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Enterprise Content Management Circa 2014: 6 Major Vendors Weigh In

Enterprise Content Management Circa 2014: 6 Vendors Weigh InFasten your seat belts and get ready for the ride, the ECM industry is going to be disrupted big time in 2014; in fact, the smartest vendors may even disrupt themselves.

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.

Cloudera's Enterprise Data Hub Rises to the Call of Amazon's AWS

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Someone joked at Strata and Hadoop World earlier this year that Cloudera was ahead of its time when it chose its name. “You should have called it On-premise era,” said the would-be comedian, referring to the fact that Cloudera and most other enterprise-grade Hadoop distros live in the data center.

That joke becomes a little less funny today when Cloudera announces that its Enterprise Data Platform is now certified and available for deployment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud.

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 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.

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.

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.

Hey CMO! Hey CIO! Work Together or Lose Everything

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Chief Marketing Officer, meet the Chief Information Officer. You two are going to have to learn to work together — otherwise your company will suffer, it may even go out of business and both of you will almost surely lose your jobs.

In yesterday’s world, that statement might have seemed outrageous. But we’re living in the age of social, mobile and big data, where the customer and the customer’s experience rules. And this era will be won not by the company that crafts the most seductive messages or creates the best products, but by the one that gets the right information, in front of the right consumer, at the exact moment that person is ready to pull the trigger and buy.

That, my friends, is a data game. It takes two (teams of) people with very different skill sets to make it happen. The companies who rule the future will have to leverage the best of what IT and marketing each has to offer. Welcome to the world of big data driven marketing.

How Is Hadoop Like Teenage Sex? [Infographic]

How is Hadoop like teenage sex? It’s an old riddle whose answer is changing quickly. If you don’t already know what it is, read on. And if you do, read on anyway (and check out the Infographic) because we have some marvelous visual statistics to share.

Should CIOs Report to Marketing? Ridiculous? It's Beginning to Happen

There was shock and awe at the Gilbane Conference earlier this week when the crowd learned that Marriott’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) reports to the company’s Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Some saw it as the beginning of a trend.  

Why Apple Needs Topsy in a $200 Million Way

Apple to Buy Social Analytics Company TopsyApple bought social analytics firm Topsy for more than $200 million, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

Topsy is one of the few companies that has access to every tweet generated since 2006 and has the proven ability to analyze them all, both historically and in (near) real time, as they come in. While some see Topsy’s services primarily in the social realm, it’s also important to recognize its big data and analytical capabilities.

Smarter Than Siri: Yahoo Acquires SkyPhrase

If you’re anything like me, you want your mobile device to fetch exactly what you ask for without requiring much effort on your part at all. And though Siri and Google Voice Actions do pretty well when you give simple commands or ask simple questions like “What temperature is it?” or “Why is Tom Daley trending on Twitter?” they are less likely to be able to come up with a list of your beloved’s favorite restaurants from the conversations you’ve had via email.

10 Ways Amazon AWS Makes Building Enterprise Solutions Sexy

Stories are legion of IT projects gone wrong. According to Standish Chaos Reports, a majority of projects fail, fail to deliver as promised, run way over budget, deliver something that isn't wanted or doesn't get used, or are outright abandoned and never finished. In other words, they waste time and squander money, never mind the lost opportunity costs.

Who Coined the Term 'Enterprise Data Hub' and Does It Matter?

Information Management, Who Coined the Term 'Enterprise Data Hub' and Does It Matter?“That’s not fair, it was my idea first ..." Anyone who has kids has heard that line before, and it seems that some people don’t grow out of it.

Now granted, sometimes there are good reasons for these arguments and accusations. Apple says Samsung "slavishly" copied the iPhone and iPad in its Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablet, and the courts agree that its claim has merit. And the so-called Rockstar consortium, made up of Microsoft, Apple, Sony and others, is suing Google over patents.

Chris Brogan Shares the Secret to Digital Relationships

If you don’t already know who Chris Brogan is, you need to read this. If you do, you won’t need any convincing, skip past the next paragraph.

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