Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-10-12

  • SAP customer happy with third-party maintenance and support
    “One of my largest expenses has been SAP maintenance,” said Jeff Rishel, vice president of IT for Graham Packaging Co., a manufacturer of molded plastic bottles.
  • Oracle Delivers New Releases of Java, SOA and Web 2.0 Development Tools
    Oracle JDeveloper, the premier Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for enterprise Java and SOA, has over 500 planned new features and significant performance improvements, including: — Added support for: Maven, JavaScript Object Notation Language (JSON), Facelets, UML 2.0 and Eclipse key mappings; — New Oracle ADF Mobile Client, supporting native development for BlackBerry and Windows mobile applications; — Oracle JDeveloper Task connector and BugZilla connector for the Oracle Team Productivity Center; — Three-way merge for offline database definitions; — Improved HTTP analyzer with support for RESTful services and WS-Policy; — New log file analyzer; and, — New visual editors for Oracle ADF contextual events.
  • Oracle Previews Oracle(R) Fusion Middleware Java Development Tool for Mobile Applications
    Oracle Application Development Framework Extended to Support BlackBerry and Windows Mobile Platforms
  • Leading Analyst Firm Positions Oracle in the Leader’s Quadrant for Enterprise Application Servers
    # Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Servers (EAS) positions Oracle in the leader’s quadrant. (1) Oracle’s EAS technology includes Oracle WebLogic Server, which is available together with related Oracle application grid technology as part of Oracle Weblogic Suite. # The Gartner Magic Quadrant positions vendors within a particular market segment based on their completeness of vision and their ability to execute on that vision. # Oracle WebLogic Suite 11g brings together unmatched performance, scalability, efficiency and manageability in a single, unified application server offering. It includes Oracle WebLogic Server, the world’s highest performance application server, as well as Oracle Coherence, Oracle JRockit, Oracle JDeveloper 11g and Oracle Enterprise Manager. Oracle WebLogic Suite 11g is optimized for modern IT systems to deliver more processing on fewer servers and provides the best foundation to integrate and run other Oracle Fusion Middleware offerings includin
  • Oracle(R) Fusion Middleware 11g Delivers Exceptional Performance and High-End Scalability With First-Ever Large Scale System Deployment Benchmark on HP ProLiant BL680c Server Blades
    # Components of Oracle® Fusion Middleware 11g delivered groundbreaking performance and scalability results in tests using realistic customer-focused scenarios on a complex and highly available Large Scale System Deployment (LSSD) topology. # Oracle’s LSSD is a suite of Performance, Scalability, and Reliability (PSR) tests simulating real-world, multi-user workloads. # Based on an e-commerce order processing application, this benchmark showcases Oracle Fusion Middleware’s support for large scale enterprise deployments with multi-user load accessing a front-end user interface built with Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF), users collaborating using Oracle WebCenter Suite and Oracle SOA Suite (BPEL). # Running on nine HP ProLiant BL680c server blades with Intel® Dunnington E7450 four socket, six core 2.4 GHz processors and 32 GB RAM networked together by HP Virtual Connect and utilizing an HP StorageWorks EV8100 disk array, Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 components achi
  • Review: Oracle Upgrades Middleware Suite
    A year after Oracle (NSDQ: ORCL) acquired rival BEA, the enterprise-software powerhouse has released WebLogic Suite 11g, a major upgrade to the product line. This release, announced July 1, is the first release of Oracle middleware entirely based on BEA’s WebLogic Server. Customers that have had issues with predictable quality of service and the overall operational costs of running WebLogic will have a keen interest in this release. New features focus on streamlining operations, ensuring high uptime and application availability, and improved application performance.
  • Oracle revamps partner program
    Additional levels include Gold, wherein partners get broader access and reselling rights to Oracle products and can also begin working toward “specialized” status. Platinum partners will get the most help from Oracle, but will need to specialize in at least five areas of Oracle technology.
  • Hitting the Reset Button for R12
    Customers now have a choice. Available third party software allows you to make changes to the setups of the 11i Applications that you inherited. This software allows you to change only the pieces of your EBS suite that no longer align with the business. Not only can you retain more of your investment in the 11i instance, but you can also take advantage of Oracle’s upgrade software, for which you pay as part of Oracle Support.
  • Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?
    In my experience most advisory boards under deliver relative to expectations. The CEO picks prominent people who are busy in their own right with their own companies. They are usually offered around 0.25% of the companies equity in exchange for their role and I’ve seen many companies hand out a total of 2% to advisers.
  • Why has Ray Ozzie failed at Microsoft?
    It has nothing to do with his vision or intelligence, certainly. Rather, it most likely has to do with culture. There are too many people protecting too much turf. And Microsoft has still not fully embraced the collaborative nature of the Web. Until that changes, no matter how brilliant he is, he won’t make a major difference at the company.
  • Is it Postgres’ time to shine?
    Recent data from the Eclipse Foundation, however, suggest that Postgres may be ready to make significant waves in the enterprise, even if it doesn’t make headlines.
  • IBM DB2 Upgrade Targets Oracle
    IBM DB2 pureScale is a special version of DB2 that runs on its rack-mount 550 Express and p5 Power 595 servers and is designed to allow companies to “scale out” their DB2 clusters without sacrificing performance. IBM (NYSE: IBM) is clearly targeting Oracle’s Exadata 2 servers, built on Sun hardware. Oracle introduced the servers in September even as it struggles to get European approval of its $7.4 billion purchase of Sun. Throughout the introduction, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison made repeated jabs at IBM’s database servers.
  • Oracle’s WebLogic roadmap recaptures BEA’s dream
    The database giant Monday outlined a two-year WebLogic roadmap that will see Oracle start to roll out an early set of lightweight WebLogic modules built using the OSGi framework. Oracle will be delivering on the microServices articulated by BEA in 2006. The idea was to break up WebLogic’s monolithic Java Enterprise Edition code base into a series of modules that shrunk the footprint and let developers use just the features they wanted. The goal was to make it possible to deploy WebLogic in embedded systems, where processing and memory are limited resources and where success would mean expansion on devices like appliances.

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