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AI, VR, bots and YOU? A survivor's guide to The Future™

We’re at an inflection point, or – rather – the point before that inflection point. We are in the pre-countdown-phase for virtual reality or augmented reality or perhaps machine learning or bots, say onlookers. But which is it? Or will it be none of these? For Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the future is definitely virtual …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Apr 2016
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IBM snaps up small Bluewolf for reported $200m

IBM is set to buy its second CRM-as-a-service business this month, announcing the imminent acquisition of Bluewolf, a Salesforce partner, for a reported £200m. Bluewolf will join IBM's Interactive Experience (iX) arm, to provide Big Blue with Salesforcesque offerings in its customer relationship management. iX is an IBM …
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Cloudera's valuation slashed by Fidelity amid IPO fail fears

Cloudera's estimated valuation was slashed 38 per cent by major capital player Fidelity Investments, reports have said, as Wall Street grows very cool on unicorn public offerings. Fidelity aired its concerns about a potential "startup bubble" by marking down its assessment of privately held Cloudera, monthly holding reports …

Look who just joined Salesforce... it's former European commish Neelie Kroes

Former European Commissioner "Steelie" Neelie Kroes is to take a seat at the board of perpetually loss-making SaaS pioneer Salesforce, the company confirmed today. Clearly the one-time Eurocrat has not yet had her fill of working in a sprawling, ego-driven, bureaucratic organisation. Perhaps Salesforce’s CEO Marc Benioff will …
Paul Kunert, 22 Mar 2016
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Druva boxes clever

Druva has extended its base in end-point data protection to cover cloud apps Box, Google Work and Office 365. If you're working on your mobile smart device and desktop, Druva's inSync product will protect your data on that device. Now, if you are using Box, Google Work (Google Drive, Google Docs and Gmail) or Exchange Online …
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2016
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Microsoft's Linux Inquisitor Grand Master is off to Spotify

Linux and Android device makers can breath a little easier: their IP bête noir has left Microsoft. The lawyer running Microsoft’s intellectual property inquisition, Horacio Gutierrez, has left after 18 years. He’s jumped to streaming service Spotify. Gutierrez joined Microsoft in 1998 but ran the company’s LCA innovation and …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2016
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IBM buys CRM SaaS firm – no, not Salesforce

IBM has snapped up an as-a-service CRM expert and, no, it has nothing to do with Salesfore. The giant has bought Microsoft Dynamics systems integrator partner Optevia for an undisclosed sum in a deal announced Friday morning. UK-based Optevia will be folded into IBM Global Business Services, which is seeing staff axed as part …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2016
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Oracle whistles happy tune as shadow of AWS bus parks on database lawn

Oracle is brushing off challenges from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft to its core database business as a natural consequence of leadership. Rivals are pouncing to take advantage of the shift from on-prem licensing of software to the cloud, the firm reckoned. “People are coming after us, because we are by far the market …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Mar 2016
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Microsoft throws $$$$s at resellers who snare shiny new cloudy punters

Microsoft is again chucking wads of cash at channel types that convince entirely new customers - those not familiar with outages - to sign up to SKUs of Office 365 and CRM Online Pro. Money talks - financial encouragement is a proven method to shape the behaviour of third party sellers - and under the Sprint to the Finish …
Paul Kunert, 16 Mar 2016

Oracle made slightly less money last quarter, and America is to blame

Oracle is blaming a strong dollar in cutting into its Q3 fiscal 2016 numbers. The enterprise giant reported [PDF] a three per cent decline in revenues and a 14 per cent drop in net income on the year-ago quarter, but said that when adjusted for constant currency, revenues would have been up one per cent and income down just …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Mar 2016

Cisco borgs Synata, services shuttered

If you were a Synata user, you are no more: the company's been Borged by the Borg, and all accounts closed down. The company was set up to develop and commercialise its enterprise search technology, which it says offered a single search point across e-mail (Gmail and Exchange), cloud storage (Dropbox, Google Drive and Box), …

Worried by VMware's executive exodus? Dell should be

“To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune,” Oscar Wilde is reputed to have said, before adding “to lose both looks like carelessness.” What, then, to say of VMware? In recent weeks has lost a chief financial officer Johnathan Chadwick, the brains behind its NSX network virtualisation product Martin Casado, and now …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Mar 2016

Pure pleasure with stonking final fiscal 2016 quarter

It was pure pleasure as Pure Storage reported a final fiscal 2016 quarter with revenues up higher than expected and losses down. The company reported fourth-quarter revenues of $150.2m, a 128 per cent increase from the year-ago quarter and a 14 per cent rise from the third quarter's $131.4m. There was a net loss of ‑$44.3 …
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2016

Salesforce.com storage fail causes lengthy outage

UPDATE One of Salesforce.com's European instances is enduring a lengthy un-planned PITSTOP incident – that's a Partial Inability To Support Totally Optimal Performance, a whit below our other status indicator of a Total Inability To Support Usual Performance or TITSUP. Salesforce's ”trust” page (that's what the company calls what any …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Mar 2016
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Nearly all cloud ERP projects will 'fail' by 2018, reckons Gartner

Anybody who thinks cloud ERP is the answer to their monolithic, on-premises vendor pain is wrong – according to Gartner, anyway. Gartner has projected a near 100 per cent fail rate for cloud ERP projects by 2018. Ninety per cent of those rolling out what the mega-analyst has defined as “post-modern ERP” will succumb to the …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Mar 2016

Dead Steve Jobs owed $174 by San Francisco parking ticket wardens

Steve Jobs is owed $174 by San Francisco parking attendants. It's not just the deceased co-founder of Apple either. PayPal co-founder and Facebook investor Peter Thiel is owed $170; Napster co-founder and Facebook's first president Sean Parker $320; Salesforce's Marc Benioff $94. But top of the pile comes, ironically, CEO of …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Feb 2016
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Life's three certainties: Death, taxes and Salesforce losing money

Three things in this life are certain: death, taxes, and SaaSy player Salesforce reporting losses. And so it has come to pass that another quarter has gone by and CEO Marc Benioff’s biz is still finding ways to burn cash. For the three months ended 31 January, the online software slinger reported revenues of $1.809bn, up 25 …
Paul Kunert, 25 Feb 2016
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HP Inc Elite X3: Windows 10 phablet for enterprise-y types

MWC16 HP Inc has unveiled a big bet re-entry into the handheld device market, banking on enterprise’s attachment to the Windows ecosystem to blur the memory of its previous forays and retreats into the space. The vendor will unveil its Elite x3 phablet at MWC, a six inch-high, 7.8mm thick phablet, along with a desktop dock to …
Paul Kunert, 21 Feb 2016
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SAP buys 'all the pretty data' firm Roambi

SAP has bought a data presentation specialist to paint its data feeds in a shade more like Salesforce. The software giant this week bought “key assets” of Roambi, founded in 2008 and specialising in mobile BI and analytics. SAP announced the Roambi buy while saying its Predictive Analytics also now works with Spark – the open …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Feb 2016
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Are you a Salesforce or an Uber? Choose wisely, devs

Comment There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to DevOps. In small operations DevOps will likely mean very little as developers will probably already be managing production environments in addition to the deployment of applications. At the other end of the scale, in very large organisations - where there are well-defined lines …
Clive Howard, 16 Feb 2016

LinkedIn sinkin': $10bn gone in one day as shares plummet 40%

A rough start of the year for tech stocks was amplified Friday when job-based social media company LinkedIn saw its shares plummet over 40 per cent, wiping $10bn off its value thanks to weak earnings. The company announced that sales for the current quarter would be six per cent lower than expected ($820m on expectations of $ …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Feb 2016
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Z-z-ZAP! Salesforce.com reveals Lightning release and price hikes

Salesforce.com has revealed new and more expensive versions of its products. The crown jewel is a new release called “Lightning” that adds integrated VoIP, the better to help sales folk make calls fast and have them logged for managerial approval. There's also more analytics, tied to email if required, to help send more and …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Feb 2016
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Former Oracle man Block fills Salesforce's COO slot

Oracle's former US sales chief Keith Block has been handed the keys to Salesforce by his boss Marc Benioff. Block has been named chief operating officer but will continue to lead global sales in addition to alliances and channels, industry strategy, and consulting. He was lifted from Oracle in 2013, where Block was executive …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Feb 2016
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Apparently we have to give customers the warm fuzzies ... How the heck do we do that?

Analysis “The customer is king” is up there with some of the most overused corporate mantras. But it has now been translated into a new buzzword – Customer Experience, or CX – and a whole industry is evolving on the back of it. The purveyors of enterprise software, cloud services and digital devices would have you believe you can …
Rachel Willcox, 27 Jan 2016
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PWC devours cloud consultancy Outbox Group

PwC is the latest big consultancy to grab a piece of the cloud action by hoovering up integrator Outbox Group, a European firm that specialises in CRM, marketing automation and IT maintenance. After maintaining a watching vigil, the big consultancies are starting to fork out cold hard cash for cloud services outfits - late …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2016
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Vendors reporting their cloud revenue with funny money

There's no way to tell just how successful your suppliers are in the cloud, because nobody's counting cloud cash consistently. So says analyst house Gartner in a paper titled “Vendor Cloud Revenue Claims — Should Enterprises Care?” Gartner thinks you need to care, because vendors are finding all sorts of ways to cook up a big …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jan 2016

Wanted: 1,400 sales jockeys to flog Oracle Cloud

Oracle today unveiled a massive EMEA recruitment drive for its “cloud sales work force”. The enterprise software giant wants to hire 1,400 new salespeople in six locations: Amsterdam, Cairo, Dubai, Dublin, Malaga and Prague. It's also building new sales centres in Amsterdam and Cairo. They will get 600 cloud apps along with on …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jan 2016

'OAuth please do grow up' say IETF boffins

OAuth is a standard, but like so many standards, there's a lot of implementations to choose from and that can make it hard to pass around tokens. Ideally, to help thin out the number of passwords a user needs, they can authenticate to one OAuth service, which can verify a user to other servers. A bunch of IETF 'net boffins …
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Who's laughing now, doubters? Cloud makers rake in £75bn in sales

Global cloud revenues jumped 28 per cent year-on-year to reach $110bn (£75bn) in the 12 months to September 2015. Totting up the numbers is Synergy Research, which tracks vendor revenues in six cloud services and infrastructure areas. These are: Public IaaS/PaaS, Private and Hybrid, SaaS, UCaaS, Public Cloud, Private Cloud. …
Drew Cullen, 08 Jan 2016

Latvian coder released from clink after mega-millions bank raids

A hacker partly responsible for creating the highly sophisticated Gozi trojan that ripped tens of millions of dollars from victims has walked away with 21 months time served. New York district judge Kimba Wood ruled Deniss Calovskis, 30, had paid sufficient penalty for what is described as his minor role in developing Gozi. …
Darren Pauli, 07 Jan 2016
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Kaminario salesmen will now be told why they're earning their dosh

Kaminario’s sales reps will now be able to know how and why they are being paid because a manual system to work out their compensation has been junked. The reps sell a highly-automated K2 all-flash array to deliver blindingly fast data access to applications needing data. Yet, when they filed their sales reports, there was a …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jan 2016

Debian Linux founder Ian Murdock dead at 42

Debian GNU/Linux founder Ian Murdock has died. He was 42. Murdock is best known for launching the open-source distro in 1993. Just last month, he joined the technology startup Docker in San Francisco. Debian guru ... Ian Murdock On Monday afternoon, he posted a string of distressing and erratic tweets, revealing he had …
Chris Williams, 30 Dec 2015
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Salesforce forks out $360m, slips SteelBrick in its Christmas stocking

Salesforce has bought itself an early Christmas present in the form of a $360m (£241m) acquisition of subscription billing apps biz SteelBrick. The acquisition is expected to be wrapped up by April 2016. Salesforce is already familiar with the company's business, having poured $18m (£12m) into its coffers during a 2015. …
Kat Hall, 24 Dec 2015
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Bookstore sells some data centre capacity, becomes Microsoft, Oracle's nemesis

Sysadmin's 2015 review part 1 With 2015 drawing to a close and 2016 about to begin, it is time to reflect on the fact that the world never stops changing. The tech industry certainly changes, and so here's one sysadmin's view of the industry's movers and shakers. In part one we're going to look at Amazon, Oracle and Microsoft. As I see it, the strategy of …
Trevor Pott, 24 Dec 2015
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Oracle beefs up container credentials with Five Guys buyout

Oracle bounced back from a disappointing Q2 with a cunning plan to ease its way into the containers/DevOps space - by quietly taking over a five person Austin-based startup called StackEngine. The database giant slipped in a filing to the SEC over the weekend announcing it had taken over StackEngine, and the share option …
Joe Fay, 22 Dec 2015
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Microsoft grabs ex-Google and Facebook brains for unstructured SQL engine

Microsoft has bought VC-funded big-data SQL start up Metanautix, building what it’s called a data compute engine. Metanautix was founded by Google former engineering director Theo Vassilakis and ex Facebook senior software engineer Toli Lerios in 2012 and landed $7m from Sequoia Capital. Their creation was Quest, released in …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Dec 2015
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Box announces Salesforce integration, SDK for developers

Salesforce and Box have announced new integration features, including an SDK for developers. Salesforce Files Connect for Box enables access to files stored in Box for users on the Salesforce platform. Box content can be connected to Salesforce records, users or groups. The Box SDK for Salesforce, available on GitHub, is a …
Tim Anderson, 17 Dec 2015
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Oracle, looks like your revenues were down. 'Cloud! Cloud! Look at the cloud!'

Oracle is pointing to continued growth for its cloud business as the bright side in a quarter that saw the enterprise giant drop revenues slightly, but still top Wall Street expectations. Big Red's fiscal 2016 Q2 numbers ending November 30 were as follows: Total revenues were $8.9bn, down 6 per cent from the $9.5bn haul over …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Dec 2015
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Red Hat launches dedicated enterprise cloud platform

Red Hat has launched a dedicated cloud platform for companies that want their developers to focus on coding. For $48,000 a year, the Linux distro provides a high-availability cluster with five nodes, four application nodes, 48TB of bandwidth, premium support, and 100GB of data. You can buy additional nodes for $12,000 a piece …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Dec 2015
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Everyone wants a piece of software maker Atlassian's ass

Investor hunger to grab a slice of Atlassian has led the Aussie-turned-Brit-based software-as-a-service developer to upgrade its IPO price range by double digits, valuing the business at $4.1bn. The enterprise software organ, which is set to list on NASDAQ this week, had expected to issue stock at between $16.50 to $18.50 per …
Paul Kunert, 09 Dec 2015
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Browsium serves stats to demystify cloud consumption

Browsium has expanded its remit with real-time tools for getting a grip on the size and scale of cloudy corporate software estates. On Monday the firm unveiled Browsium Proton, providing what it called "easy-to-use web application inventory and analytics". The idea is to use Proton to monitor traffic and use of applications …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Dec 2015
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Are CIOs condemned to 'interesting' times in 2016?

CIO Manifesto Whether you believe in five year plans, or think forecasting for 2016 is something best done next January, we all should have some feel for how next year is going to pan out. The group of IT execs we got around a table last month were mostly positive about next year, not only expecting budgets to go up, but that the work next …
Dominic Connor, 02 Dec 2015
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HPE has stabbed VMware in the front with converged Azure boxen

Comment Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today beamed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in for a video chat at its Discover conference, and in so doing basically stabbed VMware in the front. Nadella appeared at the conference to talk up the cloudy collaboration between the two, which over a week has grown from a pledge that Azure would …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Dec 2015
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Microsoft whips out PowerApps – now your Pointy Haired Boss can write software, too!

Microsoft has announced PowerApps, a new way to create and host applications for its Azure cloud service. PowerApps is an "enterprise service for innovators everywhere to connect, create and share business apps," says Application Platform VP Bill Staples. Sure, but what is this really? Microsoft, it turns out, is still …
Tim Anderson, 30 Nov 2015
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Microsoft's CRM chief defects to Salesforce

Microsoft’s head of its CRM business apps division will front up Salesforce's analytics cloud, just as Microsoft prepares to release its Dynamics CRM 2016 suite. Corporate vice president for Microsoft Dynamics Robert Stutz has been poached by Salesforce, becoming the as-a-service CRM provider's chief analytics officer. He'd …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Nov 2015

EMC enables data movement from the white fluffy stuff

Cumulo Hopkintus is forming new product shapes as cloud winds strengthen in the data centre. There’s no bending with these gales, and EMC is having to go with the flow, enabling data movement off its arrays and into the public cloud. But it’s also providing better data protection in the cloud than Amazon, Google or their like …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2015
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Behold, the fantasy of infinite cloud compute elasticity

Comment Cloud computing has elements of a fool’s paradise. We’re told it’s elastic, infinitely elastic even, with thousands of virtual servers spun up in minutes. But there's just one problem ... this is palpable nonsense, short-term excess capacity being mopped up by early entrants to a large resource. Virtual servers are not magic. …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2015
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Debian daddy Murdock joins the unstoppable Docker crusade

Debian daddy Ian Murdock has joined Linux container shop Docker. Murdock, who founded Debian in 1993 and led the project for three years during its birth, has taken up position as a member of Docker’s technical staff. Details of Murdock’s role or responsibilities were not available at time of writing. Docker, though, has a …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Nov 2015
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Major Salesforce discounts. If you renew early ... and big

Salesforce is offering substantial discounts to customers who sign up early and commit to its full business suite plus services. The cloud provider is understood to be going 25 per cent over its standard volume discount in cases where customers qualified for a maximum 50 per cent off. The catch is that customers must sign up …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Nov 2015
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The spy in your pocket: Researchers name data-slurping mobe apps

Android app developers are more promiscuous with your personal data than iOS devs, according to research that examined more than 100 popular apps to sniff the way they handed data to third parties. However, both iOS and Android developers are quite happy to scrape personal data and fire it off to third parties without asking …