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IDC defines digital transformation (DX) as enterprises' use of 3rd Platform technologies (cloud, mobility, data analytics and social business) to create value and competitive advantage through new offerings, new business models, and new relationships. In addition to gaining critical operational efficiencies, a principal outcome of digital transformation is improved customer experience.A cornerstone of DX is transforming content-centric workflows, especially those related to interactions with customers, as well as other external stakeholders. This article explores a framework for defining content-centric workflows.
IDC defines digital transformation (DX) as enterprises' use of 3rd Platform technologies (cloud, mobility, data analytics and social business) to create value and competitive advantage through new offerings, new business models, and new relationships. In addition to gaining critical operational efficiencies, a principal outcome of digital transformation is improved customer experience. We predict that worldwide spending on DX technologies will grow to nearly $2 trillion in 2019, and that…
This blog provides a summary of recently published IDC report #US42074217, focused on the impacts of blockchain in data management, integration and integrity.
Blockchain technology is already disrupting financial services, insurance, healthcare and supply chain solutions, partly because it allows for disintermediation, and also because it provides an immutable historical record of data. Blockchain technology itself solves many of the problems that data governance professionals, and data management technology vendors have been trying to solve for years: group consensus on the most recent version of the truth for a given entity, and full instance…
This IDC blog post points to an IDC Perspective that illustrates and discusses data integration patterns that have emerged in the IoT, the justification for using each pattern, and the implications of use that may derive additional requirements. It provides guidance to the IoT analytics architect on making decisions about which pattern to use under known constraints.
As the number of devices and sensors in the Internet of Things (IoT) grows, so do the questions about how to architect IoT data streams and integrations in support of continuous analytics and information management. Data from the IoT is being used for diagnostics, business analytics, logistics, and sense and respond business scenarios. Recently there has been a lot of discussion and debate in the industry about where analytics of IoT data should occur: at the edge or centralized. In reality,…
This article provides a synopsis of the announcement by Syncsort to acquire Trillium Software from Harte-Hanks.
Syncsort announced that it would acquire Trillium Software from Harte-Hanks. Syncsort is a long standing software vendor in the data integration software market with a legacy in mainframe; leveraging its IP and experience to apply “Big Iron to Big Data.” The acquisition will add the long standing and proven Trillium data quality and profiling software, an as-a-service cloud platform, and self-service data preparation software that was added to the Trillium portfolio in early 2016 through a…
The expanded Adobe-Microsoft partnership significantly deepens the strategic relationship between the two companies – a relationship that kicked off at Adobe MAX two years ago. With this new agreement, Microsoft displaces Amazon Web Services (AWS) in a large account and will be able to sell a leading marketing cloud portfolio (including market-leading experience management) to its Dynamics 365 Enterprise customers. Adobe gains a key ally (and a new channel – including both direct enterprise sales and partners) for Adobe Marketing Cloud as it girds for battle with marketing cloud competitors from the CRM arena that play broadly in digital marketing, sales and support.
At Microsoft Ignite, a sold-out event in Atlanta, CEOs Satya Nadella and Shantanu Narayan took the stage for the opening keynote on September 26, 2016 to announce an expanded partnership around cloud and customer engagement. Highlights of the new agreement include:
- Adobe is committing to Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud provider for all three of its clouds: Creative Cloud, Document Cloud, and Marketing Cloud.
- Microsoft is committing to Adobe Marketing Cloud as its…
Monolithic, cobbled together antiquated ERP systems of record are the technology backbone of the majority of businesses today. While antiques such as jewelry, furniture and pottery may increase in value over time, systems of record have hit their demise because their design and value cannot match the digital business needs of today. The most competitive and digitally modern businesses have embraced new innovative business models unlocking the value of information. These new systems are smart; utilizing systems of record information layered with autonomic and predictive intelligence assets. IDC calls this enhanced ERP portfolio of applications "intelligent ERP," or "i-ERP," and it will run tomorrow's businesses in an increasingly digital world.
Monolithic, cobbled together antiquated ERP systems of record are the technology backbone of the majority of businesses today. While antiques such as jewelry, furniture and pottery may increase in value over time, systems of record have hit their demise because their design and value cannot match the digital business needs of today. The most competitive and digitally modern businesses have embraced new innovative business models unlocking the value of information. These new systems are smart;…
It took less than a week post-close for the newly merged Dell EMC to announce the divestiture of EMC's Enterprise Content Division (ECD) to OpenText, the natural acquirer for ECD's large Documentum customer base. OpenText continues its growth by acquisition strategy, becomes the clear market revenue leader in the content management market, and gets some interesting new products – despite daunting product overlap.
M&A Announcement Highlights
On September 12, 2016 OpenText announced a definitive agreement to acquire Dell EMC's Enterprise Content Division (ECD) for $1.62 billion, 2.7x ECD's FY 2015 revenue of $599 million. The deal is expected to close in 90 to 120 days and is subject to regulatory approval.
OpenText has grown by acquisition from $410 million in GAAP revenue in FY2006 to $1.9 billion in FY 2016. Dell EMC ECD is OpenText's largest acquisition to date and puts it on track for $2.5+…
MySQL began as a company-owned open source project to deliver low cost, easy to manage RDBMS technology to the masses. Today, there is a wide variety of companies offering complementary technologies, and more than a few offering variant distributions based on MySQL. All these are celebrated at Percona Live!, the MySQL user conference sponsored by a company that offers one of those variant distributions, but also supported by its competitors, including Oracle. At this year’s conference in San Jose, California, this analyst focused on two products offering variant MySQL technologies aimed at the analytic-transaction processing (ATP) space; DeepSQL and MemSQL.
MySQLbegan as an open source product with a “free” community version and an “enterprise” version that required a subscription. It gained broad adoption very quickly, especially among those developing Web based applications on large server farms, who simply could not afford the licensing fees, generally priced by processors or cores, that attended most commercial RDBMS products. After the owning company, MySQL AB, was acquired by Sun Microsystems, and Sun was acquired by Oracle…
A new kind of database query processing technology is emerging: one based on graphics processing units (GPUs). Unlike conventional technology that limits its processing to CPUs, these new products can crunch large sets of numbers in parallel in a fraction of the time that the same queries require on regular systems. This is because GPUs, which were originally developed to perform the calculations necessary to drive real-time graphics, can concentrate terrific processing power on many problems simultaneously. GPU databases promise to be a key to handling very complex queries, where answers are needed to drive ongoing processing in an increasingly dynamic, stream-driven, smart processing environment.
Since the first database was created in the 1960s, database technology has evolved to provide better support for complex queries. They pose tough challenges, because in addition to requiring the collection of data from all over the database, many calculations must be made, preferably in parallel. Decades ago, we accepted that such queries could run a long time; we would submit them in batch and hope they didn't time out during the 6 hour overnight batch window. Then came symmetrical…
As the market for intelligent applications and the software platforms used to build them has emerged over the last few years, there has been a lot of nomenclature confusion. What should we call these applications and what should we call the platforms, libraries and software tools used to build them?
The terminology matters. It should matter for vendors looking to differentiate their products from the business intelligence and predictive analytics software that has existing for decades. 'Intelligent applications' and 'business intelligence' software provide two very different sets of functionality. It should also matter to technology buyers, who need to explain and justify new solutions to those holding budget.
We could use the name of the types of algorithms to describe the platforms;…
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