Database and System Software

  • Review: BI Tools Get Smarter
    Tableau Software already makes the industry's easiest tool for business intelligence in its Tableau 3.0, and now it's branching into the server market. Tableau Server, which competes with Business Objects, Cognos and MicroStrategy, is set for release in early November.
  • Signs Of Simplicity
    Microsoft is simplifying its customer volume licensing contracts, a move the software vendor says will make life a little easier for its channel partners. The changes being implemented through the rest of 2007 include reductions of 10 percent to 50 percent in contract lengths, increased use of standard language and the elimination of multiple signature pages.
  • Ballmer Envisions A New Course For Microsoft
    Buffeted by change, Microsoft will take on new forms in response to cloud computing, search, Linux and other seminal shifts in the technology landscape, Ballmer says at Gartner Symposium.
  • Channel Executive Of The Year: Rauline Ochs
    Ask any Oracle channel partner what it was like to work with the software giant before 2005, and you're likely to hear angry stories of channel conflict with aggressive Oracle sales reps muscling in on resellers' deals.
  • Cash Cow
    By partnering with large technology vendors the likes of virtualization darling VMware, upstart Acronis has positioned itself as a key emerging vendor for VARs selling virtualization, and backup and recovery solutions.
  • Review: Redmond Outgrows Portal
    As the name change implies, Microsoft's Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 offers a lot more than just portal capabilities. MOSS, the successor to Microsoft's SharePoint Portal Server, is one of the best platforms for developing .Net applications for the Web. Developing in a MOSS environment is all about speed. The MOSS site template library that's available out of the box also provides extra value to customers that are not eager to implement enterprise solutions with new open-source frameworks such as DotNetNuke.
  • EnterpriseDB Offers Options To Oracle Lock-In
    Technically, Oracle, IBM and Microsoft hold more than 85 percent of the relational database market, so VARs and ISVs can be forgiven for thinking that they have few options when picking a database around which to build their solutions. EnterpriseDB, which has developed an Oracle-compatible database based on the open-source PostgreSQL database, is touting itself as an alternative.
  • Back(up) To The Future
    Several companies, ranging from small service providers to giants like Google, are looking at ways to help customers large and small store more of their data online, and less on tape and even hard drives.
  • Microsoft Event Highlights Hosted CRM Apps
    Channel partners and customers will gain early access to Microsoft's hosted CRM applications later this quarter with the on-demand application slated for general availability in 2008, Microsoft executives announced last month at the vendor's Worldwide Partner Conference in Denver.