The FUD begins in Oracle and PeopleSoft deal

Creating fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) about your competitors in the minds of their customers is a tactic common in the enterprise software industry, especially when you see a significant event like an acquisition that will upset the fine balance of players in a mature and consolidating market. It’s all part of the friendly business […]

Microsoft ramps up the FUD

Following the announcement of Oracle’s acquisition of PeopleSoft on 13 December, I wrote about the outbreak of fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) that began with comments by an SAP executive. Now comes news about moves by Microsoft seeking to lure PeopleSoft customers away. Microsoft-Watch reports that Microsoft didn’t waste any time in trying to win […]

Corporate governance fuels boom for enterprise software vendors

Business Week reports on the success of enterprise software vendors and their ‘corporate governance programs’ to fix internal accounting problems, which have become hot sellers in a booming new market: […] It’s a growth business in a mature industry: Market researcher Gartner expects spending on corporate-governance software to hit $6.9 billion in ’06, more than […]

Using blogs for informal relationship-building with shareholders

There’s a an extremely good report on IR Web Report, published yesterday, on why corporate boards should blog to improve their communication with shareholders. Every corporate communicator, investor relations practitioner, and CFO should read this (as well as the companion article with ten excuses not to blog). Written from the boardroom perspective, IR Web’s key […]

A snapshot of Google

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal reports on Google’s meeting with financial analysts on Wednesday, the first such meeting since the company’s initial public offering last August. Earlier this month, Google reported fourth-quarter earnings that roughly doubled from a year earlier. The Journal’s report (and related reporting, noted below) is helpful in getting to know some aspects […]

Testing time for Sarbanes-Oxley

Judgment day is fast approaching for US companies grappling with the most complex and expensive provisions in the Sarbanes-Oxley accounting and corporate governance legislation. The Financial Times reports that up to 5,000 large and medium-sized public companies must give detailed summaries about the state of their internal controls in forthcoming annual reports. The reports must […]

Nike breaks new ground in communication transparency

Communicating on corporate responsibility doesn’t get more transparent than this. The Financial Times reports: Today Nike breaks a three-year silence on social reporting as it publishes its 2004 corporate responsibility report. This is Nike’s first report since a 2002 California supreme court ruling that the company could be sued by Mark Kasky, a labour rights […]

Interview: Mark Elbertse and Hans Mestrum, Tulip Computers – May 11, 2005

In this latest in our series of For Immediate Release podcast interviews – complimentary to our regular "Hobson & Holtz Report" bi-weekly shows – Shel and Neville enjoyed a 24-minute conversation with Mark Elbertse, Chief Executive Officer, and Hans Mestrum, Trendwatcher, of Tulip Computers NV headquartered in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. Our conversation centered on Hans […]