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Google Creates New Platform to Help SMBs

Customers are the heart of any business. We all know that, but now Google said so — so we know its true.

Managing customers across a number of different channels, however, is difficult. To help businesses do just that, Google has launched Google My Business.

Google My Business (GMB) offers business the ability to manage at least the Google channels including Search, Maps and Google Plus.

Given the number of small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) that are using Google to connect with customers, the only thing surprising about this is the fact Google hasn’t introduced something like it before.

World Cup Data ... Visualized

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As we've noted before, people think in pictures, not Excel spread sheets. The human brain doesn’t react well to seeing millions of lines and rows of data.

And in the age of big data and analytics, where gleaning and reacting to insights faster than the competition can make the difference between winning a market or perishing, avoiding disasters or falling prey — and even saving lives or losing them.

It’s no wonder companies in the data visualization business are booming. Take, for example, Tableau. In just one quarter, the market leader landed 120 deals in excess of $100,000 and added 1,800 new customers. The company also reported that it has exceeded more than 1,000 cumulative customer accounts using Tableau Online for analytics in the cloud.

IBM Boosts Public Sector Muscle, Slashes SoftLayer Prices

IBM is opening two new cloud services data centers for the government and also upped its game in the server space by slashing the prices of multiple cloud services.

Unlike Amazon, Google or Microsoft, which like to boast about cloud service price cuts, IBM takes a different approach and announced the SoftLayer price cuts very, very quietly.

Breaking News: Vishal Sikka Grabs Infosys' Top Job

Did we call it or what?

Vishal Sikka just confirmed via Twitter that he will be leading Infosys into the future.

The Stanford PhD who, up until early last month, was an executive member of SAP’s Board and is widely credited for bringing Guinness World record breaking database SAP HANA to life, has now accepted the challenge of leading Infosys, the $31.1 billion global provider of business consulting, information technology, software engineering and outsourcing to a new level of greatness.

Sikka will be the Infosys’ first non-founder CEO.

Can Dropbox Buy Its Way into the Enterprise?

2014-11-June-IntheDoor.jpgIf you don’t have enough time or talent to build it, maybe you can buy it. At least if you have as much money as Dropbox.

OK, we admit that we’re being a bit sarcastic here, but we actually have enough information to present a pretty good case around Dropbox trying to buy its way into the Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) market.

We won’t bore you with all of the details, but consider that last week Dropbox acquired Droptalk and that late yesterday MobileSpan announced that it had been acquired by Dropbox as well. 

Open Source Search Goes Commercial

In early June the open source search business arguably came of age when Elasticsearch closed on a $70M tranche of Series C investment funding. Elasticsearch is supported by both an open source search community and a commercial search business. In November 2012 the company received $10M in a Series A investment funding which was followed by a further $24M in a Series B funding in February 2013 -- making the total of investment funding now $104M.

Series C funding is usually seen as a substantial level of endorsement of the future of the company by the venture capital investment community. The next level, Series D, is seen as a prelude either to an Initial Public Offering or a trade sale.

China Leads the World on the Internet of Things

While US and European machine-to-machine (M2M) technology developers are still banging their collective heads on the wall trying to work out what the Internet of Things (IoT) will be like, who will be developing it and where it will emerge, China is busy forging ahead. 

According to new research released by Europe-based GSMA last night, not only is China outstripping both the US and Europe — but it is doing so with the active and concerted support of its local and national government bodies.

Pivotal's Cloud Foundry Gives Enterprises New Mojo

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Enterprise computing needs some new mojo — and if Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz and his crew have their way, it will first be built — and then found — atop their brand of Cloud Foundry.

Bear with us as we explain this because Cloud Foundry is an Apache Open Source project that will soon be governed by a foundation and leveraged by as many as 34 vendors (thus far). Pivotal CF is an enterprise-grade Platform as a Service (PaaS) that EMC and VMware spinoff Pivotal provides. It is powered by Cloud Foundry.

Sound complicated? Just think of Cloud Foundry as the Cloud’s Linux.

Do Sync & Share Files Belong on Public Clouds?

2014-10-June-Paper-Airplanes.jpgIt was only a matter of time.

With public cloud storage costs quickly heading toward zero, it may not make sense for some Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) providers to store customer files in their own data centers.

Last night news broke that EFSS provider Egnyte will now leverage Google Cloud Services to store client files.

It’s a move that didn't shock Alan Pelz-Sharpe, a research director at the 451 Research.

“Many cloud service providers are finding out that low cost and free subscriptions are hard to upsell and the cloud storage costs alone can be a huge drag on the limited finances of a startup,” he said.

This App Promises to Protect Your Salesforce Data

If you haven’t protected the data you're holding in Salesforce, you’re taking a  risk. What if it disappears? What if you loose it? There are recovery apps available to deal with those kinds of scenarios, but they are often complicated, expensive and difficult to use.

Spanning claims its upgrade offers an alternative.

According to the Texas-based start-up, its updated Backup for Salesforce App offers new options directly through the user interface. It enables business users and anyone else tasked with securing customer information not only the ability to back-up, but also the ability to restore data.

Stop SharePoint Information Bleed Before It Starts

Eighty-three percent of SharePoint enterprises report actual security losses from user error.

Imagine for a second that you’ve left the world of technology. Suppose you decided to launch a new venture -- a retail store, or a nightclub.

You spend a lot of time working on the floor plans, construction, architecture -- even the menu. Your sign out on the highway has lots of flashing lights to attract visitors. On opening night you have thousands of people show up. There's a line around the block behind a red velvet rope. Everything feels like a smashing success.

Except you notice people aren’t staying as long as they can, and leave fairly early. Soon there's no one waiting to get in and you have plenty of empty space, not a lot of people. You're worried about all of those early exits -- why did they leave? To prevent a similar situation, you try a new policy -- no cover charge, but once in, you have to stay until 2 a.m. and cannot go anywhere else.

How to Get Value from Your Business Data

Here's an interesting concept to consider: If 80 percent of the data your enterprise is using was created in the past year, it means your enterprise is created four times more data in the past year than in its entire history before then.

That’s pretty good, right? Sure it is ... but only if you can get useful business insights from that data.

So how do you do that? Southard Jones, vice president of product strategy at Birst, is unambiguous about it. You need to focus on the business user, he said.

Cloud Foundry Unveils Computing's 3rd Era #CFSummit

Unless you’ve had your ears plugged and your eyes closed for the past few years, you know that we’re quickly moving away from computing’s 2nd Era and onto the 3rd.

We’ve heard it said that the only industry sector that’s growing more slowly than the one made up of computing’s client-server companies is the tobacco industry.

"Wow!," we said when we heard that. We knew the world was going the way of cloud. We just didn’t know it was happening this quickly.

Why Selectica Bolstered Contract Management With Iasta

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Selectica CEO Blaine Mathieu told us in April the latest version of his company's contract management solution is like CMS “on steroids.”

With the provider’s acquisition of Iasta this month, Selectica could be banned from Major League Baseball for steroid use.

Iasta, a Gartner leader in its 2013 Magic Quadrant for Strategic Sourcing Application Suites, brings to Selectica its suite for upstream procurement solutions. Selectica’s wants Iasta to complement its own contract management solution.

“We started as a strategic partnership, but it became apparent that we could be much more powerful together than apart,” CEO Mathieu said. 

5 Lessons About Big Data from Big Companies

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Big data is no longer the sole domain of big companies.

As the perception of big data moves from futuristic hype to real-world opportunity, the promise of improved decision making, increased operational efficiency and new revenue streams has more organizations actively engaging in data analysis projects than ever before.

That no longer just means more enterprise organizations, either. Midmarket companies are jumping on the big data bandwagon in a big way.

In fact, a recent survey by Competitive Edge Research Reports indicates an astounding 96 percent of midmarket organizations are either already in flight with a big data initiative or plan to start one in the next year. That’s a whole lot of companies whose big data projects are either going to sink or swim in the very near future.

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