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
Oracle Keynote at Cloud Expo
Cloud Computing News - Oracle co-president Charles Phillips was supposed to
become CEO of CA - for all its muddied skirts still one of the world's
largest software companies - and then those "soul mates forever" billboards
popped up in New York, Atlanta and San Francisco, exposing his near
decade-long bi-coastal double life with wife and son in the East and a
live-in girlfriend in the West.
Six days after Phillips was forced to admit that a picture of him and his
ex-girlfriend canoodling was hanging over Times Square, CA named board member
and execu... (more)
The Yahoo Freeze
Yahoo's new CEO Carol Bartz froze salaries Wednesday.
Intel Questioning AMD's x86 License
AMD told the SEC that it rejected Intel's suggestion that its acquisition of
ATI and its creation of the so-called Foundry Company manufacturing spin-off
breached provisions in their age-old cross-license agreement. The terms of
the pact, though perpetual, come up for renewal this year. Intel's getting
back for all the antitrust trouble AMD has caused it.
Cloud Computing Technology Contributors of 2009
10Gen, 3Leaf Systems, 6fusion International, Absolute Performance, Ajaxo,
SCO Group CEO Darl McBride got to lay out his legal cases and his views on
intellectual property, the GPL and the profit motive for the benefit of the
Harvard Law School and the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology on Monday.
We gather Novell vice-chairman Chris Stone demanded equal time because he's
going to speak at the same venue on Monday, February 23 at 6:30 pm. He'll
probably get a friendlier reception from the fashionably PC audience. One
thing Darl said that we hadn't heard before was that Novell's rights shrink
because it's gone into the direct competition with SCO by b... (more)
Novell, which continues to claim that it can dictate to the SCO Group, wrote
SCO a letter last Friday demanding that SCO waive any purported rights to
require IBM to treat Sequent code as being subject to confidentiality
requirements or to restrict Sequent's Unix license. Novell gave SCO until
high noon Utah time Wednesday to do it.
Instead, SCO said. "It is SCO's strongly held legal position that Novell has
no rights to step in and change or alter source code license agreements that
SCO owns and holds with its Unix licensees. SCO has no intention of waiving
any of i... (more)