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Oct 22

EMC Corporation reported third-quarter 2014 financial results, including record third-quarter consolidated revenue of $6 billion, an increase of 9% year over year. GAAP net income attributable to EMC was $587 million. GAAP earnings per weighted average diluted share was $0.28, up 4% year over year. Non-GAAP1 net income attributable to EMC was $903 million. Non-GAAP1 earnings per weighted average diluted share was $0.44, up 10% year over year.

EMC generated $1.7 billion in operating cash flow and $1.3 billion in free cash flow2 in the third quarter. EMC ended the quarter with $15.4 billion in cash and investments. The company repurchased approximately $375 million worth of its common stock in…

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Oct 20

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced third-quarter 2014 diluted earnings from continuing operations of $3.46 per share, compared with diluted earnings of $3.77 per share in the third-quarter of 2013, a decrease of 8 percent.  Operating (non-GAAP) diluted earnings from continuing operations were $3.68 per share compared with operating diluted earnings of $4.08 per share in the third-quarter of 2013, a decrease of 10 percent.

Third-quarter net income from continuing operations was $3.5 billion compared with $4.1 billion in the third-quarter of 2013, a decrease of 17 percent.  Operating (non-GAAP) net income from continuing operations was $3.7 billion, as compared with $4.5 billion in the third-quarter of 2013, a decrease of 18 percent.<…

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IT Management

Oct 20

The Aberdeen Group recently conducted an in-depth analysis of factors surrounding data center downtime. Aberdeen used the data from the survey to identify the top performers in reducing downtime. They identified three categories:

• Best in class: Top 20 percent • Industry average: Middle 50 percent • Laggards: Bottom 30 percent.

Best in class performers recorded less than one business interruption over the preceding 12 months, averaged only six minutes of downtime per event, and took less than one hour to restore 90 percent of business operational functionality after the last interruption.

Average performers recorded 2.3 business interruptions over…

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Oct 17

Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone, Rent the Runway CEO Jennifer Hyman, Wired Executive Editor Jason Tanz Will Take the Stage with CA CEO Mike Gregoire

CA World ’14 will offer a unique look into how software is transforming business.  CA Technologies CEO Mike Gregoire will open CA World ’14 with a keynote on Monday, November 10 that highlights CA innovation and how customers are using software to succeed. Biz Stone, Twitter co-founder and Jelly CEO; Jennifer Hyman, co-founder and CEO, Rent the Runway; and Wired Executive Editor Jason Tanz will join Gregoire on stage to discuss the inspiration…

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Blog

Oct 16

As a dyslexic trying to navigate my way through high school, I had no hope of completing the text books that we were expected to read. When it came to exam time, my only option was to ask my classmates what the book was about, and based upon their answers sit down for two hours and write an essay on a book I had never read.

I had no idea at the time that I was dyslexic. In fact, I only discovered this in my 30s when I watched a short news clip that showed how a…

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IT Management

Oct 15

2002, when Ron Williams became president of the U .S. health care services giant Aetna, the company had just reported an annual loss of $280 million and was on the brink of failure. In 2007, just five years later, Aetna posted net income of $1.8 billion and was named by Fortune magazine the United States’ most admired company in health care. To what does Williams, now CEO and chairman, attribute the company’s turnaround? An intense focus on customers and employees, a companywide embrace of “back to basics” values, and the development and use of a dynamic information technology …

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Oct 14

BMC announced it has joined the Salesforce Analytics Cloud ecosystem with the aim of leveraging analytics to bring a new level of visibility and understanding to Remedyforce. Together, Remedyforce and Salesforce Analytics Cloud will transform data and IT resources into a competitive advantage that enables executives to more fully understand business dynamics for informed strategic decision-making.

Wave, the Salesforce Analytics Cloud, is the first cloud analytics platform designed for every business user, making it easier than ever for anyone to explore data, uncover new insights and take action instantly from any device. “In today’s…

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Oct 14

Brocade announced the company is collaborating with VMware to advance solutions that support the New IP by allowing enterprises to more easily transition to software-defined data centers (SDDCs) and adopt network virtualization. Brocade Ethernet and Fibre Channel fabrics will be interoperable with VMware vRealize® Operations™ 6.0 (formerly the VMware® vCenter™ Operations Management Suite™) announced at VMworld® Europe 2014. This interoperability will help enterprises to realize higher performance, automation, reliability and application and data availability in their data centers. Brocade also announced VMware is participating in Brocade Network Subscription, which enables organizations to acquire both network…

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Oct 14

Syncsort, a global leader in Big Data software, today announced another milestone contribution to the Apache Hadoop ecosystem, incorporating powerful technology into the Apache Sqoop open source project that will allow Hadoop users to easily import and transform data coming from the IBM System z mainframe environment.

“Many organizations are looking to increase efficiency and save money by moving targeted mainframe data and workload processing to Hadoop,” said Charles Zedlewski, vice president, products, Cloudera. “Taken together, Apache Sqoop and Syncsort’s open source contributions will facilitate the importation and transformation of all types…

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Applications & Databases

Oct 14

DB2 is an extremely efficient and scalable relational database, capable of processing thousands of transactions per second through a single DB2 subsystem. By taking advantage of data sharing groups, DB2 can scale, almost linearly, across multiple logical partitions (LPARs), enabling applications to exploit the parallelism inherent in a z/OS sysplex. This allows DB2 applications like those designed to run in CICS MRO or a WebSphere Application Server horizontal cluster to realize a significant increase in throughput due to their ability to load balance across multiple LPARs. But what about batch applications? Is it possible for them to exploit…

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Oct 12

Micro Focus announced a series of Developer Days across North America designed to showcase the critical role that COBOL systems play within the enterprise, and how organizations can harness their existing mainframe, Windows, Unix and Linux-based COBOL business systems to support new technologies including mobile, cloud, .NET and JVM.

Over 70% of today's business transaction processing systems rely on COBOL technology, and the average American interacts with COBOL (i.e. - ATM transactions) 13 times a day. As the leading provider of enterprise application modernization, testing and management solutions, Micro Focus introduced the Developer Day series to demonstrate…

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Oct 10

The first of five planned EMC Federation solutions, the new Federation Software-Defined Data Center Solution provides a completely virtualized data center that is fully automated by software and delivered as a service.

The Federation Software-Defined Data Center Solution will greatly accelerate time to value with a fully engineered, validated and supported offering. The Federation Software-Defined Data Center Solution was jointly developed in the fully staffed and resourced EMC Federation Lab in Palo Alto, Calif. to automate hundreds of orchestration workflows and accelerate ease of deployment.

With a Federation Software-Defined Data Center Solution, mission-critical applications run…

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IT Management

Oct 10

Business Intelligence guru, analyst and author, Wayne Eckerson, and I had great times when we worked together at The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI). He’s a great writer and I particularly enjoyed the first chapter of his most recent book, Secrets of Analytical Leaders: Insights from Information Insiders, where he talks about the concept of “purple people.” But before I explain that, read this concept from his book.

People who live at the confluence of disparate approaches and opinions have a broader perspective. They see connections and possibilities that others miss. They speak multiple…

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Oct 9

IBM announced a partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to deliver a first-of-a-kind executive education program for Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) and Chief Customer Officers (CCOs). The two-week course, titled “The CMO Advantage: Evolving Beyond the Digital Revolution,” will explore the increasing importance of the CMO in the C-Suite. The intersection of marketing and technology in today’s marketplace presents a unique opportunity for senior business leaders, such as the CMO, to drive innovation, enhance influence and deepen customer engagement.

According to the recent IBM Global CMO Study which surveyed…

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Oct 7

Brocade announced the appointment of Allen Olivo as vice president of Global Brand and Communications. In this role Olivo is responsible for the development of brand strategies that will further evolve Brocade's leadership position in the networking marketplace as the New IP becomes the new normal for networks. He will be based in the company's San Jose headquarters and report to Christine Heckart, chief marketing officer.

Olivo brings more than 20 years of technology marketing expertise to Brocade, further energizing the company's already robust leadership team. His significant experience includes guiding worldwide marketing and brand…

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Oct 7

EMC Corporation will host customers, partners, and employees in offices around the world today (10/7) as part of the second annual CX Day, a global event recognizing the customer experience established by the Customer Experience Professionals Association, a non-profit group, and celebrated by thousands of companies worldwide. EMC’s Total Customer Experience (TCE) Day will include recognition events featuring guest speakers, executive panels, and customer presentations, providing an opportunity for EMC employees and executives to thank customers for their trust and commitment in EMC.

The EMC celebration will take place in various locations around the world, including…

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Operating Systems

Oct 7

z/OS provides more measurement data than any other operating system, which is one of the great strengths of this platform over others. These measurements allow you to tune the system, debug problems, chargeback for resources, provide management reports to show resource usage and help a capacity planner adequately forecast the future needs. The majority of this wonderful information is written to a data repository by the System Management Facilities (SMF) component. This component is used as a common receptacle of data from other components of z/OS, such as CICS and DB2.

This article provides an…

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Oct 6

Building on client demand to integrate real-time analytics with consumer transactions, IBM announced new capabilities for its System z mainframe. The integration of analytics with transactional data can provide businesses with real-time, actionable insights on commercial transactions as they occur to take advantage of new opportunities to increase sales and help minimize loss through fraud prevention.

Today’s announcement combines the traditional transactional power of System z with Big Data analytic capabilities into a single, streamlined, end-to-end data system. This real-time integration of analytics and transaction processing can allow businesses to increase the value of a…

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Oct 6

In a keynote speech at IBM Enterprise, Jamie Thomas, General Manager, Storage and Software Defined Systems at IBM, unveiled a bold strategy for the company’s storage business. Building upon the Software Defined Storage portfolio announced last May, IBM is focusing its storage business on a new model for enterprise data storage that is optimized for interoperability across hardware and software solutions. This new model will provide greater flexibility around how customers can receive, consume and explore different options for data storage, which will ultimately allow customers to better harness their data for greater business insights.

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Security

Oct 6

Recent revelations in the areas of security and privacy have caught the attention of a wide audience and certainly have changed the attitude of many companies. But these revelations come with one piece of reassurance: Cryptography works. So whenever secrets are to be shared securely or privacy must be preserved, the best thing to do is encrypt all sensitive information. And as Google and others have experienced, this advice isn’t restricted to communication over the Internet; it extends to communication within intranets. Cryptography methods are highly complex. Therefore, using standard application programming interfaces (APIs), referring to well-known…

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