Known on the global stage for its indisputable domination in IT, India is at
the cusp of a digital revolution, finally on home ground. With its strong
push for a digital economy, the Union Budget for 2017, presented by the
Finance Minister recently, has only validated this claim. As a member of the
IT community, it is a truly exciting moment to witness the sweeping
transformative power of technology, as it transcends barriers of literacy,
class and industry to create an environment of inclusivity - social, economic
IT is the biggest employer in private sector and its revenue for the year
(according to Strategic Review 2016 by NASSCOM) was $143 billion. The IT
sector is generally expected to contribute around 10 percent to India's GDP
and account for almost half of the total services export. However, with the
open and overarching commitment to fuel t... (more)
Adobe now has a Creative and Interactive Solutions business unit headed by
David Wadhwani, who ran its Platform business so the company can take a more
integrated approach, and "deliver faster on our vision of multi-screen
publishing and drive innovation and support for both Flash and HTML 5
John Loiacono who ran Creative Solutions is now heading up a new Digital
Media Solutions unit focused on the company's core digital imaging franchise.
Former Omniture CEO Josh James is leaving the company at the end of July and
will be replaced by former Omniture biz dev VP Brad Rencher. Adobe CEO
Shantanu Narayen said Omniture now represents about 10% of Adobe's revenue.
Adobe bought Omniture 11 months ago for $1.8 billion.
First thing Wednesday morning HP confirmed the big news that leaked the day
before: it's moving its printers and PCs together under PC chief Todd
Bradley, who will run a new $65 billion Printing and Personal Systems Group,
and losing printer chief Vyomesh Joshi to retirement.
It's also pushing its global account sales organization and its $36 billion
technology services unit into a new $58 billion-a-year Enterprise Group and
giving the whole thing to David Donatelli, who's already running its $22
billion enterprise servers, storage and networking business.
It didn't say what it's going to do with Jan Zadak, who ran global sales
thanks to former CEO Léo Apotheker. It says it's saving that for a later
date. (Bet they are.) Meanwhile he's supposed to help make it an orderly
It's bringing all marketing functions under CMO Marty Homlish and doing the
same t... (more)
Best Buy, the world's largest consumer electronics chain crippled by the
impact of Internet sales, has brought in Hubert Joly, a Frenchman and reputed
turnaround artist in media, technology and services, to run the place
starting early next month after he gets a visa.
He will replace interim CEO Mike Mikan, the board member who has been filling
in since April when the company parted ways with Brian Dunn, who was having
an affair with an underling.
Joly will get to deal with Best Buy founder Richard Schulze, who made a
tentative offer to buy the company for $8.84 billion or $24-$26 a share a
couple of weeks ago and wanted to do due diligence to get financing but
refused the board's accommodation over the weekend.
The board said it "believes it has insufficient information to make a
reasonable conclusion with regard to Mr. Schulze's indication of interest,
given the... (more)
A jury of eight men and women in Oakland, California, began deliberating the
question of how much SAP should pay Oracle for copyright infringement Monday
It could come to a verdict before Thanksgiving this Thursday, but surely no
later than next week.
Oracle asked the jury for at least $1.7 billion on the theory that SAP should
pay for the 5TB of Oracle software, fixes, updates and documentation that its
now-defunct third-party maintenance arm TomorrowNow pilfered. Oracle CEO
Larry Ellison put the hypothetical licensing figure at $4 billion, which is
more than SAP has in the bank.
Calling Oracle's demands "overreaching" and "guesswork," SAP told the jury
the number should be more like $28 million based on the actual profits it
calculates Oracle lost plus the profits SAP made, but no more than $40
In his closing statement, SAP's lawyer reported... (more)
Worldwide server sales were up 14.2% in Q3 and vendor revenue spiked 15.3% to
$10.66 billion, according to Gartner, which credited data center and cloud
HP retained pride of place with 32.1% of the revenues, up 1.9%. All of the
top five global vendors except Oracle had year-on-year revenue increases. IBM
was number two (30.2%, off 1.5%), Dell third (14.6%, up 1.2%), and Fujitsu
fourth (4.7%, down a half a point). Oracle lost 1.2% of revenue share, a lot
when you're only left with 6.2%.
Gartner said Dell grew its shipments 22.6% and was the only top five vendor
to grow above the average. It benefited in part from a weak compare and an
increased focus on its enterprise business, which the researcher says "is
starting to pay dividends."
x86 servers were the market's main growth engine, up 14.9% in units and 29.5%
in revenues. Gartner attributed the tickled... (more)
Author's Note: In Part 1 we examined the events leading up to the creation
of Dot-P2P, the planned alternative peer-to-peer Domain Name System. In Part
2 we looked at the existing Internet DNS and how Dot-P2P aims to compete with
it. In this, the third and final part of this article, we look at where
Dot-P2P may reside and why.
The decentralized authority enabled by the web of trust model works well for
BitTorrent-based file sharing, but, in the opinion of the Dot-P2P organizers,
would add complexity and diminish security in a domain name system, and so
they are proposing a central authority instead to govern the otherwise highly
The lack of a central authority in the existing BitTorrent network is one of
the things that make it resilient against interdiction. If The Man shuts down
any elements of the network - peers, trackers or sites, there a... (more)
MSPs are doing crazy things in cloud…are you?
By Matthew Richards, CA Technologies
As I talk to MSP customers around the world, I am amazed by the variety in
what they are doing with "cloud." In past posts I have pointed out that
MSPs are the biggest cloud instigators. If it weren't for them, we probably
wouldn't see business users complaining so much about the time it takes to
deploy a new server using traditional methods. So, MSPs are clearly on the
cutting edge of the market. To that point, I thought I would take this
holiday post to have some fun - to dig into the evolution of this market, and
outline a few interesting business models that MSPs (or service providers, if
you prefer) are going after. Let's get into a few of the more interesting
Dear Santa, I want a pony...and a cloud business. Read the full article.
Cloud New... (more)
Big data and emerging data integration capabilities make it possible to
generate insights from vast quantities of data, something that was not
possible before and ultimately changing the way companies use information.
The big data industry is seeing a boost in development and adaption recently,
even though the technology was created years ago. This boost is driven by
ever increasing amounts of data and the need to process it in flight and
integrate with traditional data repositories, all with scalability and
performance in mind. Today's market requirements are to process petabytes of
data in milliseconds without impacting enterprise data warehouses.
Big data (map/reduce) combined with new data management technologies enable
Business Intelligence vendors to operate on large volumes of data and even
virtually integrate the data with traditional datawarehouses. IT depar... (more)
Metalogix Software, a provider of content lifecycle management (CLM)
solutions for Microsoft SharePoint, Exchange, and legacy environments, has
announced the public beta availability of its Microsoft Office 365-ready
migration solutions. The Metalogix Migration Manager for SharePoint –
Dedicated Cloud and SharePoint Upgrade Editions are tried and proven
solutions offering gradual and granular migration to Microsoft Office 365.
Metalogix is the only company with products approved for use in the Microsoft
“With the recent Microsoft announcement of the public availability of
Office 365, many organizations are looking to deploy pilot groups of users
and content to build their Office 365 use case,” said Stephen Cawood,
SharePoint MVP and director of product marketing, Metalogix. “With the
Metalogix Migration Manager for SharePoint – Dedicated Cloud... (more)
Asigra Inc., a Cloud Backup, recovery and restore (BURR) software provider
since 1986, has announced that leading storage industry analysts will join a
host of experts from Asigra and its cloud backup service providers as
featured speakers and panelists at the Asigra Cloud Backup Partner Summit,
June 7-8 in Toronto. The Asigra Partner Summit, this year entitled OutMarket,
OutSell, OutSmart, is the only conference of its kind where hundreds of
cloud backup service providers, MSPs and VARs from all over the world come
together to hear the latest in trends and technologies impacting cloud
backup. The conference offers a range of strategies to help service providers
take a leadership position in one of cloud computing’s largest areas of
opportunity – cloud backup.
The market for cloud backup services is approximately $2 billion and growing
rapidly, according to analys... (more)