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The deadline looms on the horizon. On May 25, 2018, the European Union will enact some of the most stringent data privacy regulations the world has ever seen. These regulations will impact thousands of companies around the world, not only EU-based organizations but any company that collects or processes personal data on EU residents. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) recognizes the "fundamental right" of people to control what data is stored about them and how it is used.

Posted January 24, 2018

Cloudian, a provider of enterprise object storage systems, is releasing HyperStore 7, bridging both on-premises and cloud environments. This update allows users to manage data in both private and public clouds around the globe as a single, unified storage pool. 

Posted January 24, 2018

Eastwind Networks, provider of a cybersecurity solutions and breach analytics cloud platform, has introduced Eastwind for SaaS, an addition to Eastwind's product line that provides visibility for companies using online services, such as G Suite, Office 365, Dropbox, Box and Salesforce.

Posted January 24, 2018

Anaplan, a provider of a platform for connected planning, has launched Anaplan Bring Your Own Key (BYOK), a data encryption solution. Anaplan BYOK allows customers to self-manage keys, which enables them to encrypt and decrypt workspaces and have sole access to their data on the Anaplan platform.

Posted January 24, 2018

LicenseFortress has launched as a standalone entity to focus on database software license management and audit protection service with a financial guarantee. Originally part of VLSS, a consultancy founded in 2005 with a focus on Oracle and VMware technologies, LicenseFortress was spun out as a standalone company in October 2017.

Posted January 24, 2018

SAP is unveiling a new program that will help customers with on-premise SAP ERP Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions transition and expand into the cloud. The program, titled Upgrade2Success, will provide clear guidance, predictable outcomes, faster time to value, and flexible commercial arrangements, offering the services and tools for digital HR transformation, according to the vendor.

Posted January 24, 2018

appsFreedom Inc. and its platform have achieved SAP certification to be integrated with SAP S/4HANA, allowing users to deploy the latest SAP software. The SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) has certified that the appsFreedom Platform version 4.5 integrates with SAP S/4HANA using standard integration technologies.

Posted January 24, 2018

IBM reported fourth-quarter revenue of $22.5 billion, up 4%. Systems (includes systems hardware and operating systems software)—saw revenue of $3.3 billion, up 32% over the same quarter last year, driven by growth in IBM z, Power Systems, and storage.

Posted January 22, 2018

IBM and Salesforce have expanded their strategic partnership, bringing together IBM Cloud and Watson services with Salesforce Quip and Salesforce Service Cloud Einstein.

Posted January 22, 2018

IBM and Salesforce, a provider of CRM, are expanding their strategic partnership, bringing together IBM Cloud and Watson services with Salesforce Quip and Salesforce Service Cloud Einstein. The move will enable companies to connect with their customers and collaborate more effectively with deeper insights.

Posted January 19, 2018

Dell Boomi, a provider of cloud integration and workflow automation software, says it plans to increase its investment in R&D by more than 50% as part of its mission to help enterprises connect everything and engage everywhere across any channel, device or platform.

Posted January 18, 2018

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), an independent, global, member-led organization that maximizes customers' investment in Oracle and partner solutions, has announced Christine Hipp as its 2018 president. An active member of the OAUG since 2004, Hipp has served on the OAUG's education, finance, governance, international, marketing, and meetings and conferences committees. She was elected in 2011 to the OAUG Board of Directors, where she served as the board secretary in 2013 and 2016 and president elect in 2017.

Posted January 16, 2018

Veeam Software has acquired N2WS, provider of cloud-native enterprise backup and disaster recovery for Amazon Web Services (AWS), in an all-cash deal worth $42.5 million. N2WS is a provider of IaaS data protection technology, providing a cloud-native backup solution specifically designed for AWS workloads that enables organizations to back up data and applications as often as needed and recover them rapidly.

Posted January 16, 2018

Cymulate, a technology startup  that helps companies safeguard their business-critical assets using a breach and attack simulation platform, has launched a new product developed specifically for managed security service providers (MSSPs).

Posted January 11, 2018

Artificial intelligence has been described both as a radical force for good and an enabler of evil whose risks are not yet fully understood. But is it just a lot of hype or a transformative technology poised to impact our future? Here, seven IT execs weigh in on the AI debate and offer their predictions for the changes we may see in 2018.

Posted January 10, 2018

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has acquired Loggly, Inc., a provider of cloud-based log monitoring and log analytics software. With the transaction, Solarwinds will also expand its cloud software engineering and analytics expertise.

Posted January 08, 2018

CA Technologies has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which sustains and integrates open source technologies such as Kubernetes and Prometheus. The vendor also said it is expanding its contributions to both the Kubernetes and the Prometheus CNCF projects.

Posted January 08, 2018

Juniper Networks, a provider of automated networks, announced advancements to its cybersecurity platform, intended to deliver simplified operations with policy management efficiencies, on-premises malware defense with threat behavior analytics and one-touch mitigation and adaptive enforcement across diverse environments

Posted January 08, 2018

As the use of cloud expands as a database platform and automated capabilities increase, there are new opportunities for DBAs to move beyond operations and emergency fire-fighting and instead get involved in more innovative, high-level tasks that bring additional value to their organizations. Experts weigh in on what's ahead.

Posted January 08, 2018

The suddenness of the non-relational "breakout" created a lot of noise and confusion and—at least initially—an explosion of new database systems. However, the database landscape is settling down, and in the past few years, the biggest meta trend in database management has been a reduction in the number of leading vendors and consolidation of core technologies. Additionally, we're starting to see database as a service (DBaaS) offerings become increasingly credible alternatives to on-premise or do-it-yourself cloud database configuration.

Posted January 03, 2018

Organizations are still skeptical of investing in the cloud and planning for the future, now that 2018 has arrived is no different. Enterprises are looking at ways to secure their data while also staying at the cutting edge. A few experts offer their predictions for cloud and multi-cloud platforms in 2018.

Posted January 03, 2018

Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Avere Systems, a provider of NFS and SMB file-based storage for Linux and Windows clients running in cloud, hybrid, and on-premises environments. The purchase was announced in a blog post by Jason Zander, corporate vice president, Microsoft Azure.

Posted January 03, 2018

Machine learning and artificial intelligence will continue to improve and make waves in the big data industry. Autonomous machines that can learn without explicit programming is the future, many say, and experts are predicting that machine learning will continue to take center stage in a variety of ways in 2018.

Posted January 03, 2018

Self-service data discovery has been the buzz word in the BI industry for the past 3 years and is touted as the solution to many problems. Yet, the BI industry has a dismal adoption rate of only 22%, which has plagued the industry for several years. In response to this grim number, we must look around for a solution in other sectors that provides self-service to millions of people without any IT support. In essence, we are looking for a self-service paradigm that can give us insights about how to solve the adoption challenge and learn from it.

Posted January 02, 2018

Rocket Software, a global technology provider specializing in app modernization and systems optimization, has won the 2017 "Growth Partner of the Year" award from Ellucian, recognizing the company's technical support. Ellucian, a provider of software and services built to power higher education, selected Rocket for the award in recognition of the company's technical support for Ellucian's cloud-based solutions and for its role in helping the company transition to its current SaaS license model.

Posted January 02, 2018

Splice Machine has launched its Online Predictive Processing Platform (OLPP) for powering predictive applications. Using the Splice Machine OLPP platform, applications can now both "predict" by learning from the past as well as use those predictions to "act in the moment."

Posted January 02, 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.

Posted December 21, 2017

Panoply, Stitch, and Chartio are partnering to offer an Automatic Cloud Data Stack, allowing users to gain insights through data visualization. The combined solution includes a self-optimizing petabyte-scale data warehouse, a self-serve ETL pipeline, and a modern business intelligence platform with pre-built business dashboards.

Posted December 21, 2017

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software has announced updates to SolarWinds IP Address Manager (IPAM) 4.6, Server and Application Monitor (SAM), Database Performance Analyzer (DPA), and a broader set of email monitoring capabilities for on-premises, cloud, or hybrid environments.

Posted December 21, 2017

Dell Boomi's integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) is designed to equip enterprises to improve productivity, accountability and collaboration internally and with customers.

Posted December 21, 2017

AWS has announced two new container capabilities—Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) and AWS Fargate Amazon EKS. The two new arrivals complement its existing Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) and are intended to make it easier to deploy, manage, and scale container workloads on AWS.

Posted December 21, 2017

SAP is introducing new innovations in its enterprise information management (EIM) portfolio to help customers better manage and use their data for digital transformation, cloud, Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and data protection and privacy. These innovations help simplify data management and include broader support for diverse data landscapes and tighter integration across SAP solutions.

Posted December 20, 2017

Another year is right around the corner and improved technology is rising to greet the prospect of a new day to become the next big thing. Experts at SAP are weighing in on what 2018 may bring.

Posted December 20, 2017

SAP is opening a new SAP Co-Innovation Lab at its North America headquarters in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, focusing on creating business applications for emerging technologies. SAP Co-Innovation Lab locations provide infrastructure and space for SAP and its partners and customers to co-innovate new solutions to the most pressing challenges organizations face in the digital economy.

Posted December 20, 2017

SAP is launching the SAP SuccessFactors People Central Hub solution, introducing a new way for customers to simplify and speed the use of cloud-based people and organizational data across their businesses. The need for people and organizational data across the enterprise is vital, but integrating this data from disparate systems is complex and expensive. SAP SuccessFactors People Central Hub helps solve this by consolidating people and organizational data from legacy systems into a central, cloud-based hub where it's then integrated and available for use with SAP enterprise applications, such as SAP S/4HANA.

Posted December 20, 2017

The SAP Innovative Business Solutions organization is expanding its business model and is now collaborating with clients to run tailored solutions in the cloud. SAP is now collaborating with clients in an end-to-end innovation process to discover, design, develop on premise or in hybrid scenarios that address their specific mission-critical business needs.

Posted December 20, 2017

To help organizations better protect their clouds and digital services, Oracle is expanding its security portfolio and unveiling a new partner program. The Oracle Identity SOC portfolio now includes new capabilities to help enterprises manage and certify user identities, applications, and confidential data more securely and through a richer, consumerized user experience. In addition, a new partner program is aimed at improving collaboration with security vendors and simplifying customer adoption.

Posted December 20, 2017

In the past, user groups were the place where you would meet people interested in the same thing you were.  Vendors worked with the user groups to communicate new releases, and gather feedback on beta testing and leveraged them as a source for new features. The user group had a library of information, presentations, events, and ways to interact with other users and vendors. Now, with social tools, including Facebook, Slack, and LinkedIn, and powerful search engines such as Google and Bing, the question is: Are user groups still needed? They are, and here is why.

Posted December 20, 2017

Oracle has announced general availability of the newest release of its flagship core banking application, Oracle FLEXCUBE V14.  With FLEXCUBE V14, banks now have the choice of either deploying a pre-configured offering for a comprehensive solution or updating one line of business at a time.

Posted December 20, 2017

IBM announced the first clients to tap into its IBM Q early-access commercial quantum computing systems to explore practical applications important to business and science. They include: JPMorgan Chase, Daimler AG, Samsung, JSR Corporation, Barclays, Hitachi Metals, Honda, Nagase, Keio University, Oak Ridge National Lab, Oxford University and University of Melbourne.

Posted December 18, 2017

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., announced its vision for its Smart Data Center, which brings together technologies and approaches in infrastructure management, predictive analytics and internet of things (IoT) capabilities.

Posted December 18, 2017

Over the past 12 months, there have been many new initiatives aimed at boosting access to and adoption of artificial intelligence. Many resources need to be aligned, including data analytics and computing processing power. But the most important ingredient is human intelligence. AI will only succeed if it is working in partnership with human intelligence, and only humans can provide the business context that gives AI value. This will be the final issue of this newsletter for 2017, and we will resume publishing on January 8th. We wish all our readers a very happy and safe holiday season!

Posted December 18, 2017

BMC is expanding its Remedy solution to multi-cloud environments, including AWS, Jira, and Microsoft Azure, allowing companies to deliver seamless experiences. IT leaders can now broker tickets and manage all incidents both on-premises and across multiple clouds. 

Posted December 18, 2017

With cyberattacks on the rise and the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) going into effect in 2018, there is a greater focus on data security and governance. Here six top IT leaders reflect on the changes taking place and offer their predictions for data security and compliance in 2018.

Posted December 13, 2017

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