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Into the SMB Breach -- This Time with Feeling

It seems that everyone in the enterprise software market is after the great untapped riches that are allegedly there for the taking in the so-called mid-market. SAP, trying to put some luster on a bad quarter, announced its new A1S mid-market program just recently, with some fabulous goals in mind, including tens of thousands of new customers and a whole lot of revenue redemption.

February 16, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum

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SAP CEO Stays Put for the Right Reasons

It's easy to ponder what a German supervisory board is thinking from several thousand miles away, and more than one of my fellow bloggers has speculated that Henning Kagermann's tenure was extended mostly because there was no one to succeed him. That's kind of a "glass-half-empty" view of the situation, let me try another perspective (again.

February 15, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum


The Model Modeler: SOA On the March at IDS Scheer

It may not be proper protocol to blog about an event I'm not attending, but here goes: Wrapping up tomorrow is a user conference I would have attended if cloning had been invented in time, if only for the ability to judge from a front row seat the forward progress that SOA and process modeling are making.

February 7, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum


Oracle Unlimited and Fusion Futures

Tomorrow, Jan. 31, Oracle will host a major shindig in New York intended to further define its product plans for the core products -- PeopleSoft, Oracle E-business Suite, JD Edwards, and Siebel -- that it is maintaining and upgrading as part of its Applications Unlimited program.

January 30, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum


SAP's Bad Quarter and the Tsunami's Low Tide

While I was a little surprised to see SAP's miss its numbers -- and, let's be honest, the miss was more because of the weakness of the dollar than any other single factor -- I was even more surprised by the piling on of comments regarding the so-called strategic shortcomings in SAP's product plans, particularly around SOA.

January 12, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum


SAP's Succession Debate: To Soon To Tell

The enterprise software collective subconscious is working hard trying to figure out what will happen when SAP's top management faces some forthcoming deadlines about who is to succeed CEO Henning Kagermann in coming years.

January 10, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum


NCR Exits the Data Warehouse Market: See You Later, Teradater?

I always wondered what NCR was doing owning Teradata's data warehouse business -- after all NCR makes cash registers, point of sales machines, and all manner of self-service kiosks and the like. Meanwhile, Teradata makes massive sanitary landfills of data, the dumping grounds for terabytes of formerly useful data now rendered largely useless by the sheer size of their new combined mass.

January 8, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum


Oracle Losing the Transparency War. Microsoft Trying Too.

Yesterday's release of Oracle's most recent financials continued to push Oracle into a race for last place in the world of corporate transparency. Its disclosures were full of all sorts of information, except the information needed to really assess how well the company's acquisition strategy is doing.

December 19, 2006 by Joshua Greenbaum