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SAP Acquires Identity Management Firm Gigya

On Sunday, software giant SAP announced its intention to acquire Mountain View, Calif.-based Gigya, a customer identity and access management platform provider. Though terms of the forthcoming sale have not been announced, analysts, including Constellation Research founder and analyst R Ray Wang, estimate the price to be around $350 million.

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Syncplicity’s Post EMC Ambitions

By now, anyone who cares knows that EMC sold Syncplicity to Skyview Capital. But there's much that hasn't been said. First off, it’s a bit of a farce to suggest that Syncplicity failed to thrive as an Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) provider — it was the leader among Leaders in Gartner’s most recent

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Elastic Makes It Easier to Connect the Dots

Elastic Makes It Easier to Connect the Dots

Good things come from connecting the dots.  That’s what Elastic’s products help companies do. Based on open source projects Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana (ELK), Elastic’s commercial products are leveraged by an impressive list of organizations to do some equally impressive things.

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Is Microsoft Building an Outlook Chat App?

Apple, under Steve Jobs leadership, was known for its secrecy — very little was known about the iPhone, for example, before it was officially unveiled.

Microsoft, under Satya Nadella’s leadership, may go down in history for its propensity to leak information. There was the acquisition of calendar app Sunrise that TechCrunch uncovered a week before it was announced, the not-so-secret purchase of e-mail app Accompli and ever popular leaks about SharePoint 2016.

Now it seems Microsoft is building something called Flow, a chat app that works with Outlook.

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Gartner’s Dismal Predictions for Hadoop Could Be Wrong


When Gartner speaks, tech vendors bow their heads and pray for blessings — but that’s not always what they get.

In its most recent report on Hadoop adoption, Gartner analysts Nick Heudecker and Merv Adrian stated that more than half of the IT and business leaders they surveyed reported having no current plans for Hadoop investment. They drove the point home, offering that fewer than half of the members of the Gartner Research Circle plan to begin Hadoop-based initiatives over the next two years. That’s less than half of the respondents who already have.

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There’s a New Guy in Charge at Dropbox for Biz

Dropbox for Business has received its share of criticism for not understanding the enterprise, but the critics might have to turn it down a notch now. That’s because former senior director of product management at VMWare, Rob Baesman, who spent almost a decade with the company, is now leading the charge at the Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) provider.

Ilya Fushman, whom Baesman replaces, has flown the coup to become a general partner at Index Ventures, which is an investor in Dropbox. It goes almost without saying that Fushman will be an advisor to his former employer which is now valued at $10 billion.

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MapR Raises its Hadoop-Without-the-Headaches Play


While much of the drama in the Hadoop world of late has surrounded the Open Data Platform (ODP) initiative, there’s progress outside of it, too.

Today MapR announced that its Hadoop distribution now ships with Apache Drill 1.0. Apache Drill —an open source, low latency SQL query engine for Hadoop and NoSQL.

Its promise is that it makes it easier for end users to interact with data from both legacy transactional systems and new data sources, such as Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, web click-streams and other semi-structured data, along with support for popular business intelligence (BI) and data visualization tools.

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