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Articles by Barbara Darrow
posted in September 2005
Commerce and BizTalk Server 2006 will integrate well, a Microsoft exec promises, but how Content Management ties in remains hazy.
The goal is to entrench Google technology into businesses and government agencies, to open up troves of data that's been off limits to the search engine thus far.
In a letter to his troops, departing Microsoft exec explains why he's leaving the company at the end of next year--and, in the meantime, exhorts everyone to keep working hard.
Microsoft is shaking up its structure again, naming presidents to head three business groups. The Platform, Products and Services group will be led by Kevin Johnson and Jim Allchin. However Allchin will retire next year after the Vista client ships.
ThinkCAP JX combines easy graphical programming with the latest in AJAX support, the vendor says, making it an ideal means to Web-enable legacy applications.
The company will announce "lifetime support" for its products on Monday, said Oracle co-president Charles Phillips. Presumably that will cover Siebel and PeopleSoft packages, too.
The new software will be available by May and is especially geared for Web services and grid computing.
But it's delaying release on "data mirroring," which boosts database availability.
Although Gates didn't see this one coming, he says it won't quickly change much about the CRM industry.
Use of the "Dynamics" moniker for Microsoft's future ERM/accounting will have some positive effects, especially for those that recall the old Great Plains product names, but not everyone will be happy.
And the combination of Small Business Accounting and Office will list for $569, or $399 as an upgrade, after rebates.
FileMaker now is shipping an upgrade to its eponymous database that offers extensive integration with PDF files and Excel.
When Microsoft announces a for-real mid-market suite SKU next week, one can only hope it does a better job than it has for its current mid-market bundle, er promotion.