Stories by Chris Kanaracus

Oracle says state wanted to take 'unacceptable risk' with health care website transition

The blame game between Oracle and the state of Oregon is going into overtime, even before their dueling lawsuits over the disastrous Cover Oregon health insurance exchange website make it into court.

EMC buys controlling interest in VCE, its joint venture with Cisco

EMC has confirmed it will purchase the bulk of Cisco's stake in VCE, the companies' joint venture in converged infrastructure products.

SAP offering customers 'simpler' way to buy its Hana in-memory platform

SAP is hoping a new set of programs, services and policies will help rev up sales of its Hana in-memory database and computing platform.

Rimini Street's practices remain 'suspect,' Oracle alleges

Oracle isn't satisfied that Rimini Street's new procedures for third-party support for Oracle software are legal, a stance that could further extend the companies' long-running intellectual property lawsuit.

Oracle database certifications aren't 'permanent' anymore

Oracle is requiring database administrators to upgrade their certifications if the ones they hold are for older versions of its platform.

SAP looks to long-time ally IBM for help expanding in the Cloud

SAP's Hana Enterprise Cloud service will be made available through IBM's global Cloud infrastructure, in a move that expands options for customers around the world who are considering moving their business applications off-premises to the Cloud.

SAP gives on-premises software customers assurances, even as it pushes the cloud

SAP may be trying to become a big player in cloud-based business software, but most of its customers run their applications on-premises and many have no plans to move them into the cloud anytime soon.

Salesforce.com gives mobile app development a 'Lightning' strike

Salesforce.com's development platform is known for its ability to create new apps quickly and easily, but with the launch of Lightning, both business users and programmers can get in on the fun.

Salesforce and Microsoft partnership gains some steam

Salesforce.com and Microsoft's budding partnership has yet to produce everything the companies promised in their product-integration announcement earlier this year, but more specific delivery dates have been revealed.

Salesforce unveils Wave, its play in Cloud analytics

The knock against Salesforce.com has long been for its lack of robust analytics, but the company is hoping to change that perception and challenge the competition with Wave, its sixth discrete Cloud service.

What to expect at Salesforce.com's Dreamforce

It's just days until Salesforce.com's massive Dreamforce event in San Francisco, where CEO Marc Benioff and celebrity guests will hold forth before an expected 140,000 attendees. While that number is arguably inflated by the fact that Salesforce provides free access to keynotes, the show is nonetheless important for the cloud software industry. Here's a look at what to expect.

Microsoft looks to poach Salesforce.com customers with aggressive pricing

Microsoft has created an aggressively priced CRM Online product bundle that includes both Office 365 and its Power BI tool, in a bid to steal customers away from rival Salesforce.com.

SAP, Versata settle $391 million patent litigation

SAP and Versata Software have abruptly settled a long-running patent dispute that dates back to 2007, and of late had SAP facing the prospect of paying a US$391 million judgment.

Salesforce launches 'reimagined' customer-service, sales software

Salesforce.com has given its customer-support and sales software new names and announced a slew of additional features in advance of its annual Dreamforce event, which kicks off next week in San Francisco.

HP Enterprise: What to watch

Hewlett-Packard's move to break up the company sets up the enterprise side of the business for a fresh attack on rivals such as Oracle and IBM.