• December 12, 2005 12 Dec'05

    SAP-Microsoft project triggers unanswered questions

    SAP and Microsoft plan to ship the first version of their joint project, known as Mendocino, this month, but questions about pricing and ease of installation remain unanswered.

  • December 08, 2005 08 Dec'05

    True IT blooper #31: IT white lies

    In addition to monitoring server rooms, guarding against e-mail viruses and sustaining networks, IT pros must sometimes tell white lies. This one backfired

  • December 08, 2005 08 Dec'05

    Is there hidden knowledge in 'dirty' data?

    As companies rush to clean up data warehouses and delete dirty data they could be losing valuable intelligence about customers.

  • December 07, 2005 07 Dec'05

    SAP bolsters developer community to prep for SOA

    SAP is taking steps to open its architecture to developers and independent software makers to get feedback on its products and create a fast system to develop Web services.

  • December 06, 2005 06 Dec'05

    SAP's Agassi shifts focus to composites

    SAP executive board member Shai Agassi called SAP's plan to service-enable its entire suite on track, and pledged to develop more than 1,000 composite applications by the end of 2006.

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  • December 05, 2005 05 Dec'05

    Microsoft's strong midmarket channel thwarts Oracle, SAP

    As Oracle and SAP aim for more small and midsized businesses, they are encountering a strong and complicated Microsoft channel partner network.

  • December 01, 2005 01 Dec'05

    True IT Blooper #30: IT gone AWOL

    When a Windows 2000 Server goes AWOL, an IT instructor and her class of military personnel enter The Blooper Zone.

  • December 01, 2005 01 Dec'05

    SAP joins group to push for SOA standards

    To broaden interoperability with its NetWeaver platform, SAP is working with IBM, Oracle Corp. and others to develop a new programming model for a service-oriented architecture.

  • November 30, 2005 30 Nov'05

    Spending to increase on supply chain execution

    A new report projects an increase in spending on supply chain execution systems pushed by global competition and shorter product lifecycles.

  • November 23, 2005 23 Nov'05

    True IT Blooper #29: Call 911, my floppy has a virus

    The take-away: If the Bubonic Plague sweeps through your town, grab the kids and leave the floppies.

  • November 22, 2005 22 Nov'05

    SAP acquires retail software vendor

    SAP plans to acquire Khimetrics Inc., a retail software vendor with expertise in profitability forecasts and pricing strategies.

  • November 22, 2005 22 Nov'05

    SAP's new ad blitz takes aim at Oracle

    Hoping to improve its brand recognition in the U.S., SAP launched a major advertising campaign this month, with a TV ad that aims at Oracle's newly acquired J.D. Edwards and PeopleSoft customers.

  • November 21, 2005 21 Nov'05

    Open source ERP? Don't hold your breath

    There is no imminent open source ERP revolution coming to your company any time soon, according to Joshua Greenbaum, principal consultant at Berkeley, Calif.-based Enterprise Applications Consulting.

  • November 17, 2005 17 Nov'05

    True IT Blooper #28: An IT sleuth

    The system administrator followed a trail of clues – a vacuum cleaner electric cord, a sweet old lady, her cleaning schedule – and discovered why a server was rebooting on its own.

  • November 17, 2005 17 Nov'05

    SAP leads market in simplified licensing policies -- for now

    Forrester ranks SAP as the leader in simplified licensing and pricing policies, but SAP's shift to NetWeaver as a business process platform could complicate matters.

  • November 16, 2005 16 Nov'05

    SAP protest of Oracle contract called standard procedure

    SAP is protesting an $88.5 million contract awarded to Oracle Corp., to install a combat support system for the U.S. Air Force. The protest delays Oracle's revenue gains.

  • November 15, 2005 15 Nov'05

    SAP exec: On-demand model needs tweaking

    As, Siebel and others offer their software through an on-demand model, SAP plans to take a broader approach.

  • November 14, 2005 14 Nov'05

    Supply chain technology that delivers ROI

    Coca-Cola lost some pop, L 'Oreal made up some ground, and Dell won again. Check out this year's AMR Research list of supply chain technology stars.

  • November 10, 2005 10 Nov'05

    True IT blooper #27: The offensive acronym

    Watch where you wield acronyms, you might hurt somebody.

  • November 10, 2005 10 Nov'05

    Flaw opens SAP Web Application Server to phishing scams

    SAP is issuing a patch for multiple vulnerabilities discovered in its Web Application Server that can expose users to phishing scams.

  • November 09, 2005 09 Nov'05

    BMW puts Siebel in the driver's seat

    The automaker's Canadian division not only made wholesale changes to its CRM system but also to its organization.

  • November 09, 2005 09 Nov'05

    SOA, system consolidation adds to data migration pain

    Informatica says it can ease your migration pain, but one SAP expert believes data migration will always be a nuisance.

  • November 08, 2005 08 Nov'05

    SQL Server launch: SAP set to sell database

    SAP has agreed on a plan to sell SQL Server 2005 with SAP's ERP software. But it could be a while before apps vendors get fully certified on the new database.

  • November 08, 2005 08 Nov'05

    Review: Data migration, SAP job skirmishes highlighted

    Data migration issues associated with SAP's Exchange Infrastructure and a story on the most lucrative SAP jobs got the most interest from readers in October.

  • November 07, 2005 07 Nov'05

    Microsoft readies CRM update

    Microsoft hopes tighter integration with Outlook will make its CRM product more competitive with SAP, Siebel and others.

  • November 07, 2005 07 Nov'05

    Firm dumps, chooses Oracle over SAP

    USA Technologies, which produces hardware and software for cashless vending machines and laundry facilities, said growth is forcing the company to integrate its systems.

  • November 03, 2005 03 Nov'05

    Worm targets Oracle databases

    Experts worry the worm is a sign that the bad guys see Oracle as a juicier target.

  • November 03, 2005 03 Nov'05

    True IT blooper #26: Migration blues

    Cuts in staffing have eliminated the one category of workers most IT departments need the most: the post-traumatic stress (PTS) counselor.

  • November 02, 2005 02 Nov'05

    SOX boosts IT salaries

    A recent survey from Robert Half Technology says the demand for SOX auditors will help drive industry salaries up in 2006.

  • November 01, 2005 01 Nov'05

    Small businesses mull SAP Business One, All-in-One choice

    The head of SAP's product management for small businesses said there are questions to ask before deciding between SAP Business One and All-in-One software.

  • October 31, 2005 31 Oct'05

    Oracle vs. SAP: The Siebel Factor

    The sudden uptick in big deals reported by Siebel made Oracle look good, but it's unlikely a Siebel acquisition will alter the competition between SAP and Oracle.

  • October 31, 2005 31 Oct'05

    Hosted software moves marketing to the head of the line

    While marketing resource management remains a relatively immature technology, hosted applications offer an easy entry point and test case, according to Gartner.

  • October 27, 2005 27 Oct'05

    Five compliance questions to ask your CEO

    To avoid SOX trouble, every CIO should ask these five questions -- and every CEO should answer them.

  • October 27, 2005 27 Oct'05

    Web services security specs hit the standards track

    Seen as critical to building an SOA, Web services standards defining credentials management, extended conversations and security policies have been submitted to a standards body.

  • October 26, 2005 26 Oct'05

    SAP's McDermott addresses ESA, midmarket challenges

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    While SAP looks to penetrate the midmarket, it is meeting stiff competition from Microsoft, Oracle and...

  • October 26, 2005 26 Oct'05

    SAP's McDermott addresses ESA, midmarket challenges

    In part two of a two-part interview, SAP America CEO Bill McDermott addresses meeting Microsoft in the midmarket and how SAP's enterprise services architecture plan will unfold.

  • October 25, 2005 25 Oct'05

    Siebel beats the SOA drum, threatens SAP

    On the verge of merging with Oracle, Siebel Systems announced plans to launch new tools that join Web services with CRM component customization and business processes.

  • October 24, 2005 24 Oct'05

    McDermott: No fear of Oracle as SAP looks ahead with CRM, ESA

    NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- SAP America chief Bill McDermott is always on the run. After meeting with potential clients he gave a keynote recently at a Chicago business conference and quickly jetted off to Germany before SAP released its third quarter ...

  • October 20, 2005 20 Oct'05

    SAP gains on Oracle, reasserts growth strategy

    The software vendor said its strategy to grow the company without making acquisitions is paying off.

  • October 19, 2005 19 Oct'05

    Real estate firm signs SAP Safe Passage deal

    A Cleveland real estate management firm is joining up to 30 companies that are migrating to SAP through its Safe Passage program.

  • October 18, 2005 18 Oct'05

    Talent skirmishes in store for SAP pros

    A new report from IT research consultancy Foote Partners projects job growth in 2006, but demand for SAP workers is spiking, resulting in talent skirmishes for lucrative positions.

  • October 14, 2005 14 Oct'05

    SAP launches midmarket push against Microsoft, Oracle

    SAP is aiming at the midmarket with new versions of its preconfigured best practices software. Challenges exist as Microsoft is gaining the most momentum, according to analysts.

  • October 13, 2005 13 Oct'05

    Top 10 business warehouse best practices

    Janet Hutchinson, an SAP administrator at Madison, N.J.-based Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, shares her top business warehouse best practices.

  • October 10, 2005 10 Oct'05

    Breaking down SAP's ESA strategy

    @14323 BOSTON -- Understanding SAP's Enterprise Services Architecture message is the first step in transitioning a company to a services-based architecture. But many executives are still scratching their heads, according to Naeem Hashmi, chief ...

  • October 05, 2005 05 Oct'05

    SAP set to launch SCM update

    Advanced Planning and Optimization, Inventory Collaboration Hub and Warehouse Management products are areas within the SCM suite slated to get feature updates.

  • October 04, 2005 04 Oct'05

    Raytheon executives accept SAP XI pitch

    A senior level IT manager at Raytheon said it took convincing, but executives have approved a plan to implement SAP's exchange infrastructure across all the company's divisions to handle integration issues.

  • September 30, 2005 30 Sep'05

    SAP pros flock to SAP XI discussion

    SAP pros are beginning integration projects with SAP Exchange Infrastructure, while other firms are considering the new technology.

  • September 29, 2005 29 Sep'05

    General Mills repairs product data for compliance

    General Mills recently completed a lengthy project streamlining data from various SAP systems to identify products for the global product code registry.

  • September 26, 2005 26 Sep'05

    SAP reaches out to outsourcers with Safe Passage

    SAP is extending its Safe Passage program, giving license credits and other perks to PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards customers using a business process outsourcer.

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    Oracle reveals first Fusion apps

    Operational dashboards, developed for PeopleSoft CRM, are the first applications to be developed with the company's Fusion Middleware.

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    Pennsylvania firm chooses Oracle over SAP

    An evaluation team at York, Pa.-based York Water Company chose Oracle over SAP, citing cost as a major factor in the decision.

  • September 19, 2005 19 Sep'05

    Oracle acquisition highlights data management wars

    The Oracle-Siebel combo not only gives Oracle access to Siebel's customers, but also its infrastructure, improving Oracle's standing in the battle against SAP and IBM.

  • September 19, 2005 19 Sep'05

    SAP to acquire retail management vendor

    SAP announced plans to bolster its retail specific software suite with the acquisition of Toronto-based Triversity, which makes point-of-sale software for the retail industry.

  • September 13, 2005 13 Sep'05

    How open source will fit in with SOA and Web services

    Data centers are increasingly making or planning to make the move to environments characterized by Web services and service-oriented architectures (SOAs), data grids and the use of virtualization technology. But just how will open source ...

  • September 13, 2005 13 Sep'05

    Eclipse SOA project inching closer to launch

    The anticipated Eclipse SOA project is not quite ready for prime time, but work on a service-oriented tooling framework could start soon.

  • September 08, 2005 08 Sep'05

    Microsoft rebrands ERP offerings, hints at hosted CRM

    Microsoft is taking aim at SAP and, rebranding its CRM and ERP offerings and hinting at hosted CRM.

  • September 06, 2005 06 Sep'05

    Review: SAP customers mull upgrade decisions; Migration dilemma examined

    As the Oracle-SAP battle intensifies, both vendors are racing to build their customer bases.

  • September 01, 2005 01 Sep'05

    NetWeaver, mySAP upgrades result in process changes

    IDS Scheer, an SAP partner and consultancy, says firms integrating NetWeaver or upgrading to mySAP have business process changes ahead.

  • August 31, 2005 31 Aug'05

    Quality of service standards coming for Web services

    According to IBM's top standards developers, a wave of new specifications for reliable messaging, transactions and automated business processes using Web services should enter standards bodies before the end of the year.

  • August 30, 2005 30 Aug'05

    SAP touts mySAP wins

    SAP is strengthening its presence in the Asia-Pacific region, with sales of its retail software increasing in India and China.

  • August 29, 2005 29 Aug'05

    Choices loom as vendors launch hosted CRM

    Some CRM vendors are touting the benefits of an on-premise system and a hosted model. As SAP considers launching hosted CRM, choices will mount for customers.

  • August 25, 2005 25 Aug'05

    SAP CRM revenue surges past Siebel

    The debate rages over who is tops in CRM. AMR Research says it's SAP despite only 300 live installations of mySAP CRM 3.0, according to an AMR estimate.

  • August 24, 2005 24 Aug'05

    NetWeaver integration moving toward more critical apps

    Wily Technology, a firm working closely with SAP to monitor NetWeaver implementations says early adopters are beginning to port more critical applications onto the platform.

  • August 22, 2005 22 Aug'05

    Salary watch: Cashing in specialty skills

    You can't party like it's 1999, but at least IT salaries have stabilized in recent months.

  • August 22, 2005 22 Aug'05

    Commentary: SAP's migration dilemma

    As SAP moves forward with aggressive plans to upgrade its customers, and move them to NetWeaver and mySAP Business Suite, the decision to move – albeit a hard one – may be simple compared to the challenge of making sure the migration ...

  • August 18, 2005 18 Aug'05

    The BI application consolidation challenge

    Whether through departmental purchases, mergers or acquisitions, companies have a myriad of BI tools. Even SAP has entered the market this year. The challenge is in consolidation.

  • August 17, 2005 17 Aug'05

    SAP says slow movement to mySAP ERP necessary

    An SAP executive says customers are upgrading to mySAP ERP on a time frame designed for individual needs. Upgrades to the latest version will be slow, but remain steady through 2009.

  • August 16, 2005 16 Aug'05

    SOA blueprints to aid early adopters

    To tackle real-world use cases and dispel much of the confusion concerning Web services adoption, OASIS, a standards consortium, will build SOA blueprints for early adopters.

  • August 15, 2005 15 Aug'05

    SAP trumps Oracle in march to SOA

    SAP is several steps ahead of rival Oracle Corp., as it makes its business software services based by 2007, according to a report by Forrester Research Inc.

  • August 11, 2005 11 Aug'05

    Web services will change, not kill apps, Forrester says

    Service oriented architecture may be the end of applications as we know them, but a new Forrester report says a new breed of apps will arise around widely deployed Web services.

  • August 10, 2005 10 Aug'05

    Review: Salary recovery, IT skills examined in July

    The SAP-Oracle battle continued in the month of July, but a report that gave IT professionals a look at the hottest skills emerging got the most interest from readers.

  • August 08, 2005 08 Aug'05

    SAP users slow to migrate to mySAP, opens door for Oracle

    SAP customers are slow in adotping mySAP applications, according to analysts at Forrester Research Inc. The door is slightly open for Oracle Corp., as it tries to prove legitimacy in the vertical markets to lure customers away from SAP.

  • August 05, 2005 05 Aug'05

    Web services security standards seek to establish trust

    With three more specifications on the way and proof that multiple federated identity protocols can co-exist, the Web services world is getting more secure.

  • August 03, 2005 03 Aug'05

    SAP news briefs: New features certified; integration tested

    SAP approved industry-specific functionality for its Business One suite aimed at the midmarket and recently tested its defense and security software during military exercises.

  • August 01, 2005 01 Aug'05

    Expert advises users to take advantage of job aids

    SAP software seems more complicated than it actually is, according to Jim Mazzullo, an SAP expert and trainer. Breaking down that misconception is the key to improving efficiency, said Mazzullo, author of SAP R/3 for Everyone, a guide that outlines...

  • July 29, 2005 29 Jul'05

    Commentary: The not-so-surprising allure of SAP

    While SAP was never a pariah, it wasn't exactly known as the company everyone wanted to sign on to. Now it's the company everyone wants to be part of.

  • July 28, 2005 28 Jul'05

    Oracle's Phillips swings at SAP

    Oracle president Charles E. Phillips Jr. sharply criticized SAP, and touted his company's ability to deliver a complete infrastructure and application package.

  • July 27, 2005 27 Jul'05

    The role of composite applications in an SOA

    Roger Sippl discusses how composite applications in an SOA can overcome problems of complexity and cost associated with traditional integration and application development.

  • July 26, 2005 26 Jul'05

    Oracle's OFF SAP program shows early results

    Oracle Corp. said more than 200 companies are showing an interest in its 'Off SAP' program. Meanwhile, SAP has signed agreements with several companies to migrate under its rebate program.

  • July 26, 2005 26 Jul'05

    Customers warned of critical SAP flaw

    A flaw in SAP Internet Graphics Server can allow a hacker to gain user privileges and eventually access confidential SAP files, according to UK security firm Corsaire Ltd.

  • July 25, 2005 25 Jul'05

    Former Siebel exec to lead SAP financial services push

    Former Siebel Systems vice president James Hughes will lead an expansion of financial services software in the U.S. and Canada.

  • July 21, 2005 21 Jul'05

    SAP reports strong quarter, plans to launch hosted CRM

    SAP continues to widen the market share gap between it and its rival Oracle Corp. CEO Henning Kagermann also confirmed plans to launch a hosted CRM product.

  • July 20, 2005 20 Jul'05

    Salaries recovering for some IT skills

    Some experts believe offshore outsourcing is the cause of sagging salaries of some IT skills, but one research firm says certain specialties are recovering.

  • July 20, 2005 20 Jul'05

    Report: IT Skills see recovery, others cooling

    The hottest and coldest IT skills in list form, according to the results of a study released by IT research consultancy, Foote Partners LLC.

  • July 19, 2005 19 Jul'05

    Finding the mean between SAP and Microsoft portal extremes

    Microsoft is using its portal products while other firms are using SAP Enterprise Portal. Most companies will find the best approach lies somewhere in between.

  • July 18, 2005 18 Jul'05

    Web services security getting greater scrutiny

    While the need to provide enterprise-grade security for Web services may be obvious, the method for doing it is still developing.

  • July 15, 2005 15 Jul'05

    Job market rebounding for SAP consultants

    Consultants who expand their skill sets are most successful in finding work. Which skills are most desirable? SAP career expert Jon Reed helps job seekers crack the SAP job market.

  • July 14, 2005 14 Jul'05

    SAP consultants see job market rebound

    Consultants who find the most work are successful in expanding their skill sets. But which skills are most desirable? SAP career expert Jon Reed helps job seekers crack the SAP job market.

  • July 13, 2005 13 Jul'05

    SAP's new software strategy exposes new challenges

    SAP will have several issues to address as it carries out its enterprise services architecture vision, according to a new IDC report.

  • July 07, 2005 07 Jul'05

    Oracle purchase strikes at SAP's retail push

    Oracle's planned acquisition of retail software maker ProfitLogic adds clout to its products for retailers and strikes at SAP's retail push in the U.S., according to analysts at AMR Research Inc.

  • July 06, 2005 06 Jul'05

    SAP technology to help industries build networks

    Composite applications on top SAP's core business software will help move manufacturers to develop adaptive business networks. But innovation must begin with a change in business philosophies, says SAP's senior vice president of industry solutions.

  • July 05, 2005 05 Jul'05

    IBM partners around SOA, re-commits to Java

    Big Blue is allying with 62 partners, independent software vendors and systems integrators to deliver tools, education and resources to help ease SOA deployments.

  • June 29, 2005 29 Jun'05

    Open source gaining traction in ERP market

    The cost benefits and usability of Linux have driven ERP vendors like Oracle Corp., SAP AG and Sage Software to support the open source operating system in recent years, according to experts.

  • June 29, 2005 29 Jun'05

    SAP aims 'Safe Passage' at SMBs

    SAP is widening its Safe Passage program to include small and mid sized businesses running PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards software.

  • June 27, 2005 27 Jun'05

    Chapter of the month -- July 2005

    It's the middle of summer, and we at know that you're looking for some time-saving tricks and hints to allow you the chance for that well-deserved vacation. This month, sit back and relax with's three feature chapters ...

  • June 22, 2005 22 Jun'05

    Microsoft IT team touts SAP testing

    Microsoft is using a single instance of SAP to support more than 90,000 end users. Testing and retesting have avoided downtime worldwide, according to Microsoft's Mike Hatch.

  • June 21, 2005 21 Jun'05

    SAP to support Cisco technology

    SAP plans to build products that support a new Cisco Systems technology that is intended to speed up networks by integrating programming languages.

  • June 21, 2005 21 Jun'05

    Oracle sets sights on CRM

    With PeopleSoft products and employees now in the fold, Oracle is turning its attention to applications, and that includes a healthy dose of CRM, according to executives.

  • June 20, 2005 20 Jun'05

    SAP explains embedded analytics, part 2

    In part two of this two-part interview, SAP's Roman Bukary points out why SAP is separating its new embedded analytics from its xApps, despite both products being similar composite applications. Bukary, vice president of SAP's analytic applications,...

  • June 20, 2005 20 Jun'05

    SAP lures top level managers from rivals

    Ramping up the software battle in the ERP market, SAP today announced that it has hired senior level executives from Oracle Corp. and other rivals in recent months.