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With $1B Acquisition, OpenText Swimming for Big B2B Integration Fish

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We now know OpenText’s Information Exchange portfolio was beefed up when it bought GXS for $1 billion this month. But how much better did it get? Who is OpenText going after — and where are they now in this space?

First things first — this is a serious acquisition for the now 8,200-employee Waterloo, Ontario-based enterprise information management software provider. Its investment into GXS represents about a third of the total price for nearly 50 previous acquisitions during the past 20 years.  

The move is so significant, one industry analyst said, that she now puts OpenText ahead of IBM and TIBCO, two of its major competitors in the B2B integration services space. TIBCO offers “B2B Next,” and IBM has "Sterling B2B Integrator."

"OpenText’s Information Exchange portfolio was somewhat limited in its capabilities, so this acquisition will greatly increase its capabilities, putting it ahead of IBM and TIBCO," Sue Clarke, senior analyst at Ovum Research, told CMSWire.

Is There a Theme to Google's Latest Acquisition Binge?

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Boston Dynamics, Nest and DeepMind. In the past month, Google has gone on yet another acquisition binge, spending at least $4 billion on a trio of startups that seem only loosely connected — robotics, home automation and artificial intelligence, respectively. Is there a central strategy, and what does it mean to the future of Google, the Internet of Things and Customer Experience?

Zettaset and MicroStrategy Deliver Secure, Big Data Insight #MSTRworld

hadoopornohadoop.jpgOK, so it’s not popular to say so, but Hadoop has some real big problems. Among them, the security vulnerabilities that exist “at every layer of the stack,” according to a blog post penned by Gartner analyst Merv Adrian.

So it goes to follow that the enterprises who turn a blind eye to those vulnerabilities might be headed for trouble.

That being said, companies who fail to identify data-driven insights and make decisions around them could be digging their own graves.

Reflections on Strategic Risks: What's in a Name?

risk.jpgSurveys say people are paying more attention to so-called “strategic risk.” 

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.

Altiscale has the RX for Hadoop Headaches

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Hadoop isn’t easy.

Sure, there are vendors out there who will tell you that it is ... Just take this course or that exam. Work with us side-by-side as we “elephantize” your Enterprise, and presto you’re a pro.

No, you’re not.

Not yet, anyway. Regardless of what any of the 268,000 hits you get when you enter the term “Hadoop training” into Google happens to say. And it’s not that these folks are trying to mislead you — they’ve put their heads and their hearts into encouraging and enabling the widespread adoption of Hadoop.

It’s just that becoming a master at Hadoop (Wikipedia definition: open-source software framework for storage and large scale processing of data-sets on clusters of commodity hardware) takes time, experience, trial and error and enough opportunities to generate a continuous record of success. But that’s not all. As a new technology with a vibrant Open Source community, Hadoop keeps changing, so it’s hard to keep up.

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.

Spreadsheets, Datapaloozas and the 'Liberation' of US Government Data

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A hashtag reporting the location of downed power lines. Medication error reports from the US Food and Drug Administration available through APIs. A crowdsourcing tool to geotagged photos of disaster areas to help first responders. These varied technologies are part of a major open data initiative underway at White House — and they're being propelled by a series of data-fests called Datapaloozas.

What's a Datapalooza? Think of a party that attracts a curious blend of data geeks, entrepreneurs, industry hotshots, politicians and bureaucrats. They come together in the hope of turning vast amounts of government data into apps and computer programs that anyone or any business can use.

Citrix Has Company With VMware's AirWatch Acquisition

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VMware’s $1.5 billion acquisition of mobile device manager AirWatch brings the IT giant on par with a major competitor and leaves the two alone as organizations that manage virtual desktops, SaaS applications and mobile devices and mobile applications, an industry analyst told CMSWire.

VMware, a cloud software provider, through yesterday's acquisition beefed up its mobile security capabilities in the enterprise, extended its proposition from data-center to device and positioned itself for the mobile-cloud era. 

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.

VMware Buys Mobile Enterprise Security Provider for $1.54 Billion

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Cloud software provider VMware beefed up its mobile security capabilities in the enterprise by acquiring AirWatch for about $1.54 billion, VMware announced today on its company's website. The deal "extends VMware’s proposition from data-center to device, and strongly positions us for the Mobile-Cloud era," Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager for VMware, wrote on a company blog post.

MSFT Plugs Office 365 Vulnerability, But Trust May be Leaking

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Microsoft has closed-off a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in Office 365. The vulnerability, if exploited, could have enabled anyone with a mailbox in an enterprise using Office 365 to obtain administrative permission over the entire company’s Office 365 environment. What does that do to your level of trust in the product?

Forrester Names SAP, IBM, SAS, Microsoft Tops in BI

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The functions on business intelligence (BI) suites may have become standardized. But enterprises are still prepared to pay big bucks for products that will give them best-in-class data and insights.

In fact, Forrester maintains, enterprises are competing over the quality of the insights they can draw from their data and the customer experience they can offer customers or clients. The other key differentiator is the ability of those BI suites to integrate with legacy enterprise systems.

Polished! Documentum's Golden Crown is Shining

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EMC Documentum has worn a crown of gold in the enterprise content management (ECM) world for quite a long time. In fact, it’s hard to remember a year (if there was one) when analysts at Gartner, Ovum and Forrester didn’t all call the company a leader.

And a leader, it should be noted, is different from a strong performer, a challenger, a contender and a visionary, all terms the analysts apply to levels below "leader." A leader is a product that can already do it all (or at least the important parts) and that analysts recommend, almost without hesitation — a product like EMC Documentum.

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