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1) SAP to double programming staff in India: German software maker SAP plans to hire 1,900 software programmers to
work in its Bangalore, India, development center by the end of 2006,
the company said Tuesday.
2) IBM touts new 'aspect' for software coding: IBM plans to bring a software development technique that has been the
subject of theoretical work for years to commercial products this
year and next.
3) Shai Agassi's passion -- NetWeaver: When SAP executive board member Shai Agassi talks about SAP
NetWeaver, he speaks of miracles, Red Seas parting and a new belief
system. On the eve of SAP NetWeaver 2004 announcement last week,
Agassi talked with SearchSAP.com about why he thinks SAP NetWeaver
can change the IT world.
5) Software Review: SAP Business One : SAP has packaged its core applications in a flexible, capable product
that makes sense for small and medium businesses struggling to make
the best use of their business information. While SAP Business One
isn't cheap -- U.S. $3,750 per user -- it delivers strong value for
7) Oracle to move software development to India from California, Sydney, Dublin: "The benefit of moving work from our other international centers to
India is not only in terms of cost but also because of the superior
quality of services we get," the paper quoted Keith Budge [ Oracle's
regional managing director for South Asia ] as saying.
8) India to become global hub for mission critical work: Gates: BANGALORE: Microsoft chief Bill Gates said on Wednesday that India
was on course to become a global hub for 'mission critical activity'
in software as it was increasingly earning a reputation for its
quality work and delivery on time.
9) IBM'S Gerstner Says Company Was Close to Buying SAP - in 1996: International Business Machines Corp. came close to buying Germany's
SAP AG, the biggest maker of business software, in 1996, the
Financial Times reported, citing IBM Chairman Lou Gerstner's
book "Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?"
IBM had recently acquired Lotus Development Corp., another business
software company, and was poised to buy SAP when Gerstner, who was
then chief executive officer, vetoed the transaction and instead took
IBM out of the business software business, the newspaper said.
11) Ways to win, lose at SAP game: ...No SAP user expects to be able to go live, and thrive, without
mistakes. More often than not, it's the fault of an IT team, and not
the SAP software, when projects go awry, according to many experts...
12) SAP has the last laugh - Tech News - CNET.com: As SAP, Europe's biggest software maker, marks its 30th anniversary
this week, its combative chief executive has cause for a certain
satisfaction. Throughout the rise of the New Economy bubble in late
1999 and 2000, CEO Hasso Plattner had to battle charges that SAP was
a dinosaur left behind in the explosive growth of the Internet. The
company, which Plattner created with four colleagues from IBM, had
made its name with big corporate planning systems that were a byword
for technical excellence and user unfriendliness, requiring armies of
consultants and months of preparation to make them work.
13) ERP II SAP/Oracle Escalation Wake-up Call: Some enterprises with large-scale SAP/Oracle systems have experienced
an Oracle DBMS bug, which has exposed problems with the vendors'
support escalation processes. In the complex world of ERP II,
enterprises with large-scale implementations are likely to experience
difficulties that expose flaws in vendors' support and quality
assurance processes. Therefore, enterprises should become more
proactive with respect to their system support and management. The
critical support and escalation issues illustrated by the Oracle DBMS
bug will have major ramifications on the credibility of the ERP II
Unix market to support large-scale business operations.
14) SAPís Application Server Move Will Be "Massively Unsuccessful": Speaking at Information Age's Collaborative Commerce conference in
London (Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2002), Fred Meyer (chief product strategist
at application integration vendor Tibco) outlined the role of
packaged applications such as SAP's enterprise resource planning
(ERP) suite, mySAP.com, in the future of Web services. "There will
still be a role for packaged applications behind the firewall," says
Meyer, "but the complexity of these systems makes it impossible to
build exhaustive integration across applications. The SAP mindset is
that "we own this world so you can't touch this," which is why [the
move into application development] will be massively unsuccessful."
15) vnunet.com: SAP will back .Net: German software giant SAP AG said it would back both Microsoft's .Net
strategy and rival Sun Microsystems' Java technology, rebutting
reports this week that SAP would give its full backing to the Sun
platform.SAP North American spokesperson Bill Wohl said a lot of
interest had been created by the inaccurate and incomplete newspaper
story. "We've spent the last 24 hours trying to balance it."
According to Wohl, the UK's Financial Times got the story wrong; they
relied on the wrong sources.
16) Line56.com: SAP Denies FT Report on .Net : SAP denied a report in today's edition of The Financial Times that
CEO Hasso Plattner will announce that his company will choose Sun's
J2EE architecture over rival Microsoft's .Net platform. "The
Financial Times coverage was just wrong," says Bill Wohl, North
American spokesman at SAP. "For the last eight months, Mr. Plattner
has talked about SAP's strategy of openness. And next Tuesday, we'll
announce our next generation technology architecture... that will
support .Net, J2EE and much more."
17) Magician Loses Its Sparkling Touch: SAP, Europe's largest software maker, had been doing so well this
year that it was starting to look more like the work of black magic
than skilful management. That, at least, was the impression until
recently when it became the last sizeable player in its devastated
sector to issue a profit warning. No longer under the spell, analysts
are now wondering whether the warning was a blip or the prelude to
more serious problems for the German group. At the very least, they
say, the episode has pointed to serious weaknesses that must be
addressed quickly. One of them lies in SAP's handling of its last
results announcement, which not only irritated investors but also
fanned fears the group may have lost "visibility" on developments in
its market...As Mr Ashton puts it: "You can have the biggest firework in the
world, it is no good if you do not have the audience."
18) SAP Chooses Sun Micro Platform Over Microsoft : SAP, Europe's biggest software group, has decided not to use
Microsoft's .Net software platform and is instead backing a competing
offering from Sun Microsystems. Hasso Plattner, SAP chief executive,
will announce next week that the German group is to adopt Sun's J2EE
architecture, a development platform for enterprise software based on
the Java programming language, to run SAP software. SAP's move is
likely to be a blow to Microsoft, as the German group has one of the
largest customer bases of any business software developer.
20) SAP India To Double Staff: Despite the general economic slowdown, SAP India , the local arm of
the German software giant, plans to double its employee strength in
India over the next 12 months. SAP India has an employee strength of
around 520 and plans to increase this number to about 1,000 within
the next year, said Zia Yusuf, managing director, SAPMarkets, Asia-
Pacific solutions. It has plans to increase its presence in India to
cater to the growing market.
21) historia : With this application, you don't write your story chronologically,
from beginning to end. You write your story one memory at a time. The
application takes care of inserting the memory on your 'memory map'
based on the date it took place
22) Microsoft shows off research goodies - Tech News - CNET.com: Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on Wednesday demonstrated technologies
for transcribing spoken Chinese, making handheld computers aware of
when they're being touched and moved, and adding emotion to computer
slide shows. At an event recognizing the 10th anniversary of
Microsoft Research, Gates indulged his fondness for technology,
raising hopes for a world where computers will become more
useful. "The message you'll get is one of incredible optimism," he
said as he described Microsoft's vision for its research labs.
23) Hewlett-Packard to Buy Rival Compaq -NYT: Computer giant Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE:HWP - news) will announce on Tuesday it is buying rival Compaq Computer Corp. (NYSE:CPQ - news) for $25 billion in stock, The New York Times reported on Monday evening, citing executives close to the negotiations.
While an agreement had been reached in the acquisition, specific
terms were not disclosed, according to the newspaper. However, a
premium is being offered for Compaq's stock, The New York Times
24) New software lets managers search e-mail | Computerworld News & Features Story: Managers everywhere will soon have the power to remotely look through
employee e-mail boxes, search for common words and even delete
employee e-mail without notification, thanks to software from
MicroData Software Inc. Version 2 of the software, called "Cameo," is
scheduled to be released next week. Cameo is a rules-based system
that allows managers or administrators using Microsoft Corp. Exchange
5.5 or Exchange 2000 e-mail servers to block, delete, search and
automatically route e-mail, MicroData said.
25) Primer - Getting ino the semantic web and RDF using N3: The world of the semantic web, as based on RDF, is really simple at
the base. This article shows you how to get started. It uses a
simplified teaching language -- Notation 3 or N3 -- which is
basically equivalent to RDF in its XML syntax, but easier to scribble
when getting started.
26) ZDNet: Sm@rt Partner - Answerthink acquires SAP expertise: ...Roughly 60 SAP gurus will move from Condor to Answerthink. Each
SAP team member has an average of 15 years' consulting experience and
more than six years of implementation experience, according to
28) Life On The Internet: Could Blogging Assist KM?: But what if the two Ė blogging and KM Ė got together? That is, what if we took the technology that allows Bloggers to quickly annotate their journeys through the web with information about the whys and wherefores with a KM system that allowed their organizational colleagues to use the weblogs as a source of expertise? Consider:
-- If experts could use blogging software that was part of their normal work environment, probably part of their browser, to note and annotate web sites they wanted to share as part of their area of expertise (note the expert decides what to share, avoiding privacy problems);
30) Eric Schmidt\'s lucky search - Tech News - CNET.com: How much better can search technology become?
There are lots of ways. Let me give you an example: If you write a story and it goes up on the Web and gets onto Google in the next couple of days. Wouldn't you like it to be accessible right now?
We'd like Google to be real time. You make a change (to the Web) and
it goes up immediately.
The company, Pizza Station, is dishing out an offer which promises to whet the appetite of all pizza lovers and then some: "Buy a pizza and get free wireless broadband".
"We think it's a tremendous value proposition... I think we will sell a lot of pizza," said its director of systems and finance Nicholas Iverson.
firstname.lastname@example.org, Prague CZ * tel/mobil +420 (0)603 706 558 "success is getting what you want & happiness is wanting what you get" http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/99/01/biztech/articles/17drop.html
32) Metafilter | Comments on 9305: Don't spend their childhoods praising your daughters for being pretty
and your sons for being smart. If you can, avoid praising your
daughters in an excessive manner for passive behaviour - ie, when you
are telling your friends about how great your kids are, in front of
your kids, find something fabulous your daughter has done other than
sit quietly, play quietly, and keep her clothes neat.
34) ZDNet: Enterprise: Microsoft: Big plans for Great Plains: Microsoft to rewrite Great Plains' apps in two years in C#. It's a
familiar scenario: Microsoft Corp. settles into an inauspicious
market toehold as competitors pay no heed Ė only to wake a few years
later to find themselves obscured by the company's long shadow. It
happened with Windows and Office. Now, the plan is to make it happen
with Great Plains Software Inc.'s business applications. The software
became part of Microsoft's portfolio when it acquired Great Plains
this year. "All the business software in the world will be
replaced," said Microsoft VP David Vaskevitch, the mastermind
behind the acquisition. "It will be a 10-, 15-, even a 20-year
process. You can rewrite SAP [AG], but it will be 10 times easier to
rewrite Great Plains."
35) Fluency - Foreign Language Learning - What is fluency?: One of the questions* that I get asked all the time is How long will
it take me to speak French fluently? Unfortunately, the answer to
this question is difficult for several reasons:
There's no universal definition of fluency
Every person has a different language-learning potential
It depends a great deal on where and how one studies
* Wondering what the other questions are? Read my FAQ.
This article is an attempt to provide you with some information about
these issues - the what, when, where, and how of fluency - so that
you can determine your own "fluency potential." :-)
36) I2 Technologies lays off 587 workers: Struggling business-to-business and supply-chain software vendor i2 Technologies Inc. said it's laying off another 10% of its workforce, or 587 workers, in order to become profitable. It is the second round of layoffs for the Dallas-based company in the past four months. Like other business-to-business vendors, i2 is being hit by a slowdown in the economy and lower-than-expected sales. Furthermore, on Monday, i2 announced the departure of Reagan Lancaster, the company's president of worldwide field operations.
me : It is strange - these laying off numbers... - what were these
587 doing last week and who will do it next week !!!
37) Professor Who Once Found Isolation Online Has a Change of Heart: Three years ago, Robert Kraut, a professor at Carnegie Mellon
University, released a shocking study of the Internet's impact.
According to his findings, heavy Internet users reported increases in
loneliness and depression and saw the size of their social networks
decline over time. Could the Internet ó a presumed tool of
connectivity and community ó actually be causing people to feel more
isolated and alone? Now Dr. Kraut is causing a stir yet again. He has
new data from a more recent survey that in many respects contradicts
his original research. Following up with the subjects of his first
study, he found that the symptoms of depression had declined and that
loneliness no longer appeared to be significantly associated with
38) InternetNews - ASP News -- Summer of Love Among ERP Rivals?: One of the more startling innovations that SAP failed to announce at
its most recent SAPPHIRE user conference came in a presentation that
showed the unshowable: a heterogeneous environment that included SAP
and, in full, copyrighted glory, the logos of its two archrivals,
Oracle and PeopleSoft. The message was almost revolutionary. SAP will
actively support integration with non-SAP applications, including
those from its most bitter competitors. An unwritten rule has
dominated the enterprise software market since punch card days: deny
the existence of competing products and, against all evidence to the
contrary, promote the idea that customers can and will standardize on
a single enterprise vendor to run their myriad business processes.
39) BBC News | AMERICAS | US rejects germ warfare plan: The United States has refused to sign up to an international agreement designed to enforce a ban on the use of biological weapons. Washington's representative to the United Nations-sponsored talks in Geneva said the US was unable to support the draft accord - the result of years of debate - because it would not achieve its goals and would hurt American interests.
The message that goes out now is that the world does not care about
biological weapons - the most dangerous kind of all
Biological weapons expert
Donald Mahley said: "In our assessment, the draft protocol would put
national security and confidential business information at risk."
40) How many ways can you skin a cow? In Hindu India, there are plenty: ERODE, INDIA, July 19, 2001: To Western companies operating in India,
cow is a sacred. But nothing is so straightforward in India. India is
actually a major producer and consumer of leather, and only some of
from goat, sheep and buffalo. With a population that is an estimated
Hindu, India slaughters 14 million cattle a year, making it the
fifth most active cattle killer, according to the United Nations Food
Agriculture Organization. Government tax breaks have helped make
all kinds one of India's biggest exports. But it takes some effort to
accommodate business and religion when it comes to cowhide. The Hindu
religion forbids eating beef and slaughtering cows, but permits
hide of a ''fallen'' cow, or one that has died naturally. Central
Research Institute in Madras' executive director, T. Ramasami, says
is just a by-product of cows that are slaughtered for
meat. ''Economics are
a reason cows became sacred, as one cow provided milk for an entire
Economics change faster than religious beliefs," he says.
41) Economist.com : Big is Beautiful again: Suddenly, scale matters in the high-tech world. This story looks at
the new vogue for big firms. Bosses of big high-tech companies have
every reason to turn to prayer these days. One after another they are
announcing dismal results. In spite of the bad news, big is starting
to look beautiful again in the computer industry. Witness SAP, a
large German software firm. Only a year ago, it was considered a has-
been. Now the pendulum is swinging back. On July 19th, it announced
second-quarter net profits 24% up on the same quarter last year.
Customers, saturated with reports of dot-com deaths, are turning back
to established companies such as SAP, as well as to Oracle and
IBM. "I call this 'the return of gravity'," says Hasso Plattner,
SAPís chief executive.
42) Customer Notes: How to speed up development: Here is an e-mail UserLand just got from a developer at a large
I think I'm finally starting to really "get" Frontier/Manila, and I
have to say "holy automation, Batman!" One of the things I'm
implementing is a registration system for an internal conference my
department is organizing. There I was figuring out how to create a
new database table for registrants, designing HTML forms for signing
up, and so on, when I realized that all I had to do was create a
whole new site and turn "join" into "register" on that site, and
everything's done! Even the design was done, as everything I've done
for the main site can be reused. So instead of a week's work, it's
all done in minutes.
Our old site was created using Microsoft IIS, Visual InterDev, ASP
and all the rest of it, and it took 3 months to implement, two people
to administer, contributors had to download templates (which
were .asp pages) and try to carefully write in between the right
tags -- and after that (obviously) didn't work, we had to hire an
editor. The estimate for the conference registration system was two
solid months of coding.
43) Weblogging: Another Kind of Website: One day in mid-March 2000 Raymond Yee of the Interactive University
 thought it would be a good idea to buy and experiment with
Manila, a web server application capable of supporting literally
thousands of weblog websites. A bargain-priced education license was
purchased, and Catherine Yoes downloaded and installed it on a rather
ordinary NT server. Within weeks the IU experienced a revolutionary
change in thinking about what a website is, how they're hosted, what
they're used for, how they're built, and who owns them. A year and a
half later all of the IU's websites are being produced using weblog
technology, our team communications and sharing has been vitally
enhanced, a number of our team members are regularly writing on the
web, as are many of our University/K-12 projects and the K-12
teachers we work with.
44) Line56.com | Lead Story: Commerce One Posts $2BN Loss: Commerce One has announced an alarming U.S. $2 billion loss for its
second quarter, the bulk derived from non-cash charges of $1.7
billion resulting from "the impairment of intangible assets and
equity investments," and a restructuring charge of U.S. $62 million.
One analyst observes "Theyíve been pretty low to the ground in terms
of making a market. Iíve been waiting for them to propel themselves.
The curious thing here is that, in terms of being acquired, it
doesn't look at this point as if SAP is in a position to acquire
them. Commerce One might not be such a strategic purchase at this
45) SAP Devouring Stars of Dot-Com Era: SAP AG (SAPG.DE) is taking share from rivals across a range of market
segments and has surged to become the top supplier of the software
businesses use to manage suppliers and purchasing, Co-Chief Executive
Hasso Plattner said on Thursday.
Speaking in the vindicated tone of an industry veteran still wounded
by previous criticism that Europe's largest software maker had
``missed the Internet,'' Plattner said in an interview that SAP has
recaptured the momentum smaller players once had.
``Hype, vision and perception are losing. Deliverables, execution and
reality are winning among customers these days,'' Plattner told
Reuters following a news conference at SAP's global marketing
headquarters. ``We give customers confidence.''
46) Jarrett House North : Apple: How to bury an important announcement: XML-RPC is a universal protocol that works over the web that
describes how applications talk to one another.
48) SAP: The Once and Future King : The empire strikes back: SAP has long been the lion king within the enterprise firewall. But
over the last two years a host of startups have challenged SAP to
clearly articulate the way in which it would leverage e-Business
technologies to automate the processes that extend beyond the
firewall ó connecting the enterprise with its supplier partners and
customers. SAPís SAPPHIRE meeting in Orlando in mid-June signaled the
re-emergence of the dominant enterprise application software vendor
after a short period of partial eclipse. The well-orchestrated
meeting showcased SAPís strong vision of the future of enterprise
applications. The story was compelling, leading us to believe that
this lion isnít quite ready to cede its hegemony.
49) CNN.com - SAP net profits jumps 78 percent despite slowdown - Jul. 19, 2001: Europe's largest software company SAP shrugged off the global
economic slowdown by posting a 78% jump in Q2 net profits. SAP
achieved its better-then-expected results against a background of an
economic slowdown and lower corporate spending, particularly in the
U.S., and as technology companies on both sides of the Atlantic
reduced profit forecasts. SAP has benefited from its large base of
existing customers and increasingly wide acceptance of its mySAP.com
e-business product. After a difficult two-year transition period, SAP
has emerged as one of the dominant forces in Internet-based business-
50) Study for Philip Morris found smokers\' early deaths helped Czech finances - Jul. 16, 2001: Jim: 'No amount of sarcasm can trump how disgusting this is.'