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SAP takes steps to simplify pricing and licensing
It took some time and considerable internal effort, but SAP says it has made good on a pledge to simplify its software pricing and licensing model.

Rimini Street did steal Oracle's intellectual property, judge says
A federal judge has dismissed a defamation claim against Oracle by third-party support vendor Rimini Street, saying Oracle was telling the truth when it accused the company of "massive theft" of its software.

SAP makes it cheaper, easier for customers to use Hana in certain scenarios
SAP has relaxed hardware requirements for using its Hana in-memory database platform for development and testing, in a move that could make existing Hana customers' operations easier and less expensive while also generating more Hana sales.

Some SAP customers scratching their heads over how to use Hana, survey finds
Despite years of hype, some SAP customers remain puzzled over how the vendor's Hana in-memory computing platform can fit into their IT strategies, a newly released survey from the Americas' SAP Users' Group has found.

In search of a social site that doesn't lie
Mike Elgan would like to find a social network that doesn't lie to users, doesn't experiment on users without their clear knowledge, and delivers by default all the posts of the people they follow.

Some SAP users remain unhappy with Enterprise Support prices
SAP is struggling to convince some customers that a pricier support service it introduced several years ago provides additional value compared to the standard support option.

Rimini Street keeps growing despite specter of Oracle lawsuit
Rimini Street is continuing to rapidly grow revenue for its third-party software support business despite its ongoing litigation with Oracle.

SAP CEO talks Oracle, Hana and life in Germany
SAP CEO Bill McDermott is going on two months as the first American to hold the company's top job, and has been quick to make his mark with a pledge to simplify the company's software, operations and interactions with customers.

SAP raises cloud revenue forecast after Q2 business soars
SAP reported strong growth in cloud revenue in the second quarter, while its software revenue continued to fall, reflecting a shift in the market from on-premises software and services to applications delivered through the cloud on a subscription model.

Apple-IBM deal threatens Android's enterprise push
The new Apple-IBM partnership seems sure to help Apple sell more iPads to businesses, but it may also be setting off alarm bells at mobile device management companies large and small.

Are Messaging Apps the Future of Social Networking?
Messaging apps like WhatsApp and Snapchat are at the perfect crossroads of mobile and social. These apps are simple and ubiquitous with some subscriber bases already in the hundreds of millions of users.

The big questions about SAP's Q2
SAP is set to announce its preliminary second-quarter results Thursday and apart from a look into its finances, the occasion also presents a chance for media and analysts to probe SAP's top executives for clues to the company's future plans and strategies.

Google, Dropbox band together to fight patent trolls
Google, Dropbox and a few other high-tech firms have come up with a new way to help defend themselves against patent trolls.

Microstrategy simplifies licensing, pricing in bid for growth
Hoping to win new business and build loyalty among existing customers, business intelligence software vendor MicroStrategy has broadly revamped its pricing and packaging structure.

Apps will drive public cloud spending to double-digit growth
Global spending on public cloud services reached US$45.7 billion last year and will experience a 23 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018, according to analyst firm IDC.

Here's why Oracle thinks Micros is worth $5.3B
Oracle's pending acquisition of retail and hospitality technology vendor Micros is its biggest since scooping up Sun Microsystems in 2010, which begs questions about why it's willing to pay so much.

Big SAP customers eager to move to the cloud
Some of SAP's largest customers plan to nearly double what they now spend on cloud deployments in the next year -- good news for a company that is trying to position itself as a key player in that market -- according to research commissioned by IT services provider HCL.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison wades into the in-memory database wars
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is taking the fight to IBM, Microsoft and SAP in the burgeoning in-memory database market with a new option the company says can deliver dramatic performance boosts without requiring changes to applications.

SAP remains tight-lipped on cloud extension policy adoption
SAP refused to disclose the amount of companies who have extended their on-premise services to the cloud through the cloud extension policy launched last summer, the company said the numbers were irrelevant.

SAP after Sapphire: A look ahead
As software vendors tend to do during their big annual user conferences, SAP made a lot of promises to customers this week at Sapphire. The overarching theme was a desire to make SAP's software simpler and its customers' lives easier.

A new approach in luring top tech talent: Streamlining the hiring process
Free snacks and on-site video games may help companies attract skilled IT workers, but speeding up the hiring cycle is also important. Drawn-out employee searches frustrate IT managers and prompt good candidates to accept jobs elsewhere.

SAP goes full steam ahead on Hana, the cloud and 'simple' software
A couple of things became clear during SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner's keynote at the Sapphire conference Wednesday: SAP remains fully committed to the Hana in-memory computing platform, as well as its push into SaaS (software as a service).

SAP relents, will provide new UI technology at no extra charge
Bowing to pressure from customers and competitors, SAP will provide a series of recently released, next-generation user interface technologies at no extra charge.

SAP unveils plan for 'simple' cloud financial app suite
SAP is taking a big step into SaaS with Simple Finance, a set of applications based on its in-memory Hana Enterprise Cloud platform.

SAP set to add cloud services for vertical industries
SAP is hoping to grab a bigger piece of the money its customers spend on cloud-based software by creating a new series of industry-specific services.

Facebook request for EU WhatsApp antitrust review could streamline process
Facebook is reportedly requesting that the European Commission review its pending WhatsApp acquisition, in what is likely an effort to avoid multiple, parallel antitrust scrutiny in several countries.

How far are you willing to go to spy on your employees' smartphones?
The ultimate eavesdropping solution for people who want to see what their employees, kids or spouse are doing on their Android (or jailbroken iPhone) smartphone.

SAP ships updated mobile app development tools
SAP AG Thursday announced the general availability of SAP Mobile Platform 3.0, a common software development kit (SDK) for developers to build apps for use by consumers, business partners as well as employees.

Oracle set to launch in-memory database option
Oracle could be gearing up to make an anticipated in-memory computing option for its flagship 12c database generally available after hyping it for the better part of a year, judging from an upcoming appearance by CEO Larry Ellison.

SAP to buy SeeWhy for targeted marketing tech
SAP is scooping up SeeWhy, maker of real-time targeted marketing software, in a bid to flesh out the omni-channel commerce platform it gained through last year's acquisition of Hybris.

SAP apps heading to Microsoft Azure cloud
Microsoft and SAP's long-standing partnership is being strengthened with the pending certification of SAP's ERP (enterprise resource planning) software for deployment on the Azure cloud infrastructure service.

After recent turmoil, questions loom for SAP at Sapphire
You could look at SAP's recent flurry of eye-opening news -- high-profile executive departures, reorganizations and most recently, a layoff announcement -- as a negative thing, given they come just weeks before the company's big Sapphire conference in Orlando.

For entry-level tech jobs, managers care more about passion for IT than a diploma
Class of 2014 college graduates looking for their first IT jobs take note: Your passion for technology and experience may prove more helpful in your employment search than your diplomas.

Oracle wants its $1.3B pound of flesh in unique SAP theft case
Oracle has asked an appeals court to reinstate a $1.3 billion jury award against SAP for what an Oracle lawyer on Tuesday called "the most massive and brazen copyright infringement in history."

SAP to cut unspecified number of jobs in workforce restructuring
SAP is trimming an unspecified number of workers as part of an effort to restructure its overall skill set.

NetSuite plans to revamp its its cloud ERP software UI
NetSuite is overhauling its cloud ERP software's user interface, hoping to keep pace at a time when consumer-like experiences are increasingly becoming the norm in enterprise applications.

Lawson Software to pay $5.8M to end SEC insider trading complaint
Three founders of Lawson Software have agreed to pay about $5.8 million to settle insider trading charges in connection with Infor's 2011 acquisition of the company.

ERP vendor Epicor is on the block for $3.5B
Epicor has been put up for sale by private equity firm Apax Partners, which is hoping to get up to $3.5 billion for the ERP (enterprise resource planning) vendor, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, but analysts say it's difficult to pin down who might be interested in buying it.

SAP users hail upcoming support services overhaul
SAP's recently announced plans to overhaul its support services have user groups giving the thumbs up, although it may be some time before many customers feel a big difference.

Workday takes another shot at Oracle, SAP with recruiting app
Workday is expanding its competitive assault against Oracle and SAP with the general availability of Workday Recruiting, an application for finding the most qualified internal and external job candidates.

SAP after departure of tech chief Sikka: The big questions
The abrupt departure of SAP technology chief Vishal Sikka has prompted a number of questions about the vendor's strategy, particularly in regard to the Hana in-memory computing platform, and what it could mean for customers.

SAP exec Sikka steps down in management shakeup
SAP technology chief Vishal Sikka, champion of the company's Hana in-memory computing platform, is leaving the company in a major management shakeup shortly before co-CEO Bill McDermott is expected to be named sole CEO.

Oracle to allow customers to swap software for cloud services
Oracle will allow customers to convert money they're now spending on annual support for on-premises into software subscriptions for its SaaS (software as a service) applications, in a bid to block defections to competitors such as Workday and Salesforce.com.

SAP's Ariba to get an in-memory energy boost with Hana
SAP is making good on a promise to migrate its Ariba e-commerce software to the Hana in-memory computing platform, and says an initial step has already produced staggering performance improvements.

Terix says Oracle wants an illegal monopoly on Solaris support, files suit
An independent Solaris OS support provider has countersued Oracle for unfair competition and violation of U.S. antitrust laws.

San Diego's SAP system has tripled some employees' workloads
San Diego's $50 million SAP system has ended up tripling employees' workloads for certain types of tasks, but the city has also failed to devote enough attention to training, according to a consultant's report released earlier this month.

Open source pitfalls -- and how to avoid them
It's hard to imagine a company these days that isn't using open source software somewhere, whether it's Linux running a company's print and web servers, the Firefox browser on user desktops, or the Android operating system on mobile devices.

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.

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Lunch -- the hard way

This systems analyst pilot fish is trying to keep things working at a manufacturing plant in the southern U.S. -- and management isn't making it easy.

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.