Oracle denied $1.3 billion SAP appeals court request

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - August 31st, 2014

Oracle has failed to persuade a federal appeals court to restore US$1.3 billion judgment in its copyright-infringement lawsuit against SAP, but will have the options of taking a lesser amount of money or pursuing a new trial.

Oracle’s Sparc M7 chip to supercharge in-memory computing

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - August 13th, 2014

Oracle has given the first peek at its upcoming Sparc M7 processor, promising big performance gains for customers who use the in-memory compute features of its 12C database. The Sparc M7 is due …

Mastering the data

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - August 5th, 2014

Moving virtual servers around a hybrid cloud environment isn’t hard, but managing the data is. That’s why NetApp wants to be “the enterprise data-management standard across the enterprise,” says CEO Tom Georgens.

Oracle to release 115 security patches

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - July 13th, 2014

Oracle is planning to release 115 security patches for vulnerabilities affecting a wide array of its products, including its flagship database, Java SE, Fusion Middleware and business applications.

Refreshing change

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - July 1st, 2014

When Dubai Refreshments’ ERP systems needed refreshing, the company was faced with a choice. Either they could upgrade their current systems, or they could go on a search for a suite of modules the fit their every need. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Anas Taraben, CIO, investigated what it would take to quench the business’ thirst for innovation.

Oracle’s Hurd: We will catch Salesforce

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - June 29th, 2014

Being second isn’t good enough for Oracle when it comes to cloud revenue, co-president Mark Hurd told investment analysts this week following the company’s fourth-quarter and year-end earnings report.

Oracle to buy $5.3 billion retail tech vendor Micros

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - June 24th, 2014

Oracle will buy hospitality and retail technology vendor Micros Systems for US$5.3 billion, in a deal that will be its largest since the purchase of Sun Microsystems in 2010.

Hot property

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 9th, 2014

Abdulsalam Al Bastaki knows exactly what he wants from his employees. An eight year stint in the USA has enabled the Senior Executive Director of Information Management at Dubai Properties Group to teach them how to operate independently, and has helped him to implement new IT infrastructure at a range of top companies.

What’s really behind the Microsoft-Salesforce deal

Brandon Butler by Brandon Butler - June 1st, 2014

At first glance, it doesn’t seem like there are many ways SalesForce.com and Microsoft should partner; they both offer competing SaaS services. But upon closer inspection, the deal that the leaders of these two companies spoke so highly of during a joint conference call on Thursday afternoon makes a lot of sense not just for these companies, but customers as well.

SAP apps heading to Microsoft Azure cloud

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - May 20th, 2014

Microsoft and SAP’s long-standing partnership is being strengthened with the pending certification of SAP’s ERP (enterprise resource planning) and software for deployment on the Azure cloud infrastructure service.

Accenture acquires Oracle integrator Enkitec

Antony Savvas by Antony Savvas - May 18th, 2014

Outsourcing and consulting firm Accenture is expanding its Oracle capabilities with the acquisition of Oracle integrator Enkitec.

IBM making push for Power server chips

James Niccolai by James Niccolai - April 24th, 2014

An IBM project to widen the use of its Power server chips inched forward Wednesday with Big Blue trying to challenge Intel for a bigger role in the hyperscale data centres run by the likes of Google and Facebook.

Kenya to spend $93 million on citizen database

Rebecca Wanjiku by Rebecca Wanjiku - April 17th, 2014

After months of struggling to deal with undocumented immigrants, corruption and inefficiency, the Kenyan government is investing $93 million in a database that will contain all citizen information, shared across ministries.

Oracle identifies products affected by Heartbleed

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - April 17th, 2014

Oracle has issued a comprehensive list of its software that may or may not be affected by the OpenSSL (secure sockets layer) vulnerability known as Heartbleed, while warning that no fixes are yet available for some likely affected products.

Why the IBM System/360 launch was the dawn of enterprise IT

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 7th, 2014

Fifty years ago on April 7, IBM announced the computer that the task force had designed, the System/360.

Head-Over-Heels for HANA

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 7th, 2014

The MOOC will explain the ins and outs of running SAP’s Business Suite on HANA, as well as the impacts that will have on different lines of business and industries, SAP said Thursday. …

IBM System/360: The dawn of enterprise IT

Joab Jackson by Joab Jackson - April 7th, 2014

Fifty years ago, IBM announced the mainframe computer that its task force had designed – the System/360.

Researchers publicly disclose vulnerabilities in Oracle Java Cloud Service

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 6th, 2014

Researchers from Polish security firm Security Explorations, who found many Java vulnerabilities in the past, decided to publicly disclose the Java Cloud Service security weaknesses because they weren’t satisfied with how Oracle handled …

Infor goes all-in with Amazon Web Services for cloud ERP

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - March 27th, 2014

Infor is showing increasing interest in Amazon Web Services for its cloud ERP software strategy, with plans to begin offering a series of product suites on the company’s IaaS (infrastructure as a service).

Oracle reverses hardware revenue decline in Q3

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - March 19th, 2014

Oracle’s third-quarter revenue rose 4 percent to US$9.3 billion while net income increased 2 percent to $2.6 billion, buoyed by growth in new software licenses and cloud subscriptions as well as a long-anticipated rise in hardware product revenue.

Quest for growth

CNME Staff by CNME Staff - March 12th, 2014

Jumbo Electronics is tapping new technologies as it forges the path to business innovation

Intel’s new Xeon server chip pushes Itanium closer to end

Agam Shah by Agam Shah - February 20th, 2014

The writing is on the wall for Intel’s high-end Itanium chip, with the launch this week of the high-performance usurper, the chip maker’s 15-core Xeon E7 v2 chip.

The ugly truth about virtualisation

Steve Duplessie, Founder and Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group by Steve Duplessie, Founder and Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group - February 18th, 2014

According to Steve Duplessie, Founder and Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group, mobility has brought back I/O problems after two decades.

Changing Dynamics

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - February 9th, 2014

When it implemented Microsoft Dynamics AX 12, Fair Point Furniture in Sharjah completely changed the way it was able to do business, providing itself with a strong platform on which to grow.

Satya Nadella to succeed Ballmer as Microsoft CEO

Juan Carlos Perez by Juan Carlos Perez - February 5th, 2014

Microsoft has finally concluded its protracted search and chosen its new CEO: Satya Nadella, who as executive vice president of the company’s Cloud and Enterprise group has successfully steered the shift of the company’s back-end server software and tools to the cloud.

Oracle broadens legal fight against third-party Solaris support providers

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - January 29th, 2014

Oracle is continuing its legal battle against third-party software support providers it alleges are performing such services in a manner that violates its intellectual property.

SDL looks to battle Oracle, Salesforce.com in ‘customer experience’

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - January 28th, 2014

Customer experience has emerged as one of the enterprise software industry’s hotter segments of late, as companies try to run marketing, sales and support across both traditional and digital channels.

Lenovo agrees to buy IBM’s server business for $2.3 billion

Michael Kan by Michael Kan - January 26th, 2014

Lenovo Group has agreed to buy IBM’s x86 server hardware business and related maintenance services for US$2.3 billion, it announced Thursday.

SAP expects revenue of $30 billion by 2017, driven by cloud

By John Ribeiro and Chris Kanaracus by By John Ribeiro and Chris Kanaracus - January 22nd, 2014

SAP plans to increase its total revenue to at least €22 billion (US$30 billion), with revenue from its cloud business expected to grow up to €3.5 billion by 2017.

Stepping on the gas

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - January 21st, 2014

Emirates Gas is a subsidiary of the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC). It specialises in compressing cooking gas or industrial gas into cylinders and then selling the gas on. If you’ve ever seen those trucks rolling around Dubai with dozens of red gas cylinders on the back, the chances are that the gas came from Emirates Gas.

Prevention is better than cure

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - January 21st, 2014

With security so high on the agenda, businesses are doing everything they can to safeguard their networks from cyber-criminals keen to capitalise on software exploits. But do businesses pay enough attention to software updates when there are hundreds of other issues to address?

Oracle reports rapid cloud uptake in Dubai

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 20th, 2014

Oracle’s Alfonso Di Ianni, Senior Vice President, East Central Europe, Middle East, and Africa, has said that cloud adoption in Dubai has seen a marked upswing in the past 12 months.

Oracle builds a bridge to Salesforce.com with new adapter

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 19th, 2014

Kicking off an initiative to better bridge cloud services with its own software, Oracle has released an adapter that allows organisations to copy data between their Salesforce.com accounts and Oracle software.

Digital dreams

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - January 13th, 2014

The healthcare industry is notorious for the amount of paper it consumes. From lengthy patient records to scribbled prescription notes, hospitals and healthcare organisations are always grappling with the problem of what to do with its masses of paper.

Gulf Air completes Oracle E-Business suite upgrade to R12

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 13th, 2014

Gulf Air has completed the transition of Oracle E-Business suite upgrade to R12 using the its in-house IT capabilities.

Expo 2020 outlook

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 13th, 2014

On 26 November, 2013, Dubai was awarded the opportunity to host the World Expo 2020. And with this, the city has been given a chance to make huge developments.

Oracle set to issue 147 security patches, including 36 for Java

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - January 13th, 2014

Oracle is about to release one of its largest security patch batches in recent memory, with some 147 fixes coming Tuesday for vulnerabilities in Java SE, its flagship database, business applications and assorted other products.

Verizon signs-up Oracle to tackle Amazon in the cloud

Brandon Butler by Brandon Butler - January 13th, 2014

Verizon is building up its cloud service to take on the heavyweight of the industry – Amazon Web Services – and says it took a big step toward that direction by partnering with Oracle this week.

What’s Next for India’s Outsourcing Industry? Q&A with outgoing NASSCOM president

Stephanie Overby by Stephanie Overby - January 9th, 2014

In the 25 years since India’s most well-known IT services trade group National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) was formed, the country’s global outsourcing industry has experienced tremendous growth, but also its share of ups and downs.

Atkins sets up planning office for 2022 Qatar World Cup using Esri software

Anh Nguyen by Anh Nguyen - January 8th, 2014

Engineering consultancy Atkins has helped establish a new government office in the 2022 FIFA World Cup host nation of Qatar using systems based on Esri mapping software.

Oracle makes cloud advancement by acquiring SDN firm Corente

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - January 8th, 2014

Oracle is buying Corente, maker of SDN technology for WANs (wide area networks), in a strike against competitors Cisco and IBM. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close early this year, weren’t disclosed on Tuesday.

Enterprise apps in 2014: What’s in store

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - January 6th, 2014

If recent history is any indication, 2014 will be a busy year for the enterprise applications industry as vendors jockey for position and customers ponder moves from legacy ERP and CRM implementations to cloud-based services. Here’s a look at what some of the sector’s main players are likely to do as the year unfolds.

Kaspersky Lab: global internet threat up 6.9 percent in 2013

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - December 22nd, 2013

The overall global Internet threat level grew by 6.9 percentage points in 2013, with 41.6 percent of user computers being attacked at least once, according to Kaspersky Lab.

Oracle to buy marketing software vendor Responsys for $1.5 billion

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - December 22nd, 2013

Oracle is set to acquire business-to-consumer marketing software vendor Responsys for US$1.5 billion in a bid to flesh out its own capabilities as well as strike back at rivals such as Salesforce.com and Microsoft.

Oracle’s Q2: What to expect

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - December 17th, 2013

Oracle is gearing up to report its second-quarter earnings Wednesday and given the restrained expectations CFO Sandra Katz earlier set for key areas such as software revenue, Oracle’s results are sure to come under even more scrutiny than the tech bellwether already gets.

  • Hands-on: New iPhones pack big features in thin package

    Few announcements summon as much attention as a brand new iPhone, and this year, for the second time in as many years, Apple gave us two models of its smartphone to pore over. I got my mitts on the newest mobile devices in the hands-on area after Tuesday’s event.

  • Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    They say that good things come in small packages—diamond rings, the crown jewels, keys to an exotic villa. When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, big is beautiful, writes James Dartnell.

  • Acer takes on the Nexus 7 with 7.9″ Intel tablet

    The new A1-830 tablet ticks all of the right boxes for people interested in a functional tablet sporting the sub 8-inch form factor. The tablet sports a 7.9-in, 1024×768 resolution screen at a 4:3 screen ratio; ideal for web browsing and reading e-books.

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