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  • Report: Google, Salesforce.com discussing alliance

    Posted May 21, 2007 - 10:05 am

    Google Inc. and Salesforce.com Inc. are discussing an alliance that could see the two bundle Web-based applications, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
  • Investment firms to buy Acxiom for $3 billion

    Posted May 17, 2007 - 9:34 am

    Customer information management company Acxiom Corp. has agreed to be acquired by two private equity firms for $3 billion in cash.
  • Oracle announces Siebel Wireless for BlackBerry

    Posted April 12, 2007 - 11:17 am

    Enterprises using Oracle Corp.'s CRM software will be able to extend the application to workers with BlackBerry smartphones.
  • SugarCRM update due in beta next month

    Posted March 21, 2007 - 2:10 pm

    SugarCRM Inc. plans to ship the beta version of Sugar 5.0 next month, an upgrade to its open-source customer relationship management software that should make it easier for companies to extend the product with third-party applications, company executives said Wednesday.
  • Salesforce.com readies its take on MySpace

    Posted March 19, 2007 - 10:59 am

    Salesforce.com Inc. Monday joined other corporate software players trying to take the concepts behind the highly successful social networking site MySpace and apply them to the business world. AppSpace is a hosted portal which forms part of the Spring 07 release of the Salesforce hosted CRM software.
  • SAP demonstrates A1S to select groups

    Posted March 15, 2007 - 3:52 pm

    SAP AG is demonstrating a beta version of its new hosted midmarket application to select groups at the Cebit trade show in Hanover, Germany.
  • Ballmer talks up CRM Live

    Posted March 15, 2007 - 9:34 am

    Microsoft demonstrated Dynamics Live CRM, its planned hosted customer relationship management software, during the closing Wednesday keynote given by CEO Steve Ballmer at its Convergence show in San Diego. CRM Live will be another member of the vendor's growing Live software-as-a-service product family, joining Windows Live and Office Live.
  • Microsoft ups Dynamics' industry focus

    Posted March 12, 2007 - 4:12 pm

    Microsoft Corp. wants to make its Dynamics business applications more immediately relevant to customers in five vertical markets -- manufacturing, distribution, retail, services and the public sector.
  • SugarCRM aims for Euro expansion with Dublin office

    Posted March 5, 2007 - 9:42 am

    SugarCRM Inc., an open-source customer relationship management (CRM) vendor, has opened a new office in Dublin to help extend its European presence.
  • Benioff promotes 'Salesforce.com 2.0' platform

    Posted February 28, 2007 - 9:12 am

    Everyone knows Salesforce.com Inc. as the company that pioneered software as a service (SAAS) and survived the dot-com bust when many other application service providers (ASPs) didn't. Now, Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff said the company is ready to take on Microsoft Corp. as a leading development platform provider, a strategy he unveiled as "Salesforce.com 2.0."
  • Oracle apps launch, short on glitz, long on reassurance

    Posted February 2, 2007 - 10:01 am

    Oracle Corp.'s launch of new releases of its five application families was a surprisingly sober affair, designed to restate the vendor's May 2006 pledge to continue to enhance all of the software products.
  • SAP looks to better serve information workers' needs

    Posted January 24, 2007 - 2:43 pm

    SAP AG plans to release more software this year to make it easier for users to access its back-end applications including ERP (enterprise resource planning) and CRM (customer relationship management) products.
  • Microsoft widens partner access to next CRM release

    Posted January 10, 2007 - 11:43 am

    Microsoft Corp. is previewing the next major version of its Dynamics CRM (customer relationship management) software, code-named "Titan," with a growing number of its partners in the run-up to the mid-2007 product release.
  • Business Objects acquires SaaS firm Nsite

    Posted December 1, 2006 - 9:50 am

    Business Objects SA will acquire Nsite Software Inc., which develops a software-as-a-service delivery platform, in a move to offer more of its own products over the Internet, the companies announced.
  • Microsoft tailors Dynamics CRM for Office and Vista

    Posted November 7, 2006 - 12:56 pm

    Microsoft Corp. will release a new version of its Dynamics CRM (customer relationship management) software with functions that mesh with its forthcoming Vista OS and Office 2007 software, the company said Tuesday.
  • Salesforce to be on-demand computing platform

    Posted November 3, 2006 - 9:32 am

    In this wide-ranging interview, Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com, talks about his company's vision, competitors and customers.
  • U.S. medium businesses to spend $1B on CRM solutions this year

    Posted October 20, 2006 - 7:15 am

    Medium businesses (those with 100 to 999 employees) will spend $1 billion on CRM solutions in 2006 and will ramp up spending by an average of 9 percent over the next five years.
  • SAP to give developers easier access to NetWeaver

    Posted October 16, 2006 - 9:46 am

    SAP AG plans to make it simpler for developers to work with NetWeaver in a bid to expand the appeal of the integration platform which is central to recent versions of the vendor's enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.
  • Oracle turns attention to applications management

    Posted October 13, 2006 - 8:47 am

    Oracle Corp. is to broaden its Enterprise Manager 10g software to include comprehensive applications management. The vendor will make the new capabilities available with the upcoming release of three new management packs for three of its different enterprise applications families.
  • Oracle releases first Portal product since acquisition

    Posted October 2, 2006 - 1:51 pm

    Oracle Corp. has shipped a new version of Portal's billing and revenue management software after winning a hard-fought battle to acquire Portal earlier this year.
  • Oracle releases latest telecom platform piece

    Posted September 26, 2006 - 11:59 am

    As part of its ongoing bid to target telecommunications providers, Oracle Corp. took the wraps off Virtual PBX, an important new piece of its planned service delivery platform.
  • Salesforce.com highlights analytics in next release

    Posted September 13, 2006 - 9:53 am

    Salesforce.com Inc. is drawing particular attention to the analytics customization capabilities it plans to offer in the next version of its hosted CRM (customer relationship management) software, known as Salesforce Winter '07.
  • MBS leader Burgum to leave Microsoft

    Posted September 12, 2006 - 1:18 pm

    In a surprise move, the leader of Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) Doug Burgum said Tuesday he plans to leave Microsoft Corp. at the end of June 2007.
  • Customization to drive next Salesforce release

    Posted September 6, 2006 - 2:18 pm

    Salesforce.com Inc. is starting to provide some details about the next version of its hosted CRM (customer relationship management) software, including the product's primary focus, which will be customization.
  • Hosted apps rivals duel over search marketing

    Posted August 22, 2006 - 3:23 pm

    Rival hosted application providers NetSuite Inc. and Salesforce.com Inc. compete tooth and nail, so it's no surprise that both of them have announced tools to track and manage search engine marketing campaigns almost simultaneously.
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