Stories by China Martens

  • Microsoft tweaks CRM to improve hosting

    Microsoft is due to improve the hosting capabilities of its customer relationship management application with the global release of a new version of its Dynamics CRM 3.0 software.

  • Microsoft: Business apps keeping up with road map

    Microsoft is seeking to reassure partners and users that its business applications strategy remains on track. Set to be a key theme of the company's Convergence 2006 conference in Dallas, that assurance follows the vendor's announcement last week of a delay in another part of its business, the rollout of its Windows Vista operating system.

  • Oracle adds 'new leg' to business with BI

    Oracle is making a major push into business intelligence (BI) software with three bundles of existing products. The company anticipates ramping up its BI software presence in the same way that it built up its middleware business, according to Oracle president, Charles Phillips.

  • IBM buys LAS for name recognition analytics

    IBM has agreed to acquire multicultural name recognition specialist Language Analysis Systems (LAS). The move builds on previous IBM's purchases in the analytics software market, notably last January's acquisition of identity resolution vendor Systems Research & Development (SRD).

  • IBM mainstreaming access to SAAS resources

    IBM is boosting its backing for software as a service (SAAS), providing more resources for application vendors keen to embrace the pay-by-usage model of distributing their products. The resources for IBM partners announced Thursday include financial incentives and access to SAAS expertise within the company's sales force and its technical staff as well as educational courses.

  • Sun looks to intertwine storage, ID management

    Sun Microsystems is hoping that an integration of its data storage and identity management software will help differentiate its storage offerings from those of other players in the field. The company is currently laying the groundwork for such an offering, both from a product and a marketing perspective, according to the head of Sun's storage business.

  • Dell adds Cisco connectivity to blades

    Dell said Thursday that it will allow its blade servers to connect to network switching technology from Cisco Systems matching a feature already available from the two leaders in the blade server market, IBM and Hewlett-Packard Co.

  • Intel, SAP among VCs investing US$18.5m in MySQL

    MySQL has secured US$18.5 million in its latest round of venture capital funding, the open-source database vendor announced Monday. The company plans to spend the money on new product development and expanding its sales and marketing operations. The investors include the venture capital arms of Intel and enterprise applications vendor SAP.