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OpenText Buys GXS Cloud Integration Technology in $1 Billion Deal

OpenText Buys GXS Cloud Integration Technology in $1 Billion DealIn its first salvo in the information management space this year, OpenText has closed the deal to buy GXS for $1.065 billion. The acquisition will give OpenText cutting edge business-to-business cloud integration technology, which will compliment the investments OpenText has made in cloud computing in recent years.

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.

Microsoft Taking Exchange to the Cloud via Office 365

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Microsoft recently announced plans to offer Office 365 as part of GoDaddy's Web hosting service. The move is one small part in the company's strategy of getting Exchange customers more fully into the cloud, according to one expert.

Cisco: Misplaced Trust the Biggest Threat to Enterprise Security

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The current forecast for cyber security in 2014 is “grim” and has the potential to get even worse, according to new research from Cisco. The report concludes that if technologies like cloud computing and the growth in the use of mobile technologies are creating a wider landscape for hackers to work on, then trust is the open door letting hackers into systems.  

Document Mgt Roll-Up: Google Improves Drive, Box Rebuilds iOS App

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A busy week in the document management space with the  relaunch of the rebuilt iOS app from Box and the addition of a new activity stream to Google Drive,. There is also a new mobile capture platform from Kofax and more SharePoint migration expertise from Metalogix. 

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.

SharePoint Strategy: Focus on Productivity Improvements

SharePoint Strategy: Focus on Productivity ImprovementsWith an updated platform release, companies often reflect on the state and well-being of their existing investments, asking themselves whether a move to the newest version is necessary, or possible. The same can be said for reviews of SharePoint implementations. A common question from executives to the teams and stakeholders who own and manage SharePoint is "How productive are our end users in SharePoint?"

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.

The Minority Report: Industry Predictions for the Rest of Us

The Minority Report: Industry Predictions for the Rest of UsWhat is happening in our marketplace and what does the future hold for 2014? Let's take a look at four different sectors to see what the next year holds.

Oracle Pushes Social Platform into New Markets with New Languages

Oracle Pushes Social Relationship Platform into New Markets With New LanguagesWith the addition of seven new languages to its Social Relationship Management Suite (SRM) and the introduction of new capabilities and data sources, Oracle is extending the reach of its social platform so businesses can parler, sprechen and parlare with a greater global region.

Better Customer Experiences Pushing Global Enterprise IT Spend

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Gartner predicts IT spending will rebound this year. The consulting firm estimates global enterprise IT spending will grow to $3.8 trillion in 2014, up 3.1 percent year-over-year — and much of that increase will be driven by a desire to improve customer experiences.

Back to Basics in 2014: Do Things Better, Get Things Done

The blank slate of a New Year inspires us to rethink the world around us. We resolve to do things differently: eat better, exercise more, practice patience or pay off our bills. This year, we tell ourselves, everything will be different.

But as I look to the year ahead, I find myself less interested in doing things differently and more interested in simply doing them better.

A Look Back : A Mobile, Cloudy World for Document Management in 2013

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Looking back over the year in document management, one thing stands out. And that is that organizations still appear to be struggling under the weight of paper despite developments in enterprise technologies that should make managing all that information a lot easier. 

In fact, the view from December 2013 is much the same as the view was in December 2012, with some subtle but notable changes. The first of those changes is the growing importance of mobile, while the second is the demand for agile products that can respond to changing market conditions quickly.

A Look Back: Yammer, Office 365, Mobile Dominate SharePoint in 2013

Everyone that has had anything to do with SharePoint over the year has his own SharePoint story. With such a vast platform used in so many ways, everyone has something he loves and something he hates. The only thing everyone agrees on is to disagree. For my money, SharePoint this year was characterized by SharePoint and Yammer, SharePoint and Office 365 and Mobile SharePoint. 

Insights into SharePoint Replication

When I joined Microsoft back in 2006 to help build out the Microsoft Managed Services offerings -- a precursor to the SharePoint Online platform within Office365 -- I spent a good deal of time talking with customers and partners about improving the performance of SharePoint across multiple locations: from deployment and architectural best-practices, to content synchronization and WAN optimization.

I always loved the customer interactions, working directly with the end user and administrators, and pushing that feedback back to the product teams. In my current role as a technology evangelist, I spend a good portion of my time with customers and partners, listening to their experiences, providing guidance where I can, and doing my best to surface questions and issues when I don't know the answer.

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