Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-09-26

  • The hunt for Oracle Exadata production references
    So far as I can tell, Oracle Exadata production sites are pretty scarce on the ground. What, if anything, am I missing?
  • The ‘Web Squared’ Era
    There’s also a qualitative change happening as the Web becomes more closely integrated with the real world via sensor-based smart phone applications. Web Squared is another way of saying “Web meets World.”
  • Gates Foundation CEO wants biz to house homeless
    Jeff Raikes told the annual meeting of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce that they should consider combatting homelessness as an economic opportunity. The former Microsoft executive spoke of success some programs in Washington and elsewhere have had with getting homeless families back into housing and work.
  • Oracle Won’t Spin Off MySQL
    “We believe MySQL will be positioned against SQL Server and also offering a migration path to Oracle databases, so this acquisition, especially MySQL, is critical for Oracle and I am sure Microsoft is watching is very closely.”
  • Microsoft’s Got a Deal for Small Web Dev Firms
    Microsoft launched a program today that offers its Web development tools, training, and support to Web site design and Web application development firms with 10 or fewer employees. Cost? Three years for just $99. The program, dubbed WebsiteStart, gives developers and firms that join three licenses for Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition, two licenses for Expression Web 3, and one license for Expression Studio 3, according to a company statement.
  • Hierarchical Agglomerative Clustering with Hadoop
    Hierarchical Agglomerative Clustering is a bottom up clustering approach where at each stage, we find the closest two documents (or document clusters) and merge them into a new cluster. The process continues until some convergence criteria is satisfied. Last week, I described a Map-Reduce job to generate a TD Matrix from the articles on my blog. This week I use the TD Matrix data to cluster the articles using the Hierarchical Agglomerative Clustering algorithm. The code models a 1 + (n * 3) stage pipeline of Map-Reduce jobs, where n is the number of stages (number of documents – number of clusters). The distance measure to compute the closeness between two documents (or document clusters) is cosine similarity. At each stage, two items are merged into one, so one of the criteria for convergence is when the remaining number of document (or document clusters) are less than a threshold value. The other convergence criterion is when merging a document into a document or cluster would resu
  • The Scoop on Hadoop and Vertica
    Rather than create yet another proprietary implementation we chose to integrate with the popular Apache Hadoop project. Our integration efforts together with customer validation and support from Cloudera have taken the form of native Input and Output formatters for Apache Hadoop. These libraries allow Hadoop to read data from Vertica just as it does HDFS and similarly to write data to Vertica as reduce output. We have found over the past few months that by integrating Hadoop with the Vertica database we have been able to enhance the value of both technologies for our customers. With Vertica and Hadoop our customers can combine the performance and scalability of the Vertica Analytic Database with the power and flexibility of MR in innovative ways to solve big data problems using the right tools for the right job.
  • Employees protest vs. poor service
    GSIS Visayas operations vice president, Salvacion Mate, told the DAILY STAR that these problems boil down to the IBM-DB2 database management crashes. She said, IBM promised the GSIS that the database has the capacity of accommodating all the 1.4 million members and pensioners transactions, but it failed. GSIS has suffered at least eight database crashes to date and at least P5 billion in actual damages to the system, a GSIS press statement said.
  • SAP’s Social Playbook
    The LinkedIn partnership will likely mean that any kudos a user earns from SAP could be automatically advertised on that person’s LinkedIn profile. Since SAP software is used by a lot of businesses, that could mean better job opportunities for the company’s most proficient community members.
  • Enterprise Software Acquisitions: Who’s Next?
    The firms that would make significant contributions to the Titans: SAS (Private) Informatica (INFA) MicroStrategy (MSTR) Netezza (NZ) Teradata (TDC)
  • An Emerging Threat to Oracle and SAP
    The third-party approach is catching on with corporate software clients. In 2009 Rimini expects to have about $150 million in maintenance-contract bookings, up from $86 million a year ago. Oracle would charge about double, so that represents about $300 million in potential Oracle revenue, says Cowen analyst Peter Goldmacher. SAP’s maintenance revenue hasn’t been affected much yet because Rimini launched service for customers of the German software giant only three months ago. “It doesn’t mean Oracle will lose all its revenue overnight. We are a rounding error, for now,” Ravin says.
  • Tibco: Strong 3Q Validates Enterprise 3.0 Mantra
    In the third quarter of last year, Tibco earned $11.1 million, or $0.08 a share, on sales of $162.3 million. Its shares closed off $0.07 a share to $9.13 in Thursday’s trading but stormed up $0.67, or 7 percent, to $9.80 following the earnings announcement.
  • The Product Maintenance Paradox!
    With SAP and Oracle said to be realizing gross margins in the neighborhood of 90% on their maintenance business, the economics are simply too strong for third party maintenance providers not to rise up. Some regulatory interventions like antitrust suits may help accelerate the shift,this would embolden service providers to look at the maintenance market form a fresh value perspective.
  • Workday Back Online
    Within hours, all customers were live in our secondary datacenter with all their data intact. We’ve tested our failover plans many times, but this is the first time we did it for real. We’ve learned quite a bit in the process – some of it technical, some of it regarding communications with customers. That knowledge will be used to further refine our datacenter practices, our hardware choices, and our failover plans so that we can do even better in the future.
  • Share and Sell Data with Infochimps
    Sell Data If you’re on the other side, and you have data to offer, you can put your dataset up for sale. Fill out some forms, specify your price, and let Infochimps handle the rest like storage and cataloging. Infochimps takes a 20% commission on each sale for their service.

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