Want to take Red Hat Enterprise Linux for a test drive without having to install anything? Today the public beta for RHEL on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud went live. It's not perfect, says Red Hat, but that's part of the plan:We have certified and tested the released AMIs [Amazon Machine Images] within the Amazon EC2 environment and will be providing email-based support for the public beta. While the software is well-proven, we anticipate modifications to the deployment models and use-cases during the beta period and will refine the delivery of our services throughout the beta period. … Read more
As SAP tries to untwine its third-party support and maintenance company, TomorrowNow, from its legal entanglements with archrival Oracle, a sale, or effort to wind down the company, may be its preferred path.
SAP, which earlier this week announced TomorrowNow's chief executive and several managers had resigned, is now apparently operating without its senior vice president of sales, Bob Geib, and vice president of international sales, Nigel Pullan. Both executives are no longer on the company's management roster, and Pullan's office phone is no longer active. Geib, when contacted by his mobile phone, referred all calls to … Read more
SAP announced Monday its third-party support and maintenance company TomorrowNow, which is embroiled in a legal battle with archrival Oracle, may be put up for sale. TomorrowNow's founder and several executives have resigned effective immediately.
SAP acquired TomorrowNow as a means to woo away maintenance and support customers from Oracle. TomorrowNow provides third-party support and maintenance for PeopleSoft and JD Edwards, two companies that Oracle acquired.
But earlier this year, Oracle filed a lawsuit against TomorrowNow and SAP, alleging the company went beyond its former customers' contracts and downloaded proprietary Oracle software and materials.
SAP and Oracle have been … Read more
Within the first six months of next year, Oracle plans to trot out the first of its long-awaited Fusion applications.
And if Larry Ellison, Oracle chief executive, has his way, the three Fusion applications will make their debut in the earlier part of that period. As they say in the financial world, he's cautiously optimistic.
Oracle's "Sales Prospector" will be the first to debut, a type of software as a service (SaaS). That will be followed by "Sales References" and "Sales Tools."
"All new applications in 2008 will be Fusion applications. … Read more
The technology world has been turned on its head. As Tom Krazit notes in his blog, today's hardware and software industry is increasingly focused on consumer IT, not enterprise IT:
Not so long ago, if you were technology-oriented and wanted to do something innovative and cool that would make you rich, you wrote a new piece of enterprise software. Or you came up with a new design for a server. Or you figured out a way to link businesspeople with their offices while on the road. Of course, there are always exceptions, but enterprise computing, most believed, was where the real innovation occurred. Those innovations paved the way for the computing industry as we know it today....… Read more
The enterprise computing industry seems like it's turning into one big utility company.
It's a good thing the accountants didn't have to sit through the keynote speeches during the first two days of Oracle OpenWorld, because no one would be allowed to attend next year. Hector Ruiz of Advanced Micro Devices showed video clips of Star Wars and the World Series. Mark Hurd of Hewlett-Packard discussed whether or not he thought Oracle's Larry Ellison could beat him at tennis. At least Intel's Paul Otellini tailored his Tuesday morning address to the actual attendees of the … Read more
You've heard of the "killer app."
But have you really seen one?
Ed Abbo, Oracle's senior vice president of applications development, thinks he has--several times over. But then again, what else would you expect an apps guy to say?
Keenly aware that a number of attendees at Oracle OpenWorld were interested in the company's applications strategy, Abbo set out to deliver some answers--with varying degrees of the "wow" factor.
Oracle is looking to add a taste of social networking structure into its apps and, like a number of companies, a pinch of Web … Read more
Fusion, or confusion?
For Niranjan Reddy, a technical lead at Office Depot, the answer was Fusion, with less confusion.
That was Reddy's assessment, after listening to Thomas Kurian, top executive on Oracle's Fusion middleware efforts, during his keynote speech Tuesday at Oracle OpenWorld on the company's Fusion Middleware 11g beta.
"We wanted to see how much better it would be to use Fusion 11g with E-Business (Suite) 12," Reddy said. "Right now, we're using many different adapters outside of Fusion Middleware, but with Fusion 11g and E-Business 12 we could bring it all … Read more
OK, kids. Sharpen those pencils, sharpen those minds. Here's a pop quiz on a bit of Oracle nostalgia, as Larry Ellison, Oracle co-founder and chief executive, kicked off Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco on Sunday with 30 years of highlights:
What was the name of Oracle, before it became Oracle? A: Software Development Laboratories (SDL) B: Laboratories Software Development (LSD) C: BEL Systems (Bob Miner, Ed Oates, Larry Ellison, founders) Answer: Software Development Laboratories. Ellison, during his keynote speech, dedicated the evening's event to the late Bob Miner.
When Oracle began selling its first commercial SQL relational database … Read more
Nick Carr points to an insightful blog post by Khoi Vinh, a developer at The New York Times, in which Vinh effectively argues for open-source enterprise applications, perhaps without knowing it:This is partly because enterprise software rarely gets critiqued the way even a US$30 piece of shareware will. It doesn't benefit from the rigor of a wide and varied base of users, many of whom will freely offer merciless feedback, goading and demanding it to be better with each new release. Shielded away from the bright scrutiny of the consumer marketplace and beholden only to a relatively … Read more