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Ellison: Oracle's cloud will cast a shadow over enterprise software world

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.

By May 30, 2012


The paradox of Microsoft's Skype acquisition integration

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?

By May 29, 2012


SAP to buy cloud-software firm for $3.5 billion

Germany's SAP says it will shell out $3.5 billion to acquire SuccessFactors, a maker of cloud-based software for human-resources management.

By December 3, 2011


Software giants start pouncing on cloud companies

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.

By December 5, 2011


How I did with my 2011 cloud predictions

I didn't have any howlers. But I was off here and there with the pace of change.

By December 7, 2011


Oracle to acquire RightNow for $1.5 billion

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.

By October 24, 2011


Does cloud computing affect innovation?

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?

By September 14, 2009


Salesforce.com: Pondering the next 10 years

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.

By March 16, 2009


Zoho adds HR application to its Web suite

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.

By March 9, 2008


DemoFall '05: Keyboards, jokes, and pasta?

DemoFall '05: Keyboards, jokes, and pasta?

By September 20, 2005