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Microsoft Enhances Retail Products, Relationships at NRF Conference

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Microsoft is using the National Retail Federation's 103rd Annual Convention and EXPO in New York City this week to announce a number of enhancements to its Dynamics AX 2012 product and its Dynamics for Retail, which will reportedly provide retailers with better ways to manage their customer experiences. Microsoft is also using the convention to announce an extended partnership with IBM, Sitecore and Vantiv.

What the Internet of Things Can Learn from IBM's Smarter Cities Initiative

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If you take a step back and look at the bigger picture, it's clear that many of the concepts driving the Internet of Things (IoT) have been around for some time now. It took a while for the penny to drop, but substitute "Smarter Planet" or "Smarter Cities" for IoT in much that has been written and a lot of the reporting could have originated two years ago.

However, that's not to say the IoT and, for example, IBM's Smarter Cities and wider Smarter Planet initiatives are identical. To discover the differences — and similarities — are we turned to Katharine Frase, the Chief Technology Officer with IBM’s Public Sector business. Today we share her understanding of IoT and the ways it relates to Smarter Cities.

The Minority Report: Industry Predictions for the Rest of Us

The Minority Report: Industry Predictions for the Rest of UsWhat is happening in our marketplace and what does the future hold for 2014? Let's take a look at four different sectors to see what the next year holds.

4 Tips to Get Your Office 365 Implementation in Line in 2014

4 Tips to Get Your Office 365 Implementation in Line in 2014We've started a new year and that usually means we make resolutions on how things will be different, better. Let’s make a resolution to design and manage our Office 365 environments right so we can find the information we need to get our work done.

Wanna Race? Cloudera Says Impala is Faster than Hive and Proprietary RDMS

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Cloudera made a big splash at O'Reilly Strata + Hadoop World 2013 in New York City last October when it announced its Enterprise Data Hub strategy. It wants it to be the place where companies park all of their data, regardless of its format, and from which they can use BI tools, whichever they happen to be.

At the time, some of Cloudera’s Hadoop competitors were a bit taken aback — not by  the idea of an Enterprise Data Hub (MapR suggested it more or less already offered one. Hortonworks sort of ridiculed the term, adding that it preferred the word “platform,” as in Hortonworks Data Platform), but by Cloudera’s insistence that it no longer saw them as competition.

Cloudera CEO Tom Reilly told GigaOm’s Derrick Harris that the company has set its sights on a larger market, the one in which IBM, Pivotal (and we’d guess HP, Teradata and so on) are the established players. So what's new today?

Document Mgt Roll-up: Boston Snubs Microsoft, Adobe Closing Workspaces

It’s slow in the document management space after the holidays, but there are still some notable points — including the fact the City of Boston has turned to Google and away from Microsoft. Meanwhile, Adobe is shutting down Workspaces, Dell and PSIGEN have formalized their partnership and Microsoft has announced some of the price plans for Power BI for Office 365.

Beyond Fire Drills: Applying Lean Principles to Information Governance

Beyond Fire Drills: Applying Lean Principles to Information GovernanceToo many organizations equate "information governance" with "information lock-down." This is a mistake.

Risk mitigation shouldn’t be the only factor driving your information governance strategy.

 

E-Discovery Trends for 2014

E-Discovery Trends for 2014E-discovery matured in the past year, as concepts and themes like predictive coding and early case assessment (ECA) took on more actionable, serious tones.

Increasingly, e-discovery demands involve other electronic information disciplines, like records management, cyber security and corporate compliance. This has brought a larger, more diverse group of stakeholders to the e-discovery table and transformed e-discovery to part of a larger, interwoven information governance (IG) framework.

But the change is challenging, and many organizations are just beginning to apply learned e-discovery principals that can aid defining a comprehensive IG plan.

Android Devices Remain on Top as Tablet Market Explodes

Android Devices Remain on Top as Tablet Market ExplodesGartner is not only predicting steady growth across the global IT sector this year:  It is also predicting 7.6 percent growth in device shipments in 2014. Android will dominate the operating systems (OS) market and the PC market, contrary to popular belief, will still have a slight pulse.

Who Says 'Big Data Needs to Shrink to Grow'?

Who Says 'Big Data Needs to Shrink to Grow'?While most people were busy nursing their New Year’s Eve hangovers or getting busy with their resolutions on January 1, the New York Times ran a rather interesting headline: "Big Data Shrinks to Grow." We looked at it and said, really? That’s not our experience, but continued to read, anyway.

Businesses Honing Specialized Strategies for the Internet of Things #CES2014

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The Internet of Things (IoT) could be the hottest topic at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas. But even if it dominates the popular consumer electronics show, it still has a long way to go before it becomes a reality.

Still, that hasn't stopped companies like IBM and Cisco from lining up to provide services and technologies to enable its development. In fact, in the recent partnership between IBM and Technicolor, we can see the first signs of IoT development.

Better Customer Experiences Pushing Global Enterprise IT Spend

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Gartner predicts IT spending will rebound this year. The consulting firm estimates global enterprise IT spending will grow to $3.8 trillion in 2014, up 3.1 percent year-over-year — and much of that increase will be driven by a desire to improve customer experiences.

The Business Case for Information Management

The Business Case for Information ManagementOther than not really understanding what information management is, the single biggest obstacle to information management at most organizations is the lack of a viable business case: if you can’t show your CXOs the money, they’re not going to support your efforts. They have a whole portfolio of projects to choose from that generate revenue, reduce costs or increase margins, so if you can’t articulate how information management does one or more of these, you stand little chance of success.

CMSWire's Top 20 Hits of 2013: SharePoint

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SharePoint was one of the topics that attracted a lot of interest in the past year — and just as much controversy. It seems everyone has a view on it and how it should be used. 

However, there were three big subjects that dominated, and make up the lion’s share of our Top 20 this year: 1) SharePoint Online 2) SharePoint and Yammer and 3) SharePoint in Office 365. There were other issues too, like records management, search and how search is being used in the enterprise.

CMSWire Top Contributors 2013 - Virginia Backaitis

vbackaitis.jpgVirginia Backaitis could write about a piece of toast and make it interesting. Our go-to for big data coverage, Virginia makes a complex topic approachable and makes writing about it look easy.

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