Review: Office 365’s Delve, Sway, and Planner fall flat

Microsoft really, really wants to own all of your office work, so it keeps finding new tools it hopes you will add to your Office 365 portfolio. (All require an Office 365 account to use.) The latest are Delve for file discovery, Sway for modern-style presentations, and Planner for task management. But are they any… Continue reading Review: Office 365’s Delve, Sway, and Planner fall flat

Meet Apache Spot, a new open source project for cybersecurity

Hard on the heels of the discovery of the largest known data breach in history, Cloudera and Intel on Wednesday announced that they’ve donated a new open source project to the Apache Software Foundation with a focus on using big data analytics and machine learning for cybersecurity. Originally created by Intel and launched as the… Continue reading Meet Apache Spot, a new open source project for cybersecurity

Plat.One acquisition marks start of $2B IoT investment plan for SAP

SAP has bought IoT software developer Plat.One, marking the start of a plan to invest $2 billion in the internet of things over the next five years. Some of those billions will be spent on the creation of IoT development labs around the world, SAP said Wednesday. It already has plans for such labs in Berlin,… Continue reading Plat.One acquisition marks start of $2B IoT investment plan for SAP

10% off SAP Crystal Reports 2016, Through Friday Only – Deal Alert

SAP Crystal Reports software is the de facto in reporting, and it’s currently discounted 10%, through Friday, if you use the code CRYSTAL10 at checkout. With SAP Crystal Reports you can create powerful, richly formatted, dynamic reports from virtually any data source – delivered in dozens of formats, in up to 24 languages. A robust… Continue reading 10% off SAP Crystal Reports 2016, Through Friday Only – Deal Alert

IDG Contributor Network: From chatbots to Einstein, Artificial Intelligence as a Service

The recent announcement of Salesforce Einstein — dubbed “artificial intelligence for everyone” — sheds new light on the new and pervasive usage of artificial intelligence in every aspect of businesses. From consumer to business Even without knowing it, the consumer world has long been using AI-based systems. Siri knows which movies are showing at what… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: From chatbots to Einstein, Artificial Intelligence as a Service

Clear skies: Starting up in the cloud

The infrastructure cloud computing world is dominated by vendors like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, so is there room for startups? ClearSky Data in Boston thinks so. The company launched in 20 14 and helps customers manage primary data on premises in the cloud. Network World’s Brandon Butler recently visited ClearSky to… Continue reading Clear skies: Starting up in the cloud

Microsoft Azure networking is speeding up, thanks to custom hardware

Networking among virtual machines in Microsoft Azure is going to get a whole lot faster thanks to some new hardware that Microsoft has rolled out across its fleet of data centers. The company announced Monday that it has deployed hundreds of thousands of FPGAs (Field-Programmable Gate Arrays) across servers in 15 countries and five different… Continue reading Microsoft Azure networking is speeding up, thanks to custom hardware

As Adobe and Microsoft Azure ink cloud partnership, Amazon looms

To kick off his company’s Ignite conference in Atlanta this week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Adobe will run three of its most popular software-as-a-service apps on the Microsoft Azure IaaS cloud. The move is a power play by Microsoft and Adobe on multiple fronts, analysts say. But, it should also be taken with… Continue reading As Adobe and Microsoft Azure ink cloud partnership, Amazon looms

Microsoft commits to running data centers off 50% renewable energy by 2018

Microsoft announced it plans to power its data centers around the world using 50 percent renewable energy by 2018. The company also plans to boost its use of renewable power for its data centers to 60 percent by the early 2020s. [ From Docker containers and Nano Server to software-defined storage and networking improvements, Windows… Continue reading Microsoft commits to running data centers off 50% renewable energy by 2018