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How one partner helps Infor's aggressive approach to market verticals | #Inforum14

How one partner helps Infor's aggressive approach to market verticals | #Inforum14

 . Ciber, Inc. is helping to lead Infor Global System's charge to encourage enterprise customers to upgrade their software. Ciber's VP of sales Tom Heldt said their partnership is focused on helping clients avoid costly data center modifications by offering industry-specific cloud products. Infor's focus on verticals is key to the company's cloud efforts, as the software provider has been late to the table and seeks a service-oriented point of differentiation from rivals like SAP SE and Oracle Corp. Heldt explained that Ciber and Infor craft software products for specific verticals because it means less downtime for the client. When products optimize business... more »
Bitcoin hackers wanted dead or alive

Bitcoin hackers wanted dead or alive

Roger Ver, also known as Bitcoin Jesus due to his early work and support of the cryptocurrency, says he's fed up with hackers. Seriously fed up. So fed up in fact, that he's putting a bounty on their heads. Ver has been victimized by hackers twice: first was when Bitcoinica was hacked in 2012, losing him thousands of Bitcoins he had stored in the exchange; then in May 2014 a hacker got hold of his Hotmail account and stole sensitive information. The hacker involved in the Hotmail attack is believed to be the same person who threatened to reveal the identity... more »
No change at Oracle: Ellison still holds an iron grip over HIS company

No change at Oracle: Ellison still holds an iron grip over HIS company

Larry Ellison may have stepped down as CEO of Oracle Corp., but he's still running things from behind the scenes. Ellison, officially the third-richest man in the US after Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, had just $2,000 when he co-founded Oracle in 1977. In just 27 years he's presided over its transformation into a $182 billion database juggernaut thanks to his smart and often ruthless business acumen. Now he's heading 'upstairs', taking on the roles of Executive Chariman and Chief Technology Officer responsible for software and hardware engineering. In other words, Ellison’s still going to be very much involved with the company... more »
SAP suddenly becomes a 'cloud giant' with $8bn Concur acquisition

SAP suddenly becomes a 'cloud giant' with $8bn Concur acquisition

Enterprise software giant SAP SE has just grown new legs following the acquisition of enterprise travel and business expense management software maker Concur Technologies in a massive $8.3 billion deal. The Germany-based firm announced it'll pay $129 a share to buy out Concur, which is a 20 percent premium on the Seattle firm's listed stock price. The deal is expected to close by the end of this year or early 2015, at which time SAP plans to integrate Concur's offerings with its own. Because the two companies have little overlap, the deal will see SAP gain a fistfull of new clients. Concur... more »
Larry Ellison steps down at the top of his game, leaves "top lieutenants to mind the store"

Larry Ellison steps down at the top of his game, leaves "top lieutenants to mind the store"

After 35 years heading Oracle Corp., Larry Ellison is stepping down as CEO of the software company he founded. Splitting the newly opened CEO position are Mark Hurd and Safra Catz, current co-presidents of Oracle. Hurd will run sales, marketing and strategy while Catz will remain the company’s chief financial officer and oversee legal and manufacturing options. As for Ellison, he remains involved with his company as chairman, replacing Jeff Henley, also taking the title of CTO. Ellison’s departure marks the closing of a chapter in one of technology’s most profitable eras, as Oracle has a market capitalization of over $185... more »
Innovators know every business is a digital one: Report shows true impact of IoT

Innovators know every business is a digital one: Report shows true impact of IoT

This week’s Smart City roundup features a report on how the Industrial Internet of Things impacts digital services, how workplaces can be made safer with a new emergency app, and a bag that lets you bring your office with you wherever you go.  . The true impact of IoT on digital services   In a new report from Accenture plc, the company discussed how the Industrial Internet of Things presents a tremendous opportunity for innovative companies looking to unlock new revenue sources by packaging their products with new digital services. The report suggest three ways on how innovative companies can capture growth: boost revenues by increasing... more »
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Mesosphere cofounder envisions future data center as 'one big computer' | #OpenStackSV

The data center of the future will be fully virtualized, with everything from power supplies to storage devices consolidated into a single pool and managed by software, according to an executive whose company intends to lead the way. Florian Leibert, cofounder and CEO of hot Silicon Valley startup Mesosphere, Inc., said new applications will help drive the trend by assuming that a distributed and automated infrastructure is in place from day one. This concept goes beyond server virtualization, he said.  “The whole virtualization space is being disrupted,” Leibert told theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Jeff Frick in an interview at OpenStack... more »
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PagerDuty serves as an DevOps aggregator with new Advanced Analytics tools

For a company that has a technology-owned data center infrastructure itself or stored in the cloud and has a mission to always-on, especially infrastructure consisting of hundreds to thousands of applications and servers, it takes a variety of monitoring tools for monitoring every case errors, problems platforms, operating system updates and others operations performance management. PagerDuty's Advanced Analytics tools become very useful in this case. PagerDuty, Inc., the operations performance management company, recently launched Advanced Analytics tools to provide IT teams tools to better improve team and system performance. The tools provide the fabric interconnecting between systems and those responsible for its... more »
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Digital disruptor with application focus: Infor's perks over SAP | #Inforum2014

Under the leadership of CEO Charles Phillips, Infor Inc. "has delivered." That's according to Ray Wang, Principal Analyst, Founder & Chairman of Constellation Research. Many in the industry weren't sure whether Phillips would utilize a "buy, slash, and burn operation" with Infor's late-to-the-table cloud initiatives, but the company's actions have been very unexpected to the analyst. Wang sat down with Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly on theCUBE at Infor's annual Inforum conference to discuss the enterprise software provider's success and competitive advantages, as well as the digital disruption occurring throughout the tech market and economy at large. Infor's advantages over SAP   Many customers had been... more »
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Live: The Open Social Enterprise #TEDatIBM CrowdChat

IBM is having a live crowd conversation 10am PST today. Come join the crowd from Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook users for a unified conversation on the hashtag #TEDatIBM as pre-event conversation about the open social enterprise. Thought leaders are discussing the mega trend as social media shift to social business. Live crowd conversation on CrowdChat.net/TEDatIBM Live updates here and inside the app at CrowdChat. About CrowdChat CrowdSourced conversations will transform engagement as social media will increasingly be composed of multiple networks from the big three today (Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook) to possibly millions in the future. CrowdChat engagement... more »

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