Zuora, the Marc Benioff-backed on-demand billing and payments start-up, has
announced what it calls the Z-Commerce Platform, a development platform
dedicated to monetizing cloud computing services.
Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo describes the widgetry as the start-up’s most important
product announcement to date, “a big step towards our vision of being the
de facto commerce engine for the cloud.”
With Z-Billing, Z-Payments, and Z-Force, its existing products, the
company’s supposed to have a suite of business cloud solutions focused on
driving revenue from cloud computing.
It figures there’s huge market potential for a provider of cloud-based
commerce capabilities such as subscription billing and payments given
predictions like Merrill Lynch’s that puts the addressable market for cloud
computing at $160 billion, including $95 billion in business and productivity
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) doesn’t like Microsoft, doesn’t like
software patents, it especially doesn’t like Microsoft’s patents, and it
doesn’t trust the two of them in the same room together.
It’s convinced that Microsoft is eventually going to sue any open source
developer who uses Mono, the Novell-supported open source version of
Microsoft’s .NET widgetry, or who writes open source programs in C#, the
Microsoft development language.
It’s warning off developers now because Microsoft has added both C# and
Mono – or rather the ECMA 334 and 335 standards that embrace them... (more)
Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer
We hear - well, you know how people talk - that Oracle has been quietly
meeting with the European Commission and is now expecting it to take - what
with the Christmas break and all - until April or May to get clearance for
its acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
That would be a year to 13 months after Oracle agreed to buy the joint.
It took Oracle longer to get its hands on PeopleSoft, a crusade that took
from June of 2003 to January of 2005 plus a federal judge throwing out the
Justice Department's antitrust objections.
However, PeopleSoft wasn't b... (more)
It’s downright embarrassing when the head of the CIA can’t use e-mail to
whisper sweet nothings without his love affair being outed four months after
it reputedly ended.
The fact that the lady in question and General David Petraeus, who ran the
wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, used a shared Gmail account to leave
messages for each other in the draft folder – a tactic employed by
terrorists to avoid incriminating e-mail trails – has also prompted concern
about whether the spy chief’s cyber security was blown by somebody else
besides the FBI at any point.
It’s supposed to be a ... (more)
@Walmart Labs, the Silicon Valley-based technology arm of Wal-Mart global
e-commerce, has bought OneOps, which automates and accelerates processes
related to environment management, application deployment and data center
It's supposed to have re-imagined application management in the era of cloud
computing and comes with a Platform-as-a-Service capability that should
accelerate Wal-Mart's PaaS and private cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service
Wal-Mart will doubtless get cloud applications out of it. It said, "We are
innovating on a very la... (more)