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HP Beats IBM to Become Top Server Vendor

HP has overtaken IBM to become the world’s biggest server vendor in terms of revenue in the third quarter this year, according to new figures from IDC, a market research company. This follows recent and indirectly related research by Forrester that identified HP as the top private cloud vendor in the market right now.

Forrester Names HP, Cisco, Microsoft Top Private Cloud Vendors

Private cloud computing is going mainstream. It has moved from a technology limited to a handful of innovative enterprises to a technology that has been prioritized for development in the next 12 months by more than half the enterprises surveyed, according to new Forrester research. Differentiation between competing vendors now lies in user experience, ease of use and the provision of hybrid environments. 

WebRTC Video Decision Delayed, Stalling Development

A closely followed Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting in Vancouver last week took an anticlimactic and mysterious turn. Committee members failed to reach a consensus on an important component of the new web-based communications standards called WebRTC.

RTC stands for Real Time Communication. The stakes are high because several large technology vendors with large communications businesses went into the meeting jostling for position of their respective video streaming technologies.

WebRTC, Video Codecs and Why You Should Care

Right now, a bunch of nerds on the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in Vancouver are making big decisions about the next big wave in web communications standards. And these decisions will have a big impact on some of the largest technology companies, for many years to come.

Contact Center Evolution Calls for Changing Metrics, New Tools

Evolving Contact Centers Call for Changing Metrics, New Tools No matter the length of a call with a contact center, if the customer’s happy and has a tangible result at the end, who cares, right?

Fifty minutes or five -- does it matter anymore?

Social Media Briefs: Facebook Offers Free WiFi, Instagram Gets Ads, Social Media Careers Soar

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Social media can bring us so much. This week, it brings ads to Instagram, free WiFi to Facebook and Sticky Hashtags to Nestivity. 

 

Apple Acquires Cue, Another Personal Assistant, As the Buy Out Frenzy Continues

applelogo.pngOver the week, we heard that social and personal assistant Cue (formerly known as Greplin) was shutting down. The reason for that is now apparent with Apple confirming they have acquired the company to bolster its own personal service efforts. 

Reports of SharePoint's Death are Greatly Exaggerated

Social Business, Reports of SharePoint's Death are Greatly ExaggeratedSharePoint's got a few good years in it yet.

Government CIOs Prioritize Business Intelligence, Analytics, IT Management as Role Changes

Information Management, Government IT spending, CIOs Prioritize Business Intelligence, Analytics, IT Management As Role ChangesEven if there are signs of improvement for the US economy, government Chief Information Officers (CIOs) face stagnant IT budgets and pressure to reduce costs while delivering tangible business results.

Is How You're Working, Working?

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There’s a lot of talk these days about organizational culture. There are companies who have eliminated email, while others have banned mobile devices. Some organizations have collaborative workspaces and some companies allow employees to set aside time to work on exploratory projects. All of this and more is done in the hopes that giving employees opportunities to work differently will result in more and better innovation.

Gartner MQ Leaders for Secure Email Gateways: Cisco, McAfee, Microsoft, Proofpoint, Symantec

Gartner MQ Leaders Secure Email GatewaysEarlier in the week we saw that the market for Secure Email Gateways (SEG) is a mature one with low digit growth expected annually over the coming years. We also saw that it is characterized by a move towards SaaS models with most vendors providing some kind of service offering. It is also dominated by five big vendors that have been in the market since the beginning.

MicroStrategy Mobile Apps Integrate with Cisco TelePresence

MicroStrategy Mobile Apps Integrate with Cisco TelePresenceLeading analytics vendor MicroStrategy has built in Cisco's Unified Communications system, nee Jabber (above image), into its Mobile Apps builder so apps can lauch voice and video chats natively.

Gartner MQ Secure Email Gateways: Market Moves to SaaS, Microsoft, Proofpoint, Symantec Dominant

Gartner MQ Secure Email Gateways: Market Moves to SaaS, Microsoft, Proofpoint, Symantec DominantIf Gartner’s recently published Magic Quadrant for Secure Email Gateways is anything to go by, email security is still a major concern for many enterprises. As a result, the market grew by nearly 2% last year. Some vendors, however, are bucking the low-growth trend with Proofpoint and Symantec showing double digit growth as potential buyers look to SaaS deployments.

IDG: Data Deprived Front-Line Workers Don't Do Deals

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Who is accessing what information in the enterprise

While recent research from digital business researchers IDG shows that there is widespread understanding of the importance and capital value of enterprise data, it also shows that there is a much more limited understanding of the information delivery needs of all enterprise workers, and in particular the information needs of customer-facing employees.

Twitter Profile Promotion: #FollowMe

social media, Twitter #FollowMe

To help its users keep track of their most memorable moments and to gain more followers, Twitter has launched a new engagement tool: #FollowMe.

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