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Hitachi Data Systems to acquire big data firm Pentaho as part of Internet of Things push

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation has announced plans to buy big data and business analytics firm Pentaho Corporation as it strives to tap more potential from big data and the Internet of Things (IoT). The deal – which is expected to close in June – will represent the largest private big data acquisition to date. The purchase is designed to help ... Read More »

Infosys to acquire ERP software provider Panaya for $200m

Indian outsourcing company Infosys is to buy Panaya, an enterprise resource planning software provider, in a deal worth about $200m (£130m). The transaction is expected to go through before 31 March, subject to customary closing conditions. Infosys will look to integrate Panaya’s CloudQuality Suite with its own technology. The Suite aims to help end users understand what will break, how ... Read More »

MasterCard to acquire Applied Predictive Technologies in £388m deal

MasterCard has entered into an agreement to acquire big data analytics firm Applied Predictive Technologies (APT) for $600m (£388m). APT’s customers include the likes of Boots, Asda, clothes firm Abercrombie Fitch and McDonald’s. Its software tracks customer habits in an attempt to help retailers, banks and other organisations to predict future outcomes and alter their strategies accordingly. Back in 2013, ... Read More »

Accenture acquires Tquila to expand Salesforce service capabilities

Alphabet will ‘push the envelope’ as a tech venture capital firm, claims Google’s Larry Page Read More »

Is Microsoft planning IFS acquisition?

Could Microsoft be sizing up ERP software vendor IFS – rather than Salesforce.com? While IFS CEO Alastair Sorbie assured Computing that IFS itself is looking to acquire smaller companies, rather than be acquired itself, analysts have suggested that an acquisition of IFS by software giant Microsoft is not out of the question.  A company with a powerbase of important, big-name ... Read More »

Salesforce acquisition: If it happens the ‘harsh realities of economy will hit the company’, warns TNT CIO

If a Salesforce acquisition is indeed in the works, the “harsh realities of economy will hit” the company, the CIO of parcel delivery firm TNT has told Computing. Speaking to Computing at yesterday’s Salesforce World Tour event in London, Phil Parkin said that there is “potential” for a dilution of the company’s tradition of offering a high level of customer ... Read More »

Apple acquires augmented reality software firm Metaio

Staffordshire Police look to EE 4G, Internet of Things and connected devices to help fight crime Read More »

Working round the clock: an interview with Aecom’s Steve Capper and Matt Sharp

There are large firms, and then there is Aecom. The brand may not be a household name, but as an organisation it employs nearly 100,000 people and does everything from building cities to counting butterflies for scientific research. Go to just about any corner of the globe and there’ll be an Aecom project nearby, even Antarctica, where the firm “designed ... Read More »

Twitter CEO Costolo steps down, but what next for the social media firm?

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is leaving the social media company. The decision – which was apparently Costolo’s – was announced by the CEO himself late yesterday. Co-founder Jack Dorsey is to replace Costolo on an interim basis. Costolo made his announcement on a conference call, with the decision having been under discussion since last year, amid a company-wide conversation about ... Read More »

Stephen Elop departs Microsoft amid ‘engineering re-alignment’

Microsoft has announced “changes to its senior leadership team” that have resulted, among other staff reshuffles, in the departure of executive vice president of devices and services – and ex-Nokia CEO – Stephen Elop. After announcing a series of changes, which include executive vice president Terry Myerson forming a “new team” known as the Windows and Devices Group, Elop has ... Read More »

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