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Will Documentum and Syncplicity Hit the Jackpot at EMC World?

Will  Documentum and Syncplicity Hit the Jackpot @ EMC World #MMTM14They say that everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

They’re wrong.

At least when CMSWire is there. And we’re going to be at EMC World and the Momentum (Documentum) Conference next week.

And while -- at this point -- we haven’t been briefed on what’s supposed to go down, our prying eyes and ears have been working the vine. We’ve also looked back at our coverage of Documentum conferences over the past few years to see if what we found lacking then still needs to be delivered.
 

What Box's (Supposed) Delayed IPO Might Suggest

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If it’s true that Box has delayed its IPO, then we have one thing to say. Told you so.

We called it last week when we couldn’t find any signs that the enterprise file-sharing (EFSS) startup had embarked on its pre-IPO road show. It was hard for us to believe the company’s CEO, Aaron Levie, could dazzle potential investors without making so much as peep.

After all, Levie is smart, funny and he’s even a former magician. Suffice to say, he knows how to work a crowd.

But he didn’t get to do that last night. Not even on Twitter.

Box filed the paperwork for an initial public offering in late March, and announced its intention to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "BOX." But we wonder: Are the bulls getting anxious on Wall St.?

Game On! Industry Responds to OneDrive for Business

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's vision of “Cloud for everyone, on every device” no doubt includes Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS).

Earlier this week the company put Box, and almost every other vendor in the space, on notice with a blog post, “Thinking outside of the Box.”  

Its author, John Case, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Office Division, had a fairly simple message for the marketplace:

The era of making isolated, single-solution decisions is rapidly coming to a close. Smart businesses are now choosing partners that have a holistic, comprehensive and connected set of cloud offerings and in doing so, creating a 'data culture' in their organization.”

In other words, Microsoft users should look to OneDrive for Business as the way to go for EFSS.

When you take into account that 670 million users use Microsoft Office and Office 365, what Microsoft’s message boils down to is pretty simple: If you’re a point EFSS solution in our world, you’re redundant.

Microsoft's OneDrive for Business is No Slam Dunk

There’s no place like Microsoft, and there’s no need to leave.

That’s what the world’s largest software company hopes you’ll believe when you get a look at OneDrive for Business, its Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) service.

While there’s nothing wrong with the idea — being everything to everyone isn’t a bad business strategy, if the community appreciates it and you can pull it off. And Microsoft thinks it’s off to good start. It owns the desktop, after all. Most of us have grown up using and are now raising kids who also use Word, Excel, PowerPoint …

So, earlier this week, when John Case, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Office Division, announced the company would be increasing the default storage on its EFSS offering from 25GB to 1 TB, it seemed like a sweet deal. In fact, it still does. Ditto for granting the same allotment to Office 365 ProPlus subscribers.

But is giving away extra storage the winning ticket in the EFSS space?

Probably not.

Is the Big Data Backlash Real?

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Earth be still.  Big data has lost its luster.

Could it be that analyzing terabytes, exabytes and zettabytes of information won’t make us smarter … or, even worse, could it make us wrong?

We’re beginning to see headlines like “Google and the flu: how big data will help us make gigantic mistakes” in the Guardian, “Eight (No, Nine!) Problems With Big Data” in the New York Times and “Big Data: Are we making a big mistake?” on author and Financial Times columnist’s Tim Harford’s site.

If you believe what you read, then big data isn’t the ticket that we once thought it was.

Or, maybe it still is, say a whole host of others. They’ll likely point out that “big data” is simply resting in Gartner’s “trough of disillusionment” at the moment, because, as with most new technologies, the number of failures outweigh the number of successes early on.

So, if you buy Gartner’s theory, we’ll slowly but surely, learn to do big data better, climb out of the trough and onto the Slope of Enlightenment where it will become more and more embraced by the mainstream.

Big data will present us with tremendous new insights, just not quite yet.

Time Out: You Can Quit Looking for Data Scientists

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Data scientists are hard to find and expensive to keep, but that doesn’t mean that big data insights are beyond your reach.

And, no, we’re not suggesting that you outsource your most important work to a team of analysts in a distant land.

After all, there’s a new generation of advanced, self-service, analytics tools that promise to help business and data analysts discover the same keen insights in short order.

Alteryx, which Gartner calls a Visionary in its most recent Advanced Analytics report, provides a data blending and analytics platform that helps end users glean important, actionable insights without the help of a PhD or even a programmer.

We've Got the Scoop on Enterprise Mobility

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Maybe your employer doesn’t know what you’re up to on the mobile devices you use for work, but we do.

OK, we admit it, we’re not talking specifically about you, and our knowledge isn’t first hand.

But we did get a peek at the findings of the world’s first report focused purely on enterprise mobility, cellular data and trends. It was brought to us by Wandera, which provides a mobile Data Gateway aimed at ensuring a productive and secure mobile Internet experience for businesses.

Why Hortonworks' Hadoop Pitch May Be Perfect

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Hortonworks business strategy certainly has its naysayers. They claim the venture capital backed company won’t be able to generate the kind of revenues Wall Street investors expect without selling proprietary software that compliments or extends open source Apache Hadoop or any other open source software, for that matter.

This sort of talk falls on deaf ears at Hortonworks.

“Our strategy is to build out (Hadoop and Hortonworks Data Platform aka HDP) in open source so that it resonates and deeply increases value for our partners, our customers and for us,“ said Shaun Connolly, vice president of Corporate Strategy at Hortonworks.

Why Box's Bad Financials Might Be Right on the Money

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In the weeks surrounding Box’s initial public offering announcement, the enterprise file sync and share vendor (EFSS) and its founder, Aaron Levie, couldn’t make enough news.

There was a mention of Levie’s appearance at SXSW and his name-dropping about Ashton Kutcher being an investor. And there was boxdev, Box’s Developers conference, which intended to build a community of 1,000 plus developers and give them the tools that they need to build rich solutions around Box.

While each of the aforementioned went off fabulously well, the IPO announcement sandwiched in between left the reputations of both Levie and Box less than optimal.

Why? Because Box’s S-1 filing revealed the company is spending much more than it is making — specifically, for every one dollar the company takes in, it spends $1.38.

Your Crib Sheet for Microsoft's World of Data

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When Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and his data team took the stage in San Francisco on Wednesday to talk about the company’s strategy, they used a few terms that are not yet in the vernacular. But they soon will be.

And while you’re certainly welcome to figure out what they are and, more importantly, what they mean once you hear them, we figure that, at least some of readers, will want to be among the first to use them.

Why Microsoft's Reign Will Continue

Leave it to Box CEO and chief Microsoft critic Aaron Levie to spread the word, check out his tweet yesterday:

Obviously Levie was tuned into the same Microsoft Customer data event as we were, and we agree with his conclusion -- Microsoft has an impressive (data) play.

Dream On Salesforce, SAP Prez Unimpressed by Your Threats

Dream On Salesforce, SAP Prez Unimpressed by Your ThreatsSAP is too classy to laugh at Salesforce president Keith Block’s pretentious remarks, as he runs from city to city saying things like “You’re going down SAP.”

“It's great that Salesforce.com has aspirations to be bigger than SAP,” said Steve Lucas, president, SAP Platform Solutions. “But ultimately we don't care what competitors think, we only care about what our customers and partners think and how to make them successful.”

“If we stick to that,” added Lucas, “we will win.” 

MapR Ups Its Hadoop Game with Databricks' Spark

For now, MapR seems to be sitting on the sidelines of the “My Hadoop distro is better than yours” game, and as Jack Norris, the company’s CMO puts it, “we’re concentrating on doing what’s best for our customers.” (Who wouldn’t say something similar?)

It’s with that in mind that they announced today the addition of the Apache Spark stack to their distribution. Norris says Spark will add speed, programming ease and real time processing abilities to their current offering. 

Dropbox's Enterprise Invasion Starts Now

And there’s a prize inside …

Hey CIO, you can stop pulling out your hair, Dropbox is going to help you gain control of your rogue company files.

There’s no one that can do this the way Dropbox can -- they claim 275 million (passionate) users.

Reporting for Duty at Bloomfire: New CEO Bob Zukis

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Want to watch someone walk their talk? Then keep your eyes on Bob Zukis.

Zukis is the author of Social Inc., a book that claims Business is the next social opportunity — and it's worth trillions of dollars.

Beginning this morning, he’ll have a chance to prove it when he takes the helm at Bloomfire, a start-up that aims to revolutionize the Enterprise through its knowledge sharing and social collaboration platform.

For those who aren’t yet familiar with Bloomfire, it was launched nearly two years ago at SXSW in Austin, Texas, where the company also happens to be based.

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