Enterprise news and headlines, second half of January 2011
Salesforce.com takes it to a new level with Super Bowl ads, SAP and Microsoft reposition themselves for the cloud – while juggling execs and responsibilities, Microsoft sues former employees and their new employers, Oracle raises the ire of the open source community, Microsoft and SAP deliver solid quarters, Informatica delivers a REALLY solid quarter (again!), CIO’s intend to move to the cloud, CEO’s are still big fans of technology, and Google Android does/doesn’t/might copy Oracle’s code …
- The Software Revolution: Can #SAP Light The Fuse?
And so we will deliver a whole new family of dynamic applications—Strategic Workforce Planning was the first—and in addition, every single product within SAP will be transformed as well. Strategic Workforce Planning is available now, there will be another new set of transformed products rolled out this quarter, then many more later this year, and over time all of our products will be available with these new capabilities.”
- YouTube – Yammer and #Salesforce.com Chatter: A Brief History
In 2008, Yammer launched at TechCrunch50, where Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com, served as a judge. Yammer took the top prize at the conference. Three years later, Salesforce launched Chatter.com.
- #Oracle Settles Over False #Sun Claims
Sun Microsystems Inc. knowingly paid kickbacks to consulting companies in return for recommendations that federal government agencies purchase Sun’s products, the U.S. Justice Department announced Monday.
The department said the settlement also resolves allegations that Sun provided incomplete or inaccurate information to government-contracting officers, which caused federal agencies to pay too much for Sun’s products.
Sun submitted false claims and caused others to submit false claims to the General Services Administration and other federal agencies, the department alleged.
- #Oracle uncloaks 5TB tape
In term of capacity, it blows competing libraries from IBM, Quantum, and SpectraLogic out of the water.
- #IBM unveils social networking connector
IBM Social Business Toolkit is a set of APIs (application programming interfaces) that IBM and third-party applications can use to provide notifications, events and other data objects to an aggregation framework. The aggregation framework generates a RESTful (Representational State Transfer) Web service that generates an aggregated list of notifications to user-facing clients.
- #Oracle data modeler tool gets collaborative
Integrating with Oracle SQL Developer, the tool performs logical relational multidimensional modeling for the Oracle database as well as for Microsoft SQL Server and IBM DB2 databases. The tool “lets developers lay out their database ahead of time,” enforcing rules and constraints, said Kris Rice, senior director of database tools at Oracle. The tool features multilayered design and generation capabilities, producing conceptual entity relationship diagrams and transforming them to relational models, Oracle said.
- #Microsoft Bears Underestimate the ‘Enterprise Moat’
While Apple is making great headway in enterprise adoption of the iPad, there is limited evidence to suggest that the device is a substitute for PCs within the enterprise or that Microsoft’s powerful moat in Server & Tools or Office is at imminent risk.
- #Salesforce.com Buys Ads Around Super Bowl Halftime
Will.i.am says he wrote, directed and penned the tagline for the Chatter ads, adding that it was his first time directing a commercial. The spots will feature the first appearance of the “Baby Peas,” a group of animated characters on which he plans to base a series of longer episodes to be aired on television and the Web and that will include musical numbers, will.i.am says.
The ads will also feature “Chatty, the magical cloud,” an animated character representing Chatter, Benioff says.
The ads will span the 30 seconds preceding and 15 seconds following the halftime show and will meld with the Black Eyed Peas performance, a Salesforce.com spokeswoman says. At the end of the first ad, an animated version of will.i.am will exit the screen just before the live will.i.am walks on stage to perform, she says.
- #Microsoft to go inside for its new head of Online Services
It turns out Thompson — who is in charge of Business Productivity Online Services (BPOS) and its Office 365 successor — told his team last year that he planned to retire later in 2011, after the company turns on Office 365. And the succession plan already is in place. Lee Nackman, who currently is Corporate Vice President, Directory, Access, and Information Protection, is going to become the “new” Thompson, according to Microsoft executives.
In his current role, Nackman already is responsible for delivering identity-focused technologies to Microsoft’s Online Services Deployment Platform, so the succession to his new job shouldn’t be overly jarring. (Before his current job, Nackman was the head of Microsoft’s Identity and Security Division. And before that, Nackman worked at Microsoft for 26 years, where he most recently was vice president for product development and customer support of IBM’s Rational software division.
- #SaaS – More on the Role of the Customer Success Manager
Q. What are the key objectives of your position?
A. I’m responsible for driving customer loyalty and ensuring that our customers are satisfied and are realizing measurable value from our products and services.
Q. How are you measured?
A. We are measured as a percentage of referenceable customers, subscription renewals vs churn, customer satisfaction, product adoption and usage.
- It’s time to start talking about #Java EE 7
The theme for Java EE 7 is “The Cloud” and to be a “little” bit more precise, we’re talking about multi-tenancy, application versioning, support for NRDBMS stores but also about modularity, trying to leverage what will be done at the JavaSE level. Of all the APIs up for a new version, JAX-RS and JPA seem to be the closest to being filed as JSRs.
The JAX-RS 2.0 draft JSR mentions a client API, MVC support, asynch support (inspired by Atmosphere), hypermedia support, better integration with @Inject/CDI, and more. Paul Sandoz has his slide decks from Devoxx available here. JPA 2.1 has a long list of potential enhancements, ranging from dynamic definition of PU, more control on persistence context synchronization, mapping between JPQL and criteria queries and much more.
You can also expect a Servlet alignment with the current state of HTML5 and WebSockets, a JSF 2.2 version (HTML5, file upload component, …), some work on EJB 3.2, a modernization of the JMS API (finally!), and maybe som
- #HP No longer a player in business intelligence
Its not uncommon for companies to test a market but seldom do we see companies waste the money and time that HP has on BI and its Neoview product. HP failed to articulate a compelling strategy around business intelligence and has only sporadically delivered tactically making today’s announcement the worst kept secret in the BI space. This in spite of the fact that HP had identified BI as a market that was expected to grow to be larger than its entire suite of management software products. It was time for HP to step away from BI.
Last week HP laid the foundation for its new strategy when it announced its partnership with Microsoft to deliver appliance style solutions that in most ways over shadowed HP’s own Neoview appliance. Last year HP and Microsoft announced a $250 million partnership nicknamed “Frontline” designed to create a pool of resources to support product innovations by both companies. From the Microsoft perspective this is a great deal; they have HP in the same spot that O
- A Chat With #SAP ’s Bill McDermott
Growth is back on the agenda. Deals are getting larger. A quarter of our deals were greater than 5 million euros. That’s roughly an 8-10% jump from what we’ve been seeing in the past.
Capital expenditure budgets used to be so constrained that we had to get creative and were coming out of operating expenditures. That’s not happening anymore.
Our largest transaction was in Brazil. They were conslidating legacy applications. They wanted real-time for business analytics, and they wanted mobility. I’m seeing a lot of that. Applications that are on the desktop, and people want to unleash them.
- #SAP Transformed: From Stuffy ERP To Real-Time iPad Analytics
Here are five reasons why I think SAP’s ready for a breakthrough year in 2011
- The future of business: mobile technology ( #SAP)
By Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe, who are the co-CEOs of SAP AG, a business software maker.
- #SAP looks to reduce $1.3bn #Oracle fine
German software maker SAP said it would file a motion to a US court asking to reduce the $1.3bn in damages it has been forced to pay to arch-rival Oracle over copyright infringements.
- Egypt Unrest Threatens Status as Rising Outsourcing Star
Egypt was dubbed an up-and-coming outsourcing destination by industry watchers in late 2010. But this week’s dramatic political unrest puts that reputation at risk — and serves as a warning to IT to plan for the geopolitical risks that can flare in offshore outsourcing locales.
- Behind The Czar’s Decree – What’s Happening At #Wipro
“I don’t think we should be making excuses. We have underperformed relative to competition, and relative to our potential as a company.”
Enter T.K. Kurien, the man chosen by the board to head the IT business. He is known to be an uncompromising, tough-as-nails manager. He had done stints in General Electric and has strong C-suite relationships at several large global 100 firms. A strong corporate sales guy, Kurien has the experience in sewing up large deals. He had turned around Wipro’s BPO business and delivered results. When Vaswani and Paranjpe were picked to head Wipro, Kurien had offered to resign. In June last year Premji moved him to head the new Eco Energy business.
- New York Venture Capital Market Ends 2010 on a High Note
New York companies received $1.88 billion in venture capital dollars for 2010 overall, placing the region third behind Silicon Valley and New England.
- Three important takeaways from #Microsoft ‘s $19.95B record quarter
The big Windows 7 sales surge is over…
Entertainment & Devices margins are awful…
IT organizations are spending on knowledge workers again…
- #Microsoft Loses Key #Cloud Exec
Dave Thompson, corporate VP for Microsoft Online and a 20-year Redmond veteran, is retiring, Microsoft said. “He is looking forward to spending time with his family and volunteering with his favorite charities,” a Microsoft spokesman said in a statement published by SeattlePI.com.
- David Thompson: Corporate Vice President, #Microsoft Online
He initially led a development group in the Network Business Unit, working on the LAN Manager product. He later moved to the Windows NT team and formed the Networking Group for Windows NT, eventually becoming the general manager of Distributed Systems. He has been responsible for a variety of distributed system technologies, including Active Directory and Windows Security. In April 2000 he became the vice president for the Windows Server Product Group, assuming responsibility for the Windows 2000 Server product line. In all, he led major portions of the development of seven versions of Windows NT and the Windows operating system, including Windows Server 2003. In January 2004 he assumed leadership of the Exchange group, responsible for Exchange products and services through the release of Exchange 2007.
Before coming to Microsoft, Thompson worked for Digital Equipment Corp. on the first VAX Clusters and at Concord Communications as director of software development.
- #Gartner Executive Programs Worldwide Survey of More Than 2,000 CIOs Identifies #Cloud Computing as Top Technology Priority for CIOs in 2011
CIOs’ IT budget projections for 2011 are globally flat, with a weighted average budget increase of 1 percent. While CIOs do not report IT budgets returning to their 2008 (pre-recession) levels, the number of those experiencing budget increases in 2011 outnumbered those reporting a cut by almost three-to-one.
- Official #Google Research Blog: More Google Contributions to the Broader Scientific Community
Googlers actively engage with the scientific community by publishing technical papers, contributing open-source packages, working on standards, introducing new APIs and tools, giving talks and presentations, participating in ongoing technical debates, and much more. Our publications offer technical and algorithmic advances, demonstrate things we learn as we develop novel products and services, and shed light on some of the technical challenges we face at Google.
- There’s not a moment to lose! ( #Java #OpenSource)
Drafting a set of Community Bylaws in collaboration with John Duimovich and Jason Gartner of IBM, Mike Milinkovich of Eclipse, Prof. Doug Lea of SUNY Oswego, and Adam Messinger of Oracle.
- Marc Benioff on Staying Put in San Francisco ( #Salesforce.com>
I worked in Silicon Valley for 13 years. There are no restaurants, there is no shopping, there is no energy.
- #Microsoft Corporation v Matthew J. Miszewski
[Microsoft sues former employees for being former employees-DBM]
This Court has personal jurisdiction over Miszewski because he is domiciled
in the State of Washington, and because the March 8, 2007, Employee Agreement
(“Employee Agreement”) entered into between Miszewksi and Microsoft provides “that . . .
exclusive personal jurisdiction for any action arising out of [the] Agreement shall lie in state
or federal court located in King County, Washington.” (Employee Agreement ¶ 15). A true
and correct copy of the Employee Agreement is attached to this Complaint as Exhibit A.
5. Venue is proper in this Court pursuant to RCW 4.12.025(1), because
Miszewski resides in King County, and because the Employee Agreement entered into
between Miszewksi and Microsoft provides “that exclusive venue . . . for any action arising
out of [the] Agreement shall lie in state or federal court located in King County,
Washington.” (Employee Agreement ¶ 15).
- Change management: Denial and the fear of failure
This happens because individuals working in the trenches see tremendous risk (I lose my job if this doesn’t work) and fundamentally no upside (I get to keep my job if it works). From the worker’s perspective, this is the same situation as if we hadn’t gone through the change exercise at all. When risk and reward are misaligned, there is inherent tension and increased likelihood of failure. Technology users don’t want disruption: they want easy migrations and evolution.
- #SAP Shakes Its Moneymaker: Big #ERP
SAP’s cash cow – big ERP software – was its moneymaker, lifesaver and ace in the hole – not merely customer enthusiasm for SAP innovation.
Even during lean times, SAP’s fiscal savior always has been and likely will always be its core ERP software (especially the lucrative maintenance and support fees).
- #Amazon 4Q Revenue Grows 36% But Still Disappoints
Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) reported a 36% surge in fourth-quarter sales but still fell short of Wall Street’s estimates, sending shares of its pricey stock sharply lower in after-hours trading.
Amazon reported its first-ever quarter with more than $10 billion in sales; however, expectations were high as the company was seen benefiting from consumers increasing the number of purchases made over the Internet this holiday season.
Also weighing on the stock–which trades at more than 50 times expected earnings–were the company’s modest margins and lukewarm first-quarter guidance.
- #Informatica Q4 beats Street on new deals, license rev
Informatica said it has a blueprint to achieve $1 billion in revenue, with the introduction of new products such as ‘Hadoop’, which is used for processing large volumes of data from social networking sites.
- #SAP Co-CEO Bill McDermott: Innovation, SAP lifecycle management priorities
It does a lot of things. So maybe the initial reaction was, ‘Gee it’s hard to use,’ or maybe ‘There’s a lot going on here in terms of complexity.’ But we eased up on the UI and put some of the functionality behind the UI, and every single user that used this – that used it for two days or more – all came away saying, it does a lot more than the competition and frankly, it’s easier to use.
- #MicroStrategy Ramps Up #Mobile Business Intelligence For iPad, iPhone
MicroStrategy‘s announcement should also serve to heighten its profile as one of the industry’s last remaining large, independent BI vendors.
That may not be the case forever. New Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker is on record saying he intends to strengthen the company’s software strategy. MicroStrategy could arguably be on his shopping list, given HP’s strength in BI services as well as the fact that Apotheker’s former employer, SAP, bought Business Objects. That deal has been generally viewed as a success for SAP, where Apotheker served in various roles, most recently as CEO.
- #MicroStrategy Announces Fourth Quarter 2010 Financial Results
Net income for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $17.9 million, or $1.60 per share on a diluted basis, compared to $20.5 million, or $1.66 per share on a diluted basis, for the fourth quarter of 2009.
- 2011 Global CEO Survey Report: Highlights of key findings in the 2011 CEO Survey: #PwC
How does technology fit in?
Chief executives are looking to gain both efficiencies and differentiation at the same time: 80% of CEOs in our survey believe innovation will both yield efficiencies and lead to competitive advantage—another 78% expect it will generate new revenues. Technology is one way of capturing both. Nearly 70% are investing in IT to reduce costs and become more efficient, while 54% are also funnelling funds towards growth initiatives, including emerging technologies in mobile devices, social media and data analytics.
- 14th Annual Global CEO Survey: Growth Reimagined #PWC
Using technology to drive ambidextrous innovation
In what could be called ‘ambidextrous innovation’, CEOs are looking to gain both efficiencies and differentiation at the same time: 79% of CEOs in the survey believe innovation will drive efficiencies and lead to competitive advantage, to go with the 78% who expect new revenues. Technology is one way of capturing both; CEOs are approaching IT with the spirit of ambidextrous innovation in mind.
Close to 70% are investing in IT to reduce costs and become more efficient, while 54% are also funnelling funds towards growth initiatives, including emerging technologies in mobile devices, social media and data analytics.
Cloud computing, for example, can enable companies to manage business processes more efficiently. But it can also empower entirely new business models, for example, ones that connect supply chain partners in a single differentiated offering for customers.
In the survey, CEOs told us they are exploring both possibilities for tec
- Why Are More Companies Customizing Their #ERP Systems?
First, expectations are more unrealistic than ever. As we see from these and other metrics outlined in the report, expectations of CIOs are not aligned with reality. Much of these unrealistic expectations are driven by the market itself – again, every CIO wants to hear that their ERP vendor will allow them to implement with ease, at a low cost, and with minimal risk. However, companies are overly optimistic about their ability to do this, which leads to problems later on.
Second, companies are more complex and ever-changing than they were a year ago . Mergers and acquisitions are increasing, staffs are more lean, and companies are starting to grow again, all of which put pressure on the simplified vanilla ERP software model. After all, if your organization is growing and trying to outperform the competition, you probably don’t want to use generic software that everyone else is using, except perhaps in non-differentiating areas such as accounting or procurement.
- #SAP Reports Record Fourth Quarter 2010 Software Revenue
# Fourth Quarter 2010 Software Revenue Increased 35% (25% at Constant Currencies) to €1.5 Billion
# Full-Year 2010 Non-IFRS Software and Software Related Service Revenue Increased 20% (13% at Constant Currencies) and Exceeded Company Guidance
# Full-Year 2010 Non-IFRS Operating Margin At Constant Currencies Meets Company Guidance; Full-Year 2010 IFRS Operating Margin Negatively Impacted by Litigation Provision
# SAP Executive Board Will Recommend to the SAP Supervisory Board to Increase the 2010 Dividend by 20% from €0.50 to €0.60 Per Share
- #SAP Fourth-Quarter Profit Drops 36% on Oracle Fine
Net income based on international financial reporting standards was 437 million euros ($598 million) after a profit of 682 million euros a year earlier, the Waldorf, Germany-based company said in a statement today.
- Will #SAP ’s Stock Pop Again?
Sales of new software licenses jumped 24%. Taking out the boost from SAP’s Sybase acquisition, new sales are likely closer to 16%, per Jeffries & Company, Inc. That’s still respectable, and the stock had a nice pop on this news.
But is that it, a pop? Or, does this signal a new trajectory for the company that both Larry Ellison and his rival/mentee Marc Benioff love to snicker about?
- #Oracle Nominates User Group to Fill #OpenSource #Apache #Java Community Process Spot
Oracle has nominated Brazilian user group SouJava to fill the vacancy left by the Apache Software Foundation on the Java SE/EE executive committee.
- #Microsoft Points Out #Apple iPad’s Enterprise Weaknesses
Microsoft points out that the iPad isn’t exactly suited to the enterprise space – not that it was ever designed to be – in the slide below.
- #RIM ‘s PlayBook Attracting Developers, But Lags Behind #Apple iPad and #Google #Android
However, that same data suggests the iPad and Android tablets continue to dominate developers’ attention.
- New iPhone app offers everyone the opportunity to be a hero
This morning, Price announced that it will be released internationally, with the help of Dave Duffield, founder of Workday and PeopleSoft; Jack Parrow, president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC); and Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media.
Duffield will provide technical support so developers can move the app to other platforms, like the Blackberry and the Android, while O’Reilly will push the idea to other cities and ultimately, the public. Parrow will promote it to other chiefs across the country and the world.
- #Oracle losing interest in mobile #Java, say analysts
Forrester Research, which believes Oracle is limiting Java’s capabilities outside the enterprise space.
Java’s new owner is restricting the scope of the technology, at the expense of a broad and diverse developer community, and of the dream of a server-to-handset unified software system. “Sun had a very broad focus for Java, including enterprise middleware but also PCs, mobile devices, and embedded systems. Oracle‘s focus will be on enterprise middleware first and foremost, because that’s where the money is,” wrote Forrester analysts Jeffrey Hammond and John Rymer.
- #BigData | GigaOM Events
Come explore up and coming technologies that go beyond Hadoop and other NoSQL darlings (although we cover those too!). From storage and warehousing to intelligence and discovery, we look at what it takes to successfully plan for and utilize your company’s data. We then help you figure out how to take it further; to share it and monetize it outside your company’s walls.
It’s been said that 90 percent of the data that exists today was created in the last two years. That staggering “hockey-stick” growth presents challenges that must be met if we are to gain valuable insight from that data. If there ever was a time to have a big data strategy in place, it’s now!
- Will #HP webOS Get Knocked Out Before Entering the Fight?
HP faces four major challenges that must be addressed before any new webOS products are shipped.
- #Google CEO Larry Page: Please Call #Oracle CEO Larry Ellison
- #SAP Wants to Bounce Back after US Trial
As part of its bounce back, SAP AG announced a goal that it will earn 20 billion Euros ($27 billion) in sales by 2015, according to Manager Magazin. Current sales are about 12.5 billion Euros (about $9.282 billion.)
SAP also wants to increase operating margins from 30.5 percent to 35 percent during the same four-year period, the report from Manager Magazin said.
- TOP 10 #SAP TO-DOs for 2011 (Part One)
5. SAP Upgrade Planning
By analysts’ estimates, a little more than one-third of SAP customers have upgraded to SAP ERP 6.0., which leaves a sizable number of SAP customers heading toward an upgrade. Findings from Panaya’s 2010 SAP Upgrade Survey show that SAP ERP 4.7 is presently the most prevalent version of SAP ERP in use, and that nearly 80% of companies surveyed have definite plans to perform an SAP upgrade within the next 16 months. To be sure, 2011 will be a big year for SAP upgrades, and while upgrading to 6.0 need not be a massively disruptive and expensive ‘rip-and-replace’ operation, upgrading does present considerable challenges and risks. Thorough and careful planning is paramount. In addition to mapping out the SAP application/module upgrade path, your SAP upgrade plan also should factor in the time and resources for the requisite pre-upgrade testing and impact analysis work, and the tools, methodologies, and specialized skill sets you will need to keep your upgrade proje
- TOP 10 #SAP TO-DOs for 2011 (Part Two)
10. SAP in the #cloud
Putting aside the technical debate on what constitutes cloud delivery (single vs. multi tenancy, Web-based vs. private clouds, etc.), the immediate and very real benefits of cloud computing (on-demand, SaaS, PaaS — pick your term) are driving very strong interest and very real adoption rates. Fast implementation, minimal upfront expense, little-to-no training, low total cost of ownership, no internal management, no capacity planning — the list of cloud benefits goes on. Of the 204 participants in a poll running on the Optimal SAP Blog and the Optimal SAP Projects Blog, 85% express interest in learning more about a hosted, subscription-based delivery model for SAP. SAP includes on-demand in its three-pronged product roadmap strategy launched in 2010: “on-premise, on-device, and on-demand.” It is important to note the interlinking (if not interdependence) with which SAP binds these three elements. A 2010 SAP study of 250 CIOs found that 71% of software deplo
- Is #Google too weak in the software #patent wars to protect #Android?
Analysis of Google‘s patent portfolio suggests it’s not strong measured against rivals such as Microsoft, Oracle and Apple. That’s not good news as it comes to inevitable court battles
- #Oracle Win Noted as Top IP Victory of 2010
Bingham’s landmark case against #SAP AG on behalf of Oracle was ranked as the top intellectual property verdict of 2010 by Law360. An eight-member federal jury handed down a $1.3 billion verdict in November in a battle stemming from SAP’s purchase of a company that infringed Oracle Corp.’s software copyrights. The final figure is the largest copyright infringement verdict ever awarded. Oracle contended SAP could have chosen to compete fairly, but instead purchased its now-defunct subsidiary, TomorrowNow Inc., even though it knew the company was infringing Oracle’s copyrights on lucrative business management software.
- Survey: Dice.com Sees Signs IT Wages Will Rise
Overall IT salaries remained nearly flat for a second straight year, but those with SOA, data integration, ERP and ETL skills were most likely to have bigger paychecks, according to Dice.com’s annual high-tech salary survey. IDN looks at the numbers, skills and locales with the biggest payoffs for IT professionals.
- Mayor Lee Says America’s Cup One Of His Top Priorities
In his first official act as San Francisco’s mayor, Ed Lee today affirmed that one of his top priorities is preparing the city to host the 2013 America’s Cup sailing race.
City officials expect the race to inject $1.4 billion into the local and regional economies and create about 9,000 new jobs.
- Ubuntu opts for LibreOffice over #Oracle ‘s OpenOffice
Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth told me back when LibreOffice developers were forking away from Oracle’s OpenOffice had told me that, “The Ubuntu Project will be pleased to ship LibreOffice from The Document Foundation in future releases of Ubuntu.” It wasn’t a sure thing though that Ubuntu 11.04, aka Natty Narwhal, due out on April 28th, would have LibreOffice. It is now.
First, Canonical started packing LibreOffice in the daily alpha releases of Ubuntu 11.04, but I decided to check further. So, I gave Canonical a call and Neil Levine, Canonical’s VP of corporate services told me that the Ubuntu developer team had indeed decided to make LibreOffice its default office suite over OpenOffice.
- Ballmer to Hu: 90% of #Microsoft customers in China using pirated software
Steve Ballmer of Microsoft pointed out that their estimate is that only 1 customer in every 10 of their products is actually paying for it in China. And so can we get better enforcement, since that is an area where America excels — intellectual property and high-value added products and services.
- #Microsoft #cloud not just for consumers as Ballmer takes on #CRM
Ballmer is revved up about cloud-based software. But not for Photoshopping or watching DVR, like in his commercials. He’s aiming at enterprise, and taking on two heavy hitters in CRM.
- An open e-mail to Ray Ozzie: Welcome back! (And some ‘to dos’ for you) ( #Microsoft)
Whatever you choose to do, it’ll be swell to have you contributing once again to the innovation economy here — as opposed to trying to nudge the rudder at the S.S. Microsoft by a degree or two.
- Muglia’s departure leave a hole in #Microsoft ‘s tech direction
With Ray Ozzie retiring and now Muglia, who will be the next chief software architect at Microsoft?
- #Amazon plants #Microsoft and #Salesforce.com blocking #cloud Beanstalk
Beanstalk handles provisioning and deployment, and automatically monitors the application and the performance of the specific EC2 instance that your application is running on.
You upload your application to Elastic Beanstalk through the AWS Management Console, the AWS Toolkit for Eclipse, or the Elastic Beanstalk command-line tools or API.
- VCs roared back in 2010, investing the most money since 2007
The software industry roared back to reclaim its status as the single largest investment sector for the year, rising 20 percent over 2009 to $4 billion in 2010, which was poured into 835 deals.
The investment was a 21 percent rise over the prior year and helped make software the number one sector for both dollars invested and total number of deals in the fourth quarter.
- #TIBCO Takes Enterprise Social Media Launch Events Worldwide
tibbr builds on TIBCO’s decades of experience in linking enterprise software systems, and connects not just people, but also systems, processes, applications, and subjects.
- Oops: #Google #Android contains directly copied #Java code, strengthening #Oracle ‘s case ( #OpenSource)
In simple terms? Google copied Oracle’s Java code, pasted in a new license, and shipped it.
- Oops: No copied #Oracle #Java code or weapons of mass destruction found in #OpenSource #Google #Android
However, when you have somebody doing something as stupid as decompiling, recompiling and relabeling someone else’s copyrighted code, it’s kind of hard to give everyone involved the benefit of the doubt.
- #Android files likely to worsen #Google’s #Java #Oracle case
Somewhere along the line, Google took Oracle’s code, replaced the GPL [licensing] language with the incompatible Apache Open Source License, and distributed the code under that license publicly,” Patel said. “That’s all it takes — if Google violated the GPL by changing the license, it also infringed Oracle’s underlying copyright.”
- #Oracle #Android source code, #Java, and copyright infringement: what’s going on? ( #OpenSource)
From a legal perspective, it seems very likely that these files create increased copyright liability for Google, because the state of our current copyright law doesn’t make exceptions for how source code trees work, or whether or not a script pasted in a different license, or whether these files made it into handsets. The single most relevant legal question is whether or not copying and distributing these files was authorized by Oracle, and the answer clearly appears to be “nope” — even if Oracle licensed the code under the GPL.
- #Google #Android faces new patent problem in lawsuit with #Oracle
Here’s Larry Page‘s first headache as chief executive of Google: figuring out how to handle Oracle‘s lawsuit against the company in which it is suing over seven Java patents (acquired with its acquisition in 2009 of Sun Microsystems) and some copyrighted material.
- Three more #Microsoft executives jump ship ( #Salesforce.com)
Juniper Networks has snagged Brad Brooks, who was corporate vice president for Windows consumer marketing and product management. Salesforce.com, meanwhile, hired away Matt Miszewski, who was general manager of Microsoft‘s government business. And Google hired Johnny Chung Lee, who was a key force in Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360 product.
- #Microsoft GM Miszewski Hired by #Salesforce.com
Miszewski will lead Salesforce.com’s cloud computing public-sector initiatives, according to a press release posted on his blog. He reports to Salesforce.com’s executive vice president of sales, Hilarie Koplow-McAdams.
- #EnterpriseDB Releases New #OpenSource #Postgres Plus Security Tools
“xDB is designed to handle replication from one Postgres server to another and it can also do Oracle to Postgres,” Schumacher said. “So if people are interested in replicating Oracle into a Postgres server, this enables an administrator to point and click their way though the process.”