After hearing that Oracle was acquiring Customer Relationship Management (CRM) titan Siebel Systems this morning, I shot off an email to Marc Benioff, CEO at CRM on-demand darling salesforce.com to see what he had to say.
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In a deal valued at $5.8 billion, Oracle Corporation has completed the sequel to this morning's merger mania (the first part being eBay's acquisition of Skype) by acquiring Customer Relationship Management solution provider Siebel Systems.
The rumors were apparently true. At 7:15am this morning, eBay's PR counsel distributed a press release announcing that eBay is indeed buying Skype for $2.
Stephen Shankland has the scoop on Sun's new Galaxy family of Opteron servers, which will be introduced on Monday morning. Sun is claiming that these x86 servers will be the fastest, most energy-efficient and reliable systems.
Web 2.0 Explorer Richard MacManus blogs about Microsoft's new Web platform strategy.
In my quest for the perfect notebook that could double as both my production system to get my job done as well as a test system for a year's worth (or more) of testing Microsoft Windows "Vista64" (see our new blog: Microsoft vistulations), I've been playing around with the idea of using virtual machine (VM) technology like VMware Workstation 5 to minimize the headaches of having to re-provision my production setup (in the event that the test setup destroys it).
Ever since I was asked at a Comdex (sometime around the turn of the century) to make a prediction, I've been predicting the end of the PalmOS (here's a Google search that gets you to most of that coverage). Back then, it was simply the birth of Microsoft's PocketPC operating system that inspired me to that bit of crystal ball gazing.
Continuing my last few days of Microsoft watching, I just viewed Robert Scoble's 16-minute interview with Bill Gates on Channel 9. Gates was very relaxed, and Scoble (famous blogger and a Microsoft evangelist) was admittedly a bit nervous.
The Dan & David Show: Microsoft Dynamics, CRM dramatics, an OpenDoc rant and introducing 'Vistulations'
In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, we go over the news of the week, including Google's hiring of Vint Cerf and the Apple/Motorola iTunes phone. We drill down on my visit to the Microsoft campus to hear from Bill and Steve all about the new focus on the mid-market and developing an ecosystem that spawns "micro-verticals" and leverages the Office suite and servers.
Software is part of so many products and services these days that it's hard to name many companies that do not have a software liability ... err, capability.