Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-09-13

  • Hadoop World: NYC 2009 | Cloudera
    To support the growing, world wide Apache Hadoop community, we are happy to announce Hadoop World: NYC 2009 to be held in New York City on October 2nd, 2009.
  • RightNow Buys Social Networking Platform Player HiveLive
    RightNow Technologies is no stranger to social media. Just a few months ago, the on-demand CRM company unveiled its Cloud Monitoring functionality, which enables customer service representatives to follow discussions on third-party social networking sites such Twitter and YouTube. And RightNow also has a history of partnering with community platform providers such as Lithium Technologies. This time around, however, RightNow is bringing social capabilities in-house, announcing late Tuesday an acquisition of social networking company HiveLive for $6 million in cash.
  • Force.com…The Platform is a Service
    Inspired by a video by Michael Wesch. … salesforce.com Salesforce force.com saas paas platform web computers technology
  • RightNow and salesforce.com Unveil Different Strategies for Communities
    Users can deploy it to monitor service issues or set up a service channel on the popular short message service. The plan is to be able to link Answers directly to tweets. This offering is now available for free. On the pre-briefing call, salesforce.com said it had 8,000 companies using Service Cloud. This is up 175% in the last 12 months. While the growth rate is impressive, there’s a lot of room for growth inside the installed base, considering the company had 63,200 customers at of the end of July.
  • IBM Throws Out Microsoft Office
    360.000 IBM workers have been told to stop using Microsoft Office and switch to the Open Office-based software Symphony. Quoting an inside source, the German economic newspaper, “Handelsblatt” reports that staff at IBM have been given ten days to change to Symphony, IBM’s in-house Lotus software. The use of Microsoft Office will in future require managerial approval. With immediate affect, the Open Document Format (ODF) will rule at IBM with the file ending .doc soon belonging to the past.
  • Flash Components for Visual Composer 7.0 – Flexibility is the name of the game
    Introducing “Flash Components”, a new cool feature that enables you to embed your own custom built Flex 2 based component, or even better, an Xcelsius 2008 dashboard component into Visual Composer storyboard, and hence – to extend the predefined set of standard UI elements that are supplied in Visual Composer.
  • Video: Ballmer’s wild entrance at Microsoft’s company meeting
    Is Steve Ballmer admirably enthusiastic, or is his cheerleading too much following the company’s unprecedented layoffs and cutbacks? Whatever your opinion, there’s no disputing that he can still make a big entrance. The video above shows the 53-year-old Microsoft CEO making his way to the stage at the company’s private meeting Thursday at Safeco Field in Seattle — sprinting around the infield, pumping his arms, slapping hands, and generally whooping it up as thousands of the company’s employees cheer him on from the stands.
  • What’s New in NetSuite 2009.2
    While this version didn’t knock my socks off at first glance, there’s a few things in here that I think demonstrate how NetSuite is improving the product to better align with how businesses work, rather than rolling out flashy, but useless functionality. Here’s a few of the things I think will make existing customers smile.
  • Oracle Awarded SWIFTReady Labels
    At the financial services industry’s premier global conference, Oracle today announced that it has been awarded SWIFT-certified labels for Payments, Single Euro Payments Areas (SEPA), Financial Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) and Funds. SWIFT runs an annual program for qualifying the SWIFT-compliance of third-party software applications for the financial services sector. Certified applications are awarded a SWIFTReady application label when they demonstrate compliance with SWIFT standards, messaging services and connectivity. As part of the 2009 program, Oracle has been awarded four SWIFTReady application labels. These include: SWIFTReady Payments 2009 label for Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking SWIFTReady SEPA 2009 label for Oracle FLEXCUBE Messaging Hub SWIFTReady Financial EAI 2009 label for Oracle Service Bus for Financial Services SWIFTReady Funds 2009 label for Oracle FLEXCUBE Messaging Hub
  • Powerco rips and replaces Oracle, server fleet
    Eighteen months ago New Zealand’s second-largest power company, Powerco, went though an almost complete ICT infrastructure upgrade. It has seen Oracle almost totally eliminated from the business in favour of Microsoft’s SQL Server, virtualisation introduced, old kit replaced with HP blade servers and the consolidation of 47 Citrix servers down almost to half that number.
  • The Promise (and Perils) of Open Collaboration
    As companies outside the computer industry adopt the collaborative precepts of open source to improve their research and development efforts, they too undergo some major management shifts. P&G, for example, once known as an obsessively secretive organization, has thrown open its laboratory doors and invited outside collaborators to help develop new technologies and products, and at the same time is sharing some of its own intellectual property freely.
  • SAP Synchronizing All-in-One, Business Objects Partner Programs
    SAP seems particularly keen to get resellers of its All-in-One application suite for small and midmarket customers to add the Business Objects business intelligence software to their product repertoire. “We would love it if every All-in-One partner adopted this [Business Objects] product line,” said Paul LaRochelle, vice president of SAP’s Partner Edge program and Business Objects VAR sales. “We’re committed to helping those partners really understand the value of the business proposition.”
  • Two Years After Business ByDesign Intro, SAP Still Laboring over Rollout
    SAP’s decision to moderate the BBD rollout “told me that they weren’t going to get ahead of themselves, and they weren’t going to try to sell vapor,” said Sina Moatamed, chief technology officer at BendPak/Ranger Inc., a $60 million manufacturer of lifts, air compressors, and other automotive service equipment. BendPak/Ranger committed to using BBD in mid-2008 after deciding it needed to replace its existing applications, which consisted of Sage’s MAS 200 system and two different CRM systems used by the sales and service organizations. None of those applications were integrated, and the company had not yet implemented MAS 200’s inventory management capability, so inventory was being managed using spreadsheets.

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