Stories by Stacy Cowley

NetSuite, Oracle end licensing deal

Oracle and hosted ERP (enterprise resource planning) software vendor NetSuite have ended a licensing agreement that allowed NetSuite to use Oracle's name to brand its small-business applications bundle.

SAP to build Pepsi's ERP system

SAP AG added another Fortune 500 company to its customer list Wednesday, when PepsiCo Inc. said it will standardize its global consumer goods empire on the mySAP Business Suite.

Chinese ERP leader edges into US outsourcing market

One of China's leading local ERP (enterprise resource planning) vendors opened its first U.S. offices last month, but the software maker doesn't plan to hawk its wares in the highly competitive enterprise applications market here. Instead, Kingdee International Software Group Co. Ltd. hopes to use its expertise with the Chinese market to position itself as a consulting partner and outsourced labor provider for U.S. companies.

Microsoft, SAP say they considered merging

As part of its bid for a foothold in the enterprise applications market, Microsoft initiated merger discussions late last year with enterprise resource planning (ERP) leader, SAP. The talks ended several months ago after Microsoft decided the deal and the post-union integration would be too risky.

Deposed CEO Kumar clarifies his new role

Since Sanjay Kumar's ouster last month as Computer Associates International's (CA) chief executive officer, customers have been left wondering about the role the popular executive will play at the company he no longer leads.

PeopleSoft revamps World with small-business focus

PeopleSoft is preparing a major sales push and technology update for the World software it inherited in its July acquisition of J.D. Edwards & Co. The company will soon release PeopleSoft World Express, a small business-aimed repackaging of the World software, with new features tailoring the suite for customers in four industrial markets, it said Monday.

Google aims to transcend IPO

The long-awaited documents Google filed Thursday to register for an initial public offering (IPO) of its shares illustrate just how unusual the company's founders are in their approach to steering one of the tech industry's largest and most influential businesses.

IBM tweaks partner programme structure

IBM announced several tweaks to its channel partners programme on Monday, continuing an overhaul it discussed in March at its PartnerWorld conference.

Ailing i2 lands $100M investment

Struggling supply-chain management software maker i2 Technologies Inc. said Wednesday it will receive a US$100 million cash infusion from one of its backers, Fort Worth, Texas, investment firm Q Investments.

PeopleSoft's Conway now says Oracle saga not over

At the end of a strong quarter six months ago, PeopleSoft Inc. Chief Executive Officer Craig Conway told analysts that Oracle Corp.'s bid for his company was effectively dead and having no impact on sales. Thursday, at the end of a weaker quarter, Conway revised his message and blamed Oracle's lingering takeover campaign for lost and delayed sales.

Kumar steps down as CA CEO

Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sanjay Kumar will vacate those positions, the company said Wednesday. Kumar will remain with CA in the newly created role of chief software architect. Board member Lewis Ranieri has been elected chairman. CA will soon name an interim CEO, the company said.

CA accounting scandal raises questions about CEO's fate

Following a wave of indictments this month that netted guilty pleas to securities fraud and other charges from several former finance executives at Computer Associates International Inc. (CA), speculation is turning to the fate of the company's chief executive officer (CEO).

DOJ's ERP choice could harm Oracle case

The U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ's) announcement this week that it chose American Management Systems Inc. (AMS) as its supplier for a pricey software system is likely to complicate its antitrust case against Oracle Corp., according to industry experts.