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June 17, 2008  5:13 PM

Big price hikes from Oracle

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Enterprise applications, News, Oracle

The Cadillac of databases has become the Mercedes. Ok, that might not be the right analogy, so let's just say that Oracle has hiked prices across its software portfolio. Significantly. An example: Per CPU pricing on the big Oracle 11g Enterprise Edition database is now $47,500 vs. $40,000 before....

June 6, 2008  2:03 PM

MySQL road show stresses enterprise cred

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Cisco, Enterprise applications, IBM, Linux, Microsoft, News, Open-source, Oracle, Sun

MySQL execs took to the road this week, talking up the database's increasing relevance to big businesses.

The message at a Boston event Tuesday night, was that Sun Microsystems' buyout of...

May 13, 2008  4:29 PM

It’s Yahoo time for Carl Icahn

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Microsoft, News, Oracle

Carl Icahn has surfaced again in tech M&A mayhem: This time  he's buying up Yahoo stock in what may be an attempt to force that company's recalcitrant execs back to the negotiating table with Microsoft. The Wall Street Journal and others (including,

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April 2, 2008  6:57 PM

SAP shuffles

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Enterprise applications, Microsoft, Oracle, SMB

SAP named Leo Apotheker co-CEO Wednesday. He will share CEO-ing duties with Henning Kagermann until the latter leaves the company next year. Apotheker had been deputy CEO. Kagermann's contract expires in 2009 and he said today he will leave at that time. In the second half of 2008 "Leo and the...

April 1, 2008  12:07 AM

Win XP SP3 to ship tomorrow, no today, wait May 15 … and other headlines we’d like to write

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Channel partner programs, Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, Software as a service (SaaS)

April Fools Day gives reporters a chance to write the faux headlines they would like to craft but can't. At least for real Here are the top creations from the SearchITChannel staff. Gartner recommends using more acronyms Microsoft changes gears, embraces open source...

March 26, 2008  2:06 PM

Oracle wants to be BI’s big boy

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Oracle, Vendor partner business issues

Oracle bought Hyperion and now it wants to sell it. Direct. Through partners. Just sell it.

Hyperion's business intelligence (BI) products give the database giant a weapon to use against

March 14, 2008  4:25 PM

And the new Rauline Ochs is…

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Channel partner programs, Enterprise applications, Microsoft, Oracle

Word out of Redwood Shores is that Oracle has tapped the new channel chief for North America. Make that channel chiefs. Plural.  Apparently it takes not one but two men to fill Rauline Ochs'...

March 11, 2008  4:19 PM

Oracle news won’t spoil Microsoft party

Posted by: Bcournoyer
Enterprise applications, Microsoft, News, Oracle, Software as a service (SaaS)

ORLANDO, FLA. -- Microsoft's good friends over at Oracle released the new edition of Oracle CRM On Demand today -- conspicuous timing, as Microsoft Convergence 2008 this week highlights Microsoft Dynamics...

March 10, 2008  12:54 PM

PR-mageddon! for the week of March 7

Posted by: Bcournoyer
Enterprise applications, Microsoft, Open-source, Oracle

Just in case the public relations buzzwords haven't been jumping out at you enough, PR-mageddon! this week unveils a new feature: bold buzzwords. Enjoy ... Microsoft Microsoft Launches Document Interoperability Initiative, March 6: "The launch of this...

March 7, 2008  10:49 PM

Done deal: Oracle’s Kennedy is now VP, Microsoft Dynamics Partners

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Channel partner programs, Microsoft, News, Oracle

It's official -- at least within Microsoft walls -- Doug Kennedy is aboard as vice president, Microsoft Dynamics Partners. Kennedy was senior vice president of worldwide alliances and channels at...

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