Friday, April 18, 2008

SAP Sets Virtualization Coalition - Data Center Central

SAP Sets Virtualization Coalition - Data Center Central

Major software and hardware vendors are starting to work together, hoping to overcome some of the disconnects that arise between the two worlds during times of rapid technological change.

SAP has begun taking steps to forge a coalition to smooth out some of the rough edges of virtualization. The company has gathered the likes of AMD, Intel, HP, Sun, EMC, Cisco, Citrix, VMware and NetApp, as well as Linux providers Novel and Red Hat, to enhance process-driven virtualization platforms for business users.

The group is part of the Enterprise Services Community, a worldwide organization designed to help vendors and users overcome issues surrounding the development and deployment of business productivity software.

One key goal of the group is to help business-process professionals design their own processes to run in virtualized environments using standard modeling techniques regardless of their knowledge of virtualized environments.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 / Companies / IT - US fears weigh on Sage shares / Companies / IT - US fears weigh on Sage shares

US fears weigh on Sage shares
By Tim Bradshaw

Published: April 15 2008 03:00 | Last updated: April 15 2008 03:00

Sage shares fell yesterday despite the software group stating that first-half results would be in line with market expectations.

Analysts' average expectations estimate sales for the six months to March 31 will be £617m, with earnings before interest, tax and amortisation of £145m.

Sage shares fell 6.1p to 192.4p, partly because of concerns about the prospects for a recovery in its US healthcare business and fears that a slowing US economy will hold back IT spending.

But analysts at Merrill Lynch said the "in-line" statement was encouraging given weaker results from Intuit, Sage's US rival, in February. About 70 per cent of Sage's revenues are classified as recurring, which analysts said should provide some insulation from broader economic fluctuations. Tim Bradshaw
Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2008

Friday, April 04, 2008

New Leadership for SAP Reinforces Strategy Shift

New Leadership for SAP Reinforces Strategy Shift

The appointment of Leo Apotheker to co-CEO marks the leadership transition of the world's largest application vendor. This, plus other board changes, will accelerate SAP's shift to a parallel, multiproduct strategy.