SiliconANGLE Extracting the signal from the noise. Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:15:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Star Citizen dev continues full transparency policy with its current release plan Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:15:01 +0000 When you have crowdfunded close to $100 million for a m […]]]>

When you have crowdfunded close to $100 million for a massive video game with an unheard of scale, it might be tempting to keep fans in the dark on all of the little setbacks and pitfalls that come with software development, but Los Angeles-based Cloud Imperium Games has so far stuck to its promise of total transparency for its highly anticipated Space Sim, First-Person Shooter, MMO, and Kitchen Sink game Star Citizen.

For better or worse, the studio has kept fans in the loop about every delay and scrapped feature, and Cloud Imperium continued this trend earlier this week with a full breakdown of the release schedule for Star Citizen for the next few months.

Star Citizen’s code branched about 6 months ago to prepare for a release of Star Marine that never came to fruition due to technical issues with animations mostly,” the developer said. Star Marine is the recently delayed first-person shooter module of the game.

The developer explained that because of the branch in the code, the current version of the Social Module, which introduces multiplayers hubs where players can hang out when they aren’t killing each other, does not include any of the recent updates made to the game.

As a result, Cloud Imperium is working on what it calls “The Great Code Merge of 2015,” which is meant to reintegrate the code back into the main branch.

Star Marine and Social modules are coming within the next month

“What does this mean for the backers?” Cloud Imperium said in its update. “Well, it means that shortly after the code merge is complete (latter half of September) there will likely be a Star Marine release as well as a significant update to the Social module. I believe we will also see things like character animations unified across the entire game with the vastly improved animations that have been done for Star Marine.”

The developer expects that both the Star Marine module and the Social module will be released before Citizencon, and Star Citizen convention that will be taking place on October 10 in Manchester, England.

Image courtesy of Cloud Imperium Games
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LinkedIn open-sources internal tool to simplify machine learning projects Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:01:00 +0000 Only three days after previewing a slew of upcoming enh […]]]>

Only three days after previewing a slew of upcoming enhancements for Apache Kafka, LinkedIn Inc. is adding another item to its open-source analytics repertoire with the release of a likewise internally-developed tool that promises to simplify machine learning initiatives. And in particular, coordination across the different stages of the project lifecycle.

Work on large-scale recommendation systems like the kind LinkedIn uses to refer members to groups and job postings that match their professional interests is typically divided between two teams. One is responsible for creating the mathematical models into which raw data is fed for analysis, while the other takes care of testing and the various other chores involved in operationalizing those models.

The problem is that even a minor change in an algorithm can have a significant impact on the work of the latter team, a reality that has traditionally required the data scientists to a make major time investment in incorporating the modifications. That slows down the rate at which new capabilities can be created and tested by a great deal, which is what Feature Fu aims to address.

The tool employs an open-source Java library called Expr to significantly cut the amount of work involved in translating changes made during the modelling process to the subsequent stages of the project. Its parser can handle updates to the formulas that dictate which parts of a given dataset are fed into an algorithm and how without requiring engineers to completely rework the underlying implementation.

Feature Fu has already been adopted by LinkedIn’s Job Relevant Team to help optimize recommendations and will now be able to find use beyond the social networking giant in other applications. Given that its other open-source projects is currently employed at over 100 organizations, including the likes of Yahoo! Inc. and The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc, the tool probably won’t have any trouble attracting users.

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BlackBerry buys out arch-rival Good Technology for enterprise mobility dominance Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:58:08 +0000 The corporate device management space has gotten a litt […]]]>

The corporate device management space has gotten a little less crowded this morning with the announcement that BlackBerry Ltd. is acquiring one of its biggest rivals, Good Technology Inc., for $425 million in cash. The landmark deal positions the Canadian mobile giant at the very top of the enterprise mobility food chain.

That’s thanks to the roughly 6,200 organizations with active subscriptions to Good Technology’s management services that are now set to merge into its customer base, a roster that includes over half of the Fortune 100, much of the banking industry and big names throughout a host of other verticals. It’s also significant that many of those companies rely primarily on iOS, which BlackBerry has been targeting aggressively.

The roughly 60 percent of Good Technology’s install base that is made up of iPhones and iPads will help the outfit significantly expand its foothold in Apple Inc.’s ecosystem, but that’s just the immediate benefit of the buy. The long-term strategic advantage will come from the administrative capabilities that have made its rival so popular among iOS users in the first place.

BlackBerry plans to integrate that functionality with the management features that its own platform offers for Android and Windows devices in an effort to put forth a more attractive value proposition for organizations that support multiple operating systems in their networks. The pitch will be further augmented by Good Technology’s app-level encryption and data loss prevention capabilities.

That should provide a welcome boost for BlackBerry’s existing security functionality, which has always been one of its biggest strengths. The company was the first mobility management provider to receive full operational approval from the U.S. Department of Defense, while Good Technology is the sole holder of a level 4 Common Criteria Evaluation in the mobile collaboration category.

But the icing on the cake are the more than 2,000 applications that the latter’s partners have integrated with its  platform, which significantly expand the appeal of the core mobility management functionality. Added up, BlackBerry anticipates that the assets it’s gaining through the acquisition will swell its top line by about $160 million in the first year after the deal goes through.

And the company is counting on that contribution to grow much further later down the road. In an official Q&A session held on occasion of the launch, Good Technology chief executive Christy Wyatt revealed that BlackBerry plans to use her outfit’s technology in order to extend its reach to wearable devices, which could prove a goldmine as adoption steadily increases among enterprise workers.

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With prices plunging, Wikibon sees flash turning storage market on its head Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:38:21 +0000 NAND flash is taking over the storage market. Currently […]]]>

NAND flash is taking over the storage market. Currently flash has less than 15 percent of the overall market, but that is rapidly changing as the per-TB cost of flash arrays plunges. In 2012 all-flash and hybrid flash-HDD arrays cost 10 times HHD — $20,000 per TB for flash vs $2,268 for HHD. Today the cost of NAND flash arrays has dropped to about $4,200, while HHD costs have decreased $1,070, reports Wikibon CTO David Floyer in his latest forecast of storage market costs. Meanwhile, the cost of flash storage installed on the memory bus in servers, a.k.a. Server SAN, is on a curve slightly below the cost of HDD arrays at $1,622 per TB in 2012, and HDD Server SAN is practically free at $150 per TB.

By 2020, NAND flash arrays will cost $336 per Tbyte, while HHD arrays will cost $198, Floyer projects. Server SAN flash and HDDs will be at $113 and $35 respectively. That low price for flash Server SAN is a major argument for adopting it more widely, particularly as flash on the memory bus provides the fastest access speeds available. Beyond 2020, the cost of the various choices all approach negligible amounts.

As flash disrupts the storage market, Floyer writes that new storage vendors will put pressure on the traditional market players, accelerating the drop in flash prices even more. SanDisk, for instance, recently announced capacity flash storage at $900 per TB. SanDisk, Samsung, Intel and Micron are all bringing 3D NAND flash into production. “The prospect is 10 terabyte thumb drives!” Floyer writes.

Meanwhile, the growth of flash-based Server SAN will also capture increasing amounts of the growing storage market from traditional SAN, NAS and DAS from below. The result is that the market for magnetic storage, which dominated data storage for decades, will be squeezed into an ever-smaller niche of mainly archival storage. Floyer provides a graphic representation of the future of the storage market in the second figure of his analysis on the Wikibon Web page.

Other solid-state technologies that promise even higher performance than NAND flash and/or higher capacities are also in the wings. Intel and Micron Technology, Inc. have announced a much more expensive but higher performing non-volatile 3D XP technology, for instance. This or other competing technologies may find markets where the difference in performance will provide business value that can justify their higher prices.

However, they are unlikely to gain the volume of sales that can drive the price of these alternative technologies down on anything close to the steep curve NAND flash is riding. That volume is still being driven mainly by the consumer market – smart phones, tablets, thumbdrives, micro-SD cards, GPS systems, etc. Unless the consumer market device makers start switching to one of these new technologies, they will remain too expensive for general storage use in enterprise data centers.

In actual installations, flash is already overtaking HHD in large part because of the huge I/O bandwidth it offers. This supports sharing of a single production database among multiple applications, eliminating the need for multiple database copies and for the extra storage those multiple copies use. Also, the high speed of flash eliminates the need for optimization strategies to gain I/O for high performance needs. These differences make the actual price delta between high speed HHD and flash arrays in practice much lower than a straight comparison of cost per TB implies.

The message clearly is that we are fast approaching the point where flash rather than HDD becomes the default choice for storage, unless some special requirement dictates either HHD or tape, rather than the other way around.
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Batman: Arkham Knight patch is live, but you still can’t buy it on PC Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:05:19 +0000 After briefly appearing then disappearing then reappear […]]]>

After briefly appearing then disappearing then reappearing again, it looks like the interim patch Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment promised for the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight is officially live, but that does not mean the game is for sale again. The Steam Store page for the game is still missing a buy button, and there is a message that says “Sales of Batman: Arkham Knight have been temporarily suspended while Warner Brothers works to address performance issues.”

So far “temporarily” has clocked in at just over two months, but with the recently released patched, the game may actually be almost at the quality is should have been at launch.

“Good news,” Warner Bros said in an update on Steam yesterday afternoon, “testing for the interim patch has been completed and it is now available for those who already have Batman: Arkham Knight for PC.”

The new patch addresses a number of Batman: Arkham Knight’s most serious issues. The new changes include (via Steam):

Reduced frame rate hitches
Optimizations for system memory and VRAM usage
Improved performance on all GPUs (requires the latest drivers)
More Comprehensive In-Game Settings
Fixed low resolution texture bugs
Fixed hitches when running on mechanical hard drives (HDD)

Reports have been somewhat promising so far, with most players claiming that the game runs better than before, even if it is still not perfect quality.

“I tried changing the settings to low and it still dropped frames but the drops were smaller so I guess there’s still a long way to go,” one Reddit user said. “Gonna be honest I’m not sure if the drops are because a [GeForce GTX] 970 can’t handle the game or it’s still not completely fixed.”

Warner Bros notes that it is still working on making improvements to the game, and issues it plans on addressing in future patches include support for the game’s downloadable content, which is still not released on PC, as well as support for SLI and Crossfire, improved performance on Windows 7 and Windows 10, and more.

There is still no word yet on when consumers who did not buy Batman: Arkham Knight for PC at launch will be able to purchase the game.

Image courtesy of Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment
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Apache Ignite & Apache Lens: New top-level projects explained Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:13:36 +0000 The Apache Software Foundation welcomed two new top-lev […]]]>

The Apache Software Foundation welcomed two new top-level projects into its embrace last week in the shape of Big Data analytics-focused Apache Ignite and Apache Lens.

It’s fair to say that both projects have been relatively unheard of until now, but their inclusion as full-fledged members of the Apache family certainly merits a closer attention so enterprises can see what they are and where they fit into the wider ecosystem.

Apache Ignite: The in-memory “Fast Data” platform


First up is Apache Ignite, whose development is being speadheaded by a company called GridGain. Nikita Ivanov, the company’s CTO and founder, told SiliconANGLE that Ignite can be thought of as a “high-performance, integrated and distributed in-memory data fabric for computing and transacting on large-scale data sets in real-time, orders of magnitude faster than possible with traditional disk-based or flash technologies”. He explained that Ignite is built to power both existing and new applications in a distributed, massively parallel architecture on affordable, industry-standard hardware.

At first glance, observers might be forgiven for thinking Ignite sounds quite similar to the much better known Apache Spark. Indeed, both Ignite and Spark use in-memory as the main storage paradigm. But Ignite can’t really be considered a Spark competitor in the same way that something like Apache Flink could be, because that’s where the similarities end, Ivanov insisted.

According to Ivanov, whereas Spark is designed for interactive analytics and machine learning applications (i.e. geared toward a use case where a data scientist is interactively working with the system through some sort of GUI), Ignite is designed to deliver programmatic real-time analytics, machine-to-machine communication and high-performance transactional processing.

“Apache Ignite fills a gap in the ecosystem by providing a solution for high-performance transactional processing and real-time machine analytics,” Ivanov said.​ “That’s something that neither Hadoop nor Spark were designed to do.”

In theory then, Ignite should actually be quite complementary to Spark, depending on the scenario. One of Spark’s biggest weaknesses is that it lacks an integrated data storage layer. Instead, it uses external storage layers such as HDFS, HBase or Cassandra.

Ignite acts much like an in-memory database that allows Spark to process in-memory alone. The idea is that Ignite helps Spark to figure what should stay in-memory and what can be stored persistently, giving users unprecedented performance and scalability benefits.

Ignite is typically used in transaction processing systems like trading, fraud protection, real-time modeling and real-time analytics, Ivanov said. It works equally well with horizontal scaling on commodity hardware and with vertical scaling on high-end workstations and servers.

Graphic showing where the Ignite File System (IGFS) fits into the Hadoop ecosystem

Graphic showing where the Ignite File System (IGFS) fits into the Hadoop ecosystem

Ignite’s full potential probably won’t be realized for some time. Although Ignite has gained lots of traction with “hundreds of production installations”, the project has actually been designed with future memory types like NVDIMMs, storage class memory or 3D xPoint in mind, Ivanov said.

“There’s tremendous innovation happening in memory space and our vision is to have Apache Ignite be at the forefront of supporting these new and revolutionary types of memory,” Ivanov said.

Apache Lens: unifying multi-dimensional queries across multiple data stores


Apache Lens is intended to fill a different gap in the Big Data ecosystem. The Apache Software Foundation describes Lens as “a unified analytics platform. It provides an optimal execution environment for analytical queries in the unified view. Apache Lens aims to cut out the Data Analytics silos by providing a single view of data across multiple tiered data stores.”

To understand what Lens is all about, we turned to Amareshwari Sriramadasu, a VP of Apache Lens who works as a data platform architect at InMobi, Inc., a mobile advertising network that’s one of the major backers and users of the project.

Sriramadasu told us that one of the problems large enterprises and Web companies face when tapping into Big Data is juggling many different data sources, including conventional SQL databases, file system based sources (such as HDFS) and in-memory databases. All of these data sources have their own sweet spots when it comes to the query classes they’re suited for, which is why it’s difficult to consolidate everything into a single database.

This is where Lens comes in; it provides a single end-point for a user to query data irrespective of where and how data is stored, effectively allowing multiple data sources to be seen as a single data warehouse. Lens is able to provide a single view of these data sources and to choose the best source for every user query. Lens also has the ability to understand data hierarchy and relationships using cube definitions.

“This enables the Lens system to find the cheapest way to access information for a user query,” Sriramadasu told us. “For example, if sales data is available at a city level and also at a country level, the Lens system can understand this hierarchical relationship and access data at a country level when the user is interested in sales at a broader geographic region as opposed to finer city level data which might have higher cardinality.”

Sriramadasu explained that Lens solves a couple of major problems that other Big Data technologies don’t:

  • Facilitate analytical queries by providing OLAP-like abstraction.
  • Provides a data-access layer with a unified catalog that spans multiple data stores and query execution engines.

Lens, therefore, is positioned as complementary to query execution engines like Hive and SparkSQL, both of which make data on HDFS and HBase accessible through SQL-like constructs. According to Sriramadasu, Lens provides a logical data warehouse view with OLAP constructs over Big Data SQL engines, traditional RDBMS and in-memory databases. Lens sees these data sources as a continuum as opposed to being silos.

The following figure shows us where Lens fits into the Hadoop ecosystem, providing an OLAP extraction layer atop data processing and query frameworks/languages such as Hive, SparkSQL and Pig. Lens can be then be used with Zeppelin and other BI engines for analytics and visualization.


For a detailed explanation on how Lens can be put into practice, check out this blog post by InMobi’s Jothi Padmanabhan.

Lens is still an immature technology, but it already has a number of big names behind it, with InMobi, Flipkart Internet Private Limited, Lazada Software AG, Hortonworks Inc. and Talend, Inc. all contributing to its development.

As for what the future holds, InMobi said it believes Lens will eventually become the de facto data access and data discovery mechanism for any organization that run big data stack alongside conventional database stack.

“Over a three-year horizon, we expect Lens to be widely deployed and used in production,” Sriramadasu said. “Just as Lens has enabled OLAP abstractions over relational tables across datastores, we hope to build capabilities in it that will allow other representations such as graph traversals.”

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A modern approach to storage | #VMWorld Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:38:34 +0000 Infinidat, an enterprise-class storage systems company […]]]>

Infinidat, an enterprise-class storage systems company founded by industry vet Moshe Yanai, had its unofficial coming out party at VMworld 2015. The company recently announced a 300 percent sales growth for Q2 2015 and had a funding announcement in April.

Infinidat CMO Randy Arseneau explained to Dave Vellante of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, why the company appeals to the enterprise. “We are broadly applicable to a wide range of workloads,” he said. “We came to market at an interesting time, where there is a lot of noise and confusion around convergence and hyperconvergence. Enterprises are looking for a cost-effective, high-performance tier to put their mission-critical workloads on. This represents for them not only a consolidation platform, but also delivering very robust, highly differentiated storage services.”

Reliable and cheap storage forever

Brian Carmody, CTO, discussed Infinidat’s unique architecture. “We’re taking a more modern approach than many storage companies,” he said. “We’re doing what Facebook and Google and a lot of hyperscale storage companies and storage engineers are doing. We’re using flash as a cache layer for storing data. We don’t use it for primary storage. For that, we use large capacity SaaS drives. When you combine those two things together, you get the algorithms right and figure out how to break the data into small pieces and how to disperse it properly. You get the best of both worlds — performance that’s like an all-flash array, but more reliable. And you can scale 100 times larger than anything that’s available today.”

Carmody admitted that promoting Infinidat to the enterprise isn’t always an easy sell. “Technologists are used to a lot of BS, so they take everything with a grain of salt,” he said. “Looking beyond the technology, one reason we’ve seen such growth, is because we listened to customers. The number one thing that I hear from every CIO is not ‘take my latency down’ but ‘make my storage reliable and cheap enough that I can afford to store everything forever.’”

Arseneau and Carmody  said the company has ambitious plans for the future.

Watch the full interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of VMworld 2015.

Photo by SiliconANGLE
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Microsoft’s Skype redesign sees big improvements in functionality for iOS and Android Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:24:08 +0000 Microsoft has announced a new and improved version of S […]]]>

Microsoft has announced a new and improved version of Skype for Android and iOS (version 6.0) that is available now. Microsoft stated that the inspiration behind the Skype 6.0 for Android was Google’s Material Design with an emphasis on making Skype more user friendly. Part of this simplicity includes a floating action button that makes starting a chat, video call or audio call easier. Microsoft has also added improved search and messaging capabilities helping users to find contacts and unread messages.

Skype for iOS has seen more in the way of improvements with Microsoft going as far as to call Skype 6.0 for iPhone and iPad, “our best apps yet.” Similar to the Android redesign search functions have been improved, but Microsoft has also added new navigation controls that can get you to your conversations faster. Swipe gestures are part Skype 6.0, which Microsoft says simplifies making calls and finding messages. Another feature of the updated version is that it’s now easier to share location, web links, emoticons and photos during conversations.

For the latest version of Skype for Android you can download from the Play Store. For iPhone and iPad downloads visit the iTunes App Store. Customers reviews so far have been largely positive:

iPad: “I love the new layout, never crashes and is easy to call my friends! I have not had any problems so I’m excited to use Skype again.”

iPhone: “You guys have finally made it, wonderful design. User friendly & smooth functioning.”

Microsoft has said that it is working on Windows 10 mobile Skype apps, although it’s uncertain when we will see any progress there.

Photo credit: Skype blogs
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Luxury gold smartwatch market heats up: 23-karat LG Watch Urbane Luxe vs. 18-karat Apple Watch Edition Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:13:51 +0000 If the gold-colored LG Watch Urbane was not bling enoug […]]]>

If the gold-colored LG Watch Urbane was not bling enough for you, there’s good news. LG Electronics MobileComm USA, Inc. has unveiled a 23-karat gold plated limited edition luxury version, dubbed the LG Watch Urbane Luxe.

The LG Watch Urbane Luxe comes with a handcrafted alligator leather strap secured with a deployment clasp. According to LG, the leather strap goes through 50 separate steps in its creation, handled by 30 leatherworkers. To add to the upmarket look and exclusivity, the Watch Urbane Luxe is sold in an exclusive piano-gloss lacquer case and only 500 individually numbered units will be produced.

LG says it chose a 23-karat gold heavy plate as it is stronger and harder than 24-karat gold used in jewelry, yet offers a deep luster of gold not found in 18-karat gold favored by luxury watch makers.

There is of course already an 18-karat gold smartwatch on the market – the Apple Watch Edition. Apart from the differences in technical specifications – which we compare below – the Apple Watch Edition differs from the Watch Urbane Luxe in that it is made from solid 18-karat gold instead of simply being gold plated and, perhaps most notably, the base model costs nearly 10 times as much.

So if you’re looking for a “budget” luxury gold smartwatch, read on to see how the LG Watch Urbane Luxe stacks up to the Apple Watch Edition – at least in the tech department; we’ll leave the style decision up to you.

Watch face shape

LG Watch Urbane Luxe: Round

Apple Watch Edition: Square

Dimensions and weight

LG Watch Urbane Luxe: The 24-karat plating will likely make the Watch Urbane Luxe heavier than the base model, but it measures the same at 45.5 x 52.2 x 10.9mm. Weight should be somewhere north of 66.5 grams.

Apple Watch Edition: 38 ×33.3 × 10.5mm / 42 ×35.9 × 10.5mm, 40g/48g/53g


LG Watch Urbane Luxe: 1.3-inch POLED capacitive touchscreen, 320×320 pixels.

Apple Watch Edition: Retina Display with Force Touch


LG Watch Urbane Luxe: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1.2GHz with 512MB of RAM.

Apple Watch Edition: Apple S1 which is a “customized application processor that together with memory, storage and support processors for wireless connectivity, sensors and I/O comprise a complete computer in a single package.”

Network and connectivity

LG Watch Urbane Luxe: GSM / HSPA / LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0.

Apple Watch Edition: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0.


LG Watch Urbane Luxe: 4GB internal storage.

Apple Watch Edition: 8GB internal memory (with an estimated 2GB of internal storage for music and 75MB of storage for photos).


LG Watch Urbane Luxe: 9-Axis (Gyro, Accelerometer, Compass), PPG (Heart rate monitor), Barometer

Apple Watch Edition: Heart rate sensor, accelerometer, ambient light and gyroscope.

On the back of the case, a ceramic cover with sapphire lenses protects a specially designed sensor that uses infrared and visible-light LEDs and photodiodes to detect your heart rate during workouts and when using the heart rate Glance.


LG Watch Urbane Luxe: 410mAh, non-removable Li-Ion battery. No detail on battery life.

Apple Watch Edition: Expect up to 18 hours of battery life or whole day of battery-life across a range of activities. Charging the Apple Watch will literally be a snap, as the magnetic charger attaches to the back of the Apple Watch easily.

Operating System

LG Watch Urbane Luxe: Android Wear, now compatible with iOS.

Apple Watch Edition: watchOS


LG Watch Urbane Luxe: $1,200 limited to 500 individually numbered units available in the U.S. only and available for pre-order at or by visiting any REEDS Jewelers location.

Apple Watch Edition: Starts at $10,000 and could go as high as $17,000.

Images via LG
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Microsoft acquires VoloMetrix to boost organizational analytics capabilities Fri, 04 Sep 2015 07:32:06 +0000 Microsoft is getting serious about something it calls “ […]]]>

Microsoft is getting serious about something it calls “organizational analytics” with the acquisition of VoloMetrix, a service that analyzes organizational performance using anonymized data gathered from corporate networks.

In a blog post announcing the move, Rajesh Jha, Microsoft corporate vice president in charge of Outlook and Office 365, said the newly acquired technology would help Microsoft in its efforts to make employees more effective at work. The plan is to integrate VoloMetrix’s technology with Microsoft’s own forthcoming Delve Organizational Analytics service, which will soon become a part of Office 365.

Companies use VoloMetrix to gain a better understanding of how their business is functioning and what their employees are up to. The platform can assess how employees are performing at their jobs, and glean insights on employee communication and interaction. The software integrates a company’s calendar, email servers and critical business apps to collect metadata about where and what people are working on. VoloMetrix then crunches that data to provide decision makers with an overview on how different departments and organizations are working together.

That fits nicely with Microsoft’s stated plans for Office 365, which already offers a variety of collaboration tools and will soon add Delve’s capabilities. Microsoft previewed Delve at the Microsoft Ignite conference earlier this year – the platform is somewhat similar to VoloMetrix in that it aims to give employees and businesses more information about how their work habits compared with colleagues, using data gleaned from Office 365. Yesterday, the company said it will launch a preview of Delve in the next month, with general availability to follow by the end of this year.

“This acquisition will combine VoloMetrix’ experience, technology and track record of success with Office 365 and our previously announced Delve Organizational Analytics,” wrote Microsoft’s Jha in his blog post. “I am excited about this big step forward in our company ambition to reinvent productivity and business process, and how it will deliver new value to our customers with organizational analytics.”

VoloMetrix CEO Ryan Fuller penned his own blog post on the acquisition, saying that Microsoft’s vision aligns with his own.

“Microsoft has a huge vision to reinvent productivity and a set of assets in Office 365 that are fundamental to how work gets done,” he wrote. “By joining them, we will be able to continue to pursue our shared mission and have an impact at a staggering global scale.”


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