What’s the Deal with Innovation In Tech and Business? – Apprenda Marketwatch


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Who Says Banks Can’t Out-Innovate Start-Ups and High-Growth Tech Firms?

Banks can respond to competitive threats by learning and adopting best practices of startups and tech-firms including approach to product strategy, technology adoption and reducing product development times…Adopt a digital first approach to products and software in order to connect with customers anywhere, anytime and at any place…Consider a Platform-as-a-Service approach to products to reduce development times and build new services in a rapid and nimble fashion just like a startup…Banks will have to think about stickiness and network effects as they encourage their customers to stay loyal for the long-term…” Via Safwan Zaheer, PYMNTS



You’re Either a Technology Business or You’re Out of Business
Even in 2014, there are business sectors who feel they are not ‘tech companies’. News flash: Whether you are a consumer products company, an insurance company, a hotel, or a pharmaceutical company, your business is a technology business. Why? Technology is the link between any business and its customers. To say technology is not core to your business strategy, means you think customers are not the key to your business success. So, your business is a technology business whether you want it to be or not…” Via Braden Kelley and Linda Bernardi, Innovation Excellence

Driving IT Business Alignment: One CIOs Journey
“…Being CIO today has become much more about business alignment than technology alignment. This means that CIOs and their teams need to understand their firm’s business problems almost as well as they understand their implementations of information technology. One area where CIOs say they are trying to do a better job of alignment is in working with their firm’s Chief Marketing Officer. Confirming this is a recent CIO Magazine Survey that found initiatives around revenue, customer acquisition, and customer retention receiving top IT priority these days…” Via Myles Suer, Informatica


The New Stack Analysts, Show 15: Myth, Lore and Religion in the New Cloud

There is a certain myth when it comes to how we think of the way we define, build and manage new stack infrastructures. Too often, the conversation sinks into discussions that are too broad for any meaningful understanding. But when we start talking about mythology and its context to the data center, then we can really start exploring our roles and how we relate to the new stacks people are developing. What is the myth that keeps people from advancing the infrastructure they have developed? …” Via Alex Williams, The New Stack

Brocade CEO: Hybrid Public-Private Cloud Makes Sense for Businesses
“Brocade’s CEO was keen to dispute the idea that the most massive consumer cloud players, such as Amazon and Google, will also swallow all enterprise data from around the world. “The idea of enterprises moving everything to the cloud — that’s not going to happen,” Brocade CEO Lloyd Carney told the starchy-shirted investor crowd on Wednesday morning at the NASDAQ. There are too many issues with security, compliance and potential conflicts of interests between the company that controls the cloud and the potential enterprise user, Carney said… Carney suggested that the idea of major enterprise customers storing all their data with the kings of the consumer cloud is simply a myth…Instead, he expects a steady shift to a hybrid environment with corporations using the public cloud but maintaining a private cloud too.” Via Dan Jones, Light Reading

Building A Cloud Business: Very Little Assembly Required
The “transformational” age of cloud — in which existing applications are moved to cloud — has been well underway for some time. What really has peoples’ attention now is cloud’s second act — for re-imagining business. Innovators can pull together online resources that meet just about any business need, and assemble new types of businesses. This has captivated the interest of investors…” Via Joe McKendrick, Forbes


Neither Cisco Nor Oracle Want EMC

Cisco has no interest in buying EMC despite rumors to the contrary, CEO John Chambers says. Cisco’s name had been floated around as a possible suitor after talks of a mega-merger between EMC and HP ground to halt…That’s not really surprising, though it would have been interesting if Cisco bought EMC. Although Cisco and EMC are close partners, EMCs subsidiary, VMware, has been threatening Cisco with a new technology called “software-defined networking,” a new way to build networks using software and cheaper hardware…The deal between HP and EMC isn’t completely dead, sources told Barron’s. But we’ll see.” Via Julie Bort, Business Insider

Federation fracture: EMC’s post-Tucci future is either SALE or SPLIT
Winter has come early for EMC, with hordes of barbarian activist investors pounding at the gates as CEO Joe Tucci’s long reign comes to an end. Snowdrifts are building up against the boardroom’s windows, blotting out the C-suite’s previous sunny vista. One immediate example of EMC’s fortunes changing is the reported collapse of merger talks with HP and a potential strategic deal with Dell…Unless Joe can pull a magic rabbit out of his hat, federation fracture looks increasingly likely to be forced upon him.” Via Chris Mellor, The Register

EMC Merger Chatter Fraught With Potential Market, Channel Disruptions
“…EMC is under pressure by activist investor Elliott Management to return more value to shareholders. Initially, this pressure resulted in EMC reportedly shopping its 80 percent stake in VMware to other companies, including HP…According to published reports, any merger likely would be an all-stock trade, in which the shareholders of the respective sides would receive corresponding shares of the two companies equal to the deal’s valuation. While no one involved in the negotiations has commented on the potential value, reports say talks between HP and EMC broke down because of a failure to reach an acceptable price…If EMC does merge with a similar-sized company, it could trigger a wave of mega-mergers in the technology industry, which will ripple through the channel.” Via Larry Walsh, Channelnomics


In the world of OpenStack, does contribution level count more than market share?

“…The fact of the matter is that OpenStack is behind the cloud strategy of most IaaS providers that are not AWS, Microsoft, or Google. It’s been a pretty easy adoption path to declare an alliance with OpenStack, as a contributor, or otherwise. Thus, you’re able to quickly get to your own private or public cloud offering, or distribution, and therein exists the value…OpenStack needs to find ways to reinvent itself for a market that seems to be shifting. I will say that OpenStack has improved a great deal this year as “enabling technology,” and I suspect this trend will continue. However, the core strategy matters more than who is the leading contributor.” Via David Linthicum, GigaOM Research

HP Announces New Unison Platform Resources for Partners
HP has announced enhancements to its HP Unison platform. The enhancements include easier access to new and improved resources that are designed to enable partners to win new business, track compensation and develop new business plans…The new tools will be available through the updated HP Unison partner portal. HP said that global deployment of the tools and resources is under way and will continue throughout 2015. The portal has so far been made available to platinum, gold and silver PartnerOne partners in over 125 countries and the firm says will be deployed to additional partners later in the fall.” Via Jessica Meek, Channelnomics

Why Oracle wins by Larry Ellison stepping down
So, Larry Ellison, the longest standing CEO in the Valley and the last of the original founding fathers of enterprise technology, finally steps down. A lot of people have been saying that this announcement is the “end of an era.” While I understand the sentiment, I don’t necessarily agree. In my view, the impact of this will not be as significant as Gates’s announcement in 2008 or the untimely departure of Jobs in 2011. Given Oracle’s current place in the cloud industry, stepping down and focusing on his own core competency, the product, is one of the smartest things Ellison could do…” Via Ajay Patel, VentureBeat


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