How An Agricultural Data Firm Puts The Cloud To Work
Integration -- connecting computing services to one another -- used to mean bringing in expensive consultants, investing in custom programming, and dealing with long timelines. But modern cloud-based options could make integration only a matter of dragging icons and filling in form fields, work that can often be done without a developer. Here's what it means to IT professionals.
Oracle NetSuite Buy Creates Serious Cloud Contender
Oracle announced plans to buy cloud-based ERP provider NetSuite, a company backed by Oracle CTO Larry Ellison. But how will the two companies resolve the overlap in functionality between their product portfolios?
10 Hiring Challenges Confronting CIOs
CIOs are seeing the highest level of skills shortage since the Great Recession of 2008-09 and other hiring issues, according to the 2016 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey. Find out where these challenges exist and to what extent.
How To Keep IT Moving At The Speed Of Business
Andrew Horne, IT practice leader at consulting firm CEB, offers his insights on why IT needs to speed up its processes in today's business environment. Horne uses data from CEB research, and examples from client experiences, to give you three steps that can help you speed up IT operations in your own organization.
Lawsuit Raises Questions About The Right To Tinker With Tech
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a lawsuit to overturn a provision in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which limits the modification of technology. For anyone managing information technology, the law in question has the potential to limit access to data, to weaken security, and to impose unnecessary burdens, costs, and liabilities.
Facebook's Aquila Internet Drone Completes First Flight
WiFi takes to the skies in the form of Aquila, a self-piloting Facebook drone with a wingspan greater than that of a Boeing 737. It's another move by companies such as Facebook and Google to deliver internet services through unconventional means.
Google Cloud Platform Adds Machine Learning APIs
Developers interested in creating apps that understand text or speech can look to Google's cloud for tools -- the Cloud Natural Language API and the Cloud Speech API. The two offerings have now advanced into open beta status.
SAP Second Quarter Earnings Shrug Off Brexit
SAP second quarter earnings showed no sign of weakness from the recent Brexit vote in the UK. Instead, the company's revenue and earnings grew as SAP added new customers, particularly for its S/4 HANA platform.
Facebook Tests High-Speed Laser Internet Access
Facebook wants to beam you onto the web, using laser light to carry information from point to point. However, the social networking company warns that the technology is still in its infancy.
Microsoft Azure Wins Boeing's Cloud Business
Boeing is set to move its extensive portfolio of digital solutions to Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, with an aim to improve the operation and efficiency of its airlines customers.
IBM's Cloud, Analytics Investments Start Paying Off
IBM's second quarter total revenues and earnings per share declined again, but executives and analysts put their focus on the company's strategic initiatives, which showed continued growth in the most recent quarter.
Softbank's ARM Buy Signals Mobile Market Disruption
Softbank, one of the largest mobile service providers, has reached past several layers of the supply chain to buy ARM, which designs the processors inside most of the mobile devices using its networks worldwide. The deal has the power to show us what true market disruption looks like.
Data Science Skills Gap, Pokémon Go Maps: Big Data Roundup
The data and analytics skills gap is an obstacle to achieving digital transformation, according to a Gartner survey; Microsoft is looking to fill that skills gap with a new online degree program; and Pokemon Go's creator shares the secrets behind how the game's maps were created.
White House Offers $400 Million For 5G Developments
The White House has announced a $400 million advanced wireless research initiative to build on Obama's broadband policy. The goal is to help pave the way for 5G technology that can benefit advances such as the internet of things.
Microsoft Prevails Over Government In Overseas Email Case
The federal appeals court decision favors Microsoft's decision to refuse federal government access to email hosted on a server in Ireland, despite the issuance of a warrant. The case may push Congress to revamp laws in an era where data is stored in the cloud.
Microsoft Launches Online Data Science Degree Program
Microsoft is addressing the shortage of workers with data science skills with a new professional degree program offered online. The company said the data science degree will serve as a pilot for future offerings.
Robotics Gone Wild: 8 Animal-Inspired Machines
If you want a glimpse of the future of robotics, start by looking at our biological past and present. Here are eight robots that borrow aspects of animal physiology, which has been honed through eons of Darwinian user testing.
Nissan Will Test Autonomous Vehicle Technology In Japan
Nissan plans to introduce single-lane autonomous driving capabilities in its 2017 Serena minivan -- but only on the streets of Japan for now. The news comes after questions were raised about Tesla's Autopilot software following a fatal crash.
Facebook CIO Likes Microsoft Office 365
Facebook and Microsoft have inked a deal to migrate the social media giant's 13,000 employees to Office 365. Facebook will continue to use its own collaborative tools instead of Skype for Business and Yammer.
10 Hot SaaS Security Startups To Watch
Leveraging cloud-based security services is helping to solve some major stumbling blocks when it comes to providing a robust architecture for organizations. To help you navigate your options, we're spotlighting 10 SaaS security startups whose tools are worth a look.
Lenovo, HP Lead PC Market As Shipment Declines Continue
The global PC market continues to face the aspect of declining shipments, but the US market for computers shows signs of resilience during the second quarter of 2016, according to new numbers. Lenovo and HP are leading the market.