Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-09-24

  • Microsoft aims to spark new business for Web developers
    Through WebsiteSpark — which companies can apply for online — Microsoft will provide three licenses for Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition, two licenses for Expression Web 3 and one license for Expression Studio 3. Qualifying companies also receive four processor licenses for production use of both Windows Web Server 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Web Edition. The program also includes two technical-support incidents per company, access to community support through connections with other Microsoft partners and unlimited access to technical managed newsgroups on the Microsoft Developer Network.
  • What will tech’s recovery look like: a U, V or W?
    IT managers see a 2010 budget environment that’s “less bad than this past year but not what it was, when things were good,” he said, referring to pre-recession spending. Luftman is a distinguished professor and director of information systems programs at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. IT managers “are not sure whether it’s going to be U, V or W recovery,” he said. In responding to the recession, the portion of IT budgets allocated to hardware declined to 33% versus 42% in 2008. The portion of the budget devoted to internal staff increased, reflecting smaller budgets but also an effort to keep employees rather than buy new equipment. “Rather than layoff people, they cut equipment,” Luftman said. They also increased use of outsourcing services.
  • Red Hat Profit Rises 37%
    Uncertainty over the future of Sun may also be helping, Mr. Whitehurst said. Oracle agreed to buy Sun in April, but the deal is awaiting regulatory approval by European Commission antitrust authorities. Earlier this week, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said that the delay is costing Oracle $100 million a month. For the quarter ended Aug. 31, Red Hat reported earnings of $28.9 million, or 15 cents a share, up from $21.1 million, or 10 cents a share, a year earlier. The company repurchased $47 million of common stock in the quarter. Excluding stock compensation and amortization expenses as well as a tax benefit in the latest quarter, earnings rose to 16 cents from 14 cents. Revenue improved 12%, to $183.6 million, as subscription revenue increased 15%. Nearly half of the company’s revenue is from outside the U.S.
  • Red Hat CEO vs. Torvalds: More Linux features don’t equate to bloat
    Linux has continued to grow and its applicability continues to expand, there’s just more feature functionality that people are looking for to be built into the operating system. I have not had a conversation with him about the comment. I don’t think of that as bloat. Certainly bloat is when you start adding feature functionalities that people don’t want, and certainly the nature of Linux where users are the key contributors, I do think Linux is growing but I think it is much more indicative of the fact that its’ continued added features that people do want and the key differentiator is it can continue to do that in a very modular way, so I actually look at the growth as much more of a reflection that it continues to add features that people do want, and that’s a good thing.
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware Security: “What is the point of all this?”
    Message level security introduces some additional complexity and effort, but is absolutely required to address many real-world use cases.
  • 5 Reasons ERP Vendors Will Find It Hard to Sell Their Talent Management
    # Legacy mindset – Talent Management is a rapidly evolving industry. The HRIS vendors are often restricted in their development to fit the paradigm of their existing products. This isn’t a good way to pursue a burgeoning industry. # Different buyers – the top executive might be the same buyer for both Talent Management technology and HRIS systems, but the influencers, users and often the decision makers at a lower level of the organization, are different. The strategic thinkers in the Talent Management divisions of companies are separating themselves from the more tactical, even though critically important, transactional folks.
  • ERP and CRM for One Attractive Price With SAP® Business All-in-One Solutions Through Best Run-Now Initiative
    Midsize companies that purchase an SAP® Business All-in-One solution or the enterprise resource planning (ERP) application SAP® ERP with at least 15 SAP application professional users and 15 SAP application limited professional users will also receive the SAP® Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM) application for one attractive price. During this time of economic downturn, SAP is providing its customers a portfolio of integrated business management and business intelligence solutions through a limited-time special financing through the Best-Run Now initiative. The offerings have been designed to help enable customers to rapidly implement SAP solutions to help achieve effective results in the time they need it. This specific offering is available to qualified customers until December 18, 2009, and is only available to companies that sign a new license contract with SAP.
  • DemoFall ends with awards and emotional good-byes
    Earlier, Shipley gave out a series of Lifetime Achievement awards to tech luminaries like Palm co-founder Donna Dubinsky, Diane Greene, a co-founder of VMware, Better Place founder and CEO Shai Agassi, and (in absentia) Marc Benioff.
  • Executing a Broad, Innovative Idea
    In early 2007, Shane Robison, Hewlett-Packard’s (HPQ) executive vice-president and chief strategy and technology officer, gathered the seven chief technology officers from HP’s business units together. Robison, as a Compaq vice-president, had played a major role in the two companies’ controversial 2002 merger and the integration that followed. But when he summoned his division technology chiefs, he was focused on the future: What technologies were emerging, how would they shape the market, and what were the implications for HP?
  • Oracle Mulls Shift To Subscription-Based Pricing
    It’s on Safra’s desk. The calculator is out. Midmarket customers are clamoring for on-demand options, Keever said. No doubt, they’re probably getting calls from NetSuite, Workday, and other SaaS providers, saying we can lower your software costs and IT management responsibilities. Crunch, crunch, crunch go the numbers on Safra’s desk. I’m very curious to see what she comes up with.
  • Silicon Valley Code Camp Oct 3rd/4th: Oracle Track (Oracle Developer Tools Blog)
    Oracle Fusion Middleware Track In this track, you’ll learn about the Java and Web Service technologies used to develop Oracle Fusion Middleware. Java Web Applications and Java EE are covered in detail, from backend topics like JVM diagnostics, web services, security as a service, to development tools like JDeveloper and Eclipse, to “infrastructure-as-a-service” topics like cloud computing.

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