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BlackBerry CEO Delivers Never-Say-Die Message

BlackBerry has announced dismal quarterly results, but its new CEO, John Chen, still believes there's cause for optimism as the company strides into a new future. The firm posted a loss of $4.4 billion, compared with a profit of $9 million in the same quarter last year, on revenue of $1.19 billion.

BlackBerry Loses Its CEO, Gets $1B and Yet Another Shot

BlackBerry shares fell 13 percent Monday morning on news that the company has abandoned its plan to sell itself to its largest shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings. Instead, it has entered into an agreement whereby Fairfax and other institutional investors will invest $1 billion in the company. T...

OPINION

SAP Innovation Day – Setting a Standard for the Next 40 Years

When SAP's five founders launched the company in June 1972, it's unlikely they foresaw where the IT industry would travel in the decades to come. SAP's core business applications, including enterprise resource planning solutions, continue to support tens of thousands of companies globally -- but h...

Samsung Makes Android SAFE for IT

Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy S III smartphone will be the company's first device to be officially branded and sold under its new SAFE program. SAFE stands for "Samsung Approved for Enterprise." The Galaxy S III will be available in the U.S. from Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S.

The Long Leap to Clear Mobile Payment Hurdles

Coffee shop chain Starbucks this week brought the power of mobile payments via cellphone to new users -- provided those customers happen to have the right kind of device. The company announced that customers at its retail outlets in the United States will be able to pay for purchases using its mobil...

Salesforce.com Sends the Database Skyward

Salesforce.com on Tuesday unveiled Database.com, which it called the first enterprise database for the cloud. This is "the exact same database technology" as Salesforce.com's existing database but is "being packaged and provided as a standalone product so people can build platforms on their own tech...

ANALYSIS

A Spring of Mobile Melodrama

This has been a busy couple of months for enterprise mobility. 2010 isn't half over, and there are already significant changes in the enterprise mobility landscape: HP agreed to acquire Palm; SAP agreed to buy Sybase; McAfee made a deal to acquire Trust Digital; Antenna Software acquired Vaultus; Bo...

SAP Puts Its Money Where Its Mobile Ambitions Are in Sybase Deal

SAP has inked a deal to acquire mobile and database software maker Sybase for $5.8 billion in cash -- or $65 per share. That translates into a purchase price that is more than 55 percent over Sybase's trading price before rumors of the deal became public, which was $41.57 per share. The deal, which ...

ANALYSIS

DBMS Vendors Likely to Get Scrappy in 2010

The database market will see lots of activity during the 2010-2011 timeframe as nearly 60 percent of organizations move to upgrade or expand existing and legacy networks. That statistic comes from new ITIC survey data, which polled 450 organizations worldwide. Not surprisingly, the survey shows that...

Teaching Mature Markets New M-Commerce Tricks

Ten years after national commercial platforms for mobile commerce were launched in the Philippines and Japan, the United States is slowly beginning to creep into the field. Residents in rural parts of the Philippines and other developing nations routinely pay bills through their smartphones, while p...

MARKET SNAPSHOT

The State of BPM: Poised for Takeoff

Nothing like a recession to spur business growth. In the BPM space, the current downturn has presented a major marketing opportunity for software and IT service firms. Sparked by customers seeking to cut costs and by innovations in e-commerce, the BPM market could easily double over the next several...

Road-Tripping With Linux

Multimedia infotainment devices are a hot seller in today's automotive market and can be the deciding factor in which vehicle a customer ultimately chooses. The automotive infotainment market has successfully navigated the initial wave of consumer devices invading the automobile, offering basic conn...

SAP, RIM Team on CRM for the BlackBerry

SAP and Research In Motion are partnering to develop a mobile CRM application. The first output of this venture will be a native BlackBerry smartphone client that links SAP CRM with BlackBerry applications such as Email, Address Book and Calendar. To be precise, they are developing a native RIM clie...

ANALYSIS

Easing RFID Integration With Microsoft BizTalk Server

Microsoft recently announced RFID enablement for its BizTalk Server software and numerous supporting RFID partner companies. These announcements and the use cases and solutions resulting from them reflect Aberdeen Group research, which shows that 62 percent of survey respondents now cite data integr...

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