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CipherCloud lands in Oz

US encryption vendor CipherCloud, setup by ArcSight founding VP of engineering Pravin Kothari, is going live with an Australian office to provide professional services to local customers and give sales a kick along. The company positions itself as allowing companies to resolve the most common concern of moving to cloud computing …

Partners to Microsoft: We are NOT ready for cloudy stuff yet

Microsoft has delayed and in some cases completely scrapped a raft of cloudy changes to its Partner Network that were due to be put in place from as early as January. This follows responses from channel partners that they were not ready for the overhaul, which Microsoft made public at its WPC knees-up, because their cloud …
Paul Kunert, 27 Nov 2013
Cloud security

Microsoft defends Azure with two-factor auth security

Microsoft's multi-factor authentication service has gone into general availability, doubling prices and giving enterprises a service-level agreement. Microsoft announced the general availability of the product in a blog post on Thursday. The MFA technology allows admins to add an additional layer of security to accounts using …
Jack Clark, 26 Sep 2013
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Sage CRM goes online

Sage is launching a pay-as-you-go version of its CRM software available through a website. A hosted version of Sage CRM Mid Market Edition - called Sagecrm.com - is available from £50 per user per month. Smaller businesses can use the service through the website to start with and move to an on-site version if their needs …
John Oates, 26 Oct 2005

Microsoft adds two-factor authentication to Windows Azure

Microsoft's cloudy identity and access management tool has been given two-factor authentication. This lets admins add another layer of security into applications that integrate with Windows Azure Active Directory, Microsoft announced on Wednesday. Microsoft announced plans in April to bring two-factor authentication (in softy- …
Jack Clark, 14 Jun 2013
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SAP goes hostal with CRM

After taunting customers for months, SAP has finally dished out its take on CRM as an online, hosted service. The SAP CRM On-Demand Solution will go up against market darling salesforce.com and, now part of the borg, Siebel CRM OnDemand. SAP meant to push this service out the door months earlier and still hasn't delivered a …
Ashlee Vance, 03 Feb 2006
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Wake up, grandad: All the techies use social media

Ever since I passed the big five-o, I have noticed more and more youngsters who believe their generation invented something we older guys were using decades ago. At a recent event, for example, I overheard a bunch of 20-something industry analysts seriously discussing how the 50-something CIOs running IT departments today need …
Dale Vile, 25 Jun 2014
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Salesforce.com embeds Skype into CRM

As part of its sustained campaign to dominate the emerging world of on-demand applications, salesforce.com has announced a version of the Skype Internet-based telephone software to work with its Salesforce customer relationship management (CRM) package. The special version of Skype, developed by the German voice-over-IP …
Phil Manchester, 14 May 2007
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Microsoft CRM RSS feeds on the books

Microsoft is introducing RSS to its fledgling customer relationship management (CRM) suite. The company is working on features that enable users of its Dynamics CRM to receive updated sales information through subscriber-based Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds. RSS is expected in the third edition of Microsoft's CRM software …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Sep 2005

Microsoft 'streamlines' ERP and CRM pricing

Microsoft is introducing per-user pricing for its business applications in an attempt to streamline licensing and reduce the cost of its CRM and ERP software. On Tuesday, the company announced three new pricing bundles for its Dynamics range of software under the Business Ready Licensing Plan, which it claimed will be simpler …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jul 2006
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More Carphone CRM goes online

Following on from last year's deal with the Opal Telecom division of Carphone Warehouse, online business management provider NetSuite has snaffled a bit more work from the UK telecoms company. Business Solutions, the business-to-business arm of the Carphone Warehouse, has opted for NetSuite's CRM+ to provide Sales Force …
Martin Banks, 11 Jul 2006
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SAP in search of autistic software engineers who 'think different'

SAP wants to hire engineers diagnosed with autism - or people who "think differently" in the words of the enterprise software giant. In a big push to fill out its ranks of developers, testers and bods involved in data quality assurance, SAP has turned to Specialisterne, a group dedicated to finding work for those with autism. …
Gavin Clarke, 23 May 2013

Dragons' Den star's biz Outsourcery sends yet more millions up in smoke

Cloud service provider Outsourcery has released its half-year financials while talking up its business potential, quietly avoiding the fact that it has little to boast about in terms of actual performance. Revenues at the cloud services player to the end of June moved up 23.5 per cent to £2.1m (including £1.5m of recurring …
Paul Kunert, 25 Sep 2013
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Thanks, Amazon – we'll take it from here: SAP muscles in on cloud subscriptions

SAP is putting its entire business applications suite online and selling the lot through subscription. The on-premise giant last week announced SAP Business Suite via the SAP Hana Enterprise Cloud service. Underpinning the service is Hana, SAP’s in-memory database technology. Subscriptions are a huge deal for SAP. The world's …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2014
Steve Jobs

Why has sexy Apple gone to bed with big boring IBM?

Shocked by IBM's deal to sell and support iPads and iPhones in the enterprise? You only have to look at Jean Pigozzi's photo of Steve Jobs in his younger, rebellious years flipping the middle finger to the stuffed shirts at IBM while standing outside their stuffy offices in New York City to see just how far apart "cool" Apple …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Jul 2014
More flaws found in Java

Oracle drops shedload of CRITICAL vuln-busting Java patches

Oracle's autumn batch of quarterly updates included no fewer than 127 security fixes, including 51 for Java alone. The arrival of the Critical Patch Update (CPU) from Oracle means pretty much all of the enterprise server packages from the software giant need patching. Oracle Database Server, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle …
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2013
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Microsoft CRM goes global

Microsoft Business Solutions today released to manufacturing final code for its latest customer relationship management (CRM) software. Version 1.2 of Microsoft CRM offers sales, marketing and customer service modules and is commercially available in 47 geographies from January 2004. The previous release, Microsoft CRM 1.0, was …
Robert Jaques, 08 Dec 2003
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Oracle claims complete cloud suite

On Monday, Larry Ellison told attendees at OpenWorld 2012 in San Francisco that Oracle was a reluctant entrant into the cloud market, pushed on by the wishes of its customers. Just one day later, his company claimed its new public cloud applications suite is the biggest in the business. VP of Oracle Product Development Thomas …
Iain Thomson, 02 Oct 2012
A boomerang

Salary packager plans cloud boomerang

Am Australian company has just deployed hosted CRM but plans to bring it back on-premises, before sending it back out to the cloud in future. The company in question is called Remunerator Group, and last year it plumped for a new Microsoft Dynamics system to beef up workflow for complaints handling. That project went well and …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Jun 2012

Microsoft needs to keep visible under waves of Blue

Remember Microsoft's Blackcomb? Nor do I: it never happened. For years, Blackcomb was the code name for a “next” version of Windows after Longhorn. Longhorn became Windows Vista and when that lumbered out the working title for Windows 7 became Vienna. Now we have a new codename: Blue. Only Blue isn’t a new version of Windows - …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Feb 2013

Bug bounty upstart thinks there's BIG MONEY in crowdtesting

Security startup CrowdCurity is marketing a cloud-based platform that allows businesses to set up and run their own bug bounty and security testing programmes. Bug bounty programmes have become fairly commonplace across the IT industry over recent years. The schemes reward researchers for reporting flaws to vendors, rather than …
John Leyden, 22 Nov 2013
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Sage rebadges CRM for smaller biz

Sage is releasing its mid-market CRM product created through the acquisition of ACCPAC earlier this year. The product, Sage CRM Mid-Market edition, was previously available in the UK as ACCPAC CRM. The software is available in a shrink-wrapped box from today but Sage is more excited about the hosted version which will be …
John Oates, 02 Nov 2004
The Tesla K20 GPU coprocessor card

Nvidia stretches Tesla GPU coprocessors from HPC to big data

Graphics chip maker Nvidia has barely begun to put a dent in the traditional high performance computing segment with its Tesla GPU coprocessors and it is already gearing up to take on new markets. The next target is big data, and as with parallel supercomputing, Nvidia is hoping to get the jump on rivals Intel and AMD, which …
The Register breaking news

BT rolls out Siebel CRM on demand

BT is to be the first UK provider to offer Siebel Systems' CRM OnDemand as a hosted service for small and medium-sized firms. The service can be set up as a stand-alone installation or integrated with existing on-site deployments of Siebel's customer relatinoship management software. It is billed on a per licence per user per …
Robert Jaques, 07 Dec 2003

UK.gov provider frees Microsoft partner TES from administration

Business process outsourcing firm Liberata IT Solutions, which is responsible for several large government contracts, has devoured Microsoft Gold partner Trinity Expert Systems (TES) in a pre-pack administration. This came after TES succumbed to pressing cash-flow issues. Coventry-based TES called in the receivers Deloitte …
Paul Kunert, 11 Oct 2013
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MS CRM wins hearts, minds, wallets

David Batt, general manager of Microsoft CRM, said the CRM market is growing at between 10 and 15 per cent but Microsoft's CRM offering has grown more than 80 per cent a year in its first three years. Microsoft has found 3,500 customers and claims 62 per cent would be happy to be reference customers for the vendor. According to …
John Oates, 17 Nov 2004

'I still get on the phone for a $5k deal' - NetSuite CEO's anti-SAP mission

California-based Salesforce has been an unstoppable force in Software as a Service (SaaS) for 14 years. It pulled in $3.05bn in revenue last year, and just booted rival enterprise tech maker SAP from its slot as the world's number-one customer relationship management software (CRM) company. But there’s another SaaS company that …
Gavin Clarke, 01 May 2013

Microsoft's new CEO: The technology isn't his problem

If Satya Nadella is the answer, what was the question? Let's begin by saying money was not the problem that needed solving: on that, the world's largest software company is printing cash. In January Microsoft announced yet another record quarter, this time thanks in huge part to Xbox sales over Christmas and its server software …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Feb 2014
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Windows 8 for Kindle-like gear hinted by Microsoft bigwig

Microsoft has given its strongest hint yet that Windows 8 on ARM (WoA) will run on a new generation of Kindle-style e-readers. The company's chief operating officer Kevin Turner opened Microsoft’s Dynamics 2012 conference by rattling off a list of devices that’ll benefit from a consistent user interface because Windows 8 runs on …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Mar 2012
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Microsoft finally puts date on hosted CRM

Microsoft will next year launch a hosted customer relationship management (CRM) service while insisting it's not competing with Salesforce.com, SAP and Oracle. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, told 7,000 partners Tuesday that Microsoft plans to unveil Dynamics CRM Live in the second quarter of 2007 as an online …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Jul 2006
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Salesforce losses swell, despite rise in sales

Software-as-a-Service pin-up Salesforce.com reported growing losses despite increased sales. The hosted CRM provider reported a loss of $9.82m on a 34 per cent increase in net sales to $73.6m for the three-month period to 31 July. Loss per share also increased, up 4 cents to $0.07 on a diluted GAAP basis. The company used the …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Aug 2012
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Stand back, everyone! Dragons' Den ace HAS FOUND THE CLOUD

The wait is almost over for any Brit wanting to take a punt on a homegrown cloud services firm: the UK-based Outsourcery is poised to list on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM)* this Friday. The Manchester-headquartered business is placing a little more than 11.5 million Ordinary Shares at 110 pence giving it a market …
Paul Kunert, 22 May 2013
Smartphones

3CX Phone System takes on the corporate mobiles

It is hard to make phones sexy, never mind SIP phones and software. Yet increasingly my job requires me to be on the phone for hours every day to people all over the world. The local telco wants roughly the GDP of Brunei to let me do this, making SIP providers look attractive. As a result, I have investigated a company called …
Trevor Pott, 31 Mar 2014
The Register breaking news

Salesforce.com welcomes CRM lapse

Salesforce.com's campaign to go beyond CRM and become a platform player took a fresh turn Wednesday with services announced to win greater developer support and a new campaign highlighting its integration with traditional back office software. The hosted CRM provider has launched AppExchange OEM Edition, giving developers the …
Gavin Clarke, 25 May 2006
Bloody Serial Killer Shower Curtain

STEVE BALLMER KILLS WINDOWS

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has unveiled plans for a massive restructuring at Redmond. From today, the company’s product groups will be dissolved and resurrected as slimmed-down devices and services teams ready to take on Apple, Amazon, Google and others. Microsoft’s chief executive today announced the death of the mighty five …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Microsoft launches CRM (in US)

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Microsoft Corp finally launched its delayed customer relationship management (CRM) software yesterday, the company's first foray into this area of e-business software. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft CRM for North America was delayed from its planned end-of-2002 launch at the last …
ComputerWire, 22 Jan 2003
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Hosted CRM: prepare your boat to be floated

If hosted CRM floats your boat, 2006 is going to be an exciting year. The noise created by salesforce.com and others over the last few years has created a momentum for hosted offerings in the CRM market as a whole. The vendors are heading down the hosted route faster than their customers and prospects, but if they create enough …
Quocirca, 19 Dec 2005
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Amazon cloud inspectors approve SAP's biz apps

SAP’s mighty business apps have been certified to run on the Amazon cloud. Amazon said Thursday the software giant’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) applications had been …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Nov 2012
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Squeezing CRM into the mid-market

For the last few years, the mid-market, in the minds of applications vendors, has been ripe for improving the way they manage their customer relationships. Given the growth rate of some CRM vendors targeting this market, they may have a point. For a reseller looking to expand their portfolio to include a CRM offering, the range …
Bob Tarzey, 26 Apr 2005
John Lewis, inside Magna Park

John Lewis to respray with coat of Oracle ERP: Don't worry, we won't be 'wall to wall' Larry

The CIO of John Lewis makes no apologies for what he’s about to do. Quite the contrary. I’m meeting Paul Coby at John Lewis's offices in Victoria, a concrete tower fitted with JL’s fittings and furniture that overlooks the jumbled innards of London's £700m upgrade of the Victoria underground line. It's also a tube-strike day. It …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Mar 2014
channel

Calyx owner Better Capital stages reseller roll-up

Private equity house Better Capital has merged seven specialist mid-market software resellers under the m-hance brand with a single management team. Microsoft ERP and CRM dealer Gyrosoft, the hosting and software development biz at MentecPlus and the mid-market client list from MS Dynamics and Sage dealers Sys-Care and Avant- …
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2011
Microsoft

Microsoft details Dynamics Live CRM

Two companies are driving coverage of on demand business applications this year. Unfortunately for Salesforce.com, it isn't one of them. Microsoft and SAP, with their planned Dynamics Live CRM and A1S respectively, are getting attention because they represent a move by the software old guard into a market popularized by …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Jul 2007
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Data analytics nears adulthood but has it grown up yet?

The problem with business analytics technology is that it has just about emerged from puberty and adolescence but nobody has given it a bank account and introduced it to the opposite sex yet. Analytics has been around in one form or another ever since Henry Ford decided to catalogue his motorcar assembly line measurements a …
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Salesforce CEO knocks Microsoft's hosted CRM bluster

Salesforce.com's chief executive is talking tough after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer pledged to give its smaller rival a "run for its money" with a planned hosted CRM service. Marc Benioff is confident his company can see-off Microsoft's hosted customer relationship management (CRM) service, based on the companies' competitive …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Sep 2005

Oz Bank share price dives after reveal of IBM/Oracle plan

Is it feasible that investors are belatedly learning that a technology refresh might involve spending huge amounts of money on risky projects? If the National Australia Bank's experience yesterday (13 March) is any guide, the answer might be a tentative “yes”. The bank, which suffered some high-profile outages during 2012, …
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'CRM – the little black dress of IT'

El Reg is indebted to Johnson King Public Relations of Weston Street, London for blending fashion and IT in its bid to make CRM more sexy. Inviting journalists to a press conference on behalf of its client, Detica, it pouts: "CRM - the little black dress of IT." No longer sexy and sophisticated, the LBD is now a byword for …
Tim Richardson, 19 Jun 2001
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Microsoft tastes sweet, sweet open source CRM

SugarCRM has become the second open source software company challenging proprietary client/server ISVs to land a technology partnership with Microsoft. The start-up and Microsoft have announced plans to improve interoperability between Windows Servers and SugarCRM's hosted customer relationship management (CRM) suite. SugarCRM …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Feb 2006
channel

MS waves enticing moolah at Oracle, Salesforce punters

Microsoft has written to Salesforce.com and Oracle punters urging them to ditch the cloudy database offerings of Marc Benioff and Larry Ellison in favour of its own CRM system. But in order to convince them to make the switch, the software giant is also, somewhat desperately, waving a wad of cash in the faces of Salesforce and …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Dec 2010
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Microsoft says exec took secret 'trove' to Salesforce

Microsoft is claiming a CRM executive who defected to Salesforce.com took hundreds sensitive documents to its cloudy competitor. The company has filed legal documents saying former Dynamics CRM general manager Matt Miszewski left Microsoft with a "trove of materials" on his PC. The "trove" amounted to 25,000 pages of …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Feb 2011
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Chrome beats IE for a weekend

Fresh from knocking off Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the web's most-used browser for a single day in March, Google's Chrome browser has now claimed more users than Redmond's HTML-cruncher for a whole weekend. Data gathered by StatCounter shows Chrome has enjoyed a day of dominance on most weekends since its March ascendancy …
Simon Sharwood, 08 May 2012