Profile of Mary Hayes Weier
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Articles by Mary Hayes Weier
posted in November 2008
The question has been out there for some time: Will SAP and Oracle ever deliver software as a service to their large enterprise customers? The answer is, sort of.
ASUG, which had been dealing with member complaints about SAP price hikes, said Steven Strout's departure resulted from a "strategic decision" by the board of directors.
I recently provided some examples of how the death of GM or another automaker could impact the IT industry. Boy, I hit a nerve. Readers e-mailed me and posted comments at the blog, and their feelings on the topic ranged from the furious to the frightened.
The company has readied version 2.0 of Business ByDesign, but a broad-market push is too costly for SAP, incoming chief executive Leo Apotheker said.
The mob is waving its torches and shouting, "Let them die! Let those fat-cat, private-jet flying dinosaurs collapse in a heap of rust dust!" Based on what I've read on some social networking sites, some of the most opinionated on this topic reside in Silicon Valley. Yeah, OK, let GM or another U.S. automaker go under...and then watch how that impacts the industry you work in.
iPhone-loving business professionals can tap into corporate e-mail systems, customer contact lists, and accounting systems with these downloads from the iTunes App Store.
GM's Worldbook project standardizes data on engineering specs worldwide, to help GM build cars more quickly and at lower costs.
Zero-percent financing could become a popular incentive from software companies looking to make sales during a tough economy.
Oracle also said Siebel 8.1.1 will be the second major upgrade to Siebel's flagship CRM software since it was acquired more than two years ago.
Henning Kagermann indicated SAP's SaaS for large companies will look more like Microsoft's "software plus services" approach than Salesforce.com's "no software" tactic.
The presidential campaign ended last week, yet the Obama camp sent out another e-mail blast today asking supporters to fork over another donation -- this time to help pay off the debt of the Democratic National Committee. It makes me wonder if Obama will continue to use e-mail communications to get support, and money, from U.S. citizens well into his presidency to help fund federal initiatives.
The next release of Actuate's business intelligence software includes more support for its Eclipse Foundation project started four years ago.
A troubled economy, tight IT budgets, and pressure on software companies to deliver healthy profits have created a perfect storm for change to ERP software fees.
Salesforce.com's been talking a lot about cloud computing lately, but its own data center doesn't match the size of its ambitions. So, where would the additional infrastructure come from? The clouds created by this question cleared up a bit today with the unveiling of Salesforce.com's new big buddy: Amazon Web Services.