Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-09-10

  • George Moore: Windows Azure Business Model for Developers
    Here, we get to know a bit more about the thinking behind the commercialization of Windows Azure (which you will learn more about in great detail at PDC 09). We also learn more about George and his 21 years at the company. He’s been a part of some very interesting and innovative technologies over the years not the least of which is the CCR (he led the team that created it).
  • Workday Customers Go Live on Global Human Resources System of Record in Average of 120 Days
    Workday, Inc., the leader in enterprise-class SaaS-based Human Resources (HR) and Financial solutions has now brought more than 60 customers live on Workday HCM, and phase-one deployment times are currently averaging under 120 days. Workday customers range from mid-sized organizations to global Fortune 500 businesses.
  • Raiders of the Lost Archive: SaaS, Disaster Recovery
    The starting point for SaaS applications: everything related to the apps is in the cloud, so data maintenance, redundancy, and recovery is the responsibility of the SaaS vendor. But the reality is more complex, so interesting subtleties have developed in the largest SaaS deployments. While this article is focused on Salesforce.com‘s applications, the lessons learned can be applied to nearly any SaaS vendor.
  • HP conducting review of IT, BPO assets-executive
    Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N) is conducting a strategic review of the information technology and business process outsourcing assets that came with its 2008 acquisition of EDS, a senior executive said on Wednesday. “Inside ITO and BPO, (we’re) conducting reviews to see which ones fit with HP’s strategy and which ones bring the best value for the corporation,” Joe Eazor, senior vice president and general manager, EDS, said in response to an analyst’s question about divesting these assets.
  • IBM – Global CIO Study
    How are today’s chief information officers successfully growing profits for their businesses? The 2009 IBM Global CIO Study explored this and other issues facing CIOs during challenging times. We talked with more than 2,500 CIOs from over 75 countries and 15 industries. Over the course of our one-hour, face-to-face conversations with them, we learned how they are:
  • RIT professor says U.S. should be concerned about job offshoring
    “The narrative is offshoring doesn’t affect the total number of jobs in the U.S., what happens is the change in the mix,” said Hira, who wrote a chapter about the offshoring of research and development for Manufacturing a Better Future for America, published in July by the Alliance for American Manufacturing. “The problem with that is it’s not clear it’s only low-level jobs moving offshore. What it doesn’t talk about is the fact trade can be win/lose. When China gets better at the things the U.S. is good at, the U.S. can get poorer.” Hira, also the author of Outsourcing America, in 2005, talked recently about his views. Here are excerpts: On jobs moving overseas: Hewlett-Packard Co., when it took over Electronic Data Systems, announced it was going to lay off about 24,000 workers as part of the restructuring plan. That work is not going to disappear. At least half of those jobs will end up in low-cost countries somewhere. They’ll be basically offshored. IBM has gone from a 6,000 he
  • SuccessFactors Unveils Business Execution Software Strategy
    Business Execution (BizX) focuses on optimizing Business Alignment (making sure that people are working on the right things every day) and People Performance (making sure everyone is performing at their full potential). SuccessFactors Business Execution Software strategy has three seminal components: — Deliver the industry leading Business Execution Software suite (see corresponding release, “SuccessFactors Announces Business Execution Product Road Map”); — Create the largest Business Execution Platform through SuccessCloud (see corresponding release, “SuccessFactors Expands SuccessCloud Offerings and Partnerships”); — Build the most robust go-to-market capabilities for selling, servicing, and supporting the largest global base of Business Execution customers.
  • United States Postal Service Embraces NetSuite Cloud Computing Platform
    NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), a leading vendor of cloud computingbusiness software suites, today announced that the U.S. Postal Service((R)) (USPS((R))) shipping is now integrated with NetSuite, providing the thousands of NetSuite customers with yet another strong and cost-effective shipping option. This development enables companies to offer postal delivery to its customers while reducing time spent on manual processes such as printing labels and manifest forms. This in turn reduces shipping error risk and promotes greater customer satisfaction. For more information about NetSuite integration with USPS, please visit www.netsuite.com/uspsintegration.
  • JDA Software buys back preferred stock; shares up
    JDA Software Group Inc. said Wednesday it has repurchased all of its series B convertible preferred stock. The company, which makes software for retailers to manage their inventories, said it bought about 19,000 of the shares from funds affiliated with Thoma Bravo LLC for roughly $30 million. The preferred stock was issued to finance JDA’s 2006 acquisition of Manugistics.
  • Oracle To Sun Customers (And IBM): “We’re In It To Win It”
    Gotta love this advertisement from Oracle, directed at current Sun Microsystems customers (and now rival IBM), stating its intentions with SPARC and Solaris before the monster acquisition is even a done deal. It’s a full-page ad that appeared in the European edition of the Wall Street JournalOracle website as well. today, and you can find it online on the
  • Satyam – Do you believe in Karma?
    Another source, The Times of India, goes into more detail, especially concerning his hepatitis illness and the ‘VIP’ treatment he’s getting lately. I’ll let you ponder your own thoughts as to these latest developments in the Satyam saga….
  • A tightrope walk for Mah Satyam
    The infamous virtual pool at Mahindra Satyam has left its mark on the existing employees. Employee confidence is at an all time low and as recruitment picks up again, the management fears a mass attrition with skilled employees headed to the offices of competing firms. Mahindra Satyam management clearly doesn’t want to wait till its too late and has reinstated variable component of salaries after a gap of six months, which means more pay for employees that will vary with the company’s performance. Variable pay will be in range of 10-30 per cent of salary across different levels. But interestingly, Mahindra Satyam says it will not impact the wage bill.
  • Job Openings Fell to Record Low in July
    The U.S. had a record low 2.4 million job openings in July, the Labor Department said Wednesday, the fewest since the department started tracking the figure in 2000, and half the peak of 4.8 million in mid-2007. A Fed report Wednesday said ‘labor market conditions remain weak.’ Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve‘s report on business conditions around the U.S., known as the Beige Book, said “labor market conditions remain weak,” a significant hurdle for a strong recovery from the recession that began in December 2007.
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