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SAP Mobilizes ERP, Hints at Cloud Strategy, Gives HANA Big Data Support

With Sapphire Now, SAP’s annual gathering coming to a close later today, it’s hardly surprising that there is a bit of something for everyone. There’s cloud, mobile and databases, with the ERP king announcing the release of around 70 apps that do different things with different systems.

Yahoo CEO Steps Down Amidst Degree Debacle, Cancer Concerns

Yahoo CEO Steps Down Amidst Degree Debacle, Cancer ConcernsYahoo CEO Scott Thompson abruptly steps down after admitting to fabricating details about his degree and reportedly telling colleagues that he has thyroid cancer.

Microsoft Revamps Bing for the Social Age


Bing has relaunched with a series of major changes, adding context and social elements to its new results page and a firm emphasis on "pure search." The roll-out will happen over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned.

EPiServer Scales for Big Data, Better Content Targeting With 200OK AB Acquisition

Digital marketing/e-commerce software provider EPiServer is scaling its technology offering to more effectively handle Big Data with the purchase of Swedish enterprise search solution vendor 200OK AB. The 200OK AB cloud-based “Truffler” application can handle large volumes of Big Data, including user data, social and mobile web content, and product and online transaction information.

Microsoft Rebrands Small & Medium Business Advertising to Bing

Microsoft has renamed its small and medium business (SMB) targeted Microsoft Advertising to Bing. The company hopes the move will boost sales by giving advertisers a cue that they are buying traffic on Microsoft’s search engine. Will it make a difference?

Search and Find - A User-Centric Approach to Customer Satisfaction

shutterstock_50571640.jpg For several years, usability guru Jakob Nielson has had “bad Search” as his number one “Top 10 mistakes in web design.” The reasons for this are obvious. If users who come to your site cannot quickly find the information or solution they are looking for they will leave and go to a competitor.

Q-Sensei Enterprise v2.0 Search Improves Big Data Support

qsensei_logo.png Q-Sensei Corp., a multi-dimensional search and indexing technology company, announced the release of Q-Sensei Enterprise v2.0 featuring ontology-based data processing and a new API.

Will the New Google Share Button Replace the +1 Button?

Google's social network has added a new way to share content over its growing search + your world platform. Google+ now offers a Google Share button that looks similar to the +1 button. But will websites find it more useful?

Microsoft, Facebook Announce $550 Million Patent Deal

In a half-billion dollar cash deal between two technology titans, Microsoft agreed to sell up to 70% of the patents it recently acquired from storied AOL just two weeks earlier for about twice that sum (US$ 1.056 billion) in cash. Terms of the Microsoft/ Facebook deal include ownership of 650 AOL patents and patent applications, plus access (via license) to the patents and filings that Microsoft will retain. 

Yammer Adds Universal Search, Aims to Replace the Intranet

Earlier this month we pointed out that Yammer has moved past basic social networking and into primary productivity tool territory. But that news was nothing compared to its latest announcement -- universal search.

A Week in Google: Google+ and Gmail Ties, Motion-Launched Apps, Affiliate Ads for Bloggers

Google, as ever, has been rolling out the changes across its range of products with more integration betweern Gmail and Google+ and many other additions. As we wait for the big Drive unveiling (will it be this week? Will it, will it?) we catch up on all the Googling fun that's gone in the past few days.

Driving Value with SharePoint Search

shutterstock_54303646.jpg In his Australian SharePoint Conference (#AUSPC) talk entitled “Driving Value with SharePoint Search: Working Smart, Not Hard” SharePoint MVP and founder of SharePoint Analyst HQ, Michal Pisarek talked about how to build out search to meet business needs and end user expectations for the platform.

Amazon Releases New Search-as-a-Service in the Cloud

amazon_aws_logo.jpgAmazon Web Services has released its cloud search offering, CloudSearch, which has been rumored for months. The new service is based on the same technology that powers product searches on Amazon is the first company to offer search-as-a-service, but something tells us the Internet giant’s competitors will soon be scrambling to keep up now that Amazon has entered the market.

The Best Way to Improve Business Performance

“Who’s the best pilot I ever saw? Well, uh, you're lookin' at 'im”
--Gordo Cooper, Astronaut, The Right Stuff

“What’s the best process improvement approach you’ve ever seen?”
I have answered that question differently over the span of my career and suspect you may have as well. In this article in my adaptive case management series, I reflect on the different business process improvement approaches and tools I have seen and share which one I think has the right stuff.

Yahoo Cans 2,000, Aims to be Leaner and More Innovative

yahoo_logo_2010.jpg As widely rumored, Yahoo has just announced 2,000 redundancies spread across many of its units, as the company aims to slim down, focus on core profitable areas and return to looking after users and advertisers.

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