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Xirrus Intros EasyPass

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Xirrus claims to solve the wifi access challenges of BYOD and IoT with EasyPass, a service suite for the management of mobile device connections to wifi networks with "minimal" IT involvement.

BYODSold as a cloud-hosted software-as-a-service (SaaS), EasyPass provides control over wifi networks through a single console. It is device-agnostic, and promises lower installation costs and easy installment and management.

The EasyPass suite consists of 3 modules-- Onboarding (handles device-independent secure access for known users), Guest (allows users to self-register for wifi access) and Voucher (enables guest access with pre-created voucher codes).

451 Research: Wearables Find Home in Enterprise

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According to 451 Research global cellular Internet of Things (IoT) and machine to machine (M2) connection will grow from 252 million in 2014 to 908m in 2019, a nearly fourfold increase.

WearableA number of factors drive such growth-- dropping hardware and bandwidth costs (allowing nearly every enterprise to benefit from virtualising the physical world), easier to use and more secure cloud-based middleware and data platforms and increasing overall awareness of the potential of IoT/M2M in terms of ROI, competitiveness and potential for new business models.

The analyst says connected passenger vehicles and connected energy will drive connection volume, while emerging solutions such as "pay as you drive" insurance will grow the fastest.

SAP Adds to Hana, Predictive Analytics

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SAP rolls out Hana service pack 10 (SPS10), with means to handle enterprise-scale Internet of Things (IoT) and big data management, together with Predictive Analytics 2.2, now able to handle ultra-wide data sets.

SAP HANADescribed as the biggest Hana update since its 2010 launch, SPS10 features a data-synchronisation feature for customers wanting to synch data between enterprise and remote locations at the edge of the network via SAP SQL Anywhere embeddable database technology. The result allows the secure capture of data from remote locations for feeding into Hana for analysis.

The update also features data-integration support for the latest Hadoop distributions from Cloudera and Hortonworks, as well as faster Spark SQL data transfers, rules-based data movement among multiple storage tiers and a web-based development workbench.

Cloud Props Oracle Fiscal Q4

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Oracle disappoints Wall Street on fiscal Q4 2015, as revenues drop by -5% Y-o-Y to $10.7 billion and profits reach $2.78bn, down from the $3.6bn recorded on the same quarter last year.

Oracle The cloud is the one bright spot in Oracle's fiscal Q4, even as it records software and cloud revenues dropping by -6% Y-o-Y to $8.4bn. Analysts attribute such declines to the different payment system the cloud involves-- whereas under the previous perpetual license system the company can book the full price of software sold as revenue upfront, cloud revenues are booked over the time of the subscription period.

Fiscal Q4 2015 software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) total $416 million with 29% Y-o-Y, infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) revenues reach $160m with 25% Y-o-Y growth and hardware systems revenues drop by -4% Y-o-Y to $1.4bn.

Elop Leaves Microsoft in Exec Reshuffle

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Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop leaves Microsoft as his Mobile Devices Group is merged with the Operating Systems Group into a new Windows and Devices Group (WDG) led by Terry Myerson as part of an company leadership shakeup.

Nadella ElopElop joined-- or rather, returned to-- Microsoft back in 2014, following the acquisition of the Nokia handset business. Microsoft saw little to no success in smartphones, meaning the decision to fold such efforts within the larger Windows business (together with Surface tablets and the Xbox videogame console) comes to little to no surprise.

To this one has to add CEO Satya Nadella insisting Microsoft's current mission is "building the best-in-class productivity services and platforms for the mobile-first, cloud-first world is at the heart of our strategy." And the actual making of mobile hardware does not appear to fit in such a vision, no?

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