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Microsoft Takes Productivity Suite Contest to Thailand

2014-22-May-Thai-Schoolkids.jpgThailand seems an unlikely place for competition in the productivity suite market to erupt. However, the announcement last night by Microsoft that it has signed a deal with the Thai government to provide 8 million students with Office 365 should stir things up in Asia.

According to the statement from the government, Microsoft has agreed to provide Microsoft Office 365 Education for the next five years.

Hey Mom and Pop: You Can Use Documentum, Too

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OK, maybe we’re exaggerating a bit with the headline. The folks at the corner store aren’t likely to be implementing Documentum anytime soon. But midmarket companies in regulated industries, which have found the Rolls Royce of ECM systems out of reach in the past, may very well be able to afford to reap the its benefits today.

Earlier this month EMC IIG (Information Intelligence Group) introduced two new cloud-based offerings based on their best in class Documentum solutions for energy and engineering and life sciences. They are pre-packaged, preconfigured, cloud-based offerings for the midmarket.

Will Couchbase Power Future Mobile App Development?

2014-21-May-Ace-of-Spades.jpgCouchbase may have an ace in the hole when it comes to giving mobile developers the tools that they need to build apps that rock.

This morning the software provider that sells commercial packages around Open Source Couchbase Server brings Couchbase Mobile to market. It includes mobile data synchronization and what the company’s Chief Mobile Architect, Wayne Carter, calls the world’s first and only native NoSQL mobile database.

It’s an important innovation that comes at exactly the right time -- as mobile becomes the new major touch point.

Small Businesses Like New Technology But Don't Use It

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Social media, smartphones and tablets are top technology needs for SMBs, right? Well, actually, it would seem not. 

Yes, they are important, but not as important as desktops, landlines and laptops, according to Microsoft-sponsored Ipsos research. It shows that while small to medium size businesses (SMB) love technology, only 30 percent have adopted new kinds of technology, like cloud computing.

The comprehensive survey covers many of the IT buzz words making the rounds at the moment. To say it is an eye-opener would be an understatement. The study was carried out on behalf of Microsoft from April 29 to May 7 across 551 small business owners who were identified by Ipsos within a representative sample of 5,149 US adults over the age of 18.

Big Data Bits: Cloud, Security, Power, Analytics Edition

Hadoop, Hadoop distros and the technologies and analytics around big data keep getting more widespread and more pragmatic to use because the benefits of leveraging them are now both proven and obvious.

Rather than pontificate further, we’ll just bring you the notable news we think is worthy of your attention. 

HP Autonomy Adds Muscle to its Marketing Platform

HP Optimost Visual Test_ lead.jpgHP continues to build its portfolio today with the launch of Optimost Visual Test (OVT), a new self service A/B/n testing product that builds on the technology it acquired when it bought Autonomy. The technology aims to help marketers identify new opportunities more quickly. 

The introduction of OVT follows last October's launch of HP Autonomy’s new Digital Marketing Hub (DMH). OVR is, in fact, tightly integrated with DMH and adds considerable muscle to the marketing platform. 

8 Vendors Lead The Business Intelligence Market

The business intelligence landscape is fracturing as it evolves.

In a market once characterized by applications that covered all the bases, cloud computing and the availability of Software-as-a-Service means many vendors are starting to specialize in analytics, data discovery and visualization.

Out of this splintered market, the value of business intelligence applications is forcing vendors to focus on line-of-business support and ease of use concerns.

SAP Plans Layoffs, But It's Hardly Alone

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For anyone who doubts SAP AG will be laying off employees, we have news. “It’s true,” said Jim Dever, vice president of corporate affairs at SAP.

He can't say how many workers will be involved. It’s not a simple process.

In Europe, for example, the rules around cutting heads are very different than in the US. Not only that, but examining what skill sets will be needed and are available in house isn’t an easy task.

The company won’t necessarily be exiting lines of business. Instead, it might cut jobs that may be redundant and reduce headcount gained during acquisitions of companies such as Sybase (2010), Success Factors (2011), Ariba (2012) and 13 others it purchased since January 2011. Note that the layoffs will occur across the company and that we are in no way implying that employees gained through acquisitions will be targeted.

SAP: No 'Massive Layoffs' Planned for Workforce

An SAP spokesperson told CMSWire reports of "massive layoffs" are "simply not a fact" and that the 67,000-employee global software giant will have more employees by the end of 2014 than it does now.

"We are adding jobs in 2014," SAP's Andy Kendzie told CMSWire this afternoon. 

Tweets and news about a SAP workforce reduction swept the web today.

Ray Wang, an analyst for Constellation Research, stood by his tweet when contacted by CMSWire.

Microsoft's Mobile-First, Cloud-First Mantra Takes to the Enterprise

Microsoft owns the enterprise. Don’t expect it to be letting go of even the tiniest sliver anytime soon. In the last few months the world’s biggest software company has upped its data game, its analytics tools, its database, brought Office to the iPad and new Enterprise File Sync and Share (via OneDrive) capabilities to businesses.

3 Vendors that Make Information Governance Cool

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For passing the buck, there's nothing quite like information governance. It's an IT space in which everyone gets to blame everyone else and no one has to take responsibility for errors. The heart of the problem, Gartner says, is that it is difficult to measure and locate accountability and responsibility. 

But this traditional view of governance is changing. As organizations digitize their customer relationships, the way information is synchronized and shared with trading partners is becoming a core business responsibility. 

And these three vendors excel.

Microsoft Adds Predictive Forecasting To Office 365

Microsoft promised to bring analytics to a billion screens last February when it finally launched Power BI for Office 365. Starting this week, Office 365 users will be able to do both data mining and predictive forecasting.

According the blog post announcing the upgrade, users will be able to look into the future behavior of their products and business. And they don’t have to be data scientists either. 

Google Ups Its Cloud Game With Stackdriver Buy

Google Cloud Platform May 8 2014.jpgIn the latest twist in the ongoing battle for dominance in the cloud space, Google just announced it has bought Stackdriver, a cloud app monitoring service.

According to a statement from Google, Stackdriver’s technology will be pushed onto the Google Cloud platform. It underlines the company's ambitions to develop as a real challenger to Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Google has provided little information about the deal, but has said it will start working on integrating Stackdriver’s functionality into the Google Cloud as quickly as possible.

Demandbase Invests in B2B Marketers with Cloud Release

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The difference between B2B and B2C marketing is simple: all web traffic amounts to potential customers in B2C, and B2B relies on targeted audiences even down to a particular department within a company.

That’s how B2B digital marketing provider Demandbase sees it. Today, it releases its B2B Marketing Cloud, which it calls the first subscription-based marketing platform that helps marketers target accounts, plan ad spending and tie acquisition costs for target accounts to revenue.

In the new offering, Demandbase pulled together several solutions and introduced Performance Manager, a dashboard that brings ad impressions, website activity and CRM data into one unified view. 

“We plug into CRM marketing solutions you already have in place to make them more B2B enabled,” Chris Golec, CEO of San Francisco-based Demandbase, told CMSWire.

Governments Tighten IT Budget Purse Strings

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Selling IT to the government was never easy, but it's about to get harder. According to new research from Gartner, 26 percent of national and federal public sector agencies will be cutting their IT budgets this year, with the remainder reporting flat or slight increases to their 2013 budgets. 

There is one bright spot: If you sell SaaS deployments or applications, your chances of getting a foot in the door have improved. SaaS, it seems, has become the new darling of federal number crunchers.

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