Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-10-15

  • Oracle CEO Previews Upcoming Major Release of Oracle(R) Enterprise Manager in Oracle OpenWorld Keynote #OOW09
    Larry Ellison, Oracle’s CEO, demonstrated planned capabilities of a future release of Oracle® Enterprise Manager, including support for managing Oracle’s next-generation Fusion Applications and new integration with Oracle’s support services, at his Oracle OpenWorld keynote on October 14, 2009.
  • Fusion Apps finally out of wraps #OOW09
    Oracle has completed work on all modules except manufacturing. Ellison then gave a demo that was quite similar to one that we saw under NDA back in the summer. While ERP emerged with and was designed for client/server architectures, Fusion has emerged with a full Java EE and SOA architecture; it is built around Oracle Fusion middleware 11g and uses Oracle BPEL Process Manager to run processes as orchestrations of processes exposed from the Fusion apps or other legacy applications. That makes the architecture of Fusion Apps clean and flexible. It uses SOA to loosely couple, rather than tightly integrate with other Fusion processes or processes exposed by existing back end applications, which should make Fusion apps more pliant and less prone to outage. That allows workflows in Fusion to be dynamic and flexible. If an order in the supply chain is held up, the process can be dynamically changed without bringing down order fulfillment processes for orders that are working correctly. It a
  • Schwarzenegger rescues Ellison keynote from jaws of banality #OOW09
    “Congratulations Larry Ellison and Scott McNealy and their new partnership and their great, great work they are doing for the state of California – let’s give them a big big hand.”
  • EnterpriseDB cites enterprise capabilities in open source database
    A migration tool enables users to migrate from Oracle databases. It features Oracle schemas, data types, and call-level interfaces to move to Postgres. “There’s a growing number of people who are looking [for] more cost-effective ways of deploying what we could call pedestrian applications, in most cases without paying the premium prices to Oracle,” Boyajian said. Examples of these applications include analytics, reporting, and auditing.
  • Ingres and SHS-Engineering AG Set to Enter Swiss Market
    As part of the agreement, SHS-Engineering AG will distribute Ingres Database, the leading open source database best suited for mission critical applications.
  • Pharmaceutical Distributor Chooses Compiere ERP for Distribution Operations
    “We required a cost effective solution that was fully adaptable to Vietnamese legal regulations and provided integrated, robust ERP functionality.”
  • Oracle Fusion Apps Have Finally Arrived…Kinda
    Is this the dagger in SAP’s heart? Many seem to think SAP will not be left for dead and it will be extremely difficult for them to compete against the fortitude of Oracle offerings. This announcement will also affect other vendors notably SuccessFactors and Workday (BTW…I think Taleo is probably the least affected vendor from today’s announcement due to their significant market share lead in recruiting). For SuccessFactors customers, will their solution continue to be compelling against more competitive and relevant Fusion Talent Management Applications where the core can be much more highly leveraged? I frankly think SuccessFactors is the vendor most at risk of losing customers that may switch to Fusion Applications. Can Workday’s innovative approach to design, functionality, delivery and customer commitment continue to outpace a more compelling offering from Oracle?
  • Marc Benioffs Playbook
    Behind the Cloud – out on the 19th. It is full of details about his personal and professional philosophies. Organized into 111 “plays” of a little over 2 pages each, it is an easy read.
  • Behind the Cloud: The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company-and Revolutionized an Industry
    This is a fun to read book chock-full of no-holds-barred advice on everything a growth company faces. In short easy to read chapters, Benioff writes instructively about everything from fostering an innovative product development and marketing machine, to driving explosive sales in existent and new/emerging markets, to focusing on customers while simultaneously inspiring a culture of employee hyper-success. His chapters on giving back to the community should be standard reading at all business schools today. In short, this is a practical guide on how to grow a successful business without selling your soul to Mephistopheles. The enthusiasm infused in the writing is contagious. For those looking for MBA jargon, four quadrant charts, circles with arrows, new buzzwords, or formulaic bromides on business success brought about by `the cult of the leader’, don’t pick up this book. Benioff and Adler have penned an easy to read practical, no-nonsense step-by-step `how to’ guidebook on building a
  • Oracle’s Fusion Applications Are Ready. And So Is the Go-to-Market Strategy. Now The Fun Can Begin #OOW09
    AIA, once it is fully decked out with process integration scenarios that cover the main pieces of Fusion and the Applications Unlimited suites and standalone packages, becomes the interstate highway system of the Oracle customer base. That automagic, of course, isn’t exactly as simple as anyone would like, nor is the uptake of AIA exactly reaching the stratosphere in the Oracle market today. But the roadmap to best-of-suite nirvana has at least been carefully drawn, and that big orange highway connecting all the points is called AIA.
  • SAP vs Oracle – quick thoughts after #OOW09
    ByD in 2010 will be made to work well in a SaaS deployment model, and FA will have quality issues and functionality gaps and internationalization limits. If this scenario plays out, SAP may be able to convert a significant number of Oracle legacy applications customers over to ByD (and/or perhaps SAP Business Suite) in 2010 and 2011.
  • Humour@SAP XXXII: If SAP built the electric car…
    [From the “not going to make Mario any friends in Walldorf” department :-) -DBM] If SAP built an eletric car, it would be like this: * You need to buy a minimum of 5 cars in licence * You need at least 1/2 year to adapt your street, garage and parking space to use your SAP ECar * But you can run it on bicycle tires, train tracks and hula hoop-rings * The door handles are on the underside of the car * The steering wheel makes 20 clicking sounds when you turn it, because all 4 tires – including the spare tire – send back multiple messages * You can see your whole driving record, but not the current street that you drive, because of missing authorizations * The repair contract was just incrased from 17% to 22% fee, though simple repairs take 2 weeks; but they are available 24/7 * The driver’s seat has 250 switches and controls, but because of a bug that will be fixed with SP7 (release date still unknown), the back of the seat is stuck in complete forward position * The gauge is configurab
  • Oracle OpenWorld update #3, Fusion Apps #OOW09
    Fusion Apps are very well designed, extremely usable, modern and offer significant value for customers throughout the different modules. They also support Oracle’s strategy (articulated clearly for the last 3 years) by offering interoperability with existing brands and the chance for customers to choose what and when they want to move to Fusion while continuing to get value out of previous purchases with Oracle still investing in existing brands for the foreseeable future.
  • Oracle Fusion Apps Announcement – Rope-a-Dope? #OOW09
    ISV’s should start building strategies and game plans with an active Oracle competing in the SaaS and Cloud markets as well. Although there were not a lot of details around the SaaS-readiness of Fusion, now is definitely the time to develop a legitimate SaaS set of offerings (if you don’t have them already) because going into 2010, SaaS will become a must-have for all software companies that want to thrive and survive on a going-forward basis.
  • Cloudera Hadoop & Big Data Blog
    Michael and his team have built a system using Hadoop that drives the cost of analyzing a human genome below $100 — and there’s more to come! Like Michael, we’re excited about the power that Hadoop offers biotech researchers.

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