Chris KanaracusIDG News Service

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service.

Oracle halting support for GlassFish app server

Oracle will stop offering commercial support for new versions of the open-source GlassFish application server, leaving customers who want such support with the option of licensing the more expensive and proprietary WebLogic Server.

Microsoft offers industry templates, special pricing for Dynamics CRM

Microsoft is hoping to differentiate its Dynamics CRM (customer relationship management) software from the likes of Salesforce.com with a new set of 18 industry templates that fit the application to verticals including sports management, health care and more specialized areas such as prison inmate data.

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Salesforce.com Identity tackles only the 'really easy' stuff, Okta CEO says

Okta's cloud identity management platform is way ahead of Salesforce.com, according to CEO Todd McKinnon.

County seeking new software vendor to replace SAP system

Marin County, California, has spent at least $30 million on the SAP project, which dates to 2006, and had at one point pursued $35 million in damages.

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Oracle shareholders vote against Ellison's compensation package

Shareholders voted against Oracle’s executive pay practices at last year’s meeting as well.

Salesforce.com to offer private version of its AppExchange app store

Salesforce.com says it will help customers create their own private AppExchanges where employees can download applications to use in their jobs.

Business software revenue growth suggests recovery under way, IDC says

Research firm IDC says it expects a 5.7 percent growth rate globally for software revenues for 2013.

Hadoop is not enough for 'big data', says Facebook analytics chief

The Hadoop programming framework may be synonymous with the "big data" movement but it's not the only tool companies need to derive insights from massive stores of unstructured information, according to Facebook analytics chief Ken Rudin.

Oracle moves aggressively to poach SAP Business ByDesign customers

There are about 1,100 ByDesign customers now, although that number falls far short of SAP’s original hope of 10,000 by 2010.

Salesforce.com to hold mobile app 'hackathon' with $1 million prize

The cloud software vendor's “hackathon,” will present $1 million to the developer or team who creates the top prize-winning mobile app with Salesforce.com technology.

Oracle gears up to battle Salesforce.com, IBM with Eloqua update

New features are arriving for Oracle's multichannel marketing platform, as it looks to get a leg up on its rivals.

Oracle buys sales order automation specialist BigMachines

Oracle is hoping to differentiate its CRM (customer relationship management) software from the competition with the acquisition of BigMachines, whose cloud-based system helps salespeople quickly put together and price complex orders.

SAP's Sikka: Business ByDesign will live on

SAP will continue to release new versions of its Business ByDesign cloud ERP suite, despite some recent indications to the contrary, according to the vendor's head of development.

SAP set to preach the HANA gospel to developers

New services and updates for the in-memory platform will be unveiled during this week's Tech Ed conference.

SAP bets on HTML5, open source for its mobile-app platform

Developers can use their desired tools alongside those from SAP’s platform. SAP is also planning to offer a cloud version of the mobile platform, according to the announcement.