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Archive for January, 2009

SAP cuts jobs as profit tumbles

Posted by pridham on January 31, 2009

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Software giant lays off 3,000 staff from global workforce to prepare for tough 2009

SAP has announced 3,000 job cuts from its global workforce to prepare for a tough 2009 as it reported a two per cent drop in annual profit to €1.89bn (£1.75bn) from €1.92bn (£1.78bn) in the previous year.

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The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Service Buses, Q1 2009

Posted by pridham on January 28, 2009

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Oracle updates SaaS CRM, takes aim at Salesforce.com

Posted by pridham on January 27, 2009

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Oracle is also offering a new single-tenancy option. A year ago, Oracle introduced the ability for customers to run their on-demand application on their own dedicated server and database. That offering, Oracle On Demand Single Tenant Enterprise Edition, let customers choose their maintenance and upgrade windows, an alternative to the multi-tenant application where customers were upgraded on Oracle’s schedule. A new Single Tenant Standard Edition gives customers their own database, server and middleware, but they stay on Oracle’s upgrade and maintenance schedule.

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Oracle terminal releases and terminal patchsets

Posted by pridham on January 26, 2009

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What is the difference and theory behind Oracle terminal releases and terminal patchsets ?
What are Critical patch updates ?
What is the terminal release after 11.5.10 CU2? or Do you have 11.5.10 CU3/CU4?
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How to Cut Expenses with Technology

Posted by pridham on January 26, 2009

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Today’s challenging economy is forcing enterprises to find ways to cut expenses. IT professionals can cut costs using technologies such as software as a service, virtualization, Web conferencing and voice over IP. Knowledge Center contributor Joe Ruck explains why enterprises should consider these and other solutions in order to cut costs now.
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How to Leverage Data Deduplication to Green Your Data Center

Posted by pridham on January 25, 2009

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Data deduplication goes a long way toward reducing data storage costs by making storage much more efficient, which in turn can reduce the overall footprint inside the data center. Knowledge Center contributor Chris Poelker explains data deduplication’s benefits, including how leveraging data deduplication can help green your data center.
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BigFix SAM Tool Lets Enterprises Track Software Use

Posted by pridham on January 25, 2009

SAM – Software Asset Management. Now is the time to ensure that software licenses are not wasted.
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BigFix’s DSS software asset management product is a powerful way to let IT administrators manage the buying, deploying and license utilization of enterprise software, a crucial task in tight economic times. There’s a lot to like about BigFix DSS, once IT administrators get past the clunky installation process.
Various studies have shown that companies spend roughly 40 percent
of their IT budgets on software, and about 30 percent of that is wasted
because of over-licensing, which translates to about 12 percent of
total IT budgets. Right now, it’s probably pretty safe to say that if
you can save 12 percent of your total IT budget, you may save some jobs
and earn some accolades.
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NAO tells UKBA to abandon faxes

Posted by pridham on January 25, 2009

Too many organisations think that faxing information is secure and duplicate entry of information is ‘just the way we always done things’.
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The National Audit Office says the UK Border Agency must stop using fax machines and paper notes to speed up its processing of asylum claims
The report calls for an increase in electronic storage and transmission of information, where data security allows, saving in telephone charges and staff time.
The NAO wants a change in processes so that case workers only have to record information once, electronically. It also says that an integrated case working programme should be developed to allow staff to access all of the information they need, as well as the software required to do their work, through a single IT system.
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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms

Posted by pridham on January 23, 2009

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In January 2008, SAP completed its acquisition of Business Objects and IBM completed its acquisition of Cognos. The acquired firms were two of the largest in the market and had, arguably, been the defining suppliers in the space. Their absorption into larger entities (along with Hyperion into Oracle six months earlier) seemingly marked the end of BI platforms as a predominantly stand-alone, best-of-breed, buying decision. In 2008, BI platform investment decisions became tethered more closely to strategic sourcing and stack-led factors, and more influenced by organizational relationships with application and infrastructure vendors than before. Conversely, however, based on the research conducted for this report and interactions with Gartner customers over the year, there clearly remains a demand for independent BI platforms. To understand this duality, it is necessary to consider a number of factors at play that are driving the BI platform today:
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Organisations still don’t know much about data protection

Posted by pridham on January 18, 2009

clipped from www.theregister.co.uk

Over half of financial services firms do not know where all their customer and employee personal data is stored, according to a survey by auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).

Despite the fact that financial services firms hold extremely sensitive data on their customers, 54 per cent of those surveyed by PWC said that they did not have “an accurate inventory of where personal data for employees and customers is collected, transmitted or stored”.

In the survey, 51 per cent of finance companies surveyed said that third party service providers did not have to comply with their privacy policies.

The situation is even worse in public sector bodies. The PWC survey found that 65 per cent of those did not have an inventory of where data is collected and stored.

PWC surveyed over 7,000 organisations, 665 of which were financial services companies and 553 of which were public sector bodies.

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