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Capital One 'Galvanized' By Wallet Development
News  |  5/3/2016  | 
Capital One had to loosen up controls to allow development of a new mobile app, Wallet, but the 20-year-old firm benefited in the long run.
InformationWeek Elite 100: Past Winners Talk Strategy, Best Practices
News  |  5/3/2016  | 
How are the top IT leaders at the top companies grappling with digital transformation, the third platform, the rise of analytics and big data, and other industry shifts? We asked them during the opening session of the InformationWeek Elite 100 conference. Here's what they said.
Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Launches June 1
News  |  5/2/2016  | 
Microsoft confirms it will release the final version of its SQL Server 2016 database management software on June 1.
Amazon's First-Quarter Results Should Silence Critics
News  |  5/2/2016  | 
Amazon turned in a strong first quarter, with sales growing 28% worldwide on an expanding Prime customer base. The company's AWS division also posted solid earnings.
Samsung Developer Conference: IoT Innovation On Display
Slideshows  |  4/29/2016  | 
The Internet of Things hasn't quite caught on with consumers. But developers are working on changing that by rolling out innovative projects. Here's a look at some on display at the recent Samsung Developer Conference.
Microsoft, HPE Back Mesosphere As It Open Sources DC/OS
News  |  4/28/2016  | 
As Mesosphere is opening sourcing its Data Center Operating System (DC/OS), several major tech firms, including Microsoft and HPE, are backing this alternative container standard.
Samsung ARTIK Cloud Aims For IoT Interoperability
News  |  4/28/2016  | 
To help IoT devices work together and enable a new class of IoT apps and services, Samsung introduces a cloud service that aims to break down silos.
Intel CEO's Manifesto Details Cloud, IoT Strategy
News  |  4/27/2016  | 
In a lengthy breakdown of Intel's future strategy for growth, CEO Brian Krzanich singles out the importance of the cloud and the Internet of Things.
VMware, Pivotal Offer Stack For Next-Gen Applications
News  |  4/27/2016  | 
The Pivotal Cloud Foundry development stack has been integrated with the VMware Photon Platform so that the two can produce and host micro-service applications.
Google Cloud Conundrum: 7 Questions That Need Answering
Slideshows  |  4/27/2016  | 
In an effort to gain enterprise interest, Google announced changes to its cloud platform last month that would beef up machine learning and big data capabilities. Still, many questions remain about whether Google's cloud will ever be a serious enterprise contender.
93 Million Mexican Voter Database Exposed On Amazon Cloud
News  |  4/26/2016  | 
A MongoDB database filled with the personal information of 93 million Mexican voters was found configured improperly on the Amazon cloud. The incident raises issues of how information is protected in the cloud.
Identity Management: Where Cloud Security Falls Short
News  |  4/25/2016  | 
A report by the Cloud Security Alliance finds that identity management tools and processes are key to ameliorating the threat of breaches. The report reveals which tools are most popular, and which are underutilized.
10 Big Data Books To Boost Your Career
Slideshows  |  4/25/2016  | 
People with big data and data science skills are some of the most sought after professionals because demand is outstripping supply. Here are 10 books that can help you learn everything about the emerging field and the tools you will need to conquer it.
SAS Global Forum In The Spotlight: Big Data Roundup
News  |  4/24/2016  | 
At SAS Global Forum, the company introduced Viya, a platform that it said is designed to stitch together all types of data, wherever it resides. We've got that and other announcements from the forum in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending April 24, 2016.
Microsoft's Cloud Business Can't Overcome Weak PC, Phone Sales
News  |  4/22/2016  | 
Microsoft's third quarter revenue and profits fell short of analyst estimates, sending the stock lower in after-hours trading. Executives touted the growth and strength of the company's cloud business and noted that weaker PC sales and a strong decline in Microsoft's phone business hurt overall results.
GE Oil & Gas Finds Amazon Use Lowers TCO 52%
News  |  4/21/2016  | 
At the Amazon Summit in Chicago, the CTO of GE Oil & Gas said his unit is exploring ways to better understand and save with the AWS platform.
10 iPhone, iPad Apps For Data Nerds
Slideshows  |  4/21/2016  | 
Small devices such as iPhones and iPads can't handle big data, but they can help you gain big data skills, access cloud-based data, and leverage that cloud-based data for insights. Here are 10 iOS data-centric apps for hardcore dataphiles.
Microsoft Gains In SaaS Market, Report Finds
Commentary  |  4/20/2016  | 
Synergy Research assessed the growth of SaaS in 2015, and found it more mature than other cloud services -- and ready for an even greater takeoff. In addition, the report showed Microsoft may be one company poised for significant growth.
Reddit’s Missing Warrant Canary: What IT Can Learn
Commentary  |  4/20/2016  | 
It's tricky trying to figure out whether or not your preferred app, website, or service provider has received a federal subpoena demanding information. When a warrant canary vanished from Reddit's Transparency Report, it got folks talking. The incident holds important lessons for enterprise IT professionals trying to decipher whether or not a service provider's data is being trolled by the feds.
IBM's Strategy Fails To Boost Revenue, Impress Investors
News  |  4/19/2016  | 
IBM embarked on its first quarter breaking out "strategic imperatives," as part of an effort to showcase businesses such as cognitive computing that the company believes will shape its future. Yet, overall IBM's revenue experienced a decline compared to last year's first quarter.
Oracle Buys Crosswise For Cross-Device Tracking, Marketing Cloud
News  |  4/19/2016  | 
Oracle has acquired a marketing technology company that helps organizations get a clearer, unified profile of their customers, regardless of whether the customer is using a smartphone or a PC.
Cloud Stampede Is On, But Who's Watching Security?
News  |  4/18/2016  | 
A survey by Intel and the Cloud Security Alliance finds that the use of cloud services is increasing, but more in-depth security measures are needed.
Pivotal Changes Elephants, Big Data-As-A-Service Growing: Big Data Roundup
News  |  4/17/2016  | 
Google machine learning wants to harness your unscheduled minutes. Pivotal expands its alliance with Hortonworks. The big data-as-a-service market is forecast to grow in a big way. Dell updates Statistica for "citizen" data scientists. All that and how your emoji choices may be driving your friends away, in the Big Data Roundup for the week ending April 17, 2016.
Microsoft Sues Justice Department, AG Over Cloud Privacy
News  |  4/15/2016  | 
Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, stating that the same rules that apply to search and seizure in an office should apply to its cloud.
Cloud Adoption Could Save Feds $10 Billion Annually
News  |  4/15/2016  | 
A MeriTalk survey of federal IT managers reveals that they believe the government can save more than $10 billion annually from additional consolidation and cloud adoption.
Google Cloud Fail Points To 2 Software Bugs
News  |  4/14/2016  | 
The Google Compute Engine cloud service was hit with an 18-minute outage worldwide earlier in the week -- at the same time the supply chain is finally getting comfortable with continuity in the cloud.
'Cloud-First' To Close 5,000 Federal Data Centers By 2019
News  |  4/14/2016  | 
A GAO report on the federal government's "cloud-first" policy cites past and future data center closures, suggests savings slow to materialize.
Amazon Names New CEOs: What It Means
News  |  4/13/2016  | 
Amazon says that promoting Andy Jassy and Jeff Wilke to new CEO roles is not a reorganization. But does this foreshadow more independence for AWS?
OpenText Tackles Digital Transformation, Extends EIM Platform To Cloud
News  |  4/13/2016  | 
OpenText Release 16 addresses EIM customer demand for digital transformation and hybrid deployments. CEO Mark Barrenechea told us about the forces driving these demands and how OpenText is pursuing its own transformation, including standardizing on a single ERP system.
Public Cloud Services Beat Out Private, IDC Finds
News  |  4/13/2016  | 
IDC's Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker projects 48% of IT spend will be in cloud infrastructure by 2020. Public services lead private cloud.
SAP's Software-To-Cloud Growing Pains Reflect Industry Shift
News  |  4/12/2016  | 
SAP warned that its software license sales declined in the first quarter of 2016 and that business in the Americas was weaker than expected. Industry analysts said that SAP and other traditional software vendors will likely experience some tough quarters as they transition to offering cloud services.
Red Hat, QCT Partner On OpenStack Hardware System
News  |  4/11/2016  | 
Quanta Cloud Technology is teaming with Red Hat to produce a ready-to-plug-in package of OpenStack, Linux, and Ceph storage loaded on Quanta servers, storage, and switches.
Delphix Rolls Out Data Masking For App Dev Security
Commentary  |  4/11/2016  | 
Delphix 5.0 adds selective data distribution, which includes masking, as well as support for Oracle E-Business Suite and IBM DB2 to existing data virtualization capabilities.
LinkedIn Donates Dr. Elephant, MapR's Drill 1.6: Big Data Roundup
News  |  4/10/2016  | 
LinkedIn contributes new technology for monitoring and managing Hadoop and Spark, MapR announces Apache Drill 1.6, SAP and IBM take their relationship to the next level, and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending April 10, 2016.
Amazon Is Defining, Not Chasing, Future Consumers
Commentary  |  4/8/2016  | 
Through innovations like Prime and Prime Now, plus its AWS business, Amazon is not merely changing the nature of the consumer marketplace -- it's helping shape it.
Gartner: IT Spending Will Decline In 2016
News  |  4/7/2016  | 
Gartner expects global IT spending to dip slightly in 2016, to $3.49 trillion. Faced with spending constraints, but the need to advance, many are optimizing by spending on services instead of assets.
Salesforce Investing In AI, Deep Learning
News  |  4/6/2016  | 
Salesforce's recent acquisitions of AI startups including MetaMind will enable it to keep pace with the functions that consumer-focused companies such as Facebook and Google have offered.
7 Reasons The IoT Will Run On PaaS
Slideshows  |  4/6/2016  | 
The Internet of Things is poised for exponential growth, and all that software and data has to live somewhere. Here's why we think that place will be platform-as-a-service.
Next-Generation Databases Shift IT Priorities
News  |  4/5/2016  | 
As organizations consider analytics in an era of big data, they are also considering a range of new database types to accommodate the challenges that come with it. A new survey looks at the databases under consideration, the big concerns of IT pros in charge of these systems, and what compromises the pros may need to make.
IBM Layoffs Hit Canada, Europe, Australia; US Likely Next
News  |  4/4/2016  | 
IBM layoffs are hitting employees in Canada, Europe, and Australia. Another round of US layoffs is reportedly "imminent."
Microsoft Updates HDInsight, Kafka Training Gets A Boost: Big Data Roundup
News  |  4/3/2016  | 
In this Strata + Hadoop edition of our big data roundup, we've got news from Microsoft, Intel, Hortonworks, Confluent, and others for the week ending April 3, 2016.
AI, Public Data Sets, Real-Time: Strata + Hadoop Keynote Sampling
News  |  4/1/2016  | 
Strata + Hadoop keynotes included updates on the state of AI, new public data sets and programs from the US Department of Commerce, a closer look at what real-time data means for big data, and more. Here's a sampling of some of our favorite keynotes from this week's event.
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.
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.
8 Hot Software Skills To Keep Your Career On Track
Slideshows  |  3/28/2016  | 
Looking for work in tech right now? Looking for ways to expand your role at your current job? I've put on my prognosticator's cap for a look at which software is worth your time. You'll find content management systems, 3D modeling, and programming frameworks in the mix. If you're a hiring manager, it's worth a look to see which software is being used, and where.
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.
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