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Microsoft Upgrades Search for SharePoint Online

In keeping with its push to be the productivity suite of choice, Microsoft announced today two new search features for SharePoint Online, which will be rolled out globally over the next few days. The new Content Search Web Part (CSWP) enhances overall search functionality and result displays, while Cross-Site Collection Publishing (CCP) gives users the ability to publish content on multiple sites from the same content source.

Office 365 Gets Social CRM with Nimble Integration, Passes 2M Subscriber Mark

Microsoft continues its push to increase the functionality of Office 365 with the announcement of a partnership with Nimble which brings customer relationship management (CRM) to the productivity suite. The news coincided with Microsoft's report that Office 365 home subscriptions have hit the 2 million mark. 

Oracle Buys BigMachines, Increasing Cloud-Based Sales Functionality

Oracle just announced it has bought Chicago-based Configure, Price and Quote (CPQ) provider BigMachines in a move that will greatly enhance its cloud-based sales functionality. While the details of the deal were not disclosed, some sources suggest Oracle could have paid more than $400 million.

Jive Updates Flagship Software, Intros Cloud-Based Customer Platform

Jive is out with the fall release of its flagship enterprise social software, as well as a cloud-based version of its customer community platform.

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Jive's Universal App for iPad, with new features from the company's fall update

HP Autonomy Pushes Aurasma's Augmented Reality To The Cloud

If HP Autonomy’s augmented reality (AR) application has been attracting a lot of attention since its release in 2011, the announcement this afternoon that v2.5 takes it to the cloud should make it globally accessible to everyone — and grab a lot more attention in doing so. 

Acquia Launches Partner Program, Adds Digital Marketing Tools

Aquia Digital Alliance Offers Best of Breed Digital Marketing Tools

Acquia has launched a partner program called Digital Alliance — a selection of digital marketing and infrastructure systems that marketers can use to power their campaigns within the Acquia open cloud.

IBM Targets Government Business with Federal Cloud Computing Center

Everyone’s a winner here, it seems. While the government and associated agencies will have access to all of IBM’s cloud research and developments, IBM, for its part, will be given wider access to government departments, giving it a working lab to experiment with its open standards cloud computing program. 

Have It Your Way: Teradata Delivers Game-Changing Analytics in the Cloud (and Everywhere Else) #tdpug

Data-driven businesses will win the future. But it’s not the data that will generate the wins; it’s the actionable insights that come from analytics.

IBM Q3 Results Dive, Cloud Revenues Pass Magical $1B Mark

IBM has just released its third quarter results and the numbers do not make pretty reading. While profits beat expectations and were up 6 percent, revenues were down 4 percent as hardware sales crashed and enterprises turned to cloud computing.

Alfresco Upgrades Software, Delays IPO

Alfresco, an open source platform for enterprise content management, has upgraded its records management module and released the next version of its syncing technology, Alfresco One (v 4.2). But the news seems to be overshadowed by reports that the company is delaying its much-anticipated US initial public offering.

HP's New Digital Marketing Hub Uncovers Real-Time Customer Drivers

HP Autonomy is releasing a new marketing analytics hub that it describes as a milestone in its efforts to carve out a larger slice of the marketing analytics pie. It's not just a new release, but also the development of a new ecosystem that pulls together HP technology and its partners in a way it hasn’t managed to do before.

Gartner MQ for ECM: HP Pushes into Niche Quadrant with Laserfiche M-Files, SpringCM

Our first look at Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprises Content Management (ECM) showed a dynamic, growing ECM market populated by vendors that cover the full range functionality needed by enterprises to manage information. This becomes particularly apparent in the Niche Quadrant where there are 14 vendors that cover specific areas across the ECM spectrum.

Has IBM Just Changed the Big Data Analytics Market?

IBM has just pushed competition for big data analytics business up a notch with the opening of its new Accelerated Discovery Lab (ADL). While most vendors are happy to provide big data analytics applications, or functionality, for their customers, Big Blue is offering its customers an entire research lab to help them draw meaning from their data. 

Gartner's Technology Vision for 2014: Social, Mobile, Cloud, Information Convergence

information management, Gartner's Technology Vision for 2014: Social, Mobile, Cloud, Information ConvergenceWhile Hurricane Karen along the East Coast of the US may have weakened, some powerful technology forces won't let up heading into 2014.

Social. Mobile. Cloud. Information.

And they're all converging, according to Gartner.

IBM Makes SoftLayer the Foundation of Cloud Portfolio, Introduces New SaaS Business Services

Big Blue announces a series of steps that build on its SoftLayer acquisition with the release of new cloud-based business services. 

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