These vendors, large and small, are shaking up the status quo with their new products, approaches and models.
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This $25 million to $30 million vendor of enterprise software support services isn't on our list for what it has accomplished as much as for what it represents: a cut-rate alternative to the 22% annual maintenance fees charged by SAP and Oracle, which are eating up a big chunk of companies' IT budgets. Rimini Street, which is being sued by Oracle for allegedly stealing Oracle's software and intellectual property, isn't backing down: It announced last week that it will expand beyond its SAP, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards and Siebel maintenance and support services to cover Oracle's E-Business Suite of products starting next year.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.
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