USA Today had an interesting article today that calls into question a few of the doomsday scenarios that have dominated US policy-makers and those for whom policy has been made over the last decade or so. And in the process America’s newspaper debunks some stupid policy issues on the subject of offshore drilling, offshore manufacturing, among others.
You’d think, based on the timing, that Oracle was trying to deliberately make a PR run on what was looking like, and turned out to be, some pretty good news for SAP. The day before SAP’s nice looking Q2 earnings call, Oracle upped the ante in its lawsuit against SAP by claiming more direct executive involvement in the alleged theft of Oracle support IP by the now defunct TomorrowNow.
When Shai Agassi called me in early 2005, he asked me a loaded question: How would I respond if SAP decided to take the fight to Oracle by providing third party maintenance for Oracle’s recently acquired PeopleSoft customers? I told him it would be an incredibly aggressive move, but that SAP would have a lot of trouble proving it had a credible offering for PeopleSoft customers.
I came away from this week's Microsoft Worldwide Partner (WPC) conference convinced, finally, that the future of Vista is assured in the enterprise. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't because of anything Microsoft said -- the combined mea culpa/back atcha delivered by Microsoft's Brad Brooks, the Corporate Vice President in charge of Vista's rehabilitation, isn't what swayed me.
I spend a lot of time tracking the deskless souls who inhabit the workworld, the factory workers, nurses and others who spend more time on their feet and less time on their butts than the rest of us.
Once upon a time, when Bill Gates still flew commercial and I was a budding journalist in need of a haircut, I had a number of opportunities to interview and otherwise interact with Bill Gates. It was often contentious, always intriguing, and more often than not frustrating as well.
As the resident Salesforce.com basher at ZDNet, it is with some smugness that I am watching the birth of a fellow naysayer on the future of Salesforce.
Having just read that Google is taking up residence at Moffett Field, a storied air base in Mountain View that is home to NASA's Ames Research Center, among others, I realized there's a great opportunity for Google to learn a little about high end security, at least the kind that secures a perimeter, fends off unwarranted access, and punishes miscreants with true Old Testament fervor.
It’s common knowledge that, when trying to find a true market leader in mid-market enterprise software, the “other” category is by far the largest, despite the efforts of Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, Lawson, Infor, and pretty much any vendor with dreams of high volume sales to capture true market dominance.But a dominant position has already been established by the one vendor no one mentions in the surveys, mostly because that vendor’s products are so ubiquitous.
A year ago I predicted that, right about this time, Salesforce.com would start to look a little shabby, a whole lot shabbier than it indeed looks at this time.
Amidst the PR blitz and the blizzard of 1:1 meetings that constitute the foreground experience of SAP's Sapphire user conference this week (see Larry's coverage here, and Dennis' coverage here), there's an interesting back story emerging.
In the wake of the brouhaha surrounding the delayed rollout of Business ByDesign and the allegations of technical difficulties (the thread in the Enterprise Irregulars discussion was called BBD=DOA?), I spoke to Hans-Peter Klaey and Jeff Stiles, the two men at SAP responsible for bringing BBD, and the rest of the company’s SMB portfolio, to market.
The news that SAP is delaying the roll-out of Business ByDesign – and that its last quarter, while decent, failed to meet analyst estimates – is the perfect preamble to this post: With Leo Apotheker slated to assume to mantle of SAP by the end of the year, his mandate – and challenges – couldn’t be made more clear than the juxtaposition of this news.
The official GA release of Microsoft's CRM Online offering is next week, and with it comes a new chapter in the life of Salesforce.com.
Like the inner tube with the pinhole leak that suddenly explodes, the hissing of rumors coming out of the much-hyped April 14 "important announcement" by Salesforce.com has finally blasted out something of substance: a purported deal to resell or otherwise feature Google's Apps as part of the Salesforce.