The mission-critical (but unsexy) software giant lost its way with customers. CEOs Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe think they can make SAP appealing again.
FORTUNE -- At the stroke of midnight on Feb. 15, a new app called Recalls Plus appeared in Apple's App Store. It promised parents real-time alerts on the latest baby formula or car seat recalls, allowing them to share such information with friends. There was nothing MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Mar 29, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Between talk about increased software sales and the company's new cloud service, Larry Ellison and his posse took plenty of time to bash their rivals.
FORTUNE -- There are some in the tech media who think covering enterprise technology is a major snoozefest. But it can actually be incredibly entertaining -- especially when Oracle (ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison goes off on a tirade against his competitors.
Redwood City, Calif.-based Oracle announced its MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Mar 21, 2012 10:02 AM ET
Aneel Bhusri and Dave Duffield were pioneers at PeopleSoft — until they were forced out. Now, with brisk sales and an IPO on the horizon, their new venture has big competitors on the defensive.
FORTUNE -- In business, revenge is often swift. Take the sudden firing of a poorly performing CEO, for instance. In the case of Workday, it's been more of a slow-burn.
Founded in 2005 by co-CEOs Aneel Bhusri and MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 12, 2012 12:51 PM 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
Ranked by Internet market share -- rather than unit sales -- Google is now No. 3
From the perspective of NetApplications, which has been measuring browser usage data since 2004 (currently monitoring the activity of 160 million users on 40,000 sites):
Apple's (AAPL) iOS is the still reigning champion of the World Wide Web among mobile operating systems (including tablets)
Google's (GOOG) Android made a strong showing in 2011 but has started to MORE
The enterprise giant's stumble may not bode well for the technology sector -- and not just enterprise providers, but all big cap tech companies.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
FORTUNE - Oracle missing its earnings guidance is like Mariano Rivera blowing a save opportunity, or Bob Dylan putting out a disappointing record. It happens, but not very often. And when it does, the only real question is: Why?
The answer matters beyond the world MOREDec 22, 2011 11:50 AM ET
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* Now that the AT&T (T) and T-Mobile merger is dunzo, the next step for T-Mobile, which is losing subscribers, remains unclear. "There's no Plan B," said a spokesman for Deutsche Telekom, the German telecommunications company that owns T-Mobile. "We're back at the starting point." (The New York Times)
* Oracle MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 21, 2011 3:40 AM ET
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"Yeah, Google's a great company, and I think we want to look at and learn from everything that they do. But at the same time, people have shared a lot on Facebook and have already told a lot of their life story on Facebook. And we think that we have MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 5, 2011 1:19 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
Three years ago, CEO Larry Ellison trashed the cloud, calling the idea 'gibberish.' Now, he's changed his tune, trying to embrace the cloud. Question is, does the cloud really want to embrace Oracle?
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
FORTUNE – First, Oracle ignored the cloud. Then Larry Ellison, its CEO, ridiculed the cloud. And now Oracle is trying to buy its way into the cloud. The question is: what exactly does the cloud MORENov 3, 2011 1:45 PM ET
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