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Dwolla Moves Same Day ACH Out of Pilot, Now Available to Access API Partners

7 Mar , 2017  

Dwolla, a banking system integration and transfers platform provider, has announced that Same Day ACH is now out of pilot and available to all approved Access API partners. On September 23, 2016, NACHA, The Electronic Payments Association that is the ACH Network Administrator, adopted a rule that enables same-day processing of any ACH payment. Before the rule was enacted, most ACH payments were completed on the next business day.

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Bitcoin crash could take toll on data center providers

14 Gen , 2015  

Here’s a story I didn’t see coming. Big data center providers may be feeling the reflected pain of the struggling bitcoin cryptocurrency, as Data Center Knowledge reported. Exhibit A:  a lawsuit lodged by C7 Data Centers against bitcoin miner Cointerra for non-payment of co-location costs.  Data Center Knowledge reports […]

Bitcoin crash could take toll on data center providers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015.

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Clearent Launches Developer Center, V2 of its Transaction API

15 Dic , 2014  

Clearent, one of the nation’s fastest-growing payment processing companies, has launched the Clearent Developer Center.

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New BlueSnap Payment APIs Enhance Holiday Shopping

12 Dic , 2014  

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Alright Everyone: Let’s Partner Up! – Apprenda Marketwatch

3 Dic , 2014  

Good morning!

 

HP, Microsoft ally in apparent comeback to IBM-Apple partnership

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In a move that appears to be aimed at the new alliance between IBM and Apple, Hewlett-Packard Co.  and Microsoft this morning announced an alliance to provide joint services for companies using the popular Microsoft Office 365 software-as-a-service offering. … If this new alliance is a comeback, then the two mostly complementary IT giants could be searching for other ways to partner. Even in the cloud, HP Helion is primarily an infrastructure-as-a-service offering whereas Microsoft Azure is mostly a software-as-a-service host for Microsoft’s extensive library of business software. The two now have a common enemy in IBM-Apple, which could be a strong motivator to expand their alliance further.” Via Bert Latamore, SiliconANGLE 

 

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And now for some good news… How Satya Nadella turned Microsoft around in a year
Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s new chief executive, hasn’t entirely avoided controversy during the nine months he’s been at the company’s helm. But he’s already managed to steer the company back onto a direction that’s healthy for the company, after years of stagnation under his predecessor. …Whether you’re a friend of the company or a hater (everyone has their opinion), Nadella has probably done more to push the software giant back on track than in the years under its predecessor’s reign. And that’s not easy to do in less than a year.” Via Zack Whittaker, ZDNet 

IBM Named Leader in U.S. Government Private Cloud
IDC MarketScape has named IBM as a leader in the analyst firm’s recent U.S. Government Private Cloud IaaS 2014 Vendor Assessment report. The report, released in November, recognized IBM as a leader in providing the right mix of private, public and hybrid cloud capabilities that are ideal for federal agencies with unique requirements compared to the private sector. According to the report, “this sets IBM SoftLayer up to play a leading role in serving the ‘hybrid/mixed’ cloud requirements of government entities which, to date have shied away from leveraging public cloud-only offerings. …” Via Darryl K. Taft, eWeek

 

2015: IT vendor upheaval ahead?

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IDC is predicting that cloud computing and upheaval in the data center will lead to “two or three major mergers, acquisitions, or restructurings among the top-tier IT vendors in 2015.” The 2015 predictions from IDC aren’t all that surprising. Analyst Frank Gens will talk a lot about the cloud, mobile, big data and analytics at a Web conference on Tuesday. What may be more interesting is the vendor fallout. … IDC didn’t name vendors that may consolidate, but its industry upheaval prediction is probably on target. After all, there are usually a few major IT mergers and restructurings each year…” Via Larry Dignan, ZDNet 

Computing Goes to the Cloud. So Does Crime.
As more of our world, from family photos to financial information, moves into the cloud, malicious hackers are following. It is easy to see why… While caution is necessary, not all is doom and gloom. For one thing, the concentration of core computing systems into clouds means that computers are likely to be better managed, security flaws more frequently and thoroughly patched, and devices inspected in a more uniform way. All of those things are improvements over the current state of affairs. In addition, companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Google have among the world’s best security engineers. …” Via Quentin Hardy, NY Times 

Making the leap from philosophy major to citizen developer
People are no longer content to wait for overworked IT professionals to develop an application to automate a core process or provide access to vital information. Increasingly, they’d rather do it themselves. If they have the right tools, that can be good news for IT. … An emerging approach, called Application Platform-as-a-Service (aPaaS), may help align the work of IT and citizen developers. Gartner defines aPaaS as “a cloud service that offers development and deployment environments for application services.” aPaaS is typically offered through cloud providers, and provides drag-and-drop interfaces to enable rapid application building. …” Via Joe McKendrick, ZDNet

 

The Internet Of Things Is Reaching Escape Velocity

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The frenzy around the Internet of Things (IoT) should be reaching its final countdown. … While the Internet of Things will inevitably ride the ups and downs of inflated hype and unmet expectations, at this stage there’s no putting the genie back in the bottle. … Coupled with a push for smart cities, advancements in robotics, connected cars, aerials (drones, nanosatellites), and connectivity infrastructure the race for the internet of things space is just getting started. Just as certain verticals are nearing critical mass, new and innovative applications are being spun up and built out…” Via Matt Turck, TechCrunch

Developers Can Now Use Google’s Cloud Platform To Handle Credit Card Information
Google today announced that its Cloud Platform is now in compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS). This means developers can now hold, process and exchange credit card information from branded credit cards on Google’s cloud computing platform without running afoul of existing regulations. … It’s worth noting that Microsoft’s Azure is also PCI-compliant, as is Amazon Web Services.” Via Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch 

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Has Chosen an Heir Apparent
At 50 years old, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said he’s having so much fun that he still dances into the office each morning. But for perhaps the first time publicly, Bezos acknowledged today that he has chosen a successor to take over when he leaves the top job. “There is a succession plan,” Bezos said in an onstage interview on Tuesday with Henry Blodget, CEO of Business Insider, in which Bezos is an investor. “There is someone who would take over.” Blodget, of course, asked Bezos to divulge who it is. Bezos didn’t budge, calling it a “secret,” before releasing his trademark bellowing laugh. Here’s who we’re shortlisting…” Via Jason Del Ray, Re/Code

 

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Google cloud remains price leader, says RightScale

3 Dic , 2014  

Amazon got creative with new Reserved Instances where discount depends on upfront payment, but Google retains low-cost crown.

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Optimal Payments Launches Developer Center and New APIs

26 Nov , 2014  

Optimal Payments, a leading online and mobile payment processing services provider, has announced the launch of a Developer Center and a suite of REST-based APIs.

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WeChat API Adds Payment Functionality

21 Nov , 2014  

WeChat, the instant messaging service owned by Tencent, is popular in its home base of China but faces stiff competition from WhatsApp and others as it tries to expand globally. To compete successfully, it will have to add new features. To give developers access to its 300 million users, the company has just released an API for iOS and Android. The API allows sharing via WeChat’s Message and Moments features.

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Developers Are Writing the Future and It’s In the Cloud – Apprenda Marketwatch

21 Ott , 2014  

Good morning, everyone!

 

For Microsoft, Cloud Business Looks More Promising Than Mobile

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One way to judge Microsoft’s effectiveness in responding to new industry-shaking challenges is to look at mobile platforms. After several years of trying to catch up to Apple and Google with its Windows Phone operating system, Microsoft has almost nothing to show for it. Cloud computing offers a different picture of Microsoft’s ability to make progress in new markets. He said 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies used Microsoft’s cloud computing infrastructure in some way. …” Via Nick Wingfield, NY Times

 

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Shows Why Azure Is A Serious Threat To Amazon And Google
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has always been vocal about his “cloud-first” strategy, and on Monday he made it clear that Azure, Microsoft’s cloud service platform, was a serious player in the field. At a press event held in San Francisco, Nadella gave a bunch of figures that show Azure’s rapidly growing business. He said more than 80% of Fortune 500 companies used Azure, resulting in a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4 billion.  Although the revenue run rate is not the actual sales amount — but what it would get if it extrapolated its current sales over 12 months — it’s still a good indication of where the business is headed in the future. …” Via Eugene Kim, Business Insider

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: Our cloud plays well with others
“…Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group, outlined a slew of improvements that Azure has undergone over the last 12 months. Guthrie cited that Azure picks up more than 10,000 customers each week with more than 350 million Active Directory users to date. More than 60 percent of Azure customers now subscribe to higher-level services while 40 percent of Azure’s revenue stems from startups and ISVs. Microsoft is further targeting the latter two groups with the opening of the Azure Marketplace, led by the launch of Cloudera for Azure. …” Via Rachel King, ZDNet

Microsoft taps Amazon vet to help run Azure
Let’s face it: If you’re hiring for a primo public cloud position, Amazon is likely your first stop. And it looks like Microsoft knows it — having recently installed a former Amazon VP Suresh Kumar as corporate VP for cloud infrastructure and operations. … Sources said Kumar will report to Guthrie and replaces Dayne Sampson, who is listed as corporate VP of Global Foundation Services on LinkedIn.” Via Barb Darrow, GigaOM

Microsoft partners with Dell for cloud hardware & software
Microsoft wants to do big cloud business in its own facilities, but it also wants to be in companies’ existing data centers. Today at the Microsoft Cloud Briefing event, the company pulled the trigger on a “cloud platform system” in partnership with Dell. That’s a big deal from a competitive perspective, because top competitors Google and Amazon don’t yet offer cloud-friendly hardware. The hardware-software combination will be available starting next month, said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group. …” Via Jordan Novet, VentureBeat

Microsoft “loves Linux” as it makes Azure bigger, better
“…Microsoft loves Linux. The operating system once described as a “cancer” by Nadella’s predecessor, Steve Ballmer, is now being embraced with open arms (if not extended), at least when it comes to Redmond’s Azure cloud platform. Nadella told us that some 20 percent of VMs on Azure use the open source operating system. … Microsoft’s major sales pitch for Azure is essentially a three-pronged argument that Microsoft is the only company that can really do cloud right. …” Via Peter Bright, ARS Technica

 

Developers Are Adopting Java 8 In Droves

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With the release of Java 8 back in March 2014, the developer community was primarily excited about two things. One was support for lambda expressions, also known as anonymous functions, which..are blocks of code you can pass around in a program for later execution—or, if you prefer more formal terms, “a way to represent one method interface using an expression.” Second was Java 8’s embrace of the multicore world. Functional programmers viewed the new directions that Oracle was steering Java 8 as a strong validation of core principles in languages like Scala, Erlang and Haskell. Detractors suggested the new directions of Java 8 were potentially a threat to supplant those languages. …” Via Matt Asay, ReadWrite

Docker is the New Java
Microsoft and Docker’s recent partnership reminded me of how the world has changed. I’m thinking about the introduction of Java back in the 1990s. Back then I was extremely skeptical of Microsoft’s motivations for their “support” of Java. This time I am not skeptical of their motivations with Docker. … The announcement from Docker and Microsoft highlights how the market has changed. Back when Microsoft ‘supported’ Java shortly after its announcement, they were the market leader and they fooled lots of people. Today Microsoft really does support Docker. Because they are (along with Google and others) trying to wrest workloads, leadership, etc. away from Amazon (the public cloud leader) and WMware (the private whatever leader). …” Via David Mitchell Smith, Gartner

The New Stack Analysts, Show 17: Revisiting Orchestration, PaaS, and The Business of The New Stack
At their 2014 Cloud Customer Summit, CenturyLink’s Jonathan King, cloud strategy and business development, and David Shacochis, vice president, cloud platforms, joined up with The New Stack Analysts co-hosts Alex Williams before a live audience to record this episode, in which they look back at and explore topics that were first raised in previous episodes. …” Via Luke Lefler, The New Stack

 

Citrix has bought e-signature startup RightSignature

mw3Enterprise software company Citrix said today that it’s acquired RightSignature, one provider of technology that lets people sign files digitally on desktop and mobile devices. It sounds like the acquisition won’t make a huge difference to current RightSignature customers. … RightSignature, which charges for its services on a monthly basis, competes with DocuSign and Adobe’s Echosign, among others. The startup’s software integrates with Citrix’s cloud-based ShareFile file-transferring service; it also integrates with Google Docs. …” Via Jordan Novet, VentureBeat

Faster “cloud” orders for SAP hurt profit outlook
SAP cut its 2014 operating profit forecast on Monday as customers shifted faster than expected to products delivered over the Internet, delaying when those orders can be booked as sales. Company executives said the accelerating switch from packaged software to so-called “cloud” software would shave about 200 million euros (approximately AU$201 million) off a previous profit forecast, but that cloud contracts would bolster sales and profit in the future. The corporate software industry is undergoing a rapid shift from packaged software which customers run on their computer systems to software run over the Internet in remote datacenters, making data easier to manage, analyse and use on mobile phones. …” Via Harro Ten Wolde & Eric Auchard, Reuters

HP Joins The Battle Of Mobile Application Delivery Management in China
HP was the first US company to create a joint venture subsidiary in China; three decades later, the vendor has become a major player in the country’s consumer and enterprise markets. Among enterprises, HP has strong brand awareness for its server products and services, traditional software solutions, and IT services, but rather less for holistic application life-cycle management (ALM), especially on the mobile side. I think it’s time for technology decision-makers and enterprise architects to seriously consider adopting mobile app delivery management solutions and to evaluate HP for that purpose. Here’s why…” Via Charlie Dai, Forrester

 

An amicable split?

mw4“…In the past three weeks HP, Symantec and eBay have all announced plans to cleave themselves in twain as they seek to boost shareholder value. But will their respective divorces lead to double the opportunity or just needless upheaval for their channel partners and customers? … Investor value will have been top of mind of both HP and Symantec’s boards as they took the decision to carve their companies in two; after all, they answer not to customers or partners but to shareholders. However, some analysts have expressed fears that the inevitable costs associated with turning one company into two will burden HP. …” Via Doug Woodburn, Channelnomics

Business Agility Drives Tech Companies To Divide and Innovate – At 60 Billion are the HP Companies Small Enough ?
Somewhat lost in the discussion of HP splitting into two is whether breaking into smaller companies is an unstoppable trend in the tech sector.  HP plans to break itself apart, creating two approximately $60 billion, publicly owned, global companies. No one would consider these small. Companies at a certain size just can’t execute at the speed of digital customers today. Heres our take on why. …” Via Craig LeClair, Forrester

 

Two states join fed suit against Symantec

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Symantec Corp. may be splitting in two but its troubles in court could be doubling as two more parties join a lawsuit accusing the security and storage vendor of overcharging government customers by hundreds of millions of dollars. Court records disclosed by Law360.com late last week show the states of Florida and California have signed onto the suit in Washington D.C. federal court being led by the U.S. government and a Symantec employee, Lori Morsell. …” Via Chris Gonsalves, Channelnomics 

Tech industry on the offensive against government
In 2008 the U.S. government threatened Yahoo with daily $250,000 fines if it refused to comply with its demands for user data. What was Yahoo to do? Without any relief from the (secret) courts it had either to comply or commit corporate suicide. And we didn’t find out about it until just a few weeks ago. … The mainstreaming of HSMs is a good thing for users. They have always been a very high-end tool for very high-value data. We should thank all the companies who move as quickly as possible to make these tools as widespread, cheap and accessible as possible. It’s important that governments be able to investigate crimes properly, but in the US it’s more important that people be able to protect themselves and their data.” Via Larry Seltzer, ZDNet 

Johnson Controls’ CIO Helps 125 Year Old Company Become Leader In The Internet Of Things
On the face of it, you would not think of Johnson Controls as a leading candidate to be an innovator in the world of the Internet of Things. Johnson Controls is a 125-year-old company based in Milwaukee that produces more than $40 billion in revenue per annum. The origins of the company were in building systems, which was primarily heating, ventilation and air control (HVAC). … For the past six years, Colin Boyd has been the chief information officer of Johnson Controls, and he has been one of the leaders in the company responsible for the transformation toward being a leader in this trend. …” Via Peter High, Forbes

 

Struggling IBM pays $1.5 billion to dump its chipmaking business

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IBM announced today that GlobalFoundries will acquire its chip manufacturing business in a deal expected to close in 2015. IBM will pay GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion over the next three years to complete the transfer but will presumably save more than that over the long haul by offloading a costly chipmaking operation. …Getting out of semiconductor manufacturing is part of IBM’s long-term shift toward higher-margin businesses. IBM also sold its x86 server business to Lenovo earlier this year. …” Via Jon Brodkin, ARS Technica 

IBM Sheds Yet Another Hardware Business – Pays to Get Rid of Semiconductor Fabrication
“…Strategically, this deal should have little if any impact on IBM’s remaining Power and Mainframe customers. Supporting this thesis is the fact that this is not a sale – IBM is paying Globalfoundries (GF) to take it off their hands. A substantial part of that payment is almost certainly intended to be applied to subsidize the continued production of IBM’s proprietary semiconductor designs. These designs use their own variant on industry-standard CMOS process to generally produce processors that are biased toward very high clock speeds. The payment is also to compensate for the fact that these products will have very low volumes for GF. …” Via Richard Fichera, Forrester 

IBM’s Ginni Rometty Just Confessed To A Huge Failure — And It Might Be The Best Thing For The Company
On Monday, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty quietly but firmly stopped the madness that had been a noose around her neck since she took office. As part of IBM’s disappointing quarterly earnings, she said the company is not going to hit $20 earnings per share in 2015, as IBM has been promising for years. This was known internally as Roadmap 2015. This wasn’t a promise made by Rometty, but by her predecessor, Sam Palmisano, a couple of years before Rometty took the helm in 2012. …” Via Julie Bort, Business Insider

 

It’s a wonderful day. Potentially- so let’s make it happen.
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IT Is Transforming Everything – Apprenda Marketwatch

20 Ott , 2014  

If it’s newsworthy, you’re going to find it here! 

 

10 Trends Transforming Enterprise IT

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When it comes to corporate IT, revolution is in the air. The way companies buy, build, manage, optimize and secure information technology is changing dramatically. From cloud computing to big data analytics to ubiquitous mobile connectivity, corporate IT systems are getting faster, more efficient, cheaper to operate and easier to use. In the process, a new wave of tech companies has emerged to challenge established players. …Here’s a look at 10 important trends changing the face of enterprise computing…” Via Matt Murphy, TechCrunch

 

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MasterCard Is Making a Credit Card With an Embedded Fingerprint Reader
Working with fingerprint technology company Zwipe, MasterCard is rolling out a payment card with a fingerprint reader built in. The card doesn’t have a magnetic strip, though. It uses an EMV secure chip popular in European credit cards (and slowly gaining traction in the United States) to allow contactless payment by tapping the card against a terminal, or payment by inserting the card into a chip reader. …” Via Lily Hay Newman, Slate

This is why health care will finally be forced to automate
Healthcare is arguably the only major industry in the world that hasn’t embraced automation — and it shows. According to CMS, the annual U.S. spend on healthcare is nearly three trillion dollars (more than 17 percent of GDP), and yet the World Health Organization ranks our healthcare system below almost every other industrialized nation in the world. Despite all the money being spent, there is still pervasive inefficiency and frustration, with minimal relative value to the patient. One obvious and difficult result of this lack of automation is the worsening primary care provider shortage. Average wait times for a patient to get primary care are staggering. In fact, among developed countries, only Canada has longer primary care wait times, and theirs are now improving. …” Via Ray Costantini, VentureBeat 

Apprenda and CloudMine Partner to Bring World-Class Mobile Management to Platform as a Service
CloudMine, the world’s leading HIPAA-compliant enterprise mobile-Backend-as-a-Service (mBaaS) company, has announced a powerful new integration with Apprenda, the leader in enterprise Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) technology. The integration will provide customers with mobile tooling and management on top of a flexible and highly scalable application platform…” Via Press Release 

Cloud May Be The New Outsourcing, But The Same Due Diligence Must Apply
In times gone by, when enterprises sought to shave costs off non-core processes, or add capabilities not immediately available in their organizations, they turned to third-party providers.  Now, they’re more likely to first look at cloud services before bringing aboard live partners. But this doesn’t mean it’s okay to sit back and let automation take over. Cloud is simply outsourcing in a new form. …” Via Joe McKendrick, Forbes

 

Microsoft’s Nadella talks cloud, inequality, and why he’s against a spinoff

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Microsoft has already proven its potency in the cloud era, and is one of three companies with the scale, resources, and know-how to dominate the booming $100 billion market, CEO Satya Nadella told CNBC. In his first television interview since becoming the software giant’s third CEO, Nadella focused on Microsoft’s cloud ambitions. He also talked about why he won’t spin off Microsoft’s consumer properties and how he’s changing the model of the company’s prized Windows business. …” Via Jon Fortt, CNBC 

As vendors split and jettison, can Microsoft avoid the same fate?
“…The modern technology landscape dictates that in the time it takes a lumbering behemoth like HP to recognise and respond to the threat posed by a fresh, vibrant entrant in a market, the entrant may have already taken and eaten a significant amount of the behemoth’s lunch. Breaking up and becoming more agile entities will allow these splitter companies to begin to fight fire with fire. … There could be a time in the near future when Microsoft’s services are pushing the company forward, and its devices and operating systems are comparatively holding the company back… so how long can Microsoft avoid needing to cast some of its non-core and underperforming cannons into an increasingly littered sea?” Via Chris Duckett, ZDNet 

Microsoft CEO: In public cloud, go big or get the heck out
Building a global cloud is a huge opportunity but also a money pit. So if you’re a tech provider and haven’t already invested multiple billions in data centers and other infrastructure to support your cloud, you might as well use someone else’s. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella didn’t say those words exactly, but it’s the gist of what he told CNBC in an interview on Monday… Nadella also acknowledged that public cloud will not be a “winner take all” market…” Via Barb Darow, GigaOM

 

This Is The Scariest Sentence From IBM’s Earnings Announcement

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We saw a marked slowdown in September in client buying behavior, and our results also point to the unprecedented pace of change in our industry.” CEO Ginni Rometty said this in IBM’s Q3 earnings announcement, which revealed tumbling revenue and profits at the company. The statement is troubling because as a global provider of business software and services, IBM is a bellwether of business spending. And a boom in business spending is central to the bullish outlooks of many economists and market strategists. …” Via Sam Ro, Business Insider

IBM ditches 2015 operating EPS target, shares slump 7 percent
“…IBM’s shares fell more than 9 percent in premarket trading. The world’s largest technology services company, which said it would announce a new target in January, reported a 4 percent drop in revenue as clients held back on spending in September. “IBM needs to find success and growth in the cloud through organic and acquisitive means in our opinion, otherwise there could be some darker days ahead for the tech giant (and its investors),” FBR Capital Markets analyst Daniel Ives wrote in an email. … IBM will divest low-performing businesses that will contribute almost $7 billion in revenue this year and plans to continue getting out of those sectors, Rometty said. Revenue from the company’s cloud service unit, which allows businesses to access software and data remotely, grew more than 50 percent in the quarter, while mobile revenue doubled. Still, they were not enough to offset weakness in servers and routers, as well as some software business lines. …” Via Marina Lopes &  Anya George Tharakan, Reuters 

It’s official: IBM to sell chip-making biz to GlobalFoundries
It’s true: IBM will pay GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion over three years to take over its commericial semiconductor manufacturing business and IBM will take a $4.7 billion cash charge for its third quarter as a result. Under terms of the deal, first reported by Bloomberg, GlobalFoundries will be IBM’s exclusive provider of server processors in the 22-nm and 10-nm semiconductors for 10 years. And the $1.5 billion cash consideration will be adjusted by an estimated $200 million depending on the amount of working capital involved, per an IBM statement. …” Via Barb Darrow, GigaOM

 

Hadoop maturity drives demand for data integration software, says Informatica VP

mw3Data integration software has become the single most widely used category of solutions in new analytics projects, according to recently published Wikibon research, a trend that Informatica Corp.’s Todd Goldman sees as a natural part of the evolution of Hadoop. He appeared on theCUBE at SiliconANGLE’s recently concluded BigDataNYC 2014 meet-up to explain why that’s the case and to share his perspective on the underlying drivers behind that industry-wide change of focus with hosts Jeff Kelly and Dave Vellante. …” Via Maria Deutscher, SiliconANGLE

Ex-Microsoft man takes up arms for Red Hat’s open-cloud crusade
We want to be the undisputed leader in enterprise cloud,” Red Hat’s chief executive Jim Whitehurst said recently. It’s a big target to set yourself. There’s plenty of competition from incumbents such as Microsoft (now changing its game), and new entrants such as Amazon (breaking down the doors). One thing both have to help them is an ecosystem. Microsoft spent decades building a world of partners and developers around Windows, that it now hopes to turn into cloud developers. Nobody has mobilised devs on quite the same scale as Microsoft in personal computing. Amazon has a strong brand and a foot in the door with AWS: it started as a developer play but has turned into a CIO-level decision. So where does Red Hat turn? Microsoft – that’s where. …” Via Gavin Clarke, The Register

 

Cisco: Carrier IoT Role Still Taking Shape
At an event where 1,500 people have gathered to talk about a not-so-distant future in which tens or even hundreds of billions of devices are connected, there is surprisingly little focus on where communications service providers fit in the Internet of Things. … In her keynote yesterday, Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior spoke of an IoT (or “Internet of Everything,” another Cisco-ism) ecosystem comprising customers, partners, entrepreneurs and developers — but didn’t mention carriers or networks. The reason for the omission? Kip Compton, Cisco’s VP of IoT systems and software, tells Light Reading it’s a role that — though important — has yet to be clearly defined and a question that’s still being explored. …” Via Jason Meyers, Light Reading 

Hybrid cloud is the fastest-growing area: Cisco
Rob Lloyd, Cisco’s president of sales & development and the man touted as a possible successor to John Chambers, opens up on Intercloud. The market we are addressing with Intercloud is hybrid. The vast majority of the market that we will capitalise will be private and managed services for enterprise, business and government customers, combined with a series of new network-centric cloud services. …” Via Rob Lloyd, CRN

 

Monday? Nope. It feels like a Greatday to me.
Friday’s Marketwatch

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