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Oracle Adds to Cloud Applications

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Oracle Adds to Cloud Applications

Oracle announces the latest version of its Cloud Applications suite-- Oracle Cloud Applications Release 13, now with enhancements across customer experience (CX), enterprise resource planning (ERP), human capital management (HCM) and supply chain management.

The new release improves on Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud, Oracle Customer Experience (CX) Cloud Suite, Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud and Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud. In addition the user experience is ehanced to further help customers personalise their experience and improve productivity, insight and collaboration.

Release 13 adds over 200 major features and 6 products to Oracle SCM Cloud, covering sales and operation planning, demand management, supply planning, collaboration, quality management and maintenance. Oracle CX Cloud Suite gets the Oracle Engagement Cloud, a solution combining sales and service capabilities to increase customer satisfaction, loyalty and upsell opportunities, while Oracle ERP Cloud offers extended depth and breadth across Financials, Procurement, and Project Portfolio Management.

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Amazon Joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation

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Amazon Joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation

In a perhaps unexpected move Amazon Web Services (AWS) announces it is a platinum member of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the open-source group leading development of Kubernetes.

Originally formed as a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project in July 2015, the CNCF counts charter members AT&T, Box, Cisco, the Cloud Foundry Foundation, CoreOS, Cycle Computing, Docker, eBay, Goldman Sachs, Google, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Kismatic, Mesosphere, Red Hat, Switch SUPERNAP, Twitter, Univa, VMware and Weaveworks. It currently hosts 10 open-source projects, including Kubernetes.

“AWS plans to take an active role in the cloud native community, contributing to Kubernetes and other cloud native technologies such as containerd, CNI, and linkerd,” the CNCF says. In addition, AWS VP of Cloud Architecture Strategy Adrian Cockcroft joins the CNCF board.

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Qualtrics iQ Brings Predictive Intelligence to CX Masses

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Qualtrics iQ Brings Predictive Intelligence to CX Masses

Qualtrics reveals its predictive intelligence and machine learning service-- Qualtrics iQ, an IBM Watson-style cloud-based service capable of deep statistical analysis and predictive recommendations.

iQ is available to individual CX (customer experience) practitioners, and designed for non-technical line-of-business users. As such it eliminates time-consuming, manual data processes, and does not require tasks such as sorting through open text feedback, complex statistical analyses and identifying key drivers deep in data. The UI is drag and drop, making advanced features easy to use, even for new users.

The platform consists of 3 components-- Text iQ (uses natural language processing and machine learning to analyse open text feedback and surface trends in data), Driver iQ (identifies key experience drivers deep in data) and Stats iQ (provides automated and instant data analyses, with no need to for data exporting or massaging).

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Microsoft Intros Rapid Container Deployment

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Microsoft Intros Rapid Container Deployment

Microsoft announces Azure Container Instances (ACI)-- a container deployment service with an emphasis on speed and ease of use, as opposed to scalability and orchestration.

Currently available in preview form, ACI allows users to create a container with a choice of memory and CPU cores in just a few seconds (in fact usage is billed by the second). Microsoft insists containers created in ACI are first-class objects on the Azure cloud, and get the same role-based access controls, billing tags and other features expected from the platform. "Proven virtualisation technology" isolates the containers from other customers.

The service is designed to complement, not replace, the Azure Container Service, which allows for more scalable deployments one can use with an orchestrator. That said, Microsoft also provides an ACI connector with Kubernetes, meaning users can use both VM and ACI containers in the same Kubernetes cluster.

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eFolder, Axcient Form Merger

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eFolder, Axcient Form Merger

Data protection and sync/share provider eFolder announces a merger with Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) provider Axcient. The financial terms of the agreement are not available.

Neither of the two companies specifies which one is actually the buyer, but the post-merger entity will be headquartered at the eFolder offices in Denver, Colorado. Meanwhile leadership falls on to eFolder CEO Matt Nachtrab, together with eFolder CTO Kevin Hoffman. Axcient CEO and founder Justin Moore is general manager.

“I’m extremely excited to be leading this next chapter for Axcient and eFolder, and continuing to lean upon our core values to provide the best offerings for both MSPs and their clients,” Nachtrab says. “This merger enables us to deliver a far more complete suite of solutions to businesses as they face today’s biggest IT challenges-- protecting against the ever-increasing number of threats to data and infrastructure.”

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