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McKesson: The healthcare tech giant you’ve probably never heard of

McKesson doesn’t have the name recognition of companies like AT&T, Bank of America, and Walt Disney. But it does beat them on one key point: It’s bigger. McKesson, a pharmaceutical supplier, is a healthcare industry giant with annual sales exceeded by only a handful of U.S. companies. Chances are that if you take prescription pills, McKesson delivered them somewhere along the way. But the company also has a massive technology arm that supplies the healthcare industry with electronic health care records, data analysis and software for managing medical facilities. As technology becomes even more important in the medical field, McKesson  MCK -0.21%  hopes to be even more in the mix. John Hammergren, McKesson’s CEO, talked to Fortune about his company’s technology push, the complexities of tech in the healthcare industry and wrinkles keeping electronic medical records from being as helpful as the could be…” Via Verne Kopytoff, Fortune

Goldman Sachs is crushing tech deals
Mobile payments startup Square reportedly filed to go public on Friday. Now CNBC is reporting that Goldman Sachs will lead the IPO, with Morgan Stanley also hired as an advisor. Bloomberg reports that JPMorgan is also working on the deal. The fact that Goldman scored the lead role on what could be one of the year’s hottest flotations should not come as a surprise. Goldman has been killing it when it comes to tech deals…” Via Portia Crowe, Business Insider

Big Four IaaS Providers Now Own Half the Market
In the burgeoning world of cloud-based infrastructure service providers, the rich are apparently getting richer. New second-quarter 2015 data from Synergy Research Group released July 24 finds that the cloud big four—Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, IBM and Google—as a group control well over half of the worldwide cloud infrastructure service market. Their combined market share ascended to 54 percent in the latest quarter, compared with 46 percent in Q2 2014 and 41 percent in Q2 2013. While their year-over-year revenue growth rate averaged 84 percent in Q2, the remainder of the market only grew by 33 percent. Other IaaS providers fighting it out for the remaining 46 percent of the market include AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, GoGrid, Rackspace, Eucalyptus, Terramark, Savvis, Verizon and Joyent, among others…” Via Chris Preimesberger, eWeek

Startups Grow In Africa, But Ecosystems Need More To Flourish
…Among East African countries Kenya, Africa’s fifth largest economy, is considered a startup beacon. Indeed many have come to call Kenya “Silicon Savannah.” It’s a misleading title. …Kenya is not another Silicon Valley. The startups rising in Kenya aren’t focused on the future or the “next big thing.” They are focused..on disrupting existing challenges such as poor infrastructure and sanitation, conflict, lack of medical care, and a lack of banks and financial resources. Startups in Kenya are harnessing technology not to “leapfrog” past the obstacles that have held Kenya back but to level them and lay the foundations that will poise Kenya for growth..” Via Elmira Bayrasli, TechCrunch

Has Hadoop crossed the chasm? The technology speaks for itself
Questions about the viability of open source abound. But during a recent CrowdChat hosted by theCUBE, SiliconANGLE’s Media team, in conjunction with theCUBE’s live coverage at Hadoop Summit 2015, these questions were answered by the impressive variety of use cases and solutions that were featured across the event. Has Hadoop finally crossed the chasm into the enterprise world? Guests including Bloomberg R&D Guru Matthew Hunt, EMC Senior Advisor Aiden O’Brien, and IBM VP of Product Development, Big Data and Analytics Joel Horwitz weighed in on the future of Hadoop, while representatives at companies ranging from Pentaho Corp. to Talend, Inc. demonstrated how Hadoop is being implemented in industries around the world…” Via Elizabeth Kays, SiliconANGLE


EARLY ACCESS Q&A: New Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins heads into “hyper-connected” mode
When Cisco Systems employees head into work Monday they’ll encounter something they haven’t seen in two decades: A new boss. Chuck Robbins – formerly senior vice president of worldwide operations – takes over as CEO from John Chambers, one of the most visible and quotable figures in business. In this early-access interview with John Gallant, chief content officer of IDG US Media, Robbins sets out his priorities for Cisco and his new management team, and talks about the opportunities and challenges facing the network giant. Robbins dissects the competitive landscape and explains why so-called ‘white box’ data center gear and software-defined networks are not the threats to Cisco that some pundits contend. He also describes his vision for the “hyper-connected architecture” that will speed customer digitization efforts and help IT capture the value in the Internet of Things. Finally, Robbins talks about life at Cisco under a leader not named John…” Via John Gallant, Network World

From Foes to Friends: 6 Comparisons Between Cisco CEOs Chambers And Robbins
Cisco CEO John Chambers and his incoming successor Chuck Robbins have recently shared words of admiration and respect for one another, and they share many similarities, including strong sales backgrounds and dynamic, approachable personalities. But there was a time when the two competed head to head with each other. As Robbins prepares to succeed Chambers as CEO July 26 and Chambers moves into the executive chairman role, CRN looks at some of the similarities (and differences) between Cisco’s leaders…” Via Mark Haranas, CRN

10 reasons Microsoft is still a force to be reckoned with
The past few years have been a bit of a challenge for Microsoft, especially if you listen to the tech journalists writing about the company. From what many consider a failed Windows 8 launch to the plummeting sales of desktop computers, you might think the glory days for the company are well in the past. However, it would be unwise to write off Microsoft. Ever since Satya Nadella replaced Steve Ballmer, the company seems to be reorienting itself into a very future-facing direction. In this article, I’m going to look at ten reasons Microsoft is still very much a force in the industry and will remain one of the companies many of us continue to do business with for years to come…” Via David Gewirtz, ZDNet


Don’t Get Too Caught Up With Containers and Microservices
Most people get it now: the cloud — and more the public cloud than the private cloud — is something we should be using. This is true when it comes to much software that we use regularly (e.g., Google Apps, Office 365), and it is also true when it comes to software that we run for others.  But far too many users and commentators view the cloud as the end, the ultimate destination for the software we are writing. There is almost no commentary about the next significant strategic improvement in building and deploying software; instead, we have endless focus on how we can make tactical improvements to building on the cloud, like containers and microservices. …In this column, I will outline my framework for understanding what will happen next…” Via Joe Emison, The New Stack 

The Implications of Cloud Native
Two months ago, “Cloud Native” was something of a new term…a term both aspirational and unburdened by legacy at the same time. As of this week at OSCON, it’s a statement, borderline manifesto. As if it wasn’t enough that Google and a host of others adopted the term as well, it now has its own open source foundation – the imaginatively titled Cloud Native Computing Foundation. In the wake of its relatively sudden emergence, the obvious questions are first what is cloud native, and second what does it mean for the industry? As far as the term itself, the short answer is a new method for building applications. The long answer depends in large part on who you ask…” Via Stephen O’Grady, RedMonk 

The lessons of the cloud: What have we learned so far?
The cloud has moved from the margin to the core of IT operations in a remarkably short period of time. In just under a decade, CIOs have been presented with an opportunity to rip up the rulebook and create a new model for IT implementation. The cloud now accounts for a third of all IT infrastructure spending, according to researcher IDC. In terms of software, Forrester suggests the global outlay on software-as-a-service will reach $106bn in 2016, or about 17 per cent of total enterprise application spending. So, has the cloud finally moved to the mainstream?...” Via Mark Samuels, ZDNet


Moor To The Story: Intel And Rackspace Announce ‘Cloud For All’
In an effort to accelerate cloud adoption in the marketplace, Intel and Rackspace announced an aggressive campaign to accelerate cloud adoption. They cite Jevons paradox (normally used in energy consumption) which states, in effect, that when technology advances so do efficiency and efficacy, and user demand increases. Under this assumption, Intel has announced ‘Cloud for All’. This initiative, in conjunction with Rackspace, is designed to accelerate cloud adoption by making it easier to deploy public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions. This is the first of at least fifteen associated announcements by Intel over the next year…” Via Christopher Wilder, Forbes

Evaluating OpenStack vs. VMware for private cloud
OpenStack and VMware are both viable options for hybrid and private cloud. So which one should your organization choose? …OpenStack is finding its place in the enterprise, even among organizations that have drunk the VMware Kool-Aid for years. Many companies have gotten their feet wet with OpenStack, and it’s no longer valid to just assume VMware is the better option.” Via Jim O’Reilly, TechTarget



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