Microsoft: No ERP buys planned
Microsoft Corp., with its hands full integrating its Dynamics ERP line, does not plan to acquire any of the smaller vendors competing with the software giant in the mid-market area, a senior executive said. The executive said acquisitions are not in the plan, adding Microsoft feels it has the technology it needs. Microsoft sees double-digit growth from medium-size businesses for ERP applications, which can manage anything from payroll to inventory. The company faces competition from SAP AG and Oracle Corp., enterprise vendors that are also moving into the mid-market, in addition to the local companies that have traditionally produced ERP software.
Salesforce.com adds CMS service
Hosted CRM apps provider Saleforce.com has unveiled a new content management service (CMS) for creating and managing both structured and unstructured data. The new Apex Content service is based on technology created by Koral, a San Francisco-based content collaboration software provider Salesforce.com acquired last month. Salesforce.com said the new service can help users share Microsoft Word documents, HTML pages, e-mails and audio and video files easily through the enterprise, expanding its push into the Web 2.0 business. Last month, Salesforce.com unveiled AppSpace, an on-demand portal offering.
BEA gets soa governance help
Offering greater control over SOA, BEA Systems has enlisted AmberPoint to provide SOA runtime governance capabilities to users of BEA’s middleware. BEA will rebrand and resell the AmberPoint SOA Management System. It will be renamed AquaLogic SOA Management and serve as an expansion of the BEA AquaLogic product family. The AmberPoint technology will provide policy management, discovery, dependency tracking, and service-level and exception management. BEA will support the product for its customers. Plans also call for fitting the product with a BEA installer. The AmberPoint technology utilizes a policy-based approach to managing loosely coupled systems, BEA said.