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Numbers, Volume 22

While “we don’t do numbers” here at RedMonk, I come across interesting numbers all week long. Here are some (kinda slim this week):

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Cloud/Business Alignment

A total of 28% of IT execs are planning to deploy private computing clouds by the end of 2009, according to the survey results.

The survey, conducted by grid and cloud provider Platform Computing, detected a major stumbling block for deployment: 76% of the IT executives believe that business decision makers don’t understand the potential value of private clouds.

With 67% of the polled IT executives saying they plan to run cloud simulation and modeling applications, the respondents said their top application choices would be Web services and business analytics.

Also, see the news around Evan recent survey about cloud adoption among developers, including this fun quote slipped in from me:

However, as cloud development evolves, and as hybrid public/private clouds emerge, there may be a business risk in cloud migration strategies, according to Cote.

“The buying community is setting themselves up for another cloud spending moment once they decide public clouds are okay and move from private clouds,” Cote said. “While security and regulatory concerns are very real, companies would do well to spend time asserting how they might skip some of their computing needs over the public clouds and avoid paying twice for everything.”

Meanwhile, from the world of Good Old Fashioned IT Management

BMC, which sells tools for managing just about every kind of system known to man and the applications that ride on top of them, was able to squeeze out $450m in sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 ended in June, an 2.9 per cent increase over the prior year.

[BMC] [b]ookings fell by 19 per cent to $390m, which shows that sales are still under pressure. License bookings for its Enterprise Service Management (ESM) tools, which control workloads running on Windows, Unix, and Linux servers, came in at $73m in the first fiscal quarter, down 25 per cent; operating income came in at $43m, nearly triple from a year ago.

There was also plenty of news around Cisco

Private AppStores

Pulse now enables a quarter of a million software developers to manage, share and deploy proprietary software in a secure environment with unmatched visibility into access and software use.

Pulse Private Label is Genuitec’s most advanced delivery software that provides enterprises with a complete software management solution. Pulse Private Label can deliver everything from custom tool stacks with full catalog control to complete end-user application distribution and is scalable from a few team members to over a million. Providing the enterprise with unmatched visibility, IT management has complete control over what software is being used, how it is used, who is using it and how everything is updated and maintained. Pulse allows for customizable corporate branding and messaging as well.

Good luck with that CRM project

Discussions about failed CRM projects often begin with statistics describing failure rates. To facilitate those conversations, here’s a summary of CRM failure stats for the period 2001-2009.

This is the basic list; see down below for more detail:

  • 2001 Gartner Group: 50%
  • 2002 Butler Group: 70%
  • 2002 Selling Power, CSO Forum: 69.3%
  • 2005 AMR Research: 18%
  • 2006 AMR Research: 31%
  • 2007 AMR Research: 29%
  • 2007 Economist Intelligence Unit: 56%
  • 2009 Forrester Research: 47%

Oracling Pricing

EnterpriseDB announced its assessment after Oracle bumped up the prices for some important components in its database management suite by more than 40 per cent.

Oracle updates its price list every summer, and in June 2008 it took flack for jacking up the price on its core database by up to 20 per cent and the newly acquired WebLogic by an “eye opening” 47 per cent. These prices are unchanged this year.

“One BIIIILIOYON downloads”

The Firefox Web browser is fast approaching its billionth download and is likely to hit that milestone some time on Friday.

Mozilla has a Web site and a Twitter feed where people can keep track of the total. On Thursday afternoon, the feed showed more than 999,180,000 downloads, with about 15 more happening each second.

And, they did, of course. See also adoption of the current version of Firefox 3.5.

Disclosure: Genuitec is a client, as are Microsoft and Adobe.

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  1. The Oracle price hike is a real bummer. We have been using Weblogic for a JMS/App Server and Oracle for a data store for years. I was hoping the sale would result in two benefits – better integration with the Oracle stack, and cost savings as the package got consolidated.

    Actually, three things. We have a couple of groups who actually use Oracle AQ for JMS, and I was hoping we'd be able to drive a stake through that heart once and for all. Oracle AQ has given me more obscure debugging work than anything else we use.

    I am very disappointed that our costs are going to be shooting up so much. Fortunately, we wrote a polymorphic JMS provider helper, and already have ActiveMQ capability. In addition, our database connector is able to flex from back end to back end. If it gets bad enough, and we get permission, switching will be minimally painful.

    I'm in the biggest of all corporate IT environments, but I (hopefully) will be out of here ASAP. We're stuck with non-open-source, so called, "best of breed," third party apps. I'll let my corporate overlords worry about negotiating with their rapacious Agile Alliance partner.

    When I'm making decisions in a smaller organization where I have an actual stake in the outcome of the financial choices we make, though, Oracle won't even be in the competition.

    Corporate ToolAugust 7, 2009 @ 8:37 am