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EMC IIG Just Built Something Brand Spankin' New

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Walk into an enterprise conference room, say the word “archive” and everyone will duck out the door — unless they're lawyers, policymakers or paranoid. OK, maybe a few anal-retentive folks from IT and records management will stick around, especially if there’s a new product or service being introduced or rumors of an investigation.

Though the latter is the last thing anyone wants, it may be the only times these hard-working, too often unsung, archiving heroes see the fruits of their labor pay off.

After all, it’s because of their hard work that the CEOs who employ them can locate and easily access the critical documents and data they need to keep themselves and their companies out of trouble should questions of negligence, misrepresentation or wrong doing ever arrive.

So let's talk about what EMC is doing about this.

IBM Pumps $1.2B into the Cloud, With SoftLayer at the Core

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When IBM called the SoftLayer acquisition a really big deal last year, it wasn’t talking about the price tag. But until now, it was unclear how all the pieces would fit.

Today, IBM answered many of those questions. It's pumping $1.2 billion into its cloud computing business — and putting SoftLayer at its core. It even brought out IBM SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby, shown left, to "examine servers" at the IBM SoftLayer data center in Dallas today.

Big Data Bits: SAP HANA Propositions IBM Watson + 3 Hookups + 1 Offshoot

Big Data Bits: SAP HANA Propositions IBM Watson + 3 Hookups + 1 OffshootNot everyone’s hot and bothered by IBM Watson, but SAP’s HANA sure is.

The love child of SAP Chairman Hasso Plattner has taken to the company blog to politely coax IBM Ginni Rometty’s Jeopardy-winning cog (this is the term that IBM is beginning to use for cognitive technology) into a relationship.

“Isn't it a no brainer to get Watson to work on HANA?” writes Vijay Vijayasankar, Global Vice President at SAP Labs.

Jumping on the Internet of Things Bandwagon

Smartphone Apps will Drive the Internet of Things BandwagonIf big data, social media and cloud were the darlings of the buzzword world in recent times, the latest to join the bandwagon is the Internet of Things (IoT).  

What Else Could Hatch from the Google Nest?

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Google put down a big marker for the Internet of Things with its Nest acquisition, having previously invested in the company via Google Ventures. We take a look at what the other companies Google is backing and what its portfolio could bring to the race to be the next big thing. 

From Bitcoins to office temperature control, global food prices to web testing and mobile apps, Google has its fingers in many pies ... or nests, as the case may be.

Privacy is Overrated: Ask Your Customers and They Will Tell

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Guess what? New research from IBM shows customers are willing to share their personal information, especially if they get something in return.

Excuse us while we yawn ... But doesn't it seem like anyone who ever signed up for something as innocuous as a store loyalty card could explain the same thing? How many people registered for a website during the heady dot-com days, just to get a free water bottle?

And don't even get us started on the phenomenon of too much information on social media, where everyone shares just about everything, for nothing but 15 seconds of fame in return.

So let's overlook the obvious, and see if there are any deeper insights in the research IBM released this week at the National Retail Federation's 103rd Annual Convention and EXPO in New York City.

Will IBM's Watson Change the Customer Experience? #NRF14

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IBM CEO Ginni Rometty took the Watson story on the road yesterday when she addressed a crowd of 35.000 at the National Retail Federation's 103rd Annual Convention and EXPO in New York City. Like almost every tech CEO who has stood on a stage in the past thirty-six months, she opened with the “social, mobile, big data, cloud” mantra, calling data the “next generation's natural resource."

But as she spoke, it became clear that Rometty had something to offer that other CEO’s did not, IBM Watson, the technology that beat Ken Jennings at Jeopardy. Until recently many of us have thought of Watson as an Encyclopedia and Search Engine on steroids, but it’s actually much more than that. 

Internet Of Things Solutions Help Companies Transform Customer Experiences

Internet Of Things Solutions Help Companies Transform and Enhance Customer ExperiencesWe are in the midst of a 20 year business cycle Forrester identifies as the age of the customer. In this era, successful companies will leverage the power of mobility devices, services, applications and big data to transform customer experiences. Internet of Things (IoT) solutions help businesses achieve this transformation using sensors, networks and analytic software to connect objects with computing systems and provide insight and control of the status and activities of assets, products and even people.

5 Tech Trends We'll See More of in 2014

From 2013 Trend to 2014 Workplace RealityEvery year brings plenty of hype around the promise of what new technical advancements and capabilities can bring to organizations trying to transform their businesses. There are also plenty of things that never quite live up to the promised hype. Let’s take a look at what to expect in 2014.

What the Internet of Things Can Learn from IBM's Smarter Cities Initiative

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If you take a step back and look at the bigger picture, it's clear that many of the concepts driving the Internet of Things (IoT) have been around for some time now. It took a while for the penny to drop, but substitute "Smarter Planet" or "Smarter Cities" for IoT in much that has been written and a lot of the reporting could have originated two years ago.

However, that's not to say the IoT and, for example, IBM's Smarter Cities and wider Smarter Planet initiatives are identical. To discover the differences — and similarities — are we turned to Katharine Frase, the Chief Technology Officer with IBM’s Public Sector business. Today we share her understanding of IoT and the ways it relates to Smarter Cities.

IBM's Billion Dollar Bet on Watson is a Big Deal - And it Could Work

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Yes, yes, we’ve read the Wall St. Journal and are well aware of the fact that IBM Watson’s leaked business results fall short of expectations. So what? 

If Watson is the cognitive computing success we think it could be that won’t matter ten years from now. By then Watson will have been instrumental in teaching Cleveland Clinic medical students to practice the art of medicine (Watson will be handling much of the research and science) and to save more lives. It will have helped pharmaceutical and medical researchers bring new, safe therapies to market faster.

It will have helped retailers and service providers make suggestions that are actually relevant, by learning from what you do and do not like and get it right much better than today’s machine learning solutions. And it will enable customer support services to actually be helpful.

Heck, I might not even need to read the microscopic-sized serial numbers off of my devices when they break down. Watson will already know the make, model  and other minutia I’m now asked for when I cry out for help.

The Internet of Things: It's Big and It's Here to Stay

The Internet of Things: It's Big and It's Here to StayThe Internet of Things isn't just a buzzword -- it’s a thing and it’s here to stay. So what exactly is the Internet of Things and why should you care?

Wanna Race? Cloudera Says Impala is Faster than Hive and Proprietary RDMS

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Cloudera made a big splash at O'Reilly Strata + Hadoop World 2013 in New York City last October when it announced its Enterprise Data Hub strategy. It wants it to be the place where companies park all of their data, regardless of its format, and from which they can use BI tools, whichever they happen to be.

At the time, some of Cloudera’s Hadoop competitors were a bit taken aback — not by  the idea of an Enterprise Data Hub (MapR suggested it more or less already offered one. Hortonworks sort of ridiculed the term, adding that it preferred the word “platform,” as in Hortonworks Data Platform), but by Cloudera’s insistence that it no longer saw them as competition.

Cloudera CEO Tom Reilly told GigaOm’s Derrick Harris that the company has set its sights on a larger market, the one in which IBM, Pivotal (and we’d guess HP, Teradata and so on) are the established players. So what's new today?

Collaboration in 2014: 10 Predictions

Social Business, Collaboration in 2014: 10 PredictionsNetworked organizations, personalization and customization, development of collaborative reputations: these trends and more that I predicted for 2013 will still hold true for 2014. But as the cloud and mobile mature, new trends are emerging for 2014. Kelly Services and oDesk just did a deal together -- I think this is the first time an old style temp agency has done a deal with a crowdsourcing / expertise company. Kind of like the lamb lying down with the lion, something you don’t expect to see. But we should expect more of this as markets consolidate, the IoT goes more mainstream and we see collaboration become an important part of big data.

Collaboration in 2013: What Predictions Came True?

Collaboration in 2013: What Predictions Came True?Before I look forward to what 2014 might hold for collaboration, I wanted to look at how I did with my 2013 predictions. It turns out my crystal ball was working well, but some of the trends have been slower to start.

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