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Amazon Web Services and the ASP Model Redux

When the Software as a Service idea emerged from the embers of the failed Application Service Provider model of the past, pioneers of the new generation of software solutions pointed to its multitenant architecture as the critical differentiator that would make it more scalable, economical and succe...

Oracle Posts Big Profit, Shrugs Off Wall Street Worries

Enterprise software giant Oracle surpassed Wall Street expectations Friday by reporting a 28 percent boost in profit for the quarter ended Aug. 31. However, Redwood City, Calif.-based Oracle said revenue and profit growth will slow down in the next quarter as the U.S. economy loses steam. The rising...

Creating an Enterprise App Vendor Short List, Part 2

The going is tough and the competition fierce, but opportunities are out there for small and medium-sized businesses looking to build businesses more global in scope than ever before. A lot rides on their choice and use of enterprise-wide applications -- software that supports core business function...

Yahoo Kickstarts Business Networking Wars

MySpace and Facebook are the clear winners -- so far -- in the social networking wars, but Yahoo has fired an opening salvo in what may be the next heated skirmish: business and employment networking. Yahoo's Kickstart is meant to help college students launch their professional careers. To be sure, ...

Getting a Handle on Software ROI, Part 2

IT and business managers are spending an increasing amount of time and money trying to predict what kind of return they can expect on their software investments, because their multi-networked, online working environment requires them to continually invent new approaches, as Part 1 of this two-part s...

Getting a Handle on Software ROI, Part 1

A major auto manufacturer spends four years and more than US$200 million to install a Web-based enterprise resource planning system from an industry leading developer, then pulls the plug and goes back to its legacy system. An IT industry pioneer launches a leading vendor's customized order manageme...

New Lawson Suite Builds on IBM Tech Stack

Lawson Software has bundled IBM's tech stack in the latest version of its enterprise resource planning suite, Release 9, for the first time since the firm announced a partnership with Big Blue last year. Lawson also announced that it expects next month to close its acquisition of the Swedish softwar...

E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT

Tech Stocks for the Long Haul

Wall Street has battered tech stocks for more than a year, so one might think the Nasdaq would be littered with bargains. But recent gains in the tech sector have wiped away many of the best opportunities. "Few [stocks] are undervalued. We had that huge snapback, and now they're all grossly overvalu...

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