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Our Connected Future is Within Reach

Our Connected FutureFor years, movies have shown new and exciting ways to interact with information; from Star Trek to The Matrix, it's all about the cool interfaces. In Minority Report, Chief John Anderton, played by Tom Cruise, interacted simultaneously with mental images, live video streams and records from various police systems. All of this information was called up in a connected manner, gave Anderton information as he required it and allowed him to store it together upon completion.

This may not be science fiction much longer. We are rapidly approaching a point where this connected view of the world is possible and this will change everything.

Search Continues to Be Business Critical in 2014

A year ago I suggested that search would become business critical in 2013, and I think my forecast was in line with reality. Certainly the Findwise 2013 Search and Findability Report indicated that more organizations were working on a search strategy in 2013, and that compared with the 2012 report, businesses displayed a greater degree of commitment to getting the best out of investment in search applications.

Peeking into Sitecore, Coveo and Search

With Coveo's announcement this month of its launch of Coveo for Sitecore: Advanced Search Edition, it seems like a good time to poke around the search arena — and into Sitecore.

How Much More Pain Can Yahoo Email Users Take?

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer described last week’s massive email outage as “unacceptable” and something the company is taking very seriously. However, apart for promising remedial work to ensure it doesn’t happen again, she hasn’t outlined what the company is going to do about its ongoing problems — or given users any reassurance to hold on.

Enterprise Content Management Changes, Challenges in 2013 - Leading Vendor's Views

Every now and then an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) vendor will open its mouth and shout from the rooftops that its competitors are “dinosaurs,” though they are unlikely to use exactly that word. Instead they’ll slip in terms like “first generation” or “legacy,” which in IT-speak means retired or ready to be retired.

When you hear that kind of talk, it’s probably worth asking if you’re being spun by someone who’s fighting to gain market share. Entertaining as it can be to watch the taunting, we have to remember to ask ourselves if poking at your competitors is the best way to demonstrate your value.

We say, probably not.

HP Turns the Page ... to Cool?

OK, maybe cool is overstating it, but then again, maybe not.

Either way, HP is finally newsworthy for reasons other than being (allegedly) swindled in its purchase of Autonomy and for hiring and firing a succession of CEO’s who (allegedly) did things like give orders for spying, sexually harass an employee, prove unable to come to an agreement with HP's Board of Directors about how the company should be run, and even announce that HP will be getting out of the PC business, which it happens to dominate.

Microsoft Ups Hybrid Cloud Stakes to Grab Amazon, Google Market Share

 Microsoft has upped the stakes again in the battle for cloud platform supremacy with the launch of Cloud OS Network. It brings 25 top cloud service providers under the same banner to deliver hosted services on the Microsoft Cloud Platform.

Internet of Things Growing Faster than Smartphones, Tablets, PCs Combined

While the exact form of the Internet of Things (IoT) is still nebulous, its size is not. According to new research from Gartner, it will include 26 billion units — excluding PCs, tablets and smartphones — by 2020. It will also have a global economic value of $1.9 trillion. 

Four Big Data and Hadoop Trends for 2014

In 2012 we heard, "What is Hadoop?" In 2013 the question evolved into, "What do I do with Hadoop?" Today's question? "What’s the best way to do it with Hadoop?"

How To Find the Best Analytic Tools for Your Business Needs

Information Management, How To Find the Best Analytic Tools for Your Business NeedsManagers are accepting analytics as a central part of a business operation. But assessing a solution against operational needs is becoming more complex as various platforms appear on the market.

So how do managers select the best toolset for their organization?

Box Enhances Admin Tools, Enters Consulting as Enterprises Adapt to the Cloud

Box announced today the addition of a number of new capabilities to its cloud storage platform, including enhanced admin features and a new service, Box Consulting, to help deploy and scale the Box platform. It also introduced new partnerships with Capgemini and other unnamed systems integrators. 

5 Ways to Insulate Your Organization from Big Data Pressures

In just a few years, big data has evolved from an emerging trend into a mainstream IT phenomenon. Organizations of all sizes are dealing with larger volumes of data, spread across a broader range of types and locations, compounded by the need to process and manage it all faster than ever before.

Though some might argue that the hype surrounding big data is growing faster than the data itself, one thing is abundantly clear: Businesses can no longer afford to ignore the challenges caused by exponential growth in data volume, velocity and variety -- otherwise known as "the three Vs.”

4 Enterprise Software Drivers For 2014

Enterprise software spending will recover next year driven by the combined forces of cloud computing, data management, mobile applications and social business, according to new research from Gartner. 

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.

6 Predictions for SharePoint, Office 365 in 2014

It's been an interesting year for SharePoint. We've started to see steady adoption of SharePoint 2013, as well as continued usage of SharePoint 2010 and some older versions. And Microsoft’s shift to focus on the cloud and Office 365 left many guessing about the future of the on premises version of SharePoint.

Whatever comes in 2014, I don’t believe SharePoint is going anywhere. But I do think we’ll see more changes.

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