Chris KanaracusIDG News Service

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

Salesforce.com says developer base almost doubled in a year

The newly announced Salesforce1 platform announced this week could help the base grow even faster, a company official said.

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Yahoo CEO Mayer talks mobile forst strategy, design approach

Yahoo is taking a "mobile first" approach to its product strategy, to the point where mobility could reinvent the company, according to CEO Marissa Mayer.

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Get ready for the 'Internet of customers,' Salesforce.com CEO Benioff says

Much has been made about the "Internet of things," but behind every device is a customer, and companies that fail to recognize this do so at their own peril, according to Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff.

Salesforce.com unveils Salesforce1 platform

Salesforce.com aims to establish its image as a full-blown CRM (customer relationship management) development platform built for the world of social media and mobile devices with the launch of Salesforce1, which will be unveiled this week at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco.

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Chomsky: Fight back against NSA spying or be 'complicit'

Now that the extent of the U.S. National Security Agency's surveillance programs has been exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, it's beholden on the public to fight back or else find themselves "complicit" in the activities, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology linguistics professor and philosopher Noam Chomsky.

Salesforce.com customers making broader investments, survey says

Salesforce.com's customers have become more loyal and committed to using products from the vendor and its partners over the past year, according to a new report from consulting firm Bluewolf in collaboration with the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Zoho adds enterprise features to its CRM software, eyes Salesforce.com

In some respects, the Zoho update amounts to the company catching up to Salesforce.com and others rather than showcasing truly new innovations.

The Watson cloud: IBM prepares to open supercomputer to third party developers

IBM will soon give third parties access to Watson, fostering applications that take advantage of the system's artificial intelligence capabilities.

SugarCRM goes after Salesforce.com with new interface and low costs

SugarCRM is hoping to gain inroads against its much larger rival Salesforce.com with a revamped user interface.

Red Hat expands OpenShift's European availability, slashes prices

Red Hat's moves are part of an effort to gain a stronger foothold in one of the enterprise software industry's hottest segments.

PaaS market to reach $14 billion by 2017, IDC says

In general, companies are flocking to public PaaS (platform as a service) because doing so can lower IT infrastructure spending while providing high availability and scale, the research firm said.

Thumbing nose at Oracle, Rimini Street to file for IPO

Third-party software support provider Rimini Street is moving ahead with its expected plans for an initial public offering, even as it awaits a showdown in court with Oracle.

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.