Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-10-08

  • Adobe Unveils Enterprise Suite for SOA, BPM, Cloud
    LiveCycle ES2 now integrates more tightly with the Flash Platform and PDF technologies. This enables enterprise developers to create user-centric applications that contrast with the more traditional, unwieldy system-centric applications users have had to tolerate. New Adobe application modeling technology brings higher productivity to Adobe® Flex® and LiveCycle developers and allows them to more efficiently write applications by reducing the amount of code and simplifying data and service integration. Also, a new LiveCycle ES2 plug-in for Adobe® Flash® Builder™ 4 beta lets developers more seamlessly embed LiveCycle ES2 technologies into any Flex based application. Furthermore, the new Adobe® LiveCycle® Collaboration Service (formerly Adobe Flash Collaboration Service), a hosted service, provides developers and enterprises with a scalable solution to easily build real-time, multi-user collaboration into existing or new RIAs. The powerful and flexible framework accelerates the developmen
  • Google’s cloud rains on Amazon’s future
    When it comes to current position in the market, devs rated Amazon and Google way on top, with Amazon receiving the edge. Google, however, was believed to have a better ability to execute on its cloud service strategy.
  • Microsoft visits cash-strapped Wall Street to roll out HPC Server 2008
    This may seem like a weird time to go to Wall Street to announce a new operating system, but that’s what Microsoft Corp. did today. At a technology conference in New York, the software vendor formally detailed its Windows HPC Server 2008 software, a high-performance computing version of Windows offering some features that may appeal to bailout-seeking financial services firms.
  • SAP 2.0 Promises Business Value Over Products: Can It Deliver?
    “We’re now willing to talk about this publicly because no one can build a database like we have—no one—of 4,000 customers’ experiences and best practices and benchmarks,” said Bouhdary, who’d been an SAP customer as CIO and vice-president of business transformation for Armstrong World Industries before he joined SAP in 2001. In his new role as Chief Value Officer in SAP’s Global Field Operations, Bouhdary reports to Global Field Ops CEO Bill McDermott and is the “founder of SAP’s Value Engineering
    framework,” according to his company biography. That framework, SAP says, is designed to help companies move beyond the heads-down-and-try-to-survive approach to one that is predicated on growth, excellence, and market-leading competitive advantage.
  • SAP: How To Build Eco-Systems For Open Innovation
    This is what other companies can learn on eco-systems from the SAP case according to Hagel and Seely Brown: • Effective ecosystems generate differentiation and specialization • Ecosystems evolve over time, but the orchestrator plays a key role in seeding and feeding participant initiatives • Robust ecosystems are helpful to individuals, not just institutions • Robust ecosystems require mobilizing large numbers of specialized third parties, not just the vendor and its customers • Ecosystems at the edge bleed into the core of the enterprise • Ecosystems are not just about connecting to existing resources—they help provide platforms for distributed innovation and learning
  • Red Hat, Microsoft become virtual buddies
    Raleigh-based Red Hat announced Wednesday that its Enterprise Linux is now cross-certified with Microsoft Windows Server, paving the way for the bitter rivals to provide technical support to customers who want to run both companies’ operating systems in a single virtual-computing environment.
  • IBM announces cloud storage and archiving products
    As part of the plan to supply turnkey stacks for cloud computing and data archiving, IBM rolled out the IBM Smart Business Storage Cloud and the IBM Information Archive appliance. IBM Smart Business Storage Cloud The Smart Business Storage Cloud is based on IBM’s Scale-out File Services (SOFS) and is a variation on the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance package IBM launched in June. Customers can run SOFS on either IBM System x or BladeCenter servers. SOFS is a management “wrapper” around IBM’s General Parallel File System (GPFS). On its own, GPFS is intended for specialized high-performance computing (HPC) environments and is administered using a command-line interface (CLI), according to Tom Clark, an IBM distinguished engineer. SOFS adds reporting and a Web-based user interface. SOFS has been offered before as an IBM Global Technology Services (GTS) engagement, but the Smart Business Storage Cloud is a pre-configured package sent whole from the factory and deployed with services as an
  • The Conversation with Gates and Ballmer That Sparked Microsoft’s Cloud Strategy
    In May, 2004, Markezich was Microsoft’s CIO, and doing very CIO-type stuff, like overseeing HR and ERP applications, and running the overall IT Infrastructure. That was, until Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer called him into a meeting. They told him there was a major new strategy in place, and his experience in operational IT was critical to make it happen. “They said that the future of the company is not selling a license, but selling our software over the Internet as a service,” Markezich recalls.
  • Rimini Street Ups Third-party Maintenance Ante
    It will now back a range of SAP Business Suite modules, including SCM, CRM, EWM, PLM and GTS. Rimini Street had already supported SAP R/3 4.x, ECC 5.0, ECC 6.0 and other products…Rimini Street spokesman Dave Rowe declined to specify how many SAP customers the company is serving, saying only that the total is in “multiples of 10.” But SAP-related inquiries now amount to 40 percent of Rimini Street’s inbound sales leads, he said. “The demand has been unbelievable.”
  • Tata Consultancy Services gets new chief executive
    Natarajan Chandrasekaran took over as chief executive of Tata Consultancy Services on Tuesday, vowing to boost the global market share of India’s largest outsourcing company. “We’re going to focus on growth,” he said.
  • What to Expect at Oracle OpenWorld
    For enterprise software customers at the show, one big topic is going to be the status of Oracle’s Fusion Applications Suite-the much-hyped and long-delayed killer enterprise application suite that combines the best ERP features and functionalities taken from Oracle’s expansive E-Business Suite, J.D. Edwards, PeopleSoft and Siebel product lines. The OOW theme this year is: “Come with questions. Leave with answers.” For years, Oracle’s customer base has had too many unanswered questions about the functionalities and delivery date of Fusion Apps Suite.
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX: Winning Against Oracle JDE
    The US team have recorded a web seminar concentrating on winning against Oracle JDE. This web seminar will provide you with some insights on competing against JDE or when talking to a prospect who currently has JDE. Please note there may be reference to a compete campaign which is relevant to the US market only.
  • Workday, SaaS, and failure: ‘A matter of trust’
    Senior executives called each customer through the night, doing whatever it took to treat those customers as respected partners. From the inception of the company, Workday made a commitment to be straightforward with customers, and they have kept that promise.

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