Bottom-line blues

Oracle is reportedly not out of the financial woods yet. One of my spies claims that Oracle has not finished laying off staff. Another round is set to happen within two weeks with a focus on management and sales.

"We're just hanging on to see who will last the longest," an executive from a startup telco equipment vendor admitted to Amber at a biometrics meeting in Silicon Valley last week. Carriers are still not buying, and word is that it's just a matter of time before even the likes of Juniper succumb.

Online opportunities

On a brighter note, look for two major ISVs my sources say will soon help validate the software services architecture model. Interwoven, for one, plans to make its core content management software available as a service that could be consumed by another application, such as a portal or ERP system.

Interwoven expects to leverage its little-known TeamCode product to give IT organisations a tool for managing multiple web services in the same way it manages multiple URLs.

Meanwhile, online CRM outfit Salesforce.com will turn its software into a service that can be used by other applications courtesy of a new XML-and SOAP-based architecture that can be called by other applications. By the way, Salesforce.com will leverage that capability to create an offline version of its application that can be synchronised with its online service.

Oracle blues?

Meanwhile Oracle is reportedly not out of the financial woods yet. One of my spies claims that Oracle has not finished laying off staff. Another round is set to happen within two weeks with a focus on management and sales.

On the long road to recovery, Compaq is apparently doing its best to drive software sales up in Canada by mandating that Red Hat 7.2 for Alpha be made available only if it is bundled with Compaq software. A reader observes it's a curious departure from Red Hat's open-source philosophy. Not only that, Compaq uses deals such as this to drive hardware sales. For example, it also recently purchased the exclusive rights to sell the Celera mouse genome database access in Canada. A single subscription costs $C12,000, but rebates are available if Compaq hardware is purchased.

Humour file

Now come on, admit it -- some of you guys out there fancy yourselves comedians.

The email that really had me laughing was from an oversensitive Apple nut attacking me recently for referring to the new iMac as an "idesklamp". "If anything, it looks like a vanity mirror," he claims. Well, I'm sorry I didn't come up with that one. Either way, I still think it looks like a fashion tragedy.

"It's time we kissed this downturn goodbye," Amber said, concerned about the prospect of more layoffs. You've got to admire her big heart.

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