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SAP launches EcoHub

Today's headlines: SAP launches a review site for partners, and Google releases the Android code.

Information technology (IT) channel news in brief for Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008.

SAP launches partner review site

SAP partners can now access EcoHub, an online marketplace where they can search for SAP products by industry, application, platform or region and receive updated information, including user-generated reviews, reported yesterday. Customers can also use the tool to view demos and hear success stories from other partners. SAP said the new site is a strong example of how to use Web 2.0 in the enterprise. EcoHub joins Microsoft's Visual Studio Gallery and's Appexchange in bringing social networking to the enterprise software market.

Google opens Android code

Google released the open source code behind its Android mobile operating system yesterday. That means developers, carriers and partners can now build applications for Android devices and basically create customized phones. Google is banking on handset manufacturers jumping on board, because the platform can be open to any mobile device. Among the applications that are likely to immediately emerge are location-based travel tools and social network offerings. So far, T-Mobile has released an Android phone to mixed reviews. Motorola is promising an Android phone in the near future.

TomorrowNow lawsuit settlement coming?

A settlement could be on the horizon in Oracle's TomorrowNow lawsuit against SAP. A federal judge this week ordered Oracle to put a dollar amount on its alleged damages by Feb. 13, according to SAP will then have until Feb. 18 to file a counterproposal. By February, the lawsuit will be coming up on its second birthday. Oracle is accusing TomorrowNow, a now-defunct SAP subsidiary, of illegally downloading material from Oracle's systems and copying Oracle software on its computers.

SQL Server 2005 SP3 still due this year

A Microsoft program manager has reiterated the company's promise to release SQL Server 2005 SP3 before the end of the year. Nosheen Syed, lead program manager in Microsoft's SQL Server sustained engineering group, said on the MSDN blog this week that Windows shops will see a public beta and final release of SQL Server 2005 SP3 this year. The release will contain all prior updates, up until and including cumulative update No. 9 from SQL Server 2005 SP2. It will also include customer-reported issues.

In April, Francois Ajenstat, Microsoft's director of SQL Server marketing, said a third SQL Server 2005 service pack would be forthcoming this year, according to Microsoft just released SQL Server 2008, but most of the SQL Server installed base runs either SQL Server 2000 or SQL Server 2005 and probably will remain with those products for some time.

Epok adds security, compliance perks to SharePoint

Epok this week updated its access control software for Microsoft SharePoint Server. The company said Epok Edition for SharePoint 2.4 will integrate easily with SharePoint to reduce security risks and work with several identity management products to manage permissions among business team leaders. Admins can configure the software so that it requires users to view and/or acknowledge nondisclosure agreements or other contracts and policies. The software can even require users to input their reasons for accessing certain sites and documents on the SharePoint server.

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