Stories by Peter Sayer

SAP predicts brighter future as Q2 profits rise

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.

SAP benchmarking programme begins tracking first KPIs

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.

Ubuntu will target cloud computing with October release

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 shows off Arena smartphone, video watch phone

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.