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Scott Guthrie

Geek's geek Guthrie heads up Microsoft's mega-billions enterprise software biz

The chief of Microsoft’s would-be Flash killer Silverlight, who also invented ASP.NET, has taken the top spot at Redmond’s $20bn enterprise and cloud business. Scott Guthrie has quietly been named acting head of Microsoft’s enterprise and cloud business in the wake of Satya Nadella’s elevation to Microsoft CEO. Nadella had been …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Feb 2014

The enterprise software gravy train stalled in 2012

The world spends about twice as much dough on enterprise software as it does on data center hardware, and that software is also where a lot of the profit for the IT sector comes from. So when enterprise software revenues don't grow as fast as they have in prior years, it has ripple effects on the IT industry as a whole. The …

Top ten biz software vendors reveal Heartbleed exposure

The advent of the Heartbleed Open SSL vulnerability has enterprise software development teams scrambling to figure out if they have a problem, and the news is not always good. Vulture South has ploughed through the recently updated list of the world's top 10 software vendors. Here's how each fares. Microsoft is chilling out …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2014

Enterprise adolescent: Salesforce.com's struggles at 15

It’s no way to celebrate a milestone birthday. Salesforce.com may claim to help 100,000 companies understand their businesses and make money, but in the week Salesforce turned 15, it emerged that the firm needs to get its own house in order. Chief financial officer Graham Smith revealed in a correspondence with the US Securities …

On the road with an IT ball-gazer: Forget big data, the future of tech is the 'social enterprise'

I spend a great deal of my time out on the road visiting tech firms and tech buyers. By default I spend a lot of time sitting in the back of cars being driven to and from offices and airports. I love my job. That being said, I don't particularly like chatting about my work outside of work situations, as I am aware that there is …

Think enterprise software is complex? Check out the licences

Enterprises shouldn't be surprised to discover they're having trouble understanding their enterprise licensing agreements. While Oracle, SAP and other big players publicly tout transparency and fairness in their licensing and pricing policies, customers often disagree when they get to the bargaining table or open the results of …
Alex Woodie, 09 May 2013
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China and India to power global enterprise software market

China and India are set to lead worldwide enterprise software growth over the next four years as Asia Pacific cements itself as the powerhouse of the global IT industry, according to Gartner. The analyst’s Q1 2012 update to its Enterprise Software Markets, Worldwide, 2009-2016 report revealed that China will have the fastest …
Phil Muncaster, 04 Apr 2012
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JDA Software finds a RedPrairie home companion

JDA Software is selling itself to RedPrairie, a privately equity-backed enterprise software firm, for $1.9bn in cash. The $45 a share deal is 33 per cent higher than JDA's closing price on October 26, the day before Reuters told the world that the company was exploring a sale. JDA and RedPrairie specialise in different areas of …
Drew Cullen, 01 Nov 2012

Salesforce boots SAP from customer-wrangling software top slot

Software-as-a-service provider Salesforce has beaten on-premises incumbents to become the biggest provider of customer relationship management (CRM) software. CRM software is used to organise and automate customer service, marketing and sales. Marc Benioff’s company stole the number-one spot from SAP last year, beating the …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Apr 2013

Software AG attempts to barge aboard crowded Cloud bandwagon

Software AG is late to the cloud computing party - but Europe’s second largest maker of on-premises enterprise software has vowed to “get it right”. Daren Roos, chief operating officer at the German giant, told The Reg: “We will deliver something that works. We are committed to doing a proper cloud.” And to prove it, he …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2013

Indirect proposition: Inside IBM UK software supremo's profit plan

IBM’s Stephen Smith shrugs off our suggestion there’s more pressure on him now than ever before. And no wonder: he is a man with a profit-generating plan. Smith is the UK and Ireland head of IBM’s Software Group – a unit that’s home to some of the biggest names in software, never mind the Big Blue brand itself. As a whole, the …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2014
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Interactive Ideas puts 10 staffers on redundancy watch, exits retail software

Distributor Interactive Ideas has placed a small batch of staff at risk of redundancy as it jettisons the retail software biz to concentrate wholly on enterprise software and licensing. Seven years ago retail software represented 80 per cent of Interactive's total turnover but has fallen to just 7 per cent this year, said Mike …
Paul Kunert, 04 Sep 2012
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German software giant plucks London software outfit

Software AG has hoovered up a UK-based messaging software developer founded by a bunch of Deutsche Bank alumni. The German enterprise software vendor has bought out 13-year old London-based my-Channels for a sum reportedly in the low double digits of million euros. my-Channels' "extremely fast (low latency) messaging software …
Joe Fay, 16 Apr 2012
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Memo to kid coders: Enterprise software exists

If you live or spend time in Silicon Valley, it's easy to forget that enterprise software exists, or that it still drives $245 billion in annual revenue, according to Gartner. Google, Facebook, and a rising generation of consumer-facing startups get the media buzz, to the point that young developers have neither an interest in …
Matt Asay, 06 Sep 2011
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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
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Come to campus or attend online: Microsoft hosts Accelerate Your Insights gig

You may have noticed our recent flurry of activity for Accelerate Your Insights, an all day event on 1 May at Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park. The Register is a media partner of Microsoft and this is our fourth and final promo for Accelerate. Microsoft is seeking IT decision makers and doers to come to this gig - in person …
David Gordon, 16 Apr 2014

Firms 'coughed $39 BEEELLION' for system software in 2012

The system infrastructure software racket is a steady business and a profit center for the IT industry, and according to projections from IDC, this space is on track to grow steadily over the next few years. IDC just finished taking a snapshot of this hairball segment of the IT racket, examining the sales of 220 vendors across …

Dell details plans for 'remixed' software strategy

Dell has provided more details of its reinvigorated software strategy on Thursday, coming in the wake of its $2.4bn acquisition of Quest Software. "This is a very interesting time to be thinking about going into the software business. There's more disruptive stuff going on than I can ever remember," said John Swainson, president …
Neil McAllister, 19 Jul 2012
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Enterprise IT's power shift threatens server-huggers

It's not that the role of enterprise IT is dying. It's just that it's changing so much that it may soon be virtually unrecognisable from its golden age of installing servers and managing data centres. As more developers take on the task of building, deploying, and running applications on infrastructure outsourced to Amazon and …
Matt Asay, 17 Jan 2012

Oracle and SAP are Big Software, but for how long?

When Oracle announced disappointing third-quarter results in March 2013, executives at the company were quick to blame poor sales execution for a two per cent decline in new software licences and cloud software subscriptions. It wasn't a symptom, they insisted, of underlying problems with the company’s product portfolio - or …
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Enterprise gets social: Twitter-style data streams, engagement 'apps'

The winning game plan for enterprise software has long been to "play it safe." Enterprise software developers are just as talented as their free-wheeling consumer-facing peers, but are shackled by the need to prioritise enterprise security over personal utility, and by the fact that IT buyers differ significantly from IT users, …
Matt Asay, 27 Jan 2012
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Facebook obsessives overlook enterprise riches

It's not that enterprise software is boring. But let's face it: if you had the choice to tell your mom that your company makes it easy for 800 million people to talk to each other, or that your business makes it easier for companies like Chevron to do business more productively, the former is going to sound a heck of a lot …
Matt Asay, 10 Jan 2012
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Return of native: HTML5's enterprise battle

Consumer smartphone apps may get all the press, not to mention $15bn in market size by 2013, but enterprise smartphone apps may well prove to be the bigger market. This may be particularly true of HTML5 apps, which have been all the rage at Facebook, the Financial Times, and other consumer-facing app developers. The reason? …
Matt Asay, 26 Oct 2011

IBM and Nvidia: We'll build your data center like a SUPERCOMPUTER

IBM and Nvidia have announced a partnership to "bring supercomputer performance to the corporate data center," in the words of Nvidia's accelerated computing honcho Ian Buck, with systems based on Nvidia Tesla GPUs and IBM Power8 CPUs, and to accelerate IBM enterprise software using Nvidia GPUs. "This is the biggest technology …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Nov 2013

Chin up, tech world. Gartner says it'll be OK

The good news for anyone selling tech to pay the bills is that market demand is bouncing back, although retailers in particular will need to run faster to stand still as customers opt for cheaper devices. In its latest Worldwide Spending Forecast, crystal ball gazers at Gartner reckon some $3.77 trillion will be splashed by …
Paul Kunert, 02 Apr 2014
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Oracle picks PCIe flash from LSI for flashy next-gen Exadata box

Oracle, a minor database and enterprise software interest of yachtsman Larry Ellison, has picked LSI to supply PCIe flash acceleration cards. LSI’s Nytro-branded cards will be used in Oracle’s Exadata X4 engineered system, what it calls its next-generation Database Machine. The cards have a jointly-developed Oracle LSI software …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2014

Oracle to channel: want some extra rebate love?

Oracle has tossed a couple of extra percentage points of rebate into the mix for channel partners that can flog its prescribed blend of systems and software. The sweetener comes in the wake of a lacklustre fiscal '13 for Oracle, and is a good indication of where the vendor needs most help from resellers/ integrators in the year …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2013
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PEAK MOBILE: IT biz spending forecasts SLASHED

We're not even a full week into the second month of 2014 and beancounter IDC has lowered its global IT spending forecasts, amid volatility in emerging markets and on fears that smartphone and slab sales have peaked. An eye watering $2tn was splashed on tech last year, including $1tn on hardware, but IDC has already pegged back …
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2014
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BlackBerry chief Chen swings the axe at mobe-maker's executives

New BlackBerry interim CEO John Chen has begun his tenure at the battered smartphone vendor by shaking up its top executives, eliminating at least two positions in the process. The New York Times reports that Chen has shown the door to chief operating officer Kristian Tear and chief marketing officer Frank Boulben, both of whom …
Neil McAllister, 25 Nov 2013
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Dell shareholders head in for second vote on Big Mike's plan

Dell shareholders are set to meet in Texas again today to see whether they can agree to go with Big Mike's plan to take the firm private or prefer to wait for a better offer. Investors are still pretty dubious about their founder's $24.4bn buyout offer for the firm, sources whispered to Reuters, with many feeling that the $13.65 …

Used software firms win small victory in shrinking on-premises world

Software-makers were caught off guard by a July judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union on the UsedSoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp case. The court ruled that “An author of software cannot oppose the resale of his ‘used’ licenses allowing the use of his programs downloaded from the internet”. “The Court of …
R 'Ray' Wang, 05 Jul 2012
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If you're pondering a startup, go for big data. This VC might fund you

Enterprise software venture capital firm Atlantic Capital Partners backs a number of up-and-coming startups, including Amplidata, Racktivity and Torch, the firm behind data analytics tool Graylog2. But what makes the firm's partners decide which firms to take a gamble on? ACP was founded in 2010 and invests, at the growth stage …
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Microsoft founder Paul Allen's money man wants Redmond to break up

The man in charge of Microsoft founder Paul Allen's investment vehicle has suggested Microsoft should be broken up. Allen left Microsoft in 1982 after an illness, but retained a huge parcel of shares and still owns a couple of billion worth of Microsoft stock. That stake is managed by Vulcan Capital, whose chief investment …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Nov 2013
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Mac Pro fanbois can rack 'em and stack 'em like real sysadmins

US company H-Squared is a little closer to releasing a shelf that will make it possible to rack and stack six of the the new Mac Pros into a 6U space. The Mac Pro can be equipped with Intel's Xeon E5-2697 v2, a 12-core, 2.7 Ghz CPU with a 30M cache. Six Mac pros equipped with that CPU in a 6U space would put 72 cores at your …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2014
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OpenStack head unworried by Dell, IBM, reversals

Imagine for a moment that you head a large enterprise software effort and two major partners stiff you in quick succession. First, one of those partners decides shut down a public cloud built on your software. The second, despite public profession of mutual adoration and respect, buys a rival. Now the reveal: the enterprise …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Jun 2013

Ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch goes nuclear: Claims HP 'misleads' its own shareholders

Mike Lynch, former chief of HP-owned Autonomy, tossed an explosive shareholder letter onto the internet today – just hours before HP's annual investors' meeting in Santa Clara, California. The scathing missive alleges Hewlett-Packard has been "misleading" its shareholders about the reasons behind the computer giant's $8.8bn …
Jack Clark, 19 Mar 2014

BMC successfully sells self

Enterprise software company BMC has agreed to be acquired by a troika of private equity companies, who will hand over $US46.25 of cash for each outstanding share in the company. $6.9bn will therefore change hands to make the company the joint property of Bain Capital, Golden Gate Capital, GIC Special Investments and Insight …
Simon Sharwood, 07 May 2013
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Fusion-io founders' stealthy startup: We uncloak THIS YEAR... but don't expect product

Primary Data, the stealthy storage virtualisation startup set up Fusion-io's founders, has scored more cash and says it will come out of stealth later this year. After resigning from Fusion-io, CEO David Flynn and marketing head Rick White set up Primary Data and received $50m of B-round funding in October last year. There are …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2014

SAP inks Hadoop deals with Intel and Hortonworks

SAP has partnered with Intel and Hortonworks to resell the two companies' Hadoop offerings, as the enterprise software giant tentatively gets involved with the new fashionable data platform. The announcement was made on Wednesday at Techcrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, and means SAP will be able to sell SAP's HANA in-memory …
Jack Clark, 12 Sep 2013
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Software AG plots Valley invasion by Terracotta army

Europe's second largest software company, Software AG, is reorganising in the US with a huge focus on the West Coast around big-data purchase Terracotta. Chief executive Karl-Heinz Streibich told The Reg that sales growth in his company's US operation had to catch up to levels in the European homeland. Streibich is creating a …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jan 2012

Oracle releases July patch batch... with 27 fixes for remote exploits

Oracle has pushed out a quarterly patch batch of 89 updates that mean almost all of its enterprise software products need updating for one reason or another. Craig Young, a security researcher at Tripwire, noted that most of the vulnerabilities were picked up by third-party researchers. “The constant drumbeat of critical Oracle …
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2013
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IT box'n'services floggers to learn coding as biz want apps

Companies in the IT hardware and services channel are having to bone up on programming or outsource development as big biz takes a growing interest in mobile versions of enterprise software. At the Canalys Channel Forum, the analyst said, thanks to the growing trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), services customers want are …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jan 2013
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US military nails 'best ever' Microsoft deal, brags size does matter

US Department of Defense personnel will get their hands on Microsoft’s latest software in a deal officials claim is their best yet from Redmond. The government department has signed a three-year enterprise licence agreement with Microsoft worth $617m, giving its two-million-plus civilian and military staff access to Windows 8, …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jan 2013
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PC decline whacks 2013 IT spending projections

We're now halfway through this year, and it's therefore time for Gartner's prognosticators to review what is going on in the global economy, how IT vendors fared in the first half, and to rejig their IT spending projections for 2013. While the news is not good, it's not particularly bad, either. According to Gartner, global IT …

SAP's cloud sets on-premises bods free from licence fees... Oh, hang on

SAP has eased the cost burden for customers switching to cloud versions of its software but be prepared to barter for a good deal - and don't expect to reduce your payments to Walldorf. In a carefully worded announcement, SAP last week said it is now allowing customers to "re-allocate elements" of its software installed on …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jul 2013
The Four Horsemen Apocalypse ride up the grassy mound that adorns the WinXP desktop

UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

Tens of thousands of ATMs will be running Windows XP long after Microsoft’s deadline to abandon the operating system ahead of a potential hacker storm. Just a third of the UK’s 60,000 ATMs will be upgraded from Windows XP before the end of this year, according to the biggest supplier of those machines - NCR. But it will be 8 …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Mar 2014

Australia's Silicon Beach is a wipeout

“If only Australia were more like Silicon Valley,” the entrepreneuriat declaims: “Our startups would be more like theirs, and we'd have home-grown Googles or Apples!” I've heard this for years, and I'm uncomfortable with it. It's not hard to find these sentiments: posts like this one by Freelancer.com founder Matt Barrie deliver …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Nov 2013

Dell storage boss Topgun Thomas leaves 'to pursue a new opportunity'

Darren Thomas, head of Dell's Storage Group, is leaving the company, following several quarters of declining revenue and an influx of new executive blood into Dell. Dell spokesperson Gladtys Elia said: "Darren Thomas has decided to pursue a new opportunity outside of Dell. … Alan Atkinson, vice president and general manager of …
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2012
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Gartner's gurus forecast future tech spending splurge

Gartner's analysts have used their highly-tuned abdominal sensing units and cerebral computing powers to forecast worldwide IT spending will rise to a whopping $3.92 trillion come 2014. During 2012, global IT spend hit $3.62 trillion. This year, it will reach $3.78 trillion, reckon the Gartner market boffins, a rise of 4.1 per …
Chris Mellor, 28 Mar 2013

Hortonworks licks lips, sets sights on snaring fresh SI partners

Hortonworks' SAP reseller agreement is the prelude to a series of big deals with OEMs and SIs in coming months, the company has promised. The SAP agreement, announced on Thursday, will see the business software giant resell Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). The platform includes Hadoop core, operational and data services. SAP …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Sep 2013