Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-09-17

  • The Problem with Mature ERP Systems – CIO.com – Business Technology Leadership
    Further complicating matters is that while spending on ERP has grown at the rate of 6.9 percent each year, so too has dissatisfaction among end users with those enterprise applications, according to the Forrester report. In other words, ERP is a lose-lose scenario.
  • Oracle Zaps SAP’s Apps Slump
    Oracle president Safra Catz said Oracle’s database revenue grew more slowly than normal in Q1 in large part because of slumping sales via some Oracle resellers, “most notably SAP, who is selling less database because its applications business is down 40%.” Yikes—you don’t often see Oracle spank its own customers, but then again SAP is no doubt a very special case.
  • Lenley Hensarling joins Ed Abbo and Tom Siebel at C3
    Abbo and Hensarling have left to join a cause in which they believe and to follow a charismatic leader. Oracle apparently tried to entice them to stay and we understand that the departures were completely friendly. The departures should not be read as a signal that wrenching changes in application strategy are coming or that anything is seriously wrong within Oracle.
  • SAP Virtual Events: A Work in Progress
    SAP virtual events are here to stay. Even in flawed formats, they deliver value to the participants. But with more thought to the right platforms and more emphasis on interaction, these events can do a better job of capturing the trade show experience. After trade shows, we always come home with a bunch of new business cards. When the same happens virtually, we’re on the right track.
  • SAP Crossroads
    [Will NS run similar ads vs Oracle when Fusion Apps are released?-DBM] If you’re running SAP R/3 4.6 or 4.7, then you know that it’s time to make a difficult decision. Should you upgrade to SAP ERP 6.0—and face a notoriously complicated, expensive and risky process—or pay a costly hike in maintenance to keep your old system running? Fortunately, there’s another option.
  • SAP Ecosystem Gathers for SAP(R) TechEd 2009 – With Video
    Keynote presentations will be hosted by Jim Hagemann Snabe, member of the SAP Executive Board leading the Business Solutions and Technology organization and Vishal Sikka, chief technology officer (CTO) of SAP. Sikka will speak at the Phoenix and Bangalore events, Hagemann Snabe will speak in Vienna and Shanghai. Keynote topics will demonstrate how SAP technology can help companies meet the increasing demands to reduce cost, increase transparency and drive efficiency, as well as enable maximum flexibility in today’s fast-paced business environment. Inventor and author Ray Kurzweil will address the crowd during the opening keynote of the SAP TechEd Phoenix event.
  • Andreessen joins HP’s board
    Marc’s entrepreneurial background and industry expertise will be a welcome addition to the HP board of directors.
  • MySpace to open source data processing
    MySpace today announced a new open-source project called Qizmt, a distributed computation framework developed by its data mining team. Qizmt is based on the MapReduce distributed processing framework, well-known as a core part of Google‘s search indexing infrastructure. Qizmt, however, runs on large clusters of Microsoft Windows servers, an interesting sidebar to a computing style we most commonly associate with commodity Linux machines.
  • qizmt – Project Hosting on Google Code
    Core MySpace Qizmt Features * Rapidly develop mapreducer jobs in C#.Net * Easy Do-It-Yourself Installer * Built-in IDE/Debugger o Automatically colors heap allocations in red o Autocomplete for rapid mapreducer development o Step through and debug mapreducer jobs directly on target cluster * From any machine in a cluster: o Edit mapreducer jobs o Debug mapreducer jobs o Execute mapreducer jobs o Administer mapreducer jobs * Delta-only exchange option for Mapreduce jobs * Configurable data-redundancy/machine level failover * Easily add machines to a cluster to increase processing power and capacity * CAC (Cluster Assembly Cache) for exposing .Net DLLs to mapreduce jobs
  • Oracle *could* kill off MySQL as a commercial product, but probably won’t
    [Monty wasn’t complaining about the MySQL copyright when he sold it to Sun for $1B-DBM] “MySQL’s licensing model gives the copyright holder a higher level of control than the rest of the community and the exclusive ability to provide certain kinds of products and services that third-party vendors cannot.” As the sole owner of the MySQL copyright Oracle would have the ability to decide who could license the code commercially for integration with non-GPL code, for example.
  • Inside the Database Wars
    As part of their combined effort, SAP and IBM have collectively offered some pretty aggressive pricing on DB2 to Oracle customers, many of which are looking at significant upgrade costs as they ponder moving to the latest Oracle 11g release. On top of that, SAP and IBM have tightly integrated the management framework of their respective offerings, making it much easier to manage DB2 from with an SAP environment than any customer could experience using Oracle. For example, thanks to a new DB2 licensing deal worked out by Coca-Cola and SAP, Coca-Coca Bottling last year switched to DB2. In addition to lower licensing costs and better integration, the IT folks at Coca-Coca Bottling say they also saw a 40 percent reduction in storage costs because of the compression algorithms in DB2. Furthermore, they said the actual process of making the shift from Oracle to DB2 only took a couple of months.
  • Oracle Q1 Results: A Tale of Two Companies
    Oracle’s enterprise software maintenance- and support-related revenues grew 11 percent to $3.1 billion—against just $226 million in expenses. How’s that for profit margins?
  • Oracle DBA Competency Roadmap
    Oracle DBA Competency Framework Roadmap
  • 10 MapReduce Tips » Cloudera Hadoop & Big Data Blog
    There are many languages and frameworks that sit on top of MapReduce, so it’s worth thinking up-front which one to use for a particular problem. There is no one-size-fits-all language; each has different strengths and weaknesses. * Java: Good for: speed; control; binary data; working with existing Java or MapReduce libraries. * Pipes: Good for: working with existing C++ libraries. * Streaming: Good for: writing MapReduce programs in scripting languages. * Dumbo (Python), Happy (Jython), Wukong (Ruby), mrtoolkit (Ruby): Good for: Python/Ruby programmers who want quick results, and are comfortable with the MapReduce abstraction. * Pig, Hive, Cascading: Good for: higher-level abstractions; joins; nested data.

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