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 SAN JOSE, Calif., May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- SDForum, Silicon Valley's
leading source of information and education in the technology community, in
collaboration with Accel Partners, today announced speakers for the
Consumerization of Software event to be held Wednesday, June 4, 2008 from
11:30am-5pm at Cooley Godward Kronish in Palo Alto. The event will focus on
how the software industry is undergoing a structural change as new business
models and new strategies for customer acquisition supplant the Y2K era of
enterprise software models.

    "We are seeing a new generation of software companies that are
beginning to disrupt the traditional incumbents," said Rich Wong, Accel.
"The rise of open-source and the growth of software-as-a-service (SaaS)
companies are creating a next generation of players that deliver value in a
new go-to-market approach. Accel Partners and SDForum are pleased to host
some of the most innovative new software companies and have them share
their ideas."

    At this Accel-SDForum event on next generation software, attendees will
hear next-generation leaders in the software space discuss how centralized
buying decisions driven by the CIO within the enterprise has given way to
democratic, consumer-like adoption behavior. They will also discuss how
SaaS and other "bottom-up" rather than "top-down" models are exploiting
this trend.

    "Shifts in the consumerization of software are happening rapidly in
this ever evolving industry," said Susan Lucas-Conwell, CEO of SDForum.
"SDForum is proud to host the first event of its kind where thought leaders
and decision makers will discuss what's ahead for enterprise software in
terms of challenges and opportunities for the key players as well as


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SOA Software, a leading Integrated SOA Governance Automation vendor, and Solidsoft, the UK’s premier SOA and BPM Consultancy for the Microsoft platform, today announced the appointment of Solidsoft as Consulting Partner and Value Added Reseller for SOA Software’s suite of products.

SOA Software is recognized by its customers for providing enterprise-class, platform-independent, integrated SOA Governance automation solutions. The company’s products provide comprehensive, centralized SOA planning, lifecycle and operational governance automation through a single integrated solution. SOA Software is focused exclusively on enterprise SOA, delivering a fully integrated set of standards-based, high-performance products.

Recently SOA Software was positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2007 Integrated SOA Governance Magic Quadrant [1]. SOA Software provides enterprise-class, platform-independent, integrated SOA Governance automation solutions. SOA Software’s products provide comprehensive, centralized SOA planning, lifecycle and operational governance automation through a single integrated solution. SOA Software is focused exclusively on enterprise SOA, delivering a fully integrated set of standards-based, high-performance products.

According to Gartner, “Most SOA Governance Technologies are not integrated into one suite but are provided from very different technology code bases. Policy management and enforcement engines seldom share the same integrated code base as registries and repositories.” [2] In addition, the report states that, “Gartner evaluates technology providers on their ability to convincingly articulate their current and future market direction, innovation, customer needs and competitive forces and how well these map to the Gartner position.” [2]

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“We are excited to be able to bring SOA Software’s products to the UK,” comments Solidsoft’s CEO, Garth Pickup. “For a long time we have been advocating the need for design time governance to our customers as they seek to maximise the ROI from their SOA investments. With SOA Software’s Workbench and Service Manager, our customers get the powerful ability to monitor and enforce in run time the policies and SLAs defined during development.”

Paul Gigg, CEO of SOA Software, comments, “Solidsoft is a great addition to our partner community. They not only bring local support and consultancy services to our UK customers but they are already known for excellence in their field.”

“At Microsoft we are always pleased to see our partners get together to bring extra value to our mutual customers,” says Clive Donaghue, Solution Channel Development Manager for SOA and BPM, Microsoft UK. “It is particularly exciting to see SOA Software and Solidsoft building momentum for the Microsoft BPM Alliance.”

In addition to reselling SOA Software’s products, Solidsoft will be providing training, consultancy and local support for SOA Software’s products. For further information, please contact SOASoftware@solidsoft.com or call Juliet Heathcote on 01256 375700.

[1] Gartner, Inc. “Magic Quadrant for Integrated SOA Governance Technology Sets, 2007” by L. Frank Kenney, Daryl C. Plummer, December 31st 2007.

To read the full Gartner report, please visit http://www.gartner.com/DisplayDocument?doc_cd=153858&format=html.

[2] Gartner, Inc. “Criteria for Integrated SOA Governance Technology Sets, 2008” by Daryl C. Plummer, L. Frank Kenney, January 8th 2008.

About Solidsoft

Solidsoft is the UK’s leading provider of Microsoft based SOA and BPM solutions. Microsoft’s Global Partner of the Year for Business Process and Integration 2006/7, Solidsoft has the most extensive experience in deploying enterprise scale solutions based on Microsoft BizTalk Server and the.NET Framework. Solutions include Trading Partner Integration, Enterprise Application Integration, SOA and ESB design and delivery. Members of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Advisory Council for SOA and BPM and Microsoft’s UK Architect Council, Solidsoft are a Gold Sponsor of Microsoft’s Insight Conference. Please visit http://www.solidsoft.com.

About SOA Software

SOA Software is a leading provider of comprehensive, enterprise-class integrated SOA Governance solutions. SOA Software products provide a comprehensive closed-loop SOA Governance solution (Workbench), a high-performance, scalable SOA security, mediation, and management solution (Service Manager), and a mainframe Web services solution for CICS applications (SOLA). SOA Software products process over 500 million mission critical transactions a month and are used by the largest Fortune 1000 corporations, including Merrill Lynch, Verizon and Pfizer. For more information, please visit http://www.soa.com.

SOA Software, Workbench, Service Manager and SOLA are trademarks of SOA Software, Inc. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their registered owners.

 Media Contact: Lisa Blank Director, Marketing Communications SOA Software Tel: (310) 570-4104 or (310) 570-4162 Email Contact

SOURCE: SOA Software

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SugarCRM, a provider of commercial open source customer relationship management software, has announced that BT will offer its applications to the communications provider’s business customers in the UK.

BT will resell SugarCRM’s entire portfolio, including Sugar Professional and Sugar Enterprise.

Sugar Professional provides a single view of customer interactions across sales, marketing and service. It offers campaign management, opportunity tracking, account management, sales forecasting and customer support capabilities.

Sugar Enterprise offers enterprise-grade CRM capabilities and scalability. It enables offline client synchronisation, advanced reporting and Oracle database support. Both the applications are available as on-site deployments as well as software-as-a-service (SaaS).

Bill Murphy, managing director of BT Business, said: “We have looked across the market and developed this partnership to meet the needs we know our customers have. This partnership allows us to deliver a tailored approach for customers, so they get exactly what they need to manage their customer relationships, examine processes, deliver efficiencies and ultimately drive their business, all from a single supplier they trust.”

John Roberts, CEO of SugarCRM, said: “The combination of BT’s reach in the UK market and SugarCRM’s CRM solutions makes this a perfect partnership for the UK market. This alliance strengthens our global reach and further exhibits SugarCRM’s momentum as a global provider of business applications.”

The partnership expects to target small and medium businesses by offering the CRM product at an affordable price.


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KANSAS CITY – A new kind of farm is popping up. Tucked away on small plots on America’s back roads, it cultivates no soil or seed.

Rather, it nurtures curiosities about everything from porn to pinochle expressed in a nearly endless sequence of 1s and 0s queried from desktops, laptops and iPhones around the globe.

The computer server farm – huge banks of computer servers doing the heavy-lifting logic of Internet giants such as Google, Yahoo and Amazon – is bringing bits of Silicon Valley to places like Pryor, Okla., and Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Moving inland means quicker connections by getting closer to customers. Spreading hubs across the continent makes networks more dependable. And tax breaks await. But server farms also guzzle electricity, the way computer technicians gulp Red Bull. The farms are massive, up to football-field-size, buildings filled with racks of servers.

So finding places where the light bill is, well, lighter goes a long way toward pleasing stockholders. “If you can make the machines use power 5 percent more efficiently, that could save tens of millions of dollars,” said Dan Wallach, a computer science professor at Rice University.

Consider Google’s decision to plop down server farms on the outskirts of Pryor and Council Bluffs – the latest expansions from its original hub in California. Both sites come with tax abatements that will save millions. And by sitting 1,000 miles from another new server farm that the company has planted on the banks of the Columbia River in Oregon, the search engine lowers the chances that a West Coast brownout will dash your ability to Google your blind date.

Similarly, diversifying locations makes Google’s network more stable, as sabotage or natural disaster in a single location will have less impact.

Google acknowledges building five server farms – all in cheap-electricity locales – in the United States and dozens around the world.

Last year, a consultant’s report suggested that Columbia could be well positioned to lure a data center.

AngelouEconomics was hired by Regional Economic Development Inc. to determine whether the area would be appealing to companies searching for sites to build the centers. The typical center is 250,000 square feet and has skilled employees that earn an average of $65,000 a year, AngelouEconomics consultants Bob Farley and Danny Klingler said during an October presentation.

The report compared Columbia to Pryor; Quincy, Wash.; Lenoir, N.C.; and Goose Creek, S.C. – communities where data centers exist or are planned. The study looked at the cost of power, disaster risk, labor availability and real estate cost.

Columbia got solid marks for power cost and disaster risk. For labor availability, the area’s population between the ages of 25 and 44 – the most appealing demographic – was 33.5 percent compared with 25 percent to 28 percent for the other communities. The median cost of a house in Columbia of $131,000, however, was the highest among the group but still acceptable, the study said.

At the MidAmerica Industrial Park in Oklahoma, amid a Gatorade plant, a pipe manufacturer and nearly 80 other companies, Google is piecing together a plain-looking 100,000-square-foot building it will stock with servers. Next to the industrial park stands a coal-fired electrical generating plant operated by the Grand River Dam Authority.

It helps that the price is right. Google’s corporate headquarters sit in Mountain View, Calif. The average industrial electrical rate in the Golden State runs about 9 cents per kilowatt hour. In Iowa and Oklahoma, the meter runs at between 4 and 5.5 cents.

“Google is … not the type of industry that is really dependent on location, since its product is Internet-based,” said Justin Alberty, Grand River spokesman. “The real factors in choosing a location tend to be land, water and electricity.”

Server farms, also referred to as data centers by the industry, also are becoming more common with the growth of “cloud computing.” The term refers to companies building massive computing power and then renting that capacity out to other firms. Amazon, for one, sells not just books, but time on its servers to run Web sites or store electronic records.

In that way, computing is starting to look like the next utility. In the same way it would be inefficient for each home to have its own electrical generator, it can make sense for consumers and businesses to farm out their computing needs. Some analysts even see consumers buying less highly powered personal computers in the future and relying on firms like Google to fire up the necessary microprocessors when the demand requires.

Even the Microsoft of Bill Gates, who said just a year ago that “we’re making the” personal computer “the place where it all comes together,” has just launched a data storage and Web software system called Live Mesh. It’s the company’s late entry into cloud computing. Already, Google offers word processing, spreadsheet and slide show programs for free that compete with what Microsoft sells (think Word, Excel and PowerPoint) with its operating systems.

That consolidation of data processing power is becoming a powerful industry trend. Last year, Sun Microsystems unveiled modular units designed for cloud computing and fitted into 20-foot shipping containers. This month, IBM introduced the iDataPlex with claims that it squeezes twice as many computers in the same space as other systems and runs on 40 percent less power.

Server farms can grow huge, consuming up to 100 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 20,000 American homes.

With perhaps 100,000 pizza-box-size machines, the buildings are filled with the constant sound of fans blowing over the processors.

Cooling costs – yet more energy consumption – can rival the electricity demand to run the computers.

In that way, even your Google search has a carbon footprint. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that server farms consume at least 1.5 percent of all U.S. energy. “Definitely, there’s no getting around the energy,” said Dan Andresen, an associate professor of computing and information services at Kansas State, where he runs a small-scale server farm. “At the same time, you can think of how many millions of gallons of gas have been saved by people using Google Maps rather than aimlessly driving around.”

Besides electricity, server farms typically require a good water source because the outposts often use water-cooled systems (for a 20 percent energy savings) rather than conventional air conditioning.

Server farms, like their agricultural counterparts, require ever fewer people to produce even more. The facility going up in Council Bluffs will need only 100 workers to tend to thousands of computers that represent a $300 million investment by the company. And it plans to double the facility.

“It’s big,” said Mark Norman of the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce. “And it’s only getting bigger.”


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Microsoft’s been dabbling with on-demand software services for awhile, but the general availability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, beginning Tuesday, marks its most significant effort yet to provide the market with an alternative to Salesforce.com.

The software service for managing a business’s customer contacts, sales information, and marketing efforts is available as a subscription and hosted from Microsoft’s data centers using a multitenant architecture. General availability follows months of testing by 500 Microsoft customers.

Microsoft is trying to beat Salesforce.com on price and storage options. The base version, called Professional, costs $44 per month per user following a one-year introductory rate of $39 per month. That includes 5 GB of data storage per organization and the ability to customize workflows. The Professional Plus version costs $59 per user per month with 20 GB of storage, with more customization features and the ability to synchronize data contained in other systems with the service. Users access the service using Microsoft Outlook or a Web browser as an interface.

By comparison, Salesforce.com’s Professional edition starts at $65 per month per user and comes with 1 GB storage per organization; additional storage costs extra. While many small or midsize businesses won’t even need the minimum of 5 GB of storage offered by Microsoft, “this goes back to our strategy to create a new price-to-value equation,” said Bill Patterson, group product manager of Dynamics CRM.

Salesforce.com has long argued that Dynamics CRM — previously only available as an online subscription through resellers (called Dynamics CRM Live) or as a licensed, on-premise software application — lacks features and functionality offered in its online software. Research firm Gartner ranked Salesfore.com as a leader in its magic quadrant for Salesforce Automation last year, a status it shared only with Oracle Siebel CRM, while Dynamics CRM was ranked as a challenger.

While Dynamics CRM may appeal to Microsoft-centric companies, it lacks some “best-of-breed” functionality and “proof points” that it can integrate well with companies’ SAP and Oracle ERP systems, according to Gartner. That report was based on the analysis of Microsoft’s software prior to an upgrade, Dynamics CRM 4.0, that became generally available in January.

Microsoft’s Patterson argues the company trumps Salesforce.com on some features. Its Professional version, for example, offers 100 custom entities — or objects for defining custom data forms, views, and attributes — and 100 custom workflows, while Professional Plus provides 200 custom entities and 200 workflows. “By comparison, Salesforce.com gives you 50 custom entities and no custom workflows” for the Professional edition, he said. Salesforce.com does offer custom workflows in its Enterprise and Unlimited Editions, starting at $125 per user per month.


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The Joomla website proclaims that, “Joomla is one of the most powerful open source content management systems on the planet.” Sure, they’re biased about their collaborative open source creation. But there’s no arguing that Joomla is quickly becoming one of the top content management system (CMS) platforms on the Internet. Late last year Joomla won the best PHP Open Source Web CMS award.

Since its first release in fall 2005, Joomla has become one of the most downloaded content management systems on the web and recently released a retooled version 1.5 in January.

How does it stack up for use within an intranet? Let’s take a look at its capabilities and technologies.


Out of the (virtual) box, Joomla provides all the basic features needed to create a website that can be managed day to day by non-technical content contributors. It helps remove the webmaster bottleneck by providing an easy-to-use, browser-based way to add and edit content and pages using a word processor style interface. Users can control elements such as navigation menus and page layout and have the ability to add unlimited sections to the website.

Basic content management features are included in the core such as:

  • Categorizing content
  • Archiving content
  • “Most read” and “latest” content
  • Search
  • Sections (ability to limit access to content based on user permissions)
  • Publish content to an RSS feed
  • Built-in templates provide a starting place from which to build your look and feel. You can customize as little or as much as you like to ensure company branding is prevalent throughout your site.

    The core features are powerful enough to create an intranet portal. As with many open source applications the real power lies in the insane amount of additional functionality offered by extensions. There are currently several extensions available for Intranet and Groupware type applications: capabilities such as contacts, LDAP integration, CRM, and project/task management. Of course if the extensions available through Joomla don’t meet your needs, your in-house developers can use the Joomla API to build your own.

    Joomla supports multiple languages so this is helpful to companies with the need for multilingual support.


    With the release of version 1.5 Joomla adopts an MVC model as the basis of its three-tiered system which follows an object-oriented pattern-based methodology and design pattern. The distinct framework, application, and extension tiers enable rapid prototyping and great extensibility.

    Joomla is a cross-platform application and is written in PHP (version 4 and 5 support) and uses a mySQL backend.

    Getting Started

    As with most open source applications it pays to jump right in. A vast array of wiki style documentation is available at http://docs.joomla.org/ and addresses concerns from the beginner to expert.

    Joomla Tutorials also offers a variety of animated and visual tutorials to help you determine if it is right for you and to get started.

    As with any CMS initiative it depends on your company’s size, budget, and resources to determine which solution is right for you. For Intranets and Extranets that need a lot of functionality without a great deal of complexity or cost, Joomla can be a very satisfying solution.

    For more information and a wealth of everything for developers and users alike, visit Joomla’s website.

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    Many people have probably read that Joomla! stalwart Community Builder is being updated to run natively on Joomla 1.5. You can read the announcement here.

    But if you have been reading the CB forum thread on the announcement, you might have even seen this post from Beat (CB Developer):

    Regarding roadmap: following releases are currently planed for 2008, with work already advanced quite well for all of them:

    CB 1.2
    CB 1.3
    CB 2.0

    Exciting stuff to be sure. Here’s hoping that the CB team can make their tight schedule. I’m also hoping that a 2.0 CB would entail a major design overhaul. It would be great to see the CB Profile page become properly modular, with plugins having much more freedom.

    From what I have read, to achieve real flexibility in an elegant design, users need to purchase additional software. I am a supporter of professional developers, and I can understand why some developers make commercial products for open source projects. However, to sell a product which customizes an open source extension for an open source CMS, seems to going against the ecosystem slightly.

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