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Six Sigma Letting You Down? Rediscover Concurrent Engineering

If all (or even most) systems projects went well, we wouldn't need to talk about this subject …. But they don’t, and those failures compromise the progress and integrity of the information world.

The selection and application of formal methodologies is an important ingredient in the success or failure of most projects. In today’s automation project world, choosing the right project methodology sometimes seems as important as the project itself. Choose the right methodology from among the top contenders -- Six SigmaAgileLean and SDLC -- and, we are told, you are on the road to success. Choose poorly and you are alone on the windswept plain of project failure or mediocrity at best.

Microsoft + SAP Partner for Cloud, Mobile, Big Data

Microsoft and SAP are two 2nd Platform technology players that are leaving no holds barred as they attempt to carry their dominance onto the third.

Cloud, big data and mobile are three big components of that next wave (social is the fourth, but it seems to be morphing from a platform to a feature in enterprise applications) and both companies need to be ready when their clients begin to make the leap — or, needless to say, they’ll lose business.

6 Things to Know About the Internet of Things

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No matter which way you look at it, the Internet of Things (IoT) still has a very long way to go. In fact, if you take a step back and look at it without all of the vendor hype, it's not even entirely clear what exactly it's going to look like. 

The Pew Research Center has tried to remedy that with recent research, interviewing more than 1,600 experts about their visions for the IoT. The result is a fascinating look into not just the shape and form it will take, but also some considerable insight into what technology we will be using in the future. Google Glass, it seems, is only the beginning.

8 Vendors Lead The Business Intelligence Market

The business intelligence landscape is fracturing as it evolves.

In a market once characterized by applications that covered all the bases, cloud computing and the availability of Software-as-a-Service means many vendors are starting to specialize in analytics, data discovery and visualization.

Out of this splintered market, the value of business intelligence applications is forcing vendors to focus on line-of-business support and ease of use concerns.

Hortonworks Buys XA Secure, Redefines Security for Hadoop

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Hortonworks may be making big data history today when it announces the acquisition of XA Secure, a data company that provides a comprehensive security suite for Apache Hadoop.

“It’s a game-changer for Hadoop,” said Tim Hall, vice president of Product Management at Hortonworks. “We’ll (the industry) be moving from fragmented to central security and be able to provide a single pane of glass through which to see who’s authorized to access what … ”

The purchase will initially have a substantial, positive impact on Hortonworks’ customers and technology partners (such as Microsoft, Teradata, SAP among several others) because its current and acquired team of engineers will immediately begin to incorporate the XA Secure technology into Hortonworks’ Data Platform (HDP).

Other Apache Hadoop providers and their customers shouldn’t be too far behind because Hortonworks, following its passion for open source, will concurrently begin to transition XA Secure’s technology assets into an Apache project.

“We are strong believers in the open source community,” said Hall. “It brings in the best and the brightest, it speeds innovation, and delivers quality,” he adds.

It also makes XA Secure free for the taking.

SAP Plans Layoffs, But It's Hardly Alone

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For anyone who doubts SAP AG will be laying off employees, we have news. “It’s true,” said Jim Dever, vice president of corporate affairs at SAP.

He can't say how many workers will be involved. It’s not a simple process.

In Europe, for example, the rules around cutting heads are very different than in the US. Not only that, but examining what skill sets will be needed and are available in house isn’t an easy task.

The company won’t necessarily be exiting lines of business. Instead, it might cut jobs that may be redundant and reduce headcount gained during acquisitions of companies such as Sybase (2010), Success Factors (2011), Ariba (2012) and 13 others it purchased since January 2011. Note that the layoffs will occur across the company and that we are in no way implying that employees gained through acquisitions will be targeted.

SAP: No 'Massive Layoffs' Planned for Workforce

An SAP spokesperson told CMSWire reports of "massive layoffs" are "simply not a fact" and that the 67,000-employee global software giant will have more employees by the end of 2014 than it does now.

"We are adding jobs in 2014," SAP's Andy Kendzie told CMSWire this afternoon. 

Tweets and news about a SAP workforce reduction swept the web today.

Ray Wang, an analyst for Constellation Research, stood by his tweet when contacted by CMSWire.

Microsoft's Mobile-First, Cloud-First Mantra Takes to the Enterprise

Microsoft owns the enterprise. Don’t expect it to be letting go of even the tiniest sliver anytime soon. In the last few months the world’s biggest software company has upped its data game, its analytics tools, its database, brought Office to the iPad and new Enterprise File Sync and Share (via OneDrive) capabilities to businesses.

3 Vendors that Make Information Governance Cool

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For passing the buck, there's nothing quite like information governance. It's an IT space in which everyone gets to blame everyone else and no one has to take responsibility for errors. The heart of the problem, Gartner says, is that it is difficult to measure and locate accountability and responsibility. 

But this traditional view of governance is changing. As organizations digitize their customer relationships, the way information is synchronized and shared with trading partners is becoming a core business responsibility. 

And these three vendors excel.

EMC + Documentum: Mismatched or Better Together?

Documentum isn’t going anywhere, so say EMC Information Intelligence Group President Rick Devenuti and his boss David Goulden. Though each gives different reasons for why the relationship works, both men insist that the businesses are better together.

Goulden, CEO of EMC’s Information Infrastructure group (a.k.a. EMC) which owns IIG (a.k.a. Documentum), says that the division is “highly profitable.” We’re not going to argue with him on this point, he’s an accountant.

But other points may not be as black and white.
 

Microsoft Adds Predictive Forecasting To Office 365

Microsoft promised to bring analytics to a billion screens last February when it finally launched Power BI for Office 365. Starting this week, Office 365 users will be able to do both data mining and predictive forecasting.

According the blog post announcing the upgrade, users will be able to look into the future behavior of their products and business. And they don’t have to be data scientists either. 

8 Lead Close Race in Content Management

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As content management vendors race with the rapid pace of change in the enterprise workplace, some are pulling ahead.

The front-runners embrace the rising demand for content collaboration, mobile access and better user experiences, but others are showing strength in particular areas.

New research from Nucleus identified eight vendors dominating the market, but noted they aren't the only ones gaining ground.

Google Ups Its Cloud Game With Stackdriver Buy

Google Cloud Platform May 8 2014.jpgIn the latest twist in the ongoing battle for dominance in the cloud space, Google just announced it has bought Stackdriver, a cloud app monitoring service.

According to a statement from Google, Stackdriver’s technology will be pushed onto the Google Cloud platform. It underlines the company's ambitions to develop as a real challenger to Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Google has provided little information about the deal, but has said it will start working on integrating Stackdriver’s functionality into the Google Cloud as quickly as possible.

Panorama's Necto 14 Helps Turn Data to Business Stories

Extracting useful insights from data is one thing. Understanding those insights — quickly and without the help of a data scientist — is another. That's why Toronto, Ontario-based Panorama Software developed Necto 14, an infographics-based business intelligence data discovery tool.

"Necto 14 introduces a new form of BI-related visualization, BI infographics," Panorama founder/CTO Rony Ross told CMSWire. Ross said these kinds of infographics are "extremely effective visualizations because they use familiar business visuals to aggregate huge amounts of data, and they speak the language of the organization."

Governments Tighten IT Budget Purse Strings

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Selling IT to the government was never easy, but it's about to get harder. According to new research from Gartner, 26 percent of national and federal public sector agencies will be cutting their IT budgets this year, with the remainder reporting flat or slight increases to their 2013 budgets. 

There is one bright spot: If you sell SaaS deployments or applications, your chances of getting a foot in the door have improved. SaaS, it seems, has become the new darling of federal number crunchers.

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