Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-09-15

  • Progress on Analytics, Consequences of IBM/SPSS: A Conversation With SAS’s Stuart Rose
    “A challenge for SPSS, as with other recent acquisitions by large global corporations like IBM, is the ability to remain focused, agile and innovative. Being privately held gives SAS the ability to pump more than 20 percent of our revenue into R&D every year and keep innovation at the forefront.”
  • Analysis: CRM in 2009: Personal, Social, Mobile, Adaptable
    “Software as a Service continued to drive the market forward, representing nearly 20 percent of total CRM software market revenue in 2008, up from just over 15 percent in 2007,” reported Mertz.
  • A Small Earthquake in the IT Market Today
    Yet, maintenance is still a highly contested model today, especially due to the entrance of SaaS and its subscription based model, without upfront license costs. SAP has to reconsider its maintenance strategy: on one hand, SAP has brought its “enterprise support” of 22% in line with its competitors; on the other hand, the ongoing rumors and chatter about this topic shows that SAP needs to continue to take action to find a solution. But, from my perspective a “third party maintenance market” will only work with a tight cooperation of SAP and its services partners.
  • McKinsey research explores ROI from Web 2.0 technology investments
    The top 3 benefits of using Web 2.0 technology internally: * Increasing speed of access to knowledge (68 percent of respondents with a median improvement of 30 percent) * Reducing communication costs (54 percent of respondents with a median improvement of 20 percent) * Increasing speed of access to internal experts (43 percent of respondents with a median improvement of 35 percent)
  • Google to deliver ‘government cloud’ to feds in 2010
    The services will give government agencies a way to purchase services such as Google Apps, by ensuring that they meet regulatory requirements, said Matthew Glotzbach, director of product management with Google enterprise. Google is now in talks with several government agencies about the services but has yet to sign up a customer, Glotzbach said, speaking with reporters at a federal government cloud-computing event. The services will be hosted in Google’s existing data centers, but on systems that are compliant with government regulations.
  • Mahindra Satyam says some large clients returning
    Indian IT services firm Mahindra Satyam (SATY.BO) has gained 32 new customers in the last four months, and some large clients are returning to the company, a top official said on Tuesday.
  • SuccessFactors: Small cap, big plans
    The question investors in this $790-million-market-cap company ought to be asking themselves is, can that ride continue? There’s reason to believe that it can. For those unfamiliar with SuccessFactors (SFSF), the San Mateo, Calif.-based company sells a subscription-based service that, to date, has primarily helped companies conduct employee performance appraisals and set and assess employee goals. It’s human resources stuff, and while not the sexiest corner of the software world, it has been a popular one during this recession.
  • Whatever happened to Safra Catz?
    Wow, I have never heard a single Oracle customer say that about her. Oh, she is charming hostess at Oracle Open World. But if there is a customer issue during the rest of the year it ends up with Charles Phillips, Keith Block or Juergen Rottler in the executive suite. Not Safra. And trust me there is enough angst about Oracle maintenance and other pricing that she hears about it. Repeatedly.
  • Oracle, Sun Show Off Super-Fast, Flash-based OLTP Server
    Dubbed the Exadata Database Machine Version 2, the new server package is a Sun server-and-storage combination loaded with lots of flash memory to run Oracle 11g Release 2 — the first flash-enabled database, Ellison said. The package is tuned for specific duty in scale-out data archiving and for high-performance transactional use. It employs standard Sun hardware components plus Sun’s solid-state FlashFire memory cards to go with Oracle’s Exadata Storage Server Software Release 11.2, Ellison said. The Oracle storage software will orchestrate potential raw disk capacity of 100 TB (SAS) or 336 TB (SATA) per rack.
  • Oracle stops making computers with HP
    An Oracle spokeswoman said that the Exadata machine built in partnership with HP is no longer available for sale. Officials at Hewlett-Packard could not be reached for comment. When Ellison unveiled the HP partnership a year ago, he told customers that the product could not have been developed without that company’s assistance.
  • Oracle unveils second Exadata machine; Ellison steps up data warehousing push
    [Good photos of the slide deck from the announcement]
  • IT Gives Back Job Gains Between August and July
    [Wow-totally faulty analysis…-DBM] “If you consider that according to the Department of Labor, 31,000 IT-related jobs have been lost since January 2009 but only 4,500 since June, and with a net gain of 3,100 IT-related jobs in July and August, it’s clear that we’re heading in the right direction. I think we can take some satisfaction in this trend and maintain optimism for the rest of the year, especially for the IT services sector.”
  • Technology Recruiters Face Major Perception Problems
    Based on a poll in a September report on jobs and technology job hunting, a good number of job seekers discount the value of recruiters in getting a new job. A closer look at the daily frustrations of managing recruiters for IT workers reveals what is and is not working for them.

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