I've just finished a conversation with Andreas von Bechtolsheim, Sun's co-founder, who is in London this week for IP Expo, at which he was speaking about Arista and its high-performance 10 gigabit datacentre switches.Bechtolsheim was happy to speak openly about his regrets over the Oracle acquisition of what was his baby.
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Oracle president Charles Phillips' remarks on a recent visit to London are full of ... well, what can I say? -- the most egregious misconceptions (or should that be misrepresentations?) of the SaaS model. I take issue in particular with four of Phillips' assertions.
PeopleSoft CEO, and former Oracle executive, Craig Conway can dish it out. While in London he attributed Oracle's hostile takeover bid to Larry Ellison's rabid jealousy over PeopleSoft's merger with J.
In a trial being held this weekend, U.K. voters for the first time will cast their ballots online. Voters in Sopwell and Verulam, two electoral wards in St. Albans, are taking part in the experiment during local elections. They will be able to vote online over the weekend even though the actual local election won't be held until May 2. In an attempt to prevent malpractice, every Sopwell and Verulam voter has been issued a unique "voter identification number" and will enter a personal identification number when placing their vote. The trial is an attempt to test ways of voting electronically. Public participation in the electoral process is perceived to be declining, and advocates believe Internet voting could encourage more people to take part in the democratic process. The St. Alban's project is funded by the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions, with the involvement of Oracle and British Telecommunications. ZDNet U.K.'s Graeme Wearden reported from London. To read the full story, visit ZDNet U.K.
Software start-up Evolve has appointed former Oracle Vice President Linda Zecher as its chief executive and president, Evolve said Tuesday. The company, launched in 1995, sells software that helps service companies, such as system integrators and consulting organizations, track and control their projects and labor costs. Zecher, who started her new post Tuesday, replaces interim-CEO Lin Johnstone, who is leaving the Emeryville, Calif.-based company to return to her home in London after five months with the company. At Oracle, Zecher spent five years running a $1.3 billion division of Oracle that sells business applications to services companies. She has also held management positions at PeopleSoft and Bank of America. Evolve competes in the services automation market with Portera, Niku, Opus 360 and PeopleSoft. --Alorie Gilbert, Special to ZDNet News
LONDON--SuSE Linux's operating system has been validated for Oracle's new 9i database software, which was officially launched late last week after several delays.The German Linux seller hopes moving onto 9i will broaden its reach into enterprises, since Oracle has the leading database market share and 9i is its flagship product.
LONDON (Reuters) - Oracle Corp is set to launch a product tolet consumers shop electronically from any existing mobilephone, a move which it believes could rapidly triple the numberof Internet shoppers worldwide, the company said Thursday.
Mediasurface, a new Web publishing system from the UK is expected to make a splash at Seybold this week, throwing down a challenge to industrial strength Web site publishing systems such as Vignette. Produced by a London-based company, also called Mediasurface, the system is under evaluation by high-profile European Web publishers, including Reuters, Oxford University Press and CNN.
UK palmtop vendor Psion has received a boost with the news that Oracle will develop a key piece of remote communications software for the London-based firm's EPOC platform.Under the terms of the agreement Oracle will develop its Mobile Agents software to work with Psion Series 3 and Workabout handheld computers.
A packed first-day crowd at the Windows NT '96 show in London today testified to the growing importance of the operating system. An overall attendance of 15-20,000 is expected for the event which runs through until Friday and hosts stands from over 80 companies including AST, Compaq, Computer Associates, Digital, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Novell, Oracle, US Robotics and, of course, Microsoft itself.
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