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posted in January 2009

Do Layoffs Make SAP More American?

1/29/2009
I received a few analyst research notes yesterday following SAP's announcement of quarterly earnings, and its plan to reduce its 51,536-strong global workforce by 3,000 heads. I thought I'd share with you the most interesting tidbits, including one analyst's observation about the cultural barriers SAP faces with upcoming layoffs.

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Oracle's Charles Phillips: You Get What You Pay For

1/27/2009
A team of InformationWeek editors sat down earlier this month with Oracle president Charles Phillips, a very busy man who has done very few press interviews. I really appreciated his time because I thought Phillips was the best person at Oracle to speak directly to some discontent I've been hearing about the software industry's maintenance fee structure.

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Analyst Says Oracle Laid Off 1% Of Workforce

1/15/2009
It appears Oracle is doing some layoffs, with one analyst putting the number at 1% of the company's 85,000-strong global workforce. Oracle is perhaps the most financially healthy company in the software business. If it's worried about maintaining its strong profit margins, this is one of the biggest indications yet of a downturn in the software applications sales and services industry.

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Detroit Auto Show 2009: Green Rules

1/14/2009
Motor City carmakers GM and Ford are under pressure to produce hybrids and electric vehicles to compete with upstart carmakers out of Silicon Valley and China. Check out our photo gallery.

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Oracle On Salesforce.com's Service Disruption

1/8/2009
Salesforce.com went down worldwide for about 40 minutes Tuesday, marking the company's first notable service disruption in months. There's never a good time for a service disruption, but this one seems particularly ill-timed, given Oracle's sudden bloodthirsty gaze on Salesforce.com's customer base.

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6 Things SaaS Needs To Do In 2009

1/7/2009
Software as a service is making headway, but can't yet be called a game-changer in the enterprise software market. Here's what must happen for SaaS to gain wider acceptance in 2009.

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