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INTELLIGENCE REPORT SUMMARIES
Application Platforms
Date  Report
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 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 7
The developer-oriented Salesforce TrailheaDX conference helped demonstrate how new platforms continue to democratize app development, including advanced AI technologies for CRM apps.

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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 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?


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