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8 cloud companies to watch following MONSTER funding week – Network World

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 in Cloud News

Investors this week poured at least $350 million into cloud computing companies focused on everything from security to Hadoop clusters to industry-specific apps.

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Microsoft Targets Small Businesses With Free Solutions, Services – CRN

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 in SMB Cloud

Microsoft is partnering with startup accelerators and other shared working spaces across the country to offer free hands-on training and access to products and services for small businesses. The outreach program is part of Microsoft’s effort to enable growing technology businesses, particularly in the software space. Chief Technology Strategist Dan Stolts said Microsoft is offering a variety of tools “including cloud services free to businesses, startup businesses.” Businesses that qualify have made less than $1 million and have existed less than five years, and Microsoft is particularly interested in software and product developers.

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Alibaba helps Sinopec with cloud computing, big data – Reuters

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 in Cloud News

People ride a double bicycle past a logo of The Alibaba Group at the company's headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province November 10, 2014. Reuters/Aly Song SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has tied up with Sinopec, Asia's biggest oil refiner, to provide cloud computing services and 'big data' analysis, the companies said. The link-up was for technical services and did not involve equity cooperation, China Petroleum & Chemical Corp, or Sinopec, said on its official microblog.

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Alibaba helps Sinopec with cloud computing, big data – Business Insider

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 in Cloud News

Thomson ReutersPeople ride a double bicycle past a logo of The Alibaba Group at the company's headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has tied up with Sinopec, Asia's biggest oil refiner, to provide cloud computing services and 'big data' analysis, the companies said. The link-up was for technical services and did not involve equity cooperation, China Petroleum & Chemical Corp, or Sinopec, said on its official microblog. It did not say how much money was involved

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Why SAP Is the Dominant ERP Provider – Huffington Post

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 in SMB Cloud

Customer Relationship Management software as a subset of ERP, with integrated services is now a requirement for any company north of $5 million in revenue per annum. One of your greatest challenges is wading through a growing list of vendors and their single marketing automation services mapped to your in-house technology, staffing and strategic business requirements.

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With Oracle and in the cloud, Transtek eyes regional opportunities – Wamda

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 in SMB Cloud

For small and medium-sized companies that aim to impact in their markets rather than focusing on scaling, it is critical to have a quality supply chain management system (SCM) in place. Transtek Systems, a 15-year-old company that address SCM challenges, aims to fill that need. Transtek has dedicated a large chunk of its efforts to help startups and SMEs build their supply chain systems for applications like web host management, procurement, financial and human resources, maintenance, production, manufacturing and sales

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The Morning Download: Big Companies Show Increasing Confidence in Public … – Wall Street Journal (blog)

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 in Enterprise Cloud

Big companies are steadily pushing more applications and data to the public cloud, as the technology improves and economic necessity exerts its pressure. The latest example is global mining giant Rio Tinto PLC, which is moving its core ERP and information management systems to a cloud environment managed by Accenture PLC. The company says it is pursuing a “public cloud first” approach as it looks to cut costs and create an IT environment that can adapt to rapid technological shifts

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China players, trends in cloud computing services – VentureOutsource.com

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 in Cloud News

For 2014-2018 Gartner forecasts the cloud computing market will expand at five-year CAGRs of 24 percent globally and 31 percent for China.

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Docker, a cloud ‘container’ company, raises $95 million – Fortune

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 in Cloud News

The momentum behind the fast-rising cloud startup Docker continues to roll on, with the San Francisco-based company set to announce on Tuesday that it landed a $95 million Series D funding round led by Insight Venture Partners and new participants Coatue Management, Goldman Sachs, and Northern Trust. The funding round also included previous investors Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Sequoia Capital, Trinity Ventures, and AME Cloud Ventures

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IBM Intros Watson Health Cloud with Apple HealthKit Support – The Mac Observer

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 in Enterprise Cloud

IBM introduce Watson Health Cloud on Tuesday as a new platform for doctors, researchers, and insurance companies to securely store health-related data.

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IBM Intros Watson Health Cloud with Apple HealthKit Support – The Mac Observer

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 in Enterprise Cloud

IBM introduce Watson Health Cloud on Tuesday as a new platform for doctors, researchers, and insurance companies to securely store health-related data. The WHC into Apple's HealthKit and ResearchKit platforms for data collection from a health and fitness tracking devices

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Docker, a cloud computing company, raises $95 million – Fortune

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 in Cloud News

The momentum behind the fast-rising cloud startup Docker continues to roll on, with the San Francisco-based company set to announce on Tuesday that it landed a $95 million Series D funding round led by Insight Venture Partners and new participants Coatue Management, Goldman Sachs, and Northern Trust. The funding round also included previous investors Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Sequoia Capital, Trinity Ventures, and AME Cloud Ventures.

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IBM launches new health unit, teams up with Apple, J&J, Medtronic – Reuters

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 in Enterprise Cloud

SEATTLE (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp, deepening its partnership with Apple Inc to make use of health information gathered by millions of Apple devices, is creating a unit dedicated to providing data analytics to the healthcare sector. Its new Watson Health unit plans to aggregate health information from a large number of devices and providers in the cloud and offer insights to health companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic, which can then integrate results into services they sell to healthcare companies. IBM said it will create headquarters for the unit in Boston with 2,000 employees, including about 75 medical practitioners.

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Aetna, Cigna balk as Angelina effect spurs genetic cancer testing – Fox News

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 in Enterprise Cloud

Medical researchers call it the "Angelina Effect," the surge in demand for genetic testing attributable to movie star Angelina Jolie's public crusade for more aggressive detection of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.  But there's a catch: Major insurance companies including Aetna, Anthem and Cigna are declining to pay for the latest generation of tests, known as multi-gene panel tests, Reuters has learned. The insurers say that the tests are unproven and may lead patients to seek out medical care they don't need.

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Mobile Industry on the Move April 11 – Mobile Enterprise

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 in SMB Cloud

Change happens fast in enterprise mobility—here’s a few from last week you might have missed.QualcommQualcomm Incorporated named Michelle Sterling as EVP of Human Resources, reporting directly to CEO Steve Mollenkopf.

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