The shift to the digital economy has accelerated, said Adam Seligman, the new general manager of Salesforce's App Cloud.
"There's a big shift in what CIOs are asking for," he told CMSWire. "It has gone from 'How do I do this better?' to 'How do I transform my business?'"
"It's almost as if someone flipped a switch."
It's happening all over the world, in all kinds and sizes of companies, he added.
The shift is powered by a new generation of platforms, databases, enterprise content management systems. Some even come from second platform companies that are reinventing themselves to deliver products and services that are as compelling as those of the upstarts. Here are a few that might be off your radar but that you shouldn't miss.
What's Up With EMC's Brightest Stars?
For years storage giant EMC was the shining star in the world of technology. Today ... not so much.
EMC just turned-in another gloomy earnings report for the first quarter. But there were two things worth noting in what might have been CEO Joe Tucci's last quarterly call with investors (Dell's acquisition of EMC is supposed to close some time between May and October).
First, EMC's Pivotal spinoff showed year-over-year growth of 56 percent, which suggests that its focus on supporting developers as they build third platform native apps is what companies want to buy. EMC acquired Pivotal Labs in early 2012. At the time, Tucci said, "It might be the smartest or dumbest thing I've ever done."
Dell CEO Michael Dell might be sharing a similar sentiment now, only he'd be thinking about EMC rather than Pivotal.
(But then again, Dell might be looking at his existing portfolio right about now. He owns Gartner MQ Advanced Analytics Leader Statistica, which could have trouble finding the light and air it needs to grow in a mega corp focused on hardware and storage. Dell spinoff SecureWorks also launched its IPO yesterday and, let's just say, it didn't live up to expectations).)
On another note, EMC's Enterprise Content Division (ECD), which most of us know as Documentum, performed better than other EMC divisions.
Though its revenues were also down from last year, its growth was profitable. "Our Enterprise Content [ECD] business continued to execute well and deliver profitable growth. License demand was up over 15 per cent and demand for the Documentum as a service managed cloud grew over 70 per cent in the first quarter," David Goulden, CEO of EMC's information infrastructure business (which owns Documentum) told investors.
And while we haven't run across anyone who doesn't think Documentum is for sale, general managers tweeting about their business units' financial results may suggest something.
Mesosphere Hooks 60 Partners
Tomorrow's data centers will need a new operating system and Mesosphere is betting that it will be based on Apache Mesos. Mesos runs your data center like it is a single pool of resources, abstracting CPU, memory, storage and other compute resources away from machines (physical or virtual), enabling fault-tolerant and elastic distributed systems to easily be built and run effectively.
Earlier this week Mesosphere open sourced its proprietary Apache Mesos-based operating system. Depending on who you ask, this was proof that there is no room for proprietary solutions at the lower levels of the stack, or it was a smart strategic move to easily onboard a wide range of strategic partners.
Either way Mesosphere’s datacenter operating system (DC/OS) launched with 60 diverse partners ranging from Accenture, Autodesk,Citrix, EMC, HPE, and Yelp among others.
Teradata Unveils Special Ops Unit
Teradata began to rebrand itself from a data warehouse giant to a big data analytics provider as far back as 2013. Since then it's made forays into Internet of Things analytics, but none as serious as it made earlier this week when it launched a new business unit within Teradata Labs dubbed the Global IoT Analytics unit.
Staffed by what is being billed as a team of some of the world's finest data scientists, data engineers and software designers, the unit is expected to build new, cloud-based analytic solutions and services to simplify advanced analytics, data movement and database management for the IoT.
"We are making it easier for our customers to move sensor data around, optimize data management systems to deal with the massive volumes of data, and run real-time, advanced analytics against streams of IoT data," said Oliver Ratzesberger, president, Teradata Labs.
The Other Big Data Databases
While those of us who follow the tech business seem to be hearing more about the devaluation of startups and less and less about those who open new worlds of possibilities, there remains hope.
Earlier this week analytical database provider MemSQL announced it had closed an oversubscribed Series C round of financing raising $36 million. REV and Caffeinated Capital joined existing investors Accel Partners, Khosla Ventures, Data Collective, IA Ventures and First Round Capital.
There are two things worth noting about MemSQL. First it is lightning fast so that companies can harness real-time data and use familiar SQL and SQL-focused tools to get immediate results. Second, Gartner rated it as a visionary in both its Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse and Data Management Solutions for Analytics and Operational Database Management Systems.
Only five companies appear as leaders or visionaries on both of those Magic Quadrants from Gartner. The others are SAP, Oracle, IBM and Microsoft.
Microsoft and Google are Going to Play Nice
Anyone who has a sister or brother probably remembers the moment that Mom and Dad stopped listening to their complaints about each other and told them to work the problem out on their own. While that doesn't seem to be what the regulators told Google and Microsoft, the two tech giants have decided to stop whining about the other anyways.
What are they going to do with all of the extra energy? Build great products and companies, of course.
In separate statements to Re/code:
Google said,"We want to do so (compete) on the merits of our products, not in legal proceedings."
Microsoft said, "We will continue to focus on competing vigorously for business and for customers."