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Stories by Chris Kanaracus

InfiniDB going out of business, but its database will live on as open source

By Chris Kanaracus | 20 September, 2014 06:11

Increasingly stiff competition in the database market has claimed another victim, as InfiniDB has ceased operations effective immediately with plans to file for bankruptcy.

SAP CEO Bill McDermott on why Concur is worth $8.3 billion

By Chris Kanaracus | 20 September, 2014 04:19

SAP's announcement that it will pay US$8.3 billion to buy business-travel and expense software vendor Concur might have generated less initial buzz than the companies hoped, given it was almost simultaneous with the revelation that Larry Ellison has relinquished his CEO seat to become CTO and executive chairman of Oracle.

SAP buying Concur for $8.3 billion to boost cloud portfolio

By Chris Kanaracus | 19 September, 2014 07:57

SAP is buying business-travel and expense software vendor Concur for about US$8.3 billion, in a bid to continue growing out its portfolio of cloud-based applications.

Larry Ellison steps down as Oracle CEO, Catz, Hurd named co-CEOs

By Chris Kanaracus | 19 September, 2014 06:43

It's the end of an era at Oracle, as CEO Larry Ellison has been appointed executive chairman and CTO of the vendor, with co-presidents Safra Catz and Mark Hurd named co-CEOs.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison steps down as CEO, Catz, Hurd named co-CEOs

By Chris Kanaracus | 19 September, 2014 06:12

It's the end of an era at Oracle, as CEO Larry Ellison has been appointed executive chairman and CTO of the vendor, with co-presidents Safra Catz and Mark Hurd named co-CEOs.

Microsoft plots Dynamics CRM update with an eye on marketing, global expansion

By Chris Kanaracus | 19 September, 2014 03:06

Microsoft is poised to release a major update to its Dynamics CRM and marketing applications in a bid to gain market share against rivals such as Salesforce.com.

Infor plots move into cloud financials in strike against Workday

By Chris Kanaracus | 16 September, 2014 22:05

Infor is hoping to elbow its way into Workday's turf with an upcoming cloud-based financial software suite dubbed Financials Xi.

SAP spices up its predictive analytics and visualization apps

By Chris Kanaracus | 12 September, 2014 05:42

SAP has made a series of updates to its InfiniteInsight predictive modeling software and Lumira data-visualization tool in a bid to shore up its foothold in the analytics market.

County set to rip and replace troubled SAP software system

By Chris Kanaracus | 12 September, 2014 02:43

Commissioners in Jefferson County, Alabama, are poised to vote for removal of a problematic SAP software system in favor of a new system developed by Tyler Technologies, after spending some US$20 million over a number of years.

Oracle completes Micros acquisition, forms new global business unit

By Chris Kanaracus | 09 September, 2014 23:06

Oracle has wrapped up its US$5.3 billion acquisition of Micros, maker of hardware and software for the hospitality industry, in its biggest deal since the purchase of Sun Microsystems in 2010.

Salesforce.com launches $100 million venture capital fund

By Chris Kanaracus | 08 September, 2014 22:34

While Salesforce.com has been an active investor in startup companies for years, it's taking these efforts to the next level with its first dedicated venture capital fund.

Tibco going up against Oracle, IBM and Adobe with new customer engagement platform

By Chris Kanaracus | 08 September, 2014 22:11

Add Tibco to the list of vendors pushing a full stack of so-called "customer engagement" software, which companies use to track and analyze consumer behavior in hopes of building deeper relationships with them and ultimately, selling more products and services.

Tibco confirms it is exploring 'strategic and financial alternatives'

By Chris Kanaracus | 05 September, 2014 01:08

Tibco's board of directors has begun a review of "strategic and financial alternatives," which presumably include a sale, the middleware vendor has confirmed following a news report of its plans.

Workday continues push against Oracle, SAP in financial apps

By Chris Kanaracus | 04 September, 2014 23:00

Workday is betting that a new reporting engine some 18 months in the making can convince more large enterprises to use its cloud-based financial software, rather than the widely used finance applications from Oracle and SAP.

Salesforce.com says wearables push is catching on with customers, partners

By Chris Kanaracus | 04 September, 2014 14:02

A few months after launching a developer toolkit for writing apps that run on wearable devices, Salesforce.com says the concept is gaining traction with customers and partners.

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