Marc Ferranti

Editor in Chief

Marc Ferranti is the editor in chief of the IDG News Service, and is based in New York.

A year after Oracle buy, a focused NetSuite doubles down on verticals, midmarket

A year after Oracle buy, a focused NetSuite doubles down on verticals, midmarket

When Oracle first announced its agreement to acquire NetSuite, back in July 2016, there was widespread agreement in the tech industry that the deal could allow Oracle to serve a broader range of customers, expand to more vertical...

Oracle leverages AI to push enterprise apps as users move to cloud

Oracle leverages AI to push enterprise apps as users move to cloud

Ratcheting up the pace of enhancements to its software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) offerings, Oracle is riding the wave of companies that are ditching on-premises enterprise apps and heading to the cloud.

Informatica brings AI to GDPR compliance, data governance

Informatica brings AI to GDPR compliance, data governance

Companies that are scrambling to comply with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) have a new tool to consider: Informatica's Compliance Data Lake, unveiled this week at the Strata Data Conference in New York....

Oracle's Hurd, AT&T's Donovan on their massive cloud migration deal

Oracle's Hurd, AT&T's Donovan on their massive cloud migration deal

In this Q&A, AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan and Oracle CEO Mark Hurd talk about their deal to collaborate on AT&T's digital transformation by migrating thousands of databases to the cloud

Oracle refreshes entire SaaS line, aiming to fuel cloud momentum

Oracle refreshes entire SaaS line, aiming to fuel cloud momentum

As the migration of businesses to the cloud picks up steam, Oracle is intent on keeping up.

Enterprise software fuels IT spending as CIOs become builders again

Enterprise software fuels IT spending as CIOs become builders again

Companies are refreshing enterprise software platforms for the cloud era and stitching together new systems to support digital business projects, triggering an uptick in IT spending worldwide.

How to find focus and crush the competition in the age of distraction

How to find focus and crush the competition in the age of distraction

The ability to tune out the constant barrage of pings and popups emanating from apps and focus on what really matters for our businesses and careers has become a competitive advantage.

Lenovo's new workstation is indeed 'Tiny' but packs  a punch

Lenovo's new workstation is indeed 'Tiny' but packs a punch

Windows users working in tight spaces who are looking for a small form factor workstation with multiple display ports and solid processing power have a new contender in the market to check out: the new ThinkStation P320 Tiny.

Lenovo's ThinkSystem product barrage targets data centers

Lenovo's ThinkSystem product barrage targets data centers

Lenovo is taking on Dell EMC and HPE with its biggest portfolio refresh since it acquired IBM's x86 server business three years ago, offering a lineup of servers, switches, SAN arrays and converged systems intended to show that it's a...

AMD launches its Epyc server chip to take on Intel in the data center

AMD launches its Epyc server chip to take on Intel in the data center

It's not just the folks at AMD who hope that that the company's Epyc server processor, officially launched Tuesday, will break Intel's stranglehold on the data-center chip market.

HPE merges IT, OT with Edgeline software platform to crunch IoT data

HPE merges IT, OT with Edgeline software platform to crunch IoT data

Before the advent of sensors in cars, phones, thermostats, refrigerators and factory-floor devices, information technology and operational technology were two different worlds. The Internet of Things is changing that.

HPE highlights innovation in software-defined IT, security at Discover

HPE highlights innovation in software-defined IT, security at Discover

At its Discover conference this week, HPE is pulling back the curtains on firmware security and advances in software-defined IT aimed to reduce costs and increase system flexibility for its users and help it stay ahead of competitors...

ServiceNow taps AI to automate everyday workflows

ServiceNow taps AI to automate everyday workflows

ServiceNow is bringing enhanced machine-learning capabilities to its Now Platform for business process automation, strengthening its base in IT management while making further inroads into other areas of the enterprise.

Intel races ahead in autonomous cars with $15.3 billion Mobileye buy

Intel races ahead in autonomous cars with $15.3 billion Mobileye buy

Intel has shifted its self-driving car efforts into high gear with a $15.3 billion deal to acquire computer vision and collision-avoidance company MobileEye.

The top 10 tech stories of 2016: Post-PC, post-reality

The top 10 tech stories of 2016: Post-PC, post-reality

Evolution inevitably entails the creation of new problems, and the big tech stories of the year show that this goes for IT just like anything else.

ZoneSavvy taps big data to help SMBs find best sites for businesses

ZoneSavvy taps big data to help SMBs find best sites for businesses

Location, location, location: As the old joke goes, those are the three keys to business success. Now, with big data analysis, corporations can be smarter than ever before about where to open up new offices or businesses.

IBM's Watson IoT hits the skies with Aerialtronics drone deal

IBM's Watson IoT hits the skies with Aerialtronics drone deal

AI-powered drones soon will be everywhere, monitoring crowds at major events, checking out traffic patterns on busy roads, surveying disaster sites and inspecting airplanes.

Microsoft wins appeal over US government access to emails held overseas

Microsoft wins appeal over US government access to emails held overseas

A U.S. appeals court has quashed a search warrant that would have required Microsoft to disclose contents of emails stored on a server in Ireland, in a case that has broad ramifications for privacy, diplomatic relations and the...

Slow growth ahead for IT spending, Gartner says

Slow growth ahead for IT spending, Gartner says

The days of go-go, double-digit growth for tech are long gone and do not appear to be on the way back anytime soon.

Data scientist Hilary Mason wants to show you the (near) future

Data scientist Hilary Mason wants to show you the (near) future

Fast Forward Labs is a startup founded to help companies innovate and compete using what founder and CEO Hilary Mason calls "recently possible" machine intelligence techniques and technology.

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