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The BIG stretch: Software and flexing your firm's size

A mathematician (a Fields Medal winner, so a real one) once asked an economist whether there was anything in economics that was non-obvious and non-trivial. Well, the answer that came back was: "It's all obvious or trivial except Ricardo on comparative advantage." So, once explained, this analogy is both obvious and trivial, …
Tim Worstall, 11 May 2015
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Guess who SAP's picked for UK boss? Yep, it's a distie man

Distribution isn’t typically the first port of call for enterprise software vendors looking to recruit execs, but SAP has broken the mould by tapping up the chief operations man at DCC Exertis to head up its UK and Ireland biz. Cormac Watter, COO at the tech arm of Irish conglomerate DCC — which owns Exertis (formerly trading …
Paul Kunert, 8 Oct 2014

You WON'T spend as much on IT in 2014 as we thought - Gartner

Global spending on IT is not growing as much as anticipated, according to Gartner. Price pressure thanks to increased competition, a growing lack of product differentiation, and the availability of viable alternatives are all dampening spend for 2014. Worldwide IT spending this year will therefore grow by just 2.1 per cent …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jun 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 …
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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 …
Drew Cullen, 1 Nov 2012
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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, 4 Sep 2012

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, …
Neil McAllister, 19 Jul 2012
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Fujitsu lures devs to new cloud store with 'SaaSification' sweeties

CeBit If selling software is one way to make money, selling other people's software is an even easier way to make money – just take a look at the App Store. Fujitsu is importing the app store model into enterprise software, opening up a Business Solutions Store, where users can browse apps and buy subscriptions to software services …
Anna Leach, 7 Mar 2012
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Enterprise IT's power shift threatens server-huggers

Open ... and Shut 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
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Memo to kid coders: Enterprise software exists

Open...and Shut 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, 6 Sep 2011
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Hits keep on coming: HP buys Autonomy for $11bn cash

HP has confirmed it is buying Cambridge-based enterprise software company Autonomy for $10.24bn (£6.2bn). The acquisition was half-confirmed during last night's conference call, when the ink giant said the two companies were "in talks". But a statement from Autonomy this morning said the two company boards had agreed a cash …
John Oates, 19 Aug 2011
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SAP promises maintenance metrics 'soon'

Disgruntled SAP users should next week find out how they can see whether its support is up to scratch, following a maintenance price hike. The software giant told The Reg Friday it's reached a "mutually acceptable agreement" with the SAP user group executive network (SUGEN) on a set of long-awaited key performance indicators ( …
Gavin Clarke, 3 Apr 2009
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BPEL: scripting and human tasks

In the last column in this series, we looked at the general concept of business process management with respect to SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) based systems. In particular, we reviewed BPEL (the Business Process Execution Language) and what it offers and at some of the extensions for BPEL. In this second column, we’ll …
John Hunt, 27 Jun 2007
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IBM banks on software for growth

RSDC Rational Conference shot IBM's upcoming acquisition of Telelogic (read more here) merited a break-out teleconference at the company's Rational Software Development Conference (RSDC). Danny Sabbah, general manager for IBM Rational Software, led the session. Telelogic’s technologies, which will become part of Rational, …
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Are you staying Rational?

Photo of the Rational Software Development Conference I have to confess that I was feeling a little jaded when I got my invitation to attend the 10th anniversary IBM Rational Software Development Conference (June 10th - 14th in Orlando) - this being the fourth year in a row that I’ve covered it. Let me explain. The previous …
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BPEL, business process management, SOA and you

Over the last few columns we have looked at how Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) based systems can be built using the Service Component Architecture (SCA) and Service Data Objects (SDO). A system built using these frameworks can be formed by explicitly integrating services built using these elements. However, what we have …
John Hunt, 13 Jun 2007
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IBM Jazzes up Eclipse

IBM expanding its backing for Eclipse with the release of an open source application lifecycle management (ALM) platform serving its Rational tools. IBM is today expected to throw open code to Jazz, a two-year internal IBM project geared towards improving collaboration between application development team members working in …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Jun 2007
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SAP plays tease over mid-market Salesforce 'killer'

SAP has doled out a handful of details on A1S, its eagerly anticipated mid-market on-demand suite, while promising to be better than Salesforce.com. After months of teasing SAP watchers at numerous trade shows with screen shots and little else, SAP today revealed A1S would be "closer" to SAP's existing All-In-One suite, rather …
Gavin Clarke, 8 Jun 2007

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