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DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Mindjet CEO Scott Raskin Wins Silver Stevie Award as Executive of the Year at 2012 American Business Awards

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/02/12 -- Mindjet® announced that the company's CEO Scott Raskin was honored with a Silver Stevie® Award for Executive of the Year - Computer Software. Mindjet was honored with three awards in this year's American Business Awards(SM), including the People's Choice Stevie Award for Favorite New Collaboration Solution for Mindjet Connect® and the Silver Stevie Award in the New Product or Service of the Year - Software: Collaboration/Social Networking Solution category. "I'm proud to be listed alongside such an impressive group of Executive of the Year honorees, including leaders at Citrix, Informatica, SAP America and TIBCO," said Scott Raskin, CEO of Mindjet. "I'm gratified by this award, yet the ultimate reward is building a sustainable business that's driven by consistent innovation. This, along with our People's Choice and Sil... (more)

H&R Block Turns to Domo to Make Data Avalanche Less Taxing

SILICON SLOPES, UT--(Marketwired - June 26, 2013) - H&R Block, one of the world's largest tax services providers, has implemented Domo to get more value from its avalanche of marketing data. Domo enables H&R Block to consolidate disparate sources of information into a single view, quickly uncover critical business insights, make better business decisions, and save valuable time and money. "Whether it's the CEO, COO, CFO or CMO, we're hearing from executives and customers like H&R Block that they have too much data and no easy way to access or get value from it," said Josh James, Domo founder and CEO. "Domo gives executives across the enterprise access to all the information they need, when they need it, in a format that makes sense of it all." Prior to implementing Domo, H&R Block's chief marketing officer was buried under a burdensome number of reports emanating fr... (more)

Saputo Inc. Announces Takeover Offer for Australian Dairy Company Warrnambool Cheese and Butter

MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 10/07/13 -- Saputo Inc. (TSX:SAP) today announced that it has agreed with Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Company Holdings Limited ("Warrnambool") to make an all cash takeover offer of AU$7.00 per share for all the shares in Warrnambool on issue at the end of the offer period (the "Offer"). The Offer has been unanimously recommended by the Board of Warrnambool and all Warrnambool directors recommend that Warrnambool shareholders accept the Offer, in the absence of a superior proposal. Each Warrnambool director and executive intends to accept the Offer for all of the Warrnambool shares they hold or otherwise control, in the absence of a superior proposal. Warrnambool is an Australian public company, listed on the Australian Securities Exchange ("ASX"). Warrnambool is one of the largest milk processors in Australia, operating... (more)

ANCILE Reports Milestone Momentum and Forecasts 2014 Enterprise Learning Trends

ELKRIDGE, Md., Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Personalized learning, microlearning, adaptive collaboration and next generation compliance are among the top enterprise learning trends forecasted by ANCILE Solutions, Inc. for 2014. ANCILE, the global leader of learning and performance enablement software solutions chosen by global companies and over half of the Fortune 100, expects executives to be highly focused on further improving departmental and enterprise productivity and maximizing workforce return in 2014. ANCILE Solutions services more than 19 million users across 88 countries worldwide. In 2013, the company added more than 250 new customers, including industry leaders IHS, Bloom Healthcare Corporation, and Continental Structural Plastics in addition to experiencing a 98 percent customer maintenance renewal rate. ANCILE recognized growth in their flagship ANC... (more)

Information Builders' WebFOCUS 8 Solution Certified for Integration With SAP HANA(R)

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 05/27/14 -- Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, information integrity and integration solutions, today announced its WebFOCUS 8 BI platform has achieved certified integration with the SAP HANA® platform, providing customers with the capacity to improve BI through enhanced data processing. As a result of the certified integration with SAP HANA, users of WebFOCUS will now be able to accelerate analytics, business processes, data processing and predictive capabilities. "Information Builders is proud to achieve this certification from SAP of WebFOCUS 8," said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO of Information Builders. "Through the integration, users can perform real-time analytics and run ad hoc data queries at an extremely rapid pace. Our current and future customers now have the ability to expand th... (more)

InsideView(R) Relationship Manager Reduces Account Churn by 25% With New People Alerts

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/07/13 -- InsideView, the sales intelligence leader that empowers sales and marketing professionals to get in and win, today showcased Relationship Manager™ People Alerts, new functionality within its flagship customer intelligence product that monitors organizational changes that affect decision makers within key accounts. The new feature within Relationship Manager monitors key individuals within target accounts to track and alert about organization changes such as resignations, new hires, changes in reporting structure or title. "The cost of customer churn is extremely high, especially in SaaS or subscription businesses," said Umberto Milletti, CEO of InsideView. "Existing accounts are 45% more profitable than new accounts. As more and more businesses adopt subscription relationships as their main form of delivery, nurturin... (more)

NewSQL – What is It?

There has been a lot of discussion on NoSQL databases over the past couple of years. These databases do not use the Structured Query Language (SQL), the standard data manipulation language for relational databases such as Oracle, DB2, MySQL, Sybase, and SQL Server. The data model is closer to object-oriented data and hence fits well for documents or geospatial data. Being schema-less, they accommodate well for flexible data structures, unlike their relational brethren. Examples of NoSQL databases are MongoDB (most popular), CouchDB, and Cassandra. Programming is easier and rigid consistency is not guaranteed.  They also have scale-out models with replication and sharding (partitioning) for speed. These products support multiple languages. A new category called NewSQL databases are aiming to provide the scale-out advantages of NoSQL databases, and often their commodit... (more)

SAP and Big Data

SAP customers are confused about the positioning between SAP Sybase IQ and SAP Hana as it applies to data warehousing. Go figure, so is SAP. You want to learn about their data warehousing offering, and all you hear is “Hana this” and “Hana that”. It reminds me of the time after I left Teradata when the BI appliances came on the scene. First Netezza, then Greenplum, then Vertica and Aster Data, then ParAccel. Everyone was confused about what the BI appliance was in relation to the EDW. Do I need an EDW, a BI appliance, an EDW + BI appliance? With SAP, Sybase IQ is supposed to be the data warehouse and Hana is the BI or analytic appliance that sits off to its side. Okay. SAP has a few customers on Sybase IQ, but are they the larger well-known brands? Let's face it….since its acquisition of Sybase in 2010, SAP has struggled with positioning it against incumbents like ... (more)

VCE Revisited, Now and Zen

Yesterday VCE and their proud parents announced revenues had reached an annual run rate of a billion dollars. Today VCE announced some new products along with enhancements to others. Before going forward though, let's take go back for a moment to help set the stage to see where things might be going in the future. A little over a three years ago, back in November 2009 VCE was born and initially named ACADIA by its proud parents (Cisco, EMC, Intel and VMware). Here is a post that I did back then. BTW the reference to Zen might cause some to think that I don't how to properly refer to the Xen hypervisor. It is really a play from Robert Plants album Now and Zen and its song Tall Cool One. For those not familiar, click on the link and listen (some will have DejaVu, others might think its new and cool) as it takes a look back as well as present, similar to VCE. On the... (more)

Part II: EMC announces XtremIO General Availability, speeds and feeds

Part II: EMC announces XtremIO General Availability, speeds and feeds By Greg Schulz XtremIO flash SSD more than storage I/O speed Following up part I of this two-part series, here are more more details, insights and perspectives about EMC XtremIO and it’s generally availability that were announced today. XtremIO the basics All flash Solid State Device (SSD) based solution Cluster of up to four X-Brick nodes today X-Bricks available in 10TB increments today, 20TB in January 2014 25 eMLC SSD drives per X-Brick with redundant dual processor controllers Provides server-side iSCSI and Fibre Channel block attachment Integrated data footprint reduction (DFR) including global dedupe and thin provisioning Designed for extending duty cycle, minimizing wear of SSD Removes need for dedicated hot spare drives Capable of sustained performance and availability with multiple... (more)