Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-09-30

  • HP considers reorganization?
    Hewlett-Packard is reportedly considering a major corporate reorganization that would fold at least some of its once-powerhouse printing business into the company’s thriving personal computer division. If CEO Mark Hurd goes forward with the plan, first reported Tuesday by The Wall Street Journal, it would reflect a changing dynamic in which printing, once HP’s biggest profit center, has been overtaken as Hurd has moved aggressively to build other business segments devoted to PCs and commercial computing hardware, software and tech services.
  • IT Outsourcing Statistics 2009/2010: Outsourcing Trends and Cost Experiences for 11 Key IT Functions
    How many IT organizations are outsourcing particular functions and how much work are they actually outsourcing? Is the trend up or down? What percentage of the typical IT budget goes to outside service providers, and what is the risk that costs will exceed expectations? To answer these and other questions, Computer Economics each year publishes its IT Outsourcing Statistics report, based on our annual survey of more than 200 IT organizations in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Unit 4 Agresso Creates New Company With Minority Investment From Salesforce.com — CODA 2go Becomes FinancialForce.com
    FinancialForce.com Is a Spinoff From Unit 4 Agresso; salesforce.com Is a Minority Investor in the New Company With Unit 4 Agresso Retaining the Controlling Stake in the Company Investment Represents Significant Commitment to Accounting in the Cloud
  • Salesforce.com Launches SaaS Company
    While Salesforce.com seems to be taking the role of quiet investor for Wednesday’s launch of FinancialForce.com, leaving Unit 4 Agresso to distribute the details, its investment in the venture appears deep. The new company is co-headquartered from Salesforce.com’s offices in San Mateo, Calif., and from an office in Harrogate, England. Salesforce.com will provide the customer support for the startup’s core product, also called FinancialForce (formerly Coda2Go).
  • SAP, Salesforce.com Could Sell Their Wares in The Google Wave Store
    If SAP and Salesforce.com flesh out their prototypes, they could be a lock to sell in the forthcoming Google Wave store. Real-time collaboration solutions leveraging Wave could prove very useful for users of enterprise and CRM applications, boosting the marketability of applications that can run in Wave.
  • JDA Software offers new managed transportation, logistics services
    In response, JDA TMS Managed Services is “a new, cost-effective solution targeted at companies that want to tackle their transportation and logistics challenges but lack the IT and capital resources to do so.” JDA SoftwareSupply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) annual global conference in Chicago, Sept. 20-23. The company described JDA TMS Managed Services as an “end-to-end solution that can enable companies to leverage the market-leading capabilities in JDA’s Transportation & Logistics Management software along with JDA’s winning approach to managed services, Software-as-a-Service and hosted deployments.”
    discussed the offering at the 2009 Council of
  • The Great VC Ice Age is Thawing (for now) – Part 1 of 3
    So with triage, fund raising and internal VC politics it is no wonder it was hard to even get a meeting with a partner between September 08 – April 09. Doing a deal as a VC in this period was the equivalent of putting your head above the parapet – it might get shot.
  • Coda2go and Salesforce – Oh the Irony
    This is exciting on so many levels. Salesforce have grown to a point where they are dominant in the on demand CRM space. They’ve also branched out and created force.com, a platform for the development of on-demand offerings. For quite some time commentators have been questioning the lack of a financial product from salesforce. While CRM is a massive market segment, arguably financials are the “lowest common denominator” and a company wanting to be dominant in the on-demand business software space really needs to offer a financial product. I spoke with FinancialForce Chief Executive Jeremy Roche, still chipper despite it being 2am in his time zone. I asked him what the deal meant in terms of scaling for FinancialForce. He advised me that front line support for the product is being rolled over to salesforce, freeing up FinancialForce to concentrate on building out their go to market approach and providing a single point of call for customers of both the CRM and financial products. In fa
  • The Top 11 Google Wave Robots for the Enterprise
    If you’re using Wave in the enterprise, start with these Robots.
  • New App Deepens SAP Ties to LinkedIn
    With the new Community Bio application, LinkedIn profiles will show users’ SAP credentials as well as indicators of their participation in the SAP community sites. It will also identify people who have earned SAP “mentor” status, which is reserved for “highly active and reliable” SAP community users.
  • San Francisco pays for Oracle party tent
    “If Donald Trump can build a tent for Moammar Khadafy, surely our friends at Oracle deserve the same hospitality,” said mayoral spokesman Nathan Ballard.
  • UNILOC USA, INC. and ) UNILOC SINGAPORE PRIVATE LIMITED, ) ) Plaintiffs, ) v. ) C.A. No. 03-440 S ) MICROSOFT CORPORATION, ) ) Defendant.
    For over six years Plaintiffs Uniloc USA, Inc. and Uniloc Singapore Private Limited (Uniloc) and Defendant Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) have battled in a high stakes patent dispute in this Court. It has taken them to the Federal Circuit once, and finally to trial where Uniloc scored a massive jury verdict (purportedly the fifth largest patent verdict in history). Before the Court are numerous post-trial motions. After careful consideration of the arguments and the evidence, and mindful of the limitations placed upon the Court in ruling upon a post-trial motion for judgment as a matter of law (JMOL), the Court grants JMOL of non-infringement in Microsoft’s favor.
  • Microsoft SQL Server Most Used Database in Emerging Markets – MySQL Close Behind, New Evans Data Survey Shows
    Microsoft SQL Server is the most used database in the emerging markets of China, India, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, according to a new survey of over 400 developers from Evans Data Corp shows, but MySQL is closing that lead. Over 50% of developers in the emerging market countries claim to be using Microsoft’s version of SQL Server, but 46% use MySQL. MySQL is slightly stronger in India and Latin America, but MS SQL Server leads in China and Latin America.
  • Oracle Scolded by Industry Group for Sun Microsystems Ad
    The Transaction Processing Performance Council, which sets speed benchmarks for some technology products, fined Oracle $10,000 and ordered the software maker to pull the ad, which first appeared in The Wall Street Journal. The reason: Oracle didn’t back up its boast that a Sun system runs Oracle software faster than a similar machine from IBM with TPC-approved numbers.

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