Short takes from this week's technology news
ERP buyers shy away from big purchases
Enterprise resource planning buyers have moved away from large, upfront purchases, research from analyst AMR has revealed. Now most tend to license user seats and functional ERP modules incrementally as they deploy a product, AMR said in its annual report on the state of the ERP market. Along with widespread discounting, this has led to smaller average deal sizes, AMR said.
Stress test tool designed for iSeries servers
Users of IBM's iSeries servers are being offered a tool for application testing by The Original Software Group. The US-based software maker said Testload was the first stress-testing tool specifically for iSeries computers. Rather than placing an artificial load on the system, it synchronises, launches, and monitors hundreds of virtual users concurrently, interrogating interactive and batch executables on the iSeries.
EMC CAS system can be used as central archive
EMC's Centera Content Addressed Storage (CAS) system now provides virtual pooling and remote replication software to improve the central archive. According to EMC, CAS can be used as a central archive to collect and store the fixed content of multiple business applications for secure, long-term retention, fast retrieval and overall business continuity.
Oracle service pack for JD Edwards users
Regulatory compliance and self-service applications are among the improvements Oracle has rolled out in the latest service pack for its JD Edwards World ERP applications, which it now owns as part of the PeopleSoft acquisition. A7.3 SP 16 helps users to improve their regulatory compliance, build self-service applications, and lower their operating costs, according to Oracle. Functions such as cash flow reporting, general ledger, and accounts payable have also been improved through the service pack.