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Office 365 Promises Greater Data Security, Theft Protection

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Despite the progress Microsoft is making with Office 365, its claim to universality won't stand up until it gains traction with government and public bodies. Microsoft obviously understands this.

While Microsoft the company has given Office 365 for private enterprises a lot of love in the past few months, it hasn’t been neglecting the public sector either. And that makes the thorny issue of regulatory compliance even more critical.

Regulatory compliance is important for the private sector, but it is essential for public agencies. As a result, Microsoft is introducing IRS 1075 compliance to Office 365. The goal here is to prevent anyone from walking away with personal financial information, especially tax related data.

Microsoft Earnings Raised by the Cloud

In the same week that IBM stumbled on its road to the cloud, Microsoft’s journey skyward gave it a lift.

Enterprises are hungry for its heavenly products which include Office 365, Azure and Dynamics CRM. According to the company’s filing for the first fiscal quarter, revenues rose 128 percent year-over-year. Office 365, on the consumer side, by the way, now boasts an impressive 7 million subscribers to its Home and Personal software.

The company’s rapidly growing SQL Server business grew by double digits as did Lync, SharePoint and Exchange, its productivity products.

Microsoft Wants to Own You [Video]

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has a strong record of delivering on his promises and we’re now beginning to see what that looks like. While we’ve already told you a great deal about the company’s recent advances in big data, OneDrive, Office 365, AzurePowerBI, predictive analytics and Cortana + Bing, this week we’re getting a peek at how the company’s productivity apps might work in its mobile-first, cloud-first world.

We predict that they’ll be like spokes on a wheel with the individual in the center, thereby eliminating silos between our professional and personal lives.

After all, the generation of workers that brought Bring Your Own Device (BOYD) into the workplace isn’t going to want to toggle between roles.

Wake-Up IBM: OpenText Offers Lessons on Cloud Computing

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You can almost see it. An overweight IBM sits at the back of the cloud class while the teacher gives out prizes for cloud movement. OpenText gets a full set of gold stars ... IBM a terse note saying it could do much better.

If you hadn’t seen already, OpenText reported its financial results for the first fiscal quarter last night. In a consistently difficult global economic situation, it has managed to double its revenues on the back of its cloud computing initiatives. Compare this with IBM's dismal news earlier in the week. Despite the fact that it sees cloud computing as one of its future growth stimuli, IBM is not growing fast enough for investors.

Big Data Projects: Developing Vision and Business Requirements

2014-23-October-Waiting.jpgDeveloping a big data program requires alignment of the objectives of the initiative with the needs of the business. Usually it is the other way around -- start with business needs. Because many of these programs are stood up by the technology organization, the business may not have enough understanding of what is possible to articulate their needs in a big data context.

Following SAP and Oracle, IBM Latest to Jump to Microsoft Azure

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Microsoft already partnered with SAP and Oracle on its cloud-computing platform. Why not toss in the fourth player in the Big Four?

IBM is the latest partner in Microsoft's enterprise software layer, a deal that includes:

  • IBM and Microsoft making IBM middleware such as WebSphere Liberty, MQ, and DB2 available on Microsoft Azure
  • Windows Server and SQL Server being offered on IBM Cloud
  • IBM and Microsoft working together to deliver a Microsoft .NET runtime for IBM’s Bluemix cloud development platform

Microsoft Azure welcomes the business.

The news announced yesterday comes five months after Microsoft officials said SAP will certify a number of its business applications to run on Microsoft Azure, including SAP Business Suite software, SAP Business All-In-One solution, SAP Mobile Platform, SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP ASE) and the developer edition of the SAP HANA platform.

And about a year and a half ago, Oracle jumped into the Microsoft Azure cloud. 

Has Google Just Reinvented Gmail?

Over the past two years, there have been plenty of rumors about something very hush hush at Google, specifically something involving the engineers and designers at Gmail. Periodically, there were sightings of something that became known as Project Bigtop. But everything revolved around a lot of speculation.

Until this afternoon, that is.

Google finally announced the end of Bigtop and the release of Inbox. According to Google, Inbox will ultimately be a replacement for Gmail, although this isn’t going to happen any time soon.

Security Today: Dynamic Access, Permissions, Encryption

2014-22-October-Security.jpgContent security is top of mind these days. Every week brings news of yet another data breach, with companies large and small making the news for all the wrong reasons.

Many of these breaches occurred because of a failure to maintain base level security or enterprise data. Although structured databases are a treasure trove of sensitive information, most database systems offer many layers of protection with the advantage that the database itself remains, usually on IT-managed infrastructure.

Security controls are potentially more critical for unstructured content -- because file-based information is insanely portable and moveable with modern devices and always-on connections. It’s important to consider content security in light of the more recent history of enterprise security. For a long time, security has been defined by borders and boxes.

ThoughtSpot Wants to be the Tesla of BI

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BI solutions have been around for decades, but they’ve never really taken root.

Don’t take our word for it. Consider this from Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms report. Speaking of the BI platforms, the authors wrote: “They were never fully embraced by the majority of business users, managers and analysts, primarily because most considered these too difficult to use for many analytical use cases.”

And in a world where the future belongs to those who leverage information best, this is a problem that few companies can afford to live with.

Needless to say, there are a number of BI vendors who are trying to change that. They range from established players like IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and SAS to upstarts like Tableau, Birst and Qlik.

And whether they are making any headway or not, less than 25 percent of today’s enterprise workers report that they have access to the information they need, in spite of $100 billion spent by companies on BI software licenses and even more on IT services.

The software and solution provider(s) who can increase BI penetration are destined to make a mint.

That’s one of the reasons that a team of engineers and entrepreneurs from tech leaders like Facebook, Google, IBM Netezza, Nutanix and others have joined force to build a solution that workers will actually embrace.

With Acquisition, Citrix Aims for Lead in EFSS Market Race

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The Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing (EFSS) market race doesn't expect to make its final lap any time soon.

And Citrix is confident it's taken a lead with its latest acquisition.

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based software giant announced yesterday it acquired RightSignature, the professional electronic document signing platform that marries Citrix's file storage, sync and sharing capabilities for businesses.

This isn't a new partnership but a solidifying of an existing one.

"We’ve been working together for the past year and have seen how our customers have benefited from, and happily embraced, the combination of easy e-signature and secure file sharing," Citrix's vice president and general manager of Documents Cloud, Jesse Lipson, said in a blog post. "It’s also a smart relationship: This acquisition supports our goal of helping our customers work better by improving critical document workflows."

NetScout's Trying to Poison the Jury, Gartner Claims

The Gartner Group took a hard swipe at NetScout Systems yesterday, claiming the information technology company is relying on "unnecessary, repetitious, scandalous, impertinent [and] immaterial" allegations to build a case against it and "poison the mind of the jury and the court."

In the latest action in what promises to be a lengthy legal fight, Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner took off its gloves to deliver a stinging blow to Westford, Mass.-based NetScout.

Microsoft Lync Can Spy on Enterprise BYOD Use

Microsoft claims it has a solution to some of the most common bring your own device (BYOD) concerns: A way to spy on enterprise workers. Through its Lync app, it's giving enterprises a way to monitor what devices workers are using to communicate.

Smaller Firms Nip at the Big Dogs in Gartner's Portal MQ

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Gartner cited six trends in its Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals, including a convergence of portal and Web Content Management (Web CMS) needs across enterprises. In addition, long-time traditional, portal vendors and their bloated, unwieldy architectures are losing ground to smaller, lighter portal vendors.

As evidence of both trends, just look at the companies who made it into this year's MQ: Ektron, Jahia, Sitecore, Squiz and WordPress.

Take a Seat Google, Amazon: Microsoft's Cloud Wins the Day

Though the new mobile-first, cloud-first Microsoft is more open and plays nice with everyone, it also wants to knock the socks, shirt and hat off of the competition. And, if CEO Satya Nadella is right, it has everything it needs to do so.

While mobile, as Microsoft now defines it, is “not about the device” whether it’s a sensor, small screen or large screen, but about “powering mobility with intelligence,” the productivity and collaboration tools are all Microsoft (Office 365 and Dynamics).

And when it comes to the cloud, Microsoft may have one few others can match. We’re not talking only about a super-charged, hyper-scale cloud in the heavens, but also about a new Azure-like appliance that Enterprises can deploy in their own data centers. It has been designed specifically to handle big data workloads (32 cores, 450 gigabytes of RAM and 6.5 terabytes of local solid-state drive storage). Officially named the Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS), powered by Dell it is, in essence, an “Azure consistent cloud in a box” with pre-integrated hardware from Dell and software from Microsoft.

Is Your Information Architecture Ready for SharePoint 2013?

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SharePoint Administrators will naturally focus on the infrastructure side of a migration to SharePoint 2013, but migration is also the perfect time to reevaluate your information architecture (IA) and prepare it for this new and improved version of SharePoint.

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