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Application Maintenance & Development

November 13, 2019 Adobe’s ELA Is All About Product Optimization…Not the Price

Adobe has achieved near-monopoly status in the world of graphic/web design through the massive adoption of its Creative Suite product set. Far too often customers are focusing on the subscription price when there is much more value to be obtained through optimizing product selection and proactive management of end-users’ software usage.

November 11, 2019 Blue Prism Releases Learning Edition and Online Learning Platform

The lack of robotic process automation (RPA) skills is often cited as a major challenge to RPA adoption. Blue Prism recently joined its competitors by making its RPA solution available for personal and training purposes.

November 11, 2019 Bullhorn Announces Closed-Loop Vendor Management and Applicant Tracking Integration

Bullhorn, an applicant tracking system (ATS) solution provider, has announced an improvement to its existing vendors management system (VMS) Sync offering with the deployment of "closed-loop VMS-ATS integration" that automates the transfer of candidate information from the ATS back into the VMS.

November 06, 2019 Does Your Strategic Vendor Consider You a Strategic Customer?

Whether you are using Info-Tech’s Commodity, Operational, Strategic, Tactical (C.O.S.T.) model to classify your vendors or you arbitrarily label high spend/critical vendors as strategic, it begs the question: “Does your vendor truly view you as a strategic customer?”

October 31, 2019 Oracle's Introduction of Redwood UX Paradigm a Step Towards Better End-User Adoption

Oracle introduced its new “Redwood” UX at Oracle OpenWorld 2019, promising a better – and more consistent – user experience across the bulk of its enterprise application offerings.

October 30, 2019 Technology’s New Morality Play – Time to Throw Out the Script and Start Improvising

VMware challenges IT to be more than it may be comfortable with: technologists as members of an elite caste charged with the moral use of technology and guarding the uninitiated against negative consequences.

Data & Analytics

November 13, 2019 Anzo Enables Data Management and Analytics Across Structured and Unstructured Data

Cambridge Semantics enhanced its Anzo platform to enable data management and analytics over both structured and unstructured data, the firm announced in an August 22 press release.

November 11, 2019 C3.ai Expands Its Portfolio of AI-Powered As-a-Service Solutions With C3 Energy Management

C3.ai, a leading enterprise AI software provider, announced in October 2019 the launch of Smart Institutions, an AI-powered, holistic energy-as-a-service software solution for universities, municipalities, corporate campuses, and hospitals.

November 11, 2019 Collibra Announces Its Acquisition of Data Lineage Provider SQLdep

Data governance player Collibra recently announced the acquisition of SQLdep, a leading provider of automated data lineage.

October 30, 2019 Freshworks Acquires Its 18th Start-Up, Enhancing Its Product Manager Collaboration Tool

Customer engagement software company FreshWorks announced that it has acquired a cloud-based prototyping and usability testing platform, Bangalore-based CanvasFlip.

October 29, 2019 Microsoft’s $1-Billion Deal With OpenAI: A Win-Win and Further Market Consolidation

Microsoft has invested $1 billion in OpenAI, which by the way is no longer “open.” Founded in 2015 by Elon Musk and Sam Altman, OpenAI recently restructured into a for-profit OpenAI LP so that it could commercialize its AI technologies and attract necessary funding. (Musk left the company a year prior.)

October 29, 2019 Oracle Announces a New Hybrid Cloud Partnership With VMware

Oracle is aiming to make it extremely easy to shift your VMware workloads to the Oracle Cloud. In addition, it will provide you the capability to choose where your data will reside. This is an important feature for organizations concerned about data sovereignty.

Finance & Administration

November 06, 2019 Does Your Strategic Vendor Consider You a Strategic Customer?

Whether you are using Info-Tech’s Commodity, Operational, Strategic, Tactical (C.O.S.T.) model to classify your vendors or you arbitrarily label high spend/critical vendors as strategic, it begs the question: “Does your vendor truly view you as a strategic customer?”

October 30, 2019 Oracle's OpenWorld Takeaways Are Impressive but Leave Us Wanting More

It is no surprise that this year’s OpenWorld conference continued to focus on Oracle’s cloud efforts. We dive in to discover if Oracle is doing enough to catch up to the competition of Amazon’s AWS, Microsoft’s Azure and Office clouds, and Google’s GCP.

October 29, 2019 Pearson’s Global Learning Survey Points to the Shift to Life-Long, Learner-Driven Education

Pearson released the results of its Global Learning Survey. This is the first time that Pearson has undertaken such a study to capture the opinions of 11,000 learners across 19 countries. The study uncovered eight key trends indicating a shift to life-long, learner driven education.

October 29, 2019 When It Comes to Contract Clauses, Equal Is Not Always Equitable

Many contract reviewers and negotiators often assume that terms and conditions applicable to both parties must be identical or mirror each other. Nothing could be further from reality.

October 29, 2019 Oracle Announces a New Hybrid Cloud Partnership With VMware

Oracle is aiming to make it extremely easy to shift your VMware workloads to the Oracle Cloud. In addition, it will provide you the capability to choose where your data will reside. This is an important feature for organizations concerned about data sovereignty.

October 23, 2019 Blackboard Announces Integration With Amazon’s Alexa

Blackboard has announced its partnership with Amazon’s Alexa to launch a new Skill for its flagship learning management system (LMS), Blackboard Learn. Learners (and their parents) will be able to get information about their profile and coursework simply by asking Alexa.

Human Resources

November 11, 2019 Bullhorn Announces Closed-Loop Vendor Management and Applicant Tracking Integration

Bullhorn, an applicant tracking system (ATS) solution provider, has announced an improvement to its existing vendors management system (VMS) Sync offering with the deployment of "closed-loop VMS-ATS integration" that automates the transfer of candidate information from the ATS back into the VMS.

October 30, 2019 Oracle's OpenWorld Takeaways Are Impressive but Leave Us Wanting More

It is no surprise that this year’s OpenWorld conference continued to focus on Oracle’s cloud efforts. We dive in to discover if Oracle is doing enough to catch up to the competition of Amazon’s AWS, Microsoft’s Azure and Office clouds, and Google’s GCP.

October 29, 2019 Pearson’s Global Learning Survey Points to the Shift to Life-Long, Learner-Driven Education

Pearson released the results of its Global Learning Survey. This is the first time that Pearson has undertaken such a study to capture the opinions of 11,000 learners across 19 countries. The study uncovered eight key trends indicating a shift to life-long, learner driven education.

October 29, 2019 Oracle Announces a New Hybrid Cloud Partnership With VMware

Oracle is aiming to make it extremely easy to shift your VMware workloads to the Oracle Cloud. In addition, it will provide you the capability to choose where your data will reside. This is an important feature for organizations concerned about data sovereignty.

October 24, 2019 JDA Integrates Workforce and Warehouse Labor Management Software Functions to Deliver Value in the Warehouse

JDA’s Workforce Management and Warehouse Labor Management software functions are now offered in an integrated manner to drive productivity gains in the warehouse.

October 23, 2019 Blackboard Announces Integration With Amazon’s Alexa

Blackboard has announced its partnership with Amazon’s Alexa to launch a new Skill for its flagship learning management system (LMS), Blackboard Learn. Learners (and their parents) will be able to get information about their profile and coursework simply by asking Alexa.

IT Infrastructure & Operations

November 14, 2019 AWS Summit Toronto Opens With Jabs at Oracle and Microsoft

Joshua Burgin, the technical advisor to the senior vice-president at Amazon Web Services (AWS), opened AWS Summit Toronto with jabs at Oracle and Microsoft. AWS wants to position itself as customer-centric, but users of its platform might only end up locked-in to a more beneficent vendor.

November 11, 2019 Avaya Announces Partnership With RingCentral

Avaya announced a partnership with RingCentral, a move that jointly strengthens the two companies’ positions in the growing cloud-based unified communications market.

October 30, 2019 Technology’s New Morality Play – Time to Throw Out the Script and Start Improvising

VMware challenges IT to be more than it may be comfortable with: technologists as members of an elite caste charged with the moral use of technology and guarding the uninitiated against negative consequences.

October 30, 2019 VMware CEO Shows Why Citizen Developers Are the Inevitable Result of Cloud Growth

Analysts make their bones on prognostication and prediction, and the imminent demise of any given technology is a mainstay of their subject matter. San Francisco-based VMware has made its sacrificial offerings but for two different auguries. First the place and dominance of public cloud as the center of the enterprise IT activity and work. Secondly, and more importantly, the enduring importance of self-service, elasticity, measure service, broad network access, and pooled resources.

October 30, 2019 Oracle's OpenWorld Takeaways Are Impressive but Leave Us Wanting More

It is no surprise that this year’s OpenWorld conference continued to focus on Oracle’s cloud efforts. We dive in to discover if Oracle is doing enough to catch up to the competition of Amazon’s AWS, Microsoft’s Azure and Office clouds, and Google’s GCP.

October 30, 2019 IOTA – Opening the World of Opportunities for IoT

Imagine a distributed ledger technology with no miners or no transaction fees, high performance, and designed with IoT in mind. IOTA is similar to blockchain in terms of its functionality, but instead of using “blocks” it is based on “Tangle,” which is an implementation of directed acyclic graph (DAG).

IT Security & Risk

November 11, 2019 Collibra Announces Its Acquisition of Data Lineage Provider SQLdep

Data governance player Collibra recently announced the acquisition of SQLdep, a leading provider of automated data lineage.

October 31, 2019 Proteus Helps Enterprises Document Privacy by Design

Privacy by Design (PbD) is a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirement, but effective implementation requires deep insight into the operation and interconnection of various data collection processes. Thus, PbD can be difficult to document and demonstrate. However, Proteus may help.

October 30, 2019 HP Acquires Bromium

HP acquired Bromium, an endpoint security start-up that uses virtualization to isolate browser-based attacks, malicious downloads and applications, and email attachments on September 19, 2019. Currently, HP licenses Bromium’s technology to power its Sure Click malware protection; however, the plan is for Bromium to become part of HP’s broader platform to secure endpoint devices.

October 24, 2019 Engineered Chaos Will Help You Test Your Mature BCP

Modern business continuity planning is complicated. Ideas from chaos engineering can help test resiliency, but only if you have a mature BCP.

September 27, 2019 Symantec Leaves the Strongest Emotional Footprint in the IAM Space With Its Symantec VIP Product

Recent data released from SoftwareReviews' Identity Access Management (IAM) Customer Experience Report reveals Symantec VIP is performing above the rest when it comes to providing good customer service.

September 17, 2019 HID Now Supports Seos-Enabled Student IDs in Apple Wallet

HID officially announced its support of Seos-enabled IDs in Apple Wallet on August 13. This enables a more convenient and secure authentication process for iPhone users using HID technology.

Marketing

November 13, 2019 Adobe’s ELA Is All About Product Optimization…Not the Price

Adobe has achieved near-monopoly status in the world of graphic/web design through the massive adoption of its Creative Suite product set. Far too often customers are focusing on the subscription price when there is much more value to be obtained through optimizing product selection and proactive management of end-users’ software usage.

November 11, 2019 Avaya Announces Partnership With RingCentral

Avaya announced a partnership with RingCentral, a move that jointly strengthens the two companies’ positions in the growing cloud-based unified communications market.

October 31, 2019 Oracle's Introduction of Redwood UX Paradigm a Step Towards Better End-User Adoption

Oracle introduced its new “Redwood” UX at Oracle OpenWorld 2019, promising a better – and more consistent – user experience across the bulk of its enterprise application offerings.

October 29, 2019 Pearson’s Global Learning Survey Points to the Shift to Life-Long, Learner-Driven Education

Pearson released the results of its Global Learning Survey. This is the first time that Pearson has undertaken such a study to capture the opinions of 11,000 learners across 19 countries. The study uncovered eight key trends indicating a shift to life-long, learner driven education.

October 24, 2019 Avaya in Talks With RingCentral to Form Joint Venture

Avaya moved away from the idea of being acquired following news that it is in talks to partner with RingCentral.

October 24, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Takes the Stage at Oracle OpenWorld as a Major Bet for the Enterprise Software Giant

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been a key focus area of investment for major enterprise application vendors, and Oracle is no exception. At Oracle OpenWorld 2019, Oracle promulgated its vision for leveraging AI across its broad product portfolio.

Project Management

November 11, 2019 Avaya Announces Partnership With RingCentral

Avaya announced a partnership with RingCentral, a move that jointly strengthens the two companies’ positions in the growing cloud-based unified communications market.

October 30, 2019 ALM Works Brings “Structure” to Project Complexity

ALM Works Structure for Jira enables Atlassian customers to track and manage projects at scale.

October 24, 2019 Avaya in Talks With RingCentral to Form Joint Venture

Avaya moved away from the idea of being acquired following news that it is in talks to partner with RingCentral.

October 22, 2019 Does a “Stevie” Guarantee Amazing Customer Service?

A vendor in the web conferencing space garnished award honors from the Stevie 16th Annual International Business Awards announced on Aug. 27. Mountain View, California-based Blue Jeans Network Inc. (BlueJeans) is a newly-minted award winner for its customer services team, but what does the award really mean for customers?

October 21, 2019 Agiloft BPM Develops Integration for Epic EHR

Agiloft has developed an integration with major electronic healthcare record vendor Epic Systems. The University of Miami Health System (UHealth) is the first institution to capitalize on Agiloft’s process orchestration coupled with Epic’s healthcare management capabilities.

September 27, 2019 Atlassian Embraces Continually Changing Plans With Portfolio for Jira Server and Data Center 3.0

Atlassian embraces the reality that roadmaps and plans are living, breathing, and continually changing.

Sales & Customer Service

November 11, 2019 Avaya Announces Partnership With RingCentral

Avaya announced a partnership with RingCentral, a move that jointly strengthens the two companies’ positions in the growing cloud-based unified communications market.

October 29, 2019 Pearson’s Global Learning Survey Points to the Shift to Life-Long, Learner-Driven Education

Pearson released the results of its Global Learning Survey. This is the first time that Pearson has undertaken such a study to capture the opinions of 11,000 learners across 19 countries. The study uncovered eight key trends indicating a shift to life-long, learner driven education.

October 24, 2019 Avaya in Talks With RingCentral to Form Joint Venture

Avaya moved away from the idea of being acquired following news that it is in talks to partner with RingCentral.

October 23, 2019 Blackboard Announces Integration With Amazon’s Alexa

Blackboard has announced its partnership with Amazon’s Alexa to launch a new Skill for its flagship learning management system (LMS), Blackboard Learn. Learners (and their parents) will be able to get information about their profile and coursework simply by asking Alexa.

October 22, 2019 Does a “Stevie” Guarantee Amazing Customer Service?

A vendor in the web conferencing space garnished award honors from the Stevie 16th Annual International Business Awards announced on Aug. 27. Mountain View, California-based Blue Jeans Network Inc. (BlueJeans) is a newly-minted award winner for its customer services team, but what does the award really mean for customers?

October 22, 2019 Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire CloudCherry

Cisco has announced its intent to acquire CloudCherry, boosting its contact center portfolio.

Sales Management

October 30, 2019 Oracle's OpenWorld Takeaways Are Impressive but Leave Us Wanting More

It is no surprise that this year’s OpenWorld conference continued to focus on Oracle’s cloud efforts. We dive in to discover if Oracle is doing enough to catch up to the competition of Amazon’s AWS, Microsoft’s Azure and Office clouds, and Google’s GCP.

October 29, 2019 Oracle Announces a New Hybrid Cloud Partnership With VMware

Oracle is aiming to make it extremely easy to shift your VMware workloads to the Oracle Cloud. In addition, it will provide you the capability to choose where your data will reside. This is an important feature for organizations concerned about data sovereignty.

August 26, 2019 Microsoft Earnings Soar on the Heels of Inspire Partner Conference

Microsoft smashed the numbers with its Q4 2019 earnings report, with revenues rising a stellar 12% and hitting on all cylinders with quarterly revenue of $33.7 billion. Notable increases include Azure, growth up 64%; Surface, up 14%; and LinkedIn, up 25%.

August 25, 2019 SAP Is Getting Sued by Teradata for Taking Away Your Choice – A Game of Monopoly?

Teradata’s legal action against SAP has serious potential ramifications on customer choice in the enterprise data analytics and warehousing (EDAW) space. SAP customers contemplating a move to HANA (or S/4HANA) may conclude their data is moving into an environment where SAP calls the shots.

August 22, 2019 Infor Lands Massive PLM Partnership in the Fashion World

Infor secured a multimillion-dollar product lifecycle management (PLM) deal with Turkish fashion retailer LC Waikiki.

August 14, 2019 Sage Business Cloud Is Not Just One Product; It Is Multiple Products in One

Sage Business Cloud is not just one product. That was the message we received during an Info-Tech software vendor briefing with Sage. If you browse the Sage website it seems obvious Sage offers more than one application, but this may not always be obvious to some.

Time & Attendance

November 14, 2019 AWS Summit Toronto Opens With Jabs at Oracle and Microsoft

Joshua Burgin, the technical advisor to the senior vice-president at Amazon Web Services (AWS), opened AWS Summit Toronto with jabs at Oracle and Microsoft. AWS wants to position itself as customer-centric, but users of its platform might only end up locked-in to a more beneficent vendor.

November 13, 2019 Adobe’s ELA Is All About Product Optimization…Not the Price

Adobe has achieved near-monopoly status in the world of graphic/web design through the massive adoption of its Creative Suite product set. Far too often customers are focusing on the subscription price when there is much more value to be obtained through optimizing product selection and proactive management of end-users’ software usage.

November 13, 2019 Anzo Enables Data Management and Analytics Across Structured and Unstructured Data

Cambridge Semantics enhanced its Anzo platform to enable data management and analytics over both structured and unstructured data, the firm announced in an August 22 press release.

November 11, 2019 Avaya Announces Partnership With RingCentral

Avaya announced a partnership with RingCentral, a move that jointly strengthens the two companies’ positions in the growing cloud-based unified communications market.

November 11, 2019 Blue Prism Releases Learning Edition and Online Learning Platform

The lack of robotic process automation (RPA) skills is often cited as a major challenge to RPA adoption. Blue Prism recently joined its competitors by making its RPA solution available for personal and training purposes.

November 11, 2019 C3.ai Expands Its Portfolio of AI-Powered As-a-Service Solutions With C3 Energy Management

C3.ai, a leading enterprise AI software provider, announced in October 2019 the launch of Smart Institutions, an AI-powered, holistic energy-as-a-service software solution for universities, municipalities, corporate campuses, and hospitals.

Web Content Management

June 05, 2019 Rainforest Offers On-Demand Testing Resources to Expand Coverage

The emergence and growth of Rainforest QA has shone a different light in a market that is dominated by big-name players like HP and IBM. Rainforest streamlines test design and management and expands test coverage through its extensive tester network.

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