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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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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

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

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 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

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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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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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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Springtime for Red Hat, springtime for Salesforce ...

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
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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

Amazon Web Services opens can of whoop-AAS on as-a-service rivals

Amazon Web Services is opening up an even bigger can of whoop-ass on all of the major Platform and Infrastructure-as-a-Service rivals as the global market passed the $2.5bn mark in Q3. Stats from Synergy Research Group show that Jeff Bezos' boys now account for more than $700m of IaaS/ PaaS revenues – which is nearly $100m more …
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2013
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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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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
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Salesforce.com parks cloudy database over Ellison's head

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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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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'Shared databases are crap' Oracle reveals shared database management suite

Oracle, whose CEO Larry Ellison once slagged off multi-tenant clouds, has now released software to manage those very same multi-tenant databases. Ellison's database giant slipped out Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c this week, updated to administer multi-tenant instances on an Oracle 12c database. Oracle Multitenant is an option …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Nov 2013

Dell gambles solid server sales for NetSuite's riches

The world’s number two-server maker is gambling its core business on cloud sales and services in a deal with NetSuite. Dell has become a global reseller of the latter’s hosted enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suite and will also implement NetSuite for customers. The deal will see sales people from the recently …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Feb 2014
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Oracle shares pummeled after giant reports glacial growth

Oracle's shares dropped sharply after the database giant reported results that – yet again – missed analysts' expectations. Ellison & Co. reported revenues of $11.32bn and an earnings-per-share (EPS) of $0.92 for its fourth financial quarter of 2014 on Thursday, missing analyst expectations of $11.48bn and an EPS of $0.95. …
Jack Clark, 19 Jun 2014
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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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Survival instinct drives Salesforce's Java embrace

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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Backup biz CommVault to Wall St: Cheer up, lads. We just need MORE SALES REPS

Results are in for CommVault, whose final 2014 quarter showed a revenue rise and a slight drop in profits, missing Wall St's estimates. But the biggest surprise to analysts was its concession that it had "under-hired" in Q4. The Simpana data protection and archiving software shipper found analysts were not sympatico when it …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2014
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Salesforce insists on 'Facebook for enterprise'

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
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Oracle cluster daddy jumps ship to NoSQL upstart MongoDB

Roger Bamford, a pioneering database engineer who spent 30 years at SQL stalwart Oracle, has jumped over to the NoSQL side and landed in a new job at MongoDB. Bamford joins the seven-year-old startup with the title of distinguished engineer and will be part of the senior engineering team that develops the MongoDB database. " …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2014
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Salesforce's Benioff: 'Ellison flunks vision test'

Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce, has fired back at Larry Ellison and his beloved Exadata for cloud computing, saying that the server fails the cloud test and that Oracle lacks a genuine vision. Working — and walking — a crowd of 14,000 at his annual Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, Benioff championed a world …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Dec 2010
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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
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Salesforce wants some Ruby love

Why would a company that spent 10 years delivering CRM as a service drop $212m in cash and $27m in stock on a 30-person startup that hosts Ruby on Rails apps for devs on Amazon? Salesforce.com vice president of technology and co-founder Parker Harris was initially, oddly vague on Wednesday when explaining why his company just …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Dec 2010
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Heroku adds Big Gulp 'XL' option to cloud menu

Salesforce has upgraded its Heroku cloud to take advantage of more powerful technology in the Amazon Web Services infrastructure upon which it floats, as it tries to support larger, more complicated customers. Heroku is an Amazon-based application runtime service that takes pride in its ease-of-use for developers who prefer to …
Jack Clark, 03 Feb 2014
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Amazon plants Microsoft and Salesforce blocking Beanstalk

Amazon is hiding the complexity of deploying web applications to its vast cloud – a complexity that's letting rivals catch up. The book-seller-turned-service-provider has introduced a service called Elastic Beanstalk that it has promised will have your web app up and running within "minutes". Beanstalk handles provisioning and …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jan 2011
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Coda wafts accounting software onto Salesforce.com's cloud

Veteran accounting software outfit Coda has made a jump into the cloud by pooling its online offering with Salesforce.com. The companies become joint owners of Financialforce.com. This will have headquarters in Silicon Valley and Yorkshire, and will encompass the existing Coda 2go operation, running on Salesforce.com's force.com …
Joe Fay, 30 Sep 2009
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Cisco and Salesforce unite on integrated call centers

Cisco and Salesforce.com are teaming up to sell a web-hosted call center package to small and medium-sized businesses. The duo's newly minted Customer Interaction Cloud hooks Cisco's call-processing technology into Salesforce's web-based customer relations management platform. Cisco is contributing its Unified Contact Center …
Austin Modine, 06 Oct 2009
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OpenID Foundation launches XML-free ID handler

The OpenID Foundation is unshackling developers from the burden of having to work with XML, with the launch of a protocol designed to make the tasks performed by its OpenID protocol more mobile-and-API-friendly. OpenID Connect, described here, is backed by Deutsche Telekom, Google, Microsoft, Ping Identity and Salesforce. It …
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Salesforce.com to empower corporate Twitter snooping

Twitter has become Salesforce.com's latest Web 2.0 darling, with a plug-in to the company's customer relationship management (CRM) system. On Monday the company announced Salesforce.com CRM for Twitter, which it said would let CRM users search, monitor, and "join" conversations and Tweets. Salesforce CRM for Twitter is due to …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2009
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CipherCloud launches 'watch your cloud app' protection

CipherCloud is rolling out a new iteration of its cloud-based security and data loss prevention (DLP) environment which it says focuses on interoperability with existing environments. Founder and CEO Pravin Kothari says CipherCloud recognises that enterprises already have big investments in security products – malware protection …

It's CLOUD WAR says Larry Ellison: parachute in the sales team

Larry Ellison has promised to bring holy price down upon the heads of cloud computing infidels. Microsoft, Amazon, Rackspace and Salesforce are all on notice: Ellison’s database giant will take them on, in infrastructure, platform and on apps. Ellison told Wall St on Wednesday he will be “price competitive” with Amazon’s AWS, …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Dec 2013
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Salesforce chief trades barbs for Larry love

After years of fighting and trading shots, Salesforce.com has signaled a time out in the Web 2.0 switching and culture war with Oracle. Marc Benioff, Salesforce.com's chief executive, has not just guested at Oracle's OpenWorld event with a speaking turn: He also delivered a message of co-existence with his business-applications …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Oct 2009
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Google App Engine to swallow Salesforce cloud

Google is the latest to partner with Salesforce.com on application-level integration between different clouds. Salesforce.com will today announce Force.com for Google App Engine, the software-as-a-service provider's third package linking others' online services to its platform and applications built in its Apex programming …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Dec 2008

Don't go away, IBM and SAP – Larry's not finished with you yet

SAP and IBM? Pah! Says Larry Ellison. Amazon and Salesforce – them’s my competition these days. Only the truth is a little more nuanced. Yes, there is competitive pressure from the cloud entrants but the more Ellison tries to re-invent Oracle, the more he’s going to have to scrap with his rivals IBM and SAP to haul past the new …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jan 2014
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Linux Foundation flings two full-time developers at OpenSSL

The Linux Foundation's new elite tech repair team has named its initial areas of focus as it works to find and seal holes in widely-used open source software. The Linux Foundation announced on Thursday that members of the "Core Infrastructure Initiative" (CII) will dedicate resources to working on the Network Time Protocol, …
Jack Clark, 29 May 2014

Microsoft, Oracle FINALLY get a room: Now they're ready to take on Amazon cloud

The rise of Amazon Web Services's hulking infrastructure cloud has turned former rivals Microsoft and Oracle into chums. Redmond announced on Thursday that Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Java were all now available on the Windows Azure cloud, served up in license-included virtual machine images, just as El Reg told …
Jack Clark, 14 Mar 2014
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Salesforce extends 'sympathy' to Microsoft on Office launch

A senior EMEA director at Salesforce.com has claimed Microsoft Office "sucks productivity" just as the software giant gears up for the launch of its latest version this afternoon. Tim Barker declared that Salesforce has no intention of moving into the productivity suite crowd currently occupied by Microsoft. Barker, who is the …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 May 2010
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Salesforce toughs up with Adobe Flash IDE

Part of Salesfoce.com's schtick is that its applications and platform are simple enough for "regular" business folks to use and customize without asking for IT's help on messy coding and customization. I've met individual Salesforce.com users on the business side at customers like Hawaiian Airlines, whose idea of challenging …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Oct 2009
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Salesforce.com president and chief strategy officer departs

The president of Salesforce.com has definitely left the building, and two other high-level execs have reportedly been laid off as well. There may have been a bigger executive shakeup in recent weeks than the San Francisco business software maker has disclosed. The company confirmed its president and chief strategy officer Steve …
Austin Modine, 06 Feb 2009
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Salesforce woos punters with Spring cloud

Salesforce.com has rolled out the Spring edition of its hosted customer relationship management platform. The cloud software dealer said the release adds more than 50 features, including some new sales collaboration toys. Salesforce CRM Spring '09 debuts "Opportunity Genius," a feature that helps users find other sales reps …
Austin Modine, 11 Feb 2009
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Singaporean 'net rules rile giants

Facebook, Salesforce, Google, eBay and Yahoo! have put their voices together to criticise Singapore's proposed Internet news and blogging rules. The all-but-authoritarian city-state has been ruled by a single party for fifty years and its largest local businesses maintain close ties to government and the military, which has …
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Salesforce and VMware fluff Java cloud posse

Marc Benioff is stepping up to Java heavyweights IBM and Oracle by fluffing developers' applications with a cloud built on SpringSource, VMware and his Salesforce.com service. Benioff's SaaS customer relationship management specialist is today expected to announce VMforce, an Amazon- and Heroku-like platform for Java developers …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Apr 2010

Symantec: WA-HEY... profits. But security firm's sales won't budge

New CEO equals new broom equals same old dust; just looking at Symantec’s latest quarterly numbers we see it’s still stuck in the $1.6bn - $1.8bn range but is getting a bit more profitable. For its third quarter, ended 27 December last year, the software giant’s revenues were $1.7bn, 5 per cent down on the year-ago $1.79bn and …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2014

SAP cuts back on development of Business ByDesign software unit

SAP is halting development of its unwanted Business ByDesign hosted enterprise resource planning (ERP) service and swapping to services running on its HANA systems. The ERP giant has confirmed reports that Business ByDesign will no longer receive any more major feature updates and that it’s now slipping into maintenance and bug- …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Oct 2013

MongoDB slurps $150m in mammoth funding round

Database upstart MongoDB has slurped $150m of filthy valley lucre to fund development of the NoSQL database in a sector dominated by the lumbering giants of Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft. The huge funding round was announced on Friday. Salesforce*, EMC and Altimeter Capital participated, along with existing investors Intel Capital …
Jack Clark, 04 Oct 2013