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Oracle tools up for cloud wars with sales re-org

Oracle has shaken up its sales force to drive cloud business, multiple sources have told The Register. The task of pushing Oracle cloud services, flagship database and middleware was handed exclusively to Oracle’s field sales operation. On-premise apps - eBusiness Suite, PeopleSoft, Siebel - have gone to the phone-based direct …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2016
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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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Down and out? Rimini's Oracle slap spells trouble – for Oracle

Comment The odds of paying Oracle top dollar to keep updating your database or business software shortened this week, despite Oracle’s victory over Rimini Street. Larry Ellison’s giant secured $50m in damages from Rimini in a case that has rattled on for five years. $14m of that will be paid by Rimini’s charismatic chief executive, …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Oct 2015

Oracle slices $50m off Rimini in bloody battle over cut-price support

Rimini Street, which touts bargain-basement software support for apps from Oracle and others, must pay US$50m to the database giant after losing a five-year legal fight. Nevada-based Rimini offers support for Oracle's enterprise products at rates as much as 50 per cent lower than Oracle's own, including support for JD Edwards …
Chris Williams, 14 Oct 2015

Oracle retreats on $210m Rimini Street 'value' damages

Rimini Street has struck back at Oracle after the database giant withdrew its claim for $210m damages against Rimini. Larry Ellison’s firm had claimed the amount based on fair market value of the copyright that it owned and that it claims Rimini Street has trampled. The figure was based on income lost based on a hypothetical …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jul 2015

Cheaper-than-Oracle Rimini defiant as Oracle drags 'em back to court

Oracle's long-running copyright case against independent support vendor Rimini Street is set to be heard before a jury in September, the database giant said on Tuesday. "There are no active settlement discussions between the parties," Larry Ellison & Co said in a statement. "Oracle seeks more than $200 million in damages and …
Neil McAllister, 08 Jul 2015
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Salesforce's $20 billion challenge: to go deep, deep, deep

Salesforce last month announced another quarter of growth, up 23 per cent, year on year. Only this time, there was also profit — the first in 18 quarters. Thirty per cent of “top” deals for the quarter were new customers – Bank of America, John Deere, Western Union and Zurich Insurance, the toast of Wall St. Not just that, but …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jun 2015
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Oracle crashes all-flash bash: Behold, our hybrid FS1 arrays

Welcome back to SAN array land, Oracle. Larry Ellison's company has reinvented its Pillar Axiom 600 SAN array as a hybrid flash/disk array, the FS1-2, with auto-tiering and noisy neighbours sorted. It is a general-purpose hybrid array but tuned for Oracle software. Calling its new storage box the Flash Storage System (FS1), …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2014
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Rimini Street promises 'business as usual' after Oracle IP judgment

Software support specialist Rimini Street has promised it's "business as usual" despite suffering a setback in its ongoing intellectual property dispute with Larry Ellison's Oracle. "Oracle has established a prima facie case of copyright infringement as it relates to the identified copies of Oracle Database," said District Judge …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Aug 2014

Oracle's IP lawsuit foe: We'll fight SAP tooth and nail in Europe

Rimini Street, the fast-growing business software support specialist currently fighting Larry Ellison’s database giant in US courts, appears to have SAP in its sights in Europe. “Look out SAP,” Rimini Street chief executive Seth Ravin warned the giant in a recent interview with The Reg. “We are going to fight them tooth and …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jun 2014

Goodbye HANA daddy, assorted cloud bods: SAP gets corporate

Analysis The cloud “talent” is leaving SAP and the suits are taking over. Is it time to panic for SAP? The mastermind of SAP’s Hana in-memory architecture has gone and so has yet another cloud hire. Vishal Sikka, executive board member of products and innovation, has left the giant immediately for "personal reasons". Sikka’s legacy is …
Gavin Clarke, 09 May 2014

Oracle scores mixed bag in Rimini Street software IP 'theft' ruling

Oracle has been handed a partial victory in its IP violation case against software support provider Rimini Street. A US court hearing Oracle's case has issued a summary judgment saying that in two of the four incidents cited by Oracle, Rimini was in the wrong. Oracle claimed to have identified illegal copies of its software …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Feb 2014

500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?

Six months from now, on 8 April 2014, Microsoft will stop pushing out security updates for Windows XP – and that's going to be a big deal. At time of writing a whopping one-third of the world’s millions of PCs were still running Microsoft’s 13-year-old client operating system. According to Gartner, the global installed base …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Oct 2013

CSC boss post-NHS IT flop, Ford CEO 'pitched' as the next Steve Ballmer

Three top Microsoft shareholders have apparently recommended the CEOs of car-maker Ford and IT giant CSC as possible replacements for chief exec Steve Ballmer - because both bosses are in the middle of trying to turn around their companies' fortunes. It's claimed the three investors want the Microsoft board to consider Ford …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Sep 2013
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Oracle deploys lawyers against Solaris fix-it duo

Oracle have unleashed its lawyers onto two Solaris fix-it companies, accusing them of stealing copyrighted code through their work with customers. The database giant has filed action against Terix and Maintech saying they took or facilitated the removal of “large quantities” of copyrighted Solaris patches, updates and bug fixes …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jul 2013

'I still get on the phone for a $5k deal' - NetSuite CEO's anti-SAP mission

Interview California-based Salesforce has been an unstoppable force in Software as a Service (SaaS) for 14 years. It pulled in $3.05bn in revenue last year, and just booted rival enterprise tech maker SAP from its slot as the world's number-one customer relationship management software (CRM) company. But there’s another SaaS company that …
Gavin Clarke, 01 May 2013
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Vendors couldn't push a piano downhill without a 'sales Babel fish'

In 1978, when BBC Radio 4 first broadcast Douglas Adams' sci-fi comedy series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – many a teenager “got bitten by the tech bug” and went on to forge a great career in an industry that became known as “IT”. In the radio series, which later spawned the famous series of novels, Adams conceived of …
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Microsoft exec: 'Cloud a half-trillion dollar biz by 2020'

Convergence 2012 The uptake of cloud services is accelerating faster than initially thought, and could be a half a trillion dollar business by the end of the decade, Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner told attendees of the Convergence 2012 conference in Houston, Texas, on Monday. Turner talked up Microsoft's cloud, Windows Azure, …
Alex Woodie, 19 Mar 2012
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Online Christmas orders from retailers go titsup

Looks like Christmas won't be delivered for hundreds of families this weekend who've shopped online at Sainsbury's and Fortnum & Mason, thanks to IT problems. Fortnum & Mason has blamed "severe" IT problems for its failure to deliver its famous luxury hampers in time for the big day. The high-end retailer is now no longer …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Dec 2011
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Solix offers application euthanasia services

Applications come to their end of life and have to be retired along with their data; there's no point in backing up data from dead apps. Solix is a euthanasia expert for moribund applications. At a briefing in Santa Clara, we learned that the company was founded in 2002 by CEO Sai Gundavelli who came from Cisco. There are around …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2011
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SAP to sit enterprise offering on Amazon clouds

SAP has not had a very easy time getting its Business ByDesign on-demand applications to market, and it may not matter all that much now that the German software giant is preparing to allow for its various enterprise applications to run on Amazon's EC2 compute cloud. Amazon and SAP have announced that the suite of server, …
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Top IT sales guy leaves HP

IT industry juggernaut Hewlett-Packard is parting ways with Tom Hogan, its top sales person for IT products. Hogan joined HP in 2006 to beef up the company's software business, and in the three years Hogan ran HP Software, the company made a number of big acquisitions, including the $4.5bn in shelled out for Mercury …
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Teradata eats Aprimo for $550m

Data warehousing specialist Teradata has acquired Aprimo, an outfit peddles Web-based marketing software. Teradata is paying $525m in cash and assuming $25m of the company's debt. The move follows IBM's acquisition of Unica, which offers similar enterprise marketing management (EMM) solutions. Big Blue shelled out $480m to buy …
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Oracle demands another $211.6m from SAP

Oracle just keeps rubbing it in with application software rival SAP over the TomorrowNow fiasco. In a court filing on Friday, which was reported by various news outlets (see here and there, Oracle has gone back to the US District Court for the Northern District of California in Oakland, where a jury just awarded Oracle a $1. …
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HP's new relationship makes Oracle 'very furious'

HP is about to ditch its Oracle customer relationship management system and sign a massive deal with Salesforce. Oracle and HP have been rowing since the departure of HP boss Mark Hurd and his immediate reappearance at Oracle. Now, according to Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry, HP is set to ditch its Siebel …
John Oates, 25 Nov 2010
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HP soldiers on without a head

The world's longest public job interview for the chief executive officer position at a Global 25 corporation dragged on for four hours today because Hewlett-Packard did not announce a replacement for ousted top dog Mark Hurd ahead of its security analysts meeting in San Francisco. Interim CEO and chief financial officer Cathie …
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Ellison fluffs Amazon with Oracle cloud love

OpenWorld No wonder Larry Ellison was waxing lyrical on Sunday about how Amazon's model of elastic computing jived with Oracle's view of the cloud. On Monday, Oracle followed up by announcing its middleware, applications, virtual machine, database, and new Linux kernel have been certified to run on the toaster seller's EC2 infrastructure …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2010
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HP tunes blades for Oracle apps

No matter who gets the top job at Hewlett-Packard – and whether or not former HP top exec Mark Hurd gets to keep his job as co-president at Oracle – these two companies are going to have to partner and compete. HP is the dominant supplier of servers in the world, and Oracle is the dominant supplier of databases and middleware …
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Oracle sneaks out Solaris 10 refresh

Rather than wait two weeks for its own OpenWorld extravaganza, Oracle has snuck out the long-awaited update to the Solaris 10 operating system. The related Solaris Cluster clustering software and Solaris Studio development tools were also tweaked. As usual, the release notes for the updated Solaris 10 have a little bit of …
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Oracle names self virtualization king

If Oracle and Sun Microsystems have anything in common - and as the poster children for Silicon Valley's IT upstarts, they have much in common - it is that they are not afraid to say they have the best technology and no one can touch them. That, in a nutshell, was what Oracle's top techies spent hours trying to convince the …
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Oracle hates discs, loves tape

Update Oracle EVP John Fowler has damned disk technology, praised flash and said tape has a future in an Information Week interview and yesterday's Oracle strategy webcast. Fowler is Oracle's top dog for server and storage systems and it's worth paying attention to what he likes and dislikes, since systems embodying these views will …
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2010
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Oracle sues support firm over 'massive theft'

Oracle is suing third-party support provider Rimini Street, alleging "massive theft" of its software and support materials via illegal access to its technical support websites. Rimini Street sells enterprise software support for Oracle SAP, Siebel, PeopleSoft, and JD Edwards-branded software, boasting 50 per cent savings in …
Austin Modine, 29 Jan 2010
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HP, EMC cozy up to Oracle

It's Oracle OpenWorld, and everybody wants to be Larry Ellison's frienemy. That's only fitting considering that Oracle's chief executive officer and co-founder is certainly the IT industry's poster boy for frienemism. Hewlett-Packard and EMC have professed their loyalty to various Oracle products at the event, as many others …
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Oracle plans cloud strategy

Exclusive Oracle is cooking up a strategy around the cloud, something chief executive Larry Ellison once referred as "idiocy" - albeit the sort of fashionable idiocy he's willing to buy in to. Sources close to Oracle have told The Register there's a growing pace of activity inside the database maker - at all levels - on the subject of …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Jul 2009
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Unicode bloat blights SAP upgrades

A relatively small change to the way SAP represented characters four years ago is threatening to complicate upgrades to the latest edition of its software. SAP's implementation of Unicode - now widely adopted - has massively expanded the amount of data held in the databases underpinning many customers' SAP systems, increasing …
Gavin Clarke, 04 May 2009
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Microsoft unfurls BizTalk Server 2009

Microsoft on Monday turned the dial that releases Biztalk Server 2009 into the wild. The sixth incarnation of Redmond's connectivity and integration software is now available for Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) customers and May 1 for everyone else. BizTalk Server 2009 hooks into the latest wave of Microsoft apps like Windows …
Austin Modine, 27 Apr 2009
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King Larry launches Oracle-Sun combo at Big Blue, Cisco

Analysis It was not a very auspicious beginning to the merger of two tech giants. Oracle just couldn't seem to get its phone lines and Webcast in order to do the actual announcement of its $5.6bn acquisition of server maker Sun Microsystems. Oracle Needs Sun Servers Or, perhaps this explains it all. I guess Oracle needed some Sun …
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Tata win Child Maintenance COTS IT deal

The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission has chosen Tata Consultancy Services to build its new IT system. The commission, which took over the role of the Child Support Agency in November 2008, advertised the £50m tender last September. Stephen Geraghty, the child maintenance commissioner, said the new system will use …
Kablenet, 08 Apr 2009

Pillar, EMC, and HP bow to the Oracle

Pillar has added new Oracle software pick-and-click tuning tools to its Axiom storage array management software to simplify an Oracle DBA's day. EMC and HP have also added Oracle-specific versions of their products. This adding of app-specific configurations or tuning templates is starting to become a trend amongst storage …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2008
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Making sense of Salesforce.com

The Salesforce.com marketing pitch at the recent Dreamforce Europe was wearying at times but it is not complete nonsense. Chief executive Marc Benioff spent the first hour of his keynote reiterating what he has said 1,000 times before about "no software". The "no software" slogan is deceptive, since Salesforce.com is a software …
Tim Anderson, 15 May 2008
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Oracle patches 'sitting duck' database vulns

Oracle posted 41 patches on Tuesday as part of its regular quarterly patching cycle, with core database vulnerabilities being heavily represented. The patch batch covers 17 updates for Oracle Database products, 11 updates for Oracle E-Business Suite, three updates for Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise products, along with six updates …
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2008
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Microsoft details Dynamics Live CRM

Analysis Two companies are driving coverage of on demand business applications this year. Unfortunately for Salesforce.com, it isn't one of them. Microsoft and SAP, with their planned Dynamics Live CRM and A1S respectively, are getting attention because they represent a move by the software old guard into a market popularized by …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Jul 2007
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Former Oracle VP pays $200K to settle insider dealing rap

A former Oracle vice-president has stumped up $200,000 to settle insider trading charges. Christopher Balkenhol, 40, of San Mateo, California, allegedly learned about secret merger negotiations from his wife, the lead executive assistant to Oracle chief exec Larry Ellison and two co-presidents, before buying stocks in Oracle …
John Leyden, 15 May 2007
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From on-premises to on-demand

Quocirca's changing channels It can be hard to gauge the true take up of on-demand application services, an alternative way to take delivery of business applications whereby they are accessed online rather than installed and managed on-premises. One reason for this is that research into what businesses are doing in any area tends to seek black and white …
Bob Tarzey, 16 Apr 2007
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Salesforce.com plays content management card

Salesforce.com is turning to enterprise content management (ECM) with its latest partner purchase and software-as-service (SaaS) announcement. Having upset the world of customer relationship management (CRM) with on demand, Salesforce.com has bought AppExchange partner Koral and promised ECM founded on popular social networking …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Apr 2007

Oracle buys another database

Comment Oracle and IBM are both competitors and partners. In the case of databases they are certainly rivals, with Oracle 10g and DB2 going head-to-head at many sites. However, it has occurred to me to wonder if Oracle is seeking to rival IBM's crown as the owner of the most different databases. IBM, of course, owns not only IMS and …
Philip Howard, 13 Mar 2007
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Oracle and Hyperion: is it really a strategic fit?

This is a blastingly good deal for Hyperion shareholders. Hyperion's share price went up from $43 to $52 overnight, so shareholders gained 20 per cent. Since Godfrey Sullivan became CEO in 2004 he has done an excellent job of putting in place a first class management team and this is the opportunity to cash in. But what about …
Gerry Brown, 12 Mar 2007

Inclusiveness is new Oracle search word

Oracle is beefing up its enterprise search, by offering links to non-Oracle applications and data repositories. The idea is to make it a compete more creditably in this fieled against Google and IBM. The database giant today unveils the snappily named Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g release 10.1.8, which is now capable of …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Feb 2007
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Software's unfinished business for 2007

2006 in review 2006 was an important year for enterprise software and developer tools. The computing old guard trudged on with product updates, marketing hype, and the spinning of political schemes. New challengers, meanwhile, gained traction and credibility. We identify the big events and trends of 2006 that will reverberate for the next year …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Dec 2006
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Time to denationalise the software monopolies

Analysis As PR stunts go, Sun Microsystems' Blackbox trailer park computing launch this autumn wasn't bad. Sun pumped up some rather dull AMD Sun servers by unveiling a black, spray-painted, branded shipping container that could be crammed with Sun storage and server devices. Sun director of web technologies Tim Bray summed up the …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Dec 2006

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