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Office 365 Gets Social CRM with Nimble Integration, Passes 2M Subscriber Mark

Microsoft continues its push to increase the functionality of Office 365 with the announcement of a partnership with Nimble which brings customer relationship management (CRM) to the productivity suite. The news coincided with Microsoft's report that Office 365 home subscriptions have hit the 2 million mark. 

Cloudera Changes the Data Game: 'Watch Us Become a Data Hub' #strataconf

Cloudera watchers would have to be blind to think that the company is only about Hadoop. After all, it not only has over 700 partners that add value to its software, but it has also leveraged a good number of Apache open source technologies to help its customers ask bigger questions and gain more value from their data.

Citrix Speeds Up its XenMobile MDM

citrix.jpgWith everyone bringing a mobile device of choice to work, mobile management has become critically important. This week, Citrix is out with the latest version of its enterprise mobile device management suite, XenMobile. It features several time-saving functions.

XenMobile MDM provides a unified, role-based management of mobile devices, apps and data with integrated email, browser and data sharing. It also offers Citrix’ Worx Mobile Apps, which Citrix says is the industry's largest collection of business-specific apps, including WorxMail for email, calendars and contacts, WorxWeb for Net and Intranet access and ShareFile for file synching and sharing. 

Microsoft's Plan to Bring Big Data to a Billion Users #strataconf

When it comes to big data, Microsoft doesn’t think small. The company wants to bring big data insights to a billion users, said Eron Kelly, the general manager of product marketing for Microsoft’s Data Platform Group.

Needless to say, it’s a big goal, but there may be no company in a better position to achieve it. After all, Microsoft has a footprint of more than a billion Excel users and its Azure cloud service is enjoying triple digit revenue growth. Add red-hot Hadoop, big data and SQL Server to the mix and you’ve got the recipe for what could become a big data powerhouse.

How Marketers Can Capitalize on the Coming Internet of Things

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The so-called Internet of Things? Fugetaboutit ... at least for a while. The Internet of Things refers to a world where everyday physical objects are connected to the Internet and are able to identify themselves to other devices.

According to new research from Forrester, the concept is well developed, but the reality is  three to five years away. But the delay is a good thing:  it gives marketers a chance to optimize the Internet of Things for customer engagement.

Microsoft Officially Releases Its Hadoop Distro For The Cloud #strataconf

Microsoft has a dream — Big Data democratized through easy to use tools and a unified data platform. Quentin Clark, Microsoft’s corporate vice president, will be at Strata Conference + Hadoop World 2013 in New York City tomorrow to talk about the company’s vision. In the meantime, we’ll give you a sneak peak at the forthcoming news. We hope to have even more news to share later today or first thing tomorrow, even before Clark's speech.

EMC Isilon: Hadooping With Us Is Free #strataconf

Say you were a contestant on Jeopardy, and the answer Alex Trebek read was “EMC, Hadoop."  Chances are the question you’d buzz-in with would be "What is Pivotal?" — referring to the company EMC spun-off less than a year ago.

I suspect EMC would rather not have it this way. After all, big data is a huge component of the company’s strategy, and its Isilon division provides its own offering for deploying Hadoop and analytics. The trouble is not enough people know about it.

The Strata Conference, Big Data Myths and Customer Insight #strataconf

Human Face of Big Data.jpgThere are plenty of reasons to avoid talking about big data. It makes people anxious, confused and quizzical. Sometimes, two minutes into a conversation, you realize the person you're speaking with doesn't have a clue about big data. Other times, the conversation lapses into such elaborate technobabble that it's impossible for someone without an advanced degree in analytics to follow.

So why are so many people flocking to the O'Reilly Strata + Hadoop World 2013 big data conference in New York City this week?

MapR Wires Security Into Hadoop #strataconf

What keeps CIO’s up at night? The security of their data. And in the land of big data there are all kinds of dangers like user impersonation, rogue daemons, malicious remote procedure calls and more, according to MapR Technologies, a provider of Hadoop technology. This is a huge hurdle that suppliers of enterprise-grade Hadoop have to overcome to get potential customers started on big data projects — and a problem MapR is addressing with a new solution it announced today.

Cloudera, Partners Deliver Lightning Speed and Cloud to Hadoop #strataconf

256px-Lightning_NOAA.jpg Cloudera isn’t into chasing Hadoop tails. “We have consistently led the market,” said Matt Brandwein, the company's director of product marketing.

He may have an argument, given that Cloudera’s Chief Architect, Doug Cutting, is credited with the creation of Hadoop … that the company introduced Cloudera Search, the first fully integrated search engine for interactive exploration of data stored in the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) and Apache HBase … and that it has built technologies such as Open Source Sentry, which provides security for data stored in Hadoop.


SiSense 'Breaks the Rules of Physics' at Big Data Conference #strataconf

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A new big data solution promises to do more than help businesses analyze massive amounts information. It's actually "breaking the laws of physics," said Eldad Farkash, co-founder and chief technology officer at SiSense.

SiSense, a three-year-old developer of big data analytics software, announced patent-pending technology at the O'Reilly Strata + Hadoop World 2013 conference in New York City this morning.

Microsoft Commercial Business Thrives, But Ballmer Still Remains a Question

Microsoft's sales and profits are up. In the first quarter since the company announced a major reorganization and shared the news that CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring, the Redmond, Wash.-based technology giant reported a jump of 17 percent in net income in the fiscal first quarter to $5.2 billion or 62 cents per share.

While the company's commercial wing grew revenues by 10 percent to $11.2 billion, consumer revenues, including devices, grew only 4 percent to $7.46 billion. 

Enterprise Document Capture Initiatives, the Right Way

The highly public and underwhelming rollout of Healthcare.gov probably has many of you reflecting on whether your own organization’s complex IT initiatives will avoid similar problems of scale and complexity. I can’t address public healthcare -- but I can provide some help if you are embarking on a high volume enterprise document capture initiative. Such initiatives comprise the first stages of the most important business processes that many organizations have, so it’s important to get these right.

Pivotal Releases Fill the Big Data Productivity Gap

Information Management, Pivotal Fills the Big Data Productivity Gap ... They've Only Just BegunLadies and gentlemen, write this date down because the show is about to begin. Almost exactly six months after Pivotal officially began operations, the EMC and VMWare spin-off headed by Paul Maritz is unveiling its first set of Pivotal-built products.

Metalogix Acquires Idera's SharePoint Tools

Metalogix has been steadily buying up hefty swaths of the Microsoft SharePoint ecosystem -- and it's now bought up Idera's SharePoint business. It includes tools that focus on backup, maintenance, security and governance.

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