Startup Bets EMC; Lack of CRM Support Riles Redmond
Last week, while weeding out his inbox, The Katt came across a note from DataCore challenging EMC to a product shootout.Last week, while weeding out his inbox, The Katt came across a note from DataCore challenging EMC to a product shootout. DataCore, a storage virtualization software startup, is betting a new Porsche 911 Turbo, as well as a $137,140 charitable donation, that its SANsymphony product is faster than EMCs Symmetrix. El Gato could only assume that the choice of a 911 Turbo was a fairly cryptic inside joke on DataCores partthat particular vehicle also happens to be EMC CEO Joe Tuccis ride. Spencer called EMC spokesman Mike OMalley to see what his company thought of DataCores challenge. "Its clearly a desperate marketing effort. They should be investing that money elsewhere, like in engineering," said OMalley. When the Kitty inquired whether EMC would accept the bet, OMalley replied, "Were too busy helping our customers, rather than deal with publicity stunts."
The Furry One has heard whispers that the Microsoft platform group may be doing a slow burn because few major CRM vendors have been embracing .Net. According to a Tabby tattler, Redmonds anger is most likely aimed at vendors such as PeopleSoft, Oracle, SAP, E.piphany and Kana, which have cuddled up with Java rather than Microsofts own forthcoming CRM wares. The tipster also said that a Microsoft insider fears itll be a year or two before Microsoft delivers the "real" CRM goodies. Purchase the more pedestrian first rev (due for release next quarter) at your own peril, said the tipster, because upgrading to the "purer" .Net in the second release could be tricky.