Chris KanaracusIDG News Service

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

Dell goes private as shareholders approve $24.9 billion deal

Shareholders have voted to approve a US$24.9 billion buyout of the company by founder and CEO Michael Dell and investment firm Silver Lake Partners.

SAP aims for bigger presence in 'big data' with Hadoop partnerships, new apps

Few tech buzzwords of late have been more prevalent than "big data," and SAP is hoping to make sure the market knows it's hip to the trend with a series of new announcements.

Act CRM alive and well for now, following Swiftpage acquisition

Swiftpage has launched a new version of the Act contact manager and CRM software it acquired this year from Sage, a move that could reassure the product's many small-business users that it is in good hands under the new ownership.

SAP buying KXEN for predictive analytics

KXEN's tools are designed to be friendly for business users analysts and will complement SAP's existing predictive analytics offering, the company said in a statement.

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Workday aims anew at Oracle with planned software for higher ed

Workday is hoping to give rival Oracle and other ERP (enterprise resource planning) vendors fits with an upcoming product aimed at institutions of higher education.

Workday rolls out Big Data Analytics module

Workday has unveiled a new software module for its cloud-based HCM (human capital management) application that allows customers to analyze data from both Workday and third-party sources.

SAP focuses on stability, data source support with Business Objects update

SAP has unveiled a new version of its Business Objects BI (business intelligence) software suite that features support for more than 140 data sources and the promise of more stable deployments.

New SAP-Accenture partnership will give customers one throat to choke

Long-time partners SAP and Accenture are deepening their relationship with a new offering that calls for Accenture to serve as a single point of contact on projects involving SAP's HANA in-memory database platform and Accenture's own intellectual property.

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Salesforce.com's Benioff lays out future strategies

In a quarterly earnings call, CEO Marc Benioff says Salesforce.com will focus on vertical markets, marketing software and an expanded partnership with SAP.

Infor fleshes out its Inforce Salesforce.com integration

Infor has unveiled a new version of Inforce, a product that connects Salesforce.com's popular cloud-based CRM (customer relationship management) software with its own.

COBOL-based system for $160 billion pension fund is a political football

A 25-year-old software system that supports a New York state pension fund is causing some controversy.

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Larry Ellison to talk in-memory database, Oracle PaaS at OpenWorld

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison typically uses his annual OpenWorld conference keynotes to deliver the company's biggest announcements and strategic positioning, and this year they will apparently involve an in-memory database and Oracle's PaaS (platform as a service) offerings.

Upcoming Salesforce.com release focuses on Chatter, service

Salesforce.com's next CRM (customer relationship management) software release will contain a slew of new features, with many focused on the Chatter collaboration and messaging tool as well as customer service, according to a set of official release notes.

SAP user group lobbying leads to more flexible on-premises licensing policy

SAP has made the second change to its software licensing policies within a month following a long-term lobbying effort by user groups, and while the move will give customers more flexibility, certain limitations apply.

Software AG acquires JackBe for mashup tooling, real-time analytics

Software AG is adding mashup and real-time analytic capabilities to its lineup with the acquisition of JackBe. Terms of the deal, which was announced Thursday, were not disclosed.