Stacy Cowley

Stacy Cowley is a reporter for the IDG News Service. outage cuts users off's "on demand" CRM system came up short in meeting demand on Tuesday, when some customers found the hosted software service unreachable for most of the day.

Oracle turns to Fortify to secure source code

Start-up source-code security technology developer Fortify Software scored a major triumph on Tuesday as Oracle announced plans to use Fortify's tools to seek out holes in Oracle's database and middleware software.

Microsoft cuts price, still lags in CRM

When Microsoft recently began shipping its Dynamics CRM 3.0 update, it tweaked the software's licensing structure to encourage more partners to offer the system as a hosted subscription service.

On-demand CRM a moving target at SAP

SAP plans to move into the on-demand CRM market next year, but getting the product right has proved tricky.

Microsoft ships long-delayed CRM update

Microsoft Tuesday plans to begin shipping Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0, finally releasing to customers the first major update to the CRM software Microsoft launched three years ago.

SAP readies Mendocino for user testing

SAP and Microsoft are about to release to 40 early-adopter customers the first version of their jointly developed integration product, codenamed Mendocino.

SOA Software buys mainframe Web services platform

SOA Software Monday plans to announce that it has acquired a mainframe Web services development and deployment platform from Merrill Lynch & Co. that it will add to its portfolio of Web services infrastructure software. Financial...

Top vendors align on SOA programming model

A pack of top software vendors gathered Wednesday to unveil a specification the companies hope will simplify application development within services-oriented architecture environments.

Google attracts developers

Google's heft means that where it goes, developers follow. This year, the company has been an accidental catalyst for two major advances in Web application development: AJAX and mashups. Google didn't invent or evangelize either...

Competitor files suit over ICANN-Verisign settlement

A newly formed lobbying group instigated by one of VeriSign's rivals filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the settlement agreement VeriSign struck last month with ICANN, the regulatory group that oversees the Internet's technical...

Ex-Oracle CFO Maffei moves to Liberty Media as CEO

Oracle's erstwhile CFO, Greg Maffei, will soon take on the CEO job at investment company Liberty Media. The appointment, announced Wednesday, removes some of the mystery around Maffei's hurried departure from Oracle after working...

CA spins Ingres off to independent company

Computer Associates is selling its Ingres database technology to private equity firm Garnett & Helfrich Capital, which is forming a new company to develop and market the open-source software. Financial terms of the deal were not...

Autonomy acquires Verity for $500 million

British search software company Autonomy has agreed to buy fellow search technology developer Verity in a cash deal totaling around $500 million, the companies announced Friday.

Oracle CFO resigns after a short stint

Oracle has lost its CFO for the second time this year. The company said late Thursday that Greg Maffei will leave later this month.

Microsoft boosts Live with FolderShare buy

Microsoft is already shopping to fill out the Live hosted software platform it launched this week. Microsoft Thursday said it has acquired FolderShare, an online service that lets users synchronize data from multiple computers and...

Mercury CEO, CFO resign in wake of accounting probe

Three of Mercury Interactive's top executives, including CEO Amnon Landan, resigned Wednesday after an internal probe into stock-option grants resulted in a scathing report on their oversight of the software company's accounting.

IBM buys search developer iPhrase

IBM has acquired e-commerce-focused search technology developer iPhrase Systems, a private company based in Bedford, Mass. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Steve Case resigns from Time Warner board

AOL co-founder Steve Case Monday resigned from Time Warner's board of directors, another step in the symbolic dismantling of a merger that's regarded as one of the biggest debacles of the dot-com era

Level 3, Cogent resolve peering spat, renew deal

Two feuding top-tier ISPs said Friday that they have struck a deal to renew their traffic exchange agreement and avert a repeat of a showdown that blacked out connections between their customers earlier this month.

CA shows growth and profit, but reins in Q3 estimates

Computer Associates reported a 9% increase in its second-quarter revenue compared to last year's, as it completed a profitable quarter that CEO John Swainson called a solid sign of the work CA's new management team is doing to...

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