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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Oracle Triggers an Avalanche of 24 Cloud Services to Compete with Amazon

oraclecloud 300x168 Oracle Triggers an Avalanche of 24 Cloud Services to Compete with AmazonThe Cloud represents a market where Oracle wants to win. The 24 services launched by the database leader include all the tools companies need to conduct their operations in the cloud and thus should help customers make the move to the cloud.

Oracle Cloud Platform was enriched by nearly 24 new services for developers, IT professionals, end users and analysts to achieve, to expand and more easily integrate cloud applications. They are Oracle Database Cloud – Exadata Service, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud Service, Oracle Big Data Cloud Service and Big Data SQL Cloud Service, Oracle Integration Cloud Service, Oracle Mobile Cloud Service and Oracle Process Cloud Service.

With the new services launched, companies can move all their applications hosted in the data center to the cloud Oracle. Oracle now claims to be the only cloud provider to offer a full range of enterprise software services, platform services and infrastructure services under the banner Oracle Cloud Platform. Compared to Oracle, cloud providers have chosen to focus on certain services: Salesforce.com has specialized in software and services Amazon has essentially focused its activity on infrastructure services.

The provider has also launched several integrated cloud services that must allow companies to move their operations to the cloud, including a service to develop and execute mobile applications directly from the Oracle cloud and an integration service which allows them to combine multiple enterprise applications into complete systems.

Oracle now offers online services for enterprise resource planning, managing the customer experience, management of human resources, management of business performance, and management services supply chain. The aim of these new offerings is to make Oracle a single window for all the cloud computing needs.

Oracle Databases deployed in the cloud as part of this service is 100% compatible with those deployed on-premises, thereby enabling a smooth migration to the cloud and seamless transition to a hybrid cloud strategy. The Oracle Big Data Service Cloud and Big Data SQL Cloud Service is a secure and efficient platform to run various loads on Hadoop and NoSQL databases and to help companies collect and organize their big data.

Oracle Mobile Cloud Service offers a set of Android applications development tools or iOS operating entirely in the cloud. The developer can use Mobile Cloud to build a user interface or to configure an API for data exchange. All development will be done entirely through a browser, so it is not necessary to install software on the desktop machine to each developer.

Developers can use their favorite languages ??or go through the Mobile Application Framework Oracle framework. The service also includes a software development kit (SDK) that allows developers to follow their application, for example to know who uses it and how it is used.

The company also launched a service called Oracle Integration Cloud Service, which allows companies to work together their different enterprise applications and cloud services. Finally, Oracle has updated Business Intelligence Cloud Service, in particular by equipping it with new data visualization tools.

Oracle wants to clearly position themselves to Amazon, its main competitor, which also offers various solutions in the cloud. To attract customers, the company also said that the group is ready to compete with Amazon on price. Oracle claims 70 million users in the cloud. The services offered by Oracle are from 19 data centers spread across the planet, which manage 700 PB of data.


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IDG Contributor Network: Challenges in realizing the promises of the holistic edge

Cloud providers such as Amazon, Google, Facebook and Microsoft are already rolling out distributed cloud infrastructure. Whilst the central cloud is established as an integral part of current and future networks, there are key issues that make the central cloud simply not the solution to several use cases.

  • Latency, also known as the Laws of Physics: The longer the distance is between two communicating entities, the longer the time it takes to move content there. Whilst the delay of reaching out to the cloud today might be tolerable for some applications, it will not be the case for emerging applications that will require nearly instantaneous responses (e.g. in industrial IoT control, robots, machines, autonomous cars, drones, etc.).
  • Data volume: The capacity of communication networks will simply not scale with the insane amount of raw data that is anticipated will need ferrying to and from a remote cloud center.
  • Running costs: The cost of a truly massive computational and storage load in the cloud will simply not be economically sustainable over the longer term.
  • Regulatory: There are and will very likely be new constraints (privacy, security, sovereignty, etc.) which will impose restrictions on what data may or may not be transferred and processed in the cloud.

So it certainly does make sense to distribute the cloud and interconnect this distributed infrastructure together with the central cloud. This process has already begun. One good tangible example is Amazon’s launch of the AWS GreenGrass (AWS for the Edge) product and their declared intentions to use their Whole Foods Stores (in addition to the small matter of selling groceries) as locations for future edge clouds/data centers. In general, cloud providers, perhaps driven by their real estate choices, have a relatively conservative view of the edge, restricting it to a point of presence typically 10 to 50 km from the consumer.

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IDG Contributor Network: Must-have features for enterprise VoIP

If your company has 100+ users and is in the market for a hosted VoIP phone system, be careful.

Remember the scene in the movie Tommy Boy, “Fat Guy in a Little Coat”? You don’t want your company’s new phone system to feel like this.

You won’t hear it from the salespeople [collective gasp] but most hosted VoIP solutions are designed for micro-size companies. If you want an “enterprise” system, you will have to dig a little to find a provider catering to larger companies.

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Apple embraces a multi-cloud future, and that’s exciting

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Major IT Players Form R Consortium to Strengthen Data Analysis

r consortium 300x199 Major IT Players Form R Consortium to Strengthen Data AnalysisThe Linux Foundation announced the formation of R Consortium, with the intention of strengthening technical and user communities around the R language, the open source programming language for statistical data analysis.

The new organization R Consortium became an official project of Linux Foundation and is designed to strengthen R language users.  It is expected that R Consortium will complement the existing fund, and will focus on expanding the user base of R, as well as focus on improving the interaction of users and developers.

The Representatives of the R Foundation and industry representatives are behind the new consortium. Microsoft and RStudio have joined the consortium as platinum members. TIBCO Software is a gold member and Alteryx, Google, HP, Mango Solutions, Ketchum Trading and Oracle have joined as silver members.

R Consortium will complement the work of R Foundation, establishing communication with user groups and engaging in supporting projects – related to the creation and maintenance of R mirror sites, testing, resources for quality control, the financial support and promotion of the language. Also, the consortium will assist in creating support packages for R and organizing other related software projects.

R is a programming language and development environment for scientific calculations and graphics that originated at the University of Auckland (New Zealand). The R language has enjoyed significant growth and now supports more than two million users. A wide grass industries adopted the R language, including biotech, finance, research and high-tech industries. The R language is integrated with frequency analysis, visualization, and reporting applications.

Having acquired the company Revolution Analytics (which makes strong use of language), Microsoft announced that it is joining the consortium together with other founding members such as Google, Oracle, HP, Tibcom, Rstudio, Alteryx to finance the new consortium.

Microsoft’s official said that “the R Consortium will complement the work of the R Foundation, a nonprofit organization that maintains the language, and will focus on user outreach and other projects designed to assist the R user and developer communities. This includes both technical and infrastructure projects such as building and maintaining mirrors for downloading R, testing, QA resources, financial support for the annual useR! Conference and promotion and support of worldwide user groups.”

Google also says they have thousands of users and their own developers using R, so this language is crucial for many of their products. Google is happy to join the rest of companies to continue to maintain the infrastructure of the open source R.

Microsoft’s support of real-time analytics for Apache Hadoop in Azure HDInsight and machine learning in Azure Marketplace use R language to service anomaly detection for preventive maintenance or detection of fraud.


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