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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

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
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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

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

Oracle talked takeover to Siebel

Database giant Oracle had talks to buy troubled CRM vendor Siebel, but no deal was done and the two are no longer actively talking. Oracle is still digesting the hard-fought $10bn takeover of PeopleSoft which it bought in January this year. But rumours of a Siebel deal, first reported by on Friday, sent Siebel …
John Oates, 03 May 2005

Siebel acts to reassure

Troubled CRM vendor Siebel spoke to analysts last week and outlined strategy changes to help turn the company around. Recently appointed CEO George Shaheen said the company had work to do but the market was moving in its favour as the focus moves from back office to front office processes. Siebel said it would cut some jobs …
John Oates, 09 May 2005

Siebel ditches boss

Siebel is replacing its CEO less than a year after he was appointed. Mike Lawrie has only been top dog at Siebel since May last year. He has been replaced, effective immediately, by George Shaheen. Shaheen has been on the Siebel board since 1995. Siebel said in a statement: "The Board and Mr. Lawrie agreed mutually that he …
John Oates, 13 Apr 2005
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Siebel beats the Street for the last time

Siebel said it beat all expectations during the fourth quarter, just as Oracle prepares to close its acquisition of the customer relationship management (CRM) vendor. With Oracle's chief executive Larry Ellison due to deliver an Oracle "state of the nation" speech next week in San Francisco, Siebel said its fourth quarter …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jan 2006
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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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Siebel posts $50m Q2 loss

Siebel Systems has posted a net loss of $50m for its second quarter on revenues of $313.6m, compared to a net income of $7.5m on revenues of $301.1m a year ago. The company issued a warning earlier this month, saying that delays to government deals had hit its licencing revenues, which were down 17 per cent on the same period …
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Jul 2005
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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

Siebel users: sit tight

Siebel users concerned about the possible takeover of the CRM company by Oracle should sit tight and relax. So says a panel of JD Edwards and PeopleSoft users at the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. Oracle presented four cherry-picked users to the press, who supplied a rosy view of the convergent roads towards …
Eric Doyle, 22 Sep 2005

Oh Woe is Siebel

Siebel has blamed poor execution and weak demand for its expected first quarter loss, ending a fragile recovery of the firm's finances. In its preliminary results announcement, the California-based business software firm said it expects revenues of between $297m and $300m for the first quarter. This compares to revenues of $329 …
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Oracle conquers Siebel at $10.66 a share

Larry Ellison buried another pile of hatchets this morning when he sealed Oracle’s acquisition of Siebel Systems for $3.61bn. Oracle CEO Ellison claims the deal “vaults” the database vendor into the number one position in the CRM market and moves it closer to being the world’s number one applications player. Redwood Shores’ …
Joe Fay, 12 Sep 2005

Siebel is done deal, Oracle says

Oracle’s acquisition of Siebel is a done deal as far as the delegates to OracleWorld in San Francisco are concerned. In the closing event on the first day of the conference Charles Phillips, Oracle’s president, and George Shaheen, Siebel’s CEO, appeared together on stage in a show of solidarity. “Bet you never thought you’d see …
Eric Doyle, 20 Sep 2005

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
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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), the …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 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'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

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

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
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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 system …
John Oates, 25 Nov 2010

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 …

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

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

'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

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 of …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Oct 2013

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

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

Oracle extends 'lifetime' promise

When it comes to Oracle- bought software, 'lifetime support' used to mean just support for seven years, making "software support years" run even faster than dog years. But no-longer. Oracle has had a rethink over its inherited Siebel, PeopleSoft and JD Edwards code-bases, today announcing it will release new versions into the …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Apr 2006
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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 Interactive …
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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 $1.3bn …

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, …

Oracle busts through own forecasts for Q4

Oracle was full of itself yesterday after announcing it would exceed financial targets for its fourth quarter. The software giant said revenues were set to come in at $4.85bn, up 25 per cent. It had previously forecast 13 per cent to 17 per cent growth. This will deliver net income of $1.3bn, up 27 per cent, or $1.5bn non-GAAP …
Joe Fay, 16 Jun 2006

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

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 …

Oracle buys Portal Software

Oracle is paying $220m in cash for Portal Software which makes billing and "revenue management" software. The database giant is paying $4.90 a share or about $220m. Charles Phillips, president at Oracle, said the combined firm offered the first end-to-end software suite for the communications industry. Portal Software offers …
John Oates, 12 Apr 2006
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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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Depite posting a loss for its second quarter, shares in surged 19 per cent on Thursday, as the sales software firm beat Wall Street revenue estimates. lost $145,000 on a GAAP basis, compared to a profit of $5m for the same period a year earlier. The firm's P&L shows that the sales surge was outrun …

Oracle promises 'lifetime support' for bought-in customers

Oracle Corp has promised continued support for acquired applications while juggling with a shareholder legal action against its $5.85bn Siebel Software bid. Charles Phillips, Oracle's president, announced a lifetime support policy to give customers confidence their existing software investments would be protected. "We'll give …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2005

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

Busy Oracle leaves many questions unanswered

Oracle OpenWorld is drawing to a close in San Francisco, and some big questions are being left unanswered. Namely, one wonders what Oracle might look like at the OpenWorld event one year from now. The company is maturing and beginning to open out and extend its products. Project Fusion is the major challenge as the company …
Eric Doyle, 22 Sep 2005

W3C tells US Copyright Office: IE is not the only fruit

The US Copyright Office wants to limit the number of browsers that can submit online forms to its site. The agency has proposed that, temporarily at least, it will accept copyright claims via forms submitted from only Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape browsers. Perhaps it is just feeling very retro, but whatever the …
Lucy Sherriff, 25 Aug 2005
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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

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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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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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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Big-ticket acquisition layover for Oracle

Oracle's chief executive has ruled out any more major acquisitions for the next year, as he tries to grow the database and application giant's annual revenue to $30bn. Larry Ellison told OracleWorld that the break would provide time to assemble the pieces of various companies' technologies and business Oracle has acquired …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Sep 2005

The future of Oracle applications

Reg Reader Panel One of the IT vendors with a particularly active and creative marketing department is Oracle. This means that while the company is undoubtedly doing a lot of good stuff, it is sometimes difficult to tell what's real among all the positively spun positioning. An area in which the Oracle messaging machine has been in overdrive is …
Dale Vile, 09 Nov 2006


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