Stories by Stacy Cowley

  • SAP launches long-awaited on-demand CRM

    SAP has made its long-awaited dive into the hosted, subscription customer relationship management on demand market, launching a new software service with a starting monthly price tag of $US75 per user. But SAP won't be going head-to-head with on-demand trailblazers such as Its system carries a 100-user minimum, restricting its potential customers to the enterprise clients SAP traditionally targets.

  • Microsoft merges enterprise IM and Exchange groups

    Microsoft is merging its Exchange and Real-Time Collaboration (RTC) groups into a new unit called the Unified Communications Group, the company announced Monday. The change is aimed at aligning development work on Microsoft's e-mail platform with that done around other communications systems like instant messaging, Web conferencing and phone/VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol).

  • 3Com appoints new CEO

    3Com on Friday named R. Scott Murray its new chief executive officer (CEO), replacing retiring CEO Bruce Claflin, who announced earlier this month that he would step down after five years of helming the networking vendor.

  • CA profit up as revenue inches upward

    CA turned in a third-quarter profit nearly twice last year's total, as CA's overhauled management team continues working to rebuild the software company's business. Revenue during the quarter rose 5 per cent from the year-ago quarter, living up to management's cautious forecasts.

  • goes live with AppExchange went live this week with a heavily publicized major update, adding a new platform called AppExchange for easily deploying third-party applications to extend the functionality of's CRM (customer relationship management) system.

  • SAP charges forward with SOA plans

    SAP is blazing ahead with the next iteration of its NetWeaver technology and its Enterprise Services Architecture (ESA), even as most of its customers trail several technology generations behind the ERP (enterprise resource planning) giant.

  • IBM deepens Alphablox integration with WebSphere

    IBM shipped the latest version of its Alphablox analytics software last week, adding deeper integration support for linking the software with its Rational Application Developer and WebSphere Portal Server products.

  • Oracle feels Q2 growth pains in applications business

    Oracle's string of acquisitions this year helped it grow its revenue 19 percent in its just-ended quarter. Still, the company is struggling to increase its applications sales as much as it forecast it would when it took over PeopleSoft.

  • Top vendors align on SOA programming model

    A pack of top software vendors gathered Wednesday to unveil a new specification the companies hope will simplify application development within SOA (services-oriented architecture) environments.

  • SonicWall buys two firms to expand

    <b>NEW YORK:</b> Security appliance maker, SonicWall, has acquired data backup technology maker, Lasso Logic, and the assets of remote access developer, EnKoo. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.