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Business Technology and Software
Date  Report
Aug 16
Red Hat’s latest set of development tools is focused on integration with its JBoss products and support for Kompose, but details around other key Java EE and microservices capabilities are hazy.

Aug 16
IBM's surprise decision to exit the intrusion prevention appliance market and endorse former rival Cisco is not only an admission of its failed move to bolster the XGS line via QRadar, but also its waning focus on traditional network security.

Aug 11
Community projects looking to apply more agility to the Java EE space play increasingly important role. Look for more vendor collaboration during upcoming fall conferences.

Aug 10
Tableau has acquired natural language processing startup ClearGraph. The deal will give Tableau control over technology specific to an important emerging market trend, but also creates integration and rationalization issues for the company.

Aug 8
Lightweight middleware technologies have paved the way not only for platform services to support continuous and distributed apps, but also for SOA's reinvention as a more fine-grained, componentized set of microservices.

Aug 8
Avaya has filed a plan support agreement aiming to reduce its $6.3 billion Chapter 11 debt by more than $3 billion; however, the plan still needs permission from the court, and preliminary Q3 2017 results indicate continued financial difficulties.

Aug 7
Lumina Networks launched its company with people and software assets from Brocade’s SDN software suite. The new company, funded with $10 million, comes with 200 customers, a focus on service provider clients, and a high-touch approach.

Aug 4
Deceptive threat detection solutions identify and thwart the attacks that elude other enterprise security systems. It's a diverse, emerging market, but one that may eventually be absorbed by larger vendors with broad security solutions.

Aug 3
Quantifying human interactions in HR has been met with some skepticism by employees and employers alike, but AI-infused chatbots are changing that by serving as a scalable, adaptive, and trustworthy HR spokesperson.

Aug 2
FortiCloud 3.2 will enable full management of low-end FortiGate devices, increasing ease of deployment, configuration, and ongoing management for SMBs and MSSPs, but offers little to enterprises that increasingly also want cloud-based management.

Aug 2
Looker’s most recent update to its BI platform sustains the vendor’s rapid pace of innovation, with a focus on handling data pipeline issues at scale using new data caching, customizable report scheduling, and time zone support capabilities.

Aug 1
Microsoft has made a series of compelling moves as of late, embracing cloud standards, courting developers and previewing a new container service, part of an effort to position its platform services as more usable than AWS.

Jul 28
Mitel’s definitive agreement to acquire ShoreTel gives the vendor a broader portfolio and a new CPaaS platform to help it address the digital transformation trend; however, Mitel still faces difficult competition in a volatile, crowded market.

Jul 27
Although Microsoft has announced that Azure Stack-powered appliances from key manufacturer partners are now available for pre-ordering, Microsoft must address enduring concerns about its hybrid cloud offering while navigating rising competition.

Jul 26
With workers screening out distractions with their personal headphones and noisy workplaces accounting for as much as 86 minutes of lost personal productivity a day, soundscaping in open-plan offices may become the new sound of silence.

Jul 26
McAfee's new OpenDXL.com community website creates a long-awaited single, user-friendly hub to build a community around its nascent OpenDXL SPIF. But a website alone won't foster OpenDXL participation or match Cisco's more mature pxGrid community.

Jul 25
Despite perceived slow uptake and minimal awareness, VMware's End-User Computing group is positioning itself as both visionary and strategic, winning the largest deals because it solves IT's most complex business enablement problems.

Jul 21
In networking, as in other aspects of IT, simpler is better. Intent-based networking, while complex under the hood, offers IT simple approaches to network management, but only if it is fully embraced. Half-hearted commitment will set IT back.

Jul 20
Oracle expands its hybrid cloud offering as a unified platform, spanning PaaS and SaaS to better combat AWS and Azure.

Jul 19
Why are technology companies like IBM and SAP turning to a 50-year-old design and ideation methodology in order to innovate more rapidly and better respond to customer needs? The reason is simple: to find and then answer the right questions.

Jul 14
Unify introduces OpenScape Cloud, a flexible collaboration and communications service; However, it is not yet commercially available for customers and, unless carefully managed, partners may view Unify’s parent company, Atos, as a potential threat.

Jul 13
Although HPE and Microsoft’s new go-to-market alliance, formed through the Cloud28+ community, will create new sales and partnership opportunities for both companies, the competitive response from their major rivals will be strong and swift.

Jul 13
Viptela’s Cloud onRamp for IaaS offers the vEdge Cloud Router in AWS’s and Azure’s marketplace while Cloud onRamp for SaaS treats traffic similarly to other application traffic. Neither pushes the envelope but competitors will have to respond.

Jul 12
Red Hat has just made its OpenShift PaaS available to developers in 200 countries for public cloud access to the latest container-native and multitenant cloud platform.

Jul 12
At its first annual Leonardo Live event, SAP rolled out a series of enhancements to the Leonardo platform, demonstrating the company’s vertical business acumen and interest in exploring emerging technologies like blockchain.

Jul 11
Intent-based networking promises to change how IT manages the network, relying on automation and dynamic reaction to configuration requests. But don’t fire your network administrators just yet; the road to IBN is still long and bumpy.

Jul 10
InfoComm 2017’s exhibition floor mirrored the market demand for easy to deploy, high quality audio and video huddle room solutions that makes the meeting join experience easy for end users. This report explores the exemplars of this current trend.

Jul 10
MicroStrategy has introduced version 10.8 of its flagship analytics offering with streamlined support for R, direct provisioning on Amazon, better parity between iOS and Android, more user control of Hadoop, and new data connectors.

Jul 10
As Google and Nutanix join the list of vendors targeting rising enterprise demand for hybrid cloud solutions, competition will coalesce around several areas, namely the delivery of an effective hybrid and multi-cloud management experience.

Jul 10
Cisco's enterprise security product portfolio is growing broader and deeper. It has many untapped opportunities within its grasp, but it must build better integrations and go-to-market messaging focusing on customers' desired outcomes.

Jul 7
The developer-oriented Salesforce TrailheaDX conference helped demonstrate how new platforms continue to democratize app development, including advanced AI technologies for CRM apps.

Jul 6
Symantec is the perfect fit for Fireglass, as its web content sanitization technology was destined to be a secure web gateway feature. However, Symantec must ensure Fireglass can scale and be integrated with the former Blue Coat offerings.

Jun 30
Progress Software soundly rounds out its mobile offering, which is heavy on front-end tools, and addresses backend developers through its acquisition of leading backend-as-a-service player Kinvey.

Jun 30
Red Hat’s new hyper-converged infrastructure solution provides existing customers with an open source software-based offering for edge-of-network deployments. However, Red Hat needs to evolve the solution in order to achieve wider market impact.

Jun 29
Cisco’s new “The Network Intuitive” campaign calls for a major rethink of the network that promises self-aware infrastructure driven by business outcomes. But for that to work, Cisco will need to help customers reimagine app development itself.

Jun 28
With its new hyper-converged infrastructure solution NetApp will compete more directly against HPE and Dell EMC. However, it risks confusing potential customers with an expansive and evolving solutions portfolio for hybrid cloud data management.

Jun 28
The new TippingPoint Security Management System Threat Insights feature bolsters Trend Micro's host-based security assessment capabilities and fosters integration with the vendor's Advanced Threat Protection product family.

Jun 27
Application performance management is being reinvented to provide the window into the operations component of DevOps. Developers will have access to this advanced app performance technology via platform services in coming months.

Jun 27
Developers under pressure to push code faster through new forms of delivery pipelines are leaning heavily on APM for app visibility.

Jun 27
Security, interoperability, complexity and connectivity are issues inhibiting broader IoT adoption, but as businesses seek to roll-out their IoT applications, vendors are responding quickly to improve their products, partnerships and services.

Jun 26
The majority of IoT users rely upon basic reporting mechanisms as found in business intelligence (BI) systems when analyzing data; are enterprises setting the bar far too low when it comes to IoT?

Jun 26
AI is both the present and the future with a plethora of cloud-based cognitive services on offer, but can enterprise buyers make use of these powerful APIs and frameworks without employing an army of data scientists and mathematicians?

Jun 23
To remain competitive in the increasingly vibrant market for hybrid cloud management solutions, vendors need to expand the capabilities of their solutions, offer flexible delivery options and expand the range of cloud platforms they support.

Jun 22
BlackBerry has begun the arduous process of augmenting its EMM portfolio in areas like Office 365, analytics, and IoT, to better compete with its increasingly broad rivals, but the former handset maker has a long way to go.

Jun 22
Cisco announced its intent-based networking initiative with new software capabilities in DNA Center, a new Catalyst 9000 switch family, and developer support in Cisco DevNet. It's an ambitious launch that will impact customers and resellers.

Jun 20
Arista Networks new 7280R2, R2 line cards, and 16-slot 7500 chassis highlights what Arista does well: faster, denser switching and routing. Existing 7500 chassis customers can take advantage of R2 line cards as needed without a rip and replace.

Jun 19
CFF is broadening its technology focus to include more DevOps concerns, made evident by last week’s changing membership base and the highlighting of projects which address infrastructure provisioning.

Jun 19
Multi-cloud was of course the overriding theme at this year’s Cloud Foundry Summit, but there were also key indicators of a fast expanding ecosystem in light of DevOps’ growing importance throughout the ALM.

Jun 14
Palo Alto Networks is pushing deeper into cloud-based security with not only cloud-delivered NGFW services for distributed sites, but also a new framework service to provide integrated third-party cloud-based security applications.

Jun 13
Ruckus Networks, soon to be acquired by ARRIS, launched a new AP and access switch supporting multi-gig Ethernet and additional uplink ports. It’s a small launch, but sustains the Ruckus product roadmap during the acquisition.

Jun 13
Despite showing growing maturity and the emergence of new consumption models, OpenStack, a leading open source standard for cloud computing, faces a range of limitations and challenges, as well as emerging competition from Amazon and Microsoft.

Jun 12
Microsoft has made Power BI Premium generally available, allowing buyers to run it behind the firewall as well as bypass user licenses, storage limits, and refresh rates, all of which make Power BI a better fit for larger deployments and ISVs.

Jun 12
Overall, EMM/UEM vendor MobileIron is in a strong competitive position. Like competitors, it is also pushing into security for IoT devices and data. Its IoT strategy is measured and achievable, but success demands a focused, disciplined approach.

Jun 8
Utilizing IoT APIs that plug into its interaction engine and business rules engine, Mitel demonstrated at its Elite conference how the Internet of Things can be integrated with real-time communications to literally give IoT devices a voice.

Jun 7
Alteryx has introduced a new collaborative data exploration and data cataloging platform that seeks to encourage self-service without sacrificing trust in data, but leveraging its capabilities will require a full investment in the company.

Jun 6
Aruba Networks’ new asset tracking product line includes Bluetooth beacons, integrated BLE support in over ten Aruba APs, and integration with Aruba’s Meridian cloud service. It is a solid offering, but competition is fierce and varied.

Jun 5
VARs, integrators and managed service providers are all vying for your SD-WAN dollars, and that makes for a complicated, dynamic and highly competitive landscape.

Jun 5
The new 8400 core and aggregation switch from Aruba Networks, an HPE company, offers high-density core and aggregation switching, bolstered by the integration-friendly ArubaOS-CX featuring deep APIs and an on-board database.

Jun 2
Infor has completed its acquisition of cloud-savvy BI vendor Birst, setting the stage for a combined offering capable of meeting current market interest in embedding actionable BI insights with line of business processes.

Jun 2
Tableau’s 10.3 update goes beyond basic, iterative feature enhancements to directly answer earlier shortcomings through the introduction of AI-driven analytics and hybrid cloud/premises deployment capabilities.

Jun 1
The wide-ranging new security solution collaboration between IBM and Cisco will undoubtedly help their mutual customers, but it remains to be seen whether the duo can successfully sell, implement and support complex joint solutions.

Jun 1
Cisco’s Enterprise Agreement is a cross-catalog purchase agreement covering software, hardware, support and services and includes a 20% overage allowance and no charges in arrears. It’s intended to overcome competitive license and cost objections.

Jun 1
App platforms rivals, including IBM, Red Hat, and Oracle are contributing heavily to OSS communities as a way to supplement development tools and frameworks and significantly speed containerization/microservices adoption.

May 26
GlobalData primary research shows that the success or failure of an IoT project hinges on cost and complexity; using Cisco as an example, we define the three pillars of investment necessary to realize the potential of IoT itself.

May 26
Red Hat is delivering on its promise to support a browser-based working framework of pre-wired solutions for building lightweight cloud-native apps shored by key OSS technologies.

May 24
At its annual user conference, customer experience management player Genesys introduced Kate, an AI platform designed not to compete with the likes of IBM Watson or Salesforce.com Einstein, but instead to blend capabilities with those offerings.

May 19
The May 2017 OpenStack Summit highlighted the growing popularity of hosted private clouds based on OpenStack technology. This phenomenon reflects the many genuine attractions of OpenStack and its enduring problems, including its complexity.

May 18
Realizing the importance of multi-cloud support among enterprises, SAP is making its SCP PaaS offering available on popular public clouds, hoping to generate interest in high-value services within Leonardo.

May 17
Sencha’s enhancement of popular web toolkit, React, provides enterprise developers with comprehensive UI components, pulling from its mature Ext JS app development framework.

May 17
Array Networks joins competitors in SD-branch appliances with its own Network Functions Platform, which is a virtualization platform consolidating network functions. The platform supports pay-as-you-grow pricing and capacity reservation.

May 16
SAP has re-launched its SAP Leonardo as an “digital innovation system” intent on blending AI, IoT, big data and the cloud to operationalize advanced, machine learning (ML) capabilities and surface those within line of business workflows.

May 16
At its annual user conference, Informatica quietly introduced a new brand identity, which is designed to break with the past and target enterprise cloud data management with product and channel changes far beyond marketing and branding themselves.

May 15
Following what's believed to be the largest-ever ransomware attack, enterprises and vendors alike should realize the WannaCry ransomworm is likely a harbinger of more severe attacks yet to come.

May 12
Cisco plans to acquire advanced artificial intelligence startup MindMeld for $125 million to enhance its collaboration suite; however, IBM could see this acquisition as a potential threat, which could sour its current Cisco partnership.

May 11
Microsoft demonstrated numerous technologies at Build 2017, emphasizing the scale, openness and intelligence available to developers surrounding use cases such as IoT. Unfortunately, most of the offerings on display are still in private preview.

May 11
Versa’s Cloud IP Platform offers customers, MSPs, and channel partners with a versatile foundation to develop their own managed services. The new appliances with integrated WiFi, switching and LTE further streamline branch deployments.

May 11
New enhancements to Dell EMC’s hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) portfolio will strengthen its competitive position vis-à-vis key rivals, but the vendor must watch that its ever-expanding HCI portfolio does not become hard to manage and market.

May 10
Red Hat’s re-energized partnership with Amazon smartly emphasizes AI-driven IT automation as a way to root out the foibles of human decision-making; it also points to a future where operational and business analytics can at last intertwine.

May 10
Just a day after the quick, puzzling end to its TrustPoint OEM partnership with Tanium, VMware AirWatch announced integration with a comparable endpoint tool, Dell Client Command, offered by its parent company.

May 9
Dell EMC’s new Azure Stack offering will boost its position in the hybrid cloud solutions market and among Azure public cloud users. However, Dell EMC will need to manage an expansive portfolio and may face a price war with HPE, Cisco and Lenovo.

May 9
At JiveWorld17, Jive Software shared its current strategy as it competes in a challenging market; however, the vendor announced it will be acquired, and any cause for optimism applies only if Jive’s roadmap continues under its new stewardship.

May 5
Red Hat’s browser-based IDE preview and newly integrated AWS services are about on-ramping developers and keeping DevOps squarely focused on its containerization strategy amid a highly competitive market segment.

May 5
Red Hat’s integration of Ansible with its CloudForms cloud management solution will enhance the automation capabilities and competitiveness of CloudForms, but to succeed, the move needs to be backed by strong marketing focused on its benefits.

May 2
Cisco intends to acquire SD-WAN vendor Viptela for $610 million, but the competitive impact will take a year or more to be felt.

May 2
ESW Capital is acquiring Jive Software for $462 million and will add Jive to its Aurea portfolio. The anticipated Aurea re-architecting and re-engineering processes that follow introduce uncertainty and concern for clients and partners.

Apr 28
IBM’s progress around OpenWhisk serverless computing positions Bluemix cloud as a platform which abstracts infrastructure complexities that hinder DevOps’ early efforts developing IoT and cognitive solutions.

Apr 28
Microsoft stores in the U.S. are selling Samsung’s Galaxy S8 – an Android phone running software from Google and Samsung – but details on the program have been sparse. It’s actually a good idea, but execution has been dismal.

Apr 28
The manufacturing market is dominated by complex and costly ERP systems. An opportunity exists for team collaboration platform vendors to leverage business-to-business networks, to simplify global supply chains and disrupt this market adjacency.

Apr 26
Orchestrated, automated, high-efficacy multiproduct enterprise security architectures are not only possible, but also will soon be commonplace thanks to security product integration frameworks. This report details the SPIF landscape.

Apr 24
MuleSoft Anypoint has matured to make APIs and integration more consumable through development technologies such as an improved UI and reusable APIs which are auto-populated.

Apr 24
Huawei recently unveiled the international expansion of its public cloud platform and a plan to target emerging markets, but in promoting its public cloud offering Huawei must not underestimate the demand for private and hybrid cloud solutions.

Apr 21
While positioned as a product portfolio unification, Check Point Infinity is little more than a new go-to-market message. It's an attempt to mimic security integration leaders, but without producing significant new portfolio integrations.

Apr 20
Discussion at this week's DockerCon proved containers have become serious business within a new highly charged, competitive cloud landscape as CXOs get on board.

Apr 20
Enterprises seeking better guidance for bringing containerized apps to production had PaaS rivals jockeying for mind share during DockerCon amidst container/microservices related announcements.

Apr 18
Contact center solution providers are refining ways to engage with customers, improving real-time analytics, increasing the sophistication of conversations, and making those conversations more contextual over a broader range of devices.

Apr 13
Huawei Analyst Summit 2017: When it comes to big data, Huawei is looking beyond its sizable hardware portfolio, offering instead a cloud platform built on established open source standards augmented by partners focused on select vertical markets.

Apr 12
Fortinet’s cloud security announcements, including a new CASB, faster virtual firewall performance, and on-demand virtual firewall licensing for AWS and Azure, are part of an ongoing effort to bolster its cloud-delivered enterprise security.

Apr 11
IBM’s perplexing IPS rebrand produces more problems than it solves, namely risking confusion among customers, fostering the appearance of a detection-centric strategy, and admitting tacitly that it may not be keeping pace with IPS rivals.

Apr 11
Aerohive’s MSP platform is a combination of new licensing options for the channel as well as changes to how entitlements can be applied to Aerohive hardware and software. Launching with a North American distributor is a solid proof point.

Apr 6
Tableau has moved to a subscription license model based on named users rather than server cores, opening up new opportunities with larger, company-wide deployments, but this move will also constrain Tableau’s ability to handle customer diversity.

Apr 5
Forcepoint’s new cloud-based malware sandbox means it is no longer reliant on a partnership with McAfee and will be more competitive in NGFW deals. But the sandboxing release was a long time coming, and offers little differentiation versus rivals.

Apr 5
Although the sale of vCloud Air potentially helps VMware remove some of the ambiguity and overlap that has characterized its cloud strategy, the long-term success of the vendor’s recent hybrid cloud initiatives is far from given.

Apr 4
Now an independent company separate from Intel, McAfee is positioning itself as a more focused, nimble company capable of buying, building or integrating the technologies its customers need. Bolstering the McAfee brand, however, may not be easy.

Apr 4
Enterprise Connect 2017 focused around three common themes: cloud, collaboration as-a-service (CPaaS) and team collaboration apps; however, IT needs to act as ambassadors for their users to counter the potential issues associated with shadow IT.

Apr 3
Containerization’s ability to bridge application development platforms and data center infrastructure has made it cloud’s most important current technology craze.

Mar 31
Containerization is at the intersection of application development and a data center's infrastructure, serving as the foundation for enterprise cloud strategies and innovative services among vendors from PaaS to infrastructure providers.

Mar 31
The seemingly immutable law of data gravity, which has kept massive data stores behind the corporate firewall, is no more. Platform providers are actively redefining such laws, showing that even the largest data lake can live in the clouds.

Mar 30
The IoT market continues to attract increased investment and innovation from equipment and solutions vendors, with a specific focus on micro data centers, application platforms, big data solutions, IoT security and retail-focused IoT initiatives.

Mar 30
It is hard to underestimate how important the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are to Samsung. The form factor is radical enough to ensure solid sales, but Samsung is leaving Apple and Google a lot of room to compete.

Mar 30
Domo recently held its third annual Domopalooza user conference, treating more than 3,000 attendees to a three day musical ski party; we dig into the method behind this madness, assessing Domo’s go-to-market strategy and its long term objectives.

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.


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