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Microsoft cuts ribbon on Euro cloud bit barn for Office 365, Azure

Microsoft has started to serve up Azure services from a new cloud region in Germany – operated under the supervision of a data trustee – to pitch for European punters with concerns about security and data sovereignty. Redmond's plans for expanding its cloud footprint were confirmed last year by CEO Satya Nadella, and included …
Paul Kunert, 21 Sep 2016
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SAP whacks application cracks, shutters baker's dozen of potential hacks

SAP has issued a baker's dozen of high, medium, and low-severity patches. The fixes cover four denial of service vulnerabilities, two sets of directory traversal and missing authorisation holes, a cross-site scripting and a SQL Injection flaw, and four miscellaneous security shortcomings. SAP does not include any detail about …
Darren Pauli, 10 Aug 2016

Larry Ellison, Oracle and litigation: A business that's not a business

Analysis Oracle's chalked up yet another stunning courtroom loss. In May, the database giant failed in its bid to have Google stump up $9bn on Android and stake a sweeping claim over APIs and how they're broadly used. And now, this week, Oracle was ordered to pay Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) $3bn for reneging on a commitment to …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Jul 2016
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Oracle: Cloud-first for 12.2 update – on-prem world will have to wait

Oracle is cranking up the pressure on customers to consume its wares as-a-service by initially distributing the updated 12.2 database on a cloud-only basis. Talk of the shift - that will prevent the company’s existing installed base of on-premise punters from accessing new multi tenancy functions - was first spotted across the …
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Tech firms reel from Leave's Brexit win

BREXIT Tech firms are reeling at British voters’ decision to leave the single European market. Firms are rattled as Gartner has forecast that Britain’s tech buyers will now stop spending in 2016 and 2017, turning earlier growth numbers negative. Also of concern, hiring of EU workers, uncertainty over VAT levels and possible new …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jun 2016

Vendors suspend tech orders as Brexit slaps Brit pound

BREXIT If there is one thing the IT industry despises it is uncertainty and there was lashing of the stuff poured across the UK following the Brexit vote. Most major vendors already came out in favour of the Remain camp - including Microsoft, IBM, HPE, SAP, EMC, Cisco and many others - the result was so unexpected for the community …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jun 2016
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All this Brexit talk derailed UK tech spending, right? That's a big fat NOPE

The monotonous EU referendum is having no detrimental affect on tech spending as reported by the UK’s largest distributors, official statistics seem to confirm. Despite the FUD emanating from both camps for months, and the noise getting even louder as Brits prepare to visit the voting booths, it seems all the fire-stoking has …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jun 2016
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Ex-SAP exec and pals accused of $500,000 insider trading scam

A former SAP executive and his associates allegedly ran an insider trading ring to net hundreds of thousands of dollars. Chris Salis was, until recently, global vice president and general manager for procurement at SAP. US financial watchdog the SEC claims he used his inside knowledge of SAP's takeover of Business Objects in …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jun 2016
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EMC, Cisco and pals nail colours to the EU Remain mast

American storage seller EMC is the latest tech tanker to tell the good burghers of Britain it wants the country to remain in the EU, and it even did so without mentioning Hitler or ISIS. Outgoing CEO Big Joe Tucci and execs at other big businesses including Cisco, Ford of Europe, Airbus, Mars, IBM UK and Microsoft UK signed a …
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2016
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Google: 'Here to stay on business cloud... but a long way to go'

Google is “very serious” about enterprise cloud – according to Google’s head of enterprise cloud. Diane Greene, Google senior vice president for enterprise business, is reported to have made the claim during a side-event at the firm’s annual I/O Conference in San Francisco, California. And, while she didn’t name names, Greene …
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2016
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Salesforce claims 'record' quarter record at Oracle and SAP's expense

Salesforce has claimed its “best ever” year opening - at the expense of Oracle and SAP - while committing a growing portion of its cloud to AWS. The SaaS provider bounced back into the black for the first three months of 2016, its fiscal 2017, reporting net income of $38m. Revenue was up 26.8 per cent to $1.91bn, leaving …
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2016
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AWS chucks 2TB X1 instances at SAP memory hogs

Amazon’s released AWS instances packing 2TB serving mega memory-hungry workloads such as SAP HANA. The cloud provider today uncorked its X1 instances, which were first announced in October. X1 instances use four Intel Xeon E7 2.3GHz processors with 10Gb per second of dedicated bandwidth and large L3 caches targeting high- …
Gavin Clarke, 18 May 2016
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Microsoft and SAP renew business vows in cloud

Microsoft and SAP are renewing their decades-old business intelligence and data partnership for cloud. SAP’s HANA elastic middleware will run on Microsoft’s Azure cloud with certified support. The agreement covers development, test and production workloads on SAP’s HANA and SAP S/4 HANA – the version of SAP’s enterprise suite …
Gavin Clarke, 17 May 2016
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Dell opens Oracle exit route for SAP data shops

Dell has turned its Oracle database migration suite into an exit out of Larry Ellison’s empire. Dell’s SharePlex Oracle-to-Oracle replication suite has been updated so that SAP customers can now jump from the Big Red One to the ERP giant’s Hana in-memory database. You can also use the Dell suite to move to EnterpriseDB …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2016
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NetSuite CEO: 'It will be $99 forever for every user'

NetSuite has ruled out following its business-apps-as-a service peer Salesforce in hiking prices for customers. Zach Nelson, chief executive since 2002, has fixed his firm's monthly per-user pricing – currently at $99 - in stone. Business-cloud software rival Salesforce has increased its core pricing, stable and barely changed …
Gavin Clarke, 09 May 2016
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Tim Cook signs SAP for iOS – SANA app pact

Apple and SAP are partnering to create native iOS apps for the enterprise firm's HANA platform. The pair plan an iOS SDK for HANA Cloud Platform, targeting those building enterprise apps on Apple’s iPhones and iPad using SAP’s platform-as-a-service. SAP will develop native apps using Swift, Apple’s two-year-old programming …
Gavin Clarke, 06 May 2016

EMC makes a LEAP forward with Virtustream and more

EMC World The first day of EMC World in Las Vegas caused announcement overload, with the Unity array top of the list, closely followed by a Virtustream storage cloud and more. The Virtustream Storage Cloud (VSC) is for enterprises and service providers to store data in the cloud, mission-critical data, says EMC. The data can come from …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2016
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Restaurant booked, flowers ordered ... Microsoft has a hot date for SQL Server 2016

Microsoft has announced that SQL Server 2016 for Windows will go into general availability on June 1 and is positioning it against Oracle on cost, security, and speed. The database management suite will come in three flavors – Enterprise, Standard, and Express – as well as a Developer SKU. Customers with a Microsoft Software …
Iain Thomson, 02 May 2016
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SAP HANA enterprise cloud might even turn a profit in 2017

SAP’s private cloud business, HANA Enterprise Cloud, will roll out of start-up mode – and stop being a loss-maker – this year. The German software giant’s private managed cloud will break even in 2017 as existing investments on features and infrastructure pay off, it said. SAP also plans new features for HEC in the next two …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2016
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SAP's results are a right Waldorf salad: Core sales dip, yet support biz is stable

SAP has confirmed a sudden and sharp drop in sales of its software with continued, escalating sales of cloud. Sales of new licences for its core, on-premises software fell 13 per cent in the first three months of 2016 to €609m, compared to the first quarter of 2015. It was a sharp about-turn given SAP closed the last three …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Apr 2016

Confirmed: Cisco did invest in SpringPath

When Cisco entered the hyperconverged product area with its SpringPath software-powered HyperFlex system, it had already invested money in SpringPath and gained board-level representation. Cisco VP for world-wide Data Center and Virtualization, Frank Palumbo, revealed this at a Data Centre partner meeting in Rome. The amount …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2016

SAP warns: Americas slowed our 2016 start

Europe’s largest software company has warned its first-quarter results could be weaker than expected, thanks to a slow start in the Americas. SAP announced preliminary first-quarter revenue results on Friday showing continued growth in cloud but a drop in new licences for on-premises software. New software licences for its …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Apr 2016
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Hyper-converged prospects? Thanks to firm-gobbling habit and OEM deal, Dell has 3

EMC-Dell deal Dell has three horses in the hyper-converged system race: VMware’s VSAN colt, EMC’s ScaleIO mustang and OEM’d Nutanix’s filly. Come 2017, VMware and EMC should be inside Dell and eyes will look quizzically at the Dell Nutanix OEM deal. Specifically, Dell says it has the broadest hyper-converged stable offering available from …
Chris Mellor, 05 Apr 2016
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IBM buys CRM SaaS firm – no, not Salesforce

IBM has snapped up an as-a-service CRM expert and, no, it has nothing to do with Salesfore. The giant has bought Microsoft Dynamics systems integrator partner Optevia for an undisclosed sum in a deal announced Friday morning. UK-based Optevia will be folded into IBM Global Business Services, which is seeing staff axed as part …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2016
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Attack! Run. WTF? A decade of enterprise class fear and uncertainty with AWS

Ten years ago, Oracle was mid-snack, taking a break between swallowing PeopleSoft for $10bn and Sun Microsystems for $8.5bn. Microsoft had settled a long-running feud with Sun over something petty involving Java for $20m and had begun designing its vision of how the internet should be programmed with its new BFF, IBM. …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2016
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Get on the conveyor: Pure Storage wheels out smaller FlashArray//m

Not content with launching a FlashBlade scale-out filer/object all-flash system, Pure Storage has developed a smaller, entry-level FlashArray//m and a separate converged FlashStack Mini system with Cisco and VMware or Microsoft hypervisors based on it. The FlashArray//m20, m50 and m70 constitute Pure's line of three all-flash …
Chris Mellor, 14 Mar 2016
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SAP backs UK remaining in the EU ahead of vote

Exclusive SAP, Europe’s largest native software firm, boasting annual revenue of 20.8bn euros, has come out in favour of Britain remaining a member of the EU. The industry’s largest maker of business software told The Register that Britain’s membership of the European Union would benefit both sides. Part of the Germany-based firm's …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Mar 2016
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SAP software download app exposed passwords thanks to serious vuln

A Java application from SAP that allows downloading of software packages and support notes needs patching following the discovery of a serious security flaw. Core Security found that an attacker who manages to get access to a user's configuration file in SAP’s Download Manager might be able to obtain the stored proxy password …
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2016
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WANdisco boss: 'We're seeing a humongous movement to the cloud'

+Comment WANdisco has active-active replication technology that's been used for disaster recovery and other business continuity-type uses. That's all well and good but not epoch-making or associated with major disruptions ... until now. If what WANdisco CEO and cofounder Dave Richards says is true, the entire on-premises IT …
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2016
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Nearly all cloud ERP projects will 'fail' by 2018, reckons Gartner

Anybody who thinks cloud ERP is the answer to their monolithic, on-premises vendor pain is wrong – according to Gartner, anyway. Gartner has projected a near 100 per cent fail rate for cloud ERP projects by 2018. Ninety per cent of those rolling out what the mega-analyst has defined as “post-modern ERP” will succumb to the …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Mar 2016
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Microsoft finally ties the knot with Xamarin, snaps up mobile app biz

Microsoft has bought its long-time partner Xamarin for an undisclosed sum. "With today's acquisition announcement we will be taking this work much further to make our world-class developer tools and services even better with deeper integration and to enable seamless mobile app dev experiences," said Scott Guthrie, VP of …
Iain Thomson, 24 Feb 2016

Police forces start shifting their data centre tin to Crown Hosting

At least two police forces have signed contracts to shift their tin to the the government's Crown Hosting shared data centre and close their existing server farms, the head of the Police ICT Company, Martin Wyke, has said. Wyke estimates that almost every force currently has its own dedicated data centre. However, he said …
Kat Hall, 23 Feb 2016
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SAP’s Byzantine licensing leaves its customers feeling exposed

SAP’s complex and “opaque” licensing conditions means the majority of its users think they are exposed to “incalculable” financial risks when third parties dip into their systems. A survey of German SAP user group members by SAM specialist SecurIntegration showed that over half thought they were “possibly” or “very probably” …
Joe Fay, 19 Feb 2016
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SAP buys 'all the pretty data' firm Roambi

SAP has bought a data presentation specialist to paint its data feeds in a shade more like Salesforce. The software giant this week bought “key assets” of Roambi, founded in 2008 and specialising in mobile BI and analytics. SAP announced the Roambi buy while saying its Predictive Analytics also now works with Spark – the open …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Feb 2016

SAP pays $3.9m to settle Panama government bribery case

SAP will pay nearly $3.9m after a senior executive was found to have bribed officials in the government of Panama to land lucrative deals. The software giant has agreed to pay $3.7m in profit plus an extra $188,896 in interest. SAP did so without admitting or denying the findings of the regulator that brought the bribery case …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Feb 2016
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Cloud growth? Take a number, Microsoft. Two engines have stalled

Microsoft’s second fiscal quarter showed a company at a dangerous stage in its transition. It also revealed a firm that is unable to rely on the certainties of old. Not so long ago, Microsoft could call on three engines of growth to drive its business – Office/personal productivity, server and tools, and Windows client …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jan 2016
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Apparently we have to give customers the warm fuzzies ... How the heck do we do that?

Analysis “The customer is king” is up there with some of the most overused corporate mantras. But it has now been translated into a new buzzword – Customer Experience, or CX – and a whole industry is evolving on the back of it. The purveyors of enterprise software, cloud services and digital devices would have you believe you can …
Rachel Willcox, 27 Jan 2016
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SAP profits dented despite cloud expansion

SAP has reported a drop in net profits for its most recent quarter and for 2015 despite an accelerating cloud business. Europe’s largest software firm saw net profit down two per cent to 1.2bn euro ($1.3bn) despite a growth in revenue of 16 per cent to 6.3bn ($6.8bn) euro. SAP was reporting for the period to December 31. As …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jan 2016
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SAP UK and Ireland shuffles management cards

The ever-exciting SAP, Europe’s largest software maker, has kicked off 2016 with a management reshuffle. The firm’s UK and Ireland group has hired or moved nine executives around the corporate org chart in the cloud, data, analytics, database and sales business areas. The changes were announced by SAP UKI managing director …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jan 2016
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VMware UK and Ireland lands SAP industries chief

Virtualization giant VMware’s UK and Ireland operation has bagged a new managing director – from SAP. The German giant’s director of industries and UK and Ireland executive board member David Phull has emerged as VMware UK&I vice president and general manager. Phull had been with SAP since December 2010 but left the head-of- …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jan 2016

Wanted: 1,400 sales jockeys to flog Oracle Cloud

Oracle today unveiled a massive EMEA recruitment drive for its “cloud sales work force”. The enterprise software giant wants to hire 1,400 new salespeople in six locations: Amsterdam, Cairo, Dubai, Dublin, Malaga and Prague. It's also building new sales centres in Amsterdam and Cairo. They will get 600 cloud apps along with on …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jan 2016
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2015 wasn't about AWS. It was about everybody getting ready to try to beat AWS

2015 Year Review One star eclipsed all others in the enterprise in 2015: Amazon. Or, rather, its cloud division, AWS. It somehow became a given that AWS leads in Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas), with the one-time ebook shop now a major IT infrastructure provider. That ebook flogger has become an IT infrastructure provider for the likes of …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Dec 2015
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SAP business apps rolled as Hitachi cloud service

SAP’s software is to be offered as a private cloud service, says Hitachi Consulting, the services wing of the Japanese tech giant. Hitachi has announced the rollout of its Consulting Enterprise Cloud for SAP for industrial machinery and components. The Hitachi subsidiary promised this would be an “affordable, ready-to-use, …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Dec 2015
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Ex-SAP exec sent down for 22 months after bribing govt IT officials

A former regional director of SAP has been sentenced to 22 months in jail – plus three years of supervised release – for greasing the palms of government IT buyers. Vicente Eduardo Garcia, 65, of Miami, Florida, pleaded guilty in August to bribing Panamanian government officials to secure a contract for one of the company's …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Dec 2015
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'Powerful blast' at Glasgow City Council data centre prompts IT meltdown

The catastrophic service outage at Glasgow City Council's data centre, caused after its IT systems servers were taken down by a fire suppressant accidentally going off, is continuing to cause widespread havoc for staff and the public. The embarrassing blunder was caused by a faulty air conditioning unit setting off its fire …
Kat Hall, 17 Dec 2015
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Beleaguered Microsoft customers: Streamline your licensing

Microsoft must simplify its licensing by putting sales targets second. That’s according to the Campaign for Clear Licensing, which reckons the way Microsoft charges for its software is “unnecessarily complex”. “The bundling of products benefits sales objectives over customer requirements,” CCL said in a white paper on its …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Dec 2015
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CIOs aren't loving SAP's HANA. Yep, somebody's afraid of commitment

SAP’s all-or-nothing HANA is experiencing a Hadoop moment in the enterprise, with adoption of the business giant’s in-memory database layer being held back because customers either can't afford it or can't establish a business case for it. One of the biggest problems is licensing of the HANA-oriented next version of SAP’s …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Dec 2015
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SAP insists no license changes after user's multi-core arm twister

SAP has insisted there's been no change in its software licensing, following a claim audits have been used to charge extra under existing licenses. Europe's software giant told The Register that its policy on licensing has "remained consistent." Also, it claimed that should changes be made, they would not be applied to …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Dec 2015
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The Register reveals SAP’s very own version of Black Friday

Exclusive SAP is understood to be aggressively discounting the price it charges for maintenance to retain customers. A Register investigation has uncovered cases where the software giant is offering customers who are considering switching to independents extremely competitive deals. The threat is this: companies paying SAP on an …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Nov 2015
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Microsoft's CRM chief defects to Salesforce

Microsoft’s head of its CRM business apps division will front up Salesforce's analytics cloud, just as Microsoft prepares to release its Dynamics CRM 2016 suite. Corporate vice president for Microsoft Dynamics Robert Stutz has been poached by Salesforce, becoming the as-a-service CRM provider's chief analytics officer. He'd …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Nov 2015

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