The German software giant is betting on cloud-based technology and services.
FORTUNE -- In case you haven't heard, SAP is serious about the cloud. On Tuesday the enterprise software giant announced it will offer HANA, its in-memory database, as a monthly subscription service, delivered via the cloud.
A limited cloud-based version of HANA was already available through Amazon (AMZN) Web Services. But SAP (SAP) says customers will now be able to access MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - May 8, 2013 10:26 AM ET
But the software giant has set ambitious goals. Can it reach them?
FORTUNE -- It's been over a year since German enterprise software giant SAP shelled out $3.4 billion for SuccessFactors, a Silicon Valley-based maker of human resources software. Since then, engineers on both sides of the Atlantic have been hard at work getting SuccessFactors's cloud-based apps to work alongside SAP's on-premise offerings, so that customers can more easily adopt the MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Apr 12, 2013 7:13 AM ET
With a new laptop, Google is betting that living in the cloud on an ultrabook is not just cheaper, but much better.
FORTUNE -- Cloud computing has been around for some time now. But not many people believe they can do all their computing in the cloud. Not many, that is, outside the brainaics at the Googleplex.
With its line of Chromebooks made by various hardware partners, Google (GOOG) began testing in MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Feb 22, 2013 6:42 AM ET
Meet the mysterious "tactical data center" that just popped up on Apple's server farm
FORTUNE -- The news that Apple (AAPL) was building a smaller, insect-shaped data center next to its big Maiden, N.C., server farm was broken -- of all places -- in the Hickory Daily Record, a 16,000-circulation paper owned by Berkshire Hathaway.
But it was Wired -- hiring the services of the Piper Cub-flying photographer who shot the first MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 4, 2012 11:08 AM ET
The corporate training software maker took top spot in Brainstorm Tech's contest for the perfect pitch.
FORTUNE -- The problem with corporate training is obvious: Almost nobody pays attention. It's not uncommon for employees to brag about coasting through sessions while doing something else at the same time. Worse, important policies and security procedures are typically presented once during a new worker's training and seldom significantly revisited. In a workplace where MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jul 30, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Marc Benioff has the mind of a fox and the body of a bear. He's also a super salesman who's built a Bay Area giant that employees love for being prosperous and good.
By David A. Kaplan, contributor
FORTUNE -- It took a Reuben sandwich and Dr. Brown's Cream Soda to close the deal.
Nobody's as good at salesmanship in the world of high tech as Marc Benioff, the nimble and gregarious MOREJan 19, 2012 7:00 AM ET
FORTUNE -- Fierce competitors need, well, fierce competitors. The latest smack-down? Oracle (ORCL) billionaire CEO Larry Ellison vs. Salesforce.com (CRM) billionaire CEO Marc Benioff. Benioff once worked for Ellison, who later invested in Salesforce.com, the cloud-computing software company. No matter: Now the two battle for customers -- as well as bragging rights as the world's most visible software mogul. The rivalry is getting testy: Recently Ellison canceled Benioff's keynote at the MORENov 28, 2011 5:00 AM ET
"Let me describe the world I live in"
Steve Jobs got a lot off his chest in his Q&A session with developers at WWDC 1997 -- the first after he returned to Apple (AAPL) from his years in the desert at NeXT.
We've dipped once before into the 70-minute video (available here) to highlight his remarks about Wall Street and the press. (See The stock will take care of itself.)
But there's lots MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 24, 2011 5:41 AM ET
Cloud computing is clearly here to stay. But these factors could make the transition a bumpy one.
FORTUNE -- Earlier this week, portions of Amazon's cloud computing service crashed, impairing Foursquare, Netflix and Instagram as well as millions of users. While service was quickly restored, it marked the second major incident of its kind in the last six months -- and that is raising concerns with some.
Putting parts or all of MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Aug 12, 2011 1:02 PM ET
Want to build your own private cloud? This normally cumbersome and expensive process may soon become a little more doable for companies lacking deep pockets and extensive IT departments.
FORTUNE -- Meet Nebula, an aptly-named startup that's developed a device it says can configure private cloud computing infrastructure "in minutes."
So what's the secret sauce? OpenStack, an open-source cloud-computing platform the company's co-founder and CEO, Chris Kemp, helped develop at NASA. Nebula MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Jul 27, 2011 1:50 PM ET
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