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A Look Back at 2013: The Year Big Data Work Began

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If 2012 was the year your grandmother instigated big data conversations at the dinner table (yes, the “buzz” around it actually was that big), then 2013 will go down in history as the year the enterprise began to make serious plans around it.  

CIOs are no longer talking about big data in terms of “it’s something we’ve got to do,” instead they’re making plans, putting big data projects into their budgets and writing checks.

Enterprise Content Management Changes, Challenges in 2013 - Leading Vendor's Views

Every now and then an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) vendor will open its mouth and shout from the rooftops that its competitors are “dinosaurs,” though they are unlikely to use exactly that word. Instead they’ll slip in terms like “first generation” or “legacy,” which in IT-speak means retired or ready to be retired.

When you hear that kind of talk, it’s probably worth asking if you’re being spun by someone who’s fighting to gain market share. Entertaining as it can be to watch the taunting, we have to remember to ask ourselves if poking at your competitors is the best way to demonstrate your value.

We say, probably not.

HP Beats IBM to Become Top Server Vendor

HP has overtaken IBM to become the world’s biggest server vendor in terms of revenue in the third quarter this year, according to new figures from IDC, a market research company. This follows recent and indirectly related research by Forrester that identified HP as the top private cloud vendor in the market right now.

Oracle WebCenter Sites Review: Strengths, Weaknesses

Web CMS, Oracle WebCenter Sites ReviewI've been around the block with this product so many times I've worn out all my shoes. From its earliest days as FutureTense ContentServer, through the FatWire years, to its most recent incarnation as Oracle WebCenter Sites and everything along the way, it's been a very interesting, rewarding and occasionally frustrating journey through the eight (or eleven, depending on how you count) versions.

Shareholder Vote Against Oracle Pay: What's it Mean?

larryellison.jpgOracle Corp. shareholders are putting up a rare and semi-successful fight against rising executive pay at Oracle Corp. In a non-binding "say-on-pay" vote at Oracle's annual meeting yesterday, they rejected the pay packages for top managers, including Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Larry Ellison.

The protest vote was influenced by a group of powerful institutional advisors,  including the Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), which recommended the vote, and the California Employees' Retirement System, which supported it.

Oracle, Eloqua Integrating Products and Customers Too #ee13

image-oracleeloquacustomers-2013.jpgOracle continues to integrate Eloqua's marketing automation and revenue performance management solutions — as well as the companies respective customer bases.

Social Automation Faces Slower Adoption than Traditional Campaign Tools #ee13

Social Automation Faces Slower Adoption than Traditional Campaign Tools #ee13While traditional marketing automation tools have reached maturity in many ways, trying to do the same kinds of things with social media could take twice as long.

Oracle Eloqua Fall Update Enables Facebook Custom Audiences Targeting

Customer Experience, Oracle Eloqua Fall Update Enables Facebook Custom Audiences TargetingThe fall update for Oracle's Eloqua marketing automation tool includes integration with Facebook Custom Audiences for improved targeting, expanded partnerships in its AppCloud and a continued march towards integration.

Oracle Buys BigMachines, Increasing Cloud-Based Sales Functionality

Oracle just announced it has bought Chicago-based Configure, Price and Quote (CPQ) provider BigMachines in a move that will greatly enhance its cloud-based sales functionality. While the details of the deal were not disclosed, some sources suggest Oracle could have paid more than $400 million.

Oracle Partners with Bizo to Add Display, Social Ads to Multi-Channel Campaigns

Oracle continues to integrate the Eloqua technology it bought nearly a year ago. As it does, it's extending some of the existing Eloqua capability by partnering with Bizo to run multi-channel campaigns that include display ads and social media.

Multi-channel campaigns help create a seamless customer experience across email, social media and other platforms.

Microsoft Office Is Still the Productivity Suite Leader

For Microsoft, Forrester's recent report on productivity suites and alternatives to Office 2013 just couldn’t get better. It shows that while there are alternatives to Microsoft Office, most enterprises aren’t even looking at them. It also shows that if Office 2013 still hasn’t gained the traction Microsoft would like it to, it is only because most users are still on the 2010 version. 

The Gartner 2013 ECM Magic Quadrant: Winners and Losers

Information Management, The Gartner 2013 ECM Magic Quadrant: Winners and LosersAlthough a major analyst firm has yet to introduce a reality television-style survival component involving vendor executives, there are winners and losers in every vendor evaluation. This year’s Gartner ECM Magic Quadrant is no different -- seeing some players rise, some fall, while all fight to survive.

Oracle Plugs Critical Security Holes

Oracle has announced the release of a massive security patch for Java that addresses at least 51 identified security vulnerabilities. If you think this does not affect you, keep in mind that Oracle says 89 percent of desktops run Java in one form or another. 

Oracle Gets Cloudy Again with Compendium Purchase

Oracle is making another cloudy bet with its announcement this morning that it has acquired cloud-based marketing content vendor Compendium. Terms of the deal were not made public.

Forrester Wave ECM: Market Segments As EMC,HP, IBM, OpenText Lead

In the first part of our look at Forrester Wave for ECM 2013, we saw that the market is changing rapidly as vendors are forced to provide functionality that corresponds to enterprise productivity rather than compliance needs. We also saw that agile, small vendors are starting to eat away at the dominance of the large, established players. Even still, the Wave is led by EMC, IBM and OpenText, while HP pushed its way into the Leaders' segment on the back of the Autonomy acquisition. 

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