Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-09-07

  • SAP TechEd Virtual Community Sessions
  • The EU’s Christmas gift to Oracle
    Worse still, the EU may be paving the way for Oracle to drop its bid, only to return to scoop up Sun’s software assets at a rock-bottom price. Think this is far-fetched? Consider the following (increasingly likely) scenario:
  • Why the EU should block Oracle/Sun
    [Do the Monty Program ab people understand the concept of selling your company? I doubt anyone will make the mistake of buying a company from them again…-DBM] First, Ingo notes that “While it’s true that many use MySQL for free [under the open-source GPL license), and some even hack on the GPL’d source code, most of MySQL’s paying customers use MySQL under a commercial license which has nothing to do with Open Source. It is in this market that MySQL competes against Oracle and for those customers the GPL version of MySQL offers no consolation. This is the main reason why the EU is concerned.”
  • Microsoft Russian antitrust probe closed
    Watchdog was probing cutbacks in supplies of Windows XP * No antitrust law violations revealed * Will consider separate case into laptop makers on Sept. 10
  • i2 Reports Second Quarter 2009 Results
    “With more than $20 million in cash flow from operations in the first half of the year, combined with our strong balance sheet, we are now identifying operational and strategic investment opportunities that we believe will position us for growth,” concluded Berry. Second Quarter Results Revenue Detail Total revenue for the second quarter was $57.1 million as compared to $64.7 million in the second quarter of 2008, a decrease of $7.7 million or 12 percent. i2 had total second quarter software solutions revenue, which includes core and recurring license revenue and revenue to develop the licensed functionality, of $15.3 million. This compares to $12.6 million of software solutions revenue in the second quarter of 2008, an increase of $2.7 million or 21 percent year-over-year.
  • Sadiq Shaik | Oracle Innovation Showcase
    Why is Oracle’s approach to BI innovative? A:Oracle BI applications are innovative because of the secret sauce that goes into them, and for the achievement they represent to the industry. Having been in the BI business for 10 years, I feel that packing all the BI extraction and reporting functionality for so many diverse OLTP systems, all going into the same data warehouse, into a single, commercial off-the-shelf BI application, is a remarkable achievement. A lot of vendors, including us, tried to get BI applications right for years. Finally, I think we as a company get it. The secret sauce is the canonical data warehouse and ETL algorithms, which form a major chunk of core intellectual property behind this product. The ETL algorithms collectively extract, massage, and fit data that exists in various shapes, forms, and sizes in various source systems into the target data warehouse. The algorithms are capable of extracting and de-normalizing business data from various releases of Orac
  • SAP Presentations at Investor Conferences
    SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced that it will be presenting at the following events: SAP Presentation at Investor Conference in New York Bill McDermott, Member of the Executive Board of SAP AG, will speak at the Citigroup 16(th) Annual Technology Conference 2009 in New York, NY on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 8:45 am (Pacific) / 11:45 am (Eastern) / 4:45 pm (UK) / 5:45 pm (CET). SAP Presentation at Investor Conference in London Werner Brandt, CFO and Member of the Executive Board of SAP AG, will speak at the Deutsche Bank 13(th) Technology Conference in London, United Kingdom on Friday, September 11, 2009 at 11:15 am (UK) / 12:15 pm (CET) / 6:15 am (Eastern) / 3:15 am (Pacific).
  • Date set for SAP User Group conference
    The SAP UK and Ireland User Group is holding its annual conference in Manchester on 23rd & 24th November 2009. The two-day event, which is organised by the independent body, will see hundreds of SAP professionals and business users from across the UK and Irelands sharing their experiences and best practice.
  • The design of the force.com multitenant internet application development platform
    International Conference on Management of Data archive Proceedings of the 35th SIGMOD international conference on Management of data table of contents Providence, Rhode Island, USA SESSION: Industrial session 3: data services table of contents Pages 889-896 Year of Publication: 2009 ISBN:978-1-60558-551-2
  • The Force.com Multitenant Architecture Understanding the Design of Salesforce.com’s Internet Application Development Platform
    Force.com’s optimized metadata-driven architecture delivers extraordinary performance, scalability, and customization for on-demand, multitenant applications (Figure 3).
  • SQL Vulnerability Leaves Passwords In The Clear, Researchers Say
    administrators can view all of the passwords used since the server went online by reviewing its process memory. Under SQL Server 2008, the problem has been partially fixed, but an administrator with local access and a simple debugger could still view the passwords, Sentrigo says.
  • Exploring the Devil’s Triangle
    The best software vendors and integrators go far beyond the call of duty to assist their customers. Likewise, smart technology buyers respect the experience of their external consultants and compensate them fairly. Beyond vendor compensation, however, technology buyers should strive to surface hidden expectation mismatches among internal groups — but that’s a subject for another post.
  • 10 Ways To Complement the Enterprise RDBMS Using Hadoop
    Here is a comparison of the overall differences between the RDBMS and MapReduce-based systems such as Hadoop: RDBMS MapReduce Data size Gigabytes Petabytes Access Interactive and batch Batch Structure Fixed schema Unstructured schema Language SQL Procedural (Java, C++, etc) Integrity High Low Scaling Nonlinear Linear Updates Read and write Write once, read many times Latency Low High
  • MapReduce – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    MapReduce is a software framework introduced by Google to support distributed computing on large data sets on clusters of computers.[1] The framework is inspired by map and reduce functions commonly used in functional programming,[2] although their purpose in the MapReduce framework is not the same as their original forms.[3] MapReduce libraries have been written in C++, C#, Erlang, Java, Python, F#, R and other programming languages.
  • More on SaaS Application Development Platforms
    [Good thoughts for a smart VC-DBM] Most agreed with my conclusions and some corrected my mistakes, for which I thank them. Summarizing other comments they made: 1. Companies small and large are starting to experiment with the existing platforms because they agree they need a faster and less expensive way to develop SaaS applications. 2. Very few companies are comfortable putting full production environments on these platforms due to their concerns around security and SLAs, with the top concern being availability. 3. Porting existing enterprise-class SaaS applications to any of these platforms would be almost impossible because of the effort that would be required. 4. Amazon with EC2 and AWS provides the most mature of the platforms with the least probability for vendor lock-in. Google App Engine has far more functionality than I gave it credit for. One of the readers pointed me here for a technical resource site about the Google App Engine. Force.com provides the weak

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