A new generation of CIO thinking emerges

The data keeps piling up: Tech spending and digitization of the enterprise is happening outside of IT as never before. There’s no easy way to say it: The role of the CIO to lead the tech enablement of our organizations is steadily eroding as strategic technology decisions are more rapidly being made elsewhere in the organization. At the top of… Read more →

​G Suite: The new Google office in the cloud

Google’s end-user applications have always been useful, and they’ve been reasonably well-integrated. “Reasonably”. Now, with Diane Greene, founder and former CEO of VMware, calling Google’s cloud shots, things have gotten more closely aligned. In G Suite, Google Apps for Work hasn’t just been renamed. It’s been re-framed. With the new G Suite Hangouts you’ll be able to automatically work out… Read more →

Microsoft and Salesforce: How the former suitors are once again, disputers

Microsoft and Salesforce are moving out of the mutual-admiration phase of their relationship and into a renewed rivalry. Credit: Twitter Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has taken off the gloves and is looking to stir up regulatory trouble for Microsoft over Microsoft’s still-not-finalized $26.2 billion LinkedIn acquisition. In some ways, it’s not too surprising Benioff isn’t happy, given Salesforce lost out… Read more →

Google Cloud aims to get customer service, integration down

Google unified its various enterprise cloud services under one moniker, Google Cloud, but perhaps its biggest move getting its integration and customer service story straight. As noted by Stephanie Condon, Google lumped its various enterprise lines under Google Cloud. In short, Google Cloud chief Diane Greene said her unit now is “the full power of Google in the Cloud.” Indeed,… Read more →

​Google beats back Oracle again in Java Android case

Oracle doesn’t know when to quit. After Google beat Oracle yet again this past May, Oracle, of course, appealed. And, of course, they lost again. Oracle tried, and failed, to get a new Java copyright trial on the grounds that Google was adding Android functionality to Chrome OS. To recap, Oracle claimed the 37 Java application programming interface (API) packages… Read more →

Google announces tools to "democratize" machine learning

Google on Thursday announced a series of enterprise tools powered by machine learning. “Our goal is to democratize machine learning,” Urs Hölzle, senior vice president of technical infrastructure for cloud, said at a San Francisco event Thursday. He announced the introduction of Cloud Machine Learning in beta. It is a NoOps machine learning solution, making it easy for businesses to… Read more →

Microsoft sees rise in number of secret data requests

Microsoft has seen a rise in the number of accounts affected by secret government demands, according to its latest transparency report. (Image: Microsoft; file photo) But the number of overall number of demands filed by world law enforcement and intelligence agencies declined during the last six-month reporting period. The latest report from the tech giant, which covers the first half… Read more →

Qualcomm in talks to acquire NXP Semiconductors: Report

(Image: File photo) Qualcomm is in talks to buy NXP Semiconductors, according to the Wall Street Journal, in a deal that could be valued at over $30 billion. Read this Qualcomm’s grab bag of Israel R&D point to a future beyond chips Best known for its dominance of the mobile chip market, Qualcomm is increasingly turning its attention to other… Read more →

Google rebrands enterprise business as Google Cloud

Diane Greene, Google’s senior vice president of cloud, announced Thursday that Google’s enterprise business is officially rebranding as Google Cloud. “We’re the full power of Google in the Cloud,” said Greene at a San Francisco, Calif., event. Initially, “we were sort of Google for Work, Google Cloud Platform, Google Apps, Enterprise,” she said. The enterprise business, she continued, offers a… Read more →

IBM buys Promontory Financial Group to give Watson compliance smarts

The IBM Watson supercomputer. IBM said Thursday it plans to acquire compliance consulting firm Promontory Financial Group to bring more financial regulatory expertise to Watson’s cognitive computing platform. Promontory is a global consulting operation with an aim of helping banks manage the ever-increasing regulation and risk management requirements in the financial sector. With that in mind, IBM wants to use… Read more →

Red Hat claims headway in Asia, bets big on container and hybrid cloud

While the smallest in terms of revenue contribution, Asia is Red Hat’s fastest growing region and is likely to continue its upwards trajectory as emerging markets roll out new infrastructure. Developing nations in the region were embarking on many net new infrastructure projects, rather than replacement for existing technology, and open source would be involved in a large share of… Read more →