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A Quick Guide to IBM's Analytics Acquisitions, Strategy

A Quick Guide to IBM's Analytics Acquisitions, Strategy

IBM has been trying to build up its analytics technology by acquiring some key companies, in hopes that another company will offer more insight with newer, fresher ideas.  In fact, IBM's spent a whopping $16 billion on analytics-related acquisitions since 2005, taking in over 30 companies into its fold. We have been tracking IBM's acquisitions over time, as well as the company's growth in analytic technology. Here's a handy cheat sheet of IBM's most recent analytics developments: Big Blue's big picture . IBM Unlocks The Value of Big Data With StoredIQ Acquisition IBM bought out the small company StoredIQ. Although StoredIQ only had on average... more »
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3 Revolutionary Products to Keep Apple Fanbois Alive

Apple is in a bit of a slump as sales of its iOS devices.  While still high, demand for iDevices seems to be dwindling down.  It’s not that people are no longer interested in gadgets like the iPhone and iPad, it’s just that others like Samsung are catching up, able to offer viable and often cheaper alternatives to Apple's lineup. So how could Apple get back in the game?  What could they offer to keep their loyal fanbois from going astray?  It's high time for something revolutionary and mind-blowing from Apple, a company known to set standards with fresh design on regular... more »
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Twitter's Bluefin Buy: Overdue Foray into Social TV

Watching TV is now a social activity.  Not in the sense that you invite your neighbors to watch your favorite TV series with you. (Remember those days, Friends?) Rather, people are now using social media platforms like Twitter to share their thoughts, vent and converse with others about, say the upcoming episode of The Walking Dead. This is the reason why Twitter’s acquisition of Bluefin Labs, a social TV analytics company, makes so much sense. No numbers have been reported, but Business Insider is putting the acquisition price between $50 and $100 million, as Bluefin has raised $20.5 million to date. Still not... more »
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EMC Announces Overhaul of Velocity Channel Partner Program

On February 5, 2013 EMC announced a major revision of its Velocity Solution Provider program designed to give its channel partners globally a more predictable and profitable relationship. The transformation includes a new Target Products rebate, refinements to the Velocity Specialties requirements and benefits, integration of the EMC Isilon partner program, increased demand-generation opportunities, and expanded services offerings, tools, and resources. Its intent is to make EMC's Cloud and Big Data technologies more available to more mid-market customers. The changes take effect immediately. “EMC's continued objective is to accelerate the customer journey to Cloud Computing, grapple with Big Data, and help... more »
Facebook Ads Become Ever-So-Slightly More Transparent

Facebook Ads Become Ever-So-Slightly More Transparent

Given the way that Facebook seems to change things up every other week, you would be forgiven for never knowing where you stand on privacy issues. Facebook collects masses of data about you, but very rarely does it tell you what it does with it.  However, this week, the world’s favorite social media site has announced a forthcoming update that should give users a little bit more of an idea of how their data is being used by it advertisers. The development is a positive one, sort of. Facebook has announced that after months of complaints by advertisers and ad agencies,... more »
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Are the Dark Days Over for BlackBerry?

In today’s mobile news roundup: BlackBerry reports strong sales over the weekend; Facebook creating a stalking app; Qihoo apps still banned from App Store; Jawbone acquires Visere and Massive Health; and HTC M7 to have Ultrapixels. BlackBerry reports strong sales over the weekend It was reported yesterday that BlackBerry’s Z10 is selling strong in the UK, and is off to a good start in UAE and Canada.   Jefferies & Co. stated that UK retail shops and carriers are seeing widespread sell-outs, but no specific numbers were revealed. At BlackBerry Jam, UK MD Stephen Bates stated that the Z10 has exceeded the company’s expectations... more »
We Know All About Your Love Life. It's In the Cloud

We Know All About Your Love Life. It's In the Cloud

Yesterday morning McAfee released its “Love, Relationships and Technology” report, a compilation of results from a survey that examined the file sharing habits of American couples. According to the study, 35 percent of Americans plan to send racy photos to their partner via email, text, or social media on Valentine’s Day. What McAfee found more notable is that 95 percent of the respondents said that they believe their data is safe with their partners, in spite the wide media coverage of celebrity hacks in recent years. Nearly 65 percent of smartphone owners have intimate information on their phones, but only 40... more »
IBM Challenges x86 Dominance in SMB, Enterprise Data Centers with Power Systems7+ Announcement

IBM Challenges x86 Dominance in SMB, Enterprise Data Centers with Power Systems7+ Announcement

On February 5, 2013, IBM announced a major expansion of its Power Systems computers built on its Power Systems7+ RISC processors, obviously intended to challenge the long dominance of x86 servers. “We have priced these systems to compete head-to-head with x86,” says Jason Gartner, VP of PureSystems Product Management. The PowerExpress 710, 720, 730, and 740 family pricing starts at US $5,947, well within the range of even very small companies and are designed to support Big Data analysis, VDI, and internal cloud systems. “Some SMBs have a lot of data that they need to manage to realize business value,” Gartner... more »
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IBM's Spent Over $16B on Analytics Acquisitions Since 2005

IBM is very ambitious when it comes to Big Data.  Since 2005 the technology vendor has acquired 34 analytics companies for a grand total of $16 billion, a number that grew to 35 last week with the acquisition of Star Analytics. Star Analytics is a privately held, Redwood City, Calif-based company that makes process-automation software for hybrid cloud deployments. Its offering helps enterprises integrate data with reporting tools and business intelligence apps, on premise or from the cloud, a complex task that is impractical to carry out manually in large corporate environments. “Star Analytics software allows organizations to move critical analytics source... more »
China Once Again Takes Hacking Headlines by Storm

China Once Again Takes Hacking Headlines by Storm

It seems like every time cybersecurity experts turn around, China is standing right behind them. The country has been accused (and caught) in numerous hacking attempts against multiple targets and the most recent hacks against US held journalism sites has just been added to the country’s shady cyber resume. Very recently, numerous US journalism cites that cover China found themselves in the crosshairs. The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal all have reported that Chinese hackers have been infiltrating their networks (perhaps for years) and stealing information from them. This isn’t the first time that China... more »

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