Oracle and Salesforce partnership offers less than meets the eye

Carter Lusher, Research Fellow & Chief Analyst: Enterprise Applications Ecosystem

On June 25, 2013, Oracle and Salesforce.com sent out press releases about how they had agreed to a strategic partnership to integrate their Salesforce.com and Oracle clouds. The press release was followed up on June 27 with a press conference held by both CEOs. The announcement generated a considerable amount of press and blogosphere buzz, with the general tone being that it is game-changing.

However, nothing in the announcement...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 05 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Salesforce.

SAP VP cloud solutions Sven Denecken: Hybrid is “picking up speed”

CloudTech caught up with Sven Denecken, VP cloud solutions at SAP at the SAP UK & Ireland Forum earlier this week, to discuss what the term ‘hybrid’ really means, the advantages of HANA Enterprise Cloud, and where SAP truly sees itself

One of the more interesting flashpoints from the opening morning of the SAP UK & Ireland Forum in Birmingham this week was at the end of Rob Enslin’s keynote.

As reported by CloudTech...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, ERP, Hybrid, Industry, Interview.

With HANA, SAP says commitment to cloud is "stronger than ever"

There were some pretty big statements being laid down during Rob Enslin’s keynote speech at the SAP UK and Ireland Forum today, with the enterprise giant’s global customer operations president making plenty of noise about HANA, the company’s big cloud bet and a shift to the database sector.

The big push this year, of course, is HANA's Enterprise Cloud, which is in the words of SAP, “the power of real-time business and simplicity of the cloud". It's enterprise class with cloud’s...

By Cloud Tech, 03 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Editorial, Enterprise, ERP, PaaS.

Teradata releases own Hadoop products

At the Hadoop Summit conference last week, Teradata announced some Hadoop-only products that are a lead-in for applying its data management services to this emerging platform. The new offerings, announced in conjunction with strategic partner Hortonworks, include a new Teradata-branded Hadoop-only appliance that adds new deployment and node management capabilities, and deeper Teradata-delivered service and support options. The announcements raise the question of what value-add IT incumbents bring to the Hadoop game, when...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 01 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, PaaS.

Splunk’s “Hunk” makes dealing with Hadoop big data easy

Earlier this week we got to speak with Sanjay Mehta, VP of Product Marketing, and Clint Sharp, Senior Product Manager, Big Data; concerning the (beta) launch of a new product, “Hunk”, making exploring data stored in Hadoop easy.

In fact, one of the taglines randomly generated on the company’s website is “taking the ‘sh’ out of IT”, solutions which work for clients in the real-world is a clear priority.

Sanjay gives an interview of the company’s background:...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Enterprise, SaaS , Storage.

Time for a change is always now

It is often said that Europeans are more conservative in their outlook with regard to change.

There are occasions when this is a useful cultural trait, like limiting the rampant commercialisation of fine heritage sites or taking care to uphold a traditional method for creating a really good cheese. But when it comes to technology resistance to change it only brings disaster.

Nowhere is this clearer than in relation to cloud computing. The “readiness for the cloud’ debate is so bound up in what we...

By Matthew Finnie, 26 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure.

Bookkeeping in the Cloud

Online accounts technology is putting real-time financial controls and visibility within reach of small and microbusinesses, says Xero UK managing director Gary Turner

Just like web mail or consumer-oriented sites, online accounting software is fast, simple and user-oriented, especially when compared with traditional, desktop accounts software.

Whether a small business is just starting out or enjoying rapid growth, the easy-to-use, affordable technology brings a welcome opportunity to cut down on...

By , 24 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Consumer, Enterprise.

Microsoft server platforms pivot to cloud-first development

Fredrik Tunvall, Analyst, Information ManagmentThe overriding themes of Microsoft’s latest server platform announcements delivered last week at the company’s annual TechEd conference were about design for the cloud. Announcements for Microsoft Windows Server and Systems Center 2012 R2 focused heavily on harmonizing management and deployment tools for cloud and on-premise use. For the newly announced SQL Server 2014, it was about optimized backup and “always-on” integration with the Windows Azure...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 20 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise.

Gartner predicts CRM will be a $36bn market by 2017

CRM in 2017The latest enterprise software forecast from Gartner shows Customer Relationship Management (CRM) increasing to a $36.5B worldwide market by 2017, a significant increase from the $20.6B forecasted in Q1 of this year.  CRM also leads all enterprise software categories in projected growth, showing a 15.1% CAGR...

By Louis Columbus, 19 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, Research.

Gartner finds big shift to cloudy offices in 2015

According to the latest push from analyst house Gartner, to misquote Mark Twain, the reports of legacy’s death are greatly exaggerated.

Gartner’s most recent figures show that cloud office systems only represent 8% of the total office market – rising to 33% by 2017, and 60% - or 665 million users – by 2022.

The latter figures suggest a healthy state of affairs, with Gartner suggesting that the big push to cloud would occur in the first half of 2015.

Similarly, the use of email as...

By James Bourne, 14 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Migration, Research.

Informatica aims to get its “Vibe” back

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Software – Enterprise Solutions

Informatica, which pioneered the current data integration tooling market, is seeking to reboot growth by targeting midmarket prospects who have traditionally perceived its solutions as too complex and expensive. The technology linchpin of this strategy is “Vibe,” a service-oriented architecture to deconstruct and make Informatica’s technologies more easily embeddable into third-party tools and/or cloud-based services. This is not the...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 07 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, Developers, Enterprise.

Amazon’s RDS database gets unleashed, gains SLA

Although being technically in operation for three and a half years, Amazon’s RDS database never made general release until now. Along with the public unveiling, the service has gained a useful SLA for some peace of mind.

RDS stands for Relational Database Service. This hosted database service includes the full package, from set-up, to operations, and through to scaling.

Amazon note any pre-existing Applications, Tools, or Code which IT staff are already using on their databases can still be used on...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Developers, Enterprise, Scalability.

IBM announces SoftLayer acquisition – and competition hots up

Tech giant IBM has announced the acquisition of cloud infrastructure provider SoftLayer, evidently hoping to strengthen IBM’s position in the cloud infrastructure as a service space.

It’s not hard to imagine the reasons around this. Dallas-based SoftLayer calls its platform “cloud without compromise”, and describes itself as the largest privately held cloud infrastructure provider in the world.

IBM’s cloud portfolio certainly hits home enterprise-side, particularly with

By James Bourne, 06 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, M&A, Public.

Lost in mobility: How location, opportunity, skills and time changed IT

In the mobile revolution, modern IT organizations can take advantage of the big loads of data spilling out of phones and tablets to work smarter and faster. These clingy devices are highly efficient information aggregators. By adding context to each customer engagement, IT can pair a specific job with the best available service agent, based on whereabouts and situation, experience and schedule.

While most sensory data, such as

By BMC Communities, 06 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Mobility.

Wearable tech will form “human cloud”, argues Rackspace

A report from Rackspace Hosting has concluded that, with the rise of wearable technology, it will drive the rise of the “human cloud”.

Cloud computing has become an integral facet of the rise in wearable tech, with the rich data available at a user’s command all being easily stored in the cloud.

As a result the report, ‘The Human Cloud: Wearable Technology from Novelty to Productivity’, examined the responses of 4000 UK and US adults, as well as collaborating with experts from...

By James Bourne, 04 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Research.

How much data is generated in one minute? [infographic]

By Christine HeckartWe’ve all heard and understand big data issues: volume, velocity, and variety. But when breaking it down into simple terms, how much data do you think is generated every minute across common platforms? The answers may shock you. Just remember when reading through that all of these transactions occur in one minute, every day.

(Thanks to Domo for the infographic!)

By Source Talk, 30 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, Enterprise, Infographic.

Five ways VMware’s vCloud hybrid service takes your data centre to the cloud

VMWare is well known for its virtualization products, so it’s not surprising that it is establishing a presence in the cloud computing world. Its hybrid cloud service, VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service, runs off of vSphere and vCloud. It’s set up as an Infrastructure as a Service offering, with a hybrid cloud approach that seeks to expand the customer’s existing datacenter, instead of replacing it. Here are five methods by which the vCloud Hybrid Service takes existing data centres to the cloud.

5. The hybrid...

By VI, 29 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Virtualisation, VMware.