Stories by Stacy Cowley

PeopleSoft previews World, EnterpriseOne updates

PeopleSoft outlined at a Cebit press conference on Thursday its planned schedule of product updates for the next few months, highlighting new releases of its industry-focused EnterpriseOne suite and new functionality for its legacy World software.

Oracle unlikely to get PeopleSoft, analysts say

NEW YORK (02/27/2004) - In its complaint filed Thursday to block Oracle Corp.'s takeover of PeopleSoft Inc. on antitrust grounds, the U.S. Department of Justice cites the words of Oracle's own Chuck Phillips to back its argument that the enterprise applications market has only three top-tier vendors.

Accounting probe keeps CA under a cloud, CEO says

Until the US government completes its investigation of Computer Associates International's past accounting infractions, the company will continue operating under a cloud, according to chairman and chief executive officer (CEO), Sanjay Kumar.

Company charged with using Windows to spam pop-up ads

NEW YORK (11/06/2003) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed suit against a company that allegedly exploited a vulnerability in Microsoft Corp.'s Windows system by using a feature intended for administrative alerts to barrage users with pop-up ads.

Bloggers plan round-the-clock charity drive

The most prolific bloggers are accustomed to banging out a steady stream of commentary. This weekend, 500 of them will dedicate a day of blogging to serve a higher cause, collecting pledges and raising funds for a variety of philanthropic organisations.

SAP: Oracle-PeopleSoft tangle causing price pressure

The brawl that's erupted between Oracle and PeopleSoft over Oracle's attempted hostile takeover of its rival is placing pricing pressure on vendors throughout the enterprise applications market, SAP AG executives said Thursday during a New York press conference following the company's second-quarter earnings report.

DOJ extends review of Oracle's PeopleSoft plans

Federal regulators have notified Oracle that they will need more time to investigate its proposed hostile acquisition of PeopleSoft, a decision likely to further complicate the contentious takeover plan.

Errors in IBM's DB2 cause outage at Danske Bank

Flaws in IBM Corp.'s DB2 database software were responsible for a chain of glitches that turned a routine hardware repair into a weeklong operational crisis, Danske Bank said Thursday in a report on an outage it suffered in March.

Ellison: Linux will wipe Microsoft out of data centre

At a gathering of current and potential Oracle independent software vendor (ISV) partners, Oracle Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Larry Ellison, extolled the virtues of Linux and predicted that the open-source operating system would soon decimate Microsoft in the battle for the data centre market.

Glitch in Windows XP SP1 could slow systems

Microsoft has acknowledged and patched a glitch with its Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) update that can cause system slowdowns, but has not yet made its still-developing fix widely available.

Microsoft hits the road to show MS CRM

Seven weeks after shipping, Microsoft Corp.'s closely watched Microsoft CRM (customer relationship management) software has attracted 300 customer orders and is being offered by more than 1,000 resellers, Microsoft officials said Tuesday during a seminar, part of a series being held throughout North America to demonstrate the software to prospective partners and customers.

Study: Why IT implementations go bad

It's every IT buyer's nightmare: Your company decides to invest in complex management software. You spend months -- or years -- implementing the system and training staff in its use. And in the end, you find yourself with an expensive, nonfunctional mess.