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How to avoid big mistakes with Oracle's Exadata
Although Exadata is Oracle's most popular and mature "engineered system," some customers implementing the database machine are making mistakes that prevent them from getting the most performance out of the expensive product, according to a veteran of many Exadata projects.

SAP users rattle sabers over fees for user-friendly Fiori apps
SAP user groups are stepping up pressure on the vendor over the fees charged for its user-friendly Fiori applications, saying they should be included as part of the substantial annual maintenance costs customers already pay, particularly given SAP's dismal track record with interfaces for its Business Suite ERP software.

What Does a Social-Media-Meets-Virtual-Reality World Look Like?
Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus has given virtual reality a major boost. By delivering an altered sense of reality with a social experience Facebook could give users a more compelling reason to come back regularly.

Collaboration 2.0: Old meets new
Today's tools are a lot like yesterday's in some respects, except they add features for cloud, social, Web and mobile. They're also a whole lot easier to use.

Teradata's QueryGrid built to power multi-database analytics
Teradata is hoping to gain ground in the hotly competitive data-warehousing and analytics market with QueryGrid, a new product that allows users to run a single SQL-based query across multiple data stores, from Teradata's own system to Hadoop and rival databases.

SAP customers can't figure out firm's mobility strategy
It's been nearly four years since SAP got into enterprise mobility with the acquisition of Sybase, but many customers still don't quite understand its mobile product strategy, according to a new survey by the Americas' SAP Users' Group.

SAP gets 'smart' about data warehousing
SAP is continuing to merge its HANA in-memory database platform with its Business Warehouse data warehousing software, with the latest update adding support for HANA's real-time data loading services.

SAP targets Salesforce, Oracle with Adobe marketing suite
SAP has turned to long-time partner Adobe in a bid to keep pace with Oracle and Salesforce.com in the red-hot marketing software market.

Adobe simplifies app advertising, integrates Marketing Cloud with iBeacons
Adobe Systems is stepping up its mobile efforts by integrating the company's Marketing Cloud with Apple's iBeacons and simplifying advertising in apps, while also partnering with SAP to help sell it using Hana.

Oracle reverses decline in hardware revenue during Q3
Oracle's third-quarter revenue rose 4 percent to US$9.3 billion while net income increased 2 percent to $2.6 billion, buoyed by growth in new software licenses and cloud subscriptions as well as a long-anticipated rise in hardware product revenue.

Social Media Getting More Spontaneous and Less Personal
Deliberate status updates are losing luster as quick, impromptu, short-lived activity on social media gathers momentum. If the first phase of social media was a massive effort to share our online identities, this current wave is all about fleeting encounters.

Huawei expands partnership with SAP, launches new HANA hardware
Huawei's enterprise unit has launched the FusionCube for high-end HANA systems and will also work with SAP on products for areas such as enterprise mobility.

Groups ask FTC to investigate Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should investigate Facebook's proposed $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging app WhatsApp -- and possibly block it -- because of the potential impact on users' privacy, two privacy groups said in a complaint.

SAP adds subscription pricing for Hana cloud services
SAP is introducing a set of new subscription pricing options for its Hana in-memory cloud computing platform, in a move that falls in step with the pay-as-you-go model common in the cloud computing industry.

Microsoft extends Dynamics ERP; adds support for Azure cloud
Microsoft has completed a series of moves aimed at making its Dynamics AX ERP software a more viable option for large enterprises, and plans to showcase them this week during the Convergence conference in Atlanta.

Jonny Evans: So WhatsApp, Facebook?
At the heart of the $19B WhatsApp acquisition may be Facebook's continuing desire to take over your mobile phone.

SAP, BMW research project to connect drivers with real-time offers and services
SAP and BMW have created a prototype that uses SAP's HANA in-memory database platform to send personalized services and offers to people as they drive around in their cars.

Facebook's Zuckerberg Envisions a 'Dial Tone for the Internet'
Calling it an 'on-ramp to the Internet,' Mark Zuckerberg advocates for carriers and other gatekeepers to provide free basic services for all in his first-ever keynote at Mobile World Congress.

With voice calls, WhatsApp can tap new growth
WhatsApp's voice calling service, planned for later this year to augment its hot text-message offering, could yield an influx of customers and strengthen the service's already firm standing in mobile messaging.

Google's Schmidt offers $1M in grants, talks WhatsApp and Motorola
Got great ideas to solve world problems? Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt just might give you a lot of money for them.

Zuckerberg wants Facebook to be the world's Internet on-ramp
If Marc Zuckerberg has his way, Facebook will become the "on ramp" for the two-thirds of the world's population not yet connected to the Internet.

Tip of the Hat: WhatsApp users are the big losers in Facebook deal
It's easy to pick out the winners in the $19 billion Facebook-WhatsApp. Computerworld offers a Tip of the Hat to ReadWrite's Selena Larson for pointing out the deal's potential losers.

Wall Street Beat: After Facebook buy of WhatsApp, tech M&A set for strong year
Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp may end up being just one milestone in a strong year for tech mergers and acquisitions.

Facebook coughs up $19B for WhatsApp's younger users
Facebook may be shelling out $19 billion in cash and stock for the messaging company WhatsApp to stanch the departure of younger users from the social network.

Facebook buying WhatsApp for $16 billion
Facebook has agreed to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion in cash and stock, the social network said Wednesday.

Oracle creates suite of marketing software
After spending billions to acquire a series of marketing-related software companies, Oracle is now undergoing the process of creating a unified suite it can take to battle against competing offerings from the likes of Salesforce.com and Microsoft.

Oracle 12c database to get speedy SAP certification
There's some good news for the many SAP customers who use Oracle's database underneath SAP applications. Breaking from tradition, SAP will certify its software for the initial major release of the Oracle 12c database.

How to Prepare Your Business (And Your Employees) to Work Remotely
Hurricanes, blizzards, floods, earthquakes, even mundane events like employees' car troubles or family obligations can disrupt your business and put a damper on productivity. Here's how to prepare your business and your personnel for working remotely.

SAP lays out its strategy for growth, with HANA at the forefront
SAP's strategy event for the investment community on Tuesday offered few major surprises to anyone who's been closely monitoring the software vendor lately, but did serve to cement the company's future direction for product development, growth and customer retention. Here's a look at some of the highlights of the event.

Ellison says IBM and SAP no longer Oracle's main rivals
Look out Amazon, Larry Ellison has got his eye on you.

On-premises ERP systems will soon get the 'legacy' label
The highly customized ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems in place at companies around the world are looking a bit long in the tooth, to the point where by 2016 it will be common practice to refer to them as "legacy" software, according to analyst firm Gartner.

Wall Street Beat: Stocks tank as tech earnings look mixed so far
Stocks including shares of tech companies tanked on Friday mainly due to worries about slowing global economic growth, but the mixed earnings reports from IT giants did nothing to calm concerns.

How to choose the right enterprise mobility management tool
As mobile device management continues to morph, consider what's 'good enough' for what you need right now -- and don't neglect the user experience, whatever else you do.

Supreme Court rejects SAP's appeal of $391M patent suit award
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from SAP of a US$391 million judgment given to Versata Software in a patent lawsuit the latter filed, but SAP is vowing to fight onward.

Foiled! How to beat software vendors' sneaky price increases
Between complex licenses and the cloud, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP have lots of ways to hike up prices. Here's how to fight back

SAP business mix slowly shifting to cloud
SAP's business is gradually shifting to the SaaS model while sales of its Hana in-memory database platform continue to grow quickly, according to preliminary fourth-quarter and year-end results the company released Friday.

Enterprise apps in 2014: What's in store
If recent history is any indication, 2014 will be a busy year for the enterprise applications industry as vendors jockey for position and customers ponder moves from legacy ERP and CRM implementations to cloud-based services. Here's a look at what some of the sector's main players are likely to do as the year unfolds.

The security industry finds a dream enemy -- government spy agencies
2013 was the year we learned we must encrypt our data if we don't want the likes of the U.S. National Security Agency or the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters reading it as it crosses the Internet.

SaaS predictions for 2014
While the bulk of enterprise software is still deployed on-premises, SaaS continues to undergo rapid growth. Gartner has said the total market will top $22 billion through 2015, up from more than $14 billion in 2012.

Oracle to buy marketing software vendor Responsys for $1.5 billion
Oracle is set to acquire business-to-consumer marketing software vendor Responsys for $1.5 billion in a bid to flesh out its own capabilities as well as strike back at rivals such as Salesforce.com and Microsoft.

Quanex halts its SAP rollout, citing a strategy shift
Building products manufacturer Quanex has stopped the rollout of an SAP ERP (enterprise resource planning) implementation, but due to a shift in corporate strategy rather than major problems with the software.

Avon halts work on big SAP implementation, cites lack of ROI
Avon Products has halted the rollout of a global SAP implementation, with the cosmetics maker saying in a regulatory filing that a pilot program in Canada caused "significant business disruption in that market, and did not show a clear return on investment."

SAP courts developers with new license, tools
SAP has made a series of announcements aimed at bringing more software developers into its fold, making their jobs easier and bolstering the reach of its HANA in-memory computing platform.

Oracle launches revved-up new version of Exadata
Oracle has launched the fifth version of its Exadata database appliance, claiming the release provides in many areas double the performance of previous-generation machines.

The worst IT project disasters of 2013
Trends come and go in the technology industry but some things, such as IT system failures, bloom eternal.

California sues SAP over failed payroll software project
SAP has been slapped with a lawsuit by California's state controller over a payroll software implementation the office says cost taxpayers a vast sum of money, but has never worked correctly.

Trojan malware steals sensitive data from SAP client apps
A recently discovered malicious program steals log-in passwords and other sensitive information from SAP client applications and allows cybercriminals to access SAP servers from infected workstations.

PaaS market to reach $14B by 2017, IDC says
The global market for PaaS (platform as a service) is set to leap from US$3.8 billion last year to more than $14 billion in 2017 as companies look to cut infrastructure costs and speed up application development, according to newly released research from analyst firm IDC.

Marin County seeks new software vendor to replace SAP system
Officials in California's Marin County have begun the search for new ERP software to replace a troubled SAP implementation that was at the center of an ugly legal battle between the county, SAP and systems integrator Deloitte.

New malware variant suggests cybercriminals targeting SAP users
A new variant of a Trojan program that targets online banking accounts also contains code to search if infected computers have SAP client applications installed, suggesting that attackers might target SAP systems in the future.

Oracle moves aggressively to poach SAP Business ByDesign customers
Oracle has joined the ranks of ERP software vendors hoping to capitalize on uncertainty among customers of SAP's Business ByDesign software, offering to waive one year of subscription fees to those who migrate to Oracle's competing products.

Oracle buys sales order automation specialist
Oracle is hoping to differentiate its CRM software from competitors with the acquisition of BigMachines, whose cloud-based system helps salespeople quickly put together and price complex orders.

SAP Business ByDesign will live on, exec says
SAP will continue to release new versions of its Business ByDesign cloud ERP suite, despite some recent indications to the contrary, according to the vendor's head of development.

SAP bets on HTML5, open source for its mobile app platform
SAP is planning to rely heavily on HTML5 and open standards within its products for building mobile applications, and is embracing the concept of BYOT (bring your own tools) in order to draw interest from developers.

SAP set to preach the HANA gospel to developers
SAP is unveiling a series of enhancements, services and deployment options for its HANA in-memory computing platform in hopes of enticing more partners and customers to begin building software products with the technology.

SAP reports strong Q3 revenue growth on HANA and cloud
SAP reported strong revenue growth in its HANA in-memory database and cloud businesses, but also saw revenue from software decline in the third quarter.

SAP responds to user fears of NSA spying in Australia
SAP may build a second data center in Australia to meet customer demand for locally delivered cloud services in the wake of revelations over the National Security Agency's Prism surveillance program.

Security firm releases tool to audit SAP's HANA
A new tool from security vendor Onapsis aims to secure SAP's in-memory database HANA, the German company's fastest-growing data processing product.

WhatsApp flaw could allow attackers to decrypt messages
The popular mobile messaging application WhatsApp Messenger has a major design flaw in its cryptographic implementation that could allow attackers to decrypt intercepted messages, according to a Dutch developer.

BlackBerry offers itself up to six would-be buyers; Cisco looks like the best fit
BlackBerry has reportedly asked Cisco, Google, SAP, Intel, LG and Samsung separately to consider buying all or parts of its embattled company.

SAP ramps up venture capital efforts
SAP's venture capital arm has raised $1 billion over the past year as the company tries to land stakes in hot startup companies, both to generate profit down the road and to align itself with the industry's newest technologies.

SAP seeks an edge from NSA surveillance worries
SAP may build a second data center in Australia in order to meet customer demand for locally delivered cloud services in the wake of revelations over the U.S. National Security Agency's Prism surveillance program.

How to Overcome Resistance to Global IT Standardization
There's inevitable tension between enforcing global IT standardization and allowing flexibility at the local level. Here's how to find the right balance.

Oracle pushes into database-as-a-service
Oracle has hyped its new 12c database as faster and more powerful than ones that have come before, and now it's highlighting the release's ability to easily serve up multiple databases of varying size and scope according to a particular user's needs.

Case study: 3 heavyweights give gamification a go
Think gamification is just a gimmick? NTT Data, SAP and Accenture beg to differ, and they've got the ROI to back up their stance.

SAP looks to boost 'big data' position with Hadoop deals, new apps
Few tech buzzwords of late have been more prevalent than 'big data,' and SAP is hoping to make sure the market knows it's hip to the trend with a series of new announcements.

SAP buying KXEN for predictive analytics
SAP is expanding its arsenal of data-analysis software with the acquisition of predictive analytics vendor KXEN, announced Tuesday.

Workday rolls out Big Data Analytics module
Workday has unveiled a new software module for its cloud-based human capital management (HCM) application that allows customers to analyze data from both Workday and third-party sources.

Business Objects update adds stability, data source support
SAP has unveiled a new version of its Business Objects BI software suite that features support for more than 140 data sources and the promise of more stable deployments.

New SAP-Accenture partnership will give customers one throat to choke
Long-time partners SAP and Accenture are deepening their relationship with a new offering that calls for Accenture to serve as a single point of contact on projects involving SAP's HANA in-memory database platform and Accenture's own intellectual property.

Salesforce.com's Benioff lays out future strategies
Salesforce.com's second-quarter earnings conference call featured the usual dose of chest-thumping by CEO Marc Benioff as the company posted US$957 million in revenue and raised its full fiscal year forecast to at least $4 billion.

HP introduces SAP HANA based cloud service
Hewlett-Packard has introduced a cloud service around SAP's HANA in-memory database, targeting customers who want to analyze big data.

SAP user group lobbying leads to more flexible on-premises licensing policy
SAP has made the second change to its software licensing policies within a month following a long-term lobbying effort by user groups, and while the move will give customers more flexibility, certain limitations apply.

How analytics tools measure a corporate turnaround
SAP's HANA database and other tools power an executive dashboard at struggling medical device maker Boston Scientific

SAP takes fight to Salesforce.com, Oracle with social intelligence app
Many companies have begun using specialized software to analyze what people are saying about their products and services on social media, and now SAP says it can help them match up individuals' social profiles with customer history data from CRM (customer relationship management) systems.

SAP creates LAVA 'design language' to heat up analytics
SAP's Business Objects BI (business intelligence) product line may soon begin receiving a visual overhaul based on a new "design language" or methodology called LAVA (Lightweight Applied Visual Analytics).

Lawmakers, SAP pointing fingers over failed payroll project
The failure of a massive payroll project involving SAP software has California lawmakers, state officials and the vendor pointing fingers of blame at each other.

IT careers: Does it pay to become a brand specialist?
Hitching your wagon to the latest 'it' technology can lead to lucrative pay and compelling job opportunities, but it's not without risk. dBase developer, anyone?

Here's the data on pay, perks, gender and visas of SAP workers
A survey of nearly 1,200 SAP professionals in the U.S. has produced some interesting details about what they are paid, where they work, how many of them use visas, and what their job expectations are.

Buried in software licensing
IT leaders are fed up with the perpetual-license-plus-maintenance approach to enterprise software purchases, and they're tired of running on the upgrade treadmill simply for the sake of keeping their software maintenance status current. Here's a look at how they're breaking free.

SAP ERP users get more options to improve UI
Options are growing for SAP ERP customers that want to snazz up the system's screens, both for the enjoyment of end-users and improved productivity.

SAP outlines plans for Hybris, push into 'omni-commerce'
SAP has given customers a peek into how it will compete with the likes of Oracle and IBM in the growing market around CEM (customer experience management) software with the acquisition of commerce software vendor Hybris.

The SEC is investigating how IBM reports cloud revenues
IBM is the subject of a probe by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission into how it reports revenue related to its cloud computing business, the vendor revealed Wednesday.

SAP expands partner program for app development
SAP has broadened its partner program for companies that want to develop applications using its technology and then sell them through the SAP online store.

SAP execs explain plan for co-CEO Snabe's departure, and the return to single CEO structure
SAP's pending return to a single CEO structure is the right move at the right time, according to co-founder and Chairman Hasso Plattner and co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe, who is planning to leave his post next May and join the company's Supervisory Board.

SAP co-CEO Snabe to step down in 2014
SAP co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe will leave his post in May 2014 to become a member of the enterprise software vendor's supervisory board, leaving Bill McDermott as sole CEO.

Wall Street Beat: Software a bright spot as tech results bring gloom
Though software sales provided a ray of light in otherwise mixed results this week, gloom settled over the tech sector Friday in the wake of bellwether IT quarterly earnings reports.

SAP reveals road map details for its HANA in-memory platform
SAP has provided an extensive window into the future direction of its HANA in-memory database platform, which has emerged as the central pillar of the company's product strategy.

SAP posts growth but lowers outlook in main software business
SAP reported revenue growth in the second quarter driven by growth in cloud subscriptions and revenue from support and its HANA in-memory database.

SAP's Q2: The hot topics
SAP is set to release its second-quarter results on Thursday, and as usual market watchers will be paying close attention given the vendor's bellwether status within the enterprise software market.

So, a comic walks into a tech convention
Go to a technology event or corporate meeting these days and you're bound to hear from a guest speaker. It's often someone like a retired politician telling war stories, or a new-age management guru delivering a thinly veiled pitch for their latest book.

Ex-Business Objects CEO's startup focuses on workforce analytics
After leaving his post as CEO of SAP's Business Objects division about three years ago, John Schwarz had a revelation.

Oracle quietly slashes BI software prices
Oracle has quietly cut the list price of its flagship BI (business intelligence) Foundation Suite significantly, possibly in response to increased market competition.

Microsoft CRM update to focus on marketing, mobility and usability
Microsoft is preparing to launch a new version of its Dynamics CRM software that will include improved mobile applications and integrations with Yammer, Skype and the company"s MarketingPilot marketing automation software.

Will BYOD Give Rise to the Enterprise Genius Bar?
As the evasion of consumer tech changes IT, it makes sense that support for consumer devices would start to reflect the retail experience. Think Apples Genius Bar. Mike Burgio of Inergex, an IT services firm, talks about why IT leaders need to think about hitting the bar.

Oracle 12c database arriving 'within two weeks,' Fusion launch on deck
Oracle's long-awaited 12c database has apparently received a firm launch date, with a company executive stating that it will be released 'within the next two weeks.';

Data center outage takes French state financial system offline for four days
The French government's accounts payable system, Chorus, is back online after a four-day outage, the French State Financial Computing Agency (AIFE) announced Monday.

Oracle's Ellison spills beans on upcoming SAP HANA competitor and Database 12c plans
Oracle hasn't even officially released its 12c database yet, but CEO Larry Ellison has already revealed plans for the version that will follow, 12.1c, which apparently will be Oracle's most direct response yet to SAP's HANA in-memory platform.

CIOs bemoan lock-in and the 'false flexibility' of the cloud
Despite the promise of portability from service providers, the reality of the cloud for big customers is a similar type of lock-in as they experience with on-premise apps vendors such as Oracle and SAP, two CIOs said Tuesday.

Microsoft Dynamics ERP software now available on the Azure cloud
Microsoft is upping the stakes in the growing market for cloud-based ERP, with its Dynamics GP 2013 and NAV 2013 products now available for deployment on its Azure service.

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SAP launches cloud services on HANA in-memory DB

The SAP HANA cloud platform is growing fast. SAP (NYSE:SAP) has launched a developer platform, a cloud-based service to quickly instantiate a service, and a training-focused community site. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ponder the German competition for Oracle, und so weiter.

The Small Business Web vs. the enterprise suite

I spent the last couple of days at a high energy gathering of the Small Business Web, an organization dedicated to helping small businesses grow through an expanding network of integrated Web applications. The idea is that small pieces of software, loosely joined together, will unleash the same sort of innovation for small businesses that the so called "Open Web" has brought to consumers. Contrast this vision with today's reality of providing large enterprises with on-premise software: my years in that industry convinced me that the dominance of these "Enterprise Suites" has cost us at least 10 years of innovation in the enterprise software industry. Why? Here are just three key differences between Enterprise Suites and the Small Business Web.

Not really a retirement gift, but it felt that way

This IT manager pilot fish is heading for retirement, but there's one big project that's still on his to-do list.

Microsoft takes off the kid gloves in the battle for the cloud

Microsoft showed today just how serious it is about dominating cloud services, paying companies $150 per seat to switch to its cloud-based Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, and launching a cutting, tongue-in-cheek video ad targeting VMWare's virtualization tools. INSIDER (free registration requested)

Deploying enterprise mobility -- best practicies

Once organizations have determined what they have, the next step should be to engage the business units to understand their requirements and what mobility means to them to do their job effectively.

SAP fined $1.3B in Oracle copyright infringement case

Ex-subsidiary TomorrowNow's theft from Oracle; Larry Ellison wanted blood and he got it: trial jury awards double SAP's last quarter Larry Ellison (Oracle)profits.
A jury has fined SAP $1.3 billion in a copyright infringement case brought by Oracle. The court ruled that TomorrowNow, an SAP subsidiary, stole Oracle software and customers. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers run the numbers. Not to mention Real-time body distortion, made with Cinder and Kinect...
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Will the iPad take BI to a new dimension?

Could an iPad really take business intelligence somewhere it has never been before? Well, there are three major reasons that this could actually happen. I need to find a balance between the market hype and my own native cynicism.

Where the rubber hits the road for Sales 2.0

SAP, Microsoft, Oracle, and the other legacy CRM gorillas shared their vision for Sales 2.0 with the world yesterday, at the Sales & Marketing 2.0 Conference in San Francisco. My beef? We're talking about all the right ideas, built on exactly the wrong technology. SAP is a great example. During the Q&A, one SAP customer in the audience summed up the experience of many: "It's been a disaster," she said of their SAP implementation.

Leo Apotheker is HP CEO: quick thoughts

Léo Apotheker (HP)So HP has finally named its replacement for the "disgraced" Mark Hurd. The new President and CEO is Leo Apotheker. Who? Here are few prescriptions for his tenure at Bill & Dave's. Also, reactions from around the Web, in The Long View...
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Which white knight will save Novell?

Investors pray for a quick payday. Wall Street's view? No way.

Feel the pain

This SAP admin isn't really supposed to be troubleshooting problems with the SAP client on users' desktops. But he occasionally gets calls from bewildered techs who don't know how SAP works, so he tries to help.

Think business doesn't care about the iPhone? Think again.

Hot on the heels of the startling revelation that iPhone users are browsing more webpages than Windows Mobile, Symbian, Blackberry and Palm users combined, some major enterprise players are lining up behind the hit Apple device.