Applications - Infoworld en Experts explain how to avoid big mistakes with Oracle's Exadata <p>Although Exadata is Oracle's most popular and mature "engineered system," some customers implementing the database machine are making mistakes that prevent them from getting the most performance out of the expensive product, according to a veteran of many Exadata projects.</p> Applications Cloud Computing Application Testing Private Cloud Web Services Applications Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:59:58 +0000 admin 240857 at Oracle legal letter prompts closure of independent JD Edwards help site <p>The operator of an independent website aimed at helping users of J.D. Edwards enterprise resource planning software has shut it down after Oracle alleged the site infringed on its copyrights.</p> <p>The site,, had contained detailed and organized information about <a href=";;aqs=chrome..69i57j69i58.2991j0j4&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;es_sm=91&amp;" target="_blank">thousands of database tables</a> in J.D. Edwards EnterpriseOne, providing a reference guide for users.</p> Applications Applications Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:34:07 +0000 admin 240446 at Rimini Street diversifies with cloud services for Workday, <p>Independent Oracle and SAP support provider Rimini Street will now offer integration services for customers who want to adopt SaaS (software-as-a-service) offerings from the likes of and Workday.</p> <p>IT environments are set to "transform" from monolithic software suites to ones that include specialized applications as well as a mix of on-premises and cloud-based software, Rimini said in a statement.</p> Applications Cloud Computing Networking Internet CRM Private Cloud SaaS Web Services Applications Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:26:29 +0000 admin 240371 at Dropbox for Business exits beta as storage vendor sets sights on workplaces <p>Dropbox unwrapped the enterprise edition of its cloud storage and file sync service on Wednesday, as it seeks to expand its customer base from consumers to businesses.</p> <p>Dropbox for Business, launched in beta in November, is now <a href="" target="_blank">generally available</a> and features a variety of IT administration controls intended to make it suitable for workplace use.</p> Applications Cloud Computing Cloud Storage SaaS Applications Storage Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:31:38 +0000 admin 240199 at pins growth hopes on industries, wants to be bigger than SAP <p> is betting that a push into industry-specific versions of its cloud-based software can help it maintain its breakneck pace of growth, and even usurp SAP as the industry's largest enterprise application vendor.</p> <p>One way to meet the latter goal is by "speaking the language of industry," said President and Vice Chairman Keith Block, during a company event in Boston Wednesday.</p> Cloud Computing Networking The Industry Standard Internet IT Management Private Cloud SaaS Web Services Applications Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:18:50 +0000 admin 239735 at Enterprise software, devices to fuel IT spending growth in 2014, Gartner says <p>Worldwide IT spending this year will rise 3.2 percent to $3.8 trillion, driven by rebounding device sales and strong growth in the enterprise software category, according to analyst firm Gartner.</p> <p>Enterprise software revenue will jump 6.9 percent to $320 billion, thanks to increased interest in social software, database technologies and data management technologies, according to Gartner.</p> Applications The Industry Standard IT Strategy Applications Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:33:50 +0000 admin 239621 at Many SAP customers struggling to figure out its mobility strategy <p>It's been nearly four years since SAP got into enterprise mobility <a href="" target="_blank">with the acquisition of Sybase</a>, but many customers still don't quite understand its mobile product strategy, according to a new survey by the Americas' SAP Users' Group.</p> Applications Consumerization of IT Mobile Technology IT Strategy Mobile Apps Applications Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:44:41 +0000 admin 239523 at SAP to resell Adobe's marketing suite in strike against, Oracle <p>SAP has turned to long-time partner Adobe in a bid to keep pace with Oracle and in the red-hot marketing software market.</p> <p>The companies announced a global agreement Tuesday under which SAP will resell Adobe's <a href="" target="_blank">Marketing Cloud software suite</a> along with SAP's Hana in-memory database platform and Hybris Commerce Suite.</p> Applications The Industry Standard SAP CRM Applications Technology Business Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:30:47 +0000 admin 239051 at Oracle rolls out 'iOS 7'-inspired visuals for Fusion Applications <p>Oracle is continuing to simplify the look and feel of its Fusion Applications, including with a new skin inspired by Apple iOS 7, as the vendor ramps up marketing efforts around its application portfolio.</p> <p>The changes come as part of the eighth update to Fusion Applications, which first became available in 2011 after a lengthy development process.</p> Applications Oracle CRM ERP Applications Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:42:59 +0000 admin 238375 at Google pushes Chrome app store with more money-making options for devs <p>Google yesterday said it would let developers of Chrome packaged apps issue free trials and offer in-app purchases, and allow creators of browser extensions to charge for their wares for the first time.</p> <p>The moves were described by Google as additional ways for developers to monetize their work building apps and add-ons for Chrome (the browser) and Chrome OS, the lightweight operating system that powers cheap Chromebook notebooks.</p> Applications Application Development Laptop PCs Applications Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:03:56 +0000 admin 238243 at Eight eye-openers from's annual report <p>Last week, reported its fourth-quarter and year-end fiscal 2014 results, <a href="">announcing a major bump</a> in revenue and even raising its guidance significantly. But the fast-growing cloud vendor is also continuing to post significant losses as it spends big on sales, marketing and acquisitions.</p> Applications Cloud Computing The Industry Standard Application Testing SaaS Startups Applications Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:10:27 +0000 admin 237984 at IT's craziest code names: Guess which ones are real <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quiz-overview"> <div class="field-label">Overview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>As far back as there's been computing, there've been software and hardware project code names ranging from innocuous strings of initials to Ubuntu's alliterative code names ("Precise Pangolin") for its Linux releases. Most of the projects and programs we know and use today started out with a completely different moniker. Test your memory and see how many of the under-the-covers code names you can match to the finished products.</p> <p><strong>[ More InfoWorld quizzes: <a href="">Malware IQ test: Round 3</a> | <a href="">Programming IQ test: Round 3</a> | <a href="">"Hello, world": Programming languages quiz</a> | <a href="">The JavaScript IQ test</a> | <a href="">The Java IQ test</a> | <a href="">The 2012 InfoWorld geek IQ test</a> | <a href="">Microsoft Windows IQ test round 2</a> | <a href="">InfoWorld's Linux IQ test: Round 2</a> | <a href="">Malware IQ test: Round 2</a> | <a href="">The Google IQ test</a> | <a href="">The Android IQ test</a> ]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--> Applications Computer Hardware The Industry Standard Applications Computer Hardware Technology Business Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Serdar Yegulalp 237120 at Microsoft finally rolls out integration to all users <p>After testing a preview version of the integration for almost a year in some markets, Microsoft has now made it generally available to all users.</p> <p>The link lets users of the webmail service communicate with their Skype contacts via video and audio calls from within their email interface.</p> <p><strong>[ For a quick, smart take on the news you'll be talking about, check out <a href=";source=ifwelg_fssr">InfoWorld TechBrief</a> -- subscribe today. ]</strong></p> Applications Email Software Applications Unified Communications Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:22:32 +0000 admin 237633 at Microsoft: Use Laplink's Windows XP migration tools, not ours <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Microsoft: Use Laplink's Windows XP migration tools, not ours" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>With the April 8 support deadline for Windows XP looming more closely, Microsoft is stepping up the pressure to get as many users off XP as possible.</p> Applications Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows Applications Mon, 03 Mar 2014 20:16:07 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 237521 at Meet Mr. Ivory Tower and the upside-down management chain <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Meet Mr.</div> your IT tales IT Jobs IT Management IT Strategy Applications Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 236852 at New Bing apps begin to bridge gap between Windows 8 and Windows Phone <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="New Bing apps begin to bridge gap between Window 8 and Windows Phone" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>With the new round of Bing apps -- released this morning for Windows 8.1 and <a href="" target="_blan Microsoft Windows Microsoft Microsoft Bing Windows 8 Microsoft Windows Mobile Apps Windows Phone Applications Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:44:25 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 236646 at Review: Google Chrome wants to be your OS <div style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 200px; height: 150px;"><img src="" alt="Google Chrome" width="200" height="150" align="right" /></div> <p>A couple of months ago, my wife told me, "The Internet is slow." I had a look at her computer, which still runs Windows XP because that's what she knows and likes, and realized that she was still browsing with IE8 (not that she could upgrade IE from there on XP).</p> Applications Application Development Application Development HTML5 JavaScript Mobile Apps Mobile Development Applications Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Doug Dineley 236601 at 5 tips for smarter collaboration in a mobile and cloud world <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="" alt="5 tips for smarter collaboration in a mobile and cloud world" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> Applications Cloud Computing Consumerization of IT Mobile Technology Cloud Storage Mobile Apps Applications Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Galen Gruman 235973 at Microsoft needs to explain changes made in Windows 8/8.1 apps <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Microsoft needs to explain changes made in Windows 8/8.1 apps" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>On Feb. 10, Microsoft released version 2.2.550 of the Metro Music app -- also known as the "Modern" Music app and/or Xbox Music app -- as well as the Metro Video app 2.2.550 for Windows 8/8.1.</p> Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows 8 Microsoft Windows Applications Patch Management Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:28:19 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 236215 at ThoughtSpot promises Google-like BI experience <p>Two items on BI (business intelligence) customers' wish lists have long been ease of use and a lower burden on IT. A startup called ThoughtSpot says its new BI appliance can tackle both.</p> <p>ThoughtSpot has developed an in-memory database for the appliance. This allows information to be held in RAM for faster processing of queries, which users enter in natural language through a Google-like form.</p> Business Intelligence Data Mining Startups Applications Business Intelligence Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:33:41 +0000 admin 235753 at