Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Catching Up

Some sports news. Michelle Wie, the 15 year old American Golfer can become the first woman to play in The Open at St Andrews. She has accepted an invitation to play at July's John Deere Classic, which gives an Open place to the leading player who hasn't already qualified. Golf has been one sport where 'colored' people, however talented, were not allowed to play in some clubs. No wonder it took women this long.

Dean Jones joins the club of aspirants who want to become the next coach for the Indian cricket team. Jones is remembered for his epic innings at the historic tied test in Madras (now Chennai), way back in 1986. More on this here

From the tech world, there's more news coming on collaborations, mergers & acquisitions. SAP and Microsoft will be linking their products according to this article here. Code named Mendocino, this product is slated for unveiling in the fourth quarter 2005, and will allow Microsoft Office users to access SAP applications via extended application menus. Users will also be able to synchronize information between Microsoft Exchange server and SAP systems and access the data in Microsoft Excel format.

In M&A, Juniper acquired Peribit & Redline while Cisco is bidding for VoIP hardware maker Sipura. Cisco had earlier bought Airespace, a vendor in WiFi segment.

Other than the above tech news, found this interview with MySQL CEO Marten Mickos interesting. Oracle, IBM, MSFT watch out. Here's a credible vendor who offers databases at a fraction of your prices. (Know what? MySQL has its origins in Norway/Finland)