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Retired and Retried

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Lauren McKay.

Sometimes a team needs one of its members to get the ball rolling. For Prudential Financial, a Fortune 500 company with a presence in 30 countries, that member was its 401(k) retirement division. Dissatisfied with its CRM system and its process for tracking leads, the United States division of Prudential’s retirement business sought out Salesforce.com in spring 2009 to breathe new life into a lethargic customer-retention program and to integrate the sales team from a recent acquisition. That one business unit got the ball rolling, all right—a year later, all of Prudential’s U.S. business units had signed on with Salesforce.com.

Salesforce's Benioff Returns Serve Against Ellison, Mocks Oracle's Hardware

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Kevin McLaughlin.

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff tried to take the high road after Oracle (NSDQ:ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison earlier this week bashed his company as a cloud computing pretender. But unfortunately, the high road was apparently closed.

National Archives and Records Administration Issues Guidelines on Cloud Computing

Grazed from National Archives.  Author: PR Announcement.

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has issued guidance for Federal Agencies on records management and cloud computing. NARA Bulletin 2010-05: Guidance on Managing Records in Cloud Computing Environments, builds on the NARA FAQ about Cloud Computing posted on the Archives.gov web site in February, 2010...

RightScale Raises $25 Million in New Funds

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Editorial Staff.

RightScale, a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based cloud management software maker, has raised $25 million in new funds from Tenaya Capital, joined by DAG Ventures and other current investors: Benchmark Capital, Index Ventures and Presidio Ventures. This is RightScale’s third round of funding, bringing the total funds raised to $42.5 million.

Cloud takes up 10 percent of external IT spend, says Gartner

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Tom Espiner.

IT managers and budget decision-makers who took part in a survey said that, on average, 10.2 percent of spending on external IT services in 2010 will have gone to external cloud service providers, said Gartner in a statement on Wednesday. More than 1,500 people were interviewed for the survey.

Michael Dell talks 'Zettabytes' at Oracle OpenWorld

Grazed from CWDN.  Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

This enormous IT show started off today with a presentation from Michael Dell. The man himself kicked off with an overview of the partnership that has existed between his company and Oracle since 1995. This week has seen the launch of a new Oracle consulting and implementation practice at Dell, so it's fairly safe to say that the two companies are snuggling up closer than ever.

Forecast for Cloud Security: Still Cloudy

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author: Herman Mehling.

While many companies are moving their apps and services to the cloud, roughly half are unaware of what they are getting themselves into, security-wise. That’s the main finding of Security of Cloud Computing Users, a recent study done by the Ponemon Institute for CA Technologies.

European Data Privacy Restrictions Slow Cloud Computing Spread

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Lora Bentley.

Adoption of cloud computing is spreading rapidly in the United States, primarily because it "allows companies to tap enormous computing power...without having to invest in the infrastructure," The New York TImes reports. According to Gartner, global sales of cloud services are expected to reach $102.1 billion by 2012. But Europe is only expected to account for approximately 29 percent of those sales.

 

Oracle Exec Details Potential Pitfalls Of Cloud Computing

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Rick Whiting.

Cloud computing is often portrayed as a panacea for dysfunctional IT systems. But the ugly truth is that cloud computing can create as many problems with IT infrastructure, systems management, security, application configuration and data access as it solves.

Oracle Steps Up to the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Arthur Cole.

IBM, HP and Dell own the enterprise. Oracle owns the carrier networks. And now that Oracle is on the map with a new-found hardware platform courtesy of Sun Microsystems, will it be very long before the terms "Oracle" and "enterprise" are no longer akin to oil and water?


From the looks of things at Oracle OpenWorld this week, it seems Ellison & Co. certainly have the enterprise in their sights -- or make that the enterprise cloud.