Articles in category: Competitors
Can new "cloud" ERP options from Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and Infor be compared to SaaS offerings? These four attributes must be questioned. A cloud is a cloud is a cloud. That's what several leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors would like you to think, and in some respects, perhaps they're right. But it's important to get beyond the buzzwords and understand the details of the offering.(Read Full Article)
After a recent article from the German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche revealed that SAP plans to halt development of Business ByDesign, NetSuite was quick to announce a program that will allow SAP Business ByDesign customers to migrate to NetSuite for one year free, with free data migration. Information regarding the terms of the program are available on NetSuite’s website.(Read Full Article)
By promising dramatic improvements in performance with zero disruption, Ellison is vowing to deliver much the same benefits SAP has been promising from its Hana database for more than three years. But for Oracle database customers -- and there are hundreds of thousands of them -- the prospect of gaining in-memory benefits while sticking with the product, the training and tooling they know is likely to be very compelling.(Read Full Article)
In many respects, the Microsoft-Nokia deal rhymes with Google's Motorola purchase. The difference: Nokia controlled so much Windows Phone distribution that Microsoft had to buy it. Microsoft's Nokia purchase price can be justified on intellectual patents and an integrated device strategy---much like Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility could---but the software giant really had no choice. Nokia was the dominant Windows Phone distributor and Microsoft had to buy it to be a device player.(Read Full Article)
Internet companies represent the world’s fastest-growing markets and they cover the global economy. Every market imaginable is affected by Internet companies. They are cloud-centric by nature and come in various forms. They are SaaS companies but also have emerged as departments in big companies that derive their primary value as Internet providers.(Read Full Article)
This week, the almost unthinkable happened: Microsoft and Oracle have formed an agreement allowing customers to run Oracle software on Microsoft’s Server Hyper-V and Windows Azure platforms.
To summarise the technical perspective, Oracle was already certified to run on windows server, making this a move to the Hypervisor and platform level. Windows Azure also supports SQL server Database, Oracles own database and its WebLogic middleware. And finally Oracle has certified Java to run on both HyperV (the Microsoft Hypervisor) and Windows Azure (its PaaS offering).(Read Full Article)
Oracle's string of high-profile cloud-computing partnership announcements with Microsoft, Salesforce.com and NetSuite dominated tech news headlines this week.
While certain aspects of them weren't as "startling" as Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had promised they would be, its deal with Salesforce.com definitely lived up to the hype and could have some lasting ramifications. Here's a look at the potential fallout.(Read Full Article)
In the analyst call with Marc Benioff, CEO Salesforce.com and Larry Ellison, CEO Oracle closed out a week which saw the two companies become new ‘best friends forever.’ In one important sense it could not have been a better demonstration of how Silicon Valley eats itself and just how easy it is for competitors to re-cast history in a manner reminiscent of the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s 1984. However, the call left many questions unanswered.(Read Full Article)
Financial analysts have long predicted that the transition to a cloud revenue model for many traditional software companies is likely to be a messy affair. Moving from a license-based revenue model, where customers pay upfront and then a percentage of that as annual maintenance, to a subscription model based on steady monthly payments, inevitably involves something of a fall off a ‘fiscal cliff’ – unless, of course, there’s a formula in place to offset the more painful aspects of that transition.(Read Full Article)
I was pinged lately by someone bemoaning the state of SAP HANA developer tools and I was slightly surprised. I thought that SAP had done a fairly good job of making things available, but then I am a SAP partner, with paid access to downloads, test/demo licenses and support. Clearly this isn't available to everyone, so here's an analysis of SAP, as compares to other DB platform vendors.(Read Full Article)
SAP's flagship Business Suite ERP (enterprise resource planning) software is now able to run on top of the vendor's HANA in-memory database, in a move that stands to open new frontiers of competition with the likes of Oracle, IBM and Microsoft.(Read Full Article)
SAP, the enterprise software company, has a crazy ambition. It wants to get a billion people using its software by 2015.
That's about double the footprint the company has now—and a lofty goal for a company that, despite its reach into the innards of businesses, is hardly a household name.
The plan largely rests in the hands of Sanjay Poonen, who heads the company's mobile division and is also responsible for its analytics, database, and technology products.
Poonen talked with Business Insider this week and told us how SAP's going to do it:
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In his blog 10 questions you need to ask your SAP HANA hardware vendor John Appleby challenged the 6 SAP HANA hardware vendors (Cisco, Dell, Hitachi, HP, IBM and NEC) to answer these questions. Carsten Nitschke from IBM's Systems & Technology Group took up the mantle. Here is the result!(Read Full Article)
I'm often asked the question "who is the best SAP HANA hardware vendor" and it's not a question I like to directly answer: it depends on your needs, appliance size and who is supporting the environment, amongst other things. But I have formulated a set of ten questions to ask your hardware vendor shortlist. You can tweak them according to your expected growth plans but I am confident that these questions will enable you to select the best vendor.(Read Full Article)
U.S. business software maker Oracle has launched an appeal on a five-year long court case that could see SAP pay millions more in damages over copyright infringement. On Monday, a spokesman for SAP confirmed a report in the German daily Mannheimer Morgen to this effect, adding that "in the worst case the appeal could take two years," adding SAP was disappointed that Oracle continued to drag out the process.(Read Full Article)
IBM has announced the acquisition of human capital technology specialist Kenexa for $1.3 billion. The move is likely to increase competition with SAP and Oracle, following their respective acquisitions of HCM vendors SuccessFactors and Taleo. Kenexa specialises in recruitment solutions that integrate cloud-based technology and social business solutions. IBM is looking to leverage Kenexa’s expertise in social media and front-office process solutions, to bolster its social business capabilities. Kenexa supports more than 8900 customers across a variety of industries, which includes more than half of the Fortune 500.(Read Full Article)
- Microsoft may be spending more than $1 billion on a social UI for SharePoint. Couldn’t one of Microsoft’s many skunkworks teams build something similar? Microsoft is reportedly close to buying Yammer, a privately held social enterprise vendor, for more than $1 billion. The deal highlights how the big guns are chasing social enterprise at all costs and defying a good bit of logic. On the surface, Microsoft’s move to acquire Yammer makes some sense. Yammer is fast growing—at least that’s the perce (Read Full Article)
The largest software company in the world and the ‘no software’ cloud world are colliding, and in the perceptions battle Sharepoint are shining a lot brighter(Read Full Article)
- Great interview with Workday Co-CEO, Aneel Bhusri, who discusses cloud, ERP, SAP, Oracle, Salesforce, NetSuite, investing, and other hot topics. (Read Full Article)
- Oracle’s hardware business is struggling, but that hasn’t stopped CEO Larry Ellison from talking trash. Oracle didn’t meet expectations when it revealed second fiscal quarter earnings on Tuesday afternoon. Thus, CEO Larry Ellison and company discussed a few other topics during the company’s quarterly conference call to detract from the negative news. (Read Full Article)
- Cloud computing, which Salesforce.com has been marketing for years, is now seen as such a good idea that I.B.M., SAP, Oracle and others are acquiring their own players. But recently Salesforce has won the sincerest form of flattery known in tech: its competitors are spending billions of dollars to acquire firms that do the sort of thing it does, which is to offer business software as a kind of rental service using a cloud of computers inside the Internet. (Read Full Article)
- I once had an IT manager at a large company tell me that he did not include Microsoft Dynamics GP in their ERP software selection short list because the cost was too low. Huh?! Since when is low cost a bad thing? I am reading an excellent book right now called Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini; he gives some insight into this issue. Cialdini talks about the factors that cause one person to say yes to another person and focuses on six basic categories: consistency, reciprocation, social proof, authority, liking and scarcity. (Read Full Article)
- Ever since Henning Kagermann was at the helm, SAP rarely if ever publicly dissed the competition and especially not Oracle. It was something that distinguished the company in the public domain and was to SAP’s credit. Why? While the antics of Silicon Valley CEOs may be entertaining fodder for media types and insiders, buyers don’t give a crap. If anything they find such things confusing. From my perspective, I’d much rather see a company talk up its own accomplishments with customer case references than have to put up with the childish bickering and sniping that characterizes so many quarterly results calls and,increasingly, customer conferences. (Read Full Article)
- Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker has been removed from his job and the HP board to be replaced by former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, after less than a year in post. (Read Full Article)