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Tech services giant Computer Sciences considers breakup

Computer Sciences Corp. is on the verge of splitting itself into two businesses, according to a Reuters report. The idea is to separate the information technology services giant (aka CSC) into one business that will serve government accounts, such as the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies, and another that will sell to commercial customers, according to the report, which cites people familiar with the matter. …A CSC  spokesman said the company does not comment on rumors. Speculation of this nature is nothing new to CSC, based in Falls Church, Va…” Via Barb Darrow, Fortune

Computer Sciences Prepares to Break Itself Up
…An announcement could come as early as next week, when CSC releases its fiscal 2015 earnings on May 19, the people said. The breakup would follow multiple attempts by CSC over several years to sell itself. The company has a market capitalization of close to $9.5 billion. The company is in the midst of a cost-cutting campaign amid sequestration and budget pressures from the U.S. government. …While CSC is still open to acquisitions, it now sees a split in which shareholders would also get stock in a new company as the most attractive and tax-efficient transaction to pursue, one of the people said…” Via Re/Code


Analysis of the European Platform-as-a-service Market
…The European platform-as-a-service (PaaS) market is growing. Providers report that a large number of organizations that were previously not ready to adopt cloud solutions are starting to show tremendous interest in the potential of PaaS and are adopting it on the basis of their evaluations and assessments. As the economic slump within Europe continues to prevail, companies operating within Europe are prompted to explore new ways to streamline their operations and deliver greater cost efficiencies. Enterprises are looking to incorporate PaaS as their underpinning technology to facilitate their move to a DevOps culture, fueling further competition. PaaS vendors are now seeking to differentiate their offerings and are stepping up their game. …” Via Press Release

Alibaba to Focus on Expansion Abroad, CEO Says
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. will make expansion abroad a top priority this year, its new chief executive told employees, as it focuses on cross-border sales and hiring. Daniel Zhang, who was named CEO of the Chinese e-commerce giant last week, told employees at a strategy meeting at Alibaba’s headquarters in the city of Hangzhou Wednesday that the company “must absolutely globalize and it must be a successful effort.” …Mr. Zhang said the push abroad will include AliExpress, a sales platform that helps sell Chinese goods to consumers abroad, and Tmall Global, a platform that helps foreign brands better reach Chinese consumers…” Via Carlos Tejada, WSJ

Deloitte: CMOs, CIOs play nice together because of the customer
The buzz has been that CMOs and CIOs are locked in combat. Not quite, Deloitte Digital principal Suzanne Kounkel told me recently. She’s head of the digital consulting firm’s Customer Transformation practice, and was referring to the agency’s study, “The CMO-CIO Relationship.” The study said that 56 percent of mentions in the media about these two roles focused on the potential for conflict. But, in its analysis of more than 50,000 social communications from late 2013 to late 2014 that mention the two roles, the report found that there’s more cooperation than infighting…” Via Barry Levine, VentureBeat


What Is DevOps?
“…This is an absolutely understandable question. Not only is it a relatively recent movement within the software community, but the commercial marketing machine has taken over ownership of the term, bending it to their needs. This is nothing new. SOA, ESB, and cloud computing have received similar treatments…DevOps, in a way, is all the things that go into making AD/CD possible. In many ways, DevOps is about ensuring quality at all stages.You can visualize DevOps as a conveyor belt, where many checks and balances are in place…” Via Daniel Greene, TechCrunch

DevOps: How to get started and how to make it work
DevOps promises to make developer and operations work together seamlessly to deliver better software quicker. But how do you make the right start? Nathan Wilson is a research director at Gartner, and his primary focus is on the adoption and governance of agile computing, including lean, agile development and scrum. ZDNet spoke to him about the different definitions of DevOps and how it is likely to evolve…” Via Colin Barker, ZDNet



Oracle and Mirantis forge OpenStack alliance
Another day another OpenStack alliance. This time out, database kingpin Oracle is working with Mirantis to make sure that the Oracle 12c database will run on OpenStack cloud infrastructure. …This new deal focuses on the latest Oracle 12c “multitenant” database, available since last summer, which enables companies to pack a bunch of database workloads onto a single machine, like Oracle’s Exadata server for workload consolidation. …The upshot of this deal is that Oracle 12c will run on Oracle and Mirantis OpenStack distributions in a fully-supported way, although one selling point of the OpenStack Foundation is that an application that runs on one version of the cloud should run on all versions…” Via Barb Darrow, Fortune

HP, VMware and SDN in firing line for Cisco’s Chambers
HP, VMware and software-defined networking all got it in the neck from an impassioned Cisco CEO John Chambers on his final earnings call before he bows out. During a call with analysts following Cisco’s Q3 results, Chambers was at times almost poetical as he reflected on his 20 years in the hotseat, told an anecdote about an encounter with a deer and stressed he will act only as “wingman” to CEO designate, Chuck Robbins, when he steps back to the post of executive chairman in July. …” Via Doug Woodburn, Channelnomics

CA Technologies integrates Docker containers to enhance DevOps continuous delivery
As part of a continuing initiative to deliver tools that increase application quality and accelerate release CA Technologies (CA Inc.) has integrated CA Release Automation with the Docker platform. This integration allows Docker containers and images to be fused into the life cycle of continuous delivery. …CA Release Automation is a tool that provides a platform for standardizing and automating release of software across infrastructure as well as providing for rapid configuration. Docker containers ease distribution by allowing applications to be built once, containerized, and then shipped across multiple servers at once. …” Via Kyt Dotson, SiliconANGLE

Developers, developers, developers: For Microsoft the tune might change but the words remain the same
“Microsoft has always been a developer-focused company, but its recent BUILD and Ignite events. showed just how important developers – and IT pros – are to the company’s strategy. It’s a strategy that’s always adapted to how developers work, but now, instead of following them, it’s anticipating where they’re going, aiming to deliver the tools that they’re going to need tomorrow. If that means working with node.js in Docker containers, by providing a programmers editor for MacOS and for Linux, and by supporting iOS in traditionally Windows tooling, well, that’s what it takes. Microsoft is rebuilding its developer story from the ground up, retuning for a new generation of coders both in and outside the enterprise. …” Via Simon Bisson, ZDNet


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