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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 and financial. 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 Reorgs

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 authoring." 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. ... (more)

HP Confirms Bigger-than-Expected Reorg

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 transition. It's bringing all marketing functions under CMO Marty Homlish and doing the same t... (more)

Best Buy Taps French Turnaround Artist as CEO

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)

Oracle-SAP Case Goes to the Jury

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 afternoon. 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 million. In his closing statement, SAP's lawyer reported... (more)

Server Sales Up

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 buildouts. 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)

P2P Web Promises Many Freedoms - Part 3/3

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 distributed system. 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)

Rackspace Acquires Cloudkick, MSPs Doing Crazy Things in Cloud, and More

Feature Article 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 business models. Dear Santa, I want a pony...and a cloud business. Read the full article. Cloud New... (more)

Thoughts on Big Data and Data Virtualization

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 Offers Public Beta of Metalogix Migration Manager for SharePoint

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 Cloud infrastructure. “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)

Cloud Backup Service Providers Join Asigra at Annual Partner Summit

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)