TechTarget News - Week of Oct 06, 2019

Government departments sign up to web data-sharing plan

All but four Whitehall departments have so far agreed to share web analytics data to allow the government to monitor user behaviour across the Gov.uk domain

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Another busy week in the industry and time for the channel to get familiar with a few fresh names

Acquisition of AI lab a benefit for Alteryx BI users

With the acquisition of Feature Labs, a startup founded at MIT, Alteryx is making a heavy investment in augmented intelligence and machine learning capabilities.

Docker Desktop asset, fiscal stress prompt acquisition buzz

Docker has tried to differentiate itself as a Kubernetes competitor, but amid reports of financial headwinds, it should return to its roots in the developer desktop, analysts say.

GoodData BI customers now able to use data on Amazon Redshift

GoodData partners with Amazon Web Services to allow the vendor's users to store and manage their data in Amazon Redshift, a cloud data warehouse powered by AWS.

Couchbase Server 6.5 improves NoSQL database queries

Now available in beta, the Couchbase Server 6.5 update brings distributed ACID transactions and query optimizations to the open source NoSQL database platform.

New website helps identify use cases for Salesforce AI

Einstein's Guide to AI Use Cases is designed to help people identify use cases and Salesforce products for AI in different industries by determining which KPI is most important.

Nadella sees Azure as the world’s computer

The Microsoft CEO wants organisations to consider Azure as a distributed cloud for next-generation AI applications

MemSQL 7.0 set to advance both row and column data stores

As MemSQL pushes into the cloud with its Helios service, the vendor is also pushing the boundaries of traditional row and column data stores with its SingleStore technology approach.

Experts expect hospital ransomware attacks to continue

One week after being hit by a ransomware attack, hospitals in Alabama are turning away patients while working on recovery, and experts warn of similar attacks in the future.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to add 2,000 jobs in bid for growth

Oracle plans to hire 2,000 workers to boost Oracle Cloud Infrastructure IaaS. It’s part of an aggressive global expansion as Oracle seeks to differentiate from AWS and others.

Adoption of AI in healthcare grows quickly, survey finds

The adoption of AI in healthcare is continuing to grow as the technology becomes more refined. Healthcare organizations are expecting to see returns in their AI investments.

Aparavi brings archive intelligence to backup

Aparavi's new File Protect & Insight is designed to clean up backup data by combining data protection with the classification and search capabilities of archiving software.

October Patch Tuesday resolves 59 vulnerabilities

Microsoft attempts to stamp out printing issues that originated from a faulty out-of-band patch for an Internet Explorer zero-day.

Pivotal, Microsoft team up to deliver Azure Spring Cloud

Azure Spring Cloud, jointly developed by Microsoft and Pivotal, lets Spring developers bring apps to the cloud without concern for the underlying cloud infrastructure.

IFS acquires Astea in bid for FSM market consolidation

The acquisition not only opens IFS up to a broader customer base, but also consolidates the field service management market during a time of growth and increased competition.

Twitter 2FA data 'inadvertently' used for advertising

Twitter used two-factor authentication information, including email addresses and phone numbers, to target ads for an unknown number of people over an unknown period of time.

Mental health issues concern UK tech professionals

Staff shortages, long hours and lack of flexibility are impacting the wellbeing of people in the sector, according to a Harvey Nash survey.

How AWS is cracking the public sector cloud market

The public sector cloud business takes time and resources to build, but the rewards can be meaningful, as the founder of Amazon Web Service’s public sector division has found

New law will help roll-out of faster broadband

Measures will make it easier to install faster internet connections in blocks of flats where landlords repeatedly ignore requests for access from broadband firms

Salesforce Lightning Order Management boosts e-commerce

Salesforce extends Customer 360 capabilities with a bundle of APIs to help users manage and track e-commerce orders and provide more detail to the customer as orders are picked, packed and shipped.

CIO interview: Shaun Le Geyt, CIO, Parkinson’s UK

A major shift from Microsoft Office 365 to Google's G Suite, the implementation of Salesforce and better use of data are combining to help the charity enhance its support for people with Parkinson’s

As more push for explainable AI, companies add features

As businesses demand more explainable AI, vendors such as IBM and DarwinAI are introducing new features to help break down for business users how AI systems work.

Calabrio rolls out contact center self-scheduling technology

The new technology aims to enable flexibility in scheduling for contact center agents and to reduce managers' workloads in monitoring and requests handling.

Walmart, FedEx make case for VR training

The payback from virtual training may be improved retention and shorter training times. An hour-long training period can be reduced to 10 minutes, in some cases, says Walmart.

Promethium tool taps natural language processing for analytics

The software, called Data Navigation System, was designed to enable non-technical users to make complex SQL requests using plain human language and ease the delivery of data.

AWS ups the ante to win SAP cloud ERP workloads

New AWS high-memory instances geared for SAP ERP implementations reflect an ongoing push by hyperscalers for these lucrative workloads. But many SAP customers are early in their move to the cloud.

Kubernetes on Windows nodes hits GA in Rancher, Amazon EKS

Windows host support in Kubernetes reached a milestone with general availability from container management vendors, which makes containers more accessible for legacy apps.

MSPAlliance debuts MSP cybersecurity risk rating system

As customers increasingly question the cybersecurity postures of MSPs, MSPAlliance aims to give firms a way to show they are proactively dealing with threats.

OECD pushes international digital services tax agenda

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development wants to reach agreement on addressing issues around taxation for online giants by 2020

SAP CEO Bill McDermott steps down

McDermott will be replaced by SAP board members Jennifer Morgan and Christian Klein

CEO of SAP Bill McDermott abruptly resigns

Bill McDermott, CEO of longtime ERP, CRM and BI software vendor SAP, resigned Thursday triggering a succession plan that promotes Jennifer Morgan and Christian Klein to co-CEOs.

MSP cybersecurity concerns may inspire break/fix nix

The heightened publicity surrounding cyberattacks targeting managed IT service providers was a central focus of the MSPAlliance's MSPWorld Conference.

Cybersecurity threats on the rise, prey on human nature

Cybersecurity attacks continue to rise, taking advantage of network vulnerabilities -- and human ones. First National Technology Solutions' CISO offers advice.

New Mitel CEO Mary McDowell says sale is possible, but not soon

In a move that took analysts by surprise, Mary McDowell replaced longtime chief Richard McBee as Mitel CEO -- a possible sign the company's owner is looking to sell.

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