Stories by Chris Kanaracus

Salesforce's latest hones in on content, collaboration

On-demand CRM vendor's Spring '09 release features new capabilities for content packaging and delivery, as well as collaboration between salespeople, the company announced Tuesday.

Written by Chris Kanaracus11 Feb. 09 09:38

Hospital chain sues Lawson Software over retiring ERP apps

A Kansas-based nonprofit hospital chain has filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Lawson Software, saying its agreement with the ERP (enterprise resource planning) vendor requires Lawson to provide -- for just a small fee -- replacements for two software modules that will be decommissioned next year.

Written by Chris Kanaracus09 Feb. 09 10:50

SAP launches Business Suite 7

SAP launched Business Suite 7 on Wednesday, pitching the software as a more flexible and cost-effective option amid lean economic times.

Written by Chris Kanaracus05 Feb. 09 08:19

Study: BI, programming skills in demand despite economy

Thirty-eight percent of U.S. companies are planning to trim IT staff this year, but certain skills remain hot, according to a new study by the IT staffing company Veritude.

Written by Chris Kanaracus03 Feb. 09 08:07

Software flushes out the Eureka! moments

The Boston software company Invention Machine will have you believe their product can make the traditional "Eureka!" moment obsolete.

Written by Chris Kanaracus30 Jan. 09 07:18

Tampa preps for Super Bowl with BI tools

Half a million football-crazed fans will jam Tampa, Florida, for this Sunday's Super Bowl showdown between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals, but a small army of law enforcement officials will be tracking the situation through a system that combines BI (business intelligence) tools and a specialized software application called E Team.

Written by Chris Kanaracus30 Jan. 09 03:54

Startup provides commercial support for Lucene-based search

Startup Lucid Imagination is banking on the belief there's a market in commercial support for enterprise search applications built with the popular open-source Lucene and Solr projects.

Written by Chris Kanaracus27 Jan. 09 09:01

SAP wants information about Oracle's deal with partner

SAP wants a federal court to make Oracle hand over records of its business arrangement with CedarCrestone, an Alpharetta, Georgia, systems integrator that provides third-party support for Oracle PeopleSoft applications.

Written by Chris Kanaracus21 Jan. 09 07:07

Forrester: Be careful negotiating SaaS contracts

As SaaS (software as a service) applications continue to gain momentum, customers should take certain precautions when negotiating contracts, a Forrester Research analyst said on Thursday.

Written by Chris Kanaracus16 Jan. 09 05:59

SAP upgrades proceeding but maintenance end a factor

A new vendor-sponsored survey finds that some European and North American SAP customers are largely continuing with ERP (enterprise resource planning) system upgrades amid the global economic downturn. But the main reason cited was the end of vendor maintenance for their product versions.

Written by Chris Kanaracus16 Jan. 09 04:00

Salesforce launches Service Cloud

Salesforce has repurposed the customer-service software acquired through its August 2008 purchase of InstraNet into a new offering called the Service Cloud, the company announced Thursday.

Written by Chris Kanaracus16 Jan. 09 01:59

Forrester forecasts decline in global IT spending

Global spending on IT products and services will drop by 3 percent in 2009 to US$1.66 trillion when measured in U.S. dollars, but subsequently rebound by 9 percent in 2010, according to a Forrester Research study released Tuesday.

Written by Chris Kanaracus14 Jan. 09 08:14

Expert: IT execs should prepare for mergers

The dismal US economy has made many companies ripe for takeovers, so it's important for IT managers and CIOs to be prepared in case their company is involved in a merger, an expert warns.

Written by Chris Kanaracus10 Jan. 09 08:08

Study: Half of developers plan to work on SaaS in '09

More than half of all developers worldwide on average are expecting to work on SaaS (software as a service) applications within the next year, according to a new survey by Evans Data Corporation.

Written by Chris Kanaracus13 Jan. 09 08:04