Stories by Marc Songini

Oracle releases PeopleSoft CRM 9.0

Oracle Monday released the next iteration of its PeopleSoft Enterprise CRM application, version 9.0. The company had outlined its plans for the software early last month. bites bullet on need for integration last week rolled out the latest version of its hosted software with added features that include a built-in link to SAP's ERP applications. The move is part of an effort by the customer relationship management vendor to address integration shortcomings cited by current and former users.

SAP's NetWeaver plan fails to reassure users

Several users expressed uncertainty about SAP's NetWeaver software suite at the Sapphire user conference in Orlando last week, even as the vendor heavily promoted the technology during the event.

Infor to buy SSA for US$1.4B

Infor Global Solutions last week agreed to acquire rival SSA Global Technologies for about US$1.4 billion, further consolidating the business applications market.

SAP continues NetWeaver focus

Since its introduction three years ago, SAP has been steadily promoting its NetWeaver technology stack as a pervasive part of its applications, despite user confusion over exactly what it is or fears that it's a proprietary technology.

SAP to push SOA, CRM

At its Sapphire 2006 user conference next week in Orlando, SAP AG will be showcasing its latest on-demand CRM offerings as well as highlighting progress it's made helping customers use its service-oriented architecture (SOA) platform.

Siebel Gobbles Up Another CRM Software Rival

Siebel Systems Monday announced a deal to scoop up rival Janna Systems Inc. in an acquisition that Siebel executives hope will give the San Mateo, Calif.-based vendor a leg up in selling customer relationship management (CRM) software to financial services companies and insurers.

Service Companies Connect with PSA Software

Service-based companies are beginning to turn to automation to boost efficiency and profitability, just as manufacturers have done by employing supply-chain management (SCM) products.

Candle bolsters MQSeries management

Candle wants to hold a light up to the operations of IBM's MQSeries Integrator, an applications messaging package optimised for handling e-business transactions.
Candle has introduced customisable software, dubbed Command Centre for MQSI V100, for monitoring and managing IBM's message oriented middleware from a single console.

AS/400 users get a Windows boost

IBM yesterday announced its plans for rolling out products and programs to help AS/400 users interested in running Windows NT/2000 applications in their shops.

SCO Sells Out to Caldera

Ending an era, The Santa Cruz Operation Inc. will be selling off its Unix product line and professional services arm to Linux vendor Caldera Inc.