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Microsoft acquires mobile email app Acompli to bolster Outlook

Microsoft today shared that it has formally acquired Acompli, maker of productivity-centric email apps for iOS and Android. …It’s not yet clear how Microsoft plans to integrate with the Acompli team and product, but the company hints that it will “build on the app’s success and bring it together with work currently in progress by the Outlook team.” Outlook is the key word in that jargony statement. …” Via Harrison Weber, VentureBeat




Microsoft Buys Acompli, an Email Start-Up
“…Microsoft is paying around $200 million for the company, according to someone briefed on the deal, who asked for anonymity because terms of the agreement were private. Acompli, only 18 months old, was founded with the “vision of making the best mobile email application on any platform and across all services,” Javier Soltero, the chief executive of the company, said in a blog post on Monday. …The deal, though, is another sign of how completely Microsoft has shaken up its playbook in the mobile market since Satya Nadella took over…” Via Nick Wingfield, NY Times

What Microsoft’s Acompli Acquisition Says About CEO Satya Nadella
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is serious about change. So serious that today he spent $200 million in Microsoft cash for Acompli, a provider of a cool mobile email program … that doesn’t work with Windows Phone.  Not yet, anyway. The Acompli acquisition is one more sign that Microsoft finally groks, after a decade of misspent middle age, this brave new world of mobile, cloud and open source. …” Via Matt Asay, ReadWrite


Cloud Gains Traction In Healthcare

Healthcare providers are increasingly recognizing that the cloud empowers them to reduce costs, enhance agility, and improve insights. And many now are investing more heavily and expanding their cloud initiatives. By 2020, 80% of healthcare data will “pass through the cloud at some point in its lifetime, as providers seek to leverage cloud-based technologies and infrastructure for data collection, aggregation, analytics and decision-making,” according to IDC Health Insights. More exciting for IT professionals, that same year the US healthcare cloud market will reach $3.54 billion, compared with $903.1 million in 2013, Frost & Sullivan predicted. …” Via Alison Diana, InformationWeek

Telcos Tap Into Cloud Platforms
For telcos, the cloud opens up a direct channel to sell software to the enterprise, but it’s a new and complex field. Developing the services and attaining the skills to meet the demands of enterprise users is challenging, but that’s where cloud services and platform providers come in. Gartner Inc. predicts this fast-growing segment will account for 20% of all cloud service usage in 2015, compared with 5% in 2013. It’s becoming a popular way for operators to reach out to business customers. …” Via Robert Clark, Light Reading

Think you are ready to build a cloud? Think again.
“…Traditional corporate infrastructure is typically not automated or agile. In other words, a change in the requirements or demands may constitute a change in architecture, which in turn requires a manual change in the configurations. All of this takes time, which works against the real-time expectations of cloud provisioning. Cloud-based solutions must have some form of automation and agility to address the changing demands coming from customers. Customers expect real-time provisioning of their resources. Speed is key here, and only possible with automation. And a prerequisite for automation is standardization. …” Via Tim Crawford, GigaOM Research


CoreOS: Dump Docker for our more secure replacement

Every great movement goes through a schism. In the span of a little more than a year, Docker has allowed dev and ops alike to rethink how applications are hosted, deployed, and maintained. But not everyone has been happy with the fruits of the project. CoreOS, the company that used Docker containers to create a different type of Linux distribution, is among the disgruntled. The company’s next project is to create a new container — much to Docker’s chagrin, it seems. …” Via Serdar Yegulap, InfoWorld

Cue Some Docker Tensions. Arise The First Of The Breakaway Container Solutions
The Docker initiative has been a copy book example of how open source projects should work. No big brother there to dictate terms, no breakaway members doing their own thing. It really has been (until now) a happy and communal sort of a place. That appears to no longer be the case after an announcement this morning by CoreOS, one of the many startups that has sprouted up around the broader Docker initiative. In a tersely worded blog post, that appears strategically timed to occur just before Docker’s European conference, CoreOS announced that it is creating a competing standard for application containers. This feels far bigger than one vendor going out on a limb and I suspect there is some large vendor maneuvering going on here. …” Via Ben Kepes, Forbes

CoreOS Calls Docker ‘Fundamentally Flawed,’ Releases Prototype Alternative
Saying that Docker has strayed from its original vision as a modular building block for containers, CoreOS on Monday released a prototype alternative on GitHub called Rocket. Though it notes that Brandon Philips, co-founder/CTO of CoreOS, serves on the Docker governance board, it disagrees with the direction Docker is taking. … The post calls the Docker process model – sending everything through a central daemon – “fundamentally flawed,” making forking the project untenable. …” Via Susan Hall, the New Stack


In 2015, Technology Shifts Accelerate and China Rules, IDC Predicts

“…Beyond the detail, a couple of larger themes stand out. First is China. Most of the reporting and commentary recently on the Chinese economy has been about its slowing growth and challenges. …Another theme in the IDC report is the quickening pace of the move from older technologies to new ones. Overall spending on technology and telecommunications, IDC estimates, will rise by a modest 3.8 percent in 2015. Yet the top-line numbers mask the trends beneath. IDC predicts there will be growth of 13 percent in what the research firm calls “3rd platform” technologies (cloud, mobile, social and big data). By contrast, older technologies will face a no-growth “near recession,” according to IDC, and “will shift fully into recession” by the second half of next year. …” Via Steve Lohr, NY Times

IDC Predicts the 3rd Platform Will Bring Innovation, Growth, and Disruption Across All Industries in 2015
International Data Corporation (IDC) today announced its top ten predictions for the worldwide information and telecommunications technology (ICT) industry in 2015. The driving force behind all of IDC’s predictions is the industry’s accelerating transition to the 3rd Platform for innovation and growth, built on the technology pillars of mobile computing, cloud services, big data and analytics, and social networking. …” Via Press Release

The Scale Imperative
Once upon a time, the larger the workload, the larger the machine you would use to service it. …With the rise of the internet, however, this model proved less than scalable. Companies founded in the late 1990’s like Google, whose mission was to index the entire internet, looked at the numbers and correctly concluded that the economics of that mission on a scale-up model were untenable. With scale-up an effective dead end, the remaining option was to scale-out. …This model was so successful, in fact, that over time it came to displace scale-up as the default. …For all of the benefits of this approach, however, the power afforded by scale-out did not come without a cost. …” Via Stephen O’Grady, RedMonk



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