Stories by Chris Kanaracus

Oracle revenue up, but charges drag down profit

Fueled by growth in new software licenses, Oracle revenue for its fiscal third quarter, ended Feb. 28, increased 17 percent from the same period last year, hitting US$6.4 billion, though earnings declined due in part to restructuring charges incurred by the company's purchase of Sun Microsystems.

Written by Chris Kanaracus26 March 10 08:01

Professors cite challenges in teaching BI

Although BI (business intelligence) is one of the hottest areas of enterprise IT, college professors around the world say they face a variety of challenges in training the next generation of BI workers, according to a new study.

Written by Chris Kanaracus24 March 10 06:13

Forrester: Uncertain future for SAP's NetWeaver

SAP customers shouldn't rely on the vendor's NetWeaver technology stack for all of their middleware needs in the future, according to Forrester Research.

Written by Chris Kanaracus23 March 10 07:01

Widespread discontent persists with ERP projects

More than half of companies that implement ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems end up garnering no more than 30 percent of the business benefits they expected, according to a new study released by systems integrator Panorama Consulting Group.

Written by Chris Kanaracus18 March 10 05:22

Microsoft tries to lure NetSuite users with new deal

Microsoft is offering financial enticements to customers of on-demand ERP (enterprise resource planning) vendor NetSuite to switch over to Microsoft's Dynamics family of business applications.

Written by Chris Kanaracus12 March 10 07:31

CA to buy Nimsoft

CA said Wednesday it has signed a deal to buy IT performance monitoring vendor Nimsoft for US$350 million.

Written by Chris Kanaracus11 March 10 08:44

Rackspace hires to align with MySQL offshoot

A number of former Sun Microsystems employees who worked on Drizzle, an offshoot of the MySQL open-source database, have ended up at cloud infrastructure provider Rackspace, where they will continue their efforts, developer Jay Pipes wrote in a blog post Monday.

Written by Chris Kanaracus10 March 10 06:41

Infor's Flex upgrade program termed an early success

ERP (enterprise resource planning) vendor Infor says its customers are warming up to Flex, a new upgrade and application-exchange program it started last year.

Written by Chris Kanaracus09 March 10 07:07

Oracle hikes certification testing fees

Oracle made significant increases this week in the cost of technical certification exams for Sun and Oracle technologies.

Written by Chris Kanaracus03 March 10 08:00

RightNow tries to change SaaS contract, pricing game

CRM vendor RightNow announced a new SaaS (software as a service) pricing and licensing model on Thursday that it says provides customers with fairer, clearer deals. The company also issued a "Cloud Challenge" to competitors, urging them to adopt similar principles.

Written by Chris Kanaracus05 March 10 07:36

SAP lands major deal with 3M at Oracle's expense

SAP has seen its share of executive upheaval and customer discontent in recent months, but a newly inked agreement with global conglomerate 3M is giving it reason to celebrate.

Written by Chris Kanaracus02 March 10 06:54

Amazon EC2 boosts memory, Windows support

Amazon Web Services has added a new "high memory extra-large" instance option for its AWS' Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service, which provides scalable computing infrastructure over the Internet.

Written by Chris Kanaracus24 Feb. 10 07:44

Iron Mountain buys archiving vendor Mimosa

Information management giant Iron Mountain said Monday it has acquired content archiving vendor Mimosa Systems for US$112 million.

Written by Chris Kanaracus23 Feb. 10 05:39

DataFlux goes up against MDM giants with new platform

SAS Institute subsidiary DataFlux is unveiling a new suite on Monday that combines MDM (master data management), data quality and data integration tools in a single package.

Written by Chris Kanaracus23 Feb. 10 07:06