Oracle’s acquisition of Sun to reshape IT industry

by Editor 4/27/2009 4:24:00 PM
Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems is likely to reshape the technology sector and put the software company into a much more prominent position in both the hardware and software markets, say analysts.

Oracle purchased Sun in a $7.1 billion deal after Sun’s talks with IBM had fallen through. As a result of the acquisition, Oracle will become the No. 2 player, ahead of Hewlett-Packard and second only to IBM, in the market for Unix computers, utilized in corporate data centres. The deal will also give the software giant control of the widely used Java software, as well as the Solaris OS for Unix servers.

Howard Anderson, former chief executive of the Yankee Group and a lecturer at the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, says: “This is a competitor that is much more formidable than Sun standing alone. If I were a Sun customer I was starting to get nervous about Sun. I was worried about their viability. I’m not worried about that anymore. I know that Oracle is going to be there.”

Toni Sacconaghi, analyst at Sanford Bernstein, predicts that Oracle will need to cut another 5,500 to 10,000 jobs once it takes over Sun. Other analysts say that Oracle will cut Sun’s cost structure and revitalize the company that reported a loss of $1.9 billion in the first half of its current fiscal year.

Laura DiDio, an analyst with consulting firm ITIC, says: “Across the board, this puts Oracle on much more of a competitive footing against IBM and HP. This puts them on an even footing from disk to databases, and everything in between.”

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Hitachi Consulting buys UK IT consulting firm

by Editor 4/14/2009 4:29:00 PM
Hitachi Consulting, a global IT strategies and solutions leader, has announced the acquisition of Edenbrook Ltd., a UK-based information technology consulting firm that specializes in delivering Oracle and Microsoft solutions.

Hitachi Consulting, based in Tokyo, Japan, has been active on the European market since 2006. It has offices in London, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon and Frankfurt. The firm previously acquired London-based management consulting firm Impact Plus in April 2007.

Founded in 2001, the UK IT consulting firm helps businesses implement advanced programs to improve efficiency. It is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and an Oracle Certified Advantage Partner. The firm’s clients include Virgin Media, BUPA, Lloyds TSB, easyJet and Whitbread. David Kilpatrick, Managing Director of Edenbrook, said: “Joining with Hitachi Consulting is an important milestone in the development of our business, allowing us to offer greater breadth and depth of capability to both our existing clients and the wider market place. Through Hitachi Consulting’s strength in the United States, Europe and Asia, we can now also serve better the global needs of our clients.”

Mr. Kilpatrick, who has 19 years’ experience in the IT consulting industry, and was previously at Oracle UK, will become Managing Vice President of Hitachi Consulting in the UK.

“This expansion demonstrates Hitachi Consulting’s ongoing commitment to serving clients across Europe with strategic service,” said Ismael Fernandez de la Mata, Chief Operating Officer for Hitachi Consulting Europe.

“We are excited about the addition of great consultants, clients and capabilities in the UK to better service our joint clients and the market,” said David Bailey, current Hitachi Consulting-UK Managing Vice President, who will move on to an international development role for Hitachi Consulting. “With more than 300 consultants now in the UK and 50 in an associated offshore delivery centre in Pune, India, Hitachi Consulting is well positioned to serve both our UK based clients and the needs of our global clients in the USA, Asia and Europe, when linking our consulting and solution delivery capabilities around the globe.”

Hitachi Consulting President and CEO Phil Parr added: “Now that our business in Europe is well established, adding the proven capabilities of Edenbrook is the next critical step in our growth plan. Investing at this time, in a difficult economic environment, underlines our commitment to serving our consulting client base, placing us in a strong position in the consulting industry globally.”

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Capgemini Australia wins new Oracle project

by Editor 4/6/2009 4:40:00 PM
Capgemini Australia has won a new Oracle project from Fonterra. Under the terms of the contract, Capgemini will implement the Transportation Management Solution (TMS) Now. TMS Now is an innovative solution developed by Capgemini and powered by Oracle that will help Fonterra improve visibility on the location, reduce delivery times of the items shipped, and improve overall efficiency.

The solution is based on Oracle® Transportation Management and has been prototyped, benchmarked and prepackaged in the Capgemini labs. The platform provides flexibility in the pricing and packaging of transportation management software, as well as the manner in which it is delivered.

“Fonterra’s commitment to exceeding its customers’ DIFOT (delivered in-full, on-time) expectations demanded an IT platform that enabled consistent, repeatable results and transactional visibility of the orderto- despatch-to-customer process,“ said Ian Raines, GM Supply Chain of Fonterra Brands Australia. ''The solution developed by Capgemini and Oracle will enable improved end-to-end supply chain collaboration and real-time responses to give Fonterra a competitive advantage. The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution allows us to meet high ROI hurdle rates.”

The Fonterra project is a collaboration between Capgemini U.S. LLC and Capgemini Australia Pty Limited and will be implemented through a combination of a hosting framework based in the U.S. and delivery capabilities based in Melbourne.

Jan Richards – Foate, vice president, Capgemini Australia Pty Ltd said: “Capgemini’s collaboration with Oracle has resulted in a truly innovative solution model, which will help customers like Fonterra improve efficiency and reduce costs. In tandem with Oracle, we were able to address a key challenge in the pricing and packaging of transport management solutions, and our collaboration has resulted in a unique service offering.”

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Oracle among companies to join Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition

by Editor 3/20/2009 2:35:00 PM
IT services giant Oracle was one of the companies that recently joined the Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG) in order to help the group raise awareness among stakeholders and policy makers of the ways in which smart grid technologies will improve the national electricity system and the way people use electricity.

The seven new members of DRSG are Oracle, IT consulting firm Enspiria Solutions, light management solutions firm Lutron, energy management solutions provider PCN Technology, IT solutions company KMC Controls, private equity firm Energy Capital Partners, and wireless services provider CalAmp.

DRSG executive director Dan Delurey welcomed the new members. "There is now widespread recognition that an effort to modernize our electricity system will pay enormous dividends in terms of job creation, lower energy bills, increased reliability and security of the grid, and decreased emissions of greenhouse gases," he said. "What we as an organization are now working to do is to help policymakers, utilities and stakeholders find specific ways to deploy the smart grid today and use it to address our economic challenges."

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Capgemini UK named Oracle's Partner of the Year

by Editor 3/19/2009 4:23:00 PM
Oracle UK has named Capgemini UK its Partner of the Year for Customer Service, acknowledging the consulting firm's achievements in providing innovative solutions and the success of Oracle technology with customers.

Capgemini is the biggest independent supplier of Oracle technologies and services in the UK.

"I'd like to offer a huge congratulations to Capgemini," said Alan Hartwell, Vice-President of Technology Solutions and Channels at Oracle UK. "They have demonstrated truly innovative solutions and are a great example of a company that has thought outside the box to bring true business value for customers. The Oracle PartnerNetwork strives to provide support, services and expertise that help our partners succeed and Capgemini has leveraged these elements to accelerate their business. We are proud to be involved with Capgemini and wish them the greatest success for the future."

"Capgemini continually invests in developing, implementing and training people in industry standard processes across our global support organisation," said Vivienne Eadie, Delivery Centre Director, Capgemini Outsourcing Services. “When Oracle announced the Support Champion Certification, we encouraged both our support and development staff to undertake the training. We have noticed many benefits including reduced resolution times, more consistency of processes and a wider appreciation of the latest support tools available. Ultimately, this has helped Capgemini to enhance the service we deliver to our clients."

Alan Forder, Public Sector Delivery Director, Capgemini Outsourcing Services, added: "This is yet another award that our Outsourcing Services Oracle Competency Centre has achieved over the last year. It is evidence of the hard work and dedication shown by the whole of the competency team that we have been recognised by Oracle in this way."

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MiPro Consulting gets Oracle Certified Partner status

by Editor 12/23/2008 11:04:00 AM
IT consulting firm MiPro Consulting has announced that it has achieved Oracle Certified Partner status in the Oracle® PartnerNetwork. The IT consultancy specializes in Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise consulting services.

MiPro Consulting joins a select group of companies that have been able to demonstrate superior product knowledge, technical expertise and a commitment to doing business with Oracle.

Chris Bishop, president of MiPro Consulting, said: "MiPro's focus has always been to provide our customers with the best array of services for their PeopleSoft Enterprise needs. As we have continued to develop our service lines, our relationship with Oracle has grown significantly. Our Certified Partner status is a testament not only to our ongoing efforts to provide a superior consulting experience that complements PeopleSoft Enterprise solutions, but also to our commitment to our customers and their investment in Oracle technology."

Oracle Certified partners have access to additional resources within the Oracle organization including technical, training, marketing, and more. These resources will give MiPro Consulting even more tools to help strengthen their services arms and serve Oracle customers in the best way possible.

John Webb, Oracle vice-president of Product Strategy, said: "MiPro has been a leading provider of consulting services PeopleSoft applications for years. Their services help our customers extend their PeopleSoft solutions in new and dynamic ways. MiPro's new status as a Certified Partner is well-deserved and we look forward to our continued relationship."

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OASIS members form committee to advance Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) as an open standard

by Editor 11/18/2008 3:48:00 PM
IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Alfresco, Booz Allen Hamilton, EMC, Magnolia, Nuxeo, Open Text, Quark, SAP, Saperion, Vamosa, Vignette, and others collaborate to enable information sharing across Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Repositories

The international open standards consortium, OASIS, has formed a new group to standardize a Web services interface specification that will enable greater interoperability of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems.

The new OASIS Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) Technical Committee will advance an open standard that uses Web services and Web 2.0 interfaces to enable information to be shared across Internet protocols in vendor-neutral formats, among document systems, publishers and repositories, within and between companies.

"CMIS offers new potential for write-once, run-anywhere content," said Mary Laplante, senior analyst at The Gilbane Group. "Companies want the best solutions for their business applications. In reality, this means multiple CM systems and the resulting need for integration. Companies still spend significant time and money connecting heterogeneous repositories. CMIS offers the promise of dramatically reduced IT burden associated with maintaining custom integration code and one-off integrations."

With CMIS, users do not need unique applications to access each ECM repository. Application development and deployment are much faster and more efficient. The specification provides easy mapping to existing ECM systems. Web technologies, including Web 2.0, Internet scale, service-orientation and resource-orientation, are all exploited in CMIS.

"CMIS will help rapidly grow the industry for both vendors and independent software vendors (ISVs), while protecting customers' investments in applications and repositories. The specification makes it possible to build applications capable of running over a variety of content management systems. This will foster the growth of a true ECM ecosystem and the overall ECM market." said Al Brown of IBM, convener of the OASIS CMIS Technical Committee.

The CMIS draft specification was created by IBM, Microsoft, and EMC. After successfully shepherding the specification through its incubation phase with Alfresco, Open Text, Oracle, SAP and others, the vendors selected OASIS as the most effective venue for advancing CMIS through the open standardization process.

"The OASIS CMIS Technical Committee will define both a common model for content management functions, and a set of widely-usable service bindings, all based on input both from the early draft's beta testers, and our broad international community of software developers, systems integrators, and users," said James Bryce Clark, director of standards development at OASIS. "The OASIS CMIS Technical Committee will coordinate open standardization of the specification and promote implementation to optimize the usefulness and extensive adoption of this work."

Participation in the OASIS CMIS Technical Committee remains open to all interested parties. Archives of CMIS work will be accessible to both members and non-members, and OASIS will offer a mechanism for public comment.

Support for CMIS

IBM

"We are proud to continue this effort at OASIS with the help of the community. We are clearly putting the needs of all customers first in this important technology area. We have worked hard to develop a standard that continues IBM's efforts to leverage the principles of SOA and Web 2.0 interfaces to benefit the industry as a whole," said Ken Bisconti, vice president, products and strategy, IBM Enterprise Content Management.

Microsoft

"Customers tell us they want solutions that promote interoperability and developer innovation while expanding consumer choice, not product uniformity. CMIS embraces Web services and current ECM protocols to help customers take their content management investments to the Web 2.0 era. The new specification will address customer needs to ease the IT burden around multi-vendor, multi-repository environments and applications," said Jeff Teper, corporate vice president of the Office Business Platform, Office SharePoint Server Group at Microsoft.

Oracle

"Oracle is pleased to be participating in the OASIS standards committee effort on the newly submitted Content Management Interoperability Specification (CMIS). The ability to access content and digital assets in an efficient and standards-based way is directly in line with the Oracle Fusion Middleware hot-pluggable strategy. CMIS will help Oracle, our customers and partners better leverage enterprise content management," said Don Deutsch, vice president Standards Strategy and Architecture, Oracle.

Alfresco

"Content Management has needed a standard like CMIS for at least a decade. We believe CMIS will be to the ECM market what SQL has been to the database market. Major corporations today need to integrate content from multiple repositories and develop applications that can run against multiple ECM systems. With the advent of CMIS the reality of write-once, run anywhere is here at last," commented John Newton, CTO & Co-founder, Alfresco Software.

EMC

"When we first began developing CMIS, our goal was to help customers dramatically reduce their challenges associated with managing multi-vendor, multi-repository IT environments. As content management is rapidly becoming a core driver of today's business processes, companies are demanding greater levels of interoperability between diverse content sources. Today's announcement of an official CMIS Technical Committee by OASIS is the next step in making this vision a reality," said Razmik Abnous, VP and CTO, Content Management and Archiving Division, EMC(r).

Magnolia

"To us, CMIS is a logical step in the right direction. Our open-source Content Management System has been developed with the core values openness and interoperability in mind. Hence, we are extremely happy to contribute to the development of the CMIS standard, which takes interoperability to a new level in the content management domain," said Boris Kraft, CTO, Magnolia International Ltd.

Nuxeo

"We warmly welcome the inception of this future standard, the perspectives are exciting. This is offering a practical solution to real-world and to the endemic Babel-Tower syndrome of heterogeneous information systems...which they all are! With the growing spread of ECM platforms and related software (search, ERP integration, etc.) in organizations, the interoperability problem and the isolation of content has become a critical issue that our customers are facing. CMIS might be a good answer to this," said Eric Barroca, VP Operations, Nuxeo.

Open Text

"We see CMIS as an important catalyst for the next generation of content-driven applications. Open Text along with our partner SAP AG have already created a working prototype that uses an interface based on the CMIS standard to manage content from SAP applications with Open Text Enterprise Library Services. CMIS will offer customers a host of benefits including an improved end user experience, more robust and flexible business process automation, and a breaking down of silos of content that exist in most organizations today," said Richard Anstey, Vice President of Technology and Product Strategy, Open Text Corporation.

Quark

"CMIS is an open standard that will give technology vendors, like Quark, the flexibility to work with a wide range of content management products without having to write adaptors for each system. CMIS will allow us to allocate more resources to advancing system functionality for end users with the knowledge that the new functionality works across all ECM systems that adopt the standard," said Michael Boses, Director of XML Products, Quark. SAP

"With the number of differing and dispersed content management systems in use in organizations today, it is essential for business users to have access to these solutions in one integrated system. For SAP, a leading provider of business software, and its application and integration platform SAP NetWeaver®, the support of common standards for the harmonized consumption of comprehensive ECM services by business applications is therefore important to drive better customer value. SAP is pleased to see that CMIS is on its way to becoming an OASIS standard and will play an active role as a contributor to and supporter of the OASIS CMIS Technical Committee," said Michael Bechauf, VP, Standards Strategy at the Global Ecosystem and Partner Group, SAP.

SAPERION

"We are excited to join OASIS and the CMIS Technical Committee. This is another milestone in our commitment to open standards. CMIS is very similar in structure to our classic services API and presents an opportunity to extend ECM interoperability. Furthermore, it will increase independence from particular client software," said Volker John, Director Product Management at SAPERION AG.

Vamosa

"Customers have always turned to Vamosa to resolve their CMS integration issues. We consider CMIS an exciting and necessary development for the industry as it will free customers from the connectivity issues arising from integration and allow them to focus on the content quality and re-use issues instead. We particularly welcome the involvement of all major players in the industry, a reflection of CMIS' cross-platform and inclusive approach," said Ijonas Kisselbach, Chief Technology Officer, Vamosa.

Vignette

"Vignette looks forward to the OASIS effort to ensure the market need for a new interoperability standard is fulfilled by CMIS, as it further affirms our philosophy of managing content where it lives and using a virtual content repository approach in the enterprise," said Conleth O'Connell, CTO, Vignette.

Additional information:

OASIS CMIS Technical

Committee Cover Pages Technology Report

About OASIS

OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is a not-for-profit, international consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society. OASIS promotes industry consensus and produces worldwide standards for security, Web services, XML conformance, business transactions, electronic publishing, and other applications. OASIS open standards offer the potential to lower cost, stimulate innovation, grow global markets, and protect the right of free choice of technology. OASIS members broadly represent the marketplace of public and private sector technology leaders, users and influencers. The consortium has more than 5,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100 countries.

 

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Accenture to design and deploy Kansas state financial system

by Editor 10/29/2008 2:57:00 PM
The state of Kansas has awarded Accenture a three-year, $26.2 million fixed-price contract to design and implement a new statewide financial system. Accenture was selected following a competitive procurement for a qualified systems integration consultant to team with the state on this initiative.

Under the contract, Accenture is tasked with implementing Oracle’s PeopleSoft version 9.0 in areas including financials, procurement, projects, grants, and data warehousing. The new system will replace an 18-year-old financial system and be integrated with PeopleSoft HCM, which was implemented for Kansas by Accenture in the 1990s.

“The new system is designed to deliver better financial information for state decision-makers, improve efficiency through re-designed business processes and consolidation of duplicative systems, and provide a more transparent approach to state financial data,” said David Moskovitz, managing director of Accenture’s U.S. state and local practice. “Accenture has helped many states modernize their technology and implement new financial management systems, and we are excited to take on this much-needed initiative with Kansas.”

Accenture will lead a team that includes Oracle Consulting and CedarCrestone.

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Oracle acquires Primavera Software

by Editor 10/9/2008 3:44:00 PM
Oracle, the world's biggest enterprise software company, has agreed to acquire Primavera Software, a provider of Project Portfolio Management (PPM) solutions.

Primavera offers software that helps businesses propose, prioritize and select project investments, as well as plan, manage and control the most complex projects and project portfolios.

The deal will help Oracle accelerate its momentum in delivering mission-critical operational applications. The company hopes to offer the first comprehensive enterprise project portfolio management solution that helps enterprises allocate the best resources, cut costs, meet delivery dates and ultimately make better decisions by using real-time data.

Primavera management and employees will join Oracle in a new global business unit (GBU), with Primavera chief executive Joel Koppelman at the helm. The unit will focus on Enterprise PPM.

Oracle Enterprise PPM will be tailored to project-intensive industries such as engineering and construction, aerospace and defense, utilities, oil and gas, manufacturing, and professional services.

Oracle president Charles Phillips said: "Enterprise PPM is moving to the forefront of business strategy for industries managing complex and capital intensive projects, and has emerged as a global driver for value creation and business success. With 20% of the world's GDP spent annually on projects, the addition of Primavera is expected to extend Oracle's leadership position in the enterprise application space."

Primavera CEO Joel Koppelman added: "As a leader in PPM solutions with over 25 years experience helping customers succeed at managing projects, programs and portfolios, Primavera is a natural addition to accelerate Oracle's application strategy for project-intensive industries. We are excited to join Oracle as a new global business unit where we can ensure continuity and success for our current and prospective customers and partners."

The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

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Capgemini teams up with Oracle to enhance telecommunications industry transformation

by Editor 9/26/2008 4:42:00 PM
Global consulting firm Capgemini has announced the launch of a new transformation solution for the telecommunications sector, one that will leverage Oracle’s Application Integration Architecture (AIA) for Communications framework.

Capgemini’s Communications Transformation Platform (CTP) is the first solution to offer the telecommunications industry an end-to-end transformation approach that adheres to the industry standard guide for business processes. CTP was designed to help operators carry out specific business strategies and allow the client to focus on the transformation strategy rather than the technology that supports it. It is supported by Capgemini’s delivery centres in Paris, Atlanta and Bangalore.

Oracle’s Application Integration Architecture provides pre-built, mission-critical, extensible business process integrations across the Oracle Communications application suite. The new and enhanced Telecom Operations Map (eTOM) and Oracle AIA for Communications provide an integrated set of systems and operational processes across Oracle Communications and third party applications.

Greg Jacobsen, Global Leader for the Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment Practice for Capgemini, says:

“Capgemini and Oracle are working together to enable transformation in the telecommunications industry, answering the call for more cost efficient and value-adding operating systems, through the utilization of a comprehensive mapping of business processes and reusable IP assets.”

“Like Capgemini’s Communications Transformation Platform, Oracle’s AIA framework has been developed with the goal of transformation in mind allowing flexibility, extensibility and maximizing productization. We are glad we can offer clients the process and industry experience of Capgemini coupled with the scalable technology platform and productized integration of Oracle.”

Bhaskar Gorti, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Communications, adds:

“Capgemini’s CTP and Oracle’s Application Integration Architecture are aligned on approach and philosophy and can deliver fundamental business model change and enterprise-wide operational and time-to-market advantages.”

“CTP, backed by Oracle’s productized integration approach across its application suite can bring the necessary depth and breadth of operational process improvements that a telecommunications operator needs to create and execute a transformational program.”

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