Stories by Chris Kanaracus

Infor looks to raise profile, develops open SOA

Although Infor is one of the largest ERP (enterprise resource planning) vendors in the world after SAP and Oracle, you might never know it from scanning the tech headlines.

Written by Chris Kanaracus25 Jan. 10 08:29

IBM buying National Interest Security Company

Hoping to get a bigger piece of the U.S. defense budget, IBM announced Wednesday that it is buying security and analytics consultancy National Interest Security Company for an undisclosed sum.

Written by Chris Kanaracus21 Jan. 10 06:20

SQL Server 2008 R2 release set for May

SQL Server 2008 R2, the latest version of Microsoft's flagship database, will be generally available in May, the company said Tuesday.

Written by Chris Kanaracus20 Jan. 10 06:04

SAP shakes up support structure, executive organization

SAP said Thursday that it would once again offer customers a choice of application support tiers, in a stunning reversal of a decision that had rankled many customers worldwide.

Written by Chris Kanaracus15 Jan. 10 07:51

What's on's shopping list?'s move this week to raise US$500 million through a debt offering has observers speculating the on-demand CRM (customer relationship management) vendor is set to go on a shopping spree, but opinions vary on exactly what one will entail.

Written by Chris Kanaracus14 Jan. 10 07:27

Microsoft, HP announce 'infrastructure-to-app' partnership

Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft will invest US$250 million over three years on a product integration strategy meant to "significantly simplify" technology deployments for companies of all sizes, they said Wednesday.

Written by Chris Kanaracus14 Jan. 10 05:31

Forrester: Tech spending downturn is over

The worst is over for technology spending and the sector is set to rebound this year, according to a new report from Forrester Research.

Written by Chris Kanaracus13 Jan. 10 02:37

Progress scoops up BPM vendor Savvion

Middleware vendor Progress Software announced Monday it has purchased BPM (business process management) vendor Savvion for approximately US$49 million.

Written by Chris Kanaracus12 Jan. 10 06:56

Microsoft showcases new ERP app for retailers

Continuing its quest for more ERP (enterprise resource planning) market share, Microsoft on Monday announced a new application aimed at mid-sized speciality retail chains.

Written by Chris Kanaracus12 Jan. 10 07:27

Oracle critical patch update includes 24 fixes

Oracle on Tuesday will release a patch update that includes 24 security fixes for its database, application server and other products.

Written by Chris Kanaracus09 Jan. 10 03:56

Oracle buys data quality vendor

Acquisition-happy Oracle has made its first purchase of the year, announcing late Monday that it has scooped up Westminster, Colorado, data-quality vendor Silver Creek Systems. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Written by Chris Kanaracus06 Jan. 10 02:24

EMC acquires GRC vendor Archer Technologies

EMC said Monday that it plans to acquire GRC (governance, risk and compliance) vendor Archer Technologies for an undisclosed sum. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter, and is likely on the smaller side, as EMC said it would not have a material impact on its fiscal 2010 revenue or earnings.

Written by Chris Kanaracus05 Jan. 10 07:33

'Save MySQL' campaign gains momentum

A petition launched in December by MySQL creator Michael 'Monty' Widenius to "save" the open-source database from Oracle has quickly gained momentum, collecting nearly 17,000 signatures.

Written by Chris Kanaracus05 Jan. 10 04:32

Oracle shed nearly 1,300 jobs in Q2

Oracle's workforce fell by 1,273 during the second quarter of its 2010 fiscal year, according to an earnings report released Thursday.

Written by Chris Kanaracus19 Dec. 09 04:17

IBM buying BPM vendor Lombardi

IBM on Wednesday said it has signed a deal to buy Lombardi, an Austin, Texas, BPM (business process management) vendor. Terms were not disclosed.

Written by Chris Kanaracus17 Dec. 09 03:29