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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
December 12, 2017

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: December 12, 2017. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.


News Flashes

Onica, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Premier Consulting and Managed Service Partner, has acquired Sturdy Networks and NetBrains. Onica, which joined the AWS Partner Network (APN) in 2013, was recently spun out of CorpInfo with a $20 million growth equity investment. With the acquisitions Onica now holds more than 250 AWS certifications, 9 competencies, and a customer base consuming over $150 million of AWS services a year.

Enterprise software provider Syncsort has completed the purchase of Cilasoft, a global provider of IT solutions, specializing in compliance and security audit software for the IBM i platform (AS/400, iSeries, System i). The acquisition is part of Syncsort's strategy to build on its leadership in data availability by offering a more comprehensive portfolio of security solutions for the IBM i platform.

Adoption of cross-cloud containers is increasing as developers push for an open cloud stack to avoid vendor lock-in, say IT leaders. However, in their efforts to embrace multi-cloud environments, organizations have to be mindful of avoiding the complexity of cloud sprawl, they caution. Here, three IT leaders share their predictions for the impact that containers and microservices will have in 2018

As 2017 winds down and a new year comes into view, Amit Zavery, senior VP, Product Development, Oracle Cloud Platform & Middleware, offered three predictions about cloud, AI, and automation for 2018—and beyond.

A new on-demand e-learning course on profit-driven business analytics is available through SAS. The course is taught by Wouter Verbeke, an assistant professor in business informatics at the University of Brussels (Belgium), and Bart Baesens, a professor of Big Data and Analytics at KU Leuven (Belgium) and a lecturer at the University of Southampton (United Kingdom). Recently, Baesens, who also writes the Data Science Deep Dive column for Big Data Quarterly, discussed the role of profit-driven analytics and the objectives of the new course.

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