Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog:

February, 2008

February 28, 2008  8:37 PM

Oracle/Peoplesoft licensing and maintenance #1

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BEA, Fusion, Licensing, Maintenance, Oracle, Peopelsoft

I met a former employee of Peoplesoft yesterday who had an interesting story about Oracle. Oracle has generously offered users of Peoplesoft 8 a free upgrade to version 9. But this generous offer seems to have strings attached. The upgrade was only free if you were prepared to make a hefty...

February 26, 2008  11:03 PM

Could Air lack security substance?

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Adobe, air, Security

I like the idea of Rich Internet Applications (RIAs). As such, I think Adobe Air could be truly great as a way of bringing together the idea of web-based server computing with the rich UI of the PC graphical user interface. I am concerned, however. RIAs allow access to the client device in a way...

February 21, 2008  7:27 PM

Microsoft open up the crown jewels

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The next big thing

It is great to see Microsoft is going to make available its internal application programming interfaces for MS Office and Windows protocols. While the news has obviously been influenced by EU and US anti-trust regulations, this is a genuine victory for users of Microsoft products, and one I hope...

February 21, 2008  3:09 PM

Microsoft: what’s happening now

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anti-trust, DOJ, Microsoft, Yahoo

We've just received an alert that Microsoft is making a major announcement later today with Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft, Ray Ozzie, chief software architect, Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Server and Tools Business; and Brad Smith, senior vice president and...

February 20, 2008  7:04 PM

Software needs a money-back guarantee

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Adobe, Apple, McAfee, Microsoft, Symatec

I'm really glad the National Consumer Council has asked the Office of Fair Trading to look at the preposterous end user licence agreement of big software providers including Adobe, Apple, McAfee, Microsoft and...

February 18, 2008  6:33 PM

More Office 2007 pain

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Office 2007

I was helping a neighbour out this weekend. Her PC had started playing up and she decided to buy a new laptop, complete with Office 2007. The new laptop was up and running and had a nice, fast ADSL connection. The problem was, she wanted to copy her contact address book from the old machine onto...

February 14, 2008  6:54 PM

IBM Domino support #3 – Responsibility and legacy

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Customer service, Domino, IBM, Support, vista

I've been accused of writing dribble, trying to dig up a story when none exists and a few comments on my postings about Lotus Domino support have even suggested I get a new job and a...

February 11, 2008  7:10 PM

True Colours #2: Domino customer service takes a tumble

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Fact or fiction?

So a number of people have come out in defence of IBM. My question on Lotus Domino support came from a legitimate reader enquiry received by I passed that question on through the appropriate channels hoping to clarify the situation....

February 8, 2008  9:29 PM

Poor service from IBM: Big Blue shows its true colours

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Aok, ChangeBase, Domino, Lotus, vista

I'm rather annoyed with IBM. A few weeks ago, around the time of Lotusphere, I wanted to find out whether the Lotus 6.5.x client would run on Windows Vista. I felt this was not an unreasonable thing to ask, given that IBM states on its

February 7, 2008  7:04 PM

Eco madness

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Green IT

Whatever plans we put in place to become more energy efficient and produce less waste they must fit in with how we live our lives and how we work. It is all very well saying public transport is green, but the UK public transport system is not an alternative to the car for many people, and until it...

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