Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-10-19

  • Teradata unveils cloud strategy, answer for Oracle’s Exadata machine
    Teradata has a multi-pronged strategy that includes an internal cloud offering for customers—housed in the vendor’s data center—and a public rollout with Amazon Web ServicesElastic Compute Cloud (EC2).
  • Google Takes Enterprise Promotion Campaign Global
    “The idea behind ‘Going Google‘ is that companies switch to Google AppsYahoo‘s Zimbra also compete. Meanwhile, IBM and Microsoft are busy re-tooling their on-premise software to work on the cloud as well. Google, like other SaaS vendors, also faces skepticism over the security, privacy and reliability of Web-hosted applications, which reside, along with their data, at external data centers beyond the control of an enterprise’s IT managers. Still, Google maintains that it is making steady progress at winning over large corporations. Some recent large deployments of Google Apps Premier, which costs US$50 per user per year, include 20,000 users at Motorola, 35,000 users at Rentokil Initial and 7,000 users at Konica Minolta. and it’s a real transformational change,” said Tom Oliveri, Google’s enterprise marketing director. Of course, Google isn’t alone in the SaaS market for collaboration and communication software, where Zoho and
  • An Arrest and an Earnings Puzzle at I.B.M.
    The slip in I.B.M. shares was far more attributable to its third-quarter results, announced after the market closed on Thursday. The company reported better-than-expected profits, up 14 percent, and revenue a bit below Wall Street estimates.
  • Microsoft Moves Visual Studio Towards The Cloud
    Microsoft is making it much easier for developers to build on the Azure cloud with these new tools. The specific Windows Azure tools for Visual Studio let developers build ASP.NET web applications and services that are hosted in Azure’s cloud services operating system. The tools also includes a SDK environment, and a simulated cloud environment that runs on the developer?s machine, so developers can test and debug their applications locally. Microsoft is also upgrading its .NET Framework 4, which will let developers experience smaller deployments with an 81 percent reduction in the framework size when using the Client Profile. Other benefits include additional support for industry standards, inclusion of the Dynamic Language Runtime for more language choice, new support for high-performance middle-tier applications (including parallel programming, workflow and service-oriented applications) and backward compatibility through side-by-side installation with .NET Framework 3.5.
  • Rimini Street Announces Delivery of 2009-E Tax and Regulatory Updates
    The 2009-E update contains hundreds of updates, including local tax and garnishment modifications, unemployed wage base changes and assorted regulatory updates. In California alone, there were 20 critical changes, including new withholding tables from the California Employment Development Department posted on October 1, 2009, to be effective November 1, 2009. Rimini Street’s proactive tax and regulatory team quickly identified, scoped, coded, tested, and packaged these changes for inclusion in the tax and regulatory update being delivered today. This 2009-E update also included guidance on preparing for 2009 year end processing for U.S. and Canada.
  • Technology Needs to Be Lean and Mean
    Typically, Rymer explained, packaged apps have been anti-lean for multiple reasons: * They’re locked down because the vendor controls the parameters of the application; * They’re inflexible, and therefore expensive to upgrade and customize; * They’re bloated with more functions than customers need, and constantly expanding with more; and * They’re targeted to the general user, which takes away from the advantages of a tailored user interface.
  • Gartner Eases Forecast for IT Decline
    The company also gave its first forecast for 2010, projecting a 3.3% rebound after falling 5.2% this year. Gartner in July projected a 6% drop for 2009 to $3.2 trillion, much worse than it forecast earlier in the year. “While the IT industry will return to growth in 2010, the market will not recover to 2008 revenue levels before 2012,” Gartner research chief Peter Sondergaard said Monday. “2010 is about balancing the focus on cost, risk and growth.” He noted more than half of chief information officiers won’t see their IT budgets grow next year. “It will only slowly improve in 2011,” added Mr. Sondergaard.
  • Brain drain: why many of our best and brightest are going home
    While on the surface, it may appear to some that having foreign-born talent leaving the country frees up employment for domestic workers, the opposite may occur. There may be a diminishing of opportunities as a result of a reverse brain drain. Wadhwa points to statistics that show that more than 52% of Silicon Valley’s startups during the recent tech boom were started by foreign-born entrepreneurs. In addition, he adds, “foreign-national researchers have contributed to more than 25% of our global patents… foreign-born workers comprise almost a quarter of all the U.S. science and engineering workforce and 47% of science and engineering workers who have PhDs.”
  • Ray Wang Workday Rising Keynote 2009
  • Oracle Opens the Kimono — A Crack
    Dozens of questions remain. And continuing the policy of limited communication on Fusion, Oracle made no executives available after Larry’s speech to answer any of them.
  • Oracle OpenWorld as Soap Opera
    “What’s the difference between Windows and viruses? Viruses keep getting better.”

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