Current Analysis
Business Technology and Software
Current Analysis Intelligence Reports are timely assessments of industry events such as a product or service launches, acquisitions, major corporate strategy adjustments, or changes in technology direction. Subscription clients can access Intelligence Reports on our CurrentCOMPETE Intelligence Portal. They get real-time analysis of breaking industry news and events, as well as intelligence reports on companies, products and markets. Click here for more information.
INTELLIGENCE REPORT SUMMARIES
Business Technology and Software
Date  Report
Mar 28
MicroStrategy’s latest BI platform update adds integration with external NLG providers and introduces new APIs, which together promise to help business users gain direct access to and derive a clear understanding of business insights.

Mar 24
At IBM InterConnect 2017, IBM emphasized the competitiveness of its Watson-backed IBM Cloud, while also launching several new solutions to support enterprise hybrid cloud initiatives. IBM will not be alone in targeting hybrid cloud opportunities.

Mar 23
Domopalooza 2017: Domo showed its commitment to self-service BI, adding easily consumed services covering embedded analytics, chart annotations, alerting, pre-built dashboards, and data governance.

Mar 23
This week IBM unleashed a barrage of DevOps methodologies, consolidated cloud services, and complex emerging architectures, including serverless computing and container/orchestration. Following is a summary of the top five DevOps takeaways.

Mar 22
Although IBM has announced new solutions to help enterprises manage data and workloads in complex hybrid, multi-cloud environments, the announcement was relatively subdued and disjointed, and competition in this sector is both intense and growing.

Mar 22
By allowing enterprises to use IBM's private cloud to run their Red Hat OpenStack platform, a new strategic collaboration between IBM and Red Hat creates new opportunities for both companies and for the OpenStack platform.

Mar 21
IBM released a string of DevOps tools to ease development and deployment around advanced apps, simplifying access to cognitive and security services and highlighting IBM’s enterprise-scale differentiators.

Mar 21
Suite or best-of-breed? As organizations look to simplify their IT environments a ‘best-of-suites’ approach is likely to dominate until vendors can eliminate redundant functionality and provide better integration within their own offering.

Mar 15
BOARD International has added conversational intelligence to its BI, discovery and planning platform with natural language processing that can both interpret questions and annotate results.

Mar 13
The redesign of Google Hangouts signifies a significant strategic shift within Alphabet to focus on the enterprise segment; however, this move serves to validate many of its competitor’s strategies in this burgeoning and highly contested market.

Mar 10
Google spent the week trying to sway CIOs from AWS and Azure to Google Cloud, emphasizing its ability to invest in innovation. Following is a recap of the top five DevOps takeaways enterprises need to know.

Mar 10
Google is making its case for having the enterprise-grade goods to convert AWS and Azure users to GCP, rolling out new container build tools, serverless computing and mobile services that build on App Engine and Kubernetes.

Mar 10
The redesign of Google Hangouts represents a significant strategic shift within Alphabet to focus on the enterprise segment; however, this move serves to validate many of its competitors’ strategies in this burgeoning and highly contested market.

Mar 10
Will Google’s growing emphasis on machine-based insight and open source software be enough to displace rivals Amazon and Microsoft in the enterprise?

Mar 9
Google wants to democratize AI and operationalize machine learning (ML) by building developer-friendly APIs and pre-trained data models, but what the company really needs is a new breed of developer.

Mar 9
8x8 builds upon its open, integrated and interoperable messaging through the acquisition of LeChat Inc.’s Sameroom service to make people more connected; however, it could be argued Sameroom perpetuates the shadow IT problem rather than solves it.

Mar 7
Salesforce.com has partnered with IBM to infuse its CRM software with technology from IBM Watson, bringing into sharp relief the importance of surfacing business insights within line-of-business apps.

Mar 7
Cisco Debuts HyperFlex Enhancements, Keeping Pace in Hotly Contested Hyper-Converged Market

Mar 6
BlackBerry is now an enterprise software company focusing on secure mobility, collaboration and IoT. Its challenges are to grow its new solutions before the legacy ones dry up and to convince the world its radical business transformation can work.

Mar 3
Cisco’s strategic alliance with Docker boosts its competitiveness in the busy market for containers and application management; however, actual demand is unclear and further clarification is needed on how the duo will manage joint sales and support.

Mar 3
Though only an incremental upgrade in terms of versioning, Tableau’s 10.2 release of its flagship data discovery tool introduces a substantial step forward in handling complex datasets directly within the product.

Mar 1
Late to the game, SAP adds big data and analytics technologies to its PaaS offering, which has also been rebranded to better reflect its broader solutions for addressing intelligent IoT and mobile apps.

Mar 1
In buying LightCyber for a palatable $105 million, Palo Alto Networks gains much-needed machine learning technology to detect malicious east-west traffic inside enterprise networks. It now must play catch-up to rivals with similar offerings.

Feb 28
Enterprises need better tools to investigate security events, and vendors are finally starting to deliver. Also: opportunity for SMB NGFW vendors; Symantec’s small steps; rivals team up on threat data sharing; and Cylance draws the ire of rivals.

Feb 28
The BIG Show is all about using technology products and services to generate sales by attracting and retaining customers. Interactive displays, cameras, location devices, and RFID will demand quick and capable networking.

Feb 27
After showing off prototypes at CES, TCL has provided naming, specs, pricing, and availability details for the first BlackBerry smartphone it designed and will sell itself. TCL still has a lot of work to do.

Feb 24
At Cisco Live! EMEA 2017, Cisco Systems demonstrated how it is transforming into a complete enterprise IoT solutions provider. The implications of this transformation for Cisco’s networking and data center solutions are wide-ranging.

Feb 24
Currently in private preview, Watson Workspace is late to market; however, late movers can redefine market categories on their terms. Will competitors leverage Watson Workspace Services to their advantage and should this ultimately matter to IBM?

Feb 23
The upcoming release of IBM Connections 6 will be the last of its kind. From that point on, IBM will completely reinvent its collaboration platform, throwing aside internal obligations, existing software investments and technical dependencies.

Feb 23
MobileIron has joined its EMM rivals in pursuing IoT security offerings for devices and data. Its existing product architecture is a great fit for IoT, but it’s unclear how it plans to differentiate competitively.

Feb 22
Cisco’s new midrange NGFWs are a significant competitive boost to what’s arguably been a weakening solution set versus high-growth rivals Palo Alto and Fortinet. New management and threat intelligence features help ease other solution shortcomings.

Feb 22
WSO2’s new integration PaaS packaging will help brace the company for a maturing competitive landscape, which includes traditional application platforms rivals and increasingly comprehensive alternatives in Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure.

Feb 21
Assuming Avaya exits Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the next few months, what should the company do to succeed going forward? We entertain five changes we feel necessary for Avaya not just to continue, but to thrive within the rapidly changing UCC market.

Feb 22
Dell EMC’s new Enterprise Hybrid Cloud on VxRail solution will help it target enterprises that need a simpler and less risky way of deploying a hybrid cloud. However, it could upset partner Nutanix and will have limited appeal to non-VMware users.

Feb 17
Dell EMC’s new Enterprise Hybrid Cloud on VxRail solution will help it target enterprises that need a simpler and less risky way of deploying a hybrid cloud. However, it could upset partner Nutanix and will have limited appeal to non-VMware users.

Feb 17
IBM has introduced a new private cloud rendition of its vaunted Watson machine learning service, extending the company’s analytical modeling reach into the very heart of big business, namely the IBM z/OS mainframe.

Feb 15
In its last set of major updates before its impending spinout, Intel Security overhauled its SIEM UI, added virtual IPS support for AWS and OpenStack, bolstered its OpenDXL SPIF and committed $1 million to the Cyber Threat Alliance.

Feb 15
Despite Amazon’s late entry into a crowded marketplace, its competitive pricing, post-meeting features (i.e., persistent team spaces), low cost and the potential for bundling with WorkMail and WorkDocs make Amazon Chime and AWS a strategic threat.

Feb 14
Riverbed is offering a consolidated SteelHead WAN optimization product with its SteelConnect SD-WAN on a single SteelHead SD family of appliances aimed for the remote office. Riverbed also announced one-click SteelConnect in Azure.

Feb 14
Avaya has expanded its partnership with Spoken Communications to create a co-developed solution which melds Avaya’s customer engagement software with Spoken’s CCaaS platform, giving Avaya instant, global multitenant cloud capabilities.

Feb 14
Avaya demonstrates further momentum in its transition to a software and services company; however, the introduction of additional communications platforms adds further confusion to a complex portfolio of premises- and cloud-based solutions.

Feb 10
Box’s partnership with RAD provider Mendix adds a modern alternative to enterprise content management, addressing enterprises’ need for both security/governance and rapid application development.

Feb 10
Themes to watch for at RSA Conference 2017 include the emerging markets for serverless security and security product integration frameworks, as well as signs of new life for a legacy product segment seen as over the hill.

Feb 10
Cisco’s new hybrid cloud infrastructure solution, created in partnership with Microsoft Azure, has potential to boost the vendor’s competitiveness in a busy market, while giving its hybrid cloud strategy much-needed clarity and focus.

Feb 9
By acquiring Skyfence from Imperva, Forcepoint gains established CASB technology that it is already familiar with, but the deal further burdens a company already challenged to integrate technologies from Stonesoft, Websense, and Raytheon.

Feb 8
HPE is throwing its weight, and money, behind the Mesosphere orchestration management technology, but the causal connection to PaaS technology partner Micro Focus is unclear.

Feb 8
Palo Alto Networks’ hardware and software refresh offers notable across-the-board advances, especially network-level credential theft detection and policy-based adaptive authentication, but between the lines, the vendor’s shortcomings are apparent.

Feb 7
Trend Micro has announced a new version of its Deep Security server workload protection solution, and is adding its XGen multifaceted threat detection technology to both Deep Security and the TippingPoint IPS line.

Feb 2
Fortinet’s new top marketing executive plans to build a program tailored to Fortinet’s unique assets and corporate culture, but it is unclear whether she can overcome the same pitfalls that recently doomed her two predecessors.

Feb 2
Cisco’s Tetration 2.0 adds application segmentation based on discovered events orchestrating policy application and enforcement on its software agents. Cisco also released a smaller Tetration-M and a virtual version for AWS.

Feb 1
Fortinet is poised to be enterprise security’s next dominant force, if it can get out of its own way. Despite strong technology and leadership, stumbles in sales, management software, and integration threaten to limit Fortinet’s potential.

Feb 1
Big Switch has been busy with Big Cloud Fabric 4.0 adding new capabilities for cloud networking with VMware’s vSAN, Horizon, and vSphere 6.5 as well as tech demos with container platforms from Kubernetes, Mesosphere DC/OS, and Red Hat OpenShift.

Feb 1
Aerohive Connect is a new cloud-managed service aimed at easy-to-use AP management with no recurring management costs. Connect is supported with the new AP122 and existing AP130 and comes with community support and optional telephone support.

Jan 31
Serverless computing is poised to extend and evolve the ideas of microservices, containerization tools, and cloud-oriented software development.

Jan 31
Serverless computing’s ability to strip away next-gen app develop/deploy complexities will usher in a number of cloud service rollouts this year. The question is: when should DevOps adopt this approach which builds on containers and microservices?

Jan 31
Juniper’s Unite Cloud manifests with a new QFX 5110 ToR switch, enhancements to Network Director 3.0 including support for data center interconnect and Junos Fusion, and new professional services jumpstarts for Contrail.

Jan 30
Despite delivering an upbeat assessment of its hybrid cloud and hyper-converged infrastructure businesses in its Q4 and full-year 2016 results announcement, VMware must be mindful of rapidly changing market dynamics to safeguard future growth.

Jan 27
Cisco’s surprise acquisition of application performance management leader NetDynamics paves the way for the company build a literal bridge between operational and business analytics; but is Cisco ready to deliver end-to-end business optimization to its core networking customers?

Jan 27
With the centerpiece of MobileIron’s EMM solution quietly moving to the cloud, the vendor finally has a fully cloud-based EMM solution that can effectively compete with key EMM rivals VMware AirWatch and Microsoft.

Jan 25
Cisco launches Spark Board and improves its Spark service in a move to increase revenue in the nascent collaborative teamspace market; however, a $199 monthly software maintenance subscription may be a barrier for budget-conscious customers.

Jan 25
BlackBerry wants to put its intelligent mobile device expertise to work within the ultra-competitive IoT marketplace; the trick will be to build an end-to-end platform that works with, not against, established enterprise IoT platform players.

Jan 25
Cisco Systems’ pxGrid, the security product integration framework built into Identity Services Engine, now has 50 technology partners and improved usability, but it is a lackluster response to Intel Security’s disruptive OpenDXL.

Jan 20
RAD’s recent innovations have the high-productivity platform poised to be an important component of the cloud development stack.

Jan 20
RAD innovations coupled with the emergence of new development architectures and cloud infrastructures have prompted a heightened sense of urgency among cloud players to include the low-code development platforms within their stacks.

Jan 20
The acquisition of SimpliVity by Hewlett Packard Enterprise has potential to transform the market for hyper-converged solutions and unlock new commercial opportunities for both companies, but it also faces several challenges and uncertainties.

Jan 20
Having failed to restructure its balance sheet, Avaya have finally filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. With continuing plans to transition to a software and services company, control over major decisions is now relinquished to the bankruptcy court.

Jan 19
The latest version of Red Hat’s container application platform, OpenShift Container Platform 3.4, offers developers new container management capabilities, but to remain competitive the vendor must further innovate and refine its message.

Jan 18
The National Retail Federation’s 2017 Big Show was a hit in NYC, filling up the Javits convention center. One common theme was understanding the customer, but tracking people is less effective than tracking products.

Jan 18
Although HPE’s acquisition of SimpliVity consolidates the market for hyper-converged solutions and increases HPE’s competitive position, the relatively low price paid for SimpliVity betrays a conservative expectation of future market growth.

Jan 18
Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Database Cloud Service not just within a VM but also on bare metal, creating a comprehensive onramp to the cloud for on premises customers in need of both high performance and consistent management.

Jan 17
Forcepoint is incorporating its venerable Stonesoft NGFW technology into a broad enterprise security platform, but in doing so, it risks jeopardizing the product capabilities it champions as differentiators and the brand identity it seeks to build.

Jan 17
Although the latest version of Red Hat’s hybrid cloud management solution offers customers new capabilities for managing workloads and containers in complex hybrid cloud environments, the vendor must work on its market message to stay competitive.

Jan 11
The latest version of Fortinet’s FortiOS offers more detail on the vendor’s vision-heavy Security Fabric effort. Meanwhile, its repackaged management software now features a full-blown SIEM, but glazes over its increased complexity.

Jan 10
The new 100 Gbps TippingPoint 7600NX IPS is merely a commercialized version of a long-time custom offering, but is expected to mark the beginning of an overdue hardware refresh after years of minimal product development under former owner HPE.

Dec 30 2016
As we exit 2016 and enter a new year in communications and collaboration, the two key trends for vendors and customers to pay attention to are the move from unified communications to integrated communications and the internalization of digital transformation.

Dec 30 2016
In 2016 nearly all the major IT vendors declared some sort of a commitment to helping enterprise customers build and operate hybrid clouds. In 2017 expect more focused hybrid cloud strategies and the further refinement of solution capabilities.

Dec 28 2016
We look forward with our top 2017 predictions, uncovering a rapidly changing landscape for IT professionals, who will see vendors move further away from products as discrete entities, and toward extensible, orchestrated, cloud-savvy services.

Dec 28 2016
Despite launching new Dell Technologies group solutions, Dell EMC will continue partnering with competitors such as Cisco and Nutanix to maximize customer choice and succeed in the growing market for converged and hyper-converged infrastructure.

Dec 28 2016
Key themes for hyper-converged infrastructure in 2017 include specialization, looming market consolidation, increasing choice for enterprises, the move to all-flash storage and continued coopetition between the hardware and software vendors.

Dec 23 2016
Cisco’s plan to terminate its Intercloud Services public cloud has positive implications for the vendor’s hyper-converged solutions and hybrid cloud infrastructure businesses, both of which will be a strong priority for Cisco in 2017.

Dec 22 2016
Micro data centers represent a technological and strategic response to the growing need for distributed IT and edge computing. IT vendors such as HPE and Huawei have already responded to the opportunities, and others are expected to follow suit.

Dec 21 2016
There may be no such thing as true altruism, but it’s safe to say that the multifaceted demands of IoT are creating a perfect storm of advantageous cooperation among technology and service providers, data producers and insight consumers.

Dec 19 2016
Despite a recent infusion of promising Blue Coat technology and executive talent, Symantec is making questionable short-term moves that fail to advance and perhaps even inhibit its long-term strategy.

Dec 16 2016
Hewlett Packard Enterprise partnered with Schneider Electric to launch a micro data center for distributed IT and edge computing. Although HPE Micro Datacenter will benefit both partners, expect increasing competition from this market segment.

Dec 16 2016
Microsoft’s venture fund for AI includes a number of stipulations regarding not just what AI can do, but also how it impacts humans, seeking to protect us from our own creations. The question is: can those noble goals protect us from ourselves?

Dec 16 2016
The security industry orients itself towards external threats, yet few are orienting themselves to the insider. CISO research from Australia shows the problem is bigger than what most think, as is the opportunity.

Dec 15 2016
RSA president Amit Yoran is leaving to become CEO at Tenable Network Security. It’s a significant blow to RSA, which was recently acquired by Dell and has been struggling to redefine itself as a security operations management specialist.

Dec 14 2016
The IoT market is heating up as barriers drop, stemming from innovation driving new solutions around edge-based gateways, key messaging/networking protocols, device security, and integration/API solutions.

Dec 14 2016
Digital transformation requires new investments in infrastructure and CPaaS provides new ways to integrate new capabilities into applications; however, vendors should consider developer communities as business partners rather than customers.

Dec 14 2016
Despite HPE’s proclamation of a major milestone for its research project “The Machine,” which promises to transform future computing and data center architectures, delivery timeframes and future goals remain considerable and ambitious.

Dec 13 2016
At its recent Discovery Event in London, HPE announced several innovations that add further clarity and momentum to its multi-faceted IoT strategy. Rival data center vendors should aim to understand HPE’s IoT plan and respond accordingly.

Dec 9 2016
In a move to simplify resource provisioning and management, HPE is expanding its composable initiative, adding a new hybrid cloud offering and technology extensions to its hyper-converged systems. Cisco and other rivals have ample time to respond.

Dec 12 2016
There was news last week in every market segment we cover: phones, smartwatches, VR, consumer IoT, and mobile computing! This wrap-up covers the practical and strategic implications of what is usually a quiet period post-Black Friday and pre-CES.

Dec 12 2016
A pair of major market trends that began in 2016 will greatly influence the way data discovery and visualization vendors approach the opportunity of modernizing business intelligence (BI) solutions throughout 2017.

Dec 12 2016
Sencha’s latest unified platform extends the company’s flagship web app development tools from desktop to mobile development and addresses lifecycle management issues such as analytics and debugging.

Dec 9 2016
In the battle to be the infrastructure of choice, public cloud leaders are signing key middleware partnerships, preparing for the next growth phase, driven by advanced app development architectures.

Dec 8 2016
Spurred by enterprises’ need for app portability in multiple cloud scenarios, Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated container app platform now runs on the Google infrastructure, following last year’s AWS partnership. Azure is likely next in line.

Dec 7 2016
Yellowfin has introduced a new data preparation module, which includes its own data analysis capabilities as well as self-service features like model recommendations, opening up opportunities for business users as well as IT professionals.

Dec 7 2016
Positioning user experience as a differentiator, KNIME has updated its analytics platform, featuring a more elegant approach to workflow mapping. But, the real value of this release stems from newfound data integration and cloud storage support.

Dec 6 2016
A new global partnership with Huawei will see SimpliVity sell its hyperconverged infrastructure technology together with Huawei’s FusionServer. In response, market rivals should emphasize both SimpliVity and Huawei’s competitive weaknesses.

Dec 6 2016
Brocade’s IP Networking unit isn’t slowing down pending its divestiture from Broadcom by filling out its spine and ToR leaf switches in the SLX family and adding new telemetry generation capabilities and enhancements to Workflow Composer.

Dec 5 2016
Trend Micro is a top vendor in nearly all the enterprise security product segments in which it competes, particularly hybrid server security, but a slow-building TippingPoint integration and a low-profile brand are causes for concern.

Dec 5 2016
Arista’s new high-performance, low-latency 7160s, which offer a programmable pipeline and policy-driven table allocation thanks to Cavium’s XPliant, boost the flexibility, usefulness, and ultimately cost-competitiveness of Arista’s switching line.

Nov 30 2016
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise’s Rainbow service offers compelling overlay features to its 500,000-system strong installed base and other third-party PBXs; however, ALE faces fierce and ever-growing competition in this lucrative collaboration market.

Nov 29 2016
A10 Lightning SaaS offers ADC, application security, and performance monitoring for public, private, or hybrid cloud deployments, but it currently does not have global reach and the channel delivery model is at odds with on-demand services.

Nov 23 2016
With the rise of big data, corporations sit atop a mountain of operational and transactional information, which can be applied to talent management. The challenge for HR professionals is how to access and make the best use of that data.

Nov 22 2016
The newly established “Zero Outage Industry Standard” association aims to produce new industry-wide standards that enable the continuous operation of IT systems. Long-term success depends on galvanizing support beyond its immediate membership.

Nov 18 2016
SPIFs aren’t widely known yet, but by pre-integrating best-of-breed security offerings, these new frameworks enable point products to function as a unified ecosystem, significantly increasing security architecture efficiency, efficacy, and ROI.

Nov 11 2016
The future of wireless networking lies not with commodity hardware, but with software and services that simplify management and allow customers to integrate network information into better experiences.

Nov 11 2016
The reinvention of SOA as componentized sets of microservices is core for supporting continuous deployments.

Nov 11 2016
As it prepares to become McAfee again, Intel Security used its annual customer event to launch a slew of new products and open source its DXL ecosystem. The vendor is as competitive as it’s been in years, but still has obstacles to overcome.

Nov 9 2016
At SAP TechEd Barcelona, SAP announced new features across its entire BusinessObjects portfolio, emphasizing AI-based self-service analytics, self-provisioning, verticalized data and deeper integration with internal software.

Nov 9 2016
As the industry braces to adopt modern app development architectures to support continuous deployment, IBM is trying to structure its cloud platform to buoy its customers’ confidence in DevOps.

Nov 8 2016
Incumbent data visualization leader Tableau Software unveiled a number of future enhancements designed to address self-service analytics at scale through a new data engine, support for Linux, expanded cloud support, and a data preparation tool.

Nov 7 2016
PaaS is growing up beyond its basic app hosting adolescence to address IT operations imperatives including portability and management.

Nov 4 2016
Container management pure play Apcera is well poised to address modern app deployment issues through its highly secure, policy driven offering.

Nov 4 2016
Microsoft’s free Office 365 Teams service integrates various collaboration and communications tools into a single platform; however, Microsoft’s ‘no one-size fits all’ rhetoric seems pretext to maintain over-lapping capabilities within its suite.

Nov 3 2016
As it prepares to become an independent company again, Intel Security has offered a myriad of new and updated products to support its strategy of competing aggressively in key markets and elsewhere fostering third-party best-of-breed integration.

Nov 3 2016
The free Microsoft Teams service in Office 365 integrates various collaboration and communications tools into a single platform, but Microsoft’s ‘no one size fits all’ rhetoric seems like a pretext to maintain overlapping capabilities in its suite.

Nov 2 2016
Cisco’s AMP for Endpoints update supplements its endpoint sandboxing offering with a new antimalware engine, cognitive detection, file integrity monitoring and threat hunting features, but doesn’t address the product’s biggest weakness.

Nov 2 2016
Broadcom is acquiring Brocade primarily for the fiber channel SAN assets, engineering, and intellectual property. Broadcom will be divesting the IP Networking business as soon as it can to avoid competition with its OEM and ODM customers.

Nov 1 2016
Enterprise SDN products have yet to see the rapid pace of adoption vendors and forecasters would like to see. The number of customers announced by Cisco and VMware is telling, as vendors are still trying to attract developers and generate momentum.

Nov 1 2016
The enterprise NGFW market will top $10 billion in 2016 with no signs of slowing. Competition among the four top vendors is as tight as ever, with rivals differentiating on advanced features, performance, reliability and ease of management.

Nov 1 2016
We evaluate four vendors competing in the market for private cloud solutions, highlighting the diverse strategies and business models in this fast-changing market, together with the competitive advantages and disadvantages of individual vendors.

Oct 31 2016
Expect to see less emphasis around PaaS branding as app platform vendors target DevOps, not just developers. Themes include infrastructure and deployment services, including containers and orchestration, ensuring hybrid and multi-cloud support.

Oct 31 2016
Lightweight middleware technologies are paving the way not only for platform services to support continuous and distributed apps, but also a reinvention of SOA as a more fine-grained, componentized set of microservices.

Oct 31 2016
We evaluate four vendors competing in the rapidly evolving market for converged infrastructure solutions, highlighting their diverse strategies and business models, together with the competitive advantages and disadvantages of individual vendors.

Oct 31 2016
Mobile app platform and service vendors enabling enterprise business transformations will be ramping up investments in services, UX, and connectivity in the coming months.

Oct 28 2016
We evaluate seven leading data discovery and visualization offerings, each seeking to bring data to a wider enterprise audience and to surface business insights within daily operational processes.

Oct 28 2016
The decision to end its hardware efforts also marks the end of the ‘old’ BlackBerry. No longer tied to inferior handsets, the vendor’s software-centric future is based on mobile management, security, and collaboration, and its future is bright.

Oct 27 2016
Extreme extended its ExtremeWireless portfolio with the AP3912i wall plate AP and the AP3916i Surveillance AP offering dial 802.11 radios plus a third for IoT connectivity over BLE or 802.15.4, making the APs ready for smart building IoT.

Oct 27 2016
Nuage Networks launched its eXperience cloud service, making it easy for current and existing customers as well as developers to test its SDN products at no cost. Nuage also plans to expand the service, adding more products and capabilities.

Oct 27 2016
Growth in the telephony market is, at best, flat. Vendors that have not invested in collaboration platforms run the risk of being further marginalized. This report shows how the collaboration and communications market is changing and why.

Oct 26 2016
IBM unveiled Watson Data Platform, a cloud-first, unified collection of data ingestion, preparation, processing and storage services that takes aim at bringing customers to the cloud and further into the Watson cognitive portfolio.

Oct 26 2016
IBM aspires to reduce information overload by leveraging cognitive capabilities in its Watson Workspace platform; however, IBM needs to consider adding more native functionality to its platform and assess how it will monetize its service.

Oct 25 2016
SD-WAN is a rapidly evolving product segment with new entrants vying for customer dollars. The competitive landscape includes vendors, managed service providers, VARs, and integrators, leaving enterprises with plenty of purchasing options.

Oct 25 2016
The rapidly evolving enterprise mobility management market emphasizes business transformation via secure mobility, but is broadening to encompass configuration management, analytics, and IoT management.

Oct 24 2016
The enterprise IPS appliance market may no longer be growing, but the technology remains critical to many enterprises’ security architectures, and several recent vendor shake-ups are expected to spur new innovation.

Oct 21 2016
Data center switching may be old but it’s still kicking with new features, denser hardware, and fabrics woven from proprietary and standards based protocols.

Oct 21 2016
Enterprise switching never sleeps. Networking vendors are addressing customer demands with better management, more reliance on integration and automating workflows. Cloud management for wired and wireless is developing as a viable alternative.

Oct 21 2016
MEAP providers are at the forefront of enabling business transformations of enterprises, but are challenged to ramp up investments in services, UX, and connectivity.

Oct 20 2016
As with many vendors dependent upon steady on-premises perpetual licensing revenue, Qlik knows it must make the transition to the cloud, but as a newly privatized firm, can it endure the unknown long enough to ensure future success?

Oct 19 2016
With the debut of XGen, Trend Micro is bolstering its enterprise endpoint security capabilities with machine learning-based threat detection. XGen highlights Trend Micro’s ambition to counter flashy competitors with results-driven innovation.

Oct 18 2016
Avaya will be consolidating its soft clients and conferencing solutions into one single, customizable user experience known as Avaya Equinox; however, Equinox and the similar Zang Spaces solution may create a further dilemma for some customers.

Oct 18 2016
Cisco’s acquisition of Heroik Labs Inc.’s Worklife Service provides the potential to add new functionality to Cisco Spark; however, existing WebEx customers may feel alienated and pressurized into a re-platforming choice and licensing upsell.

Oct 18 2016
As EMM market leader VMware AirWatch pushes the edge of mobility toward UEM, identity-based access, and IoT, its bold ambitions create specific opportunities for competitors to challenge its strategic priorities and ability to execute.

Oct 18 2016
There are 1,446 reasons why IT professionals should attend Microsoft Ignite; however, despite such a large number of sessions, it’s not enough to assume IT unilaterally adopts Office 365 or can convince businesses of the benefits of doing so.

Oct 17 2016
Application delivery controllers are more than load balancers. ADC’s provide application services and functions that can improve consistent application performance and robustness independent of applications.

Oct 17 2016
VMware Cloud for AWS combines the private and public clouds of two big industry names in a solution whose primary beneficiaries will be existing VMware customers. Nevertheless, the new solution highlights a confused hybrid cloud strategy.

Oct 14 2016
It turns out that one of the greatest challenges of IoT isn’t device instrumentation or even data storage or analysis. It’s Integration, which will drive a resurgence among traditional middleware vendors TIBCO, Software AG, and Red Hat.

Oct 13 2016
Red Hat continues to expand its product strategy to focus on solutions that support application and hybrid cloud management. Despite continued growth, Red Hat faces the challenge of rising competition and the need to strengthen its market message.

Oct 12 2016
Information Builders has partnered with AI vendor Yseop to bring natural language processing to WebFOCUS, seeking not merely to interpret queries, but also to uncover and explain data insights otherwise hidden within complex data charts.

Oct 12 2016
Citrix enhanced its NetScaler SD-WAN 9.1 product, making it a drop-in replacement for branch routing with support for BGP and OSPF on the LAN and WAN, as well as adding virtual router support for segmentation and integration with cloud services.

Oct 11 2016
Despite notable progress with HPE Security’s products, the pending sale of those assets to Micro Focus has led to many questions about product roadmaps, R&D, integration, channels and overall strategy, all with very few answers at this time.

Oct 11 2016
The new MobileIron Bridge software add-on enables MobileIron customers to manage and configure Windows 10 devices and deploy legacy Windows apps alongside mobile apps. It is key functionality to stay competitive with VMware AirWatch.

Oct 11 2016
Facebook Workplace is leveraging its consumer sensibilities in a move to disrupt the well-established enterprise social space. However, Facebook has a long and contested path to walk despite its well-recognized brand and aggressive pricing.

Oct 11 2016
Personal productivity? It comes down to a simple formula: understand how employees work, where they work, and what they need to do their job effectively. If you don’t, then expect a rise in shadow IT and compliancy issues.

Oct 10 2016
Salesforce hopes to attract more professional developers by integrating existing modern development practices into a new platform enhancement, Salesforce DX.

Oct 6 2016
Avaya’s Cloud Networking Platform supports its APs and offers zero-touch provisioning, a customizable management portal, and comparable licensing. Together, it forms a good foundation for Avaya, but competitors still have the advantage.

Oct 6 2016
Immediate dismissal of new technology is a drag on IT progressing and meeting the changing demands of the enterprise. Negativity can be insidious and yet accepted. Learn to recognize it and address it; your users will thank you.

Oct 5 2016
VMware AirWatch’s Fall 2016 updates around Windows 10 and smart glass IoT device management push it further from its core capabilities but broaden its appeal. Rival vendors new and old must now be ready to counter the grand AirWatch vision.


Top




All materials Copyright 1997-2017 Current Analysis, Inc. Reproduction or distribution prohibited without express written consent. Full Copyright Information
All materials Copyright 1997-2017 Current Analysis, Inc. Reproduction prohibited without express written consent. Current Analysis logos are trademarks of Current Analysis, Inc. The information and opinions contained herein have been based on information obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but such accuracy cannot be guaranteed. All views and analysis expressed are the opinions of Current Analysis and all opinions expressed are subject to change without notice. Current Analysis does not make any financial or legal recommendations associated with any of its services, information, or analysis and reserves the right to change its opinions, analysis, and recommendations at any time based on new information or revised analysis.

Current Analysis, Inc.
179 South Street, Boston, MA 02111, United States
Tel: 877-787-8947
Fax: +1 (703) 404-9300

Current Analysis, Inc.
2 rue Troyon, 92316 Sevres Cedex, Paris, France
Tel: +33 (1) 41 14 83 17

http://www.currentanalysis.com