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Why Agility is the New Marketing Mandate

Why Agility is the New Marketing MandateMarketers today find themselves needing to keep up with an abundance of new opportunities for creating, distributing and accessing content via new technologies, devices and touchpoints. With brand dialogues taking place in real time, expectations are high for marketers to be faster than ever before, relying on new technology to implement timely campaigns and responding to customers on the right medium at the right time.

To be successful in this rapidly evolving landscape, there is a new skill that content marketers should work to develop in 2014 -- agility.

Accenture Report Highlights Hardware Renaissance as a Digital Disrupter

hardware renaissance.jpgAccenture's annual Technology Vision Report, entitled "From Digitally Disrupted to Digital Disrupter," highlights the return of hardware and big names after years where software development by smaller companies have been the stars for business.

The six trends that the company believes could shift the industry barometer also cover crowdsourcing, applications, resilience and the data supply chain, something for any CIO to be thinking about.

HP Shares 4 Emerging Cloud Computing Trends

Cloud computing is growing up. It has matured from an easy solution to a difficult on-premises IT deployments that saved a few bucks of initial capital investment and now, finally, to one of the core elements of an organizations’ IT strategy.

IBM Sells Small Server Business To Lenovo For $2.3B

Chinese PC maker Lenovo has agreed to buy IBM’s low-end x86 server business for $2.3 billion, enabling IBM to shift its focus to its services and software business.

Enterprise Architecture: The Godfather of Buzzwords (and Why it Still Matters)

Enterprise Architecture: The Godfather of Buzzwords (and Why it Still Matters)Buzzwords. Trends. You know them. You've seen them. You've heard them.

Some Early Lessons Learned from the Internet of Things

earlylessons.jpgEverything goes better with Internet. Deep down, that’s probably what’s allowed the Internet of Things to transform from being a visionary concept to an integral part in the product plans of major manufacturers and service providers in less than three years. Over the last 20 years, we've all experienced the benefits of being able to shop online or obtain formerly difficult-to-obtain information with a few keystrokes.

With that experience in mind, it didn't take much of a conceptual jump to understand how connectivity and intelligence would enhance consumer products or commercial equipment. Companies aren't questioning why they need to integrate Internet capabilities, the question is how. 

So what works? 

Look Out Box, EMC Syncplicity, IBM: Could $250M Fill Dropbox's Enterprise Gap?

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Dropbox wants to be the cloud solution enterprises turn to for online file sharing, but there’s a problem. At many companies, workers are prohibited from accessing the service. “It’s blocked,” were the two words we heard most often this morning when we asked a few dozen people to enter the site from their offices.

This is both a problem and an opportunity for Drew Houston, co-founder and CEO of Dropbox. And if reports are correct, he has a big pile of cash to throw at it.

Is Box Crossing the Chasm?

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You can bet that Box boss Aaron Levie felt pinch-yourself good yesterday when he discovered that his company’s new iPhone and iPad app was No. 10 on the list of top (free) apps in the App store. It’s worth noting, that as of this writing the app is at No.9

For anyone who doesn’t understand how impressive this is, at that moment, it was more popular than Clash of Clans, Skype for iPad — and it rivaled Netflix. It’s astonishing  when any kind of Enterprise app ever hits the top 50 list, let alone one that was created nine years ago by two guys who hadn’t yet finished college (Levie still hasn’t)  and knew very little about the Enterprise world when they started.

Box claims a “founded in the dorm room” story that contains, within it, a sexy twist. The company’s co-founder, Dylan Smith provided the company with 20k in startup funding which he won gambling online. Both Levie and Smith have yet to hit 30.

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?"

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