Software Briefs: CRM, MS, Oracle

Software Briefs: CRM, MS, Oracle

CRM on Linux

Fuelled by growing business deployment of Linux in the financial services market, software and services vendor J.D. Edwards & Co will release a Linux-ported version of its customer relationship management (CRM) application by the end of the year. The company will offer a Linux version of its CRM for Financial Services application, which is available for Microsoft's Windows and Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating systems, on IBM's xSeries, Intel-based server hardware. The CRM application is Java-based, will run atop IBM's WebSphere software and will include IBM's DB2 database.

MS licensing vexes users

In an informal poll conducted by ARN sister publication InfoWorld last week, 42 per cent of respondents said that even though they currently use Microsoft servers they are planning to switch to non-Windows software on the server side because of discontent with the company's controversial licensing plan for desktop products. Some 42.6 per cent of 1,081 respondents said they were likely to switch, with 52.1 per cent staying put. Another 4.7 per cent said they might switch but were only considering other options, and 0.7 per cent were not sure. Microsoft's Licensing 6.0 plan kicks in at the end of July and includes a controversial program called Software Assurance that requires users to make a contractual commitment to buying volume upgrades for its operating systems and desktop application suites.

Oracle buys WebGain tools

Oracle has acquired WebGain's TopLink family of tools for Java developers. TopLink tools simplify the linking of applications to a database by allowing Java developers to map Java objects to the database. Now the developer can focus on the application, instead of the infrastructure underneath, an Oracle spokeswoman said. As part of the acquisition, about 90 WebGain staff who sell, support and develop TopLink are now Oracle employees.

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