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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
March 30, 2017

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: March 30, 2017. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

In an effort to alleviate an impending critical shortage of developers, Cloud Foundry Foundation, an open source project whose stated purpose is to make Cloud Foundry the leading application platform for cloud computing, is launching a cloud-native developer certification initiative. The "Cloud Foundry Certified Developer" program will be delivered in partnership with The Linux Foundation. Training will be offered by companies, including SAP, IBM, and Pivotal, to help meet end user demand.

Data analytics platform provider Looker closed an $81.5 million Series D funding round led by CapitalG, Alphabet's growth equity investment fund.

The International Association of Cloud & Managed Service Providers (MSPAlliance) has formed a partnership with Ingram Micro Cloud to launch the MSPAlliance's MSP/Cloud Verify Program, an initiative to promote best practices and improve service delivery among the managed service provider (MSP) and cloud computing community.

Progress, a provider of application development and deployment technologies, is acquiring DataRPM, a privately-held company and leader in cognitive predictive maintenance for the industrial IoT (IIoT) market. DataRPM technologies can detect random and unknown failures using a combination of unsupervised and semi-supervised learning techniques, teaches machines to automate data science using a technique called Meta Learning, and horizontally scales to monitor and track any number of industrial machines, addressing the needs of even the most demanding use cases.

Thales, a provider of cybersecurity and data security solutions, is integrating its nShield hardware security module (HSM) with Chain, a provider of enterprise-grade blockchain infrastructure. The shared ledger model will offer the financial industry a new model for transacting between organizations that is more efficient and secure than legacy systems, according to Thales. Cost savings, faster transactions, and improved data quality add to the many benefits of the technology.