Getting to fighting weight
Enterprise software giant SAP could cut up to 2,200 jobs (three percent of its 74,000 employees) in a move to rebalance employment around…
Open governance forges on
The Cloud Foundry Foundation, put in place last year to promote the open-source platform as a service framework, now has new leadership.…
Software eats science, says VC
Matt Ocko had been investing in data-based companies for years before he and Zack Bogue officially launched Data Collective Venture Capital in…
VMware is stingy on deets
VMware has pinned high hopes on its vCloud Air hybrid cloud, the company’s response to public cloud competitors like Amazon Web Services. But…
More nebulous numbers
IBM has pledged to deliver a $7 billion cloud business by 2015 for a couple of years — and now, according to…
So what else is new?
SAP, like its enterprise software competitors, has been talking cloud for years, putting a ton of effort into promoting HANA as a…
Looks as if Domo, the business intelligence startup founded by former Omniture CEO Josh James, is getting ready to be more chatty…
The week in cloud
As of about 6 a.m. EST Sunday morning, Verizon’s Cloud was on hour 30 of what could be a 48-hour planned shutdown to…
The year 2015 will be one in which data and analytics technologies become more standardized, more broadly adopted, and more successful.
Mmmm, thin mints online.
Details are slim but Accenture, Hybris are implementation partners on the Girl Scouts’ new Digital Cookie e-commerce effort.
The landscape of data solutions has been significantly disrupted in the last several years, on multiple fronts. Another such disruption is taking place now, with the mainstreaming of in-memory database (IMDB) products.
While Oracle has a cloud platform that it’s been trying to spread to the masses for a few years, the biggest deal regarding the new cloud upgrade is supposedly the ability for people to use Oracle’s database in the cloud or on-premise in their own environment.
Following the news that Larry Ellison is stepping down from his CEO perch at long-time rival Oracle, SAP said on Thursday that it now has 50 million cloud users following its purchase of Concur.
The more things change … Ellison may no longer be Oracle’s CEO-for-life, but he’s still running the show.
Concur Technologies, which fields SaaS-based expense report and travel management for businesses, is for sale, according to Bloomberg News.
Business applications giant SAP is now an official sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation. Not sure what took it so long.
In the second quarter of 2014, new de facto standards emerged and galvanized, major cloud providers launched new analytics offerings, and mainstream databases began to take on attributes and capabilities of heretofore separate special-purpose products.
The stock deal values newcomer RelateIQ at about $390 million and continues Salesforce.com’s push to acquire technologies, rivals and customer lists.
Mainframes still account for 60 percent or more of global enterprise transactions.
Enterprise cloud purveyor Virtustream is bringing OpenStack to parity with vCenter/ESX in its latest xStream cloud management release.
Plummeting RAM prices and the massive throughput requirements of big data make in-memory databases incredibly attractive. Processing enormous data sets in a…
Oracle’s In Memory Option for its databases will supposedly improve performance in real-time analytics and transaction workloads.
Dr. Vishal Sikka, credited with building the HANA real-time analytics franchise, is leaving the company for personal reasons, SAP said Sunday.
The BI company plans to expand sales and marketing worldwide and beef up its “mobile-first, cloud-first” game plan.
The marketing automation arms race continued as IBM snaps up Silverpop to contend with Oracle, Salesforce.com, Adobe — you name it.
Big, traditional enterprises that scoffed at cloud deployment a few years ago, aren’t laughing now. They’re fully aboard, as we’ll discuss at Structure 2014.
Flextronics spin-off hopes to bring old-world but critical supply chain management into the new era with — what else? — an app.
Keith Block said Salesforce.com will focus on six verticals — by organic development, partnering, or acquisition — to help surpass SAP as top dog.
SAP’s participation gives Cloud Foundry more enterprise cred while Rackspace’s entry could ease IaaS-PaaS confusion between OpenStack and Cloud Foundry.
A U.S. District Court Judge found that Rimini Street did infringe on some Oracle copyrights but not on others.
SuccessFactors’ founder and former CEO brings lots of human resources know-how to upstart Zenefits, which has a new $15M in Series A funding under its belt.
It may not be as glam as the latest phone apps, but boring enterprise software — CRM, SCM, ERP — will power IT growth in 2014, says Gartner.
Michael Stonebraker has helped create a lot of database systems and has lots of thoughts about where the industry is headed. Oracle, SAP, NoSQL, NewSQL — they all have a place if they play their cards right, but some might have a harder time than others.
No kidding. ERP and enterprise applications are very complicated. Even new implementations have to tie into all that old stuff. Here’s one more reminder.
There’s still a place for relational databases, it’s just that it’s is getting much smaller over time, and that’s a big problem for Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft. So is SAP’s HANA. Tune in this week’s Structure Show.
Coresystems creates apps for mobile field force efforts and software that ties in with SAP Business One. Former SAP exec Peter Zencke participated in the round.
The German enterprise software company’s latest results show a drop in traditional licensing income, but a healthy uptick in cloud revenue that would be even stronger if it weren’t for pesky currency issues.
According to AirWatch chairman Alan Dabbiere, who spoke at our Mobilize conference on Thursday, the integration of mobile devices into employees’ personal lives makes BYOD-style policies a no-brainer.
The VC arm of the enterprise software giant now has $1.4 billion under management. It claims both independence from its parent company — while also preserving tight ties to it.
Oracle leads the league in relational databases but it’s far from clear that the company can replicate its success in non-relational and in-memory categories. That’s why Larry Ellison’s no-show matters.
Already partners in the cloud, SAP and Virtustream tighten ties with SAP’s big investment.
Wearables are already deeply embedded in the sports world, so in this week’s podcast I talk to an SAP expert about what we can learn about data derived from wearables from the NFL and the NBA.
Note to self: Revolving doors work both ways. After several key executive exits, VMware installs Sanjay Poonen to head up its desktop virtualization and other end-user computing efforts.
The one-two punch of new regulations and requirements to store vast new amounts of data are squeezing the healthcare industry. But a few crucial signs suggest the prognosis for achieving better yet cheaper care is good.
Proposed SAP moves would put Bill McDermott in charge and move more techie Jim Hagemann Snabe onto the supervisory board.
Dell and Oracle deal takes coopetition to a new level, shows Oracle hardware vulnerability; will NSA spygate controversy impact cloud adoption?
Sadly, smartphone theft and patent trolls are problems. Happily, being an enterprise company these days is not.
And we’re off to the races again as SAP buys hybris, a Swiss e-commerce specialist, to expand its reach into a $37 billion market.
Cloud vendors have a tough row to hoe convincing enterprise accounts to put mission critical data or apps on their infrastructure. A new U.S. government report may not help things.
Dalgaard is off to become an investor, although he will remain a cloud advisor to SAP. Meanwhile, the company is consolidating its cloud development processes, with a view to eventually streamlining its portfolio.
Those on the autistic spectrum often display highly focused and analytical traits. SAP is the latest company – and the first major multinational – to move to harness these characteristics for IT-related work.
Google and Microsoft slapfest continues; IBM pushes Watson for third-party apps; SAP bets big on HANA for ERP.
The software giant’s “project Photon” seems to be materializing in the form of Lumira, which promises self-service data visualization in the cloud. It remains to be seen how this can co-exist with SAP’s BI OnDemand, though.
To the surprise of very few, SAP plans to put make its HANA analytical database available as a cloud service.
TwoGo is a cloud-based service for companies that want to get their employees sharing cars to and from work. Nokia’s Here platform provides the location component, helping to match people with likely carpooling companions.
Sometimes we forget: cloud adoption is just in the baby step phase; SAP says it’s profiting from cloud; battle for legacy and new app workloads gets more nuanced.
Two legacy powers — SAP and Kendall Square (in the guise of hack/reduce) pulled out the stops Friday to woo big data entrepreneurs. SAP wants them to use HANA. Hack/reduce just wants them to stick around.
A project at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab aims to make crunching of the most top-secret data possible without exposing that data. At all.
The first week of the NCAA tournament is in, and the results would suggest that Nate Silver is yet again the man when it comes to predicting the things Americans care about.
Oracle is loading up on telecom vendors that specialize in controlling and managing data and VoIP traffic as it traverses the network.
If you build your company’s software on an external platform as a service, what happens when that platform disappears? PHPFog users are finding out. Here’s a cautionary tale.
SAP’s customers, used to running its enterprise software on the likes of Oracle, now have an in-house in-memory alternative. It’s a bid for relevance on SAP’s part and, according to chairman Hasso Plattner, mobile is the big driver.
What do telcos stand to gain from the cloud? Deutsche Telekom’s IT services wing is spelling it out, forecasting that a seventh of its revenues will come from cloud services in a couple years’ time. However, it’s worth examining what T-Systems actually means by ‘cloud’.
Once known for its online job boards and newspaper classified ads, talent management is now a $4 billion industry. Helping to redefine this age-old HR practice is workforce analytics, a powerful combination of highly sophisticated computer algorithms and predictive models.
Last year, AWS saw big success and big snafus; Superstorm Sandy prompted worry about data center location; legacy IT giants bought their way into SaaS; VMware regroups; the OpenStack crowd got their clouds off the ground; and Europe starts to buy into cloud.
Besides the skyrocketing growth of data itself, there are several key technology trends we will be watching in 2013. That list includes a renaissance in the database market, next-generation SaaS-based BI and visualization tools, and data warehousing as a service. This report examines these trends and others, as well as the companies making a difference in big data that are worth watching as the industry moves into the next year.
In 2013 look for the action in social technologies to be increasingly enterprise-focused. In 2012 investors soured on consumer social media companies: Groupon, Zynga, and even Facebook were deemed disappointing. Arguably, Facebook left no money on the table. As it began to show revenue from mobile by the year’s end, its stock began to recover, but the damage was done. So a different set of companies will drive innovation and perhaps a little disruption in social technologies in 2013. Look for the likes of Salesforce.com, Jive Software, and other enterprise players to make headlines in the new year.
In 2013 IT organizations that support large enterprises will have to figure out how to successfully get mission-critical systems onto public and private cloud computing platforms. The way the industry will use cloud-computing technology in 2013 is not a matter of prediction but more a matter of following the existing adoption patterns and trends into the New Year. Those trends, discussed in this report, include the rise of standards, big data’s role in the cloud, industry-specific clouds, security, and more.
With DataRaker buy Oracle says it can expand its reach into the water and energy verticals and offer deeper analytical “Big Data” services. It also buys new customers and a better maintenance and support revenue stream.
Over-the-top (OTT) messaging applications have upended the mobile operators’ highly profitable short messaging services (SMS) business. The traditional mobile-messaging value chain is changing as upstart OTT players attack the carriers’ control of the value chain and drive down cost.
It never ends. Oracle says its latest acquisition — Instantis — will make it a bigger player in cloud-based project portfolio management. Instantis capabilities will be combined with Fusion and Primavera functions, the company said. Oracle competes with — who else? — SAP in this space.
Metamarkets is open sourcing its in-memory database technology called Druid. The rationale for open sourcing a key piece of its technology platform is both altruistic (better all!) and a savvy recognition that if the startup doesn’t do it, someone else will build it.
What sort of amazing cloud services could Amazon have up its sleeve? Werner Vogels ain’t saying anything in detail but here are five things to watch out for where the public cloud services giant is concerned.
IBM and Cisco have both launched specialized hardware designed to securely and efficiently handle big data, but is there a large market for specialized big data gear? If there is such a market, are these the boxes that will fill it?
Oracle CEO and acquirer-in-chief Larry Ellison told CNBC not to expect any big acquisitions in the near future. Instead Oracle will focus on its ambitious cloud plans, engineered systems and organic growth. We’ll see….
DT is to allow its venture arm to purchase majority stakes for the first time, and Telefonica is setting up an international VC network. Meanwhile software giant SAP is also showing a vote of confidence in the startup scene.
While cloud, mobility, social, and analytics have been driving demand for IT products and services in 2012, the worldwide IT spending picture has become dimmer as the year has progressed: We’re looking at 5.1 percent worldwide IT spending growth in 2012. The first in a new quarterly series of IT spending forecasts, this report is intended for vendors and users of IT technology to help them better align their technology and business strategies by identifying where their peers and competitors are focusing their investments in 2012. Additionally, this report creates a baseline context for evaluating the extent of adoption of emerging, innovative technologies.
As enterprise software vendors try to get more mobile savvy — via acquisition or organically — mobile service companies are looking for new ports in a storm. Kinvey, which tracks these trends, has updated its backend-as-a-service ecosystem map to help developers sort things out.
Doug Burgum helped launch Great Plains Software and grow it into a company Microsoft bought for $1.1 billion. As chairman of SuccessFactors, he helped bring that company into SAP for $4.3 billion. Now he’s helping Atlassian grow as well.
Flash-based storage pioneer Fusion-io (s fio) says it has developed a method for extending a system’s memory from DRAM into Fusion-io’s NAND-based storage tier, enabling the possibility of bigger, cheaper in-memory applications than are currently possible.
In recent months many have focused on PaaS solutions as an enabling technology to bring more control to the development and deployment of cloud-based applications and business processes. This research note will focus on the practical uses of PaaS technology for the enterprise, as well as how to move from an existing application-development technology to the use of PaaS solutions. It will also discuss how to make sense of the emerging PaaS market and players and make critical recommendations that will increase the chances of success in moving to PaaS technology.
You have probably heard about the rise of the independent worker and the impact of this trend on business practices. But your team is still all traditional employees, so this shift doesn’t affect you, does it? Maybe more than you think, argues SAP’s Julien Vayssiere.
Joe Weinman, senior vice president at Telx, recaps the 2012 IEEE Technology Time Machine symposium. At this year’s event in Silicon Saxony, discussions ranged from emerging nanotechnologies to application-layer services. Speakers included James Truchard, CEO of National Instruments, and UC Berkeley professor Leon Chua.
If there were any doubts that the gulf between consumery social networking sites and the stodgier world of enterprise software is narrowing, Oracle’s plan to buy Collective Intellect should erase them. Collective Intellect’s social intelligence solutions monitor consumer conversations on Facebook and Twitter.
Just when you thought Oracle might be done buying stuff, it buys something else. Today the database giant said it is purchasing Vitrue, a company that offers a SaaS service that lets companies better utilize social networking for their branding and marketing efforts.
Enterprise software giant SAP is buying Ariba in a $4.3 billion move that will give it control of what may be world’s largest online marketplace. Businesses worldwide use Ariba’s e-commerce and procurement services to buy and sell all sorts of goods and services.
SAP All-in-One business applications will now run in Amazon’s cloud — another step that could make Amazon Web Services more enticing to risk-averse businesses that stress over entrusting their life-blood applications to a public cloud.
E-procurement player Coupa Software netted $22 million in a Series E funding round led by new investor Crosslink Capital. Companies use Coupa’s cloud-based services to track supplier contracts and requisitions.
Although the storage world is awaiting an M&A explosion if EMC actually acquires flash startup XtremIO, Violin Memory and Fusion-io are keeping the hits coming in the meantime. Fusion-io is bringing in new software partners, while Violin brought in another $30 million.
After years of beating around the bush, SAP declares that it is a database company and will take on the biggest kid on the block. It’s about time. It’s funding startups to build applications for Hana and Sybase. But beating Oracle won’t be easy.
Key to understanding big data is to move beyond simply examining the technology for data storage and analytics engines in order to focus on other key developments in the field happening under the radar. This research note highlights some of these developments that are critical to any organization wanting to prepare itself for a data-centric economy in the coming decades. We go beyond analytics and highlight the roles of data quality, data obesity and data markets in the future of modern enterprises. We will also introduce a simple model for the next-generation platforms used for building intelligent, data-driven, self-organizing applications.
Big data now touches everything from enterprises and hospitals to smart-meter startups and connected devices in the home. Hadoop, meanwhile, is fast becoming the leading tool to analyze that data, and there is the ever-lingering question of privacy and how we, the technology industry, are responsible for teaching ethical ways to collect and regulate our data. This report, composed of eight different sections each written by a GigaOM Pro analyst, offers insights on what to consider when it comes to big data decisions for your business.
Businesses can now leverage big data for the benefit of driving marketing insights. According to Ajay Agarwal of Bain Capital Ventures, this fundamental shift will create several multi-billion dollar winners, and new technology companies will emerge as the marketing equivalents of Salesforce and SAP.
Appirio, which built its systems integration business in part by knitting software-as-a-service and legacy on-premises software together, netted $60 million in Series D funding led by General Atlantic, bringing total investment to $80 million.
In a meeting of analytics minds, Birst and ParAccel are putting Birst’s graphical reporting gloss atop ParAccel’s analytics database.
Deals like this are the latest proof that big data is important but the ability to put that data into a useable format is also key.
Traditionally, the Mac has made up an extremely small sliver of corporate PC purchases, but over the last few quarters, more and more of them have been incorporated into the workplace. And on the heels of this trend was an announcement from the analysts over at Forrester last month: Businesses should start buying Macs for their employees. Or at any rate, they should at least start allowing employees to bring one, even if it’s their own, to work. Specifically, Forrester called the “prohibition” against Apple desktops and laptops on corporate networks outdated and said it needed to be “repealed.” And that represents a major opportunity for Apple.
How does the cloud market for the next year look? There will be no silver linings or lemonade. This research note, part of GigaOM Pro’s outlook for 2012, examines startups’ chances to challenge traditional enterprise IT practices, cloud pricing models, the true state of federated clouds, and how IT jobs will change in the coming months. Expect plenty of defensive M&A, cloud lock-in, phantom data discovery, outages, availability headaches, pricing confusion and job displacement over the next 12 months.
IBM is buying Emptoris, a specialist in supply chain and contract management analytics, in what is the latest example of an entrenched IT provider’s buying analytics and cloud capabilities. The move comes a week after IBM’s $440 million buyout of DemandTec.
The cloud-based SAP Social Media Analytics service aims to bring more consumer-centric smarts to SAP’s enterprise customers. SAP will sell and provision NetBase semantic search and analytics capabilities and provide a user-friendly dashboard to display the results on an iPad or other device.
SAP America’s decision to buy SuccessFactors and its human capital management expertise for $3.4 billion in cash, is just the latest acquisition of a vertically-focused SaaS player by a legacy software giant. Look for that trend to continue.
New research shows that software-as-a-service companies, which have been valued (much) higher than legacy software players, will continue to reap price premiums over the next 12 to 24 months. The numbers come from Martin Wolf’s M&A Advisors’ MW Index.
SAP ‘s looking for acquisitions to help the enterprise software giant enter new “categories,” co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe said this week in comments that sparked a flurry of conjecture about potential targets. So what’s it going to buy to beef up its cloud- and consumer-cred?
Save for Hortonworks’ foray into the product space, none of today’s myriad Hadoop announcements are particularly earth-shaking, but they’re very meaningful when taken as a whole. They’re part of a larger trend in which anyone with a data-driven business has a Hadoop story to tell customers.
By this time next week, the world will have 7 billion people in it, and this population growth will fundamentally change the way populations use resources like energy, water and food. Increasingly, organizations are turning to big data tools to manage resources.
Tidemark, once known as Proferi, emerged from stealth mode today and launched its promised cloud-based enterprise performance management offering with help from Terremark, Cloudera, SnapLogic, and VMware. In addition, Peter Currie joined David Duffield and Ben Horowitz on the Tidemark board.
Box.net just closed additional Series D funding, netting new money from SAP Ventures–the VC arm of enterprise software giant SAP AG, as well as Salesforce.com, Bessemer Venture Partners and NEA. This brings the total from the overall Series D round of funding to $81 million.
Will Hewlett-Packard persevere on the enterprise software and cloud computing track set by dearly departed CEO Leo Apotheker? The answer is yes–well–maybe, according to Executive Director Ray Lane and newly minted CEO Meg Whitman, who spoke on the analyst call announcing management changes.
Ditch the hardware and embrace big data and analytics — that could be the key to monitoring and managing energy consumption of commercial buildings. On Thursday startup FirstFuel Software announced that it’s raised $2.4 million from Battery Ventures and Nth Power, to scale up.
Cloud-computing insurance has long been posed as a solution to the problem of cloud users assuming too much risk of failure in the wake of things such as lengthy outages, data breaches and Lulzsec attacks. But it seems the idea of off-loading some of that risk to a third party — an insurance provider — is finally becoming a reality. Kind of. At the very least, insurance providers are recognizing the importance of insuring both cloud providers and the companies that patronize them — even if their policies still need some fine-tuning.
An interesting example of the practice of open innovation is the SAP Co-Innovation Lab, as SAP and its partners have found a way to integrate hardware and software innovation in a way that is open, but also protective of intellectual property.
Already incredibly useful for helping us get directions, find the nearest grocery store and find out our state capitol, Google Maps is now becoming the hot way to display enterprise or organizational data that’s tagged with location data. The timing of this trend isn’t surprising.
Virtustream, a cloud computing provider focused on hosting enterprise applications, has raised $10 million in a Series B round. The round was funded by existing investors Intel Capital, Columbia Capital, Noro-Moseley Partners, and TDFunds, which invested $49 million in Virtustream’s Series A round last year.
In Silicon Valley, happy days are indeed here again: Investors are feeling generous, the IPO market is percolating, and the tech industry’s biggest players have worked up a very healthy appetite for mergers and acquisitions.
Big data tools are an incredibly important way to help better manage the world’s resources, like energy consumption, food production and fuel use. Here are 5 companies that are leveraging big data to help the planet:
Mitsui sees the promise of networked, smart, LED lighting. This morning, Redwood Systems announced it has raised $3.5 million from Mitsui’s investment arm. Investment Partner Shin Kodera called the funding “a testament to the impact we believe Redwood’s technology will have on the global business landscape.”
Amazon Web Services has upped its enterprise credibility again, this time via a partnership with SAP that has certified certain SAP applications to run in production environments on the AWS cloud. With the designation, AWS joins a select group of enterprise-focused cloud providers.
Is the Foursquare, Twitter, or Mint.com of real time energy data just around the corner? GridGlo, a year-old startup working on combining energy data with other big data sets, launched on Wednesday, with a plan to sell apps around energy info to utilities.
As the deployment of utility smart grid infrastructure gains scale and maturity, the industry’s focus is beginning to shift from standards, technology selection and architecture to the true purpose of the smart grid movement: applications that will improve the efficiency, reliability and versatility of the electric grid.
Thomas Siebel unveiled customers and features of his stealthy carbon software company C3 at the Fortune Brainstorm Green event. It’s not a software product, said Siebel, it’s a $150 million effort that will take a decade to build and is more like a division of SAP.
ll of this makes 2011 an exciting year for benefiting from and managing big data.
The argument against electric cars is that if the grid is powered by mostly coal, then so are our cars. But the long term goal is to move the grid over to clean power. However, here’s the bumpy road ahead for these transitions.
What’s fascinating to hear how a company that deals in analytics and mobile-device management software approaches these issues within its own walls. For SAP, that means embracing the iPad as a business tool, dumping CRM databases in-memory and tracking carbon emissions down to the molecule.
One of the obstacles to cloud adoption is that most organizations have infrastructure in place, meaning they can’t just build best-of-breed cloud environments. This was reinforced via an on-point post from James Urquhart, a survey of satisfied cloud users and a round of funding for Riptano.
Eager to get over the embarrassing departure of former chairman and CEO Mark Hurd, who joined Oracle and was subsequently sued by his former employer, Hewlett-Packard has named a new CEO — but the response to its choice has been underwhelming at best.
Eager to get over the embarrassing departure of former chairman and CEO Mark Hurd, who joined Oracle and was subsequently sued by his former employer, Hewlett-Packard has named a new CEO — but the response to its choice has been underwhelming at best.
IBM has been talking for a long time about linking smart building technology and enterprise-wide sustainability. Late Thursday, it unleashed a slew of new products, services and partnerships aimed at cementing that role.
The majority of startups funded are headquartered in Massachusetts, New York and California, with the latter attracting the greatest amount of capital.
Social discovery engine StumbleUpon has released a new iPhone application, bringing the product’s web functionality to mobile devices.For those of you unaware, StumbleUpon, which was established in 2001, is a service which allows its users to browse the web in a casual and possibly addictive way.
Finally, the fragmented nature of the utility industry — there are some 3,000 utilities in the United States and Canada, serving roles from power generation to retail delivery of electricity — is a barrier to widespread adoption of new technologies.
Apple, being the savvy company that it is, has positioned itself well to capitalize on IT departments looking to make a change. Some of the largest organizations in the world are taking another look at Apple products, and with good reason.
More sustainability software services have emerged in recent years than online dating sites, but the next trend for these companies is to turn to next-generation analytics tools to manage the massive of influx of real-time data emerging around sustainability.
SAP says it is buying Sybase for $5.8 billion or roughly $65 a share. The deal highlights the growing importance of the mobile Internet & how smartphones are becoming the all important remote terminals of today’s modern enterprise, in the process supplanting the PCs.
Enterprise software company SAP is spending an impressive $5.8 billion to make sure it has an app for that.
The German-based company, whic…
With the growing recognition that global warming demands a business response, many companies are budgeting for climate-change plans. These plans aim to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions across a wide range of activities, including procurement, manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, retailing, IT, waste disposal, and regulatory compliance. In drawing up and implementing these plans, though, businesses have made an unexpected discovery: The shift to greener operations creates competitive advantages by cutting costs, preparing for regulation of carbon emissions and presenting an attractively green ethos to the market. Sustainable business, it turns out, is good business.
To help implement their plans, companies can choose from a variety of enterprise sustainability software, also known as carbon management software, delivered via a Web browser in the form of Software as a Service. These systems collect resource-consumption data distributed geographically and functionally across the enterprise including electricity metering, transportation fuel costs and emissions from manufacturing and production facilities. The objective is to bring this data into one place where it can be examined and analyzed comprehensively.
Sustainability software covers three broad areas. One category is aimed at IT and helps manage energy consumption in data centers. A second category monitors and analyzes the flow of electricity in smart-grid installations. The third helps enterprises manage resources, emissions and waste. It collects data and offers visualization tools. The most advanced systems offer sophisticated modeling capabilities, which can aid greatly in formulating and implementing strategies for reducing an enterprise’s environmental footprint.
This third category is the subject of this report. While the green IT and smart-grid categories are relatively mature, the enterprise market is still taking shape. Moreover, this area has potential to become the largest by far. While the traditional market for sustainability software consists of Fortune 500 companies, smaller operations are beginning to recognize the benefits. Sustainability software will become attractive to businesses of all sizes and sectors as industries develop standards for tracking, evaluating, and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and as government regulations spur trade in carbon credits and environmental labeling of consumer products.
This report surveys the history of enterprise sustainability software systems, their capabilities, and how they’re being used in a variety of industries. It also offers recommendations for companies interested in using these tools.
During the next few years, plug-in hybrid and all electric vehicles will be mass-produced for the first time. The promise of reducing emissions, fuel consumption, and the cost of driving will prompt fleet operators and consumers to purchase more than 800,000 of these vehicles between 2010 and 2015, according to Pike Research’s forecasts. Keeping EVs charged and ready to go will require an infrastructure of equipment for vehicle charging and new IT management system for monitoring, analyzing, and controlling vehicle charging. This report looks at the opportunities for IT companies to solve a variety of challenges for utilities, automakers, consumers and others in the EV ecosystem. Includes market segment forecasts forcustomer information management, smart charging management and data analytics.
Blue collar jobs aren’t the only thing getting outsourced away from the U.S. and Europe. As much as a third of carbon dioxide…
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It’s been less than a year since German software giant SAP (s SAP) bought carbon software startup Clear Standards, but the company…
YouTube (s GOOG) made a bit of noise yesterday with the introduction of a new video player that uses HTML5 standard, which…
Retail behemoth Wal-Mart’s (s WMT) move to require disclosure of environmental data for all of its products helped tip the nascent carbon…
When the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, tells (s WMT) tens of thousands of suppliers to start tracking and disclosing the environmental impact…
The big news in the world of sustainability this week is that Wal-Mart (s WMT), the world’s largest retailer, will launch a…
SAP (s sap), not exactly an early cloud adopter, thinks cloud computing will factor significantly into large-scale computing services, said SAP CTO…
Carbon management software is like a sophomore on the cleantech campus: it’s been around for awhile, but it’s just now starting to…
Corporate social responsibility reports are often a company’s beachhead effort on sustainability, and most focus on relatively easy-to-achieve metrics, such as employee…
This week, SAP took a surprisingly early step into the nascent carbon management market: it purchased the young (and relatively unknown in the broader software industry business) carbon management startup Clear Standards. The move is a game-changer for big software firms that have been eying the carbon management market, for startups that have been working on competitive products, and for industries outside of cleantech that have been unsure whether or not to bank on the price of carbon.
Notable Observation: “In the context of software, the word Enterprise has now officially come to mean software that sucks. Enterprise Software hit…
While the Waxman-Markey energy and climate bill is being fiercely debated right now, some form of carbon regulation will be implemented in…
AT&T (s T) said today that it plans to spend $1 billion this year on delivering all-IP networks to business customers and…
Chemical giant BASF and a small specialty chemicals company in Skokie, Ill., called Polyera Corp. have come up with a new type…
I entertain no illusions when it comes to my reaction time. I won’t be catching any katana blades between my hands, that’s…
Smart energy has become a household term, but smart energy technology still has a long road ahead before it actually reaches most U.S. households. However, the residential market is ripe with opportunities (and challenges) for both established and new technology innovators to revolutionize the ways in which we use energy.
Forrester Research recently sent us a copy of “It’s Time To Take Games Seriously,” an overview of the burgeoning “serious games” industry.…
Platform-as-a-service provider Rollbase launched today, marketing its offerings as web-based software geared toward small- and medium-sized businesses. While the PaaS terminology conjures…
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