ServicesAngle News Briefs for February 4, 2013

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Online Superstore Standardizes on EMC

AutomationDirect.com, an online superstore of industrial control products, has standardized on EMC VMAX 10K with FAST VP (fully automated storage tiering for virtual pools) and other EMC software. AutomationDirect is leveraging these EMC technologies to drive rapid business expansion and reduce costs while rolling out strategic initiatives, including disaster recovery, virtualized desktop computing, and Big Data analytics. More

 

IBM CIO Honored for Leadership

HMG Strategy, an organization of CIOs at leading IT and consumer companies, has honored IBM VP and CIO Jeanette Horan as one of the “top performing CIOs who have shown unparalleled leadership to drive innovation an transformation in their businesses.” The honorees, announced at HMG’s CIO Summit of America in New York this week, are from companies of varying sizes across multiple industries. The annual Transformational CIO Leadership Awards honor top performing chief information/innovation/technology officers who have distinguished themselves in their roles. More

 

Rugby Football Union uses IBM Analytics to Improve Fan Experience

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) and IBM have signed a strategic five-year agreement to implement a leading analytics solution, the IBM TryTracker, to provide fans with real-time insights into the game, including information about individual performance by players. IBM’s Predictive Analytics software will analyze historic an current rugby data provided by Opta, the world’s leading sports data provider, to develop in-game stats. That will give viewers access to insights that will heighten their understanding of what to watch for in each game. More

 

Dell Providing Advice on Empowering SharePoint Citizen Developers

Dell Software has introduced advice on how organizations can intelligently empower “citizen developers” using SharePoint. Gartner predicts that citizen developers will build at least 25 percent of new business applications by 2014. Empowering those citizen developers can improve the relationship between IT and the business and result in stronger business solutions, particularly when the enterprise provides a solid foundation for governance. More

 

Microsoft Attacks Google Search for Valentine’s Day

Microsoft apparently is running a campaign this week to convince people to switch from Google search to Bing. Noting that a recent survey by Bing and Impulse Research Corp. found that a surprising one-in-ten people have ended a relationship on St. Valentine’s Day, it is trying to convince people to break up with Google. Its argument:”You wouldn’t keep dating someone who isn’t trustworthy, so why use a search engine known for serving its interests over your own?” More

 

Cisco Announces Fast, Extensible Open Networking Fabric

Cisco has announced the Nexus 6000 Series Switches, high-density 40 Gigabit layer 2/layer 3 fixed switches, based on its Unified Data Center strategy. These switches are designed to connect private enterprise and service providers cloud as part of the expanded Cisco Open Network Environment (ONE) portfolio. More

 

Cleversafe Announces Network for Big Data Storage Ecosystem

Cleversafe has announced the Cleversafe Solution Network, designed to provide a comprehensive ecosystem of cost-effective, scalable, highly available end-to-end storage solutions for business requirements, including Big Data storage, into the future. The new system, it promises, is designed to meet the needs for always-available access to information, effective storage tiering and retrieval, back and data archiving. More

 

WhipTail Increases Revenue 300 Percent Year-to-Year

Flash storage entrepreneur WhipTail has announced 300 percent year-to-year revenue growth, attributed to the addition of 130 new customers in 2012 and a growing strong presence in government, healthcare, and education. The company also expanded into new verticals including chemical manufacturing, medical research, and news publishing. “We believe that 2012 was the year that WhipTail and flash hit the tipping point,” said company CEO Dan Crain. More

 

US Oil Output Rising Dramatically Reports Ernst & Young

The United States saw a “dramatic surge” in domestic oil production in 2012 and be the largest source of new oil growth worldwide in 2013, aided by the shale boom, says Ernst & Young in its Oil & Gas Center’s Quarterly outlook. However, surpassing Saudi Arabia as the top oil producer by 2020 will be a challenge. More

 

Ernst & Young Receives Sap North America Partner Excellence Award

Ernst & Young has received the SAP North America Partner Excellence Award 2013: ‘Top Services Partner – Growth.’ The awards were presented by SAP Americas in late January in Las Vegas to the top-performing SAP channel and services partners in North America. More

About Bert Latamore

Bert Latamore is a journalist and freelance writer with 30 years of experience in the IT industry including four years at Gartner and five at META Group. He is presently the editor at Wikibon.org, and associate editor at Seybold Publishing. He follows the mobile computing market, including PDAs and tablet computing, and related subjects such as both a user of PDAs and tablet computers for more than 20 years and as a strategic analyst. He was the first person at Gartner to carry a pocket computer, in 1989.