Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-10-21

  • Ranjan Das passed away yesterday.
    He was so young and so very talented, and such a great friend to so many. He was just 42 years old, with so many passions. He loved exercising, film, and his family and friends. I reached out to his wife but have not spoken with her yet. I’m so sorry for the loss, and will miss him terribly. Hug your friends and family today (and everyday).
  • Gartner: ‘Worst year ever’ for IT spending
    Silicon Valley no longer in the driver’s seat At the Gartner Symposium/ITExpo 2009 in Orlando, Fla., Peter Sondergaard, a senior vice president of research at Gartner, says 2009 was the worst spending cycle ever. He adds that Silicon Valley will no longer be in charge of the rebound and emerging regions will drive IT spending and how it’s deployed.
  • Gartner Magic Quadrant lawsuit: Sour grapes or real gripes?
    The lawsuit raises important issues about the role of industry analysts in the enterprise software ecosystem. Analysts help technology buyers and sellers understand the market environment in which both groups operate. This intelligence helps technology vendors determine the strategies and features that are important to buyers. Likewise, analysts guide enterprise buyers through the challenging process of procuring large, expensive systems. When this system works properly, analysts provide a valuable service.
  • Mark Logic CEO Blog: Gartner Sued Over Magic Quadrant for Alleged Damages of $132M plus Punitives of $1.3B
    Gartner’s basic assessments of ZL—that it has a good product but needs to expand its sales and marketing—but ZL challenges its placement on the Magic Quadrant Report because Gartner uses a “misguided analytical model” that gives “undue weight to sales and marketing.” [Anyone remember when Oracle went to war with Gartner?-DBM]
  • IT pros weigh Gartner Magic Quadrant lawsuit
    End users aren’t as frustrated by Gartner’s research, but said they use the Magic Quadrant report sparingly, usually during early research in vendor selection. Several IT professionals said they took the findings with a grain of salt and assume that top-ranked vendors were also Gartner clients.
  • SAP India head dies after heart attack
    Ranjan was a health freak. He ate right, jogged and worked out daily. He had no bad habits like drinking or smoking. He was very ambitious, and always believed that four hours of sleep were enough for him to be fit and fresh. He was a bundle of energy. He even ran the Chennai marathon a couple of months ago. His demise is such a shock to all who knew him,” said a source who knew him closely.
  • Panaya Announces a Relief Program for SAP Customers Challenged by Support Package Stack 16
    SPS 16 contains 14,861 individual correction notes, representing an 80% increase over SPS 15, which had 8,237 notes. This in turn translates into increased effort and risk during implementation. Panaya ran its patent-pending analysis using a cloud-based virtual supercomputer and found that for over 90% of SAP customers, only 2% of the corrective notes will impact functions that are currently in production use. Since customers are currently unable to determine upfront which notes will impact their specific environment, they need to make substantial investment in comprehensive testing of the new Support Package. “Given the estimated 100,000 SAP ERP system installations currently in production, multiplied by 73 days required to implement a single support package, we’re talking about an investment of 7.3 million working days, several times a year. With the current economy, that seems like an awful waste,” explained Amit Bendov, Panaya’s Chief Marketing Officer. “The Panaya Relief Program a
  • SAP, Siemens Ink New Support Pact
    SAP said Wednesday that Siemens has signed a three-year renewal of its software maintenance agreement, an announcement that would seem to quell widespread speculation that the global engineering and electronics company was considering dumping vendor-provided support in favor of lower-cost alternatives.
  • Alinghi threatens to sue Oracle
    Oracle has charged that the choice of Ras al-Kaimah violates the Deed of Gift, the 19th century rules that govern the oldest competition in international sport, which “prohibits racing in the Northern Hemisphere between November 1 and May 1″.
  • EU warns Oracle over Sun takeover
    Oracle has so far failed to produce evidence to ease concerns that its purchase of Sun Microsystems would be anti-competitive, the EU has said. Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said she was “disappointed” by the lack of proposals to placate EU worries.

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