Enterprise Software

The enterprise software market features massive players like SAP and Oracle and customers that are beginning to question their license fees. Can enterprise software companies count on ever-increasing maintenance revenue streams. The enterprise software field is massive and includes Microsoft, IBM, BMC Software, CA and dozens of other players both large and small.

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The Future Of... Bus Stops

Tired of wondering when your ride will arrive? ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das explains how the Eyestop could forever change that waiting game for the better. A mix of smooth steel, clear curved glass and technology, this artful creation from the minds at MIT Media Lab could make your ride a little easier by telling you how many minutes until you can board, the fastest route to your destination and more.

November 30, 2009

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Salesforce demos Service Cloud 2

At Dreamforce Global Gathering 2009 in San Francisco, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Kraig Swensrud, senior vice president of product marketing, show attendees the company's new customer service software, Service Cloud 2. The new tool helps businesses connect their traditional call center technologies with social media applications through a cloud computing infrastructure.

November 18, 2009

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Salesforce CEO chatters about new social media platform

At Dreamforce Global Gathering 2009 in San Francisco, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and technology head Parker Harris show attendees Chatter, a new collaboration and social media tool built for the enterprise. Benioff says the new tool will leverage social-networking models and bring them into a secure and private cloud where people, content, and applications will have profile feeds and groups.

November 18, 2009

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Adobe CTO: Flash in the future

At the NewTeeVee Live conference in San Francisco, Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch talks about how the company’s Flash software is coming to new devices such as game consoles, smartphones, and TVs. Lynch says Adobe is working with chip vendors and TV manufacturers on a variety of different television platforms to bring more interactivity to the living room.

November 17, 2009

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GE shows off mini ultrasound device

At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, GE Chief Executive Jeff Immelt introduces a handheld ultrasound gadget called Vscan. Immelt believes that the new device will be make it easier for clinicians to monitor the human body in a variety of settings, including countries where medical professionals cannot afford larger imaging systems. Immelt also reveals new electronic medical-records software on which the company is working.

October 21, 2009

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Oracle announces Exadata 2

At Oracle's OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, CEO Larry Ellison previews the company's Exadata Version 2 computer. He says the new database computer is designed for online transaction processing and data warehousing. He adds that Exadata 2 can do faster processing at a much lower cost than can its biggest competitor, IBM.

October 14, 2009

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HP: Printing just ain't what it used to be

ZDNet Senior Editor Sam Diaz shares his views on the recent news that Hewlett-Packard's printing and imaging reported a 20 percent decline in the third quarter of 2009. He says companies such as Facebook are cutting into HP's printer business with online photo-sharing tools.

August 26, 2009

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Freemium: The first business model of the 21st century

At the Revenue Bootcamp Conference in Mountain View, Calif., Chris Anderson, author of "Free: The Future of a Radical Price," discusses how different companies use the free-to-premium, or freemium model to not only make money, but often keep customers at a higher rate than fully paid services. There are many economies--ones of status, time, information and more--and the trick is to get people to trade their money for one of them.

July 15, 2009

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Going from free to premium

How do you get your customers to pay for what they already get for free? Panelists at the Revenue Bootcamp Conference stress listening to your users, doing lots of testing, and not being afraid to make mistakes in the beginning. Panelists include Will Harvey, co-founder and chairman of IMVU; Scott Hintz, co-founder of TripIt; and Alice Lankester, former vice president of marketing at Photobucket. Moderator: Joyce Chung of Garage Technology Ventures.

July 14, 2009

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Is AT&T slowly dethroning the almighty iPhone?

ZDNet Senior Editor Sam Diaz shares his views on the release of Apple's new iPhone 3G S. Diaz says there is a dark shadow being cast over the new device because of its exclusive relationship with carrier AT&T, while users complain about two-year contracts and lack of support for MMS messaging.

June 23, 2009

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