Archive for November, 2011

BMC Software reports 11% increase in Q3 revenue

November 28th, 2011

BMC Software has reported total revenue of $556.7m for the second quarter ended 30 September 2011, an increase of 11% over the $502.3m in the same quarter previous year. The company’s operating income was $161m for the second quarter of 2011, up 12.2% compared with the $143.5m in the previous year’s same quarter.

However, a decrease of 13% was seen in generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) net earnings of the company, from $132m in 2010 second quarter to $115m in the same quarter this year.

BMC chairman and chief executive officer Bob Beauchamp said during the second quarter, they reported solid growth in total revenue, non-GAAP earnings and cash flow from operations, however, their performance was mixed. “While we are aggressively addressing our business challenges, we continue to see positive trends and increasing market opportunities in several initiatives, including cloud management, Software-as-a Service and professional services,” Beauchamp said.

The company said cloud management and SaaS transactions continued to show positive momentum, while professional services revenue grew 35% from the year-ago period and delivered a non-GAAP gross margin of 8%.

For full year fiscal 2012, BMC now expects cash flow from operations to be between $800m and $850m, which at the mid-point represents an 8% improvement over fiscal 2011.


CA Technologies Q2 revenue grows to $1.2bn

November 21st, 2011


IT management software company CA Technologies’ revenue grew 5% to $1.2bn in its second quarter of fiscal year 2012, ended 30 September 2011, compared to the same quarter in FY 2011.

Year-over-year revenue grew to $1.2bn, up 5%, while the total revenue backlog was $8.07 bn, up 4% in constant currency and as reported, said the company.

Geographically, North America revenue was $735m, up 10%. International revenue was $465m, down 1%.

Total bookings in the second quarter were $972m, down 4%. North America bookings were $664m, while international bookings were $308m, down 11% in constant currency and 8% as reported.

The company said that it has signed a total of 10 license agreements with contract values in excess of $10m each, for an aggregate contract value of $321m. During the second quarter of fiscal year 2011, the company signed a total of 14 license agreements with contract values in excess of $10m each, for an aggregate contract value of $361m.

Mainframe Solutions revenue was $655m, Enterprise Solutions revenue was $449m, and services revenue was $96m, said the company.

SAP Q3 revenue grows to €3.41bn.

November 14th, 2011


SAP has just posted a 146% growth in operating profit. SAP third quarter software revenue grew at its fastest rate in a decade, as its operating profit soared 146% to reach €1.76bn, compared to €716m in 2010. The company’s total revenue was €3.41bn, compared to 2010 figures of €3bn, an increase of 14%.

Software revenue grew 28% to reach €841m, compared to €656m in 2010, while support revenue climbed 13% to reach €1.757m.

The Germany-based enterprise application software company said that efficiency gains combined with operational efficiency led to the record performance.

The company said that its pipeline continues to remain very strong and companies continue to invest in IT. It said that despite the uncertainty in “macroeconomic environment”, its outlook for 2011 remains unchanged.

Top tips for CIOs migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 – part 2 of 2

November 6th, 2011

Beware the Internet Explorer 6.0 headache for Windows 7 upgrade

Internet Explorer 6.0 is likely to cause major headaches, because there is no support for it in Windows 7. IE 6.0 compatibility was killed off in the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing initiative to make Microsoft code more secure. As a result, IE6 is not supported in later versions of the browser. Websites and web applications written for IE6 will not work under IE8 or 9. The IE6-dependency issue is a significant problem for many organisations looking to migrate from XP and is a blocker to many Windows 7 migrations.

Microsoft says it’s one of the biggest challenges for Windows 7 projects. The UK public sector and many large businesses rely a lot on IE6 applications. When most were installed, browser compatibility was not as serious an issue as it is now. Some websites and applications are tied to IE6. Browsium is a software company tackling this aspect of Windows XP migrations by providing a browser plug-in for IE8 that provides an environment for running IE6 websites and plug-ins.

 How Windows 7 upgrade affects desktop virtualisation

Desktop virtualisation is no way to lower desktop computing costs. It puts immense strain on the network and storage, but it does offer a strong model for centralised security that fits in well with the consumerisation of IT. VDI is a major undertaking, technically challenging and it requires a cultural shift in how people view personal computing.

The Co-operative Group plans to virtualise up to 2,000 desktops by the end of 2011, reaching 3,500 desktops across its head office and funeral services branches during 2012.

Moving to Windows 7 also gives the IT department the ability to use App-V, the Microsoft virtualisation technology. But not all applications are suitable for virtualisation. Application compatibility tools have a role to play here, again, by helping users to identify potential compatibility issues.

 How Windows 8 release affects Windows XP upgrade

Organisations may consider delaying the migration because Windows 8 is just around the corner.

In Gartner’s paper, Don’t Change Your Windows 7 Plans Because of Windows 8, analysts say Microsoft expects Windows 8 to be released to manufacture in April 2012, a date that would allow general availability by mid-year. In the paper Gartner warns that independent software vendors (ISVs) and enterprises will likely need nine to 18 months to obtain and test supported applications and plan deployments.

According to Gartner, most organisations will not be able to start deploying Windows 8 before the end of 2013. “With support for Windows XP ending in April 2014, we believe it would be dangerous for organisations now running XP to attempt to skip Windows 7 and move directly to Windows 8.”




Five pointers for your Windows XP upgrade at a glance

  1. Software and hardware auditing should be used to determine the state of the desktop in terms of software and hardware configuration. Windows 7 has a minimum specification, in terms of hardware requirements. Generally, businesses are installing 4 to 8GBytes of memory on 64-bit ready PC hardware to make the most of what the OS offers.
  2. Reducing the number of applications, by simplifying the desktop PC environment, should be a priority. Ultimately, IT departments should consider migrating towards a fully -fledged virtual desktop environment, but this may be too big a first step from Windows XP. Tools that monitor application usage can identify candidate applications to remove from the desktop.
  3. Don’t forget Internet Explorer 6.0. Some internal websites and web applications may have been hard-coded to run only in IE6. Such applications can be redeveloped, but it may be more cost-effective to user a browser emulation plug-in, that enables the IE6 environment to run within a modern Microsoft browser.
  4. Automated application compatibility testing enables IT departments to test which desktop applications are good to go and which are incompatible with Windows 7.
  5. Some application testing tools can fix many common application compatibility problems automatically, leaving just a few applications that need to be manually re-engineered.