-intrusive manner with minimal re-implementation, and enable the traditional single tenant application to operate in an efficient multi-tenant mode. This is expected to result in savings of up to 50% of effort for SaaS enablement of existing applications, resulting in up to 10-20% savings in the total cost of ownership.
  • Workday’s Dave Duffield to Be Featured on Bill Kutik Radio Show
    Dave is a recognized pioneer in enterprise software and human resources (HR) technology and the founder of five successful companies including PeopleSoft and Workday. Workday is the leader in SaaS-based enterprise solutions for HR and financial management. “As one of the industry’s most tenured and admired leaders, Dave Duffield knows how to build great companies. And, with Workday, he seems to be doing it again,” said Bill Kutik, co-chair of Human Resource Executive’s HR Technology Conference. “In our exclusive, on-line discussion, Dave and I will discuss how Workday is doing, the state of our industry, and how he’s built such great companies over and over again.”
  • ‘Grid computing Red Hat’ lands elephant on VMware cloud
    Cloudera – the star-studded Silicon Valley startup that commercialized the epic number crunching of the open source Hadoop project – is now offering a version of its stuffed elephant distro for use on VMWare’s imminent vCloud. Inspired by research papers describing Google’s proprietary software infrastructure, Hadoop is a means of crunching epic amounts of data across a network of distributed machines. And it’s named for the yellow stuffed elephant that belonged to the son of its founder, Doug Cutting, who joins Cloudera this week after a stint at Yahoo!
  • PostgreSQL Vs MySQL: Comparative Review
    We would delve into the major differences between Postgres and MySQL that sets them apart. SQL standard compliance MySQL: MySQL foundation is based on SQL92. It runs on almost any platform. In MySQL users can construct queries that can be join tables from different databases. It supports both left and right outer joins using ANSI and ODBC syntax. With the MySQL 4.1 release, it can also handle the sub-queries now. PostgreSQL: Understands a good subset of SQL92/99 plus some objects-oriented feature to these subsets.
  • Xen Project Launches New Open Cloud Initiative
    Xen.org, the home of the open source Xen hypervisor, today formally announced the Xen Cloud Platform (XCP) initiative – a powerful new community-led effort to build on the growing leadership of the Xen hypervisor in today`s cloud, and deliver a secure and proven open source infrastructure platform for the federated cloud services of tomorrow. The Xen Cloud Platform will accelerate the use of cloud infrastructure for enterprise customers by providing open source virtual infrastructure technology that makes it easy for service providers to deliver secure, customizable, multi-tenant cloud services that work seamlessly with the virtualized application workloads customers are already running in their internal datacenters and private clouds, without locking them into any particular vendor.
  • Retaining skilled IT staff in tough times vital
    A majority of 325 US-based organisations do not plan to add staff in the coming months, Gartner found when it polled those organisations’ CIOs and IT leaders in March. Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed indicated that IT hiring would be put on hold until the end of February 2010, while more just over one-third of those asked said they expect to increase head count in the same timeframe. The problem, according to the research firm, is that despite the need to contain costs, IT departments need to continue to update skills and add staff to help advance their companies’ business.
  • Effect of Oracle acquiring MySQL
    But it is safe to assume that in the short-term, Larry Ellison will not take any drastic steps that may alienate his huge client base. Only time will tell. My Opinion In many of the application, I do not need full featured SQL Server Enterprise Version. I just need something simple and free. This is when I use SQL Server Express Edition. You can read the complete reference over here SQL SERVER – SQL Server Express – A Complete Reference Guide.
  • IBM/Cognos & SAP/BusinessObjects days of selling to Oracle customers
    Oracle’s penchant for acquisitions has paid off in spades with the acquisition of Siebel. Certainly owning the number CRM OnPremise solution has brought value to Oracle but the gem in the Siebel acquisition was Siebel Analytics or what is now called Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBI EE) and the associated content (pre-built dashboards) play of Business Intelligence Applications or (BI Apps).
  • Opportunities for Oracle EMEA Partners on Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g (SOA Partner Adoption)
    Why is OFM 11g important for you as a partner? How can you innovate with OFM 11g? How can you become more flexible and more efficient with OFM 11g? What are the benefits for you as a System Integrator and Independent Software Vendor? How to become trained in OFM 11g?
  • Fairfax County, Virginia, Selects SAP® Software to Facilitate Cost Savings and Operational Efficiency
    Fairfax County, Virginia, has selected financial, human capital managementSAP AGpublic sector organizations in the United States. It marks a win over a number of other software providers, including Oracle. In August 2009 the county will seek implementation bids to replace its outdated legacy systems with the SAP technology.
    (HCM) and procurement solutions from SAP America, a subsidiary of (NYSE: SAP), to streamline the day-to-day operations of its county government and public school system. With more than one million residents, Fairfax County’s selection of SAP® software is a testament to the global software company’s growing presence among
  • Why Every Social CRM Initiative Needs An MDM Backbone
    Master data management (MDM) provides a set of technologies that address the acquisition, cleansing, enrichment, and distribution of data. With so many channels and so many sources, Social CRM initiatives require MDM technologies that (See Figure 1): * Resolve matching of a broad range of data types. Organizations will want to associate individuals to products, services, orders, contracts, incidents, location, etc. * Deliver consistent and accurate enrichment of data. Organizations will want to append trusted data sources, hierarchies, and relationship information to cleansed information. * Provide timely synchronization in federated environments. Organizations can expect their data to be federated as social media tools and SaaS deployments push data beyond centralized repositories.
  • Citrix Goes After VMware
    That can’t be good news to VMware: At VMworld on Monday, Chief Executive Paul Maritz is expected to announce vCloud Express, an easy way to get up and running with vCloud service.
  • Sybase PowerBuilder tool readied for .Net
    The company is offering a beta version of PowerBuilder 12, which includes two Integrated Development Environments (IDE) and a tool to move Win32 applications to the Microsoft .Net Framework. PowerBuilder 12 represents the last part of a four-phase plan that was begun in 2002, to move developers over to .Net capabilities. The beta programme is open to anyone who wants to participate, with the general release of PowerBuilder 12 due in the first half of 2010.
  • VMware May Be Microsoft’s Top Rival After Google
    “VMware is definitely a threat,” said Gary Chen, an analyst at IDC, a research firm. “After Google, it is the company Microsoft fears most.” Google and VMware pose a broadly similar challenge to Microsoft, by potentially undermining the dominance of its most lucrative products, desktop software and operating systems. While Google represents the attack from above, VMware is the assault from beneath.
  • Enterprise Software Toaster vs. SaaS/Cloud Toaster
    Every time you buy new types of bread, you may have to upgrade to a new version of the toaster. If you chose not to upgrade you’d still have to pay the toaster maintenance fee
  • [Dilbert on software selection]
    “You want me to ask our vendor if his software will hunt down our payroll data from across the Internet and try to kill it? And you think he might say yes?
  • The three Cs of IT failures
    When failures are observed they often go back to what I refer to as the three Cs: Commitment, Communication, Capability.
  • The Sand, the Sea, the America’s Cup in the Middle East
    To reach the site picked for the next America’s Cup, swing past the camel racetrack near the airport. Then pass by South Asian groceries and dusty rows of villas under construction. Finally, turn toward a stretch of the Persian Gulf where the ruling sheiks are building an island shaped a bit like a plant inspired by Dr. Seuss. In a region where sports is routinely pushed to anything-is-possible heights — biggest, richest, most lavish — snagging the venerable America’s Cup is something apart even for the Emirates’ outsized visions.
  • Why Shouldn’t Microsoft Hold “Screw Google” Meetings?
    Oh, my, secretive meetings to screw Google. People, please, grow up. Is there anything surprising here? Google is a giant threat to Microsoft. Do they hold strategy sessions on how to slow down the competition? Of course they do. In fact, they would be derelict NOT to do that. Somewhere, a Google lobbyist probably is strategizing how to slow or stop the Microsoft search deal with Yahoo. Since neither you nor I are invited, that would be a secret Google meeting to screw Microsoft. It’s just business. Nothing to see here; move along.
  • Microsoft’s secret ‘screw Google’ meetings in D.C.
    Nevertheless, one source familiar with the meetings says, “Law Media Group has several people who work full-time on Google-bashing. Everybody knows Microsoft is trying to throw roadblocks at Google and knock them off their game. Microsoft is trying to harm Google in the regulatory, legal, and litigation arenas because they’re having problems with Google in the competitive marketplace.” “This is textbook Microsoft,” the source adds. “Microsoft has got some of the best, highest-priced lobbyists that money can buy in Washington.”
  • Top 10 bad IT decisions
    Ignoring Software as a Service Iain Thomson: When we first started to hear the word SaaS bandied around the office and at conferences it all looked pretty basic – client/server on steroids. But the messianic young chief executive of a company called Salesforce.com had a dream; that accountancy software would be available to anyone with an internet connection. Sure, as dreams go it’s not on a par with curing smallpox or world peace but it works for Marc Benioff. The competition thought he was mad. The idea of offering software in the browser was still in its infancy and this upstart was suggesting that companies would be happy handing their accounts online, instead of purchasing the reassuringly expensive financial software systems they owned. [Author seems to be mixing SFDC and NetSuite…-DBM]
  • A Hired Gun for Microsoft in Dogged Pursuit of Google
    The challenge for Mr. Lu and his team remains enormous, and success appears improbable. But since Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, tapped him to become president of the company’s online services division in December, Mr. Lu, a self-effacing engineer who is one of the most private and atypical executives in the upper ranks of the Internet industry, has earned the confidence of Microsoft’s troops and helped to bring a dose of optimism to a beaten-down team. Possessing unusual stamina and a maniacal work ethic, he has pushed his team hard to give Microsoft an important victory. In nightly 9:30 meetings over several weeks, he leaned on his managers to find creative ways to structure a sweeping and complex partnership with Yahoo. The deal, signed in July, will give Microsoft something it has coveted for years: a vastly larger audience that will make Bing, its search engine, the runner-up to Google.
  • Open-source BI Vendor Pentaho Pushes Migration Deal
    Under the “Escape” offer, users of Actuate e.Reports, Brio, Cognos Impromptu, Crystal Reports and Oracle Reports can have their BI reports converted to Pentaho for special rates, starting at US$5,000 for 25 reports. For bigger volumes, the cost can go as low as $100 per report. Meanwhile, Pentaho BI Suite Version 3.5 features a new designer that speeds up the process of building reports, along with “self-service” functionality that lets business users create content and run queries against data without the need for deep technical knowledge, according to the company.
  • Oracle EPM Index launched, amid modest achievement
    On a scale of 0 to 10, these organizations attained an overall score of 5.13. The results of the study indicate a generally modest level of achievement, with much work remaining to be done in developing an accurate and up-to-the-minute enterprise-wide picture of current performance. The Oracle EPM Index is prominently featured on EPM TV – a new, innovative, internet TV portal dedicated to Enterprise Performance Management and powered by Oracle.


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