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IBM Acquires Cloud Consulting Specialist Bluewolf
News  |  3/31/2016
The acquisition of Bluewolf pairs cloud services and strategic consulting with IBM's expertise in experience design, mobility, and cognitive solutions. Financial details were not released.
Office 365, Slack Gain Enterprise Users: Study
Commentary  |  3/31/2016
Microsoft's Office 365 is the most popular off-the-shelf cloud application, while Slack is the fastest growing among business customers, according to a report from Okta, an identity and mobility management service provider.
HPE Hybrid Cloud Strategy Hinges On Synergy Platform
News  |  3/30/2016
HP Enterprise promises a second quarter release of the Synergy platform, a "composable infrastructure" architecture that lets enterprises create private clouds on-premises. The company gave analysts and editors a preview at its new headquarters.
7 Reasons To Convert To A Private Cloud
Slideshows  |  3/30/2016
If you're considering -- or merely curious about -- converting your data center to a private cloud, we'll help you learn about the management, scalability, and efficiency improvements you may gain.
Wearable Users Happy With Hardware, Less So With Apps
News  |  3/29/2016
A survey by Argus Insights suggests wearable makers need to spend more time thinking about app design and function.
How The Network Time Foundation Uses Its Funding
News  |  3/29/2016
The Network Time Foundation saw a big jump in funding in 2015. While it's a step in the right direction, there's still much work ahead to shore up the open source Network Time Protocol (NTP) that synchronizes computer clocks around the world. Here's where the money is going, and what's still needed.
Oracle Seeks $9.3 Billion Over Android's Use Of Java
News  |  3/29/2016
In its long-running copyright lawsuit against Google over its use of Java in Android, Oracle has now increased its damage claim to $9.3 billion. But Google dismisses the claim as excessive.
IBM Opens Fourth Bluemix 'Garage' In France
News  |  3/28/2016
Developers can use IBM's latest cloud development tools and practices, including Watson analytical services, in Bluemix Garages.
8 Reasons To Consider Insights-As-A-Service
Slideshows  |  3/28/2016
Organizations are purchasing all kinds of data and analytics solutions, but they still may not be meeting their business goals. If this describes your company, see how insight-driven (vs. data-driven) practices are helping other firms address the problem.
Google Loves Machine Learning, Cloudera Acquires Startup: Big Data Roundup
News  |  3/27/2016
Cloudera has acquired a big data cloud services startup. Google has introduced a new machine learning option. Nvidia's CEO talks about AI. Companies are already making Strata + Hadoop announcements. We've got those items and more in the Big Data Roundup for the week ending March 27, 2016.
Microsoft Muzzles AI Chatbot After Twitter Users Teach It Racism
News  |  3/25/2016
Thanks to machine learning and Internet trolls, Microsoft's Tay AI chatbot became a student of racism within 24 hours. Microsoft has taken Tay offline and is making adjustments.
Oracle Will Put Its Cloud On Your Premises
News  |  3/24/2016
Oracle Cloud at Customer is designed to match what's in the Oracle Cloud with infrastructure running on customers' premises, managed by Oracle.
HP Enterprise Leads As Cloud Supplier, Report Finds
News  |  3/24/2016
The cloud infrastructure market is growing at 20% annually, and HP Enterprise is the primary supplier of servers and storage, according to a new report from Synergy Research.
Google Takes Aim At AWS, Microsoft On Cloud Front
News  |  3/23/2016
With its new top executive for Google Cloud Platform, Diane Greene, in place, Alphabet's subsidiary is planning to quadruple its cloud regions and ramp up hiring in these areas.
Microsoft, Google, Others Push For Encrypted Email Protocols
News  |  3/23/2016
Tech giants including Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo have banded together to proposed a method for making email more secure.
CoreOS Offers Automated Security Checks As A Service
News  |  3/22/2016
Clair 1.0 is ready for production use to make containers more secure. Also, new threats will be added to its vulnerabilities database.
Adobe Beefs Up Marketing Analytics, Creates Developer Portal
News  |  3/22/2016
The Adobe Summit 2016 is serving as a backdrop to a host of enhancements and launches appearing within Adobe's analytics and marketing business, including a new portal for developers.
Enterprise Invests More In Software-Defined Data Centers
News  |  3/22/2016
When it comes to software-defined infrastructure, a 451 Research survey finds financial services and healthcare lead the field as prime implementers, while retail continues to lag.
MDM Vs. MAM: Best Choice For Mobile Management
News  |  3/22/2016
When deciding between mobile device management (MDM) or mobile application management (MAM), enterprises should consider factors including number of in-house employees, compliance requirements, and data security.
IBM's Optevia Acquisition Adds To SaaS, CRM Portfolio
News  |  3/21/2016
Optevia specializes in Microsoft Dynamics CRM for the public sector. It's found success with streamlining CRM services in town councils across the UK.
11 Tips For Successful Self-Service BI And Analytics
Slideshows  |  3/21/2016
As more businesses attempt to compete with data, more people within their organizations must be able to gain insight from it. End-user requirements are changing rapidly, often at a faster pace than their employers' ability to deliver sound solutions. Here are a few ways to avoid compromising long-term benefits for short-term gains.
Employee Surveillance: Business Efficiency Vs. Worker Privacy
News  |  3/21/2016
Legal scholars argue that new laws are needed to define the parameters of acceptable workplace monitoring and to ensure respect for personal privacy.
Barry University CIO: Managing The Mobile Security Load
Commentary  |  3/21/2016
In higher ed, CIOs have to deal with ultra-connected students and faculty whose devices increase the security burden on IT, while managing the growing use of online video as an educational tool. Here's how the CIO of Barry University in Florida handles it all.
9 Ways VR Video Gaming Is Getting Very Real
Slideshows  |  3/19/2016
VR technology was everywhere at this year's Game Developers Conference. But it will be a while before it registers in the real world.
Google's Next HQ: Modern, With Retro Flairs
Slideshows  |  3/18/2016
The pending makeover of Google's Mountain View campus shows concern for birds and the environment, alongside a look that manages to be both retro and modern.
Apple Partially Switches From AWS To Google Cloud, Reports Say
News  |  3/17/2016
Apple is teaming up with rival Google to move some of its iCloud business onto the Google Cloud Platform. The move comes as Apple looks to diversify its cloud presence.
Big Data's Priorities: Streaming Analytics, Self-Service
News  |  3/17/2016
Businesses are taking the next step with big data technology in 2016 with plans to implement streaming analytics and self-service, as they work to embed big data insights directly into business applications and software.
10 Cloud Startups Worth Your Attention
Slideshows  |  3/17/2016
If your view of the cloud marketplace is dominated by the Amazons and Googles of the world, you may be missing out on solutions that better target your needs. Here's our list of 10 up-and-coming cloud providers worth a look.
AWS Service Migrates 1,000 Database Systems Into Cloud
News  |  3/16/2016
The AWS Database Migration Service, which the company announced in October, officially came out of preview phase on March 15, after importing 1,000 on-premises database systems.
Oracle Showcases Cloud Revenue Growth In Q3
News  |  3/16/2016
Oracle highlighted its big cloud growth for both PaaS and SaaS offerings during the company's third quarter of its fiscal year. Oracle executives used the company's quarterly earnings release and call with analysts to position its cloud business against rivals Salesforce and Workday.
Mobile, Cloud Security Are Top IT Leadership Concerns
News  |  3/16/2016
Greater awareness of data security among business leaders isn't yet matched by budgetary respect or business commitment, according to recent study findings.
Siri Fails To Help In A Crisis
News  |  3/15/2016
Conversational agents such as Siri, Google Now, and S Voice haven't quite figured out how to handle crisis situations.
Google Makes Big Enterprise Analytics Play
News  |  3/15/2016
By unifying its data analytics offerings, Google hopes to provide enterprise marketers with more comprehensive customer insight.
HPE's Machine Learning APIs, MIT's Sports Analytics Trends: Big Data Roundup
News  |  3/13/2016
We've got news from HP Enterprise, MapR, and IBM Watson in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending March 13. Plus, we bring you a summary of top trends in analytics for sports, and tell you why you may be headed to the most forgettable city in the country.
10 Ways Predictive Analytics Improves Innovation
Slideshows  |  3/12/2016
From drug discovery to price optimization, across virtually every industry, more companies are using predictive analytics to increase revenue, reduce costs, and modernize the way they do business. Here are some examples.
SQL Server On Linux, Outlook Gets Smarter: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  3/12/2016
Microsoft this week announced a Dynamics AX upgrade, plans to release SQL Server on Linux, and several Skype for Business updates.
Tableau Grabs Superfast Database With HyPer Buy
News  |  3/11/2016
Tableau Software has acquired HyPer, an early stage database company that provides an engine for transactional data and analysis. Tableau will integrate the technology into its own product to add transactional capabilities to its own software.
Equinix Joins Open Compute Project, Adopts Wedge Switch
News  |  3/11/2016
Equinix looks to build out an open source customer ecosystem based on the Open Compute Project and Facebook's Wedge switch in its 145 data center hubs.
Google Releases Android N Developer Preview
News  |  3/10/2016
With a surprise early release, Google hopes developers will provide more feedback and have more time to implement new Android features.
Skype Boosts Collaboration, Brings Chat To Microsoft Office 365
News  |  3/10/2016
Microsoft this week updated Skype for Business to make video meetings more affordable, expanded PTSN Conferencing, and brought Skype chat to Office 365.
IBM Watson Powers Hilton Robot Concierge
News  |  3/10/2016
A Hilton hotel in McLean, Virginia, has deployed a Watson-powered robot named Connie to help answer basic travel questions.
Ceva Animal Health CIO: Cloud Is Pick Of The Litter For IT
Commentary  |  3/10/2016
CIO Francois Tricot uses cloud technology to keep IT humming for Ceva Animal Health's global operations. His approach can serve as a guide for your own cloud strategy.
IBM Job Cuts Affect 14,000 Workers, Analyst Firm Estimates
News  |  3/10/2016
Financial analyst firm Bernstein has estimated that at least 14,000 workers will be affected by IBM's Q1 job cuts. IBM has declined to provide details on the size of a "workforce rebalancing" effort, which employees have said began March 2.
Microsoft Dynamics AX Launches On Azure Worldwide
News  |  3/9/2016
Microsoft officially launches the next generation of Dynamics AX, a cloud-first service built for Azure.
IBM's Watson Lands A Job With KPMG
News  |  3/9/2016
KPMG, the global global tax auditing and advisory firm, aims to use Watson's cognitive computing capabilities to look at volumes of data that, from a human standpoint, would be impossible to manage.
Verizon Wireless Settles FCC 'Supercookie' Complaint
News  |  3/9/2016
For failing to inform customers about its ad tracking identifier, the telecom company must pay a $1.35 million fine, a tiny fraction of its annual revenue.
How Mobile, Cloud Are Changing The Face Of UC
Commentary  |  3/8/2016
Ten years in, challenges remain in moving unified communications forward. Will mobile technology or changes in applications lead the way to a cloud-based UC infrastructure?
AI Advancement In Answering Questions About Text, Images
News  |  3/8/2016
Continuing advancement in artificial intelligence promises to help businesses make sense of the data deluge.
MapR Pursues Simplicity With Container, Security Upgrades
News  |  3/8/2016
Hadoop distributor MapR is updating its Converged Data Platform with new support for Docker containers that makes it easier for organizations to work with data and containers. The company has also enhanced security features.
IBM Denies Layoff Size As Salesforce CEO Woos Talent
News  |  3/8/2016
IBM called reports that it is laying off a third of its workforce "outlandish and untrue." That's not stopping Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff from publicly inviting IBM employees to apply for open posts at his firm.
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