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Google Targets Amazon, IBM, Microsoft with Broader Cloud Platform

After more than a year in preview, Google has finally made its Google Compute Engine (GCE) Generally Available (GA). The GA release also comes with a 10 percent price cut for standard instances and a guaranteed uptime of 99.95 percent.

The announcement, which appears in a blog post by Ari Balogh, vice president of storage infrastructure products at Google, pits Google against the likes of Amazon, IBM and Microsoft for a share of the public cloud computing market.

10 Ways Amazon AWS Makes Building Enterprise Solutions Sexy

Stories are legion of IT projects gone wrong. According to Standish Chaos Reports, a majority of projects fail, fail to deliver as promised, run way over budget, deliver something that isn't wanted or doesn't get used, or are outright abandoned and never finished. In other words, they waste time and squander money, never mind the lost opportunity costs.

Ignoring the Cloud Costs Money, Ignoring Big Data Could Cost You Your Business

Ignoring the Cloud Costs Money, Ignoring Big Data Could Cost You Your BusinessData silos days are numbered. Businesses that organize around products or business functions and not data will disappear. 

The Modern Intranet: A Mobile, Social, Collaborative Decision Support Platform

How do you define something in a state of flux, that supplies different features and functions for different organizations and whose success depends on how well an organization's business strategy is reflected in its stated requirements? That is the challenge of defining the modern intranet.

Metalogix Makes Cloudy Move ... Who's Next?

Metalogix's decision this month to deliver the Metalogix Total Email Management and Migration solution for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud signifies another effort from a software vendor to put stock into the cloud.

Automation is About Enabling People, Not Replacing Them

Information Management, Automation is About Enabling People, Not Replacing ThemI spend a lot of time talking with people about IT automation and frequently get the response, “Great, so we can fire people!” Even people who work in IT operations who stand to benefit most from automation draw a straight line between automating and cutting staff -- and they respond with fear.

Microsoft Introduces Simple External File Sharing for SharePoint Online

Microsoft has just added some new functionality to SharePoint Online that will enhance its ability to share information not just around the enterprise, but also outside the firewall. The new functionality should also help it combat the rise of file sharing applications.

Box, LinkedIn, Evernote, DocuSign All Debut Salesforce1 Apps #DF13

Box, LinkedIn, Evernote, Docusign + Others Debut Salesforce1 Apps #df13A handful of Salesforce partners revealed their Salesforce1 apps this week at the annual Dreamforce convention in San Francisco, including Evernote, Box, LinkedIn, DocuSign and about a dozen others. But that doesn't mean they are ready to use.

Is Salesforce Losing Its Sizzle or Missing the Mark (For Now?) #DF13

And has anyone seen Larry?

Dreamforce, Salesforce.com’s user conference is all abuzz this week; some say it’s the tech world’s largest party after SXSW. And I’ll admit it would be interesting to be there with the estimated 100,000 plus other people, but looking at it from a sober distance, there are some pretty serious (and other not so serious) questions to ask that not many seem to be asking. They go far beyond Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff’s connected toothbrush that’s supposed to tell your dentist if you are -- or aren't -- brushing your teeth.

Document Mgt Roll-Up: Xerox Simplifies Workflows, New Box Ecosystem

It’s been a busy week in the document management space. Xerox announced it has enhanced its workflow creation capabilities in DocuShare, and Box has created a new ecosystem for legal companies. Meanwhile, AvePoint upgraded its governance Service Pack, while Alfresco and Workshare have entered a new partnership.

Instead of Fighting Content Management, Simplify It

Information Management, Instead of Fighting Content Management, Simplify ItHere we are in 2013, staring 2014 in the face as the holiday season slowly descends upon us. As I look back over the year, it seems like many others in the Content industry. As I look further back, the years seem to blend together.

That is a problem.

HP Autonomy Unleashes New Data Recovery Vision with Data Protector v8.1

HP Autonomy (HPA) has just announced Data Protector v8.1 will be available in January. While it comes with a bunch of new features, the real significance of this release will be the introduction of an entirely new way of looking at and implementing data recovery.

M-Files v10 Tackles Enterprise Content Management User Adoption Problems

M-Files, an enterprise content management solution, ends a successful year with this week's release of v10.0. With it, M-Files tackles the problems of traditional, folder-based enterprise content management (ECM) navigation, as well as the problem of developing hybrid cloud-on premises systems. Both issues create considerable problems for business users with limited technology skills, impeding user adoption, the company reports.

Cloudy Outlook for Enterprise Customer Relationship Management

There's new research from software consultancy Software Advice on the way enterprises are deploying customer relationship management (CRM) systems. It shows sales force automation is the most requested application — and that the vast majority of enterprises prefer CRM in the cloud.

Microsoft Abandons Controversial Employee Review System

Microsoft is abandoning its controversial stack ranking employee review and compensation system, which encourages workers to compete rather than work collaboratively. The move comes just months before Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer plans to retire.

If you were cynical, you might think the review system and Ballmer's imminent departure are related. Is Ballmer unwilling to review his controversial 13-year tenure at the helm? Maybe, but it is probably pushing the analysis of this change a little too far.

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