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INTELLIGENCE REPORT SUMMARIES
Application Platforms
Date  Report
Jun 14
Docker’s newest commercial release of the popular container and Kubernetes technology demonstrates its laser focus on addressing IT operations’ pain points around deploying containerized apps into production in multi-cloud environments.

Jun 14
Deep Security Smart Check, which conducts pre-deployment container image scanning, is the latest salvo in Trend Micro's battle with PaaS providers to own DevOps security and, in turn, maintain its stranglehold in hybrid cloud workload security.

Jun 11
NetApp and Cisco have announced additions to the FlexPod converged infrastructure (CI) portfolio, including a new Managed Private Cloud offering and the first of several vertical solutions that will target industry-specific use cases for CI.

Jun 7
Prominent APM vendors, including Instana, are heeding the call to provide DevOps with dynamic application performance monitoring technology following the shift from monolithic app development systems to modern microservices.

Jun 7
The Vancouver OpenStack Summit saw important progress for the OpenStack community’s engagement with other open source technologies, as well as with emerging use cases such as containers, edge computing, and CI/CD.

Jun 6
Under SAP’s systems of intelligence initiative, SAP Leonardo Blockchain leverages machine learning to help enterprises tackle revamped supply chains within a data-driven model.

Jun 5
Microsoft’s ability to wrangle the industry’s most prominent group of elite developers is clearly a score, superseding rivals’ coding campaigns, but the move leaves many wondering how Microsoft will corral all that talent onto the Azure cloud.

Jun 5
Application platform providers launching elaborate campaigns to bulk up developer communities in an industry with dwindling talent felt a shockwave yesterday following Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub.

May 23
Informatica introduces Spring release, revealing both its continuing effort to reinvent itself and demonstrating a keen understanding of a market need for combined metadata, security/governance, DataOps, and machine learning capabilities.

May 16
After investing heavily in blockchain for 18 months, IBM adds another compelling use case to its blockchain story in which it’s moving into the digital token space with an environmental technology start-up, Veridium Labs.

May 15
Red Hat’s latest set of developer tools supporting reactive microservices, Istio and Envoy integration, and serverless computing will help carry enterprise customers into the next phase of app development and deployment.

May 15
The 2018 Red Hat Summit elaborated on Red Hat’s approach to emerging DevOps modeled app platforms, including reactive microservices, serverless computing, container security, and low-code capabilities, most of which will be available by year-end.

May 9
Google launched ML Kit, a toolset to help developers embed AI into mobile applications. Since developing AI-infused applications is a highly complex process, solutions that streamline the process are a welcome addition to developers’ toolkits.

May 7
Though last week’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe conference demonstrated the continued ascendency of application performance management technology Kubernetes, don’t expect a serverless, developer-led, infrastructure-agnostic world anytime soon.

Apr 27
The 15th Huawei Analyst Summit expounded on Huawei’s vision of “boundless computing” and provided insight into its plans for edge computing and hybrid cloud enablement, but Huawei needs stronger articulation of existing and planned solutions.

Apr 26
During this week’s user conference, Appian is introducing bold ideas where enterprises have a heavier reliance on low-code platforms, ideas which fly in the face of traditional app platforms providers.

Apr 26
GlobalData takes a closer look at Huawei’s new market messaging around the creation of an intelligent world and assess its impact on big data and IoT, artificial intelligence, edge computing, cloud computing, and data center technologies.

Apr 25
How will Huawei make good on its new goal of creating an intelligent world? We think the key lies in the company’s efforts at seamlessly combining a wide array of fit-for-purpose AI-savvy chips within a single composable environment.

Apr 23
The Cloud Foundry Foundation, overseer of the industry’s prominent PaaS open software standard, showcased innovative app development projects during its annual conference as the highly competitive platform services space heats up.

Apr 9
Rather than run the current race to build the first general purpose quantum computer, IT services powerhouse Atos is instead courting the attention of what might just matter the most, namely the hearts and minds of future quantum developers.

Apr 9
Edge computing will transform the deployment and consumption of data center resources as well as the type of workloads data centers support, but in order to succeed, IT equipment vendors need to develop transparent strategies and solution sets.

Apr 6
VMware is focused on optimizing cloud resource usage and empowering developers with its latest additions to vRealize Suite, but to unlock the release’s full benefits VMware must clarify its developer message and portfolio.

Apr 6
Amazon executives used this week’s AWS Summit to make its case to enterprise developers for why its cloud strength provides the perfect backdrop to sophisticated app development, including ML, microservices/containers, and serverless computing.

Mar 30
If Salesforce can act on the behemoth integration tasks ahead, including its MuleSoft integration platform and Lightning low-code platform throughout its portfolio, it will raise its level of competitive threat.

Mar 30
Edge computing promises to transform data centers and support diverse use cases. However, despite a growing range of solutions that include edge servers and HCI for edge locations, IT vendor success depends on making important strategic choices.

Mar 30
The Q1 2018 IoT Watch from GlobalData’s IT Technology and Software team analyzes some of the latest IoT technology initiatives from across the industry, with a focus on global technology solutions providers and IoT-focused industry associations.

Mar 29
The Q1 2018 IoT Watch from GlobalData’s IT Technology and Software practice analyzes IoT innovations from across the industry, including the launch of new IoT business divisions and moves to establish IoT security standards.

Mar 29
On day one of its annual developer’s conference, Salesforce rolled out its long-overdue integration strategy, based on its imminent acquisition of MuleSoft, along with its Lightning low-code platform and Einstein analytics.

Mar 29
IBM’s private cloud story is presented as enabling modern application development, based on microservices inside the enterprise’s firewall, and enabled through IBM’s broad and mature portfolio of middleware and software.

Mar 22
Salesforce’s hefty $6.5 billion purchase of MuleSoft’s integration platform now begs the question: can MuleSoft maintain its value by remaining platform-neutral?

Mar 16
The next wave of low-code platforms is receiving unprecedented attention for its ability to address DevOps digital transformation objectives, including speeding the process of app development, integrations, and automating workflow controls.

Mar 14
Progress entered a saturated market for chatbots with the release of NativeChat. Though not a game changer, with NativeChat Progress offers businesses a compelling entry to AI, and a springboard to adoption of additional cognitive solutions.

Mar 14
Low-Code Is the New Programming - Market Advisory Report
Cloud providers are offering low-code platforms to help enterprises quickly build applications which engage customers through access to high-value services including analytics, IoT, and big data.

Mar 6
Salesforce has made Einstein Analytics more accessible by enabling users to work with data using natural language queries and chart type recommendations. Though not a game changer, the new capabilities improve ease of use for non-IT professionals.

Mar 5
Software reliability engineers (SREs) are playing an increasingly important role in DevOps initiatives where the success of the application lifecycle hinges on close collaborations between ops and developers.

Feb 14
Oracle is addressing enterprises’ labor-intensive processes in customer support, chatbots, and integration via cognitive optimization enabled through cloud services.

Feb 2
The new Cisco Container Platform enforces Cisco’s multi-cloud strategy by offering customers a consistent way of running containers across both on-premises environments and public clouds, although initial use will be limited to Google’s Cloud.

Feb 1
By acquiring CoreOS, Red Hat deepened its role as a leading player in the growing container services market, helping to automate DevOps’ task in packaging, managing, and deploying modern enterprise applications.

Jan 29
Demand for agile web, mobile, and IoT app development platforms prompted IBM to expand its Mendix partnership, ultimately enabling enterprises to access IBM Cloud’s advanced platform services including Watson IoT and AI more easily.

Jan 18
The cloud era’s evolving app development technologies have presented new competitive opportunities for IT market leaders to help enterprises orchestrate the entire application and platform ecosystem of technologies across the entire lifecycle.

Jan 5
Following a year of significant progress in innovations supporting microservices and serverless architectures, attention to operational deployment needs will be the dominant theme among application platforms vendors in 2018.

Jan 3
Amidst its 50 qubit quantum leap, IBM makes a call to action among the best and brightest of computational minds to design intelligent apps running atop the IBM Cloud.

Dec 22 2017
New app development technologies in a cloud era have created a significant competitive opportunity for IT market leaders to help enterprises orchestrate the whole application and platform ecosystem of technologies across the entire lifecycle.

Dec 22 2017
Our top predictions for 2018 tackle enterprise challenges including the ever-growing use of public cloud computing, the need to manage disparate cloud platforms, and a desire to reinvent DevOps for continuous integration and delivery.

Dec 20 2017
The IoT market is presenting broader opportunities among IT leaders in the form of innovative development, security, streaming analytics and open source IoT operating system, all dispensed via cloud offerings.

Dec 19 2017
In 2018, data center technology vendors will, through partnerships and new solutions, target the need for hybrid, and increasingly distributed and intelligent IT environments, along with simpler ways of procuring, deploying and consuming IT.


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