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Why Dell Just Unveiled the Dell Business Phone

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It’s not April and this isn’t a joke. Dell introduced the Dell Business Phone just minutes ago.

It’s interesting news to begin with, but the fact that it comes on the same day that VMWare’s AirWatch makes its Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) and Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) announcements, at its annual user conference, makes it even more so.

Never mind the fact that Apple is expected to be unveiling its new iPhones later today. We doubt that those will have an immediate enterprise twist, especially because the IBM + Apple news around mobility in the enterprise was made last July.

Is Dell’s timing a coincidence? We think so. It’s hard to imagine why it would want to risk its vitally important news to get lost in the crowd. So what card is it playing?

5 Lessons About Big Data from Big Companies

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Big data is no longer the sole domain of big companies.

As the perception of big data moves from futuristic hype to real-world opportunity, the promise of improved decision making, increased operational efficiency and new revenue streams has more organizations actively engaging in data analysis projects than ever before.

That no longer just means more enterprise organizations, either. Midmarket companies are jumping on the big data bandwagon in a big way.

In fact, a recent survey by Competitive Edge Research Reports indicates an astounding 96 percent of midmarket organizations are either already in flight with a big data initiative or plan to start one in the next year. That’s a whole lot of companies whose big data projects are either going to sink or swim in the very near future.

How Businesses are Benefiting From Social

2014-29-May-Whole-Foods.jpgOne of the biggest topics to emerge from the Microsoft conference circuit this year is the concept of “working like a network” -- encouraging companies to rethink how they operate, collaborate and communicate by using enterprise social technologies to eliminate departmental silos. This allows companies to better adapt and respond to ever-shifting market conditions as well as improve knowledge sharing.  

To get a good understanding of what that vision looks like, watch Yammer’s Moments video. It shows how people within a responsive organization used Yammer to collaborate and create a product that made a difference for its customers. The video ends in a new product design job for an administrative coordinator, happy customers who fulfilled their goals, and a warm feeling about the power of enterprise social. This isn’t just marketing hype either: McKinsey & Company recently conducted a survey of leading enterprise companies on the use of social networks, and nearly 90 percent reported a measurable business benefit gained from implementing social platforms.

Dell Made a Smart Move Buying StatSoft

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When most of us hear the name “Dell” we think “laptop” or “server,” if we hang around that side of the enterprise.

Little do we know that Dell has a sizeable enterprise software business which goes well beyond its high performance network and mobile security product, SonicWall, and onto cloud integration platform Boomi, database tool Toad, big data analytics suite Kitenga … and more.

Today Dell announced its acquisition of StatSoft, a provider of predictive analytics and data analysis, software which Gartner has recognized for its  “ability to execute” on advanced solutions.

4 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Moving Email To The Cloud

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Despite the best efforts of social networking vendors to convince us to the contrary, email is alive and kicking in the enterprise. In fact, research from Dell shows 81 percent of enterprise workers consider it their most important collaboration tool.

The problem is it is not evolving.

Think the PC is Dead? You May be Right

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Wall Street must be pretty muted today. It has been a bad week with a lot of big companies calling out some pretty miserable results. IT companies are no exception, but we’re not going to talk about Twitter here. Instead, we’ll simply say Sony’s figures were so bad, that it has decided to pull out of the personal computer market.

It has also decided to pull out of the television manufacturing space, but we don’t really care about that. But PC’s are different though and the announcement by Sony comes just a day before Gartner published figures to show that the European PC market is down another 4 percent.

There are no recent figures for the US market yet, but they should land soon. While analysts will be looking desperately to find a silver lining, it’s a good bet that those figures are going to be pretty poor, too.

All that stuff about the death of the PC ... Maybe it really isn't exaggerated.

Dell, Puppet Labs Team Up on IT Automation

Dell, Puppet Labs Team Up on IT AutomationAfter Dell founder Michael Dell took the company private early in 2013, the company made a move to acquire Quest Software for $2.5 billion. This acquisition is now getting bolstered by an integration with Puppet Labs. Puppet Labs is an IT automation provider, and it will be integrated with Dell's Active System Manager for helping customers do things like deploy workloads and allocate server and storage resources on demand.

HP Beats IBM to Become Top Server Vendor

HP has overtaken IBM to become the world’s biggest server vendor in terms of revenue in the third quarter this year, according to new figures from IDC, a market research company. This follows recent and indirectly related research by Forrester that identified HP as the top private cloud vendor in the market right now.

Enabling Customization Increases SharePoint User Adoption

Enabling business users to customize SharePoint is good for companies. If that seems unlikely, a Dimensional Research report commissioned by Dell supports this claim. According to the report, almost all of those surveyed (98 percent) said customization by business users is desirable.

SharePoint Migration? 14 Vendors That Can Make It Happen

So you’re SharePoint environment is up and running. All you need now is the right SharePoint migration tool to get your content into it. If you haven’t worked out your migration strategy, forget about looking at migration vendors. But if your migration strategy is in place, you have SharePoint migration tool options to consider. Let's have a look.

Lenovo Takes Top Spot in PC Market as Touch Screens Aggravate Decline

PC Market is in Trouble IDC GartnerIf there was any doubt about the fact that the PC market is in trouble, two different sets of figures released in recent days from IDC and Gartner should clear up any confusion. The PC market is still falling, although for those clutching at straws, the fact that the decline has been less over the last quarter than in recent quarter might provide some relief.

Microsoft To Open 600 Mini-Stores in Best Buy, Continues to Poke the iPad in Adverts

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Microsoft is running with the "if you build it they will come" theme, by opening up 600 mini-stores within Best Buy shops to get people interested in new Windows products and the Xbox One console. On the way, it can't help but have a dig at Apple's iPad in its latest advert. 

HP, Dell Battle For Top Spot In Server Market, IBM Shipments Trail

shutterstock_88131502.jpg If you were looking for a concrete indication of how IT spending is at the moment the recent figures from Gartner on server shipments and revenues offers just that. The figures show that in the first quarter of 2013 revenues from servers dropped by 5%, while shipments fell by 0.7% globally.

Dell Upgrades Boomi Cloud Integration, Offers Cloud Management with Enstratius Buy

For everyone that is predicting the demise of Dell, today’s announcement of its summer 2013 update of the cloud integration platform Boomi AtomSphere as well as the announcement that it is to buying Enstratius, a provider of cloud management software, shows old dogs can do new tricks.

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Dell Goes Mobile Using Acquisitions, Offers Enterprises New BYOD Possibilities

Following-up on its promise to diversify its business in the face of the rapid decline of the PC market, Dell has just announced a new portfolio of mobile solutions that will facilitate Bring-Your-Own-Device strategies within the enterprise.

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