Can a business be run on an Apple iPhone? NetSuite argues it can with a new NetSuite for iPhone application, which it claims is the first cloud-based suite of business software for the iPhone.
It lets salespeople and peripatetic executives access cloud-based customer and financial data on the move, check their calendars, and monitor the business in real time with dashboards and key performance indicators.
IBM smartphone moves
IBM also sees smartphones taking a more strategic role. It has developed a managed service offering to simplify the management, licensing and technical support issues involved in deploying RIM’s BlackBerry Enterprise Solution – the software needed to deploy BlackBerry devices inside an organisation. IBM consolidates the various licensing and support costs and charges a single monthly fee for each BlackBerry user.
HP tackles videoconferencing bandwidth
Businesses have been waiting years for high-definition videoconferencing that works over standard networks and so won’t break the bank. HP claims to have the answer in its new HP SkyRoom software, which needs just 1 megabit per second of bandwidth for each connection.
The trick lies in new video and image compression algorithms developed in HP’s labs. The software comes pre-installed on new high-end HP PCs and costs $149 for everyone else.
Dell goes cordless
Dell launches the Latitude Z for road warriors seeking the ultimate in untethered computing. This ultra-thin 16-inch laptop is claimed to be first laptop to offer wireless docking and inductive charging, so no need to plug in cords and cables.
To protect the Latitude Z from prying eyes, a ”FaceAware” feature can lock the laptop if the optional webcam detects the user is no longer in front of the screen. Priced from $1,999.
FaceTime’s secure gateway
US company FaceTime Communications has launched Unified Security Gateway 3.0, a secure web gateway that combines content monitoring, management and security of Web 2.0 applications, with URL filtering, malware and anti-virus protection.
USG 3.0 controls not websites and internet applications, but also content posted to blogs, wikis, webmail and social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Its price is $9,200.
Hiring the right people
SuccessFactors, the specialist in human resources software, has launched BizX Recruiting Management, which mixes external data and internal metrics to enable companies to hire the right people. It offers centralised job profiles, interview assessments, micro-sites for recruiting, and customisable workflows to handle the myriad tasks and correspondence involved in approval and recruitment processes.
SAP CRM offer
Deep discounting comes to enterprise software. Until December, mid-sized businesses who buy the SAP Business All-in-One suite or SAP ERP, its flagship enterprise resource planning application, will get the SAP customer relationship management software bundled in for ”one attractive price”. Organisations that qualify will still need to pay SAP maintenance revenues on their ”free” CRM software.
Oracle range broadens
Oracle has broadened the Oracle Accelerate range of enterprise software for mid-sized organisations. The new offerings include business intelligence, enterprise performance management and on-demand customer relationship management. Oracle also added new Business Accelerator toolsets for the Oracle Demantra demand planning software, Oracle Siebel CRM, its Agile product lifecycle management suite and Oracle Transportation Management.
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