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Articles by Mary Hayes Weier
posted in January 2009
I received a few analyst research notes yesterday following SAP's announcement of quarterly earnings, and its plan to reduce its 51,536-strong global workforce by 3,000 heads. I thought I'd share with you the most interesting tidbits, including one analyst's observation about the cultural barriers SAP faces with upcoming layoffs.
The small SaaS vendor wants to play in the big leagues. But first it must prove it can be profitable.
A team of InformationWeek editors sat down earlier this month with Oracle president Charles Phillips, a very busy man who has done very few press interviews. I really appreciated his time because I thought Phillips was the best person at Oracle to speak directly to some discontent I've been hearing about the software industry's maintenance fee structure.
Microsoft will discontinue PerformancePoint Server as an independent product and is exiting the market for standalone corporate performance management software.
Release 16 is expected to include four types of monthly subscriptions and alternatives to multitenancy and set-in-stone maintenance scheduling.
Larry Ellison's right-hand man explains why software costs so much, what to expect from the upcoming Fusion Apps, his views on President Barack Obama, and more.
It appears Oracle is doing some layoffs, with one analyst putting the number at 1% of the company's 85,000-strong global workforce. Oracle is perhaps the most financially healthy company in the software business. If it's worried about maintaining its strong profit margins, this is one of the biggest indications yet of a downturn in the software applications sales and services industry.
Motor City carmakers GM and Ford are under pressure to produce hybrids and electric vehicles to compete with upstart carmakers out of Silicon Valley and China. Check out our photo gallery.
Salesforce.com went down worldwide for about 40 minutes Tuesday, marking the company's first notable service disruption in months. There's never a good time for a service disruption, but this one seems particularly ill-timed, given Oracle's sudden bloodthirsty gaze on Salesforce.com's customer base.
But Bill McDermott admits his company is forging ahead with Business ByDesign and expects to update customers at the Sapphire Conference in May.
Software as a service is making headway, but can't yet be called a game-changer in the enterprise software market. Here's what must happen for SaaS to gain wider acceptance in 2009.