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Marc Benioff Offers Some Insight Into Thinking Behind SteelBrick Purchase

When Salesforce announced it was buying quote-to-cash vendor SteelBrick for $360 million at the end of last year, it came as a surprise. CEO Marc Benioff offered some insight into why he made the purchase at today’s Salesforce Lightning CRM launch event. The move has to be seen in the light of comments made at a Dreamforce press event last fall with ... Read More »

Push is on to bring standardization to the Internet of Things

OMG, Dr. Richard Soley is at it again. The chairman/CEO of the Object Management Group (OMG), which led the way in standardizing many of the web services seen in today’s enterprise architectures, has set his sites on the next great frontier: the Internet of Things (IoT). He is also now executive director of the the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), a ... Read More »

Skype offers early access to free group video calls on iOS, Android, Windows Mobile

Microsoft said Tuesday that it will soon push free Skype group video calls to those users who have the Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile versions of Skype installed. This feature is already available on the desktop versions of Skype, but Microsoft’s using the 10th anniversary of Skype to highlight the move to mobile.  Microsoft said that in the last decade, ... Read More »

IBM Closes Weather Co. Purchase, Names David Kenny New Head Of Watson Platform

IBM is taking another step to expand its Watson AI business and build its presence in areas like IoT: today the company announced that its acquisition of the Weather Company — the giant weather media and data group — has now officially closed. IBM is not disclosing the value of the deal: it was originally reported to be in the region of $2 billion, ... Read More »

‘People First’ tops Accenture’s Tech Vision enterprise trends report

An ironic photo opportunity… Accenture unveiled its Technology Vision 2016 report at Accenture Labs in San Jose earlier this week — five trends that will have a “profound impact on enterprises for the next three to five years.” Paul Daugherty, Accenture CTO and his team, took a turn to introduce each trend, leading with the top trend: – “People First: ... Read More »

EMC CEO Tucci Maintains Deal With Dell Still On Track To Close Later This Year

EMC CEO Joe Tucci, responding to an analyst’s question on this morning’s earnings call about the status of the Dell deal, let it be known in no uncertain terms that the deal is going forward as planned. Responding to a question (which starts at around the 39 minute mark) from Maynard Um of Wells Fargo, Tucci admitted that there has been a ... Read More »

Cognizant acquires KBACE Technologies to bolster Oracle cloud services

IT consulting firm Cognizant has acquired New Hampshire-based cloud consulting firm KBACE Technologies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Cognizant plans to use KBACE primarily for its consulting chops. As part of the deal, about 400 KBACE consultants and other implementation specialists will join Cognizant. KBACE touts a sizable customer base for its Oracle cloud applications and cloud implementation ... Read More »

US patent grants slow in wake of Supreme Court business methods ruling

There are some big changes in the patent landscape hiding behind a small drop in the number of utility patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last year. The 1 percent decline in utility patent grants — the first since 2007 — follows three successive years of more than 8 percent growth, according to analysis by IFI Claims ... Read More »

Cedexis Raises $22M Series B Round For Its Internet Traffic Monitoring And Routing Platform

Cedexis helps large enterprises monitor and optimize how their traffic flows from their servers, CDNs and cloud providers to their customers. The company today announced that it has raised a $22 million Series B round led by Ginko Ventures with participation from Foxconn, Nokia Growth Partners, Citrix Systems Ventures and its Series A investors Madrona Ventures and Advanced Technology Ventures. ... Read More »

MariaDB Corp raises $9m new funding, adds Monty Widenius as CTO

Open-source relational database software startup MariaDB Corporation has secured a new $9m injection in equity financing, which it will use to accelerate sales and technology development. MariaDB CTO Monty Widenius Image: MariaDB This investment brings the total raised by the Finnish company, which has nine million users, to $40m. The company said Intel Capital and California Technology Ventures are among ... Read More »

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