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Stories by Chris Kanaracus

Oregon sues Oracle over troubled health insurance website

By Chris Kanaracus | 23 August, 2014 06:00

Oregon has filed a long-expected lawsuit against Oracle over its role developing the state's troubled health insurance exchange website, alleging the vendor fraudulently induced Oregon to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for software and services that didn't work as promised.

SAP takes steps to simplify pricing and licensing

By Chris Kanaracus | 23 August, 2014 04:57

It took some time and considerable internal effort, but SAP says it has made good on a pledge to simplify its software pricing and licensing model.

Oracle CEO, Larry Ellison, turns 70 with no retirement in sight

By Chris Kanaracus | 22 August, 2014 04:54

Most people start thinking about retirement when they turn 70, if they haven't already called it a career. Not Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, who has just passed that milestone.

Ballmer's exit from Microsoft's board expected, boosts Nadella's standing, analysts say

By Chris Kanaracus | 20 August, 2014 07:01

It's not surprising that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer abruptly gave up his board seat some six months after leaving the top job, and the move should help cement the regime and strategy of his successor Satya Nadella, according to several industry observers.

Steve Ballmer steps down from Microsoft's board

By Chris Kanaracus | 20 August, 2014 04:35

About six months after retiring as CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer has relinquished his seat on the company's board of directors effective immediately, citing a busy schedule and confidence in the company's current and future financial performance.

SAP plans big investment to boost its business in Africa

By Chris Kanaracus | 20 August, 2014 01:03

SAP is planning to spend up to US$500 million in Africa from now through 2020 in hopes of dramatically growing its business on the continent, particularly in countries outside of South Africa, where it already has a strong base.

MongoDB adds support option for community edition of its NoSQL database

By Chris Kanaracus | 19 August, 2014 06:33

IT shops that want professional support for MongoDB without paying for the enterprise edition of the company's increasingly popular NoSQL database now have an option from MongoDB itself.

Oracle gives Exadata some backward compatibility

By Chris Kanaracus | 19 August, 2014 04:38

Oracle has made it possible to run a much older but still widely used version of its database software on Exadata, in a move that could make heretofore reluctant buyers pull the trigger on a purchase of the data-processing appliance.

Rimini Street downplays impact of adverse ruling in Oracle lawsuit

By Chris Kanaracus | 16 August, 2014 03:07

Rimini Street has put on a brave face following a federal judge's determination that it stole Oracle's intellectual property in the course of providing software support to its customers.

Rimini Street did steal Oracle's intellectual property, judge says

By Chris Kanaracus | 15 August, 2014 08:34

A federal judge has dismissed a defamation claim against Oracle by third-party support vendor Rimini Street, saying Oracle was telling the truth when it accused the company of "massive theft" of its software.

Philadelphia uses Salesforce.com for upgraded 311 system

By Chris Kanaracus | 15 August, 2014 06:04

Philadelphia is set to use a slew of Salesforce.com technologies in order to create a next-generation version of its 311 system for public information and citizen reporting of nonemergency situations around the city.

Infor goes up against Salesforce.com with SalesLogix acquisition

By Chris Kanaracus | 15 August, 2014 02:35

Infor has acquired SalesLogix in a bid to compete with Salesforce.com in the cloud CRM (customer relationship management) software market, particularly for customers seeking industry-specific features.

Forrester downgrades 2014 global IT spending forecast, citing weak first half

By Chris Kanaracus | 14 August, 2014 06:26

Forrester has cut its worldwide IT spending forecast for this year, saying growth will be 3.3 per cent in US dollars, rather than 6.2 per cent. Total spending will be $US2.2 trillion.

Oracle E-Business Suite upgrade points to its Fusion dilemma

By Chris Kanaracus | 14 August, 2014 04:36

Oracle has pushed out a major update to its E-Business Suite of applications, in a move that underscores the company's challenge of meeting customer needs while also persuading them to adopt its next-generation Fusion cloud software.

SAP makes it cheaper, easier for customers to use Hana in certain scenarios

By Chris Kanaracus | 13 August, 2014 06:44

SAP has relaxed hardware requirements for using its Hana in-memory database platform for development and testing, in a move that could make existing Hana customers' operations easier and less expensive while also generating more Hana sales.

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