Chris KanaracusIDG News Service

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

Monsanto bets nearly $1 billion on big data analytics

The goal is to give farm operators the information they need to choose the right insurance coverage to protect their profits against the advent of bad weather.

SAP ramps up venture capital efforts

SAP's venture capital arm has raised US$1 billion over the past year as the company tries to land stakes in hot startup companies, both to generate profit down the road and to align itself with the industry's newest technologies.

SAP seeks an edge from NSA surveillance worries

SAP may build a second data center in Australia in order to meet customer demand for locally delivered cloud services in the wake of revelations over the U.S. National Security Agency's Prism surveillance program.

After getting star billing, Oracle's Fusion Applications take a supporting role

Last week's OpenWorld conference made on thing clear: Oracle remains committed to its next-generation Fusion Applications but massive growth in the product line is probably not around the corner.

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Oracle OpenWorld attendees fume over Ellison keynote

Many Oracle OpenWorld attendees felt short-changed Tuesday when Larry Ellison skipped his final keynote to watch the America's Cup sailing race.

Oracle takes the fight to Amazon, Salesforce.com with new cloud services

Oracle is offering a series of new services that position it as a one-stop shop for all things cloud and directly target the likes of Amazon Web Services and Salesforce.com.

Hurd: SAP HANA isn't 'even comparable' to Oracle's in-memory technology

While SAP has made no secret of its desire to lure customers running Oracle databases over to its own HANA in-memory platform, any doubt that Oracle would fight back has been erased.

Oracle pushes into database-as-a-service

Oracle's new 12c database is hyped as faster and more powerful.

Intuit revamps Quickbooks Online for ease of use, mobile devices

Intuit's popular QuickBooks small-business accounting software has a new user interface and mobile application support.

Oracle makes 'big data' push even bigger

Oracle is doubling down on "big data" with a number of new products and enhancements to existing ones, in hopes that customers looking to analyze massive amounts of information for business insights will in turn invest further in Oracle.

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Infor's Phillips pins growth on user-friendly design revamp

Infor CEO Charles Phillips has made plenty of changes at the ERP (enterprise resource planning) software vendor since taking the top job after a long run as co-president of Oracle, and one of the most significant is a major investment in modern user interface design.

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Oracle's Ellison promises 'ungodly' database speed with new in-memory option

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has thrown his gauntlet down in the burgeoning market for in-memory computing, announcing a new option for Oracle's flagship database at the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco.

Oracle to put on its innovation game face at OpenWorld

Oracle's annual OpenWorld conference is less than a week away, and as usual the vendor is expected to make a slew of new product and strategy announcements.

Survey: Email, calendaring, HR top list of SaaS buyers' priorities

Companies of all sizes are picking up their adoption of software as a service, with email, calendaring and human resources applications garnering the most interest, according to a new survey from Constellation Research.

After going private Dell says it will stick with PC business

Dell can be more entrepreneurial as a private company, CEO and founder Michael Dell says.