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INTELLIGENCE REPORT SUMMARIES
Application Platforms
Date  Report
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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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
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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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
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
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.

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 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 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.

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

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 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.

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


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