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1) BBC News | BUSINESS | Group hugs increase profits: Giving your colleagues a hug first thing in the morning really can
boost profits, judging by the experiences of one company. Workers at
Farrelly Facilities and Engineering begin and end the day with an
embrace. It's produced a happier workforce. Since they started this
routine, at the end of 1999, profits at the heating and air
conditioning business have more than doubled. One of the directors,
John Farrelly, told BBC News Online that none of the 50 workers was
forced to cuddle.
2) 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.
3) 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.
4) SAP’s 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."
5) BizReport : Brits Do Their E-Shopping & E-Banking At Work: Internet usage figures published this morning show that the average
Brit seems to do a lot more than simply work at their place of
employment. Many, the NetValue analysis says, seem do a sizeable
amount of online shopping and banking during their working hours. The
October figures from the Internet research firm, which have just been
expanded to cover work and university Internet access, show that 7.8
million Brits - 25% of the workforce - now access the Net from their
place of employment. The problem, the research firm says, is that
many also access the Net during their normal working hours - i.e.,
when they should be working.
6) 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.
7) 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."
8) 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.
10) 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.
11) 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
12) Inside Job: Want to find one area where Internet technology is delivering more
than expected? Look within. Intranets are boosting efficiency and
creativity, and changing work patterns. Here are seven steps to the
13) Culture Shock: Traditional Cultural Patterns Surprise Product Developers : In yesterday’s one-size-fits-all world, a company could often migrate
something that was a hit in the U.S. or Europe by tweaking its
language and advertising and funneling a lot of money into local
marketing efforts. Germany’s Mercedes-Benz, for example, traded on
its reputation for building highly engineered automobiles to drive
into markets the world over. Japan’s Sony Corp. found that its knack
for building compact, economical, and reliable electronics, such as
the Walkman, struck a chord around the globe. Coca-Cola Co. and
Philip Morris’s Marlboro cigarettes traded on their "American-ness"
to create large foreign followings.
14) 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 – 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."
15) 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 !!!
16) 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.
17) 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,
SAP’s chief executive.
18) 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.''
19) IHT: Red Bull: Dot-Com Survival Soda: If Mountain Dew is the drink of geeks and Gatorade the elixir of
athletes, then Red Bull has emerged as the beverage of choice for dot-
commers fighting for survival. Techies swear by this caffeinated
drink of Thai origin. Red Bull's adherents, however, are too busy
fighting for their jobs to consider such scientific sour grapes.
Deadlines are approaching. Dot-coms are crashing everywhere. The soda
began appearing in the United States around 1997, just in time for
the dot-com frenzy that turned 80-hour work weeks and all-night
programming frenzies into a normal part of high-tech culture.
20) The 5 Keys to Supply Chain Success - In this section.... - CIO Magazine Jul 15,2001: Automating your supply chain is the most difficult software project you'll ever do.
1. Make the Sale to Suppliers 2. Wean Your Employees off the Phone and Fax 3. Prepare for Bad Information—At First 4. Fix the Supply Chain Connection to ERP 5. Defuse Functional Warfare
21) CNN.com - Facial-recognition tech has people pegged - July 17, 2001: Forget ID badges, passwords, and access cards. Pretty soon, to get in
and out of your office you might start using something you can't
forget or misplace: your face. Once the stuff of science fiction,
facial recognition technology has started to appear in real-life
buildings and public places. Setups consist of cameras that capture
images of people who pose or simply walk by, and software that
matches those pictures with those stored in a database. Electronic
readers can be affixed to entryways, keyboards, laptops, and mobile
22) Oracle to offer free online storage - Tech News - CNET.com: Oracle will soon launch a new online service that will store and
manage data for businesses. An Oracle executive said Tuesday that the
database software giant will launch later this year a new service ™
dubbed "Oracle Files Online" – that businesses can use to store their
corporate data. The service will be free for some levels of disk
storage space, but Oracle is leaving open the possibility that it
will charge for larger levels of storage. The new Internet service
will become the latest Web offering from Oracle, which pumped up its
online services, available on Oracle.com, last month with new
software for small businesses to manage and automate business
activities, such as sales, customer service,
23) Compaq makes move toward utility-based hardware services: Compaq on Tuesday became the latest major computer vendor to shift
its focus from standalone product sales to complete technology
solution offerings. The Houston-based company announced a change in
its sales strategy, pushing software, hardware, and services packages
to large corporate customers in a move to emphasize that it does more
than make hardware. Calling the initiative "Computing on Demand,"
Compaq will tie installation and technical support services to its
hardware sales of PCs, servers, storage, and handheld devices. This
means Compaq customers will no longer have to build and scale their
corporate IT networks with multiple product purchases.
24) ITtoolbox Portal for SAP News Headline : SAP Sees sales of CRM grow: Backed by a wealth of ERP system installations worldwide, SAP now
finds itself carving a sizable niche for its brand of CRM software in
Greater China. SAP officials said the company's first batch of CRM
projects in the mainland and Hong Kong leveraged its ERP
installations. Klaus Zimmer, president of SAP Greater China,
said: "What we are helping companies achieve with our combination of
business automation tools is to lay the groundwork for collaborative
business. SAP is taking advantage of the upswing in CRM spending. The
ERP giant reports sales of mySAP CRM jumping 50% since January this
year to bring the number of customers to more than 850 worldwide.
25) CNET.com - News - Investor - News - Story: SAP AG is expected to confirm its position among a dwindling number
of reliable performers in the European technology sector next week
with a sharp rise in second quarter results, analysts said.
26) On Trial : Are Tech Companies Destroying Morale? : On "trial": Adobe, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Lucent
Technologies, and Sun Microsystems. The charges: Ruining internal
morale with pay cuts, early retirement schemes, forced vacations and
corporate doublespeak; reducing strategic flexibility by hanging on
to too many workers or firing the best. The prosecution: Ladies and
gentlemen of the jury, this is a case about pain. Scared of the
financial, emotional, and legal pain of firing workers now and having
to hire and train more of them when the economy picks up again,
technology firms are doing whatever it takes to keep people on the
payroll. For more on this case, check out the article...
27) German union: Shun HP pay-cut plan - Tech News - CNET.com: A German union is encouraging Hewlett-Packard employees not
to go along with a voluntary cost-cutting plan that asks
them to take a pay cut or forfeit vacation days.
HP announced a program in June under which workers could
take a 10 percent pay cut through the end of October, take
eight days of vacation, or take a 5 percent cut and four
days of vacation. But the program was optional: Employees
could chose anonymously to keep their full pay and vacation
benefits without any repercussions, said spokeswoman
28) vnunet.com Dairy Crest cuts SAP out of its food chain: "SAP was at different stages of its implementation at
Unigate, and some functions had not yet been installed. But
Dairy Crest had fully implemented System 21 and Prism, and
we didn't want to create complex interfaces to SAP," said
29) SAP Evicts Cybersquatter: Invoking its trade dispute resolution power, the World
Intellectual Property Rights Organization (WIPO) has
ordered India-based cybersquatter Devinder Pal Singh Bhatia
to transfer the domain names Sapmaster.com and
Sapwizard.com to the German multinational e-business
concern, SAP AG.
30) ROI Versus Strategy: It’s no secret that the economic downturn has led
to scale back e-business rollouts and focus on those
provide a quick return on investment. But does the new
emphasis on targeted implementations come at the
a company’s larger strategic goals? And has the
landscape changed the horizon for B2B plans already
place? "The shift is show me the money," says Cap
Ernst and Young B2B strategy lead Rick Andrade. That
focusing on the short term, bringing strategy, thinking
money forward to produce something that Wall Street
your constituency is happy with.
31) 2001 Job Satisfaction Survey: Desperate for Direction: It's been a challenging year. The dot-com kingdom
under its own weight, and the economy took a turn for
worse. Layoffs and closings were the order of the day at
many companies. But even amid all the turmoil, IT
professionals have remained overwhelmingly positive
job security, access to new technologies and their
salaries, according to the results of Computerworld's
Annual Job Satisfaction Survey. First, the good news.
majority of this year's 779 respondents said they're
generally satisfied with their jobs.
32) BW Online | July 9, 2001 | Innovation Drought: From one entrepreneurial hotbed to the next are coming
tales of technological promise unfulfilled. From networking
and e-commerce to software and computer services, the
startups that have been fueling innovation around the globe
are being snuffed out. Certainly, many of the new companies
going belly-up deserve their fate. Did we really need the
perpetually whiney Suck.com? Or CD-World, the umpteenth
site selling music online? Still, the tech wreck is
wreaking havoc on more than just silly ideas. What's
getting thrown out these days is the baby, the bathwater,
and the basin too. "A couple years ago, even the bad ideas
were getting capital," says Bill Joy, chief scientist at
Sun Microsystems Inc. "Now, we have gone too far in the
other direction, shutting down investment in good ideas."