OpenText ‘servicises’ Release 16 to build its new OT2 platform

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OpenText has ‘containerised’ its Release 16 suite, and started to expose the suite’s capabilities in the new OT2 microservices platform, setting up the building blocks for a new parallel stream of OpenText SaaS apps, and third-party custom applications alike. I’ve spent much of this week at OpenText’s annual Enterprise World conference, in Toronto. And although […]

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The gloves are off: Getting serious with Google Cloud

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Google opened up its offices in London this week for the Google Cloud EMEA Analyst Summit. Although ostensibly ‘cloud’ in name, it was a chance for the company to show off advances in Android and Chromebooks, though it was the G-Suite (office and productivity tools) and Google Cloud Platform services which were of most interest […]

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Where Next for Google Cloud Platform?

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Until now, Google’s cloud business strategy has tended to eschew mainstream enterprise appeal, seemingly opting instead to wait for organisations to decide they needed to ‘be more like Google’. However, last week’s Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco marked a major step in the company’s evolving message of increasing enterprise-friendliness (and indicated a willingness and intention to go […]

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Dropbox’s billions – what’s in a run-rate?

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The news that Dropbox revenue has reached the $1Bn annual run-rate marker on Monday has tended to rather over-shadow the company’s other announcements this week (general availability of notetaking tool Dropbox Paper, early access to Smart Sync which unifies access to online and offline folders, new web UI, new price plans for Dropbox Business, etc.). But […]

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Three key trends for 2017

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This piece, written by MWD Advisors’ lead analysts Angela Ashenden, Neil Ward-Dutton and Craig Wentworth, provides an overview of the key trends we see organisations facing in 2017 (and beyond). If you’re in a technology leadership role, you should be exploring how these trends will impact the ways you plan, design, deliver and support services and […]

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Dropbox turns to HPE for kit and credibility

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What does the state and scope of the Dropbox / Hewlett Packard Enterprise partnership tell us about the former’s enterprise ambitions (and the latter’s desire to increase its appeal to customers with mobile use cases best served by the cloud)? Well, it’s not like the Box / IBM partnership (announced last summer). There, Box went […]

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EMC’s customers waiting for the great LEAP forward

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Rather than attempting to give customers a ‘Documentum for the consumerised IT generation’, EMC has chosen instead to focus its fanfare on a new family of content-related lightweight cloud apps – now going by the name ‘LEAP’. Rumours continue to swirl around EMC’s plans for its Enterprise Content Division. It’s appeared ‘non-core’ to a post-merger Dell-EMC right from the […]

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