Dave Duffield is back in a cubicle after building PeopleSoft into a giant, then losing it in a brutal takeover battle with Larry Ellison. How at 70 he's planning his return -- and his IPO.
David Duffield has earned a comfortable retirement; over the course of his nearly 70 years he's started several companies, helped define today's business software market, and become a billionaire. But you won't find him MOREJon Fortt - Apr 6, 2010 7:00 AM ET
Undoing the dupe: A way out of your Big Software contracts
By Roger Burkhardt, CEO, Ingres
(Last month Burkhardt wrote about how Big Software companies lock customers into restrictive software licensing agreements and continue to raise prices, even during tough economic times. Here Burkhardt offers some tips for effectively renegotiating contracts with your current Big Software suppliers.)
For decades now many of us in corporations have been paying loads of money to work MORENov 5, 2009 9:45 AM ET
How enterprise software giants separate you from more of your company's money
By Roger Burkhardt, CEO, Ingres
Here's how the software business really works: A software company charges your firm an enormous upfront licensing fee and locks you into escalating costs for decades to come, often using a set of hardball tactics.
But with the growing popularity of pay-as-you-go and subscription-based software and services, the old way is being exposed for the MOREOct 23, 2009 11:00 AM ET
Oracle's Ellison gives the tech world a topic. Discuss among yourselves.
Does Microsoft matter? That's the question the noted Microsoft (MSFT) hater and Oracle (ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison found himself answering at a Silicon Valley event Monday night. The short answer, as Jon Fortt reported here, was yes.
The longer version of his answer on the one hand shows Ellison as the old zen master that he is, making a backhanded MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - Sep 23, 2009 6:50 AM ET
Strong first quarter earnings underscore the prowess of Oracle's Ellison.
I spent most of the summer reporting and writing a feature story about Safra Catz, the enigmatic co-president of Oracle (ORCL). I talked to oodles of people about Catz's ambitions, her value to the company, the likelihood of her becoming CEO, and her relationship with Charles Phillips, Oracle's other co-president.
All this is in the article, published in the current issue of MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - Sep 16, 2009 5:13 PM ET
more about "How SAP is facing the cloud challenge", posted with vodpod
On NBC's Press: Here (airing 8/23), Fortune's Jon Fortt, TechCrunch's Sarah Lacy and host Scott McGrew chat with SAP executive board member John Schwarz. For all four video segments online now, check out video on the Press: Here website. (SAP) (IBM) (ORCL) (CRM) (MSFT)Jon Fortt - Aug 21, 2009 4:19 PM ET
Roundtable brings together top tech executives
Before there is Brainstorm Tech (the conference) there is Infotech Forty (the forum).
Fortune senior writer Jon Fortt and I are co-chairing an intimate event for a group of high-ranking technology executives whose jobs are becoming increasingly strategic in their corporations. No longer are these chief information officers and chief technology officers the folks who make company computers and software run; they play key roles in MOREStephanie N. Mehta, Deputy Managing Editor - Jul 16, 2009 8:00 AM ET
IBM Software chief Steve Mills says that while Big Blue is doing more with application software, he'll be careful not to rough up his allies. Image: IBM
In a software industry defined by big egos and ruthless tactics, IBM built its empire on smart alliances. Rather than try to write every application customers needed to put their businesses on the web, Big Blue marshaled an army of allies and sold their MOREJon Fortt - Jul 14, 2008 8:47 AM ET
Early in the life of Hewlett-Packard, an adviser warned co-founder Dave Packard that more companies die from indigestion than starvation. The message: Be careful how you handle acquisitions.
With CEO Mark Hurd's announcement Tuesday that Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) will purchase services giant EDS (EDS) for $13.9 billion (including EDS's cash and debt), Hurd is making a bold statement that his team is operationally strong enough to handle the heartburn.Jon Fortt - May 14, 2008 6:58 AM ET
If you thought open-source software was a threat to big-company profits, think again.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. Image: Oracle
Just a few years ago, the open-source software movement was a pariah among big software firms. Shai Agassi, then an executive at SAP (SAP), likened it to socialism. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer called it a cancer. The attitude among many in the establishment seemed to be that the "free code" revolution led by MOREJon Fortt - Dec 19, 2007 6:00 AM ET
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