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HP Turns the Page ... to Cool?

OK, maybe cool is overstating it, but then again, maybe not.

Either way, HP is finally newsworthy for reasons other than being (allegedly) swindled in its purchase of Autonomy and for hiring and firing a succession of CEO’s who (allegedly) did things like give orders for spying, sexually harass an employee, prove unable to come to an agreement with HP's Board of Directors about how the company should be run, and even announce that HP will be getting out of the PC business, which it happens to dominate.

Microsoft Ups Hybrid Cloud Stakes to Grab Amazon, Google Market Share

 Microsoft has upped the stakes again in the battle for cloud platform supremacy with the launch of Cloud OS Network. It brings 25 top cloud service providers under the same banner to deliver hosted services on the Microsoft Cloud Platform.

Internet of Things Growing Faster than Smartphones, Tablets, PCs Combined

While the exact form of the Internet of Things (IoT) is still nebulous, its size is not. According to new research from Gartner, it will include 26 billion units — excluding PCs, tablets and smartphones — by 2020. It will also have a global economic value of $1.9 trillion. 

Four Big Data and Hadoop Trends for 2014

In 2012 we heard, "What is Hadoop?" In 2013 the question evolved into, "What do I do with Hadoop?" Today's question? "What’s the best way to do it with Hadoop?"

How To Find the Best Analytic Tools for Your Business Needs

Information Management, How To Find the Best Analytic Tools for Your Business NeedsManagers are accepting analytics as a central part of a business operation. But assessing a solution against operational needs is becoming more complex as various platforms appear on the market.

So how do managers select the best toolset for their organization?

Box Enhances Admin Tools, Enters Consulting as Enterprises Adapt to the Cloud

Box announced today the addition of a number of new capabilities to its cloud storage platform, including enhanced admin features and a new service, Box Consulting, to help deploy and scale the Box platform. It also introduced new partnerships with Capgemini and other unnamed systems integrators. 

5 Ways to Insulate Your Organization from Big Data Pressures

In just a few years, big data has evolved from an emerging trend into a mainstream IT phenomenon. Organizations of all sizes are dealing with larger volumes of data, spread across a broader range of types and locations, compounded by the need to process and manage it all faster than ever before.

Though some might argue that the hype surrounding big data is growing faster than the data itself, one thing is abundantly clear: Businesses can no longer afford to ignore the challenges caused by exponential growth in data volume, velocity and variety -- otherwise known as "the three Vs.”

4 Enterprise Software Drivers For 2014

Enterprise software spending will recover next year driven by the combined forces of cloud computing, data management, mobile applications and social business, according to new research from Gartner. 

Dell, Puppet Labs Team Up on IT Automation

Dell, Puppet Labs Team Up on IT AutomationAfter Dell founder Michael Dell took the company private early in 2013, the company made a move to acquire Quest Software for $2.5 billion. This acquisition is now getting bolstered by an integration with Puppet Labs. Puppet Labs is an IT automation provider, and it will be integrated with Dell's Active System Manager for helping customers do things like deploy workloads and allocate server and storage resources on demand.

6 Predictions for SharePoint, Office 365 in 2014

It's been an interesting year for SharePoint. We've started to see steady adoption of SharePoint 2013, as well as continued usage of SharePoint 2010 and some older versions. And Microsoft’s shift to focus on the cloud and Office 365 left many guessing about the future of the on premises version of SharePoint.

Whatever comes in 2014, I don’t believe SharePoint is going anywhere. But I do think we’ll see more changes.

Will Huddle Note App Hammer Another Nail in SharePoint's Coffin?

Huddle has just announced the general release of Huddle Note, a new iOS application that enables users to create content in the cloud, share it inside or outside the firewall and collaborate with other workers on documents — all from a mobile device. Taking all Huddle’s functionality into account,  the company's management claims it provides a viable alternative to SharePoint.

Hey IBM, Oracle, Pivotal: HP Says Its Big Data Analytics Appliance Is Blazing Fast

HP probably isn’t the first name that comes to mind when you think “big data” or “analytics,” but if the company has its way, all of that changes starting today.

2014 Wish List ... from Rich Blank

2014 Wish List ... from Rich BlankIn 2014, I wish IT wakes up and realizes they need to unbundle ecosystems and stop looking at features. I wish CIOs would think more strategically about re-platforming, and focus more on user experience and overall value delivered to users. -- Rich Blank, solutions engineer with Jive Software.

Title image by Amodiovalerio Verde (Flickr).

IBM Builds 'Cloud of Clouds' On SoftLayer Acquisition

IBM has filed a patent for new cloud storage software, which also comes with the ability to securely migrate data from one cloud to another regardless of who built the cloud. It follows on the heels of its recent announcement that it is releasing industry-specific cloud services that will enable enterprises working in specific verticals move to the cloud quickly and efficiently.

SAP Flexes Its Analytical Muscles, Hints of What's to Come

If it’s true that the future will be won by the companies who leverage their information best, then SAP’s customers will be dancing in dollars.  

Not only because of HANA's in-memory processing capabilities and the big data informed Customer Engagement Intelligence solutions SAP introduced last month, but also because the software giant now provides some of the world’s most powerful predictive analytics capabilities via the integration of its KXEN acquisition.

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