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Salesforce.com Journal Convio announced that Convio Common Ground CRM, the company’s innovative software that allows nonprofits to manage all the relationships needed to fulfill their mission, has been named a finalist in the Force.com Forty Innovation Showcase held by salesforce.com. Easy to buy, own and maintain, more than 130 charities have chosen Common Ground to replace their traditional donor database since being introduced late last year. In all, more than 1,200 seats have been licensed making it one of the fastest growing software applications in the nonprofit sector. As developers build on Force.com, salesforce.com’s custom application development platform, new kinds of innovative applications are being built every day. Judged on their ability to solve a real business challenge, visual design and level of customer adoption, the Force.com Forty recognizes th... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

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)

Global System-On-A-Chip Industry

LONDON, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report: Global System-On-A-Chip Industry https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/397779/Global-System-On-A-Chip-Industry.html This report analyzes the worldwide markets for System-on-a-Chip in US$ Million by the following Product Types: Mixed Signal SoCs, and Others. The Global market is further analyzed by the following End-Use Segments: Computers, Communication Equipment, Consumer Electronic Devices, Automotive Applications, and Others. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2013 through 2020. Also, a seven-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company pro... (more)

Fujitsu and Salesforce.com Sign Partnership in Software-as-a-Service for CRM

Fujitsu and salesforce.com have announced that they have signed a sales and marketing agreement whereby Fujitsu will provide Salesforce CRM[1] cloud applications as well as application development and integration services on salesforce.com's Force.com platform. The partnership is designed to enable customers in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, and finance, to dramatically reduce IT costs and increase business competitiveness. Amid a global economic recession and intense industry reorganization, customers are seeking to accelerate their management processes and reduce costs. In managing their IT, customers are demanding solutions that lower operational costs in particular. In the areas of CRM and SFA[2], demand has increased significantly for Software-as-a-Service solutions which can minimize upfront deployment costs and eliminate ... (more)

Fujitsu Network Communications Selects Callidus On-Demand

Callidus Software Inc. has announced that Fujitsu Network Communications has selected Callidus On-Demand to manage sales performance and incentive compensation programs for its direct sales force. Under the agreement, signed in the third quarter of 2009, Fujitsu Network Communications will use the new Callidus Monaco On-Demand platform for its direct channel sales representatives and managers in North America. In challenging economic times and faced with unprecedented competition, companies are pursuing new ways to drive revenue and optimize profitability. Sales performance management and pervasive performance management are the untapped levers to bring these strategies to life. Callidus' solutions help companies align corporate objectives with sales strategy. Callidus On-Demand is the market's leading on-demand SPM solution. Callidus On-Demand delivers a high ROI i... (more)

NetApp to Deliver Infrastructures and Services for the Cloud

As part of NetApp's cloud computing news announcements, NetApp highlighted its close relationships with industry-leading Information Technology (IT) vendors and enterprise Value Added Resellers (VARs) to provide enterprise customers with the technology and solutions needed to build their cloud infrastructures, including global service providers and system integrators that are leveraging NetApp technology to create cloud service offerings for their own enterprise customers. "NetApp believes that because there are several elements that must come together to create a cloud infrastructure, no single vendor is able to adequately address each and every layer," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing, NetApp. "It's imperative that customers identify the right partners that can provide the services, technology, and integration necessary for their unique ... (more)

DMTF Standardizes CIM Policy Language for Managing Computing Resources

Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) has announced the release of its Common Information Model Simplified Policy Language (CIM-SPL) standard. CIM-SPL provides a standard language for writing system management policies based on CIM profiles, enabling IT personnel to more effectively manage their computing resources. With this standard, IT administrators are able to define rules and allocate resources within their computing systems, provide a foundation for automated systems management in distributed environments and support more efficient systems management. CIM-SPL can be used with any CIM-based implementation, including those comprising DMTF’s DASH, SMASH and VMAN initiatives. “CIM-SPL is critical for enabling organizations to take full advantage of DMTF standards for effective, interoperable IT management,” said Winston Bumpus, DMTF president. “Because CIM is ... (more)

New Value in the Computing System Industry

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer Research and Markets announced the addition of the "Anticipating Changes: New Value in the Computing System Industry" report to their offering. Cisco's foray into the server market, the merger between Oracle and Sun Microsystem, the acquisition of Fujitsu Siemens Computers by Fujitsu, and the acquisition of Silicon Graphics International by Rackable Systems have stirred the equilibrium in the worldwide computer system industry in 2009. The industry is expected to see more companies engage in horizontal and vertical cooperation. Looking ahead to 2010, as the effects of the global financial crisis continue to be felt, the industry is expected to face changes within the next two to five years resulting from Moore's Law, virtualization, and cloud computing. The computing centralization effect stemming from cloud computing will intensify ... (more)

CA and Salesforce.com Forge Strategic Partnership to Deliver Agile Development Management in the Cloud on the Force.com Platform

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Salesforce.com Dreamforce Conference -- CA, Inc. (Nasdaq: CA), the leader in Enterprise IT Management, and salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the enterprise cloud computing company, today announced they have partnered to deliver agile development management in the cloud on the Force.com platform. Through the alliance, CA and salesforce.com intend to introduce CA Agile Planner on Force.com to help small businesses and enterprises alike accelerate development timelines while gaining control and visibility over 100 percent of their development initiatives. The intended result will be increased innovation and reduced time-to-market. "The combination of CA's leadership in serving enterprise IT and salesforce.com's experience in cloud computing made this the perfect partnership," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, salesforc... (more)

Down-to-Earth Contracts that Keep the Cloud Aloft

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer In this article, we take a look at the basic interoperability requirements when communicating with the Cloud, and in particular at techniques and standards used to express and enforce wire-level contracts between communicating parties, as these parties are increasingly also contracting parties in a Cloud environment. Many standards already developed for Web services and service-oriented architectures provide to the communicating parties a good understanding and control of the expected quality of service at the most basic level of the interaction. Using Web Services in Cloud Computing is not a new idea. Some vendors of Cloud platforms, which provide services necessary to run Cloud applications, supply these as Web services, especially for management functions of the Cloud (on the provider side) and for storage, versioning, upgrades, migrati... (more)

Is IBM XIV Still Relevant?

IBM News on Ulitzer That is a question I get asked quite a bit and based on discussions in other blogs and twitter tweets; it appears that Im not alone. A little over a year ago I did a blog post about IBM and XIV, now seems like a good time to revisit, look back and look forward. Is IBM XIV still relevant? Given the time, money as well as effort IBM has poured into promoting and generating awareness around XIV, it must be relevant to someone. IBM recently released another round of momentum news, customer testimonials and product enhancements while making a point that there are now over 1,000 XIV systems installed around the world. 1,000 systems installed (regardless of if revenue or trial) in the just under 2 years since IBM bought XIV would be a triumph for most startups. However for a major player with the resources of IBM, I would have expected the number of ins... (more)