Microsoft swoops for Revolution Analytics: another boost for the mainstreaming of R

At the end of last week Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Revolution Analytics, a commercial software provider of the open source R statistical programming language. The acquisition provides Microsoft with a robust set of commercial R offerings that will, no doubt, further its growing ambitions in the analytics space most notably around statistical analysis and advanced data visualisation and exploration. But […]

Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015 by

Box enjoys a bullish IPO, but where will all the cash go?

So, enterprise content collaboration vendor Box finally went public last week. The hotly-tipped IPO of early 2014 cooled somewhat mid-year – a combination of turbulent times for tech stocks and a luke-warm reception for Box’s numbers in its original S1 filing. The company gambled on a final round of venture funding over the summer to […]

Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015 by

Egnyte integrates analytics to optimise file sharing and collaboration

When we covered Egnyte’s enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) offer in an On the radar report back in May 2014, we commented that – in order to make good on its growth ambitions - the company would soon have to settle on how it chose to differentiate itself in a crowded and rapidly commoditising market. All around, […]

Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015 by

It’s not ALL about collaboration ALL of the time

While we are far from being in a position where collaboration is a foundation of every company culture, we have reach a point where it is generally recognised, accepted even, that better collaboration means better business. Whether it is about making the most of your people’s knowledge and skills, or about creating new, innovative ideas […]

Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by

Save the date: Making Social Collaboration Work, May 14th

It’s a couple of years now since the hype around enterprise social collaboration kicked off in a serious way, but we’ve been researching how organisations get business value from new collaboration technologies for much longer than that. Angela Ashenden, our lead analyst in this space, has built up a fantastic base of case study knowledge across multiple […]

Posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 by

Oracle picks up a digital marketing Christmas present: Datalogix

Yesterday Oracle announced its acquisition of Datalogix; a Colorado, US based marketing data technology company that helps brands and online publishers connect to offline consumer purchase data. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Datalogix will complement Oracle’s cloud based Data as a Service offering with additional data about the buying behaviours, demographics and financial […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 by

What’s coming in 2015?

Cloud platforms as innovation platforms. The blurring of organisational and capability boundaries. The importance of mobile devices as part of the changing digital workplace. The instrumentation of everything. The rise of analytics-driven environments and experiences. These are the five cross-topic trends we’ve highlighted across our research program for 2015, following a collaborative effort between me […]

Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014 by

Collaboration vs. communication – and the importance of purpose

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel webinar focused on The Future of Business Communication, which involved an interesting discussion on the way we use technology to collaborate, as well as the inevitable critique of email. One comment which particularly stuck with me, made by my co-panellist Belinda Gannaway, was […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by

OpenText snaps up Actuate to plug analytics gap

Last week OpenText announced its intention to acquire Actuate, the open source embedded analytics company for around $330 million. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. News of an acquisition wasn’t a total surprise for many industry watchers. It was obvious that Actuate has been struggling for a while; in […]

Posted on Monday, December 8, 2014 by

The Business of IoT

First things first: let’s get one thing clear – the Internet of Things (IoT) is not a technology. It’s not even a group of technologies. It’s a prediction about how a particular set of technologies in combination is going to impact society and business. But the IoT prediction has potentially very significant implications, and from my perspective […]

Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 by