Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-10-09

  • Ellison Mocks Salesforce.com’s ‘itty Bitty’ Application
    “We think Salesforce.com has got terrific underlying technology,” he said in response to a question from a shareholder about Salesforce.com and the competitive pressures posed by the cloud-computing model. “In fact, everything they run is on an Oracle database. We think the Oracle database is fabulous cloud technology. But they don’t stop there. On top of the Oracle database they build their applications using — what is it? Oracle middleware. Oh, my God.”
  • Microsoft loses tech industry veteran
    Two years after being hired by Microsoft Corp. to head a laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts tech industry veteran Reed Sturtevant has left the company, as Microsoft restructures its research operations.
  • Microsoft Revamps, Relocates Startup Labs
    Startup Labs’ managing director Reed Sturtevant has left Microsoft and the new facilities will be headed by Lili Cheng in Redmond. A new entity, called Future Social Experiences Labs (FUSE), will consist of Startup Labs and other research facilities in Washington State.
  • SAP Is Testing Flat-Rate Pricing For Large Enterprises
    While the details are still unclear, flat-rate pricing is expected to allow large enterprises to have access to as much SAP software as they want for one fixed price, leading to more focus on value.
  • Steven Tyler Hasn’t Talked to His Bandmates in 2 Months, But They’re Playing Next Week
    Steven Tyler is scheduled to play with his band Aerosmith at an Oracle convention next week in San Francisco, only no one in the band has talked to the lead singer for 2 months. Joe Perry says he hasn’t heard from his 61-year-old bandmate since he fell off a stage and broke his shoulder, causing the group to cancel the rest of their tour. Looks like the fall brought down the lines of communication along with it.
  • Aerosmith To Rock Party For Oracle
    Aerosmith will reunite next week for the first time since canceling their recent tour for a private concert. The band will play a San Francisco convention sponsored by Oracle Corp. The event was scheduled before Steven Tyler’s accident that forced the end of the tour, but Aerosmith has confirmed that they will play.
  • Oracle Cedes to User Gripes About Support Portal
    While MOS will remain in place, users will have an HTML user interface
    option, according to a forum post this week by a company official. The HTML option has only a subset of MOS functionality, including the ability to search the knowledgebase, download patches and create service requests. Users won’t get more advanced features such as patch advice, inventory reporting and system “healthchecks.”
  • IBM Faces Justice Inquiry
    Members of the Computer & Communications Industry Association—a group with many IBM rivals among its members—recently received civil investigative demands from the Justice Department seeking information related to IBM, said the group’s chief executive, Edward Black .
  • Mainframes Remain Lucrative Business for IBM
    “It’s not a growing business over the last ten years, but it’s extremely profitable,” Mr. Sacconaghi said. Perhaps 20% of IBM’s revenue and 40% of its operating profit are mainframe related, he said. IBM declined to comment on the analyst’s calculations
  • My integrity as an analyst
    In the 70s CIOs turned to IBM for advice In the 80s to Accenture (Andersen) In the 90s to Gartner In this decade they rely on each other – unbiased peer input
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