Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-09-09

  • Where have the BEA Documentation went?
    So for partners who are familiar with the BEA product documentation it used to be http://edocs.bea.com which was always the single source of information for Weblogic Server, Service Bus. However recently the documentation for all BEA Family products has been moved under the OTN umbrella. You can access the BEA documentation @ http://www.oracle.com/technology/documentation/bea.html
  • A Look at the New Features in OWB11gR2
    Oracle Warehouse Builder, something that the OWB community has been waiting for since the 10gR2 (”Paris”) release back in 2006. This new release includes some features that were originally going to ship in Paris (changed data capture, SOA integration), some that are down to the Fusion project and new tooling (the use of the JDeveloper/SQL Developer UI, something that Oracle Data Integrator 11g will also adopt), and some that are there to facilitate integration with new products that Oracle have acquired since Paris (Oracle Data Integrator, Oracle BI Enterprise Edition, Hyperion and so on). So what are the highlights of this new release, how does it look, and how easy is it to transition from earlier releases of OWB? Well we’ll be covering these new features in a lot more detail on this blog over the next few weeks, but here’s an overview of what we’ve seen that’s new.
  • Salesforce Connects With Twitter, Facebook
    Twitter plug-in to the standard Salesforce.com interface, and allows customer service representatives to access articles in a knowledge base. And much as people today search the Web for answers from others with similar questions or experiences — what sociologists of the Web call crowd-sourcing — the Salesforce.com application will allow customer service agents to browse through suggestions from other users and experts that can be found on the Web. That ability will be extended to Facebook in the first quarter of next year.
  • Salesforce.com adds Twitter to cloud services
    The Service Cloud 2 options, announced Wednesday, will give new Web-based options to those who pay Salesforce.com to run their customer-support infrastructures. About 8,000 clients use the earlier Service Cloud option, Salesforce.com said, and Chief Executive Marc Benioff used the announcement to tout his company’s cloud-computing philosophy:
  • Service Cloud™ 2 – Salesforce Knowledge, Salesforce Answers, and Salesforce for Twitter
    The next chapter in the customer service revolution kicks off with three exciting new products from salesforce.com: Salesforce Knowledge, Salesforce Answers, and Salesforce for Twitter.
  • Informatica and Intel Team to Support Customers Using SWIFT in Service-Oriented Architectures
    Informatica Corporation (Nasdaq:INFA), the world’s number one independent leader in data integration software, today announced that it has partnered with Intel Corporation to embed Informatica B2B Data Transformation software as an integral part of the Intel SOA Expressway, a software appliance that uses industry standard technologies to simplify, accelerate and secure message based B2B and system to system solutions. The Informatica software enhances SOA Expressway with pre-built data transformation plug-ins for integrating and transforming data from legacy and proprietary formats to SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) and other payment networks, thus accelerating integration and messaging of financial industry information across disparate formats and systems.
  • NetSuite Hosts Seminar ‘The Business Cloud’, Demonstrating How Cloud Computing Changes Business Operations
    NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), a leading vendor of cloud computingbusiness management software suites, today announced the first event in the NetSuite Business Cloud Seminar Series. The event, entitled “The Business Cloud,” will be presented by Robin Bloor, technology analyst and founder of Bloor Research, with a keynote speech from NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson. The event, which includes a panel discussion with leading financial directors, will explain why cloud computing is a top business priority and how it is transforming the business operations of companies around the world.
  • Economic Downturn Encourages More Than 31,000 Business Leaders to Crowd SAP(R) World Tour 2009 to Gain Insight on How to Optimize Their Companies
    roof that companies are still investing in the down economy, business leaders are investing their valuable time and efforts to learn how to best weather the economic storm at the SAP(R) World Tour 2009. Customers around the globe are gathering at the events to convene with peers and SAP to experience the benefits of business networks and learn firsthand the advantages of operating transparently in today’s economic downturn. The format has been a success with attendees, who find the combination of global and local market information to be of tremendous value, providing insights that will impact their day-to-day business practices.
  • IBM’s Software-Led Margin Expansion
    The reason for IBM’s margin expansion is that the pre-tax profits in its software and services businesses are growing at double-digit rates. Both segments will make an estimated $8 billion in pre-tax profits this year, compared to about $1.5 billion for hardware. Eight years ago, the software business brought in only $2.8 billion in pre-tax profits and the services business produced $4.5 billion. IBM has made big investments in middleware, database software, virtualization, cloud computing, and business analytics, to name a few areas. It sounds like these are paying off big-time.
  • Report: Twitter to release revenue-generating feature in Q4
    Twitter Inc. co-founder Biz Stone told reporters in Mexico City this week that the company expects to add revenue-generating features to the microblogging site in the fourth quarter, according to a report today on Bloomberg.com. After a year or more of speculation by bloggers and financial pundits on ways that Twitter could generate revenue, Stone on Tuesday said the company is building an “analytics dashboard” designed to help businesses keep track of what is being tweeted about them.
  • Sugar Community Edition Available for Developers on Amazon EC2
    SugarCRM, the world`s leading provider of commercial open source customer relationship management (CRM) software, today announced the availability of Sugar Community Edition on Amazon EC2 to provide CRM developers with an easy-to-deploy development environment in the cloud. Sugar Community Edition is available now as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI), which allows developers to access, test and develop Sugar code in a cloud-based environment provided by Amazon Web Services` Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).
  • New Version of MySQL Enterprise Allows DBAs to Graphically Drill-Down into Database Bottlenecks to Improve Application Performance
    Sun Microsystems, Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!java/quotes/nls/java (JAVA 9.17, -.00, -0.02%) today announced an update to its MySQL Enterprise(TM) subscription, designed to assist corporate users improve the speed and uptime of their MySQL(TM) database applications. Thirty-day trial subscriptions of the new MySQL Enterprise Fall 2009 Release are now available free-of-charge from http://www.mysql.com/trials. Graphical enhancements to the MySQL Enterprise Monitor’s Query Analyzer help DBAs and developers to better pinpoint database queries to avoid performance problems. With new visual correlation graphs, problem queries can now be filtered and analyzed by highlighting specific time-periods of interest with a few mouse-clicks — making it easier to quickly find spikes in key system resources, and fix problems rooted in inefficient SQL code.
  • Opinion: The unspoken truth about managing geeks
    I can sum up every article, book and column written by notable management experts about managing IT in two sentences: “Geeks are smart and creative, but they are also egocentric, antisocial, managerially and business-challenged, victim-prone, bullheaded and credit-whoring. To overcome these intractable behavioral deficits you must do X, Y and Z.” X, Y and Z are variable and usually contradictory between one expert and the next, but the patronizing stereotypes remain constant. I’m not entirely sure that is helpful. So, using the familiar brush, allow me to paint a different picture of those IT pros buried somewhere in your organization.
  • Silicon Valley is shrinking
    The number of high-tech jobs in Silicon Valley industries declined by 86,000, or 16.5%, between 2001 and 2008, according a federal study of employment trends in the valley. In the study released last month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) identified 11 industries as high-tech employers in Silicon Valley and then assessed what happened to them after the 2001 dot com bust. The study found that while paychecks in those industries increased by nearly 36% from 2001 to 2008 to an overall annual payroll of some $58 billion, only three of the 11 industries — aerospace, pharmaceuticals and scientific research — boosted their Silicon Valley workforce numbers.
  • After the Dot-Com Bubble: Silicon Valley High-Tech Employment And Wages in 2001 and 2008
    Between 2001 and 2008, the Silicon Valley underwent a transformation. Following the peak of the high-tech boom, employment in Silicon Valley high-tech industries declined by about 17 percent, representing a loss of slightly more than 85,000 jobs; however, average wages grew by nearly 36 percent in these industries during the same period.[1] Moreover, some industries grew in terms of their relative concentration in the local economy, while other industries shrunk. Of the 11 industries analyzed in this report, 8 experienced employment declines and 3 industries—pharmaceuticals, aerospace, and scientific research—exhibited employment growth during the 2001 to 2008 period. Although the total number of high-tech jobs was down in Silicon Valley, the local concentration of jobs in a majority of its high-tech industries rose relative to the Nation as a whole.
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