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Stories by Chris Kanaracus

SAP offering customers 'simpler' way to buy its Hana in-memory platform

By Chris Kanaracus | 22 October, 2014 07:40

SAP is hoping a new set of programs, services and policies will help rev up sales of its Hana in-memory database and computing platform.

Rimini Street's practices remain 'suspect,' Oracle alleges

By Chris Kanaracus | 22 October, 2014 06:21

Oracle isn't satisfied that Rimini Street's new procedures for third-party support for Oracle software are legal, a stance that could further extend the companies' long-running intellectual property lawsuit.

Oracle database certifications aren't 'permanent' anymore

By Chris Kanaracus | 15 October, 2014 04:44

Oracle is requiring database administrators to upgrade their certifications if the ones they hold are for older versions of its platform.

SAP looks to long-time ally IBM for help expanding in the Cloud

By Chris Kanaracus | 15 October, 2014 04:41

SAP's Hana Enterprise Cloud service will be made available through IBM's global Cloud infrastructure, in a move that expands options for customers around the world who are considering moving their business applications off-premises to the Cloud.

SAP gives on-premises software customers assurances, even as it pushes the cloud

By Chris Kanaracus | 15 October, 2014 00:49

SAP may be trying to become a big player in cloud-based business software, but most of its customers run their applications on-premises and many have no plans to move them into the cloud anytime soon. gives mobile app development a 'Lightning' strike

By Chris Kanaracus | 14 October, 2014 23:33's development platform is known for its ability to create new apps quickly and easily, but with the launch of Lightning, both business users and programmers can get in on the fun.

Salesforce and Microsoft partnership gains some steam

By Chris Kanaracus | 14 October, 2014 06:43 and Microsoft's budding partnership has yet to produce everything the companies promised in their product-integration announcement earlier this year, but more specific delivery dates have been revealed.

Salesforce unveils Wave, its play in Cloud analytics

By Chris Kanaracus | 13 October, 2014 23:05

The knock against has long been for its lack of robust analytics, but the company is hoping to change that perception and challenge the competition with Wave, its sixth discrete Cloud service.

What to expect at's Dreamforce

By Chris Kanaracus | 11 October, 2014 07:11

It's just days until's massive Dreamforce event in San Francisco, where CEO Marc Benioff and celebrity guests will hold forth before an expected 140,000 attendees. While that number is arguably inflated by the fact that Salesforce provides free access to keynotes, the show is nonetheless important for the cloud software industry. Here's a look at what to expect.

Microsoft looks to poach customers with aggressive pricing

By Chris Kanaracus | 09 October, 2014 01:00

Microsoft has created an aggressively priced CRM Online product bundle that includes both Office 365 and its Power BI tool, in a bid to steal customers away from rival

SAP, Versata settle $391 million patent litigation

By Chris Kanaracus | 08 October, 2014 08:23

SAP and Versata Software have abruptly settled a long-running patent dispute that dates back to 2007, and of late had SAP facing the prospect of paying a US$391 million judgment.

Salesforce launches 'reimagined' customer-service, sales software

By Chris Kanaracus | 08 October, 2014 01:04 has given its customer-support and sales software new names and announced a slew of additional features in advance of its annual Dreamforce event, which kicks off next week in San Francisco.

HP Enterprise: What to watch

By Chris Kanaracus | 07 October, 2014 06:30

Hewlett-Packard's move to break up the company sets up the enterprise side of the business for a fresh attack on rivals such as Oracle and IBM.

Price tag for troubled SAP project will skyrocket to nearly $1 billion, audit says

By Chris Kanaracus | 04 October, 2014 03:10

The cost of finishing a massive SAP software overhaul at a New York gas utility will rise to nearly US$1 billion from an original estimate of $383.8 million, a newly released audit report has found.

How to avoid an Oracle ERP upgrade disaster

By Chris Kanaracus | 03 October, 2014 05:13

Users who have gone through the experience advised their peers during OpenWorld