Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-09-18

  • The Five Challenges Facing Oracle
    But Oracle faces a number of challenges going forward. Here are what we see as the company’s five biggest hurdles:
  • NetSuite to Host Online Event ‘Strategy Session for SAP R/3 Customers’ Demonstrating…
    NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), a leading vendor of cloud computingbusiness management software suites, today announced the details of a special online event exploring the options for SAP’s enterprise customers facing a crossroads as the traditional software vendor terminates maintenance support for many popular versions of its software. The event, titled “Strategy Session for SAP R/3 Customers: Upgrade, Maintain or Replace?” will be presented by Andrew Bartels, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research. Mr. Bartels will be joined by Will Gregerson, CFO of synthetic motor oil standout Schaeffer Manufacturing Company. The two will discuss the realities of a potentially costly and time-consuming upgrade path, and present alternatives, including cloud computing solutions.
  • In the Oracle vs. SAP life sciences battle, Oracle gains a healthy lead
    Five years ago, Oracle and SAP were virtually tied for the top spot for revenues in the life sciences market. But with an aggressive acquisitions strategy and its business unit focused on selling to that market, Oracle has opened up some daylight with its archrival. Last year, Oracle established its Health Sciences Global Business Unit, a group dedicated to helping health sciences organizations discover, develop and market products to cure diseases. Analysts credit the unit with playing a pivotal role in pushing Oracle to the top of the life sciences heap. “A dedicated business unit focused on healthcare and life sciences has clearly helped differentiate them and strengthened their position,” said Dr. Alan Louie, research director with IDC Health Insights.
  • NetSuite Makes Another Lunge at SAP’s Base
    NetSuite, the Larry Ellison-owned cloud ERP house, has dreamt up something called the Crossroads Initiative to move SAP R/3 users facing end-of-life scenarios to its cloud.
  • Possible loss of Siemens contract hits SAP
    “We are concerned that Siemens’ willingness to consider support alternatives may cause other customers to do the same thing.”
  • Sybase IQ 15.1 Delivers Top Performance Results for Enterprise-Scale Data Warehousing and Analytics
    Sybase IQ 15.1, working with the IBM Power 595 system and running the AIX 6L version 6.1 Operating System (OS), achieved the best overall performance and the second best price/performance results among non-clustered systems for the TPC-H benchmark at 3000 GB scale factor1.
  • The Data Liberation Front
    Users should be able to control the data they store in any of Google‘s products. Our team’s goal is to make it easier for them to move data in and out.
  • How Google’s Data Liberation Front Can Boost Google Apps
    Google’s Data Liberation Front enables data portability. This is of particular importance for the Google Apps enterprise team, which is trying to make it easier for users to move from their existing platforms to Google’s cloud computing applications. Google is working to let business users export entire Google Sites wikis as HTML with microformats, and to let users select multiple Docs files and export them in OpenOffice.org, HTML or Microsoft formats.
  • The new word for tech’s ex-employees is ‘alum’
    Thanks to the economic downturn, former employees of high-tech companies are staying in touch by joining alumni groups to find jobs, business opportunities and socialize. The sophistication of these groups varies but not their main mission: it’s all about networking.
  • Microsoft lets shareholders vote on executive pay
    Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) has approved a proposal to allow shareholders to vote on its executives’ compensation, as U.S. corporations’ pay policies come under scrutiny in the wake of the financial crisis. Shareholders will be allowed to vote every three years on the pay of Microsoft executives, starting with the annual meeting on November 19, the world’s biggest software company said in a regulatory filing on Friday.
  • Is Microsoft Taking A New Approach Toward The European Commission?
    This week reports surfaced that Microsoft is talking to European anti-trust regulators about its proposed Internet search collaboration with YahooEuropean Union, hasn’t announced a formal investigation into the Microsoft-Yahoo partnership and the talks appear aimed to resolve early-on any EC concerns. Word of the informal discussions follows talks between Microsoft and the European Commission earlier this summer to resolve a dispute about Microsoft’s combining Windows 7 with its Internet Explorer browser.
    (NSDQ:YHOO). The EC, the executive branch of the
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