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Interop: Oracle Looks Beyond ERP
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The company announced at Interop that it will follow the money by emphasizing line-of-business applications embedded with Web 2.0 features.
Interop: Citrix To Help Build The 'Delivery Center'
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The company's efforts include its Workflow Studio suite and NetScaler MPX, a Web application controller that offers service delivery at 10 Gbps.
SAP Scales Back SaaS Product Plans
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Technical issues and profit-bleeding implementations prompt SAP to move more slowly with its ambitious Business ByDesign on-demand software service.
Interop: SaaS Is A Key Driver Behind Upswing In Innovation
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
McKinsey & Company's Abhijit Dubey said software as a service is becoming mainstream within the IT industry, particularly among small and midsize companies.
Forrester Predicts Slow Year For Government IT Spending
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The report found that 43% of governments are working with flat budgets this year, while 40% have bigger budgets than last year.
IBM, Cambridge Push For Increased Funding For Service Innovation
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The report encourages universities to offer courses in service science, management, and engineering and urges governments to provide more funds for research.
Think Tanks Propose National Innovation Foundation
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Such a foundation would serve as a catalyst between industry and university researchers and seek to expand regional innovation through state governments.
Microsoft Hyper-V To Flaunt Advanced Virtualization Features
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
The beta version of Hyper-V is already operative, and customers may download the more advanced Hyper-V Release Candidate 1 before its addition to Windows Server 2008.
Interop: Vettro Mobile App Helps Protect Underground Pipes, Cables
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Vettro 360 for Damage Prevention is built on the same mobile platform used to provide services like coordinating pickup and delivery, field service, and IT service management.
Cloud Computing Startup Gets $4.5M Venture Funding
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
RightScale makes developer tools for creating server clusters on Amazon Web Services.
Web 2.0: Microsoft's Live Mesh Aims For Simplicity
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
The company will use open standards like Atom, JSON, POX, RSS, HTTP, REST, and FeedSync to allow for the "it just works experience."
One-On-One With The New CEO Of Linden Lab
Commentary  |  4/23/2008  | 
In an interview with InformationWeek, the incoming CEO of Linden Lab said he's fascinated by businesses that grow up in Second Life. He also paid tribute to the "largely unfettered" creativity of the Second Life community. And he declined to comment about whether he's preparing the company for IPO or sale.
Web 2.0: Microsoft's Live Mesh To Reinvent The Platform
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
What remains to be seen is whether Windows users will occupy positions of privilege on Microsoft's evolving platform.
Microsoft Developers Weigh In On Live Mesh
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
Microsoft MVPs say that they hope Microsoft can deliver on the big promises it's making with its software-plus-services development platform.
SaaS, Web Services Top Software Priorities For Businesses
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
A new research report also shows signs of SaaS's maturity, with fewer businesses reporting they adopted SaaS for the first time last year.
Interop Preview: Tech Industry Gets Ready To Rumble
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
The nation's leading business technology event, Interop, gains added breadth this year as it is co-located with Software 2008, an event aimed at software developers, users, and industry executives.
With Live Mesh, Microsoft Admits Web Is Now Central To Computing
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
Ray Ozzie says Microsoft's software and services endeavor is a shift from its PC roots and key to sharing content and data over a number of devices.
Lost Fans Find Internet Thrills Via Wikis, Games, Second Life
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
Fans and producers of the hit TV show Lost are taking to the Internet, building a wiki, alternate reality games, communities, and a virtual island in Second Life to explore the world of the ABC show.
Web 2.0: Microsoft Makes Big Bet For 'Software Plus Services' With Live Mesh
News  |  4/22/2008  | 
Live Mesh will let users share data and content across a wide variety of devices using both Web-based and client software.
Second Life Gets New CEO
Commentary  |  4/22/2008  | 
The Second Life community today got its first good news in what seems like forever -- Linden Lab, the creator and operator of the virtual world, announced its pick for new CEO. At first glance, his resumé looks like the right combination of business acumen and creativity needed to restart the engines on the foundering ship.
Terracotta Offers Alternative To Database Congestion For Java Apps
News  |  4/22/2008  | 
Instead of subdividing a physical machine by adding applications, Terracotta 2.6 multiplies JVMs to make a server handle more traffic.
External Hard Drives Buyer's Guide
News  |  4/22/2008  | 
We assess 25 of the hottest external hard disk drives from Cavalry, Iomega, LaCie, Maxtor, Seagate, Western Digital, and more.
Microsoft Releases Dynamics CRM Online
News  |  4/22/2008  | 
The software service is Microsoft's most direct attack to date against
NASA Celebrates 25 Years In Supercomputing
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
With a long history in space, the agency's systems now host aerospace modeling, simulation, storage, high-speed networking, visualization, and computational services.
Desktone, Verizon Announce Desktop Virtualization As A Service
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
Desktone plans to sell "desktops as a service" through service providers like Verizon Businesss and European and Asian carriers; IBM is a partner.
Cloud Computing: Microsoft Joins Emerging Database-as-a-Service Market
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
SQL Server Data Services is a late-but-promising entrant in an emerging market that promises to be a boon to small and midsized firms looking to reach distributed groups of employees, partners or customers while controlling costs.
Web 2.0: Companies Will Spend $4.6 Billion By 2013, Forrester Predicts
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
Some of the companies adopting social networking, RSS, blogs, wikis, mashups, podcasting, and widgets will be presenting at the Web 2.0 Expo show this week.
Microsoft Tests 'Albany' Subscription Software Program
News  |  4/18/2008  | 
The service is meant to bolster the company's presence in the booming Web services market while protecting its multibillion-dollar packaged software franchise.
Microsoft Plans Internet Scaling With MatrixDB For SQL Server After 2008
News  |  4/18/2008  | 
While Microsoft officially refused comment, two job listings offer tantalizing information about a significant enterprise database project under development.
Google Revenue Beats Expectation, Shares Surge
News  |  4/17/2008  | 
As the company begins to integrate DoubleClick, CEO Eric Schmidt said that Google's search, ads, and apps strategy has had a transformative effect on its business.
Salesforce, Google Show Fruits Of Their Collaboration
News  |  4/17/2008  | 
Application integration partnership is just one sign of growing momentum behind Google Apps.
Amazon Launches Premium Support For EC2 Developers
News  |  4/17/2008  | 
The service covers an unlimited number of support cases and is available through a monthly subscription with no long-term contracts.
Google Gmail Loses Functionality
News  |  4/17/2008  | 
Problems with accessing the online e-mail's IMAP feature fuel concerns about uptime and reliability as well as business adoption of software as a service.
Mickos: Sun Has Expertise That MySQL Needs, Vice Versa
News  |  4/15/2008  | 
Downloads of the open source database have increased by 10,000 per day since its recent acquisition by Sun.
Curl's Nitro Takes Aim At Adobe AIR
News  |  4/15/2008  | 
The two companies also compete with Microsoft's Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight in the online-offline rich Internet app runtime marketplace.
USPTO Launches Pilot To Expedite Patents
News  |  4/15/2008  | 
The First Action Interview pilot program will allow certain patent applicants a chance to resolve issues one-on-one early in the process.
Game Developers' Salaries Rising, Survey Finds
News  |  4/15/2008  | 
Game Developer magazine's annual survey found the average game industry salary in 2007 was $73,300, with programmers topping the pay scale.
Sun Microsystems Expands Streaming Media Systems
News  |  4/14/2008  | 
The accompanying software enables service providers to scale from 500 to more than 1.5 million subscribers and from 200 to more than 1 million hours of content.
Citrix Plunges Deeper Into Desktop Virtualization
News  |  4/14/2008  | 
Showing off their partnership, Citrix will equip XenDesktop with its ICA protocol that Microsoft's products can recognize and respond to.
Google, Salesforce Partnership Owes Legacy To Microsoft, SAP, Oracle
News  |  4/14/2008  | 
While the integration of Salesforce and Google Apps builds on work of its predecessors, it also represents a fundamental departure from most of those previous integration efforts.
Layered Technologies Buys
News  |  4/14/2008  | 
Layered is targeting its growth toward consolidation and virtualization in the data center, as corporations look to reduce high real estate and leasing costs.
HP Unveils Two Workstations For Digital Content Pros
News  |  4/14/2008  | 
The company also announced it will support Citrix XenDesktop virtualization technology across its HP ProLiant server and HP Compaq thin-client product lines.
Google, Salesforce To Jointly Deliver Online Business Software
News  |  4/14/2008  | 
The service could pose a formidable challenge to Microsoft's efforts to establish itself in the SMB applications market, which remains widely fragmented.
IBM To Acquire Israeli Storage Firm FilesX
News  |  4/10/2008  | 
FilesX's software provides continuous data protection for applications and servers as well as supporting business users in remote offices.
Google, Others Expand Online Services Offerings
News  |  4/10/2008  | 
As cloud computing grows, corporate users would be wise to put it on watch.
Top Video Games For Kids Of All Ages
News  |  4/9/2008  | 
What's the broad-based appeal of World of Warcraft, Desktop Tower Defense, Orange Box, Wii Sports, Civilization IV, and other top video games?
Microsoft To Mainstream Containerized Data Centers With C-Blox
News  |  4/8/2008  | 
The server-packed shipping units allow Microsoft to run its entire $500 million Northlake facility with a continuous staff of little more than 20 or 30 employees.
General Data, MobileFrame To Develop Enterprise Apps
News  |  4/8/2008  | 
The partnership positions the two companies to serve a mobile enterprise app market, which is growing at 30% annually.
Dashboard Adds Investment App To BlackBerry
News  |  4/8/2008  | 
The company's Mobile Financial software is part business news reader, part investment dealer research portal.
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