Salesforce acquires MuleSoft for $6.5 billion

Salesforce has announced the acquisition of application network platform provider MuleSoft for $6.5 billion, making it the largest acquisition in the company's history.

MuleSoft - which went public last year - offers a platform which connects SaaS and enterprise applications whether on-premise or in the cloud.

The company's role within Salesforce will be to 'power the new Salesforce Integration Cloud, which will enable all enterprises to surface any data - regardless of where it resides - to drive...

By James Bourne, 21 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, M&A, Software.

Oracle cloud revenue continues strong growth with more autonomous services promised

It’s the same old story for Oracle as its Q318 financial results were announced; strong cloud revenues, but what about the rest of the portfolio?

Oracle announced total revenues of $9.8 billion (£7bn) over the past three months, with total cloud revenues contributing 16% of the overall figure at $1.6bn. Cloud revenues have gone up 32% year over year; cloud software as a service, the much larger bucket, saw revenues of $1.15bn at a yearly increase of 33%, while cloud platform as a service and...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Infrastructure.

10 ways machine learning is revolutionising marketing

  • 84% of marketing organizations are implementing or expanding AI and machine learning in 2018.
  • 75% of enterprises using AI and machine learning enhance customer satisfaction by more than 10%.
  • 3 in 4 organizations implementing AI and machine learning increase sales of new products and services by more than 10% according to Capgemini.

Measuring marketing’s many contributions to revenue growth is becoming more accurate and real-time thanks to...

By Louis Columbus, 14 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Software.

Nutanix acquires app mapping provider Netsil in another nod to multi-cloud rise

The rise of multi-cloud has helped secure another M&A deal in the cloud division: enterprise cloud services provider Nutanix has announced the acquisition of Netsil, an app mapping, discovery and management software provider.

Netsil, based in San Francisco, aims to give enterprises complete visibility into all of their applications and services. In the words of the company, its ‘algorithm-based and non-invasive technology helps to achieve visibility and control at scale while keeping application...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, M&A, Microservices, Software.

Lessons learned from DevOps deployments: Testing, business strategies, and more

The word DevOps is derived from merging development and operations, and this merger is exactly what DevOps practice is all about: a set of practices to support collaborative partnership and communication between software development teams and IT operations leveraging maximum automation through key phases of solutions delivery process. Technology organizations need to promote a ‘one-team, one goal’ mentality, meaning that all members must view themselves as “critical” to the success of...

By Razi Siddiqui, 07 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Enterprise software lit up by ‘eye-catching’ M&A deals in 2017, says Hampleton Partners

It’s a simple proposition for traditional companies in today’s tech-heavy marketplace: assess the prospects of technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, the Internet of Things and more, or be left behind.

That is the verdict of mergers and acquisitions advisor Hampleton Partners in its latest report focusing on the tech M&A outlook up until 2020.

Back in August,...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Blockchain, Enterprise, M&A, Research, Software.

A roundup of machine learning forecasts and market estimates for 2018

  • Machine learning patents grew at a 34% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2013 and 2017, the third-fastest growing category of all patents granted
  • International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts that spending on AI and ML will grow from $12bn in 2017 to $57.6bn by 2021
  • Deloitte Global predicts the number of machine learning pilots and implementations will double in 2018 compared to 2017, and double again by 2020

These and many other fascinating insights are from the latest series of machine learning market forecasts, market estimates, and...

By Louis Columbus, 01 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Economy, M&A, Software.

Why manufacturing can’t afford not to invest in AI – and how the cloud enables it

Artificial intelligence (AI) is often touted as the brain behind Industry 4.0. Even the government is backing this emerging technology with its industrial strategy, which aims to “propel Britain to global leadership of the industries of the future including AI and big data”.

Yet research suggests that manufacturers are behind the curve. According to

By Dean McGlone, 28 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Europe, Industry.

A guide: SD-WAN as a tool for your cloud-first strategy

Following a cloud-first strategy is great for IT budgets and business agility but places new demands on the network. Cloud first can significantly impact network operations, as an increasing percentage of traffic flows directly to, from, and between clouds.

Unfortunately, the traditional MPLS architecture simply cannot support the economics or agility required for a cloud-first strategy. MPLS can be costly and time-consuming to configure and requires that Internet-bound traffic be backhauled to a centralized...

By Gayle Levin, 28 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Infrastructure.

More organisations using APIs and cloud-based integration – but management remains an issue

More companies are leveraging the power of APIs, but only a small minority has found a sustainable way to create and manage them.

That’s the key finding from API platform provider Jitterbit in its latest report. The study, titled ‘2018 State of API Integration’, found that of 450 companies surveyed, two in five (40%) had created APIs to expose internal data ‘as a service’ to both internal departments and external partners. More than half (57%) added that competitors in their...

By James Bourne, 23 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Management, Enterprise, Platform.

Is your infrastructure prepared for the new era of AI?

Many have lauded the latest phone from Google, the Pixel 2, applauding its ability to showcase the emerging capabilities of artificial intelligence. Not only does the virtual assistant sound more human than other competitors’ technologies, but it also does a better job of understanding commands and questions.

Still, there’s a 

By Robert van der Meulen, 23 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Software.

The cloud goes critical in 2018: Deep learning, smart cloud infrastructure, and more

From cut-throat competition, eyebrow-raising co-opetition, and major advances in cloud-based machine learning, 2017 was a pivotal - and productive - year for the cloud, setting the stage for what looks likely to be the most exciting year yet. 

The market swing is already in full force. Thanks to a full-fledged embrace by the enterprise, the cloud is undergoing dramatic transformation as vendors rush to meet the infrastructure and business needs of today's top companies. 

By John Arrasjid, 21 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Software.

Public cloud: The app compatibility problem and how to overcome it

By now, the benefits of public cloud are well known. Better performance, lower costs, agility and greater flexibility are all key motivators to enable digital transformation. With these benefits in mind, it’s understandable why an organisation might choose to consolidate its data centres and move all of its applications to the cloud, so what is still holding some of them back? Often we hear about cost and security considerations, but within businesses that run bespoke mission-critical apps, the IT team...

By Mat Clothier, 16 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Public.

How cloud computing, AI and IoT will transform semiconductor companies’ revenues in 2018

The Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing are among the key application markets in driving semiconductor providers’ revenue streams over the coming year, according to a new report from KPMG.

Of the 150 semiconductor industry leaders surveyed by the professional service provider, three quarters said wireless communications, including smartphones and other mobile devices, are either important or very important. This number is down from 84% in 2016. IoT was cited by 63%...

By James Bourne, 16 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Research.

Why blockchain holds ‘great promise’ for securing connected devices and systems

Blockchain technologies hold ‘great promise’ for securing connected devices and systems, according to a new paper from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

The report, put together by the alliance’s Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technology Working Group and titled ‘Using Blockchain Technology to Secure the Internet of Things’, explores the intersection between the two technologies, as well as giving an extensive overview of deployment options.

As the report puts it, a cloud-enabled...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Blockchain, Infrastructure.

Google makes its cloud TPU chips available in beta for machine learning expertise

Google has announced that its cloud tensor processing unit (TPU) chips are available in beta on Google Cloud Platform, aimed at speeding and scaling up specific machine learning workloads.

The company claims that using the new chips will help train business-critical machine learning models in hours rather than days or weeks. The units will utilise TensorFlow, the open source machine learning framework, with up to 180 teraflops of floating point performance – in other words, being capable of handling 180...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Software.

How machine learning’s greatest potential is driving revenue in the enterprise

  • Enterprise investments in machine learning will nearly double over the next three years, reaching 64% adoption by 2020.
  • International Data Corporation (IDC) is forecasting spending on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning will grow from $8B in 2016 to $47B by 2020.
  • 89% of CIOs are either planning to use or are using machine learning in their organizations today.
  • 53% of CIOs say machine learning is one of their core priorities as their role expands from traditional IT operations management to business strategists.
  • CIOs are struggling to find the skills they need to build their...

By Louis Columbus, 12 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Software.

How IBM is focusing on containers, blockchain, machine learning and more in its cloud push

Last month, IBM put out its most recent earnings report – and one statistic stood out. For the first time in more than five years, revenue did not decline from the previous year’s quarter.

Cloud revenue was $17 billion for the year, while run rate in the company’s as-a-service offerings was more than $10bn. Speaking to analysts, James Kavanaugh, IBM senior VP and chief financial officer, said the company was ‘doing a lot of work to reposition [the] business, to help move clients to the...

By James Bourne, 09 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Blockchain, Containers, Data & Analytics, Economy, Software.

Microsoft posts more solid cloud growth with $28.9bn in overall revenue for Q218

Microsoft continues to cite the cloud as the key to its success; the company has posted revenues of $28.9 billion and operating income of $8.7bn for Q218, an increase of 12% and 10% respectively.

While the company does not give specific numbers for Azure, saying its revenue has gone up 98%, its ‘intelligent cloud’ bucket – which focuses on Azure and server products, saw revenues of $7.8bn, an increase of 15% year over year, while the ‘productivity and business processes’...

By James Bourne, 01 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Microsoft.