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Google Knowledge Graph Means Smarter, Data-Driven Searches

Today, Google unveiled the Google Knowledge Graph, an enhancement to the search engine that gives it the brains to tell the differences and relationships between places, people and things - to use Google's own example, the difference between Taj Mahal, the famous landmark, and Taj Mahal, the musician. As Google Senior VP of Engineering Amit Singhal put it in a blog entry, Knowledge Graph is about searching for "things, not strings." Understanding that kind of ambiguity is powerful enough, but Google's also leveraging Knowledge Graph to give users better summaries of their search terms: Again using Google's example, a search for Marie... more »
SAP Annnounces Free HANA Developer Images on Amazon Web Services

SAP Annnounces Free HANA Developer Images on Amazon Web Services

Over the past week, SAP and Amazon Web Services announced a number of alliances. Earlier this week, SAP said they would sell Afaria, its mobile management software, on the AWS Marketplace. Last Friday, SAP and AWS announced that SAP customers can now deploy their SAP solutions on SAP EC2 instances in production and non-production environments for both Linux and Windows environments. Now comes the news that developers may now set up a HANA database on Amazon Web Services at no cost. This is huge. HANA is the in-memory database that SAP is positioning to compete directly with Oracle and SAP. It's a... more »
Bernhard Schulzki from EMC and Satinder Sethi from Cisco Talk HANA at SAPphire 2012

Bernhard Schulzki from EMC and Satinder Sethi from Cisco Talk HANA at SAPphire 2012

Bernhard Schulzki, Vice President of EMC Solutions Group, and Satinder Sethi, VP of Service Access & Virtualization Technology at Cisco, spoke with Dave Vellante at SAPphire 2012 about the cloud and HANA infrastructure. (See the video at the end of the article for the full interview.) Schulzki says that the specific emphasis on solutions with SAP in partnership with Cisco involves HANA and the journey into the cloud. Especially because Cisco is one of the leading providers helping to deliver people into the cloud via broader networking and datacenters. He also spoke about how EMC intends to use Cisco led certification for... more »
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EMC and VCE’s Take on HANA at SAPphire 2012

Henrik Wagner, the head of SAP relations at EMC, shared some of his perspective on business software, and value, together with VCE’s D.J. Long during an interview with Dave Vellante on the Cube (see full video below). Speaking at SAP SAPphire 2012, Wagner started by noting how he considers this particular conference as a unique opportunity to talk bottom line with customers, from the financial perspective rather than the technical aspect that is the prime focus of many other tech gatherings. Long in turn got right to the point, making an observation about the ‘resistance’ to virtualization some traditional SAP clients demonstrate.... more »
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Qualtrics Grows their Numbers by Analyzing the Numbers

Qualtrics, which offers online data collection and analysis software and services, has announced it is receiving an impressive $70 million in funding from top venture capital firms Accel Partners and Sequoia. Although the company has existed since 1997 and has been profitable since 2002, this is the first round of venture capital Qualtrics has ever received. The massive investment is also the largest that Accel and Sequoia has ever made together. Qualtrics Growing Their Numbers by Analyzing the Numbers Qualtrics has capitalized on the growing importance of data to run businesses. The platform, which begins at $2,500 per month, has over 4,000... more »
SAPphire Reveals SAP's Continued Effort to Expand Reach Beyond ERP

SAPphire Reveals SAP's Continued Effort to Expand Reach Beyond ERP

SAP’s Sapphire conference has kicked off in Orlando. The company, which has been experiencing some aging pains, is using the gathering as an opportunity to reposition the company as “a platform destination for partnering and collaborating,” according co-CEO Bill McDermott in his closing keynote at the end of day one.  Although the keynote, which included three other executives, a speech, an interview and roundtable discussion, was entertaining, it might not be enough to propel growth. However, some of the new tools coming out of the software might. Frictionless Enterprise Social Let’s be honest, when someone says enterprise social, SAP is not the... more »
Nvidia Prepares Graphics Card Lineup for the Cloud Gaming Era

Nvidia Prepares Graphics Card Lineup for the Cloud Gaming Era

The cloud has penetrated everything, even gaming, and Nvidia wants to craft the sails that will lead the gaming world into those cloudy waters with their upcoming Kepler-based graphics chips—these graphics cards will include features designed to enable cloud-gaming across the Internet and facilitate lower-lag with shinier graphics for the next generation of consoles. Essentially, the way Nvidia and others see it: home consoles can only go so far in power and strength requirements for graphics and this means a cost-barrier to customers. So gaming-as-a-service breaks in by allowing data centers to house extremely powerful graphics cards on servers that run... more »
Mr. October Reggie Jackson #44 on Leadership and SAP

Mr. October Reggie Jackson #44 on Leadership and SAP

Always ready to cover any and all technology related topics the Cube had a visit from the one and only Mr. October, Reggie Jackson at the SAPphire 2012 conference (see full interview below).  A Hall of Fame MVP Yankees and A's legend, Jackson is also an accomplished business man and he shared his experiences with the SAP organization and how he is sharing his knowledge with the people that make the company tick.  Donning a Callaway/SAP golf cap, Reggie retraces how he came to be associated with SAP. Several months ago, Reggie was invited by Callaway Golf Company, a global sporting goods publicly-traded... more »
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Microsoft a DevOps Player?

DevOps on Microsoft – Seems kind of at odds doesn’t it? DevOps as a movement has been very close to open source roots, allowing developers to really drive the course over operations and infrastructure. Microsoft is moving towards DevOps integration by integrating new features in the forthcoming release of Visual Studio 11. The product remains in beta – and a release date has not been announced. Microsoft has a release-filled schedule ahead for the rest of 2012, and it can be expected that the juggernaut will be a significant player in the movement. At the core of Visual Studio 11 is... more »
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SAP Saved the Best for Last - HANA SP4’s New Capabilities

It’s Day 3 of SAP SAPphire, and today the BI software maker finally released the most significant batch of HANA-related news scheduled from the event:  HANA service pack 4. The idea is that SAP customers can upgrade their deployment by purchasing service packs rather than new licenses, and this latest one packs more than enough marketability value.  First and foremost, the in-memory analytics appliance now features deep integration with Hadoop. Users can access data stored in Hive and Hadoop directly from HANA and the Sybase IQ database, a capability made more powerful thanks to the addition of text data processing. Being able... more »

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