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Why isn’t HR more involved in social collaboration initiatives?

People often talk about why social collaboration initiatives fail, and any organisation on their own collaboration journey will be conscious of the massive pressure to achieve strong levels of adoption of their new technology in order to demonstrate their success. The trouble with this, in my view, is that while technology adoption metrics provide insight […]

Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014 by

Teradata acquires more Big Data tech, but what will it do with what it already has?

My colleague Helena Schwenk and I have been tracking movement in the fast-changing Big Data management market. As we’ve said in our recent vendor landscape report and webinar, big name vendors have tended to acquire, partner, and tweak their way into constructing a badged Big Data offering so they can say to their customers “look, we […]

Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014 by

Zimbra adds to its to-do list with Mezeo acquisition

Earlier this week, Zimbra (formerly known as Telligent) announced that it had acquired Houston, Texas-based  Mezeo for an undisclosed sum, adding Mezeo’s file sharing and storage capabilities to Zimbra’s growing portfolio of collaboration-based solutions. Since the company’s strategic acquisition of the Zimbra business from VMware in 2013, the newly renamed Zimbra has been fleshing out its […]

Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2014 by

Overwhelmed by the volume of Big Data information out there? Step this way…

It’s ironic, isn’t it? Wading through all the information that’s out there about Big Data is probably as overwhelming as trying to make sense of all the data in your own business coming at you from numerous disparate sources – what’s the quality like, is it up to date, is it relevant to me, how […]

Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 by

Microstrategy World 2014: new product packaging, courting LOB users and raising its profile

This week in Barcelona Microstrategy held its European user convention where around 1,200 delegates congregated to hear the company, partners and customers showcase the latest from the BI vendor. Whilst there was a lot to take in at the event it was the company’s announcement about a new packaging scheme designed to simplify pricing for […]

Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 by

Where next for Process Mining?

I visited Process Mining Camp in Eindhoven a couple of weeks back – a small and casual conference organised by Fluxicon Labs. I was participating in a panel towards the end of the one-day event focused on the prospects for Process Mining as a discipline and as a technology market; but I was also keen […]

Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014 by

The Big Big Data vendor landscape

According to a report produced by CB Insights and IPO advisors Orrick, between 2008-12 VC firms pumped around $5bn of venture capital into Big Data technology vendors. The first half of 2013 alone saw a further $1.3bn of venture funding into the market. We all know that Big Data is Hot, and these are just two more data points […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by

IBM analytics’ portfolio looks to the cloud

At its recent Big Data Analytics conference (held in both London and New York) IBM outlined the role of cloud computing as a deployment model for delivering analytics capabilities to its customers. Whilst IBM has never shied away from the cloud model, this year we noticed a very definite shift from the company. Now it’s […]

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 by

IBM Connections 5.0 – Bringing on-prem in line with SmartCloud

Today sees the general availability of the latest version of IBM Connections, IBM’s on-premise social collaboration offering. Announced last week, Connections 5.0 hits the road fifteen months after its predecessor (4.5), and while it isn’t exactly an earth-shaking release, it does introduce some much-needed enhancements to this relatively mature and sophisticated product. It’s important to […]

Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2014 by

A Digital Strategy is a data strategy

Since we published our Digital Enterprise Shift report a few months ago I’ve been involved in quite a few conversations about “Digital strategy”. What is a Digital strategy? Is it a “one size fits all” thing? What does it mean to an organisation and its business? There are lots of things to say about Digital […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 by