Stories by Chris Kanaracus

Nonprofit sues Lawson over alleged ERP failure

A California nonprofit is suing Lawson Software for more than US$1 million over an allegedly failed ERP (enterprise resource planning) implementation, according to documents filed last month in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Written by Chris Kanaracus24 Aug. 09 05:18

Oracle looks to planning apps for next billions

Oracle is devoting two full days and 70 sessions at the upcoming OpenWorld conference to its Primavera PPM (project portfolio management) software, which is used to track and manage the torrent of people, assets, timelines and expenses associated with projects and services engagements.

Written by Chris Kanaracus18 Aug. 09 06:46

SAP offers LinkedIn recruitment tools to channel partners

SAP has inked a deal with LinkedIn that will provide the software vendor's channel partners with special tools and services for the popular business social-networking and careers site.

Written by Chris Kanaracus14 Aug. 09 04:16

BMC buys MQSoftware, bolstering middleware management

BMC on Monday said it has bought MQSoftware, maker of middleware that helps companies monitor the performance of IBM's WebSphere MQ software, as well as other platforms. Terms were not disclosed.

Written by Chris Kanaracus11 Aug. 09 06:52

New software contract principles prompt worries

IT vendors and tech industry groups say a new set of legal principles for software contracts developed by the American Law Institute (ALI) could stifle innovation and raise the cost of software, even though they are meant to protect consumers.

Written by Chris Kanaracus25 July 09 02:28

Oracle users' gripes about support portal going unheeded

Despite complaints from many users, Oracle is showing no signs it will reverse course on plans to shut down the venerable MetaLink support portal, long used by thousands of IT professionals around the world.

Written by Chris Kanaracus25 July 09 05:52

Oracle tries to ease concerns of Virtual Iron customers

Oracle is trying to reassure customers of Virtual Iron, the virtualization company it bought in May, as rivals like VMware push discount offers in hopes of capitalizing on any uncertainty.

Written by Chris Kanaracus22 July 09 05:31

Experts: Oracle database option price hikes no accident

Oracle's decision to hike the price of some add-ons for its flagship database by about 40 percent was far from a random act, since the modules are crucial to getting the database to perform at the highest level, a pair of experts said Friday.

Written by Chris Kanaracus20 July 09 08:13

Oracle hikes prices on database options

Oracle has apparently raised the cost of some management options for its flagship database by 40 percent, according to an official price list dated July 1.

Written by Chris Kanaracus17 July 09 08:31

Oracle's software development reins in new hands

Oracle's executive vice president of product development, Charles Rozwat, is taking a one-year leave of absence and his responsibilities will be assumed by Thomas Kurian, currently senior vice president of Fusion middleware.

Written by Chris Kanaracus16 July 09 04:51

NetSuite launches 'green' discount program

On-demand ERP (enterprise resource planning) vendor NetSuite announced a promotion on Wednesday that provides a 50 percent discount for one year if the customer can prove they belong to a "green" organization, such as the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council.

Written by Chris Kanaracus16 July 09 04:33

Oracle issues big security patch update

Oracle on Tuesday released its latest quarterly patch update, which includes 10 security fixes for its database and also addresses a range of vulnerabilities across the vendor's applications portfolio.

Written by Chris Kanaracus15 July 09 01:04

SAP adds Web services to Business ByDesign

Users of SAP's Business ByDesign on-demand ERP (enterprise resource planning) suite now have "one-click" integration with a range of third-party Web services such as Google's search engine and news and financial feeds such as Business Wire and Hoover's.

Written by Chris Kanaracus15 July 09 05:07

Study finds big rise in job cuts planned at IT shops

Forty-six percent of North American IT shops are planning to cut positions this year, up from 24 percent last year, with one-quarter planning to slash staff by 10 percent or more, according to a newly released study by Computer Economics.

Written by Chris Kanaracus14 July 09 04:06