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IBM refocuses on governance, risk management

IBM unveiled several new and enhanced products on Tuesday, some incorporating technologies the company has bought, notably the Netcool software from its purchase of network management specialist Micromuse in February 2006.

IBM aims at midmarket appeal

IBM hopes to get more users interested in its midmarket family of products with the expansion of its Express Advantage programme outside of North America and the addition of new server, storage and software offerings.

Linux Foundation updates Linux Standard Base

The Linux Foundation updated its Linux Standard Base (LSB) server specification Monday to include new automated testing toolkits to make it easier to develop applications for different distributions of the open-source operating system.

SOA specs for submission to standards body

A group of 18 software vendors made good on their previous commitment to hand over service-oriented architecture specifications to standards bodies once those specifications, designed to make it easier for users to develop SOA-based applications, reach maturity.

Oracle in the 'Q3 pink'

Oracle reported third-quarter results on Tuesday that exceeded both the software vendor's and analysts' predictions.

Steve Ballmer talks up CRM Live

Microsoft demonstrated Dynamics Live CRM, its planned hosted customer relationship management software, during the Wednesday keynote given by CEO Steve Ballmer at its Convergence show in San Diego.

Microsoft 'ties down' back-end of Dynamics

Microsoft is set to unveil a new product designed to more tightly integrate its back-end Dynamics business applications with its desktop Office suite. It's an approach the vendor has already taken with applications rival SAP under their codeveloped Duet software.

Microsoft readies Forecaster 7.0

Microsoft will ship the next version of Forecaster, its midmarket budgeting and planning application, in early April, the first major release of the software since 2003.

Partners prompt Oracle's multicore price change

In response to requests from some of its distribution partners, Oracle has changed the licensing pricing for some of its lower-end multicore servers in order to be more competitive with database rival Microsoft.

Oracle boosts Eclipse tie-up, open sources Toplink

Oracle is making the whole of its Toplink Java persistence framework freely available as part of the vendor's increased involvement in the open-source development tools Eclipse Foundation community, the company announced on Tuesday.

JBoss head Mark Fleury quits Red Hat

Often opinionated, always entertaining, JBoss founder and former CEO Marc Fleury has officially left Red Hat, the Linux distribution vendor that purchased his open-source middleware company for US$350 million in June 2006.