SAP reported a 4 per cent year-on-year increase in net income for the second quarter, even as revenue dropped 10 per cent. The company is now more optimistic about its prospects for the full year, but despite the improved profitability, will continue to keep a tight rein on costs, it said Wednesday.
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IBM has agreed to acquire SPSS, a Chicago-based analytics software specialist, the companies said on Tuesday.
SAP plans to buy SAF Simulation, Analysis and Forecasting, a Swiss developer of retail forecasting software.
SAP users have begun measuring the performance of key aspects of their ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems as part of a benchmarking process agreed to with user groups. In April, SAP agreed to delay an increase in the cost of its Enterprise Support service, and to make future increases conditional on meeting certain targets for performance and customer satisfaction.
Forget 24/7 availability: By 2013, telecommunications operators will deliver at least 48 hours of Internet connectivity to their customers, every day of the week, according to a study by Cisco Systems.
Alcatel-Lucent has reported a 2.8 percent fall in first quarter revenue in Asia Pacific, (649 million Euros down from 668 million Euros).
A year after buying low-power processor designer PA Semi, Apple is looking for yet more chip design expertise.
SAP reported first quarter net income down 16 percent year on year, and revenue down 3 percent, as customers remain reluctant to spend on new software.
There was no dawn raid by police to seize patent-infringing MP3 players at this year's Cebit trade show -- but behind the scenes, haggling over technology licensing continued.
Philips Electronics will include the cost of recycling its products in their retail prices in three countries that don't yet mandate recycling of waste electronic equipment, it said on Wednesday.
Support for cloud computing will be a major feature of the October release of Ubuntu, the Linux distribution maintained by Canonical, company CEO Mark Shuttleworth announced in an e-mail to the Ubuntu developers mailing list on Friday.
LG Electronics CEO Skott Ahn had a little time on his hands before the company's news conference at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday, so he called up his buddy Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, for a video chat on a prototype wristwatch phone.
Motorola reported a net loss of US$3.6 billion, or $1.57 per share, for the fourth quarter, attributing much of it to tax charges and goodwill write-downs.
The decline in semiconductor sales accelerated in November, an industry body reported Friday.
Nokia reported third-quarter earnings down 28 percent on a year earlier, and revenue down 5 percent. Its share of the mobile phone market slipped too.
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