As I attended the E2 conference in Boston this week, I noticed that the space seems to be headed for the niches, looking for smaller departmental use cases, rather than a bigger, all-encompassing enterprise communications tool.
IBM has agreed to acquire cloud computing company SoftLayer Technologies for around $2 billion, according to a report by Bloomberg. Enterprises are becoming more comfortable with putting their data in the cloud, which is fueling acquisitions of smaller cloud firms by bigger firms.
HP and IBM are vying for the lead in a shrinking server market, according to two reports released last week, one by IDC and the other by Gartner.
Accenture, IBM and Pricewaterhousecoopers (PwC) lead the market for enterprise mobility consulting services, according to IDC's latest MarketScape report.
When minutes and seconds can make the difference between life and death, as it did this week in Oklahoma and does whenever a natural disaster or serious weather situation occurs, every bit of advanced notice matters. Forecasting and public communications have improved significantly over the last decade and have no doubt saved many lives. And some big data analysts hope they can continue to improve those capabilities and continue to save more lives.
United Kingdom-based supermarket chain Tesco, a 70 billion euro company, is working with IBM Dublin's research laboratories on an experimental research project to significantly reduce Tesco's energy costs.
Usually, techno wars have only two camps, usually comprised of major vendors and their flagship customers pushing for one standard or another like TDMA vs. CDMA or ATM vs. IP. But it is different this time.
Microsoft posted robust 16.1 percent year-over-year revenue growth in the IT operations management (ITOM) software market last year, closing in on markets leaders IBM, CA Technologies and BMC Software, which all had lackluster performances in 2012, according to Gartner.
The New York Times today profiled Cisco CEO John Chambers' new strategy for big data and in the process, put a fine point on the most important question for the big data market, one being answered with four different approaches by some of the biggest names in networking and computing: "The question could ultimately be whether the center of the system is in the data, as EMC thinks, or in H.P.'s servers, IBM's software, or Cisco's network."
Even the White House has its policies around "open data standards," and has developed a set of guiding principles around implementation. But these so-called standards are not in any way a set of specifications for the industry.