Stories by Chris Kanaracus

Study: US IT wages held steady in early '09

A new survey by the Philadelphia IT outsourcing firm Yoh finds that U.S. tech wages remained fairly steady during the first quarter of this year, indicating some level of stability in hiring patterns even as the global economic recession continues.

NetSuite, ex-reseller locked in ugly legal battle

In colorful evidence of the competitive atmosphere SaaS (software as a service) poses for vendors and resellers, NetSuite and a Miami company named Skyytek -- a former NetSuite "partner of the year" -- are embroiled in a legal battle, with both sides claiming the other used disparaging remarks to convince customers to switch allegiances.

New NetSuite edition focuses on financials

NetSuite is making a fresh run at rivals like Sage and Microsoft with a new application that focuses on financials, versus the full breadth of its on-demand suite, which also includes CRM (customer relationship management) and e-commerce components.

SAP CTO: Our customers are creating 'cloud economies'

SAP is already a major player in the cloud computing world because its customers are using their ERP (enterprise resource planning) implementations to create "cloud economies" that expose system data to customers and partners, chief technology officer Vishal Sikka [cq] said Tuesday during a keynote address at the Interop conference in Las Vegas.

SAP: BI tool will help create 'clear enterprises'

Companies must achieve "clarity" to navigate out of the global recession and SAP intends to help them with its BI (business intelligence) and ERP (enterprise resource planning) software, co-CEO Leo Apotheker said during the opening keynote of SAP's Sapphire conference in Orlando Tuesday.

Sun shareholders file lawsuits over Oracle buy

Sun Microsystems shareholders filed three separate lawsuits last month in an effort to halt the company's pending sale to Oracle, according to a filing Sun made with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday. The suits, filed in Santa Clara County, California, superior court, name Sun, some of its officials and Oracle as defendants, according to the filing. All three actions are aimed at blocking the US$7.4 billion sale, alleging the price tag is "unfair and inadequate". They also allege "claims for breach of fiduciary duty against the individual defendants and for aiding and abetting a breach of fiduciary duty against the corporate defendants," the filing states. The defendants have yet to file answers to the complaints, according to Sun. Oracle announced its plans to buy Sun in April, after reported talks between IBM and Sun fizzled. An Oracle spokeswoman declined to comment on the suits, but provided a statement saying that Sun had disclosed its potential violations of the FCPA prior to the acquisition agreement. More information about the lawsuits is available at various websites, including pr-inside.

Report: Sun still open to an IBM bid

Sun Microsystems would be willing to revive acquisition talks with IBM if the latter company "makes a stronger commitment to complete the purchase," according to a Bloomberg News report Thursday.