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Open-source BI project gains momentum

The open-source BI (business intelligence) project BIRT has surpassed 10 million downloads and 1 million developers, project sponsor Actuate announced on Wednesday.

Former SAP exec Shai Agassi anticipated Oracle lawsuit

Former SAP executive Shai Agassi knew that Oracle might end up suing SAP over activities conducted by TomorrowNow, a now-defunct subsidiary of the German software vendor, according to deposition excerpts filed Monday by SAP in U.S. District Court for...

SAP willing to pay Oracle $120M for attorney's fees

SAP would pay Oracle $US120 million for "past and future reasonable attorneys fees and costs" under the terms of a joint stipulation filed Monday in connection with the companies' ongoing intellectual-property lawsuit.

Microsoft, SAP sued by inventor over coding method

Microsoft, SAP and Bamboo Solutions are being sued by a Virginia company that claims some of the companies' software products infringe on its patented, "novel technique for associating the modules of a multi-module computer program."

Oracle-SAP suit won't clear third-party support fog

No matter the outcome of Oracle and SAP's sprawling intellectual-property dispute that goes to trial Monday, it will likely fail to clear up questions that have major financial implications for software vendors and customers around the globe.

IBM revs up BI strategy with Cognos 10

IBM is rolling out a major new update to its Cognos BI (business intelligence) platform that includes new features for collaboration, statistical analysis and mobile devices like the Apple iPad.

Amazon offering EC2 access at no charge

Amazon Web Services is rolling out an offer on Nov. 1 for new customers that provides one year of access to a "micro instance" on its Elastic Compute Cloud, as well as a number of other services, at no charge.

OpenStack cloud project remains on track

OpenStack, the open-source cloud management software project formed by hosting provider Rackspace, has met an initial development milestone, backers are expected to announce Thursday.

SAP upping private cloud ante

SAP customers will soon have more options and tools for deploying the company's software on private clouds, according to an announcement made Tuesday at the Tech Ed conference in Las Vegas.

Software AG acquires MDM vendor

Software AG announced Monday that it has purchased MDM (master data management) vendor Data Foundations, and has plans to link that technology to its portfolio of BPM (business process management) and other middleware technologies. Terms were not dis...

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