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Salesforce goes social with $689m Buddy Media buy

Salesforce.com has lashed out $689m on social media marketing firm Buddy Media as part of its plan to work social media deeper into its platform. The purchase will be merged with social-media monitoring tools added with last year's acquisition of Radian6, messaging group Dimdim, and social platform Rypple, as well as with …
Iain Thomson, 04 Jun 2012
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Salesforce CEO: Social is god and Zuck is its prophet

Dreamforce 2012 "Business is social" is Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff's mantra these days, and throughout his sprawling, star-studded keynote at the company's Dreamforce 2012 conference in San Francisco on Wednesday – which ran nearly a full hour over schedule – he seemingly couldn't repeat it often enough. "This social revolution that's …
Neil McAllister, 20 Sep 2012
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Benioff bails from Borg Board

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff has decided not to stand for re-election to Cisco's Board of Directors at the company's November annual general meeting. Cisco filed the paperwork to make it happen last Firday, and issued a statement attributed to its own CEO John Chambers to cement the departure. Chambers' statement is as …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2014
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Larry: Oracle's now a CLOUDY biz. Ignore everything I said before

Despite once declaring that the cloud was “complete gibberish”, “insane” and “idiocy”, former Oracle head honcho Larry Ellison has announced that the firm is now ready to be the foundation of the cloud for its customers. Larry Ellison speaking at Oracle Openworld yesterday (28th September) Speaking at the company’s Openworld …
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Former US CIO Kundra joins Salesforce.com

Cloudy CRM software supplier Salesforce.com has hired Vivek Kundra, the first CIO for the US government, to be its executive vice president of emerging markets. President Barak Obama wanted more accountability and cost-cutting across myriad US government agencies – that's why he created the US CIO position. Kundra, who was …
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Salesforce buys Dimdim, continues with Facebook-for-biz ploy

Cloud vendor Salesforce.com has bought messaging and screen-sharing outfit Dimdim for around $31m as it continues to out-Facebook Facebook for its biz customers. The company said yesterday it had acquired Dimdim – which was founded in 2007 and has offices based in Lowell, Massachusetts, and Hyderabad, India – in an effort to …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jan 2011
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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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'The troll stats saddened me as a human, but didn't surprise me as a boffin'

QuoTW This week, we saved the internet, screwed up our smart TVs and made absolutely no money from our YouTube accounts. In the process, we uttered some memorable lines. By far, the big story of the week was the FCC's net neutrality decision. In opting to invoke Title II, the commission will force telcos to treat all internet traffic …
Team Register, 28 Feb 2015
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Former Microsoft exec barred from taking job at Salesforce

Microsoft ex-worldwide government general manager Matt Miszewski has been told by a US judge that he can't take a similar job with cloud computing rival Salesforce.com. Judge Kimberly Prochnau ruled in Washington's King County Superior Court yesterday that Miszewski, who only joined Salesforce in January this year, was in " …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Feb 2011
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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

Infosys tires of boring ERP maintenance business

Infosys appears to have tired of maintaining ERP systems by hand and would prefer to offer more interesting consulting services instead. The shift is evident in the decision to slap down 200 million crisp greenbacks to acquire Panaya. The newly-acquired outfit's main offering is the CloudQuality suite, a toolset that offers …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Feb 2015
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Salesforce.com hits 'appliance of science' button with new hire

Salesforce.com has created a new chief scientist role at the software company and hired erstwhile BT boffin JP Rangaswami to take on the job. He will report directly to Salesforce boss Marc Benioff to help European punters “think about innovative ways to use the real-time, mobile and social capabilities provided by Salesforce …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Nov 2010
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Oracle OpenWorld snub fails to put off Salesforce CEO

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff has managed to turn an Oracle slight into a nice little piece of publicity, vowing that his scheduled keynote at the OpenWorld conference would go ahead in a nearby hotel. Not content with stirring up trouble with IBM, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison also decided to annoy Benioff by cancelling his slot …
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Apache finally signs off Hadoop database... after 7 years of development

A completed first version of what’s been called the Hadoop Database has been released, seven years after work started. HBase 1.0 was signed off on Tuesday by the Apache Software Foundation. The system has been built to work with different implementations of Hadoop. Michael Stack, vice president of ASF HBase, welcomed the news, …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Feb 2015
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Salesforce gets super chatty with Heroku buy

Salesforce.com has agreed to buy Ruby-hosting giant Heroku for $212m in cash. San Francisco-based Heroku, which was founded in 2007, is home to more than 100,000 Ruby applications, and developers of all sizes use its system, which runs on Amazon’s EC2 with a bespoke simplified management interface twist. Its eclectic mix of …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Dec 2010
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Microsoft sues ex-general manager over Salesforce.com exodus

Microsoft is suing its erstwhile general manager Matt Miszewski, after he took a job with cloud computing rival Salesforce.com. The company has won a restraining order from a Washington state court, which temporarily halts Miszewski from working at Salesforce in his new position of senior vice president of global public sector …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jan 2011
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Windows 10 to give passwords the finger and dangle dongles

Microsoft will add biometric authentication support to Windows 10. Redmond revealed its intention to do so at the White House Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, where group program manager for Windows security and identity Dustin Ingalls announced the company has “contributed design inputs to the Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Feb 2015
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Salesforce releases Facebook for suits

Salesforce.com is today expected to release its Facebook for businesses against established enterprise collaboration software from Microsoft and IBM. The software-as-a-service giant will announce its Chatter service is generally available for the 77,300 customers using other aspects of its hosted platform - the announcement will …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jun 2010
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CLOUD-to-CLOUD backup: A chasm-Spanning leap

Comment Cloud storage company Spanning's story is simple enough; you back up your apps and on-premises data, don't you? (everyone say "yes"...) You should back up your public cloud apps and their in-cloud data, shouldn't you? (let me hear you say "yeah!") Your existing backup software won't work there, will it? (everyone look down and …
Chris Mellor, 23 Dec 2014
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Salesforce offers collaboration beta to elite group

Salesforce.com is offering 100 companies the chance to beta test its collaboration software Chatter - a kind of Facebook for businesses. Chatter includes elements of social networking with worker profiles, status updates as well as connecting with other networks like Twitter and Facebook. It can also link to other Salesforce …
John Oates, 18 Feb 2010
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Amazon, Salesforce 'expected to join UK.gov's G-Cloud 2.0'

Amazon and Salesforce are odds-on to join the UK government’s G-Cloud and start serving civil servants with hosted computing, storage and ERP from May. The celebrated US cloud pin-ups have been in talks to join G-Cloud with the government officials driving the programme having to reassure the firms' legal people on their …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Apr 2012
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Microsoft strikes Salesforce patent payola

Salesforce.com is paying good money to make Microsoft's patent infringement lawsuit go away, Redmond has said. In a strangely worded statement from Microsoft on Wednesday announcing a patent-licensing settlement with Salesforce, Microsoft has slyly said that while the contents of the companies' agreement have not been disclosed …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Aug 2010
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Ex-VMware engineers chuck $4.5m and OpenStack at AWS

A pod of former VMware engineers armed with OpenStack and $4.5m in venture cash have thrown their hats into the ring against Amazon’s AWS. The virty giant’s ex-coders have removed their company, Platform9, from startup mode, announcing they’d landed the money from Redpoint Ventures. Manning Platform9 are Sirish Raghuram, …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Aug 2014

Beyond the macro jockies: Salesforce lures devs with Java juggle

Salesforce is growing: just not enough or in the right direction, it seems. The company that started life serving up customer relationship management (CRM) as a service to the suits is now reaching out to real coders. The company, which claims more than 50,000 customers, saw subscriptions to its hosted apps increase by nearly 40 …
Gavin Clarke, 03 May 2012
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Salesforce.com and VMware float mystery cloud project

Salesforce.com and VMware will debut a cloud computing product later this month. The two software makers have created a website to tease customers about their upcoming collaborative effort, however they are saying very little else until 27 April. "Join industry leaders Marc Benioff, chairman & CEO of salesforce.com, and Paul …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Apr 2010
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Microsoft launches patent suit at Salesforce cloud

Microsoft has sued Salesforce.com, claiming that the cloudy outfit has infringed on its patents. Microsoft filed suit with a US court seeking a trial, damages, and costs, saying Silicon-Valley software-as-as-service posterchild Salesforce.com violated nine patents. Microsoft's deputy general counsel of intellectual property and …
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2010
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Microsoft hit with Salesforce patent 'violation' counter punch

Salesforce.com has fired back at Microsoft, claiming parts of Redmond's cloud and Windows 7 violate its intellectual property. Microsoft has trampled five Salesforce patents, the company claimed, with the Windows Server AppFabric for installing and provisioning apps on Azure; Windows Live Services including Hotmail and SkyDrive …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Jun 2010
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It's a very freaky cloud, the kind you don't take home to mother

Imagine for a moment you're a sysadmin that's embraced VMware for server virtualisation, so you have a fleet of well-used servers and the ability to dial them up and down as required. But you haven't gone all-in with the vCloud Suite, perhaps because of cost concerns or perhaps you don't have the chops to handle it. If that's …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2015
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Google tackles enterprise BYOD with Android for Work

Google is making a bid for the enterprise with its new Android for Work program, which aims to give businesses more control over the apps and data that employees store on their smartphones. "With a group of partners, we're helping businesses bring more devices to work by securing, managing and innovating on the Android platform …
Neil McAllister, 25 Feb 2015
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Big data = big loss for Hadoop-flinger Hortonworks

If the future of big data is Hadoop, those peddling it still have a long journey ahead of the them. Newly IPO'd Hortonworks' inaugural results show a company whose losses are growing as its business expands. Further, it’s not subscriptions to Hortonworks’ implementation of the open-source Hadoop that are growing most – it is …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Feb 2015

Win Sun, lose Sun: How Larry's bet on old-world systems hurt Oracle

Oracle-Sun anniversary Feeling calm and relaxed? Join the Reg on a journey to an alternate reality where Oracle’s cloud business is the envy of all of its competitors. It holds two trillion objects and is growing faster now than at any time in its history. What began as something for developers is becoming an enterprise IT staple – a platform for …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jan 2015

Oracle shoves IBM out of world's No 2 software seller spot – Gartner

Oracle sold more software than IBM last year for the first time ever, making Larry Ellison’s database giant second only to Microsoft, at least according to analyst Gartner. Oracle made $29.6bn during 2013, growing 3.4 per cent over the previous year and elevating it from world’s third largest to second-largest software vendor. …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Apr 2014
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Salesforce delivers rules tools for Force cloud

Salesforce.com is sinking its talons deeper into business applications with tools to build business rules in its Force.com platform. The company on Wednesday is expected to roll out the Force.com Visual Process Manager, which boasts a software-free serving of graphical process design. Salesforce joins giants like IBM, Oracle, …
Austin Modine, 03 Feb 2010
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Springtime for Red Hat, springtime for Salesforce ...

Open ... and Shut It has been the best of times for the technology industry, with technology stocks at a 12-year high. But it's about to be the worst of times, at least according to stock market trends. Given that the tech sector comprises 19 per cent of the market capitalisation of the S&P 500, which has crumpled by 7 per cent recently, we seem …
Matt Asay, 22 Nov 2012

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
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Google to tame Android's Wild Wild West to please suits

Google is recruiting Android app authors to help tame Mountain View’s Wild, Wild West mobile platform for businesses. Mountain View has opened Android for Work to build secure and sandboxed apps running on Android-powered smartphones and tablets. Android for Work apps will use dedicated work profiles on Android-powered devices …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Feb 2015

Rejoice, Blighty! UK is the TOP of the WHOLE WORLD ... for PHISHING

British punters are being served three times as many phishing links to trojans and exploit kits than the US, and five times more than the Germans, according to a ProofPoint study. The security researchers say that while the English were being served more malicious links, Germans were hit with the greatest amount of unsolicited …
Darren Pauli, 16 Sep 2014
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Salesforce.com buys cloudy Jigsaw address book maker

Salesforce.com plans to buy web-based biz address book vendor Jigsaw for at least $142m in cash. The world’s biggest software-as-a-service provider said yesterday it could go up to 10 per cent higher depending on Jigsaw’s performance between now and when the deal, which is subject to the normal regulatory scrutiny, is expected …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Apr 2010
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Salesforce.com parks cloudy database over Ellison's head

Dreamforce 2010 Larry Ellison's got a new database competitor in the form of Salesforce.com, with the launch of Database.com from his one-time protégé Marc Benioff. Salesforce.com is going head-to-head against Oracle, as Benioff plans today to unveil his new venture. It's a relational database in the sky, delivered as a service and sold via …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Dec 2010
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Larry Ellison: Who's the DINOSAUR NOW, cloudy rivals?

There’s more to cloud than putting an ad on the back of The Economist, as a relatively contrite Larry Ellison and Oracle tried to demonstrate this week. His PR people rattled out the product news at Oracle’s OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, California, like he, or they, were trying to prove something. What could it be? “ …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Oct 2014
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SAP unveils its biggest thing for 20 YEARS: Core suite with HANA

SAP has rolled out a new version of its flagship business suite – and it's married to in-memory database Hana. The software giant announced SAP S/4HANA on Tuesday, with CEO Bill McDermott billing the fourth generation of its suite as the biggest launch in two decades. The core, on-premise Business Suite for running finance, …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Feb 2015
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Sorry about that profit, says NetSuite, our costs should be higher

NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson has attributed last week's estimates-busting results are partly due to enthusiasm for cloudy software, but also partly due to difficulties finding people to hire. The company hauled in US$143.7 million for the quarter, a small matter of 34 per cent more than the corresponding quarter in 2013. But the …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Oct 2014
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Survival instinct drives Salesforce's Java embrace

Structure 2010 There's trouble at the top for Salesforce.com - and software developers are to blame. Once riding the bow-wave of Silicon Valley's trends with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), the company's opening it's proprietary heart to keep pace with the latest big new thing: cloud computing. Chief executive Marc Benioff told Structure 2010 …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jun 2010
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Salesforce.com hoists fiscal year outlook as Q2 income slides

Salesforce.com jacked up its outlook for the year yesterday, after reporting second quarter sales that beat Wall Street expectations on revenues but which saw net income slide. The company, which grabbed more than 5,000 new customers in the period ended 31 July, recorded Q2 revenue of $394m, up 25 per cent from $316m total sales …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Aug 2010
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Salesforce insists on 'Facebook for enterprise'

Dreamforce 09 Tired of the Facebook hype and metaphors stretched to breaking point? Well, now you've got "Facebook for the enterprise" from Salesforce.com, trying to stake out its place in enterprise collaboration. On Wednesday, the software-as-a-service provider announced Salesforce.com Chatter, which it described as providing "realtime …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Nov 2009

Secrets in Seattle: Apple opening base on Microsoft's doorstep

Apple is hatching plans to open a mysterious engineering facility in Seattle, the home of its sworn blood-rival Microsoft. The fruity firm has posted a number of job adverts looking for software engineers in the city. An Apple apparatchik confirmed the presence of the new office, but declined to say how many people worked there …
Jasper Hamill, 04 Nov 2014
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Salesforce turns website host

Salesforce.com is offering another layer of wrapping for its core customer relationship management (CRM) software-as-a-service, hoping to expand its role as a service provider. The company has announced official availability of Force.com Sites, which lets you build websites using Salesforce.com's Apex programming language and …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jun 2009

No one trusts Oracle, shrieks CCL as cloudy ball misses its goals

Oracle’s cloud growth hinges on overcoming “deep-rooted mistrust” of its core customer base. That’s according to software-licensing pressure group, the Campaign for Clear Licensing. “If Oracle does not address these concerns then the company’s ability to meet its stated $1bn cloud sales target next year, together with the …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Jan 2015
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Newly-private BMC gets cloud/social/mainframe (!) religion

Newly-privatised BMC thinks it can re-invent - nay, disrupt - itself by cashing in on on all of 2014's biggest buzzwords: cloud, social, mobile and disruption. And mainframe, for good measure. The company's recently-appointed head of global sales Paul Appleby today told The Reg in Sydney today that one of the reasons he joined …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2014

EMC wolfs down cloudy upstart Maginatics, swallows 'protection' too

EMC is buying cloud storage gateway software biz Maginatics, as predicted, but also plans to buy startup Spanning, which makes cloud-to-cloud data protection technology. Maginatics is heading for EMC's Core Technology Division and the background about its products and capabilities can be read here. Spanning is based in Austin, …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2014