Stories by Stacy Cowley

Sonicwall buys two companies to expand SMB line

Security appliance maker SonicWall has acquired data backup technology maker Lasso Logic and the assets of remote access developer EnKoo, the company said Monday. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

CA asks customers to believe again

Computer Associates' turbulent past is claiming a final victim: the company's name. From now on, the software vendor wants to be known only by its longtime nickname: CA.

Siebel, Oracle sooth worried customers

Siebel Chief Executive Officer George Shaheen shared the stage with a group of Oracle executives Monday at Oracle's OpenWorld conference, a tableau Oracle President Charles Phillips joked that attendees likely never expected to see.

Sage releases Act 2006

Sage Software released a new version of Act on Tuesday, a step toward what the company says will now be annual overhauls of its nearly 20-year-old contact management software.

Sunny result as Adobe unfurls Macromedia umbrella

As it prepares to swallow Macromedia, Adobe has reassured its investors by turning in a solid second-quarter financial result. Revenue and income hit expectations and sales are reportedly on target around the world.

Free Axapta toolkit for MS partners

Microsoft has purchased a toolkit intended to simplify deployment of Microsoft's Axapta software for managing finances, employees, supply chains and other business resources. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Siebel looks to verticals to spur OnDemand growth

Siebel Systems is continuing its push into the market for hosted business applications, launching on Tuesday four vertically tailored editions of its CRM (customer relationship management) OnDemand software. The company also released the sixth update to its year-old OnDemand application, adding new territory management and desktop software integration features.

Swallowing PeopleSoft won't be easy

NEW YORK - PeopleSoft's acceptance of an Oracle takeover finally ends 18 months of uncertainty for both companies' customers, but opens new challenges for the victor. As Oracle embarks on one of the software industry's largest acquisitions in history, it needs to prove it can chew what it has bitten off.

Oracle president avoids controversy

Oracle President Charles Phillips opened Oracle's largest user show to date with a keynote address that avoided controversial topics like Oracle's hostile bid for PeopleSoft and focused instead on a high level overview of Oracle's vision for flexible, integrated IT systems.

IBM to market Sybase Linux database

IBM and Sybase have teamed to add support for Sybase's database software on IBM's eServer OpenPower Linux servers. The two companies said they will jointly sell and market their products.

NetSuite, Oracle end licensing deal

Oracle and hosted ERP (enterprise resource planning) software vendor NetSuite have ended a licensing agreement that allowed NetSuite to use Oracle's name to brand its small-business applications bundle.

CA scandal raises tough questions

FOLLOWING a wave of indictments this month that netted guilty pleas to securities fraud and other charges from several former finance executives at Computer Associates International (CA), speculation is turning to the fate of the company's chief executive officer (CEO).