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Tuesday - March 31, 2015
IBM on Tuesday announced it will spend $3 billion over a four-year period on a new Internet of Things unit involving thousands of consultants, developers and research staff. The company intends to establish an IoT Cloud Open Platform for Industries, which will extract data for business intelligence, and set up a Bluemix IoT Zone, which will help leverage that data for app design. One big goal of IBM's new IoT drive is to help cities better manage resources and compete in a modern, data-centric world. [More...]

Tuesday - March 31, 2015
Xbox and 343 Industries on Sunday released two live-action trailers for Halo 5: Guardians to encourage Xbox One owners and holdouts alike to "hunt the truth." The trailers aired during the season finale of The Walking Dead. In one trailer, the story catches up with Master Chief scorning an injured and supine Spartan Locke with an unsettling benediction. In the other trailer, the roles are reversed, and it's Spartan Locke who's walking menacingly up to the downed Master Chief. [More...]

Friday - March 27, 2015
Cyanogen this week announced the completion of a follow-up round of Series C financing that brought $80 million in new funds to pay for more hiring and accelerated development of its open platform software development kit. Cyanogen is committed to liberating the Android OS from the financial grip of Google. Its CyanogenMod firmware adds considerable personalization features and improvements to the Android platform. Cyanogen has spurred a developing secondary app market for an alternative Android distribution based on its mods. [More...]

Tuesday - March 31, 2015
The surround strategy for legacy ERP is real. It's been going on for several years, and if I was a legacy ERP vendor I would be concerned. The strategy refers to the idea of leaving legacy ERP in place while implementing cloud ERP to handle specialized parts of a business, like a region with currency conversion issues, subscriptions, or something like that. The advantage is that cloud systems can do some pre-processing and data consolidation that the legacy system then can integrate. [More...]

 

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