Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-10-05

  • Oracle Objects to Port
    Citing “grave safety concerns” for its United States-based crew that would be sailing a trimaran named USA within miles of Iran, the challenger BMW Oracle Racing on Friday asked a New York court to reject Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, as the port for the 33rd America’s Cup.
  • Cartel Office OKs Deutsche Tel’s Buy Of SAP Europe Hosting Ops
    The German Federal Cartel Office has approved Deutsche Telekom AG’s (DT) unit T-Systems??? acquisition of SAP AG’s (SAP) hosting customers in Europe, T-Systems said Friday.
  • Will Oracle Or SAP Blink First On 22% Maintenance Fees?
    This is the nightmare scenario for the two big enterprise players, and while it’s one that we here at InformationWeek and Global CIO have been analyzing throughout 2009, this possibility picked up some considerable momentum this week as two Cowen & Co. investment analysts issued a report asking the question, “Maintenance Revenue: High Margin or High Risk?” and voted for the latter. Their report was then picked up by Barron’s, which built around that report an article headlined, “An Emerging Threat to Oracle and SAP.”
  • Book review: What’s wrong with software development
    It feels good, works great, makes the job easier, is enjoyable to use and requires little or no training. That certainly doesn’t describe enterprise software such as ERP systems, which require a huge amount of training and force people to alter the way they work to suit the system.
  • The rise of Ruby | Ruby on Rails in the enterprise
    Beloved of the software developer community, the Ruby on Rails development framework is now infiltrating the mainstream. But is it suitable for the enterprise?
  • Red Hat calls for US patent law review
    [As a holder of US software patents, I have to agree with Red Hat-many patents are granted for things that are obvious in software-DBM] The company argues that current laws allow organisations to patent code that other programmers might easily develop independently. This means that programmers developing new code run a significant risk of unintentionally infringing software patents, it says, thereby constraining innovation.
  • Alinghi responds to Oracle’s rejection
    “BMW Oracle’s latest lawsuit is further proof of their unsportsmanlike behaviour. We will only return to the legal process to show that it is sporting character and sailing strategy that wins races, not litigation. Meanwhile our Cup preparations and training will continue in Ras al Khaimah where we hope they will deign to join us for the America’s Cup Match.
  • 3 Sales Tips for Startups – Creating a Burning Platform
    My old employer, Salesforce.com (they bought my company Koral), were masters at this. They generated an enormous amount of inbound leads through PR, email blasts and heavy efforts with analysts such as Gartner Group, IDC, Aberdeen Group, etc. Initially the leads need to be qualified. If you’re not ready to buy then you go into an email database. Their goal is to get you to appear in person at city roadshows that they run or to come to their annual Dreamforce conference. Here they surround you with sales professionals, product people and, of course, lots of referenceable customers! If you appear then they’ve increased the probability that you’re closer to becoming an A or a B buyer.
  • Indian Tech Outsourcers Aim to Widen Contracts
    They are aggressively pursuing on-site work like managing companies’ entire information-technology departments, networks and help desks. They are looking to run external data centers for customers — a foothold that would help them expand into the hot new area of “cloud computing,” where all of a company’s critical software is hosted remotely. And they are trying to tie all of their services into end-to-end outsourcing packages for clients.
  • It Will Be Years Before Lost Jobs Return — and Many Never Will
    The U.S. has shed 7.2 million jobs since the recession began in December 2007. How long will it take for the economy to replace them? And where will the jobs come from? The questions haunt people from the unemployed in San Francisco to officials in Washington. Glenn Atias lost his job as a $100,000-a-year statistician at a market-research firm in the Bay Area last summer when the work was outsourced to India. At 46 years old, he pores over job ads and online postings daily. “I’m stuck watching hundreds of thousands of people in my position grow in ranks each and every month,” said Mr. Atias, who lives in Salton City, Calif., in a house worth less than the mortgage.
  • Salesforce.com, Cisco Partner on SMB Call-center Tech
    Salesforce.com and Cisco Systems on Monday announced an offering for small and medium-size companies that integrates Salesforce.com’s on-demand, customer-service software with Cisco’s unified communications technology. The Customer Interaction Cloud is aimed at businesses with between 30 and 300 sales representatives or call-center agents.
  • Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff
    Marc Benioff is “perhaps the most bankable CEO I ever have on the show,” Cramer told viewers on Monday. How does one define bankable, a term the Mad Money host uses to describe his favorite managers? By delivering a 22% jump in share price between visits to this show, for one thing.

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