If Oracle and SAP can gobble up cloud players there will be evolution not revolution, and evolution is much friendlier to the software maintenance model.
Germany's SAP says it will shell out $3.5 billion to acquire SuccessFactors, a maker of cloud-based software for human-resources management.
Not long ago, Jonathan Zittrain wrote about the possibility that cloud computing would stifle software innovation. Is "business execution" vendor SuccessFactors a counterexample to that claim?
I didn't have any howlers. But I was off here and there with the pace of change.
In a wide-ranging interview at the D10 conference, the Oracle CEO opens up about the June 6 announcement of a new cloud-based platform and complete rewrites of CRM and ERP applications.
A brief survey of acquisitions indicates that integration appears to be the way to go. What does that mean about the line Microsoft is walking with the Skype acquisition?
The database giant is jumping into the cloud customer service game via its acquisition of RightNow. The deal is aimed at the heart of Salesforce.com.
While Google receives lots of attention for its suite of Web applications, and Microsoft waits on the sidelines, Zoho continues to build out its Web suite with Zoho People, a human resource management application.
DemoFall '05: Keyboards, jokes, and pasta?
The mission will be to build new areas beyond CRM. Of course, Salesforce.com would be a fine subsidiary of an enterprise software giant like SAP or Oracle.