ServiceNow delivers Q2 sales surge, ups outlook – by @ldignan

Another strong (or stronger than expected) SaaS earnings report. “ServiceNow delivered stronger-than-expected revenue growth in the second quarter as enterprises begin to use the company’s platform for more than IT service management.”

(Curated by Jon Reed. Read the complete article here)

Outracing BI avalanches – an agile BI success story – by @jonerp #tdwibos2014

I had fun writing up this nifty case study on agile in a waterfall context…”Can you pull off agile BI in a waterfall organization? Ryan Fenner of MUFG Union Bank says yes – here’s how his team pulled it off.”

(Curated by Jon Reed. Read the complete article here)

Oracle buys TOA Technologies in strike against Salesforce.com – by @chriskanaracus

“Oracle is fleshing out its family of cloud applications and taking a competitive step against Salesforce.com with the acquisition of TOA Technologies, maker of software for companies centered around field services. Terms were not disclosed.”

(Curated by Jon Reed. Read the complete article here)

Salesforce.com Partner Kenandy is Revolutionizing ERP on the Salesforce1 Platform

Enterprise Resource Planning app company Kenandy is built 100% on the Salesforce1 Platform. See how they leverage their partnership with Salesforce to revolutionize ERP and transform customers through their cloud, mobile, and social app running 100% on Force.com.

(Curated by Dennis Moore. Read the complete article here)

Google Embraces Docker, the Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing

You can think of it as a shipping container for things on the internet–a tool that lets online software makers neatly package their creations so they can rapidly move them from machine to machine to machine. On the modern internet–where software runs across hundreds or even thousands of machines–this is no small thing. Google sees Docker as something that can change the way we think about building software, making it easier for anyone to instantly tap massive amounts of computing power. In other words, Google sees Docker as something that can help everyone else do what it has been doing for years.

(Curated by Dennis Moore. Read the complete article here)

Snapchat value could hit $10 billion with possible Alibaba investment

The Venice start-up is reportedly in talks with investors, including Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba Group Holdings, for a round of financing that would value Snapchat at $10 billion.

(Curated by Dennis Moore. Read the complete article here)

The trajectories of great software companies

Rocketeers — These vendors are screaming hot. They outpace competitors with their innovations and the speed with which they make their products attractive to ever larger customers. They can, though, spectacularly flame out if they get too far ahead of the market or bet the farm on an innovation that the market neither wants nor fully gets. Rocketeers can also flame out if they introduce bad products often enough that customers quit forgiving them. One software executive once said to his sales team something to the effect of “If you can name it, sell it. If you can compile it, ship it. We’ll fix the bugs after we achieve 85% market share.” That’s the kind of attitude that sinks a software company in a short time.

(Curated by Dennis Moore. Read the complete article here)

40 People Who Are Living Proof You Can Make It In Silicon Valley After 40

The week after Brian Acton (age 42) sold WhatsApp for $19B, many thought of it as an abnormality. Though the data says otherwise, The Valley still persists in believing you are done if you haven’t “made it” by 30. The actual data shows the average age of peak innovation to be 40. So to offset this idea that you are done if you haven’t “made it” by your 20’s, we give you forty amazing entrepreneurs who “made it” (in the literal sense of started it) after they turned forty years old.

(Curated by Dennis Moore. Read the complete article here)

40 People Who Are Living Proof You Can Make It In Silicon Valley After 40

Mikkel Svane, Zendesk Mikkel Svane is the CEO and founder of Zendesk. He started the company with Morten Primdahl and Alexander Aghassipour to “make great customer service available to everyone and create software that people love to use.” Today, he leads Zendesk’s global operations and business strategy with those same goals in mind.

(Curated by Dennis Moore. Read the complete article here)

40 People Who Are Living Proof You Can Make It In Silicon Valley After 40 | @Workday

Dave Duffield, PeopleSoft, WorkDay Dave Duffield founded PeopleSoft in 1987 and served as the company’s CEO and board chairman. PeopleSoft grew to be the world’s second-largest application software company before being acquired by Oracle in January 2005. Duffield co-founded HR platform Workday in 2005. Prior to PeopleSoft, Dave established two mainframe application software companies. He was CEO, chairman, and chief product architect at Integral Systems, the first company to offer DB2-based human resource and accounting systems. He also co-founded Information Associates which specialized in applications for the higher education market. He began his career at IBM as a marketing representative and systems engineer. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Cornell University.

(Curated by Dennis Moore. Read the complete article here)

Silicon Ivy: How Cornell Is Prepping Young Entrepreneurs

Now the university is taking its most daring step yet, building a $2 billion graduate campus on New York City’s Roosevelt Island that will offer startup-focused curricula in business and computer science in the hopes of finding the next Zuckerberg–and attracting millions of tuition dollars in the process. Called Cornell Tech, it will cement Cornell’s identity as an innovation powerhouse–and stamp its bearish imprint on Columbia and New York University’s backyard. “Entrepreneurship is a big part of the future of Cornell,” says David Skorton, Cornell’s high-profile president who will next year leave to lead the Smithsonian Institution.

(Curated by Dennis Moore. Read the complete article here)

40 People Who Are Living Proof You Can Make It In Silicon Valley After 40

Craig Newmark, Craigslist Craig Newmark was working at Schwab when he started Craigslist at the age of 42, back in 1995. What started as a fun side project in his living room has since grown into one of the busiest sites on the internet, helping people with basic day-to-day needs such as finding a job, an apartment and a date, all within a culture of trust.

(Curated by Dennis Moore. Read the complete article here)

Salesforce.com Joins BSA

The Software Alliance today announced that salesforce.com, Inc. has joined BSA to engage in global policy initiatives that ensure software innovation continues to flourish and drive transformative change throughout the digital economy. “As the world’s fastest-growing top-ten software company, salesforce.com is very pleased to join BSA,” said Burke Norton, Chief Legal Officer of salesforce.com, who will serve on BSA’s Board of Directors. “BSA has a long track record of effectively advocating on behalf of the global software industry, and we look forward to collaborating with other industry leaders to advance policies that promote innovation and growth and that expand markets worldwide.”

(Curated by Dennis Moore. Read the complete article here)

Infor Expands, Again, at 635-641 Avenue of the Americas

The business software company has signed a lease for the duplex penthouse, increasing its total space at the property by 21,802 square feet, the New York Post reported, to just over 114,000. Infor signed its expansion in April, and plans to occupy the space in May of next year, according to a spokesman for the company. The penthouse will be customized to include open office space, a showcase area for customer visits, an auditorium and outdoor rooftop space.

(Curated by Dennis Moore. Read the complete article here)

Big Data and analysis tools are facilitating huge advances in healthcare – by @tomraftery #sap #ibm

I share some of Tom’s optimism about applying big data to health care issues…one of the better industry use cases with high social relevance and smart peeps doing socially-relevant businesses. But, the health care bureaucracy… main examples cited as innovations here are SAP and IBM.

(Curated by Jon Reed. Read the complete article here)

Salesforce.com marks ExactTarget anniversary with Marketing Cloud upgrade

“This is more powerful than the Internet-of-Things. It’s the Internet-of-Customers,” remarked Vojvodich.

(Curated by Dennis Moore. Read the complete article here)

Infor wins appeal of long-running patent TROLL lawsuit

During Lawson’s appeals process, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office finished a reexamination of an ePlus patent that contained its remaining claim against Lawson, finding the claim invalid, according to the ruling. The court has vacated its contempt order and the injunction. When a lower court formally dismisses the ePlus suit, Infor will be free to “sell, market, service and support its procurement software,” the company said in a statement. “Where other software companies chose to acquiesce to ePlus’s litigation demands and settle meritless claims, Lawson—now Infor—on principle decided to contest ePlus’ patent claims and stand up against the anti-competitive tactics that ePlus employed through the court system,” Infor senior vice president and general counsel Gregory Giangiordano said in a statement.

(Curated by Dennis Moore. Read the complete article here)

The Best Of Peter Drucker – by @stevedenning #management

Lots of food for thought here on management, economics, leadership. “What Drucker didn’t fully foresee is that the managers of pension funds and mutual funds would themselves have powerful incentives to focus on short-term shareholder value and the stock price.”

(Curated by Jon Reed. Read the complete article here)

5 Things Digital CMOs Do Better – via @dbmoore

The CMO topic can be a tired one for blogging but this piece was good, with some very specific areas/proof points.

(Curated by Jon Reed. Read the complete article here)

Getting started with Oracle Database In-Memory Part I

Six new initialization parameters with the INMEMORY prefix have been introduced to directly control the different aspects of the new in-memory functionality. There is also a new optimizer parameter that controls whether queries can use the INMEMORY or not. Right now we are only interested in one of these parameters, INMEMORY_SIZE to determine if In-Memory is enabled.

(Curated by Dennis Moore. Read the complete article here)

Impugn My Character Over Technical Points–But You Should Probably Be Correct When You Do So. Oracle 12c In-Memory Feature Snare? You Be The Judge ‘Cause Here’s The Proof.

It’s just a bug. I don’t expect apologies. That would be too human–almost as human as being completely wrong while wrongly clinging to one’s wrongness because others are equally, well, wrong on the matter.

(Curated by Dennis Moore. Read the complete article here)

Oracle Says Database Upgrade Doesn’t Enable In-Memory Option

“Oracle customers cannot cite blog posts when being audited,” cautioned Mark Flynn, CEO of the Campaign for Clear Licensing, a UK-based organization that’s championing improvements in software licensing and auditing practices. “Oracle may be suggesting you only need to pay for [Database In-Memory] if you activate it, yet typical Oracle contracts state it will be based on being installed and running.”

(Curated by Dennis Moore. Read the complete article here)

Oracle’s Database 12c goes GA: In-Memory everywhere?

Meanwhile, Oracle’s flagship database could also keep the licensing and maintenance revenue streams rolling as the company transitions to a cloud computing and subscription business model. Oracle plans to offer its database in multiple models including Exadata appliances.

(Curated by Dennis Moore. Read the complete article here)

Rimini Street has another blow out quarter – by @dahowlett

3rd party maintenance – definitely legit. “Rimini Street continues a healthy growth rate, this time reporting 37 percent uplift YoY. It hasn’t hit the hockey stick moment yet but it is doing very well.”

(Curated by Jon Reed. Read the complete article here)

Oracle hits back at ex-employee’s claims about in-memory database option – by @chriskanaracus

Clarifying a news story from last week – “Oracle has responded to a former employee’s claim that a new in-memory processing option is turned on by default with the latest release of Database 12c, insisting that the process of enabling it requires a series of deliberate steps.”

(Curated by Jon Reed. Read the complete article here)