Enterprise technology news for IT leaders
News AnalysisNetwork operators are making progress with stand-alone 5G rollouts, but CIOs hungry for 5G’s promised low latency for IoT communications might want to consider a private 5G network. NewsBI success requires more than just a strong technology platform. It takes laser focus on processes and personnel — and a business-first approach to gaining insights from data. NewsOracle has added new features to its Supply Chain & Manufacturing (SCM) cloud suite to handle global supply chain issues and increase efficiency of operations. News AnalysisServiceNow is offering to help CIOs get more value from their investment — if they’ll pay just a little more. NewsSAP has named IBM its first “premium supplier” for Rise with SAP, allowing it to host S/4HANA in the IBM Cloud as part of an all-in-one offering with IBM’s consulting services. NewsHigher renewals and a marked shift to cloud-based revenue as a result of its RISE program are making the company more optimistic about its ambition of reaching annual cloud revenue of €22 billion by 2025. NewsOne new ERP dashboard offers real-time cash forecasting without use of third-party integrations, and another adds a layer of data analytics to projects. NewsIn selling the data-based part of its Watson Health business to an investment firm, IBM signals that it wants to concentrate on core AI technology. NewsEliminating bias in artificial intelligence is increasingly an issue as more enterprises use it in their services. News AnalysisMicrosoft says it will trade its workplace culture for Activision Blizzard’s metaverse building blocks — potentially bringing a new meaning to the title of software architect. Here’s what else CIOs should know. NewsThe third-party support provider has been caught using files provided by Oracle to one customer to help others, in breach of a 2018 injunction. NewsThe month-old IBM spinoff already has new deals with Microsoft, SAP, and VMware — but not yet with AWS. News AnalysisCEO Adam Selipsky outlined a wide range of new tools and functionality in his first turn at the helm of Amazon Web Services. Here’s what IT leaders should know. NewsThe ongoing developer shortage is making support for no-code and low-code customization essential for enterprise software vendors. News AnalysisThe marketplace is part of the company's Intelligent Data Management Cloud (IDMC) platform and is designed to allow enterprise users to share data sets, analytics, and AI models. NewsThe ex-IBM managed infrastructure services division is cementing its relationships with cloud providers NewsTableau is counting on Slack to make its data visualization tools more accessible and is adding new data prep and governance tools to make enterprise data more trustworthy. NewsEpicor's Kinetic ERP update includes enterprise cloud, product-quote, and e-commerce capabilities for large manufacturers, while its Prophet 21 ERP software for distributors gets similar enhancements. NewsThe CTO of Kyndryl wants to give customers more insight into the tools the managed services company can deploy to help them than they had when the business was part of IBM. News AnalysisOracle NetSuite has released a set of new features to reduce manual processes and provide accurate and timely data to help enterprises in the decision-making process. The updates include analytics and automation capabilities across the entire suite of products from NetSuite. NewsThe Zoho One ERP and analytics suite now spans more than 50 apps, adding new data and communications tools and services for businesses with remote, mobile and geographically dispersed workforces. News AnalysisThe C-suite’s recognition of IT as an engine for business transformation rages on, with CIOs taking center stage in improving digital experiences and advancing digital solutions. News AnalysisGoogle, Salesforce, SAP, and others are making it easier for CIOs to manage greenhouse gas emissions, not just in the server room but across the whole enterprise. NewsAs enterprises look to tackle issues such as business continuity, disaster recovery and data sovereignty more efficiently in the wake of rapid digital transformation, Oracle announced that it is adding 14 new regions over the next year to expand its global cloud footprint, taking the total number of available cloud regions to 44 NewsRobotic process automation vendor UiPath is beefing up its RPA platform — and is partnering with security firm CrowdStrike to keep tabs on its robot workers. News AnalysisEarly next year, a joint offering will mine processes to identify opportunities for optimization and provide the platform on which those processes can be automated. News AnalysisWith 2020 spending largely dictated by pandemic response, CIOs are now investing with one eye on the future — and one eye on securing the present. NewsOracle enhancements to its Fusion Cloud ERP and EPM suite are designed to use machine learning to automate transaction logging and monitoring, optimizing key business processes while gaining more insights from data. News AnalysisMicrosoft will increase the price of Office 365 by up to 25% in March 2022, but there are things CIOs can do now to limit the damage. NewsSalesforce seeks to make Slack the interface for Salesforce users to collaborate around training, sales fulfillment, coding, and more. But CIOs should beware integrated pricing plans. News AnalysisCIOs weigh in on ServiceNow’s latest Now platform update, which aims to make enterprise processes easier for employees to navigate, whether in the office, hybrid, or remote. NewsLearning the right leading-edge skills is paying off in a job market that is becoming oversaturated with certificate holders, driving down credentialed premiums. NewsAmazon Web Services has created a new API to help companies ascertain how their customers feel, while Qualtrics bought a competitor to do it. NewsZoho’s new AI-powered, self-service BI platform combines an enhanced version of its Zoho Analytics offering with its new Zoho DataPrep application. NewsWith Oracle Support Rewards, the company hopes to tempt existing on-premises customers to move workloads to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. NewsSAP has unveiled Process Insights, a new tool that leverages SAP’s wealth of enterprise data and recent acquisitions to help customers improve key business processes. NewsSAP has added HR and vertical industry support to its hosted S/4HANA offering, while furthering its forays into process intelligence and AI for expense auditing. NewsMicrosoft’s Azure will no longer be SAP’s preferred cloud platform — although SAP executives say the companies’ Embrace partnership remains strong. NewsA new entrant to the business process management market, Zoho already holds much of the data mid-market enterprises may want to automate. News AnalysisMicrosoft wants employees to spend more time in its enterprise applications. Whether users will want to do so remains to be seen. News AnalysisServiceNow offers enterprises a platform on which to formalize the informal workplace processes eroded by the move to working from home. NewsThe ERP vendor’s IFS Cloud gives CIOs hosting flexibility, freedom from infrastructure management, and vertical options tailored to their industries. News AnalysisLater this year, IBM will spin out its managed infrastructure services operations, pitching for new business in fields such as cloud reversibility and data management. NewsIt’s barely five months since the last Ignite conference, but Microsoft still had a lot to share about innovations in AI, IoT, and communication. News AnalysisAmazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos tabbed longtime AWS CEO Andy Jassy to fill his shoes this summer. Here’s what tech leaders and partners have to say about the move. NewsChristian Klein says SAP’s new business transformation as a service offering will reduce TCO. Users groups are skeptical given sketchy details. News AnalysisAt its annual developer conference, SAP rolled out not one but three new automation technologies, hoping to recruit citizen developers to its platform. NewsSalesforce is letting CIOs choose where they run its software, easing compliance with data protection and data sovereignty laws. NewsEmployers are still willing to pay highly skilled IT staff a premium — but certification is making much less of a difference than it used to, a study shows.
NewsSalesforce's Einstein Analytics offering will be rebranded as Tableau CRM and Einstein's AI and machine learning capabilities will be integrated with the Tableau platform in a push to democratize data science.