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.”

Ranjan Das passed away.

OracAlum, and president of SAP India and Southeast Asia, 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.

A statement was released by SAP that says:

SAP is deeply saddened by the news that our colleague Ranjan Das has passed away suddenly today. This comes as a great shock to all of us within the SAP family and is felt most profoundly by every one of us. We will be sharing more information once we have had the opportunity to further understand the family’s wishes. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and work colleagues,” said Geraldine McBride, president for SAP Asia Pacific Japan.

Das (42) had over 15 years of experience in the business software industry, eight of which were spent in SAP. He co-founded SAP xApps, one of the fastest growing businesses for the company. He also played a pivotal role in the early adoption of SAP NetWeaver, Duet, GRC, and e-Sourcing.

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).

Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-10-18

  • Oracle Uses OpenWorld to Reassure Skeptics but Concerns Remain — Visual Studio Magazine
    Ovum senior analyst Tony Baer worries that taking on Sun‘s hardware business could prove to be an unproductive distraction for Oracle. “There’s some concern out there that Oracle will lose its focus. I mean, [Oracle CEO] Larry Ellison spent three-quarters of his keynote [on Thursday] talking about hardware benchmarks,” Baer said.
  • Larry Ellison Struts His Wealth Before Peons
    His first words? “It’s a great boat, you should get one.”
  • Schwarzenegger At Oracle OpenWorld Jokes About ‘Why I’m Studly,’ No ‘Action’ From Wife #OOW09
    Read a transcript of his speech and watch ha video of it below:
  • America’s Cup: No way to force US team to Gulf
    The Swiss defenders of the America’s Cup say they are willing to race other teams next year if the U.S.-based challenger refuses to compete in the Gulf because of security fears. The president of the Alinghi team, Ernesto Bertarelli, says there is no way to force challenger BMW Oracle Racing to race in the February showdown off Ras al-Khaimah, about 60 miles northeast of Dubai. BMW Oracle has filed a suit in New York to reject the venue on security grounds.
  • Oracle to roll out huge patch update
    The firm’s quarterly Critical Patch Update, set for 20 October, will contain fixes for problems across “hundreds of products”, according to a pre-release announcement. Advertisement The product which gets the most attention, as usual, is the Oracle Database, which has 16 new fixes, inbcluding six for vulnerabilities which could be remotely exploited without the need for authentication.
  • SAP Labs China Business Review
    [Interesting training presentation for new employees of SAP Labs China from 2004/2005-DBM]

Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-10-16

  • Ellison: Oracle Won’t Be Seventh in Services
    Services are hot right, now, he said, but said he isn’t going to enter a business just because everyone else is. “You can’t be the seventh mover and take the lead,” he said.
  • IBM reports 14% earnings growth; raises outlook
    Software revenue of $5.1 billion was down 3% from a year ago. But sales of IBM’s main software products such as WebSphere, which is used to improve customers’ abilities to manage business processes, were up 2% to $2.9 billion.
  • Scandal hits corporate role models IBM, McKinsey
    Robert Moffat, senior vice president and head of IBM’s systems and technology group was named as a defendant. Executives at leading chipmaker Intel Corp and management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. were also implicated.
  • Intel, IBM execs arrested on suspicion of insider trading
    The FBI arrested Rajiv Goel, director of strategic investments at Intel‘s investment arm, and Robert Moffat, IBM’s senior vice president in the Systems and Technology Group, in connection with the alleged scheme, The Associated Press reported. Also arrested were Raj Rajaratnam, a portfolio manager for Galleon Group; Anil Kumar, a director at McKinsey & Co.; Danielle Chiesi, who worked at Bear Stearns’ hedge-fund group New Castle; and Mark Kurland, a top executive at New Castle.
  • Feds’ insider trading wiretap snares IBM heir apparent
    The heir apparent to IBM CEO Sam Palmisano has been arrested and charged with insider trading, as US authorities cracked down on an alleged $20m scheme involving shares in some of the IT industry’s biggest names. The case – which the FBI calls the largest hedge-fund insider trading case in US history – has also seen the arrest of a high-level executive at Intel, the world’s largest chip maker.
  • IBM Shares Down On Indication Business Spending Not Back
    In particular, IBM continued to report weak signings and demand for its higher margin consulting and services business, which illustrates the lack of corporate confidence even as the broader economy begins to stabilize. The company posted services signings of $11.8 billion, below expectations of around $13 billion. The disappointment points to the continued weakness in the business.
  • SuccessFactors Boosts Full-Year View, To Offer 10M Shares
    SuccessFactors Inc. (SFSF) boosted its full-year revenue outlook and set its fourth-quarter view slightly above analysts expectations as its third-quarter preliminary results also just beat views. In addition, the maker of employee-evaluation products said it will offer at least 10 million shares. The company has about 57 million outstanding, and potential uses of the capital includes acquisitions. Shares were off 5% at $15.10 in after-hours trading. The stock has more than doubled so far this year through Thursday’s close. SuccessFactors, which has been posting sharply growing revenue in recent quarters but has been unable to achieve consistent profitability, now sees 2009 revenue of $149.7 million to $150.6 million, up from its earlier view of $147 million to $148 million. It also set fourth-quarter guidance at $39.3 million to $39.7 million. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected $39 million.
  • SuccessFactors lifts 2009 sales forecast
    The company said customers responded well to its business execution software, and that the company saw an increase in large deals and strength in international markets. For the fiscal fourth quarter, the company said revenue will range between $39.3 million and $39.7 million. That is a shade below analysts’ average forecast of $39.8 million.
  • SuccessFactors Q3 rev view tops Street; to offer shares
    Sees Q3 rev of $38.2 mln – $38.7 mln above estimates * Ups FY 09 rev view to $149.7 mln – $150.6 mln * Says to offer 10 mln shares of common stock * Shares fall 4 pct in extended trade
  • Fast food chain streamlines global operations with NetSuite
    Jollibee has recently lifted its operations to the cloud using NetSuite OneWorld, a cloud-based management solution that aids operations across all steps of the supply chain, the company said in a statement recently. With new stores opening at an average of one every two days, the company said it needed a solution which will quickly provide infrastructure on a tight schedule. “NetSuite OneWorld’s built-in support for multiple currencies, multiple regions, subsidiary relationships and rapid deployment make it an ideal choice for a global, fast-growing business,” it said.
  • SuccessFactors Announces Common Stock Offering
    Today, SuccessFactors, Inc. (Nasdaq: SFSF) announced that it intends to offer, subject to market and other conditions, 10 million shares of common stock. In connection with this offering, the underwriters will have an option to purchase up to an additional 1.5 million shares of common stock. The company is conducting the offering pursuant to an effective registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933.
  • SuccessFactors Announces Preliminary Third Quarter Fiscal 2009 Results
    Total deferred revenue as of September 30, 2009 is anticipated to be in the range of approximately $160.5 million to $161.0 million, up approximately 7% sequentially from $149.8 million and up approximately 18% year-over-year from $136.1 million. — Preliminary Q3 FY09 Cash Flow Generated from Operations: For the quarter ended September 30, 2009, cash flow from operating activities is anticipated to be approximately $3.2 million to $3.6 million, compared to the ($2.3) million use in the quarter ended September 30, 2008.
  • Two Views of the Software Market
    Vishal discussed how new technologies, like social networks, are forcing ERP vendors to process new kinds of information (i.e., unstructured data that may exist in great volumes with little organization), understand the explicit and tacit insights within this data and connect it to the decision making processes of modern companies.

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.

Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-10-14

  • Social CRM Technology Rears an Actual Head #OOW09
    But what makes this toolkit particularly important is that its got APIs based on RESTful architecture. This is big for Oracle. The reality is that Sage led the way in the effective use of RESTful architectures and builds their current products on this simplified and yet powerful architecture. Unlike Sage, Oracle, and most of the other major vendors has been relying on service-oriented architectures which use far more commands than a RESTful architecture for their messaging and are considerably more complex. For the Siebel toolkit to use REST to deliver Siebel metadata is an important step forward in the world of CRM. It will allow for more effective and easily consumable applications when combined with the other piece of the Siebel puzzle – a visualization toolkit to change the interface to be appropriate to the delivery channel.
  • NetSuite OneWorld for Oracle Delivers Benefits of Cloud Computing to Divisions of Large Enterprises While Retaining Investment in Corporate-Level ERP Systems
    NetSuite OneWorld for Oracle Delivers Benefits of Cloud Computing to Divisions of Large Enterprises While Retaining Investment in Corporate-Level ERP Systems New Software Enables Divisions of Large Oracle Legacy Accounts to Manage Multinational, Multi-Sub Business Operations in Real-Time
  • HR Technology Conference 2009 Thoughts
    There are still functional differences in solutions out there (especially across the broad suite), but the messaging from vendors has become very similar. Feedback I received from attendees was that finding true innovation on the Expo floor was difficult. I think it exists, but much of it is coming from specialist vendors that offer innovative candidate sourcing, assessment, workforce planning and analysis (and other) solutions.
  • SAP to Resell Open Text ECM Under SAP Branding
    SAP will now be able to resell Open Text Enterprise CMS under SAP branding. This is the second major expansion of the original reseller agreement between SAP and OTEX. Let’s not forget that SAP is already reselling Open Text’s Document Access and Archiving and Invoice Management products.
  • SAP Helps Energy Providers Prepare for Transition to Smart Grids
    SAP AMI Integration for Utilities Connects Metering Data With SAP® Business Suite Software Smart meters provide real-time information about energy consumption and enable communication between a utility company and its customers. A challenge associated with the technology is finding a way to make efficient use of the large amounts of data collected by the meters. SAP AMI Integration for Utilities enables utility companies to integrate the collected data with critical business processes, such as those included in SAP Business Suite, which is made up of enterprise technologies such as the SAP® Customer Relationship Management and Billing for Utilities package, as well as SAP® Customer Financials Management for Telecommunications package and the enterprise resource planning (ERP) application SAP® ERP for financial performance and operations management. As a result, consumers can benefit from quicker responses to outages and real-time information on their energy consumption.
  • Workday’s Bhusri on SaaS ERP
    One of the reasons why the margins are so high for the [legacy ERP vendors] is that they are at the tail end of the technology life cycle. They are not really innovating. They are collecting maintenance payments. We all know that maintenance is very, very profitable. Well, when you start in a new technology, it’s mostly investing. Usually, when the profitability rates get that high, it means that there is a new technology around the corner that will start cutting into those profitability rates.
  • Oracle Formally Announces Fusion Apps
    Should Oracle successfully deliver on Fusion Apps to customers in 2010, SAP will have to play catch up in mind share as many sources state that there are no plans for a new product until 2013/2014. Other vendors will have to leverage or partner for middleware and PaaS options in order to sustain key Web 2.0 innovations in the enterprise.
  • Oracle Finally Takes The Covers Off Fusion Applications
    For functionally equivalent migrations, in theory, there will not be additional fees, but there will likely be embedded platform components and net new functionality that will enable Oracle to generate additional revenues.
  • Larry Ellison Unveils Fusion 1.0
    It’s definitely a beautifully designed system.
  • Sun, Fujitsu Unveil New SPARC64 Chips as Oracle Challenges IBM
    The enhanced SPARC64 VII processors from Sun and Fujitsu offer 25 percent better performance than previous version as well as an upgraded memory controller. The announcement of the new chips comes as Oracle and Sun host Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison challenges IBM in the hardware business. Oracle is still awaiting approval from European regulators on its proposed $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun.
  • Redmond’s Regret: Ray Ozzie Fizzles at Microsoft
    Ray Ozzie, the creator of ground-breaking software such as Lotus Notes and Groove, has been anything but a hit at Microsoft. In fact, going by what Microsoft’s chief software architect has been able to accomplish at the company, you’d have to say his tenure has been a bust. Most surprising of all is that pre-Microsoft, his greatest accomplishments were all about networking and collaboration, and that’s where Microsoft continues to be beaten by the competition.

Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-10-13

  • Oracle, Sun Claim Fastest Database
    The f5100 flash array can perform 1.6 million read and 1.2 million write I/O operations per second, and is designed to accelerate Oracle and MySQL database workloads, according to Sun. With it, the Oracle/Sun Exabyte machine achieved 7.7 million TPC-C transactions a minute.
  • HP, EMC cozy up to Oracle
    It’s Oracle OpenWorld, and everybody wants to be Larry Ellison’s frienemy. That’s only fitting considering that Oracle’s chief executive officer and co-founder is certainly the IT industry’s poster boy for frienemism. Hewlett-Packard and EMC have professed their loyalty to various Oracle products at the event, as many others will do in front of the 35,000 attendees to the show this week.
  • SAP and LinkedIn Team Up to Connect Community Members
    Business professionals and technical experts who are members of the online networking sites can now benefit by prominently highlighting sought-after SAP skills and experience in their profiles and by interacting with clients looking to meet the ongoing demand for SAP professionals. The SAP® Community Bio application on LinkedIn is the first of many offerings to come from the relationship announced in October 2008, when SAP Ventures, a division of SAP AG, invested in LinkedIn Corporation. The announcement was made at SAP® TechEd 2009, the company’s largest ecosystem education event, being held October 13-16 in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • YouTube – Hasan Rizvi Discusses Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Innovations #OFMW11g #OOW09
    New features and general approach for Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g reiterated after the keynote.
  • Oracle Announces Latest Release of Oracle® VM Server Virtualization Software
    Oracle VM 2.2 features the latest Xen-based, industry-standard hypervisor, Xen 3.4, and provides substantial performance enhancements for customers running Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series based on Intel® microarchitecture, codenamed Nehalem, as well as Six-Core AMD Opteron™ processors. Oracle VM 2.2 features new CPU power management, memory management, and direct disk I/O capabilities. Additionally, this release delivers on the initial integration of Oracle VM and Virtual Iron technology, including the ability for customers to easily migrate Virtual Iron virtual machines to Oracle VM images. Oracle VM supports both Oracle and non-Oracle applications and offers customers scalable, low-cost server virtualization backed by Oracle’s world-class support.
  • Venture Capital Firms Allowed to Live
    As a rule, VCs carry no debt, don’t use derivatives and don’t trade in the public markets. Since they had nothing to do with the credit meltdown, it remains a mystery why Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner urged Congress to force them to register with the SEC as investment advisers, subject to staggering compliance burdens. Mr. Frank’s planned stay of regulatory execution will have a positive economic impact disproportionate to the small size of the VC industry. Venture-backed companies are responsible for supporting firms that now generate more than 20% of U.S. GDP and are needed more than ever to ignite a rebound in private-sector jobs.
  • Oracle to offer CRM within Outlook, REST API this year #oow09
    “You need never go to the Siebel UI. You can manage forecasts, opportunities, all of the CRM data that persists in MS Outlook or Lotus Notes,” Lye said. “And, over the course of the coming months, we’ll be shipping plug ins to popular [integrated development environments] to bring it to prior versions of Siebel.” Part of Oracle’s integration efforts focus on a Representational State Transfer Application Programming Interface (REST API), which will allow developers to integrate Siebel with multiple channels. That was made available to some customers yesterday and will be part of the next release of Siebel, the third release since it was acquired by Oracle.
  • Ellison Frenemy Benioff Takes The Stage At Oracle OpenWorld
    The Service Cloud, which is Salesforce’s fastest growing product line, is hoping to revolutionize call center technologies, says Benioff. Salesforce recently launched a new version of the Service Cloud, adding in-depth integration with Twitter, Facebook, and Google. Dell was actually a pilot partner using the Service Cloud.
  • The Perplexities (and Fun) of Oracle OpenWorld #OOW09
    The slide said that the people at Sun * kicked butt; * had fun; * didn’t cheat; * loved [its] customers; and * made money.
  • Ellison To Outline Oracle’s SaaS, Fusion Applications Plans #OOW09
    Asked several questions about the Fusion applications and Oracle’s SaaS plans, Kurian repeatedly declined to comment other than to refer to Ellison’s Wednesday keynote. “In that he’s going to address some of these issues and where we see SaaS and our product offerings for SaaS moving as well,” he said.
  • Salesforce chief trades barbs for Larry love
    “Thank you Oracle Corp. for allowing us to be here and have a booth at the show,” Benioff opened. “We’ve always had a fantastic relationship with Oracle as key supplier and partner. Larry was our first investor and first board member and I worked at Oracle for 13 years.” “Thanks to everyone at Oracle for being so magnanimous and letting us be here today,” Benioff said.
  • Oracle Development Head Showcases the Company’s Complete, Open and Integrated Software Portfolio
    Presentation highlights included the following Six Key Areas of Integration: User Experience – Customers need a unified, modern multi-channel user experience to address fragmented customer facing and marketing systems, fragmented order capture and transaction systems, and outdated e-commerce and collaboration infrastructures. (Products highlighted in today’s demo include: Oracle’s Siebel CRM, Oracle® Application Development Framework (ADF), Oracle WebCenter Suite, Oracle Enterprise Content Management, Oracle Spatial.) Business Process Management – Customers need packaged and adaptable business processes to tightly integrate order capture and supply chain, correlate inventory and demand patterns, and create the ability to respond to fluctuations in business. (Products highlighted in today’s demo include: Oracle’s Siebel CRM, Oracle Application Integration Architecture, Oracle Fusion Middleware Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle E-Business Suite.) Business Intelligence – Customers want packaged Bu
  • NetWeaver update #SAPTechEd09
    From a platform standpoint, they’re trying to do some major renovations to build the best possible platform for SAP to run on. In orchestration, there are new things in master data management as well as business process and the models within them; when I reviewed the NetWeaver BPM platform, I talked about the strong process instance data models that they include, which is critical for appropriate monitoring and management of processes. She also mentioned Galaxy, the combination of Google Wave and some SAP process discovery/modeling to allow for collaborative process modeling by what one person at the table called “mere mortals”.
  • California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to Speak at Oracle OpenWorld; Joins Oracle CEO Larry Ellison to Discuss Technology Innovation
    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will join Oracle CEO Larry Ellison on Wednesday, October 14 at Oracle OpenWorld, held at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Governor Schwarzenegger will discuss how technology is a key driver of California’s economy, and inherent to the state’s innovative spirit. Mr. Ellison will outline how the proposed Oracle Sun combination will benefit California by: Ensuring California’s role in global technology innovation, Fueling the economy with jobs and a robust supporting partner and customer ecosystem, and Demonstrating the combined companies leadership in environmental responsibility.