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VMware begins new vSphere beta, but not for a big bang upgrade

VMware has announced a new vSphere beta, but unlike its previous such efforts it's not asking you to test a new big bang release. Virtzilla's announcement says “This beta program is different from our past programs in that it is not tied to a specific version or release only.” “We are now moving to a beta program that, along …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2017
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AI might outsmart ITIL, make MTBF moot, says ServiceNow strategist

Artificial Intelligence might just make IT organisations look for new measures of their success and lead to a rethink of ITIL, according to ServiceNow's chief strategy officer Dave Wright. ServiceNow acquired AI outfit DxContinuum in January 2017 and will debut its wares in the “Kingston” release of its signature SaaS, which …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Oct 2017

Salesforce CEO: We're doing great because everyone else in CRM sucks

Chalk up another big quarter for SaaS icon Salesforce.com, as the cloud CRM provider saw revenues jump by 26 per cent year-over-year. CEO Marc Benioff said the company was on pace for its first $10bn full-year revenues as it turned in a solid second quarter for fiscal year 2018: Revenues were $2.56bn, up 26 per cent from Q2 …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Aug 2017
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Major Oracle E-business suite upgrade coming in 2019. Or maybe 2020

Oracle is working on a big upgrade to its e-business suite in 2019. Or maybe 2020. That's what senior veep for application development Cliff Godwin told the Red Rock Oracle Leadership Forum* in Sydney, Australia, today. The suite is currently on version 12.2.6 and Godwin said Oracle plans just-about-annual double-point …

You can't DevOps everything, kids. Off the shelf kit especially

Comment Hey, psst. Come over here, I have a secret to tell you. My fellow DevOps hoodwinkers would cement-shoe me for saying so, but you don't always need to do the DevOps. In fact, in many cases, it's likely a waste of effort. Let's start walking this way, briskly, now – I think I see some pink and chromatic blue fade-tipped Thought …
Michael Cote, 21 Jul 2017
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ServiceNow stops over in Jakarta on its journey to AI-land

ServiceNow's Jakarta release went live on Thursday, bringing with it plenty of new toys for IT departments and hints of artificially intelligent things to come. Among the big additions to Jakarta are a redesigned Cloud Management Portal that lets IT teams provision resources into multiple public clouds, with the workflow you'd …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2017

Cybereason snags $100m from Softbank to mount distribution, tech offensive

Cybersecurity startup Cybereason is looking to go to the next level after securing $100m in funding from SoftBank. Cybereason, with headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts and Tel Aviv, Israel, offers a range of endpoint detection and response, next-generation antivirus, and managed monitoring services. These are crowded …
John Leyden, 21 Jun 2017

Cloud bigger than ever, biz suddenly keen to fork out for security. Put 'em together...

Growth cloud-based security services will remain strong, with the market reaching $5.9bn in 2017, up 21 per cent from 2016, analyst house Gartner predicts. Growth in the cloud-based security services market will outpace the overall information security market. Email security, web security and identity and access management ( …
John Leyden, 15 Jun 2017
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IBM's ShinyHappy™ SAP Ariba deal papers over SaaS fail

IBM and SAP Ariba last week shared a stage and delivered the ShinyHappy™ news that the two are throwing their respective Watson and Leonardo artificial intelligences at “cognitive procurement solutions that redefine the source-to-settle process.” But the announcement glossed over the fact that IBM already has a cloudy …
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2017

Virtualization twisted devs, cloud and SaaS made them monsters

At the VMware user group conference in Melbourne a couple of weeks back, NetApp's Josh Atwell wondered what it will take to repair relations between developers and ops teams. His history of the two tribes has them in a long, distrustful truce until virtualization took off, at which point developers revelled in pool of …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Apr 2017
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Sage loses 'trail-blazing' executive after less than six months

British software giant Sage has lost a “trail-blazing” executive brought in to help oversee the transition to cloud from on-prem after less than six months. Operations veteran Jacqueline de Rojas was named executive vice president for Northern Europe in September 2016, in a newly extended role. Sage chief executive Stephen …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Mar 2017
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URGH – bitter taste! Sage hikes One SaaS price 50 per cent

Accounting-as-a-service firm Sage is hiking its cloudy payroll software prices by half, The Register has learned. The British Salesforce partner last week wrote to customers of Sage One warning them they will be charged £15 per month from April 1 – up from £10. In the letter seen by The Reg, the firm justified the price on …
Gavin Clarke, 6 Mar 2017
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Salesforce: Brex-pensive mistake, guys. Your little referendum dented our brilliant results

Salesforce.com has posted record quarterly and annual results. The company today announced its fourth quarter and full 2016 results, both of which had CEO March Benioff beaming. And well he might: the CEO used his prepared remarks to note that this is Salesforce's 50th quarterly earnings call as a public company and that in …
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Cancel your cloud panic: At $122bn it's just 5% of all IT spend

For all the hype about cloud it's a bit of a revenue wimp: the abacus-shufflers of IDC have just told the world that it will account for about five per cent of the world's tech spend in 2017. The firm's new Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide says “worldwide spending on public cloud services and …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Feb 2017
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Dell EMC's 'Spanning' SaaS backup outfit expands into Australia

Dell EMC's software-as-a-service backup outfit, “Spanning”, has expanded into Australia. If the very premise of SaaS backup sounds a bit odd, given the universal promise that SaaS runs from super-redundant bit barns so you don't have to worry about things like backup, know that Spanning's schtick is not primary backup. …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Feb 2017

IBM and ServiceNow lock eyes, vow long commitment

IBM and ServiceNow have signed a “multi-year, strategic partnership” to blend their respective SaaS-y bits in the service of automated everything. ServiceNow's mission in life is automating the movement of information so that the right people (or things) get told what to do when it makes sense for them to get on and do it. IBM …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Feb 2017
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You want SaaS? Don't bother, darling, your kind can't afford it

Something for the Weekend, Sir? "That member is the wrong way around," confides the gym receptionist in hushed tones, nodding towards a middle-aged fellow ambling into the cardio room. I stare after him, trying to guess how his member might be incorrectly attached. Dressed unfashionably and, I suspect, quite accidentally in a sleeveless side-boob vest, split …
Alistair Dabbs, 25 Nov 2016
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Forget 'shadow IT' – it's 'self-starting IT' now

POLL When VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger dropped in to Sydney a couple of weeks ago, he had a new phrase to share: “self-starting IT”. Gelsinger prefers that term to “shadow IT”, the term describing adoption of software-as-a-service and/or cloud by folks outside the IT department, often without the IT department's knowledge. Never mind …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Nov 2016

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