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Supplier Report: 2/27/2016

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IBM is making friends again. During their InterConnect conference, they announced a new partnership with VMWare, introducing their products on IBM’s cloud services. They also renewed their partnership with Apple, helping the company make progress towards enterprise customers.

Dell is making progress on their acquisition of EMC. The FTC finally approved the merger and the banks lending Dell the money are shopping around portions of the loans (which is seen as a good sign).

HP Inc had a very bad week. PC sales are down over 10% (blaming Windows 10), the stock is down, and they announced an additional 1800 job eliminations.

IBM

  • IBM makes major strategic alliance with VMware

    VMware and IBM have had a reseller agreement in place until now, with today’s announcement being the first strategic partnership between the two technology firms. It marries together the infrastructure management capabilities of VMware’s products with IBM’s real estate to create a hybrid cloud infrastructure solution that should benefit both companies.

    http://www.computerdealernews.com/news/ibm-makes-major-strategic-alliance-with-vmware/46665
    VMware undermines its own public cloud with IBM arrangement

    It’s easy to see how this is good for IBM, since it brings the large base of VMware shops to IBM’s cloud. But it’s not totally ideal for VMware. With this agreement VMware makes it easy for its customers to use IBM’s cloud rather than its own. However, the arrangement continues to rely on VMware products under the hood so VMware still has a role to play.

    http://www.fiercecio.com/story/vmware-undermines-its-own-public-cloud-ibm-arrangement/2016-02-22

  • IBM poised to gobble Resilient Systems, says report

    The vendor, which helps firms respond to cyber attacks, touched down in Europe a year ago when it went by the name CO3 Systems, and counts Nebulas and NTT Com Security among its UK partners.

    Citing two sources with knowledge of the deal, the report said IBM is buying the Massachusetts-based outfit, with one of the two sources putting the acquisition price at more than $100m.

    http://www.channelweb.co.uk/crn-uk/news/2448320/ibm-poised-to-gobble-resilient-systems-says-report

  • Through Machine Learning, IBM Braintrust Sees Better Days Ahead

    John Kelly, IBM’s senior vice president of cognitive solutions and research said most of that $2 trillion will come from eliminating waste in supply chain, research and development, and other processes across industries.

    And, in healthcare, a market that’s becoming a big priority for IBM as evidenced by a $4 billion string of acquisitions, there is a lot of waste from missed diagnoses, lack of drug efficacy, and staffing. “We think $200 billion of that is addressable by cognitive solutions,” Kelly said.

    http://fortune.com/2016/02/25/ibm-sees-better-days-ahead/

  • IBM: It’s Not All Gloom

    Big Blues’ “blues” are well documented recently. Questions about the CEO being overpaid and the company’s ability to produce miracles are all too common. While we agree that IBM and technology companies in general have to answer the “what next” question emphatically, the stock isn’t without its own set of positives.

    http://seekingalpha.com/article/3914406-ibm-gloom

  • Will Watson Health Cloud Pay off for International Business Machines Corp.?

    By 2020 healthcare analytics will be a $21 billion market. And IBM will dominate this market due to Watson. The opportunity of Watson, however, spans beyond healthcare analytics and into Big Data as a whole.

    While this is a much more crowded market, it is growing at an annualized rate of 26.5% through 2018, at which point it will be valued at $41.5 billion. Combined, this is a massive market opportunity that can add to IBM’s data, cloud and engagement businesses. Last year, these businesses accounted for 35% of total revenue according to Morgan Stanley, and grew 17% compared to 2014.

    http://investorplace.com/2016/02/ibm-stock-watson-health-cloud/

  • IBM Cements Security Standing With Redoubled Check Point Alliance

    By combining forces, IBM and Check Point aim to thwart what the United Nations estimates is the $445 billion cybercrime underworld. Check Point’s and IBM Security’s researchers will be free to cross company borders to discuss threat data. And several Check Point applications will be folded into IBM technology, Check Point’s vice president of security services, Avi Rembaum, told IBD. The alliance redoubles an 18-year relationship between IBM and Check Point.

    http://www.investors.com/news/technology/ibm-cements-security-standing-with-redoubled-check-point-alliance/

  • H.I.G. Capital Acquires Portfolio of Compensation Assets from IBM

    Todd Ofenloch, Managing Director at H.I.G., added, “We believe as a standalone, focused business with the resources to grow and expand the product offering, Salary.com is capable of furthering its leading market position and compelling potential customers to select its solutions over competitive offerings or continuing to utilize in-house options.”

    http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160224005213/en/H.I.G.-Capital-Acquires-Portfolio-Compensation-Assets-IBM

Microsoft

  • Here’s What Steve Ballmer Thinks About Microsoft and Satya Nadella

    Ballmer did tell BI that he spoke to the company’s CFO Amy Hood each quarter and acknowledged meeting with Nadella four or five times a year “to brainstorm something or just as a shareholder, we’ll sit down and chat.” But, he was clear to point out, because he’s not a board member or an employee, the company cannot share any information with him that is not shared with other shareholders.

    http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2016/02/20/heres-what-steve-ballmer-thinks-about-microsoft-an.aspx

  • Microsoft Buys Xamarin To Help Developers Create Cross-Platform Apps

    Microsoft has acquired Xamarin, a cross-platform mobile app development platform provider, which will help developers create apps will easily work across iOS, Android and Windows mobile operating systems. This is part of Microsoft’s efforts to woo developers into making apps for the Windows 10 Mobile platform. Here’s what you need to know.

    Through the Xamarin platform, developers can develop, test and deliver mobile apps to any device. Xamarin had already works with the Visual Studio development environment and this acquisition will provide even more integration. With Xamarin now a part of the Microsoft family, Visual Studio developers can use a singe shared C# codebase to build native apps on iOS, Android and Windows. This would be welcome news for developers that are interested in building cross-platform native apps.

    http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2016/02/microsoft-buys-xamarin-to-help-developers-create-cross-platform-apps/

Dell | EMC

  • Dell-EMC Merger Gets FTC Approval, Remains On Track To Close

    IT behemoth Dell and data storage giant EMC announced this week that the waiting period for U.S. antitrust regulations regarding the proposed Dell-EMC merger had expired.  In addition to the U.S. FTC, both parties are on course to get the required EU approval at the end of the month.  Moreover, Chinese authorities are also likely to approve the merger despite the possible impact it might have on Huawei, the current market leader in the data storage space in China. With this regulatory hurdle crossed, Dell can now proceed with the merger pending approval from EMC EMC +1.97% shareholders.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2016/02/25/dell-emc-merger-gets-ftc-approval-remains-on-track-to-close/#2bb6f9796743

  • Banks backing Dell’s EMC deal hit reset button

    The banks underwriting the deal, including Credit Suisse, are in the process of selling the most senior portion of loans — about $7 billion — to other banks and are several weeks behind schedule. But there’s enough interest that the bank group is increasing the offering to as much as $9 billion.

    http://nypost.com/2016/02/26/banks-backing-dells-emc-deal-hit-reset-button/

Oracle

Hewlett Packard Enterprise | HP Inc

  • HP Sales Down on Weak Printer, PC Revenue

    The Palo Alto, Calif., company said earnings from continuing operations declined 16% in the first fiscal quarter ended in January, while revenue fell 12% from the year-earlier period. Total printing revenue declined 17%, with revenue from ink and other supplies down 14% and hardware unit sales off 20%. HP’s PC revenue declined 13% in the first quarter.

    http://ww2.cfo.com/technology/2016/02/hp-sales-weak-printer-pc-revenue/
    HP Inc blames Windows 10 for drop in PC sales

    “I still believe [Windows 10 is] a tremendous operating system,” Weisler told investors on conference call this week, transcribed by Seeking Alpha. However, he added: “We have not yet seen the anticipated Windows 10 stimulation of demand that we would have hoped for, and we’re carefully monitoring any sort of price developments that could further weaken demand.”

    And Wiesler’s claims are supported by a Gartner report last month that found a lack of Windows 10 uptake at the end of 2015 contributed to a year-on-year drop of 8.3 per cent in the PC market.

    http://www.itpro.co.uk/desktop-hardware/hp-hp-inc/26108/hp-inc-blames-windows-10-for-drop-in-pc-sales

  • HP wants to “reinvent computing” with a phone called Elite x3

    One feature in particular has the company especially excited – Windows Continuum. This technology allows the smartphone operating system to turn into a desktop operating system (on a larger display) once the smartphone is plugged in to a larger display.

    http://www.slashgear.com/hp-wants-to-reinvent-computing-with-a-phone-called-elite-x3-21427943/
    TechCrunch doesn’t seem to think it will be successful…
    HP Announces Yet Another Mobile Product That Will Fail

    An industry report published earlier last week pegs Windows Phone with only a 1.1% worldwide marketshare in the fourth quarter of 2015. That’s down from 2.2% from 2014 levels. Worse yet, Microsoft’s Windows Phone shipments dropped 57% in the most recent quarter over the previous year. The company only sold 4.5 million Lumia devices compared to 10.5 million from the same time last year.

    Essentially, HP built and announced its first modern smartphone on a platform that most indicators say is dying.

    http://techcrunch.com/2016/02/21/hp-announces-yet-another-mobile-product-that-will-fail

  • HP Inc to cut another 1800 jobs this year

    “This move is basically HP Inc embracing the tough pricing environment and shifting their focus to building their portfolio,” says Shannon Cross, an analyst for Cross Research.

    http://www.crn.com.au/News/415634,hp-inc-to-cut-another-1800-jobs-this-year.aspx

Other

  • Verizon and Splunk are teaming up to deliver threat protection

    Verizon has enhanced its flagship Managed Security Services platform by integrating analytics from Splunk Enterprise Security solutions. The combination of Verizon’s platform and Splunk software facilitates the ingestion of data for enrichment with Verizon’s massive amount of threat context data that can be analyzed and correlated to provide more actionable security intelligence to enterprises. Verizon’s ability to manage risks is further enhanced by the visibility gained from owning and operating one of the largest global IP networks. Processing more than one million security events daily places Verizon into the unique position of being able to deliver exceptional insights into how cybercriminals attack and breach organizations.

    http://www.channelpartnersonline.com/news/2016/02/verizon-splunk-partner-to-deliver-more-threat-protection.aspx

  • Data analytics provider Splunk’s revenue forecast beats estimates

    Splunk, whose customers include Tesco Plc and the U.S. Department of State, forecast revenue of about $880 million for the year ending January 2017, well above the average analyst estimate of $650.8 million.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/splunk-results-idUSL3N1646EH

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Supplier Report: 1/23/2016

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IBM has added another feather in their video stream capabilities cap with with purchase of Ustream.  Considering that they recently picked up Clearleap and we should start paying attention to what IBM is doing with video services.

Investors are paying attention to EMC due to concerns that Dell might not be able to muster up the $40-50B needed to make this acquisition a reality.

Oracle is in their own reality as they file a lawsuit against the State of Oregon for a failed healthcare portal implementation.  They are also in the news for claiming cloud market leader Amazon is not “enterprise” enough for most businesses.

Keep an eye out for something between Splunk and IBM, there are rumors floating around…

IBM

  • IBM buys Upstream to boost cloud-based video streaming services

    IBM claimed that the division will allow the firm to target the cloud-based video streaming software and services market, which is estimated to be worth a hefty $105bn.

    Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president at IBM Cloud, outlined Big Blue’s ambitions for the video streaming market, saying that video has become a “first-class data type in business that requires accelerated performance and powerful analytics that allows clients to extract meaningful insights”.

    http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2442894/ibm-buys-upstream-to-boost-cloud-based-video-streaming-services

    This comes after IBM announced the purchase of ClearLeap during the week of 12/12/2015. Clearleap that allows streaming video to scale.

    More Information:

    Coincidentally, IBM also announced the launch of its Cloud Video Services unit that includes previously acquired Clearleap, Cleversafe and Aspera along with 1,000 video related patents it has accumulated since 1995. The graphic at the top of this story explains the component parts for what IBM believes will be a $105 billion market opportunity by 2019.

    IBM and video? You have to see this in a wider context. Video is a very fast growing part of enterprise content. It is also a resource hog that requires significant data management effort. However, it has been something off a Cinderella in the enterprise. This acquisition and launch change that perception. More compelling, video is a very good use case for Watson based analytics solutions.

    https://diginomica.com/2016/01/21/ibm-acquires-ustream-expects-video-to-lose-its-cinderella-status/

  • IBM profit forecast pulls stock to 5-year low

    While sales of the new services, bundled together under the heading “strategic imperatives,” increased 16 percent to $28.9 billion in 2015, the company forecast profit this year far below analysts’ projections.

    Operating earnings will be at least $13.50 a share in 2016, chief financial officer Martin Schroeter said Tuesday. That’s less than the $15 a share predicted by analysts. Currency fluctuations will affect operating earnings by more than $1 a share, he said.

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/01/20/ibm-falls-year-low-profit-forecast-misses-estimates/cnngchUC8irebscm3xLQ2O/story.html

  • Execs: Strategic shift is paying off for IBM

    That’s in spite of announcing for, the 15th consecutive quarter, falling revenue. IBM (NYSE: IBM), which was down nearly 5 percent during Wednesday morning trading, has been in a period of transition for the past few years, putting less focus on hardware and more focus (and investment dollars) into cloud, analytics, mobile, social media and security. Those strategic areas were up 26 percent for the year, making up a combined $29 billion and representing about 35 percent of the revenue. Cloud alone rose 43 percent to $10.2 billion for the year.

    http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/blog/techflash/2016/01/execs-strategic-shift-is-paying-off-for-ibm.html

  • IBM inks $40 million deal to transform the way people withdraw from ATMs

    BTI Payments, which is a White Label ATM (WLA) operator, has entrusted IBM to transform its IT Infrastructure and deploy and manage an incremental 4,000 Automated Teller Machines (ATM) across the country.

    This IT Infrastructure transformation will help reduce operational and capital expenditure while adding business value.

    http://www.businessinsider.in/IBMinks-40-million-deal-to-transform-the-way-people-withdraw-from-ATMs/articleshow/50623231.cms

EMC | Dell

  • Two big risks could torpedo Dell-EMC deal

    Dell and its Silver Lake backers must now be worried that the deal will be dead in the water before it happens. They have to raise $40bn – $50bn in debt to finance the EMC acquisition. If that debt-raising exercise fails, because investment groups and organisations can’t see EMC shareholders accepting the tracking stock, and can’t also see why they should finance Dell/Silverlake buying EMC for 30 per cent more than it’s worth, then the whole deal could fall apart.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/21/two_big_risk_torpedoes_could_screw_dellemc_deal/

HP Inc | Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Oracle

  • Oracle Jabs Again in Legal Fight with Oregon

    Oracle responded with its own lawsuit last year that alleged certain Oregon officials purposely sabotaged the project for political reasons and shifted the blame to Oracle. The technology giant alleged in its new lawsuit that its company executives and staff members representing Oregon governor Kate Brown agreed to settle all of the lawsuits on Oct. 19.

    http://fortune.com/2016/01/20/oracle-sues-oregon-healthcare-settlement/

  • Amazon’s Cloud Is Not Enterprise-Ready, Says Oracle Exec
    I love it when Oracle talks trash…

    “My conclusion is it’s easier to add cloud tech to an enterprise company than to add enterprise stuff to a cloud company,” he said. “I’m a legitimate convert because I thought this through before I joined up here.” Before joining Oracle in late 2014, Magnusson drove development of Google GOOG 2.62% App Engine.

    http://fortune.com/2016/01/20/oracle-exec-says-aws-not-enterprise-ready/

Other

  • Why IBM and Oracle Plunged in 2015 While Microsoft Soared 19% Higher

    Ending on a positive note, we’re left with Redmond’s finest. Under Nadella, Microsoft has embraced many strategies that would have been unthinkable under Ballmer, and with good results. Despite a flagging PC market and a dead-end entry into the mobile market, Microsoft has found a way back to earnings growth and stabilizing revenues.

    Like Oracle, the company is betting heavily on cloud computing. Unlike the database giant, Microsoft has found a big winner in its Windows Azure cloud-computing platform, which is an almost unchallenged No. 2 in that fast-growing market. Oracle is not even on the radar yet. So Microsoft is getting results from Nadella’s new strategy already, giving investors a strong return in 2015.

    http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2016/01/16/why-ibm-and-oracle-plunged-in-2015-while-microsoft.aspx

  • Google’s new managed containers are brought to you by Red Hat
    So Red Hat is in bed with Microsoft, and now Google… very interesting.

    Google and Red Hat are touting several advantages of their collaboration, including the fact that OpenShift could complement and expand the use of Kubernetes, Google’s container management and orchestration system. Kubernetes has fast become a standard-issue item on most cloud platforms with containers, and Red Hat is the No. 2 contributor to that project, behind Google.

    http://www.infoworld.com/article/3025334/cloud-computing/googles-new-managed-containers-are-brought-to-you-by-red-hat.html

  • Splunk outperforms after analyst predicts major deal with IBM

    Northland analyst Tim Klasell heard from a “few industry sources” that Splunk and IBM are “moving closer together” and could agree to a meaningful partnership over time. The analyst told investors in a research note that IBM is getting close to a “big move to improve its ties” with Splunk. While Klasell did not know the financial details, he believes such a partnership could be a “nice tailwind” for Splunk to sign larger deals. The analyst has an Outperform rating on Splunk with an $80 price target.

    http://www.thestreet.com/story/13433060/1/splunk-outperforms-after-analyst-predicts-major-deal-with-ibm.html

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Supplier Report: 11/21/2015

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Michael Dell made an interesting comment this week stating that he does not plan to sell of EMC products or split the company up.  It also doesn’t sound like he is going to sell of existing Dell assets either…makes you wonder how they are going to pay down that $49B in debt.

IBM wants you to use Watson to buy your children’s holiday gifts (and give them more information to learn about your own buying habits).  They are also quietly focusing on processor chip sets.

HPE is trying to make a few friends while the Splunk CEO says goodbye to his.

IBM

  • I was going to avoid posting this one, but there are so many articles about it:
    Watson can help you find Christmas gifts…

    The iOS app IBM Watson works by analysing millions of reviews, blogs and social media conversations on sites like Twitter to curate lists of the top trending products in gift categories such as toys, electronics, health and fitness.

    http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2015/11/20/IBM-Watson-app-identifies-trending-toys-and-gadgets-for-gift-giving-season/

  • Is It Time to Buy IBM, or Is Big Blue Cutting Too Deeply?

    The company has repurchased about 40% of its shares since 2005 and implemented numerous cost reduction efforts, including substantial layoffs in recent years, to grow earnings. For a while, these actions looked to be working. Diluted earnings per share nearly tripled from 2005 through 2013 and operating margins doubled to hit 20%. Even IBM’s stock was a winner, significantly outpacing the S&P 500 from 2005 through 2011.

    Gauging innovation and company culture is difficult, but a Web site called Glassdoor.com aggregates employee reviews for thousands of companies. As seen below, IBM ranks low in overall stars, the percentage of employees who would recommend the company to a friend, and the percentage of employees who approve of the CEO.

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    http://www.thestreet.com/story/13369779/1/is-it-time-to-buy-ibm-or-is-big-blue-cutting-too-deeply.html

  • IBM Taps Nvidia Tesla GPUs to Speed Up Watson

    IBM said that by using the Nvidia Tesla K80 GPUs—the flagship offering of the Nvidia Tesla Computing Platform—coupled with Watson’s Power-based architecture, Watson’s retrieve and rank API capabilities increased by 1.7 times its normal speed. This speed-up can further improve the cost/performance of Watson’s cloud-based services, IBM said.

    http://www.eweek.com/database/ibm-taps-nvidia-tesla-gpus-to-speed-up-watson.html

  • IBM Announces Strategic Collaboration With Xilinx To Take On Intel

    The two companies have signed a private multi-year agreement through OpenPOWER Foundation, which will enable Xilinx programmable chips known as FPGAs to work with IBM’s Power processors and hence promote the IBM product. The move will also help develop open acceleration infrastructure, software and middleware, high performance computing (HPC), network functions virtualization (NFV) and big data analytics.

    http://www.businessfinancenews.com/26258-ibm-announces-strategic-collaboration-with-xilinx-to-take-on-intel/

EMC/Dell

  • Dells says there will be no EMC sell-off

    “The portfolios of products are highly complementary. There are some overlaps in storage, but Dell product lines and EMC storage product lines are somewhat different. We are going from seven to nine [product lines], which is not a problem, and we’ll continue to enhance them.”

    http://www.fudzilla.com/news/39265-dells-says-there-will-be-no-emc-sell-off

  • How VMWare and EMC could dictate Dell’s federal future

    This report reinforces what is already known: This merger has very little to do with Dell’s federal business. EMC and VMWare provide an almost infinitesimally small contribution to Dell’s contract mix and offer Dell no compelling reason to retain the services side it inherited when it bought Perot Systems in 2009.

    What it does go onto reveal is that while Dell adds virtually nothing to its federal services offering with the merger and likely wouldn’t affect a decision to spinoff, it does open Dell up to broader federal market opportunity to sell products and solutions.

    http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/fedbiz_daily/2015/11/how-vmware-and-emc-could-dictate-dell-s-federal.html

  • Dell-EMC deal will ‘set back innovation,’ Sun co-founder Vinod Khosla says

    EMC and Dell merging is a really good financial move for Michael, but it will set back innovation and distract from innovation,” said Khosla, now a prominent venture capitalist, in an onstage interview at the Structure conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.

    Asked about the future for old-line technology companies like Cisco, IBM and Dell, Khosla was pessimistic. In his view, only about half of those tech titans will stick around in the future. What’s more, he said, innovation from those companies has been seriously lacking.

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/3006519/dell-emc-deal-will-set-back-innovation-sun-cofounder-vinod-khosla-says.html

Hewlett Packard Enterprises

  • Microsoft And HPE Team Up, Announce CPM Offerings

    The tech giants announced the availability of their Cloud Productivity and Mobility Solution Offerings (CPM), which will create transformational consulting services and business applications for Windows 10. In particular, CPM will provide consulting services for Windows 10, new cloud and mobility consulting services and industry-specific vertical applications.

    http://www.econotimes.com/Microsoft-And-HP-Team-Up-Announce-CPM-Offerings-118600
    This is interesting: HPE is the business arm moving away from the desktop experience, yet they get the consulting partnership instead of HP Inc who is building machines with Windows 10.

  • HP Enterprise, Intel come together to deliver IoT solutions

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s IoT solutions combined with the Intel IoT Platform and product portfolio will deliver new products that will sit at the edge and collect, process, as well as analyse data from sensors and devices. These new systems are designed to sit outside of the traditional data centre and will feature Intel Core” i5 and Intel Atom. processors.

    http://www.firstpost.com/business/hp-enterprise-intel-come-together-to-deliver-iot-solutions-2511608.html

  • HP Enterprise launches all-flash datacentre storage

    HP Enterprise claimed the new line-up can improve Oracle workload database performance by up to 75 per cent without the need for companies to switch architecture, making it a flexible addition to a company’s network. Additionally, HP Enterprise said the new tools will cost half the amount of some unnamed rival products, making them an attractive option for businesses wanting to make the move to all-flash arrays without high outlays.

    http://www.itpro.co.uk/server/25607/hp-enterprise-launches-all-flash-datacentre-storage

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Supplier Report: 9/26/2015

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It was another big week for IBM and Watson with the announcement of Watson offices moving to Silicon Valley.  IBM wants to be close to the disruptions and maybe cause a few.  But as businesses expand into the unfamiliar world of AI, cloud, and SaaS, are they locking themselves into environment they can’t get out of easily?

As datacenters and server budgets shrink, is there an exit strategy to the externally hosted ecosystem?

IBM

  • IBM Watson sharpens its cognitive skills: New APIs help make it more ‘human’

    As part of this announcement, IBM also said it will expand the company’s presence in Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area with a new Watson Hub, South of Market in San Francisco. IBM believes it will put them closer to, and increase collaboration with, the local start ups, developers, venture capital groups, established businesses and academic experts the company is currently working with to take cognitive computing into new markets. The location will also serve as the new global headquarters for IBM Commerce, a high-growth industry opportunity for IBM and Watson. The facility is scheduled to open in early 2016.

    http://www.firstpost.com/business/ibm-watson-sharpens-its-cognitive-skills-new-apis-help-make-it-more-human-2445566.html

  • Watson to become a huge sales engine…

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-09-24/ibm-s-watson-said-to-become-huge-engine-for-sales
  • Massachusetts gives IBM a $2.5M tax break for absolutely no reason whatsoever

    IBM has promised to create 500 new jobs in exchange for its tax break. If they don’t, there will be hell to pay … or at least they’ll have to give back some of the $2.5 million.

    http://www.networkworld.com/article/2986116/big-data-business-intelligence/massachusetts-gives-ibm-a-2-5m-tax-break-for-absolutely-no-reason-whatsoever.html

  • IBM boosts security of bring your own cloud apps

    The technology helps a company discover the cloud-based apps its employees are using on their computers and mobile devices and then helps roll out a safer way of using them, without impacting productivity. Hosted on IBM Cloud, the solution scans a company’s network to find the apps being used, which are then analysed using deep threat analytics from IBM X-Force.

    http://www.cloudpro.co.uk/it-infrastructure/security/5376/ibm-boosts-security-of-bring-your-own-cloud-apps

EMC

  • Cloud takes a bite out of backup boss EMC’s top line in Q2

    The storage titan saw its quarterly sales drop 16.9 per cent annually to $414.4m, and its share of the market came in more than six points lower than in the corresponding period last year. Second-placed Symantec – whose $104.5m revenue accounted for 14.4 per cent of the worldwide total – endured a decline of a comparatively modest 3.7 per cent

    They added:

    “Focus continues to shift away from hardware-centric, on-premise PBBA systems to hybrid/gateway systems,” she said. “The results [of this] are greater emphasis on backup and deduplication software, the ability to tier or push data to the cloud, and the increasing commoditisation of hardware, all of which require market participants to adjust product portfolios accordingly.”

    http://www.channelnomics.eu/channelnomics-eu/news/2426707/cloud-takes-a-bite-out-of-backup-boss-emcs-top-line-in-q2

Hewlett Packard

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Supplier Report: 7/25/2015

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Mergers and acquisitions was a major news theme (again) this week.  IBM announced they were acquiring DB startup company Compose.  The HP/EMC rumors started up again, while Mr. Tucci expressed his desire to keep his company whole (not splitting off VMWare).   Speaking of HP –  they sold off a part of their troubled Autonomy business.

IBM

EMC

  • Why EMC has no plans to split itself up

    “Splitting this federation or spinning off VMware is not a good idea,” said EMC Joe Tucci during an earnings call with analysts Wednesday. “I firmly believe that we are better together. A lot better together.”

    http://fortune.com/2015/07/22/emc-earnings-split-up/

  • EMC’s turbulent trifecta temporarily ties Tucci to top table
    The person who wrote this headline must be so proud of themselves (oh… British publication, of course)

    “The companies that will be successful are the ones that are able to truly transform themselves. The board and management, we’re focussed on assuring and we are deeply engaged in making sure we have a very successful transformation. We have a number of options, really good options, and we have important next-generation winning technologies, great assets, and we have great people,” he continued. [The post also mentions the fabled HP/EMC merger]

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/23/tuccis_turbulent_trifecta/

  • EMC to cut jobs in Q4 2015 to reduce costs by $850M

    EMC will cut $50 million through tighter spending and job cuts in the fourth quarter of this year. The company will increase the size of cost savings in each quarter until it reaches an annual rate of $850 million starting in 2017 by reducing other expenses, as well, in part by canceling underperforming products and closing facilities.

    http://www.infotechlead.com/networking/emc-to-cut-jobs-in-q4-2015-to-reduce-costs-by-850-mn-32532

  • Big Changes in Store for Storage

    According to a recent outlook from Wikibon, we are on the cusp of a digital extinction event as today’s complex network storage architectures give way to more nimble server-side solutions. The firm predicts that within 10 years, 90 percent of storage revenues will flow toward server SAN or hyperscale server SAN solutions, marking a 150 percent annual growth rate from today’s current market estimate of about $1 billion. At best, traditional SAN and NAS may eke out meager existences within long-term data retention infrastructure in which the frequency of data access is low but metadata retrieval is fairly steady.

    http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/big-changes-in-store-for-storage.html

  • EMC Corp Sticking To Its Guns

    Right or wrong, EMC is committed to its path of evolving into a leading provider of “IT-as-a-service”. Likewise, the company remains committed to an operating structure that is going to continue to frustrate some investors, as it believes (correctly, in my view) that VMware (NYSE:VMW), Pivotal, and other components are vital to its future strategy.

    http://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/emc-corporation-emc-sticking-to-its-guns-363253/

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  • Dell is closely studying the EMC playbook

    “I think what [EMC CEO Joe] Tucci has done with VMWare is a good example of that, where you can take something that people don’t fully understand, buried in the portfolio, and unlock it while still having a partnership with the mothership,” said Durban, who sits on the Dell board of directors.

    http://fortune.com/2015/07/17/dell-is-closely-studying-the-emc-playbook/

  • Salesforce Positioned as a Leader in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Sales Force Automation

    Salesforce [NYSE: CRM], the Customer Success Platform and world’s #1 CRM company, today announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned Salesforce as a Leader in its July 2015 Magic Quadrant for Sales Force Automation (SFA). This is the ninth consecutive year that Salesforce has appeared in the Leaders quadrant.

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/salesforce-positioned-as-a-leader-in-the-2015-magic-quadrant-for-sales-force-automation-300117584.html

  • Splunk Named a Leader in 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SIEM

    “Splunk is the only security provider to improve on completeness of vision in the Gartner 2015 SIEM Magic Quadrant which we believe serves as the latest evidence that Splunk remains at the forefront of solving advanced and emerging SIEM use cases,” said Haiyan Song, senior vice president of security markets, Splunk. “Splunk is growing well beyond the SIEM market rate, as an increasing number of companies recognize the value of taking an analytics-driven approach to security with Splunk as the nerve center. And with our recent acquisition of Caspida, Splunk is adding machine learning-based user behavioral analytics and extending our analytics-enabled SIEM to better detect advanced and insider threats.”

    https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/splunk-named-leader-2015-gartner-120000738.html

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