Microsoft expands cloud management licensing to include on-premises tools too

Microsoft Monday announced that customers can now purchase a joint licensing agreement for its cloud-based Operations Management Suite and its on-premises System Center infrastructure manager.

Packaging these separate but related management platforms will encourage customers to use public cloud resources and make it easier to manage hybrid clouds.

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Microsoft expands its Azure cloud platform to South Korea

Microsoft is expanding the global footprint of its cloud platform to South Korea, and it has officially launched its previously announced data center in Canada, the company announced Tuesday. 

In South Korea, Microsoft’s cloud will be getting two new regions, including one in Seoul. They’re aimed at serving both customers of the company’s Azure cloud platform, and also its other services, including Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online. 

Customers also now have full use of two Microsoft Azure regions in Canada, located in Quebec City and Toronto. 

This announcement is part of Microsoft’s ongoing plan to expand the geographic reach of its cloud computing platform. The expansion serves a pair of purposes: meeting the data sovereignty needs of customers, and making it faster for people to access Microsoft’s cloud. 

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Salesforce Expands Data Analytics to Next Generation Business Apps

Wave Sales Overview1 225x300 Salesforce Expands Data Analytics to Next Generation Business AppsIn many popular consumer applications a user can take immediate action if he has obtained important information from large amounts of data. For business applications, it appears that, directly taking action in response to a data analysis not so easy. This often occurs because the analysis may be not coming from relevant data sources or because it directly not linked to the tasks. The result is sluggish business decisions at the expense of the operating results.

Salesforce.com has set the goal of providing businesses with a more user-friendly analysis tools for the reason mentioned above. Last week, the leader of the CRM service provider has unveiled a series of apps tailored to specific activities or roles. Among them is the introduction of Sales Wave Analytics, a tool for business, which will be the first to be delivered.

Earlier this year, Salesforce.com had already made a series of updates for its mobile platform Wave Analytics Cloud, and last month the company had added a new tool focused on big data. This time, the latest round of Wave Analytics Apps applications is intended to extend the cloud analytics capabilities by providing the prepackaged templates that can meet specific needs according to use, with the ability to provide a meaning data appropriate to the context.

The applications instantly integrate CRM data in appropriate role models to accelerate deployment. They will also highlight the historical trends and making full year comparative from any terminal. Because Wave Analytics Apps applications are built natively on Salesforce1 platform, predefined data flows will not only postpone automatically, but also to update all parameters associated with these changes in Salesforce.

Sales Analytics Wave is the first app in the series delivered by the firm. It will allow business to benefit from new forecasting management tools, sales pipeline, performance and more. Preconfigured templates included in the application will allow users to explore all Salesforce sales data. It will cover sales pipeline management and forecasting so that they can give access to quarterly results and will allow to follow team performance.

The top management of the business operations may, for example, use this tool to have a real-time analysis of sales pipeline and cross this information with the sales performance of products directly from the mobile phone to determine if these forecasts should be revised or not.

The Sales Wave Historical Analysis function allows sales managers themselves to create the database in no time from any device with an analysis of historical data. As a result they no longer have to wait for the results of business analysts.

The Wave platform is vertically integrated with Salesforce’s cloud analysis platform. In addition, the data does not need to be sorted for analysis, because the Wave platform includes a schema-free architecture. This allows all employees to intuitively explore full datasets and display the results in dashboards and graphs.

The tool will be available on iOS for iPhone, iPad and even Apple Watch. Additional languages ​​and other compatible devices will be added to the list later.


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Red Hat Expands OpenShift Platform as a Service with Java EE6 and Membase

Red Hat Expands OpenShift Platform as a Service with Java EE6 and Membase
Markara was already integrating the JBoss middleware in its "cloud application platform," but Red Hat says that OpenShift is the first platform to deliver Java EE6 as a PaaS play. As Juan Noceda, product manager for OpenShift, points out in a post
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