It's simple: Microsoft should make its online apps conform to real world requirements for data security and integrity, instead of the Google-uber-alles terms of service that Google sets forth for its Google Apps users. Having just added some new work group features, you think that Google would have gotten these issues figured out already.
Software analyst Josh Greenbaum's opinions on enterprise software have annoyed enough vendors that he now checks under the hood of his PC every morning before he boots up.
SAP's Business ByDesign has always suffered from a perception problem: SAP has said pretty much categorically that it will be only sold into the SMB market. This position has been stuck to steadfastly, despite lots of evidence that high-end customers would love to have some or all of BBD's functionality somewhere in their enterprise, either as an adjunct to the existing MySAP suite or as a stand alone system running in a subsidiary operation.
Can Microsoft/Yahoo beat Google? It could happen, in at least one highly strategic corner of the software and services market.
Marc Benioff's interview with the Wall Street Journal today has an interesting little tidbit about the value of his on-demand model, and what an astute investor could do with data about the usage of a service like Salesforce.com.
A little over a year ago, IBM tried one of its end runs around its partner SAP and announced a plan to provide Lotus Notes users with direct access to SAP’s R/3. While clearly intended to capitalize on phenomena like Duet – the Microsoft/SAP offering that makes Office a front-end to SAP’s Business Suite – Notes for SAP was also notable for the lack of cooperation between IBM and SAP on the deal.
Oracle finally nails BEA, SAP completes its deal to buy Business Objects: the day started out making a lot of sense. But when I heard that Sun had spent $1 billion to buy MySQL, I had to check the calendar.
Jeff Raikes is leaving Microsoft, and that means that once again, Microsoft Dynamics is a victim of the shifting sands and musical chairs at a Microsoft that seems less and less dedicated to its enterprise applications offerings.
SAP as a company has always been risk-averse, even as it takes some risky steps. But its perhaps most risky step ever – the acquisition of TomorrowNow – in 2005, has apparently turned the already anodyne company into an almost non-competitive stupor, and frankly, it’s becoming a problem.
Dan Farber’s rebuttal to my most recent post on Salesforce.com seems to miss the main point of my blog, and instead goes into an extensive discussion about a broader comparison between the two companies than I ever intended to make.
If you didn’t sit up and take notice when Dell bought privately held Everdream two weeks ago, you’ll be forgiven for overlooking an interesting but, on surface, less than earth-shattering deal that slipped by everyone’s noses in the week before Thanksgiving.But if you’re tracking software as a service, and in particular Salesforce.