Computerworld SAP News en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:22:54 GMT 2014-04-24T12:22:54Z en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. How to avoid big mistakes with Oracle&#39;s Exadata Although Exadata is Oracle&#39;s most popular and mature &quot;engineered system,&quot; some customers implementing the database machine are making mistakes that prevent them from getting the most performance out of the expensive product, according to a veteran of many Exadata projects. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:14:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-04-18T20:14:00Z SAP users rattle sabers over fees for user-friendly Fiori apps SAP user groups are stepping up pressure on the vendor over the fees charged for its user-friendly Fiori applications, saying they should be included as part of the substantial annual maintenance costs customers already pay, particularly given SAP&#39;s dismal track record with interfaces for its Business Suite ERP software. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:59:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-04-15T16:59:00Z What Does a Social-Media-Meets-Virtual-Reality World Look Like? Facebook&#39;s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus has given virtual reality a major boost. By delivering an altered sense of reality with a social experience Facebook could give users a more compelling reason to come back regularly. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:37:00 GMT (Matt Kapko) 2014-04-11T14:37:00Z Collaboration 2.0: Old meets new Today's tools are a lot like yesterday's in some respects, except they add features for cloud, social, Web and mobile. They're also a whole lot easier to use. IDG Insider Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Nancy Gohring) 2014-04-10T10:30:00Z Teradata&#39;s QueryGrid built to power multi-database analytics Teradata is hoping to gain ground in the hotly competitive data-warehousing and analytics market with QueryGrid, a new product that allows users to run a single SQL-based query across multiple data stores, from Teradata&#39;s own system to Hadoop and rival databases. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:01:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-04-07T08:01:00Z SAP customers can't figure out firm's mobility strategy It&#39;s been nearly four years since SAP got into enterprise mobility with the acquisition of Sybase, but many customers still don&#39;t quite understand its mobile product strategy, according to a new survey by the Americas&#39; SAP Users&#39; Group. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:02:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-03-31T20:02:00Z SAP gets &#39;smart&#39; about data warehousing SAP is continuing to merge its HANA in-memory database platform with its Business Warehouse data warehousing software, with the latest update adding support for HANA&#39;s real-time data loading services. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:50:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-03-25T16:50:00Z SAP targets Salesforce, Oracle with Adobe marketing suite SAP has turned to long-time partner Adobe in a bid to keep pace with Oracle and in the red-hot marketing software market. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:25:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-03-25T15:25:00Z Adobe simplifies app advertising, integrates Marketing Cloud with iBeacons Adobe Systems is stepping up its mobile efforts by integrating the company&#39;s Marketing Cloud with Apple&#39;s iBeacons and simplifying advertising in apps, while also partnering with SAP to help sell it using Hana. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:49:00 GMT (Mikael RicknA$?s) 2014-03-25T12:49:00Z Oracle reverses decline in hardware revenue during Q3 Oracle&#39;s third-quarter revenue rose 4 percent to US$9.3 billion while net income increased 2 percent to $2.6 billion, buoyed by growth in new software licenses and cloud subscriptions as well as a long-anticipated rise in hardware product revenue. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:05:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-03-18T23:05:00Z Social Media Getting More Spontaneous and Less Personal Deliberate status updates are losing luster as quick, impromptu, short-lived activity on social media gathers momentum. If the first phase of social media was a massive effort to share our online identities, this current wave is all about fleeting encounters. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:55:00 GMT (Matt Kapko) 2014-03-11T16:55:00Z Huawei expands partnership with SAP, launches new HANA hardware Huawei&#39;s enterprise unit has launched the FusionCube for high-end HANA systems and will also work with SAP on products for areas such as enterprise mobility. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:55:00 GMT (Mikael Rickn&#228;s) 2014-03-11T14:55:00Z Groups ask FTC to investigate Facebook&#39;s purchase of WhatsApp The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should investigate Facebook&#39;s proposed $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging app WhatsApp -- and possibly block it -- because of the potential impact on users&#39; privacy, two privacy groups said in a complaint. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:09:00 GMT (Grant Gross) 2014-03-06T20:09:00Z SAP adds subscription pricing for Hana cloud services SAP is introducing a set of new subscription pricing options for its Hana in-memory cloud computing platform, in a move that falls in step with the pay-as-you-go model common in the cloud computing industry. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:41:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-03-05T19:41:00Z Microsoft extends Dynamics ERP; adds support for Azure cloud Microsoft has completed a series of moves aimed at making its Dynamics AX ERP software a more viable option for large enterprises, and plans to showcase them this week during the Convergence conference in Atlanta. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:19:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-03-04T15:19:00Z Jonny Evans: So WhatsApp, Facebook? At the heart of the $19B WhatsApp acquisition may be Facebook's continuing desire to take over your mobile phone. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:11:00 GMT (Jonny Evans) 2014-02-27T18:11:00Z SAP, BMW research project to connect drivers with real-time offers and services SAP and BMW have created a prototype that uses SAP&#39;s HANA in-memory database platform to send personalized services and offers to people as they drive around in their cars. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:04:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-02-26T13:04:00Z Facebook&#39;s Zuckerberg Envisions a &#39;Dial Tone for the Internet&#39; Calling it an &#39;on-ramp to the Internet,&#39; Mark Zuckerberg advocates for carriers and other gatekeepers to provide free basic services for all in his first-ever keynote at Mobile World Congress. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:02:00 GMT (Matt Kapko) 2014-02-25T19:02:00Z With voice calls, WhatsApp can tap new growth WhatsApp&#39;s voice calling service, planned for later this year to augment its hot text-message offering, could yield an influx of customers and strengthen the service&#39;s already firm standing in mobile messaging. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 01:38:00 GMT (Zach Miners) 2014-02-25T01:38:00Z Google's Schmidt offers $1M in grants, talks WhatsApp and Motorola Got great ideas to solve world problems? Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt just might give you a lot of money for them. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:41:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-02-24T19:41:00Z Zuckerberg wants Facebook to be the world&#39;s Internet on-ramp If Marc Zuckerberg has his way, Facebook will become the &quot;on ramp&quot; for the two-thirds of the world&#39;s population not yet connected to the Internet. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:39:00 GMT (Zach Miners) 2014-02-24T19:39:00Z Tip of the Hat: WhatsApp users are the big losers in Facebook deal It's easy to pick out the winners in the $19 billion Facebook-WhatsApp. <i>Computerworld</i> offers a <b>Tip of the Hat</b> to <i>ReadWrite</i>'s Selena Larson for pointing out the deal's potential losers. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:48:00 GMT (Mike Bucken) 2014-02-21T16:48:00Z Wall Street Beat: After Facebook buy of WhatsApp, tech M&A set for strong year Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp may end up being just one milestone in a strong year for tech mergers and acquisitions. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 03:15:00 GMT (Marc Ferranti) 2014-02-21T03:15:00Z Facebook coughs up $19B for WhatsApp's younger users Facebook may be shelling out $19 billion in cash and stock for the messaging company WhatsApp to stanch the departure of younger users from the social network. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:26:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-02-20T19:26:00Z Facebook buying WhatsApp for $16 billion Facebook has agreed to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion in cash and stock, the social network said Wednesday. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:50:00 GMT (James Niccolai) 2014-02-19T23:50:00Z Oracle creates suite of marketing software After spending billions to acquire a series of marketing-related software companies, Oracle is now undergoing the process of creating a unified suite it can take to battle against competing offerings from the likes of and Microsoft. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:11:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-02-19T15:11:00Z Oracle 12c database to get speedy SAP certification There's some good news for the many SAP customers who use Oracle's database underneath SAP applications. Breaking from tradition, SAP will certify its software for the initial major release of the Oracle 12c database. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:31:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-02-10T21:31:00Z How to Prepare Your Business (And Your Employees) to Work Remotely Hurricanes, blizzards, floods, earthquakes, even mundane events like employees&#39; car troubles or family obligations can disrupt your business and put a damper on productivity. Here&#39;s how to prepare your business and your personnel for working remotely. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:05:00 GMT (Sharon Florentine) 2014-02-06T20:05:00Z SAP lays out its strategy for growth, with HANA at the forefront SAP's strategy event for the investment community on Tuesday offered few major surprises to anyone who's been closely monitoring the software vendor lately, but did serve to cement the company's future direction for product development, growth and customer retention. Here's a look at some of the highlights of the event. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:20:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-02-04T22:20:00Z Ellison says IBM and SAP no longer Oracle&#39;s main rivals Look out Amazon, Larry Ellison has got his eye on you. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 02:27:00 GMT (James Niccolai) 2014-01-30T02:27:00Z On-premises ERP systems will soon get the &#39;legacy&#39; label The highly customized ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems in place at companies around the world are looking a bit long in the tooth, to the point where by 2016 it will be common practice to refer to them as &quot;legacy&quot; software, according to analyst firm Gartner. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:14:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-01-29T20:14:00Z Wall Street Beat: Stocks tank as tech earnings look mixed so far Stocks including shares of tech companies tanked on Friday mainly due to worries about slowing global economic growth, but the mixed earnings reports from IT giants did nothing to calm concerns. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:05:00 GMT (Marc Ferranti) 2014-01-24T22:05:00Z How to choose the right enterprise mobility management tool As mobile device management continues to morph, consider what's 'good enough' for what you need right now -- and don't neglect the user experience, whatever else you do. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:30:00 GMT (Robert L. Mitchell) 2014-01-23T11:30:00Z Supreme Court rejects SAP's appeal of $391M patent suit award The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from SAP of a US$391 million judgment given to Versata Software in a patent lawsuit the latter filed, but SAP is vowing to fight onward. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:29:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-01-21T17:29:00Z Foiled! How to beat software vendors&#39; sneaky price increases Between complex licenses and the cloud, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP have lots of ways to hike up prices. Here&#39;s how to fight back Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:07:00 GMT (Robert L. Scheier) 2014-01-13T11:07:00Z SAP business mix slowly shifting to cloud SAP's business is gradually shifting to the SaaS model while sales of its Hana in-memory database platform continue to grow quickly, according to preliminary fourth-quarter and year-end results the company released Friday. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:32:00 GMT (Peter Sayer) 2014-01-10T15:32:00Z Enterprise apps in 2014: What&#39;s in store If recent history is any indication, 2014 will be a busy year for the enterprise applications industry as vendors jockey for position and customers ponder moves from legacy ERP and CRM implementations to cloud-based services. Here&#39;s a look at what some of the sector&#39;s main players are likely to do as the year unfolds. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:02:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2014-01-03T22:02:00Z The security industry finds a dream enemy -- government spy agencies 2013 was the year we learned we must encrypt our data if we don&#39;t want the likes of the U.S. National Security Agency or the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters reading it as it crosses the Internet. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:12:00 GMT (Lucian Constantin) 2013-12-31T16:12:00Z SaaS predictions for 2014 While the bulk of enterprise software is still deployed on-premises, SaaS continues to undergo rapid growth. Gartner has said the total market will top $22 billion through 2015, up from more than $14 billion in 2012. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 20:20:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2013-12-23T20:20:00Z Oracle to buy marketing software vendor Responsys for $1.5 billion Oracle is set to acquire business-to-consumer marketing software vendor Responsys for $1.5 billion in a bid to flesh out its own capabilities as well as strike back at rivals such as and Microsoft. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:20:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2013-12-20T15:20:00Z Quanex halts its SAP rollout, citing a strategy shift Building products manufacturer Quanex has stopped the rollout of an SAP ERP (enterprise resource planning) implementation, but due to a shift in corporate strategy rather than major problems with the software. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:28:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2013-12-19T21:28:00Z Avon halts work on big SAP implementation, cites lack of ROI Avon Products has halted the rollout of a global SAP implementation, with the cosmetics maker saying in a regulatory filing that a pilot program in Canada caused &quot;significant business disruption in that market, and did not show a clear return on investment.&quot; Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:15:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2013-12-12T18:15:00Z SAP courts developers with new license, tools SAP has made a series of announcements aimed at bringing more software developers into its fold, making their jobs easier and bolstering the reach of its HANA in-memory computing platform. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:45:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2013-12-11T20:45:00Z Oracle launches revved-up new version of Exadata Oracle has launched the fifth version of its Exadata database appliance, claiming the release provides in many areas double the performance of previous-generation machines. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:06:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2013-12-11T20:06:00Z The worst IT project disasters of 2013 Trends come and go in the technology industry but some things, such as IT system failures, bloom eternal. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:32:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2013-12-10T14:32:00Z California sues SAP over failed payroll software project SAP has been slapped with a lawsuit by California&#39;s state controller over a payroll software implementation the office says cost taxpayers a vast sum of money, but has never worked correctly. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:39:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2013-11-22T20:39:00Z Trojan malware steals sensitive data from SAP client apps A recently discovered malicious program steals log-in passwords and other sensitive information from SAP client applications and allows cybercriminals to access SAP servers from infected workstations. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:00:00 GMT (Lucian Constantin) 2013-11-21T16:00:00Z PaaS market to reach $14B by 2017, IDC says The global market for PaaS (platform as a service) is set to leap from US$3.8 billion last year to more than $14 billion in 2017 as companies look to cut infrastructure costs and speed up application development, according to newly released research from analyst firm IDC. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 19:12:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2013-11-07T19:12:00Z Marin County seeks new software vendor to replace SAP system Officials in California's Marin County have begun the search for new ERP software to replace a troubled SAP implementation that was at the center of an ugly legal battle between the county, SAP and systems integrator Deloitte. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 18:34:00 GMT (Chris Kanaracus) 2013-11-01T18:34:00Z New malware variant suggests cybercriminals targeting SAP users A new variant of a Trojan program that targets online banking accounts also contains code to search if infected computers have SAP client applications installed, suggesting that attackers might target SAP systems in the future. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 10:05:00 GMT (Lucian Constantin) 2013-11-01T10:05:00Z