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Dog days in the enterprise sector

The earnings warnings point to a slump in corporate software. Is Sarbanes-Oxley paperwork part of the problem?

Selling software to enterprise customers isn't such hot fun these days. Just ask Unisys. Or Computer Associates...or PeopleSoft...or...

Software sales slump blamed on paperwork

Strict Sarbanes-Oxley accounting rules keep chief financial officers from approving new software deals, according to an analyst report.
July 12, 2004

Unisys to miss targets, but SAP is upbeat

The IT services firm joins the gnashing of teeth and missing of quarterly sales targets, but SAP jumps the gun to brag.
July 9, 2004

Computer Associates warns on lower revenue

The software company cuts guidance by up to 5 percent, citing weak performance of the services business.
July 8, 2004

Software firms stumble in second quarter

The latest quarter has been unkind to many software companies, but hardware appears to be in better shape.
July 8, 2004

The state of software spending

news.commentary Forrester analysts say enterprise vendors are chasing sales and customers are holding out for discounts.
July 8, 2004

PeopleSoft woes go beyond Oracle, analysts say

The antitrust trial isn't the only thing that's throwing PeopleSoft off track these days.
July 7, 2004

Siebel and BMC issue earnings warnings

Two more software companies surprise analysts by scaling down profit predictions.
July 7, 2004

Escaping the jaws of Microsoft

newsmaker SAP chief Henning Kagermann tells how close his firm came to a merger with the software juggernaut.
July 7, 2004

Eyes on enterprise

special report The merger talks between SAP and Microsoft underscore a harsh market reality.
July 6, 2004

Veritas to miss earnings mark

Citing weakness in U.S. sales, the company warns that its second-quarter earnings will come in lower than anticipated.
July 6, 2004

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Oracle's day in court

special coverage In a four-week federal trial that started June 7, Oracle tries to derail the DOJ's challenge to its hostile bid for PeopleSoft.