By David Sims
David at firstcoffee d*t biz
The news as of the first coffee this morning, and the music is Veggie Tales’ Silly Songs With Larry, specifically “I Love My Lips:”
LogiXML has announced the availability of the Logi Connector Pack, a software package that integrates data generated from Web-based applications and sources. The initial release of the Logi Connector Pack supports integration of data from Salesforce.com applications with the Logi 8 Business Intelligence platform.
The Logi Connector Pack uses advanced Service Oriented Architecture techniques and standards-based Application Programming Interfaces to create connections to Web-based data sources.
Salesforce.com was chosen as the first “connector,” LogiXML officials say, because it is “one of the most popular data sources among Logi users.” Salesforce.com Web deployment offers a robust API that supports a service-oriented approach to connectivity.
The Logi Connector Pack for Salesforce.com is being marketed as allowing a company to obtain comprehensive visibility into sales, marketing, and support operations, bringing greater detail and more sophisticated analysis to the wealth of Salesforce.com data.
Industry observer Barbara Darrow
is reporting that Microsoft is naming Moscow-born Kirill Tatarinov as its top business solutions executive, over CRM veteran Tami Reller, who had been widely tipped to get the nod.
Darrow says the move “will doubtless surprise many Microsoft Business Solutions partners who had anticipated that MBS long-timer, and Microsoft corporate vice president Tami Reller, would get this job.”
Reller hails from Microsoft’s acquisition of Great Plains Software six years ago. Several partners, Darrow said, “lobbied Microsoft to name her to the position, joking about printing up ‘Vote For Tami’ buttons.”
Tatarinov, a corporate vice president, joined That Little Ole Software Company From Redmond in 2002 from BMC Software, where he was senior vice president and chief technology officer. Darrow notes that he had “cofounded and served as chief architect and head of R&D for Patrol Software Pty. Ltd., which was the source of BMC’s PATROL family of products.”
“Reller will aid Tatarinov in the transition,” Darrow’s sources told her. She adds that some partner sources say “MBS, with its roots in Great Plains and then Navision, is losing key players, most notably Doug Burgum, who retired this year.”
Salesforce.com sure gets named to a lot of things. The on-demand CRM vendor has been named to the 2007 Software Development Times 100 list of technology influencers.
The list of Influencers consists of companies that the SD Times has identified as “having the greatest impact on the software development landscape,” according to Salesforce.com officials. In addition to Salesforce.com, other companies named as Influencers by the SD Times include the Eclipse Foundation, Google, and IBM.
Salesforce.com’s citation in the SD Times 100 read: “Disruptive technology as a mission statement. With Salesforce.com in the water, no fish is safe from having its lunch eaten out from under its nose.”
Salesforce.com has received numerous recent awards and honors, including Forbes Top Ten Disrupters 2006, where the AppExchange was ranked number five, Forbes 25 Tech Newcomers, the Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award from the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, two ISM Top 15 CRM Software Awards, two CODiE Awards from the Software & Information Industry Association, Ethisphere magazine’s list of top ethical companies, the National League MVP and has been shortlisted for this year’s Nobel Prize. Or so it seems sometimes.
Omniture, a vendor of online business optimization software, and Interwoven, which sells content management products, have announced the broadening of the companies’ partnership to include Omniture Genesis integration.
Omniture Genesis is a plug and play product designed to automate the integration of marketing tools into Omniture’s Online Business Optimization Platform. By integrating the Interwoven Segmentation and Analytics solution through Genesis, the thinking goes, customers will gain a single view into the full life-cycle of their campaigns, making it easier to measure and optimize their results across multiple marketing channels.
Interwoven and Omniture are aligning the companies’ development resources towards product interoperability.
SAP AG has announced that Dow Corning Corporation has adopted SAP Customer Relationship Management and SAP NetWeaver as “the foundation to unify its customer-facing business processes on a single, integrated SAP application platform.”
Using its SAP platform based on enterprise service-oriented architecture, Dow Corning officials say the company want to improve customer intimacy and loyalty levels by “integrating and improving cross-channel communications, sales and service to deliver more results-focused, personalized customer interaction.”
Previously, Dow Corning sales and service reps experienced difficulty navigating between the company’s stand-alone Siebel system and other existing applications because the systems required entirely different interfaces, SAP officials said.
PacificNet just never stops to sleep, does it? The China-based gambling technology, e-commerce and, oh yes, Customer Relationship Management vendor has announced that it is about to open the joint venture with Japan-based Bellsystem24, Japan’s largest telemarketing call center services provider, on June 29 in Shanghai.
Bellsystem24 is a Japanese telemarketing, call center and CRM service company selling a variety of services for pursuing one-to-one marketing, such as call center, marketing products and media entertainment.
The aggregate investments in this joint venture are expected to amount to $643,000. The joint venture will principally offer CRM call center consulting and training services, technical and business consulting services, network product sales, software development, system integration, as well as value-added services and other relevant services.
Sand Technology has reported results for the nine-month period ended April 30, 2007, and the company simply is not doing well. Sand reported a loss for the first three quarters of fiscal year 2007 of $2,079,067, or ($0.16) per share on revenues of $4,891,472.
In comparison with the first three quarters of fiscal year 2006, revenues have increased by over 13 percent and the operating loss has decreased by 24 percent, Sand officials point out. Arthur Ritchie, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sand, admits the firm was “expecting stronger revenues.”
Prism Microsystems, developers of the EventTracker event log management product, has announced it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in ISV/Software Solutions and Network Infrastructure Solutions.
This means Prism has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, giving them a competitive advantage in the channel. As one of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified Partner status, Prism Microsystems had to declare a Microsoft Competency,