Oracle hits at SAP with $1.9B purchase of Canada-born Taleo

Oracle Corp.is buying cloud-based talent management and employee recruitment software vendor Taleo for roughly US$1.9 billion, the company announced Thursday. The move comes shortly after SAP's move to acquire SuccessFactors, a close competitor

Published on: February 9th, 2012 Chris Kanaracus

When selling yourself as faster and cheaper is no longer enough: Part 2

By Francis Moran and Leo Valiquette In Part 1, we introduced Host Analytics, an enterprise software vendor that delivers a suite of corporate performance management (CPM) tools through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. We discussed

Published on: January 18th, 2012 Francis Moran

When selling yourself as faster and cheaper is no longer enough: Part 1

By Francis Moran and Leo Valiquette In the past two months, Oracle has agreed to purchase RightNow Technologies for $1.4 billion, SAP has taken SuccessFactors for $3.4 billion, and IBM is buying DemandTec for $440 million.

Published on: January 16th, 2012 Francis Moran

World’s top tech stories for 2011

In 2011, the increasingly mobile and socially networked world of technology became more intertwined than ever with politics and the law. Patent wars shaped competition in tablets and smartphones, hacktivists attacked a widening

Published on: December 14th, 2011 Marc Ferranti

Microsoft drops mandatory camera from Windows Phone 7 specs

Microsoft quietly downgraded the hardware requirements for its Windows Phone 7 operating system in late September to make optional the inclusion of cameras in mobiles using the operating system. The move came just

Published on: November 8th, 2011 John P. Mello Jr.

HR managers are buying into the cloud

Headhunters are heading for the cloud. Over half of human resource managers polledin a new global survey are using orplan to adopt software as a service (SaaS) this year, according to astudy by

Published on: September 23rd, 2011 Christine Wong

Video Rewind: Oracle announces Amazon partnership

Amazon's cloud platform suffered a brief service outage earlier this week when a lightning strike in Dublin impacted its power systems. The outage affected customers with Web-facing products such as Layar and Foursquare,

Published on: August 11th, 2011 ITBusiness Staff

Amazon extends EC2 cloud with Oracle CRM and ERP

Amazon has brought a fleet of major PeopleSoft and JD Edward applications to its Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) service, following a promise in September to do so.The new services are certified by Oracle.

Published on: December 21st, 2010 Keir Thomas

10 tech predictions for 2011

We were wrong -- so far -- that Carol Bartz would be ousted as Yahoo CEO by the end of this year, but we were right that Apple's tablet, whose name wasn't known

Published on: December 21st, 2010 Nancy Weil

9 biggest tech stories of 2009

The Great Recession cast a shadow on all sectors of the economy in 2009. IT fared better than most, however, and the slump did not curb the dynamic nature of the industry. Acquisitions

Published on: December 10th, 2009 Marc Ferranti

Killing off products after mergers causing huge problems for users

Gregg Davis, CIO at Webcor Builders Inc., became concerned last fall when Oracle Corp. bought Primavera Systems Inc., because Webcor was a heavy user of Primavera's SureTrak construction scheduling software. Sure enough, once

Published on: June 17th, 2009 Eric Lai

Sun set – reminiscing about Sun Microsystems before Oracle’s acquisition

So I think I may have been in mourning last week. A little, at least. I'm going to miss Sun Microsystems.I wrote a big post full of doom and gloom for the Oracle

Published on: April 29th, 2009 Paul Venezia

Ballmer befuddled, SMB market watchers buoyant about Oracle-Sun merger

The news may have befuddled Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and blindsided IBM, but Oracle Corp.'s decision to acquire Sun Microsystems for US$7.4 billion has been mostly welcomed by SMB market watchers in Canada.It

Published on: April 21st, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes and Brian Jackson

Oracle adds Sun to long list of recent acquisitions

Oracle hasn't been shy in recent years about snapping up other companies, including big-name outfits such as BEA Systems, PeopleSoft and Siebel Systems. SLIDE SHOW:Oracles 5 industry shaking moves Here's a quick rundown

Published on: April 21st, 2009 Bob Brown