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The anticipated benefits from adopting managed cloud services have reached the executives suites of many corporations. Proactive CEOs and CFOs are pushing their IT leadership team to seek out actionable information and guidance. There's also a constant stream of service providers announcing new offerings -- and the momentum is becoming a global phenomenon. As a result, Forrester Research has witnessed an expanding number of client inquiries around cloud computing. The acceleration in market development has been building for some time now. Forrester analysts responded to more than 264 client inquiries about cloud computing between January 2008 and April 1, 2009 from companies of all sizes and industries. IT Teams are Adopting Cloud Strategies Once considered a niche business technology where awareness was viewed as optional, Forrester now says that knowledge of cloud c... (more)

A Formula for Just in Time Provisioning in the Cloud

One of the ways in which traditional architectures and deployment models is actually superior (yes, I said superior) to cloud computing is in provisioning.  Before you label me a cloud heretic, let me explain. In traditional deployment models capacity is generally allocated based on anticipated peaks in demand. Because the time to acquire, deploy, and integrate hardware into the network and application infrastructure this process is planned for and well-understood, and the resources required are in place before they are needed. In cloud computing, the benefit is that the time required to acquire those resources is contracted to virtually nothing, making capacity planning much more difficult. The goal is just-in-time provisioning – resources are not provisioned until you are sure you’re going to need them because part of the value proposition of cloud and highly vi... (more)

Autonomy Founder Sets Up Web Site

Autonomy's aggrieved co-founder Mike Lynch, who's smarting under HP's stinging accusations of fraud in connection with its overpriced $11.1 billion acquisition of his company, has set up a web site at autonomyaccounts.org to tout his claims about the mess and hit back at HP. Lynch, who maintains the problems all come from HP mishandling the acquisition, says, "The site provides relevant information pertaining to the accusations made by Hewlett-Packard (HP) on 20 November 2012 of financial impropriety at Autonomy. The former management team of Autonomy strongly rejects the accusations made by HP...This site is designed to be a public point of contact for Dr Mike Lynch and other former managers at Autonomy with the wider world. It will contain information about Autonomy and any public statements made on behalf of the former management team related to these issues. Th... (more)

IBM Sitting Pretty on Oracle-Sun Debacle

Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer You have to know when to hold them, and when to fold them. That's the not just slightly smug assessment by IBM executives as they reflect -- with twinkles in their eyes -- on the months-stalled Oracle acquisition of Sun Microsystems, a deal that IBM initially sought but then declined earlier this year. Chatting over drinks at the end of day one of the Software Analyst Connect 2009 conference in Stamford, Conn., IBM Senior Vice President and IBM Software Group Executive Steve Mills (pictured below) told me last night he thinks the Oracle-Sun deal will go through, but it won't necessarily be worth $9.50 a share to Oracle when it does. "He (Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison) didn't understand the hardware business. It's a very different business from software," said Mills. Mills seemed very much at ease with IBM's late-date jilt of Sun (Sun wa... (more)

The Trials and Tribulations of M&A

CEOs in Technology on Ulitzer Mergers & Aquisitions on Ulitzer With the recent announcement of the Merck & Co acquisition of Schering & Plough, Fred Hassan the former Chief Executive Officer has been speaking to Meettheboss.TV on the future of the pharmaceutical Industry, mergers, acquisitions and the resistance felt? Last year Fred over saw the $41.1 billion sale and predicts that more mergers and acquisitions should be expected throughout 2010.  Company investments are a necessity for the funding of key research and development projects.  “Innovation costs, but is the price too high for those involved?” Fred speaks out during this candid interview how he dealt with a plethora of financial pressures and resistance. Shearing Plough were under FDA investigation as well as the SEC for accounting irregularities and although Fred saw this as a challenge it was not an impo... (more)

SAP to Acquire Sybase for $5.8 Billion

Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer "I think this shows the agility of the new SAP," boasted SAP Chief Financial Officer Werner Brandt, in a conference call yesterday as SAP confirmed that it is to buy Sybase for $5.8 Billion. According to SAP spokesman Saswato Das, the acquisition deal includes over $500 million in Sybase debt. New co-CEO Bill McDermott (pictured) called the deal a "game-changing transaction" for SAP and Sybase customers. Writing in his Ulitzer blog, industry veteran and commentator Jnan Dash noted that "With Sybase gone, the era of independent RDBMS vendors seem to have come to an end." Dash continued: "This acquisition will bring SAP at par with Oracle’s portfolio of being a database supplier as well as application software supplier. Until now, SAP has been riding on DB2 and Oracle DBMS engines. During my early years at Oracle I spoke once to SAP users... (more)

Why IT Needs to Take Control of Public Cloud Computing

IT organizations that fail to provide guidance for and governance over public cloud computing usage will be unhappy with the results… While it is highly unlikely that business users will “control their own destiny” by provisioning servers in cloud computing environments that doesn’t mean they won’t be involved. In fact it’s likely that IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) cloud computing environments will be leveraged by business users to avoid the hassles they perceive (and oft times actually do) exist in their quest to deploy a given business application. It’s just that they won’t themselves be pushing the buttons. There have been many experts that have expounded upon the ways in which cloud computing is forcing a shift within IT and the way in which assets are provisioned, acquired, and managed. One of those shifts is likely to also occur “outside” of IT with exter... (more)

Cisco To Buy Skype?

As Dell and HP slug it out to capture 3PAR, Cisco may be adopting a quieter acquisition style and attempting - according to TechCrunch anyway - to acquire Skype. Citing someone he refers to only as "one of our more reliable sources," the Silicon Valley-based site's senior editor Michael Arrington claims Cisco has already made an offer before Skype has time to complete its recently announced IPO. It is five years now since eBay famously acquired Skype for $1.9 billion. Such an acquisition by Cisco, if it were confirmed, would mark a new scale for the current round of M&A activity, which has seen Intel acquiring McAfee, HP acquiring Palm and 3Com, EMC acquiring Data Domain, and so on. Not to mention Oracle's acquisition of Sun, or Dell's of Perot Systems. Speculation is rife that Google and Microsoft are both now in search of a major quarry. And certainly IBM is hoovering u... (more)

Adobe/Macromedia - Microsoft, Look Out!

On April 18, 2005, as we all know, Adobe Systems Incorporated announced a definitive agreement to acquire Macromedia in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $3.4 billion. This is a look back, sideways, and forwards, based on what's been happening since then. After the inevitable wave of early name speculation subsided...would the company be renamed Adobomedia? Macrodobedia? AcroMacrobe?...both Macromedia's Chief Software Architect Kevin Lynch and Adobe's CEO Bruce Chizen made it clear to MXDJ (http://mxdj.sys-con.com/read/49240.htm) and the San Francisco Chronicle respectively that the name of the combined company after Adobe had purchased Macromedia was going to be Adobe pure and simple. Or, as the FAQ promptly displayed on the web phrased it (www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/invrelations/ adobeandmacromedia_faq.html#q6): What Will Be The Name of the Combined C... (more)

Mercury to Acquire Systinet to Capitalize on High-Growth SOA Market

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, Mercury Interactive Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: MERQ) , the global leader in business technology optimization (BTO) software, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Systinet Corporation, a privately held company, for $105.0 million in cash. Systinet is a leading provider of service-oriented architecture (SOA) governance and lifecycle management software and services. Customers use Systinet technology to manage SOA business services and to build secure and reliable Web services. Systinet technology, when combined with Mercury BTO Enterprise(TM) offerings, will help enable customers to take a lifecycle approach to optimizing the quality, performance and availability of SOA business services. "We believe the combination of Mercury and Systinet will immediately position us as a leader i... (more)

Oracle BEA - TIBCO Next?

Oracle Keynote at Cloud Expo With BEA gone to Oracle, the speculators have turned to TIBCO Software, figuring the smaller middleware company is likely to be swallowed by some bigger fish. Its stock shot up better than 11% on the news that Oracle was buying BEA. Its market cap is $1.4 billion. TIBCO Software was founded by Vivek Ranadivé in 1985 with the vision of bringing real-time technology into the mainstream. His acclaimed New York Times business bestseller The Power of Now: How Winning Companies Sense and Respond to Change Using Real-time Technology (McGraw-Hill, 1999) has been widely used in academia and been the subject of numerous interviews. Mr. Ranadivé has appeared as a featured expert on real-time computing on CNBC and in publications such as the Economist, Fast Company and Red Herring. Mr. Ranadivé has consistently been recognized as a visionary for th... (more)