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Tableau revs its analytics engines with an online speed injection

Also new in Tableau Online 9.0 is a sync feature for on-premises data


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5 ways to future-proof your cloud computing deals

It pays to future-proof cloud contracts, making sure the deal you sign today is aligned with evolving business needs. Here are five terms SaaS buyers should insist on when making new deals.

Citrix launches Workspace Cloud with BYOD flexibility

Enterprises can deliver a customized IT environment for each user, combining resources on premises and in the cloud

SAP sets its sights on the IoT with new cloud services

Siemens will use the Hana-based technology to build its own IoT platform

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Microsoft fleshes out 'Windows as a service' revenue strategy

Microsoft executives last week talked up their strategy to shift money-making from the traditional practice of licensing Windows to pulling in revenue from search, games and apps.

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Lies about uptime vendors may tell you

You’d think the notion of uptime would be a simple one. A service is either running or it’s down, right? Wrong. Here’s a look inside the world of uptime, downtime, service-level agreements and the ‘9s’ of availability.

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IBM launches new threat-analytics tools in the cloud

Based on QRadar, the new security-focused offerings are available as SaaS.

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How to make more successful enterprise software purchases

When purchasing enterprise software, some organizations wait for the implementation phase to flesh out fully detailed requirements. See the advantages of moving this work to the requirements gathering phase of the project.

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Buyer beware: How auditing RFPs can help you make smarter enterprise software purchases

Aggressive salespeople and “over-optimistic” RFPs can doom enterprise software projects. Audit RFPs to verify they meet requirements as claimed before purchasing the software, and avoid software disasters.

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Hit the jackpot when selecting enterprise software by using RFP scoring

Enterprise software RFPs with open questions requiring short essay answers are difficult to evaluate. See how RFP scoring takes the gambling out of selecting best-fit software. Know how well the software will work in your environment...

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Turbo-charge ROI when buying enterprise software

Meet or exceed target ROI when buying enterprise software by selecting the best-fit product for your particular needs.

Microsoft lets more organizations access apps from Azure Marketplace

Enterprises can now buy tools and applications in the Azure store via Microsoft partners

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When buying enterprise software: The devil is in the details

When selecting enterprise software, poorly written requirements are a problem. Consequences include missed deadlines, not selecting best-fit software, unrealized ROI, and occasionally outright failure. Use these guidelines and tools...

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Why reverse engineering is a powerful requirements gathering technique

When selecting enterprise software, inadequate requirements are a major contributor to project failures. Use the technique of reverse engineering requirements from the features of potential software products to build a comprehensive...

Google gives Apps admins more control over their files and docs

One of the new features allows IT pros to disable the ability to print, donwload and copy certain files

Oracle customizes project management for lines of business

Government, financial services and construction are all getting custom project management software packages from Oracle

Microsoft packages Azure for Web and mobile developers

The new Azure App Service was designed to streamline the process of building apps and connecting them to back-end data sources

GinzaMetrics helps marketers get more bang for their social buck

Four new tools link social-media efforts with the bottom line

Salesforce gives Service Cloud a shot of data science

New features aim to help companies be smarter in customer interactions

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