Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-09-25

  • Exclusive Interview With Steve Ballmer: Products, Competition, The Road Ahead
    Ballmer says to expect roughly the same level of activity in the future. “I’m guessing we’re gonna want to buy about 15 companies again next year,” he says. He says most of those will be smaller transactions ranging from $50 million – $400 million. And those companies will have to “really fit well with our technology platforms and distribution,” he added.
  • Comedy Is an Uninvited Guest at Microsoft’s ‘House Party’
    Microsoft has produced its share of quirky marketing messages, but a YouTube clip produced to promote a series of Windows 7 launch parties is a special sort of odd. Oh, so very special.
  • Microsoft Kills Dynamics Mobile
    Microsoft on Thursday said it has discontinued the mobile versions of its Dynamics ERP (enterprise resource planning) products. The first mobile Dynamics product, Dynamics AX Mobile Sales, was introduced in 2007 and let sales people remotely place and track orders, query sales histories and manage advertising campaigns from Windows Mobile devices. Microsoft also offered development tools for businesses to build their own mobile offerings based on Dynamics.
  • Microsoft Dynamics Mobile Team blog : Microsoft Dynamics Mobile Has Been Discontinued
    Microsoft Dynamics Mobile for Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics NAV has been discontinued. For more information, please visit PartnerSource at https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource/solutions/mobile.
  • H-P CEO: Oracle-Sun Doesn’t Faze Us
    “It’s a big market — we’re very comfortable with co-opetive relationships,” he said, in an innovatively worded response to a question during a meeting for securities analysts late Thursday. “Oracle has been a great partner of H-P’s for a long time — I don’t expect that to change.”
  • Tibco Software 3Q Profit Rises 34% On Margins; Shares Jump
    For the quarter ended Aug. 30, Tibco reported earnings of $14.9 million, or 9 cents a share, up from $11.1 million, or 6 cents a share, a year earlier. Excluding stock compensation and acquisition-related impacts, earnings rose to 13 cents from 11 cents. Revenue declined 7.4% to $150.3 million. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters projected earnings of 11 cents a share on revenue of $145 million. Operating margin increased to 13.6% from 9.4% on a 10% drop in operating costs. License revenue dropped 15%, while service and maintenance revenue fell 1.9%. The company closed 17 deals over $1 million, up from 11 the prior quarter.
  • Informatica Prepares For Info Overload
    Informatica technology allows organizations to leverage data that may be stored in mainframe systems from 30 years ago, to the latest in cloud computing. And that is a tremendous value proposition. We’re uniquely in that position of unifying all of the health care records.
    In order to increase the value of the company, 37signals has decided to stop generating revenues. “When it comes to valuation, making money is a real obstacle. Our profitability has been a real drag on our valuation,” said Mr. Fried. “Once you have profits, it’s impossible to just make stuff up. That’s why we’re switching to a ‘freeconomics’ model. We’ll give away everything for free and let the market speculate about how much money we could make if we wanted to make money. That way, the sky’s the limit!”
  • What Entrepreneurs Want From VCs: Independence And Faster Feedback
    Entrepreneurs who have interacted with more VCs have a less positive view of these investor’s ability to add value pre- and post-investment. This suggests that entrepreneurs learn over time that each VC is less unique and useful.
  • As Workers Protest, Wipro May Sell French Unit
    Wipro plans to explore options to sell its development centre at Sophia Antipolis, France, because of extensive employee protests against shutting it down. The issue had snowballed into a major controversy with the involvement of the local French government officials. Wipro had initiated talks to close down the centre that it acquired from Newlogic because of poor demand. The centre employs around 60 people.
  • Satyam to give promotions, hikes
    Seems hikes and promotion time is back in IT! After TCS and Infosys announcing their decision to go for selective hikes and promotions, Mahindra Satyam is all set to join its peers. According to a report in a business daily, the company is all set to soon start the promotions cycle in certain departments. Quoting a company official, the report says that employees identified as high performers will be given promotions and pay hikes.
  • Wipro signs co-development agreement with Oracle
    Under this agreement, Wipro and Oracle would co-develop process solutions for five different industries, communication, retail, consumer products, hi-tech and industrial manufacturing, Wipro said in a statement. “Many enterprises find themselves struggling to deliver and standardize business processes that span multiple applications cost effectively,” Oracle Vice-President Applications Development and Strategy Jose Lazares said. “Our co-development approach aims to involve selected partners like Wipro who have specific expertise and skills in industry specific business processes, to co-develop pre-built, integration products with us and then deploy these for customers,” he added. Wipro Technologies Sangita Singh Senior Vice-President said; “The co-development agreement is part of our continued strategy to invest in technology innovation and build deep industry expertise along with partners”.
  • Intel, IBM, Others Craft Speedy Servers for Cloud Computing
    Driven by the rapid adoption of server virtualization and the trend toward cloud computing, OEMs are rolling out systems designed to bring high performance, energy efficiency and relatively low cost to the data center. At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel executives continued their drumbeat of rolling out processor technologies designed to meet those goals, and took it a step further by not only saying they were looking to create a “microserver” category, but also by unveiling an Intel-developed microserver that will serve as a reference design. On the showroom floor at IDF, a host of OEMs displayed systems aimed at addressing the demands for high performance and low energy consumption.

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