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Salesforce.com continues to defy gravity; investors cheer another record quarter

Salesforce.com continues to defy gravity; investors cheer another record quarter

Unlike some of its more traditional competitors, Salesforce.com Inc. has managed to brave losses from a strengthening dollar to post record growth across all of its businesses for the first quarter. The upbeat earnings reflect continued momentum in the shift from on-premise software to cloud services among traditional enterprises. The biggest beneficiary of that trend was its Service Cloud, which soared 37 percent to generate  $407.7 million in revenue over the three months ended April 30 thanks to increased demand on the customer care front. The Salesforce Platform for customer-developed applications came in a close second on the growth chart at... more »
Analysis: Microsoft going with the Flow in renewed enterprise collaboration push

Analysis: Microsoft going with the Flow in renewed enterprise collaboration push

Microsoft has been suspiciously haphazard with its internal projects lately. First, details about the upcoming container-based version of Windows Server leaked shortly before the official reveal, and now an anonymous Twitter user has stumbled upon a page on its site that seemingly reveals the existence of an effort to develop a companion chat client for Outlook. Referred to as Flow, the mobile application is described in the leaked description as designed to enable “fast, fluid, natural conversations” without the formality of traditional emails, or the hassle. The only requirement to contacting someone will be their Outlook address, similarly to how it's done... more »
Spectrum Storage, Software Defined advance IBM vision | #IBMEdge

Spectrum Storage, Software Defined advance IBM vision | #IBMEdge

At IBM Edge2015, the company announced developments in its Spectrum Storage family’s ongoing ability to support Cloud and Big Data, as well as enhanced virtualization support. Jamie Thomas, GM of IBM’s Storage and Software Defined Group, explained that Spectrum Storage includes storage management and optimization products. The Spectrum family focuses on data protection control and archival, as well as the ability to support virtualization, scaled-out data and Cloud. However, the products also incorporate IBM’s larger vision. Creating an open ecosystem   “We’re creating an open ecosystem,” Thomas told theCUBE. “We’re creating an environment and a set of capabilities that have APIs that allow others... more »
IBM places bets on new technology | #IBMEdge

IBM places bets on new technology | #IBMEdge

Mobile has led to a profound digital transformation. According to Gartner, the number of network- or Internet-enabled devices is expected to reach about 25 billion by 2020. “It’s not just about mobile; it’s about what mobile enables,” Tom Rosamilia, senior VP of systems at IBM, told theCUBE during IBM Edge2015. “It’s not just about the Internet of Things, it’s about what’s now doable and learnable. What can I analyze? What can I act on?” Turning data into usable insights   To turn this massive amount of data into usable insights, Rosamilia said the industry needs infrastructure. “We need technology that will enable us to... more »
IBM blends scale-out with enterprise grade in Power servers | #IBMEdge

IBM blends scale-out with enterprise grade in Power servers | #IBMEdge

Enterprise-class systems have comprised the heart of IBM’s Power Systems products for years. “Clients depend on Power as their system of record,” said Steve Sibley, VP of IBM’s Power Enterprise Systems, while joining theCUBE during IBM Edge2015. “They count on it 24/7 to be up, running, managing their data and executing many of their transactions.” Expanding the ecosystem   Lately, IBM has turned its attention to scale-out technology, with positive results. “Much of the scale-out growth has been driven from application development from the open source community,” said Sibley. “Our focus and drive into scale-out has been around openness, new apps and expanding the... more »
Iteration and innovation with Boeing | #ibmedge

Iteration and innovation with Boeing | #ibmedge

Brad Elmenhurst, director of Engineering Systems & BSC IT Site Leader at The Boeing Company, is enjoying the sun after his recent move from Seattle to South Carolina — but he’s staying busy growing Boeing’s IT community in his new location, as well as engineering systems around the company. “That really goes from product design all the way through PDM,” he told theCUBE during IBM Edge2015, across all industries — commercial, military and even space. “And then I also have responsibility for growing IT in South Carolina and what culture we want. All the way from designing the buildings that we’re... more »
Rockstar Games is suing BBC over GTA TV movie

Rockstar Games is suing BBC over GTA TV movie

Rockstar Games' parent company Take-Two Interactive has thrown a wrench into BBC's plans to make Game Changer a 90-minute TV movie about the Grand Theft Auto developer. This week, Take-Two announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the British media company to halt production on Game Changer. The feature would be a dramatization of the conflicts between Rockstar President Sam Houser, who would be portrayed by Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, and American anti-game violence lawyer Jack Thompson, who would be portrayed by Bill Paxton. Thompson led a very public charge against violence and sexuality in video games around 10 years ago, most notably after the infamous "Hot... more »
The new power of customer data and engagement | #infa15

The new power of customer data and engagement | #infa15

At Informatica World 2015, Marge Breya, EVP and CMO of Worldwide Marketing and Education at Informatica Corp., sat down with John Furrier and Jeff Frick of theCUBE. The discussion started on the subject of the event itself. Breya noted that Informatica World had grown, and now they hosted more than 2,500 people with around 5,000 hands-on lab sessions. "This year is our biggest show, and we're sold out for the first year ever," she said. A real-time understanding   The discussion came around to the topic of customer data. "Today it's not enough to merely have a site that knows what your customer has done with... more »
Managing data in the age of engagement | #infa15

Managing data in the age of engagement | #infa15

Anil Chakravarthy, EVP and chief product officer at Informatica Corp., took a moment at Informatica World 2015 to speak with John Furrier and George Gilbert of theCUBE about the new world of data. Things started off with a look into data as an opportunity. In the past, data was tied closely to specific applications, but now it's broken free of any particular application and is living on as a resource. Data is also migrating to live both on the premises and in the Cloud. New ways are needed to manage this data. The vision for doing so at Informatica is called the... more »
The value of data in real time | #infa15

The value of data in real time | #infa15

Ivan Chong, EVP and chief strategy officer at Informatica Corp., met with John Furrier and George Gilbert at Informatica World 2015 to talk about data and metadata. The talk began with a defining quote from Chong: "We love disruption." Informatica, as a company, is built around managing data. The current cycle of innovation has data becoming more important every day. This data must be managed, and Informatica intends to do so with what they call an Intelligent Data Platform. This concept allows companies to get at data wherever it lives, and then use metadata to give that data context. Watching the Cloud in... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.