Chris KanaracusIDG News Service

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

Oracle unveils HTML5-based mobile BI app designer

Oracle is latching onto the self-service BI (business intelligence) trend with a new tool for creating HTML5-based mobile applications.

SAP creates LAVA 'design language' to heat up analytics

SAP's Business Objects BI (business intelligence) product line may soon begin receiving a visual overhaul based on a new "design language" or methodology called LAVA (Lightweight Applied Visual Analytics).

Lawmakers, SAP pointing fingers over failed payroll project

The failure of a massive payroll project involving SAP software has California lawmakers, state officials and the vendor pointing fingers of blame at each other.

IBM, universities partner on 'big-data' skills training

IBM is hoping to help create the next generation of "big-data" specialists through a series of partnerships with universities around the world, as well as influence the curriculum.

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Oracle's Larry Ellison: Some government surveillance is 'essential' to fight terror

Some level of government surveillance is "essential" if the nation is to minimize the incidence of terrorist strikes like the Boston Marathon bombing, according to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.

Salesforce.com adds premium 'Performance Edition' bundle

Performance Edition will be available starting Nov. 4 for $300 per user per month, compared to $250 per month for the Unlimited Edition, which will still be available.

SAP co-founder Plattner to teach online course on in-memory computing

People interested in learning about in-memory database technology will be able to so later thing month under the virtual tutelage of SAP chairman and co-founder Hasso Plattner.

Salesforce.com to impose massive fee hike for app store security review

Salesforce.com is raising the cost of an initial security review for paid applications in its AppExchange store from $300 to $2,700, saying the hike will allow it to deliver the reviews much faster.

Oracle rolls out virtual appliances for its 12c database

Oracle has moved quickly to provide virtualization support for its recently released 12c database, saying this week that a set of virtual machine templates for the product are now available.

Forrester: Survey data dispels 'myths' about software industry trends in 2013

Nearly half of the companies Forrester surveyed “are concerned about corporate collaboration issues and are keen to keep Facebook and Twitter streams clearly separated from corporate applications.”

SAP business resource planning customers can now snazz up their user interface

SAP recently rolled out version 2.0 of Screen Personas, which gives users the ability to personalize their SAP-based screens based on preference and job role.

SAP outlines plans for Hybris, push into 'omni-commerce'

SAP has given customers a peek into how it will compete with the likes of Oracle and IBM in the growing market around CEM (customer experience management) software with the acquisition of commerce software vendor Hybris.

BMC buys Partnerpedia for secure app-store technology

BMC is continuing its push into the consumerization-of-IT trend with the acquisition of Partnerpedia, which makes software companies can use to roll out secure, governed app stores to their end users. Terms of the deal, which closed last month, were not revealed.

Oracle switches up software pricing for Exalytics appliance

Oracle has introduced a new software package for its Exalytics high-performance analytics appliance that in some cases, will be mandatory.

Trade group reports controversial Oracle advertisements to FTC

An advertising industry oversight group says Oracle has repeatedly failed to make any (much less a good faith) effort to bring its advertising into compliance.