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Articles by Mary Hayes Weier
posted in March 2009
The Detroit Free Press, which "delivered" its first online-only newspaper yesterday, has announced a partnership with a Silicon Valley startup, called Plastic Logic, that's developing an e-reader. Is this the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship between newspapers and e-reader companies?
This was the first day that my local daily newspaper, the Detroit Free Press, "delivered" an online-only edition. The execution was a bit clunky and confusing. But after slogging through it, I'm left with a sense of hope that daily newspapers might live on in digital form. I share with you my experience--your local newspaper could be next.
The massive library system, facing a $23 million budget cut, hopes business intelligence software will help it make the right decisions about staffing and hours.
The add-on for Salesforce CRM lets companies track and aggregate customer complaints on Twitter.
Some software companies suggest it's a superior alternative to SaaS for hosting their offerings.
Comcast, Dell, and others will use the app to find and help customers who've turned to their social networks to solve product problems.
During numerous interviews I did for a story to publish March 30 on software and smartphones, many CIO types said they hoped to one day avoid distributing software to employees' BlackBerrys, Windows Mobiles, and other devices, and instead have smartphones entirely dependent on software in the cloud. But given what my research revealed about how employees use smartphones, that seems an impossible goal.
SAS Institute will build a $70 million cloud computing facility, and NetSuite joins the platform-as-a-service market.
Despite a dip in software license sales, CEO Larry Ellison claims his company is more focused on cloud computing than competitor SAP.
Oracle, SAP, Sybase, and Workday are acknowledging the growing use of iPhones in business with new applications and development kits.
SAP has been pretty quiet on Business ByDesign, its hosted business software service in development, but expect to hear more about it within the next few months. SAP told me today that Business ByDesign has reached a "mature" stage in its development.
The deal marks an important step toward providing mobile employees with access to SAP software, regardless of the types of smartphones they're using.
Sourcing On Demand represents a significant leap for Oracle into the area of SaaS modules for ERP.
NetSuite has gotten some fire in its belly lately. Today it offered Sage Group customers 50% off the first year of a SaaS subscription, and 100 hours of free professional services, if they sign up by June 30, calling it the "Sage Switch" program. This follows a program for SAP R/3 customers that it calls "Business ByNetSuite," a jab at SAP's idled Business ByDesign ERP SaaS.
My 67-year-old mother-in-law, who baby-sits my preschooler on Mondays, came bustling into our house this morning flush with excitement. She opened her bag and pulled out her new prize possession, the Kindle 2. She spent the weekend reading books on it, and concluded, "I love it."