If you have used Google Drive or Dropbox, you are already utilizing the advantages of cloud technology.Moreover, an individual deals only with data generated concerning themselves.In contrast, a company has to deal with data that involves multiple individuals and developed as a result of the interactions and relationships built out of that data.Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that businesses often require more than one cloud system to operate their business smoothly.A 2017 study by 451 Research had predicted that 69% of businesses would move to a multi-cloud infrastructure by 2019.A multi-cloud system also serves a company better in terms of seamlessness regarding the business’s growth and scalability.How Tableau (Salesforce Einstein Analytics) Amplifies Salesforce Multi-Cloud SolutionsSalesforce CRM has come a long way in providing advanced ecommerce solutions to businesses for improving the quality of their customer interactions.It would not be an understatement to say that in the field of B2B commerce, Salesforce is a leader and trailblazer.When it comes to B2B ecommerce implementation, Salesforce provides a range of facilities, tools, and resources to make the process easy.Where it cannot, it gives the necessary B2B ecommerce features through third-party Salesforce ecommerce integrations.Recent developments have further consolidated the efforts of Salesforce in adding to and polishing the various B2B commerce solutions it provides.The B2B ecommerce customer journey is a complex one.A company needs to create an optimum experience throughout the ecommerce lifecycle to increase customer retention and grow revenue.It can be made possible by combining the Salesforce Cloud systems with Salesforce Einstein Analytics.It will result in the following positive results:1) Providing a Personalized Customer Experience To Increase Revenue And LoyaltyB2B buying behavior used to be starkly different from B2C customer expectations in that the focus was more on sales service and customer service than on e-commerce and marketing.B2B buyer journey mapping involved extensive work on product catalogs, inventory, follow-up service, subscriptions, etc.
Traditional in-person physical offices have been disappearing from our work lives for many years. With pandemic-wracked 2020 receding into history, many sectors of the global economy now have experienced the pleasures and frustrations of working from home.Emergence of hybrid physical-virtual work environments We’ve now seen practically every big technology company from Google to VMware give up trying to bring employees back to traditional offices for the indefinite future. According to a recent enterprise survey by 451 Research, the emerging technology research unit of S&P Global Market Intelligence, 80 percent of companies have implemented or expanded universal work-from-home policies, and 67 percent plan to keep at least some work-from-home policies in place long term or permanently.To read this article in full, please click here
Even when the pandemic wanes, the percentage of personnel working remotely will continue to grow. According to a recent enterprise survey by 451 Research, the emerging technology research unit of S&P Global Market Intelligence, 80 percent have implemented or expanded universal work-from-home policies, and 67 percent plan to keep at least some remote work policies in place long term or permanently.However, remote employees may find their organizations’ administrative and technical support capabilities unsatisfactory. Remote support tends to lack the hands-on, interactive, and immersive services that we’ve come to expect from on-site technical and administrative support personnel. As enterprises retool their internal processes to support a post-pandemic workforce, they should explore a growing range of immersive and robotics capabilities that can deliver high-quality support to remote, mobile, and other nontraditional worksites.To read this article in full, please click here
The cloud has, for the most part, become a commodity. Most enterprise cloud workloads require a small variety of hardware. After all, how many organizations are actually doing quantum computing or even AI training workloads in the cloud? The fact is, the majority of businesses simply need core cloud services: compute, block and object storage, CI/CD and testing environments, backup and failover, and low-risk options for hybrid cloud or multicloud deployments. [ Also on InfoWorld: 6 ways Alibaba Cloud challenges AWS, Azure, and GCP ] That’s why technology analysts have recognized “alternative cloud providers” as a legitimate and growing segment of the cloud services market, clearly distinct from the Big Three hyperscale public cloud providers—Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). 451 Research, for example, in its 2020 Trends in Managed Services and Hosting Report observes:To read this article in full, please click here
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As Microsoft attempts to acquire viral video app TikTok's US operations, analysts speculated on a few other names that might be on the tech titan's shopping list. The list of 10 potential Microsoft acquisitions includes Dropbox, Slack, Twilio, Docusign and VMware, which Dell is considering spinning out, plus startups Mmhmm and Superhuman. Keep in mind, Microsoft's largest acquisition to date was its $26.2 billion LinkedIn deal, and while it appears Microsoft might be willing to pay more for TikTok, multibillion-dollar deals still are pretty uncommon for the company. Are you a Microsoft employee? Contact this reporter via encrypted messaging app Signal (+1-425-344-8242) or email ([email protected]). Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. While Microsoft's bid to acquire viral video app TikTok's US operations may have come as a surprise, there are a few other big deals that industry-watchers think are a little more predictable.  Business Insider compiled a list of companies analysts say Microsoft could try to buy, based on which buys could bolster key Microsoft businesses such as its Microsoft 365 suite of business software applications, Azure cloud computing business, or Dynamics customer relationship management software. It's worth noting most of the companies on the list cost significantly more than Microsoft has ever paid to acquire any company. Microsoft's largest acquisition to date was its LinkedIn deal worth $26.2 billion. Morningstar analyst Dan Romanoff named big companies like Twilio and Docusign as potential targets, for example, but said he generally expects Microsoft to stick mostly to smaller deals. "I would really expect [Microsoft] to continue to do deals at $1 [billion] or less that generally won't mean much to casual observers," he said, "but will serve to add important functionality to one of its existing product areas." Here are 10 companies, aside from TikTok, that experts say Microsoft could acquire:Mmhmm Valuation: Unknown Mmhmm is building an app intended to allow people to virtually share their screen in a video call and remain in the picture at the same time, as Business Insider's Katie Canales writes, and was founded by by ex-Evernote CEO Phil Libin. The company is still very young, and just raised $4.5 million from investors including Sequoia Capital and cofounders of Instagram, Twitter, and Eventbrite. Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi thinks Mmhmm could be a good acquisition target for Microsoft to build out its popular Teams workplace chat app and "help with the huge number of kids who like to do videos while playing Minecraft." LoopUp Market cap at the time of this writing: $125.33 million (trades on the London Stock Exchange) LoopUp offers a subscription-based conference and remote meeting service. Raul Castanon-Martinez, a 451 Research analyst, told Business Insider the London-based company could help Microsoft bolster its Teams communications app. "Microsoft has been on the offensive in the past few years looking to counter the challenge from emerging [software as a service] providers such as Slack and Zoom that have disrupted the communications and collaboration space," Castanon-Martinez said. "A key area that could support this strategy is to expand the telephony capabilities in Teams." LoopUp recently launched a Microsoft Teams integration, and Castanon-Martinez said Microsoft could acquire the company to compete against key industry players like Cisco and RingCentral.   Superhuman Valuation: $270 million as of June 2019, per PitchBook Superhuman builds an app intended to help users empty their inboxes in what it bills as "the fastest email experience ever made." Unlike most other email apps, it's not free — rather, it requires a $30/month subscription to use. In return, users get access to all kinds of email decluttering tools, including a conversational view that makes email look like a text message, as well as powerful keyboard shortcuts. Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said Superhuman could help Microsoft "modernize" its Outlook email app. Dropbox Market cap at the time of this writing: $9.62 billion Dropbox builds a popular cloud-based file storage service. Microsoft already has a similar service with its OneDrive – but it wouldn't necessarily be acquiring Dropbox for its features. "With over 500 million users, Dropbox doesn't necessarily add volumes to its current OneDrive capabilities, but it brings an enormous loyal user base and its revenues with it," Futurum Research analyst Daniel Newman said. Slack Market cap at the time of this writing: $16.96 billion Popular corporate workplace chat app Slack is a big competitor to Microsoft's own chat app Teams. "Teams has exploded and Slack has floundered a bit," Futurum Research Daniel Newman told Business Insider. "[Microsoft] could acquire it to grow its base, enhance Teams and block Zoom from becoming more directly competitive to the full [Microsoft] Teams suite." Still, there's a lot that makes a Slack acquisition appear unlikely. There seems to be bad blood between the two and tensions could be rising after Slack recently filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft in the European Union. Not to mention that acquiring Slack might attract the wrong kind of attention from lawmakers amid broad antitrust scrutiny of the entire industry. Meanwhile, Amazon's cloud business Amazon Web Services and Slack just inked a big partnership, perhaps indicating that the two are cozying up. Crowdstrike Market cap at the time of this writing: $20.95 billion Microsoft could buy cybersecurity company Crowdstrike, RBC Capital Markets said in its 2020 software outlook report, and combine the company's products with its own to provide security to customers of all sizes, from small businesses to large enterprises. RBC in the report published in January said Microsoft could sell the combined security product on its own or as a bundle through the company's Office 365 cloud-based suite of productivity tools. Microsoft's security spending, RBC noted back then, has reached $1 billion annually. RBC analyst Alex Zukin confirmed the firm still believes Crowdstrike is a potential Microsoft acquisition target as of August. "Generally we think the company remains a very keen and opportunistic acquirer of very high quality assets at compelling price points," he told Business Insider. Microsoft, for its part, has recently taken big steps to renew its push into the cybersecurity market, positioning itself to take advantage of the boom in remote work by helping to provide tools to help secure and manage a distributed workforce. Twilio Market cap at the time of this writing: $37.29 billion Twilio builds a cloud communications platform intended help developers write apps that can send text messages and make phone calls. "Twilio makes a lot of sense because it is broad based with a seemingly endless array of use cases," Morningstar analyst Dan Romanoff told Business Insider. Microsoft could add "name brand" acquisition targets such as Twilio, Romanoff said, to its Microsoft 365 suite of business software applications, Azure cloud computing business, or Dynamics customer relationship management software. But with Twilio valued so richly at about $37 billion, Microsoft would likely have to pay a hefty price for Twilio. "It's hard to imagine MSFT doing a deal that big," Romanoff said. Twilio has been a favorite among analysts' potential Microsoft picks. RBC Capital Markets in a report earlier this year said that Twilio would be a good buy for Microsoft in order to embed Twilio's voice, messaging and email communication into Microsoft's consumer and business applications — and bring along the more than 7 million developers who use Twilio. Piper Sandler said around the same time Microsoft could acquire Twilio could enhance Microsoft Azure's developer ecosystem. Piper Sandler did not respond to a request about whether their view of a potential Twilio acquisition has changed since January. DocuSign Market cap at the time of this writing: $39.58 billion. DocuSign helps companies sign and manage agreements electronically. It's one of the companies Morningstar analyst Dan Romanoff says Microsoft could acquire and add to existing businesses such as Microsoft 365 suite of business software applications, Azure cloud computing business, or Dynamics customer relationship management software. "DocSsign makes some sense also given the greenfield opportunity and DocuSign's broad appeal," Romanoff told Business Insider. But the price to acquire DocuSign would be steep and likely more than Microsoft wants to spend on acquisition of this kind. Romanoff expects Microsoft will mostly do deals for less than $1 billion. Workday Market cap at the time of this writing: $42.55 billion Workday's human resources and financial management platform is used by 50 percent of Fortune 500 companies, according to RBC Capital Markets 2020 software outlook report. Buying Workday would "provide [Microsoft] entry into what we believe is going to be the most durable cloud growth market outside of the public cloud," which it said is cloud enterprise resource planning.  Analysts at Piper Sandler agreed earlier this year that Workday could be a potential acquisition market as Microsoft only has less than 5% of the so-called "human capital management" market that Workday is in. RBC analyst Alex Zukin confirmed the firm still believes Workday is a potential Microsoft acquisition target as of August, but Piper Sandler did not respond to a request about whether its analysts still see the potential for a deal happening between the companies. VMware Market cap at the time of this writing: $60.49 billion Dell is considering "a potential spin-off of its 81% ownership" of VMware, the software giant it bought in 2015 through a merger with EMC. Futurum Research analyst Dan Newman said Microsoft could consider swooping in and acquiring VMware. "With hybrid cloud being hot and VMware being one of the most utilized software suites to bridge on-prem and cloud, this could be a game changer for Azure and its hybrid cloud ambitions," Newman told Business Insider. VMware could be valued as much as $100 billion in a potential acquisition, Newman said, so "there won't be a lot of suitors."  The future of VMware is a hot topic, with Business Insider's Ben Pimentel reporting that it could be a good fit for Amazon, IBM, Oracle, or Google, too.
For businesses trying to achieve digital transformation, building systems of data-sharing within and between sales and marketing organizations is a critical area of investment.And organizations ignore the importance of syncing sales and marketing data at their peril — we have reason to believe that when sales and marketing remain in silos, businesses sink.Why?Because sales and marketing are the core departments managing the data that can be combined to build a single customer profile and the touchpoints that power personalized customer experiences.In a recent collaborative study with 451 Research and Adobe, respondents identified the most important sales and marketing opportunities for their organizations.Companies must: 1) speed up revenue recognition by digitizing the sales process, and 2) optimize customer journey interactions by combining data from across the organization into one profile.Adobe and Microsoft have combined to support exactly those outcomes.Built on the foundational belief that customer data shared is worth more than the sum of its parts, our partnership has built deep integrations between applications to share data between the Adobe Experience Cloud and Microsoft Dynamics.This powers a single unified profile, so sales, marketing, and front-line employees can make decisions with confidence and promote customer loyalty.
This year's virtual Google Cloud Next conference showed that the cloud unit is trying to do some "myth busting" as it competes against Amazon Web Services and Microsoft, an analyst says. Google Cloud has struggled with being seen as less secure or less of a serious enterprise cloud player than its competitors, but it's trying to change that image by launching new security products and announcing big customers. Google Cloud is also continuing to launch multi-cloud products — like BigQuery Omni — as it works to highlight its strengths, while being friendly for customers that already use another cloud service. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google Cloud is trying to shatter a handful of perceptions about its services as it takes on rivals Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.  Google Cloud's big developer conference was all about "myth busting" this year, says Maribel Lopez, founder and principal analyst of Lopez Research, referring to its virtual Next conference this week where it announced a variety of new products and customers.  In particular, Google Cloud wanted to counteract the idea that it's less secure than competitors and not able to attract customers in heavily regulated industries, Lopez says. Currently, Google Cloud still trails behind AWS and Microsoft as it competes for a bigger slice of cloud market share.  With a handful of announcements around giving customers the option to use multiple clouds, Google Cloud was also refuting that its commitment to multi-cloud is just "lip service," Lopez says.  "Last year was more about whizzy innovation," Lopez told Business Insider. "This year was much more practical." The three themes Google hammered away at, according to Lopez, were: "Why we're the most secure, why we're the most reliable, how we can do multicloud better." Google has struggled with perceptions on data privacy Over the years, Google has faced criticism for how it handles data privacy, and Lopez says that the handful of new security products Google Cloud announced this week could help distance it from Google's reputation. For example, a security product called Confidential Computing will encrypt data while it's being processed. "It really speaks to me that they have been struggling with the perception that they have poor security and, for some reason, data will be leaked if it's in Google Cloud or it will be used by Google," Lopez said. "That's a perception that has been propagated by competitors." Google Cloud is trying to 'morph' itself into an 'enterprise grade player' There's also the perception that established and regulated industries would not want to use Google Cloud, which the company counteracted by announcing a host of new customers in banking, automotive, and telecommunications, and more.  When Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian took over the role, he announced that the company would triple its salesforce and focus on selling to specific industries. Google Cloud's new set of customers — including Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachz — show that it's working to deliver on that promise. Read more: Under Thomas Kurian, Google Cloud is announcing some heavyweight enterprise customers and it's a good sign for his ultimate ambitions "They're still trying to morph themselves into an enterprise-grade player," Gartner vice president Sid Nag told Business Insider. "They're moving forward but still have a ways to go." As part of this drive, Google Cloud also has been hiring new leaders to focus on those industries. For example, in May, it hired two new VPs of industry solutions: Lori Mitchell-Keller and George Nazi, who will focus on telecommunications, media, and entertainment.  "Google is attempting more outreach for clients, purely in the interest of increasing their subscriber base,"  James Sanders of 451 Research (now a part of S&P Global Market Intelligence), told Business Insider. "They've hired away a lot of executives from companies to refocus their efforts on Google Cloud and that shows." Google Cloud is taking a 'humbled approach' by allowing customers to use multiple clouds Google Cloud wants to be at least the No. 2 cloud, and it's taking a "humbled approach" to get there, Nag says. Google Cloud is building capabilities for customers to use multiple clouds – even those of rival clouds like AWS and Microsoft.  Last year, Google Cloud announced a hybrid cloud product called Anthos and this year it announced BigQuery Omni to run data analytics on multiple clouds. While it can be a lot of work for customers to completely switch from one cloud or another, many customers still have plenty of data they haven't moved to the cloud – and Google Cloud wants to jump in on this opportunity.  New products like BigQuery Omni highlight Google's strengths, while being friendly for customers that already use another cloud service. "Their strategy is to get in there with a non-threatening manner and highlight the capabilities where they shine: To land and expand," Nag said. "I think that's their best option." Got a tip? Contact this reporter via email at [email protected], Signal at 646.376.6106, Telegram at @rosaliechan, or Twitter DM at @rosaliechan17. 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When McDonald's spent over $300 million on big data crunching startup Dynamic Yield earlier this year, the move came as something of a surprise.As with Dynamic Yield's decision engine, which switches up menu items based on what it thinks consumers want at any given time and location, Apprente's ultimate goal is to increase the speed of any given transaction.Apprente calls its technology "sound-to-meaning," in contrast to "speech-to-text.""The company believes this provides a better approach for customer-experience-related use cases, particularly in noisy environments such as restaurants and public areas or in cases where customers tend to use colloquial, poorly structured language, resulting in low-accuracy speech recognition," Raúl Castañón-Martínez, a senior analyst at 451 Research, wrote in a recent report on voice assistants.Because it plays within the confines of a menu with a limited number of items, and a fairly predictable interaction paradigm, the Apprente system may well have an easier time making those interactions sound more natural than more free-ranging voice assistants do.And Apprente has touted its ability to incorporate order changes on the fly more quickly than its human analog as an example.
Henrik Nilsson, VP EMEA at Apptio told explained to Silicon: “Hybrid isn’t a one-size fits all operating model as the level of investment in the private cloud vs public cloud vs datacentres will vary in each organization, and often, vary between different departments in the same business.”Nilsson continued: “The right mix of deployments is a balancing act, and CIOs are responsible for finding what can be a very tricky line.Data storage (71%), backup and disaster recovery (69%) and cloud analytics (65%) are the main reasons businesses are building hybrid cloud environments.How enterprises are approaching the design, choice of vendors, and hosting service providers include several components which influence the buying decisions that need to be made.Says Lee James, CTO, EMEA at Rackspace: “The key hurdles CIOs face when it comes to deploying hybrid cloud arise from the pressure to deliver both changes and results straight away.It’s easier to ensure a successful deployment if the transformation is being presented as something key stakeholders will be actively involved in, rather than a process they will be subjected to.”
“People want an open-source alternative because they need the trust, the flexibility and the innovation that only open source is able to deliver,” said Ian Tien, co-founder and CEO of Mattermost, an open-source team messaging tool that launched in 2015.One of the key advantages Mattermost has over cloud-based competitors like Slack and Microsoft Teams is that it can be downloaded and installed on private servers, said Raúl Castañón-Martínez, a senior analyst at 451 Research.“We think that messaging and collaboration is going to be as big as email and web conferencing,” said Tien, pointing to Slack’s forecast of a total market value in the region of $28 billion in its recent S1 filing.At the same time the company was building the messaging software, there was growing frustration with the messaging app used internally by SpinPunch’s staff.“We had 26 gigs of information in this platform, and they wouldn't give us our data back.Instead, the team decided to repurpose the code used for its game portal messaging app and create a business-focused team chat app that would free the company from lock-in to a vendor.
The company says the move has already helped improve customer service with faster, more effective information sharing.Ferguson, which had $16.7 billion in sales last year, wanted to focus on its frontline workers as part of a digital workplace program that centers around the use of Office 365 and a rollout earlier this year of Teams.The application is now in regular use by over half of Ferguson’s 28,000 workers across 1,400 sales locations and 10 distribution centers.“Until recently, frontline workers were outside the realm of IT workers,” said Raúl Castañón-Martínez, a senior analyst at 451 Research.“There are several reasons for this, including the fact that collaboration tools have traditionally focused on knowledge workers.Organizations are becoming increasingly aware that digital transformation initiatives are relevant for all employees; this is particularly evident for client-interfacing positions.”
Here in 2019, though, we're doing what we can to disrupt that vision and steer the course away from human-machine antagonism and more toward cooperation.For the industrial Internet of Things, defense in depth is a requirementWe spoke yesterday about the security of the industrial Internet of Things with John Spooner, senior IoT analyst at 451 Research in Boston, and he also had a fair amount to say on the more positive concept of humans and machines teaming up to build things better.“Artificial intelligence and augmented humans includes a whole range of stuff, from implants that improve your memory and vision to exoskeletons that would help you ambulate or lift,” he told us.Electric eyes on the prizeOn the physical side of the equation, consider the example of Ford Motor Company, which has rolled out to its global factories wearable exoskeletons developed by Ekso Bionics.
With unstructured data now growing faster than database information, there are new challenges in maintaining control over data that goes dark almost as soon as it leaves the direct control of its creator.Metadata can serve as a mechanism for classification that can be used for long-term data governance, as well as improving the focus and efficiency of analytics applications.Learn more in this 451 Research Business Impact Brief
SAN FRANCISCO – Slack has partnered with cloud video communications vendor Zoom in a move designed to bolster video capabilities for Slack users.Zoom – which, like Slack, is preparing for a stock market listing – competes with Cisco Webex, Skype for Business (now part of Microsoft Teams), Google Hangouts Meet and others, with its Zoom Meetings software.The company also has offerings for conference rooms and phone systems.Zoom had revenues of $330.5 million in 2019, according to its pre-IPO S-1 filing, an increase of 118% from the previous year.Raúl Castañón-Martínez, a senior analyst at 451 Research, called the Slack/Zoom integration “very significant and potentially disruptive” for both the unified communication as a service (UCaaS) and team collaboration software markets.In addition to Zoom, Slack integrates with a variety of video communications firms including BlueJeans, join.me, Webex Meetings, appear.in and LogMeIn’s GoToMeeting.
The app container industry is expected to experience enormous growth in the next few years, coinciding with the rise in popularity of processor servers based on British holding company Arm’s architectures.In fact, 451 Research anticipates the emerging market will be worth more than $4.3 billion by 2022, while Arm claims close to 1 million datacenter servers packing its silicon shipped in 2018.To support the complementary sectors’ continued expansion, Docker and Arm today announced a strategic partnership that will see the two companies streamline the app development tools for cloud, edge, and internet of things environments built on Arm.These include tools like Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) EC2 A1 instances based on AWS’ Graviton Processors (which feature 64-bit Arm Neoverse cores).Specifically, the companies will jointly offer a common software pipeline, in addition to delivery and production frameworks.And they’ll make new Docker-based solutions available to the Arm ecosystem as an extension of Arm’s server-tailored Neoverse platform, which they say will let developers more easily leverage containers — both remote and on-premises.
SAN FRANCISCO – Google on Wednesday announced a slew of enhancements to G Suite, its productivity suite that includes Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Gmail, Hangouts Chat and a variety of other business apps.G Suite now has 5 million paying business customers, up from 4 million one year ago, according to David Thacker, vice president of product management for G Suite.“Our focus is on helping organizations transform the way they work,” Thacker said.“Individually there were no major announcements; however, together they paint a picture of the direction in which Google is headed with G Suite,” said Raúl Castañón Martínez, a senior analyst at 451 Research.“This includes a shift in the user experience, which I expect will have a major impact in how individuals and teams get work done.”For example, Google Assistant will finally gain access to enterprise G Suite accounts, starting with the Calendar app.
Microsoft will integrate the app with its Teams collaboration platform in the next 12 to 18 months, the company said in a blog post on Thursday, as part of its larger plans to appeal to “first-line” workers such as retail, healthcare and service staffers.The free Kaizala app for Android and iOS has been available for individual download in the U.S. since launch, but not included in Office 365 subscriptions.As of today, Kaizala is available to Office 365 customers globally in 40 languages and 180 markets, including the U.S.Kaizala supports group text messaging as well as video and audio calls, much like consumer messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.Indeed, Kaizala emerged as a project within Microsoft as a business alternative to consumer messaging apps, according to Raúl Castañón Martínez, a senior analyst at 451 Research.With its business focus, Kaizala has security and administrative features that consumer-focused tools tend to lack.
Given how dramatically containerized apps and microservices can simplify software management, it comes as no real surprise that enterprise adoption is on an upswing.According to 451 Research, the app container market could be worth a whopping $2.7 billion by 2020 (up from $762 million in 2016), and Portworx reports that over 30 percent of companies spent $500,000-plus on license and usage fees for container tech in 2017.Moreover, analysts at Gartner predict that in the next year, roughly 50 percent of companies will use containers in some form.Pixeom, for one, is riding the wave pretty successfully.The Santa Clara, California-based startup, which develops edge computing software for enterprises, today announced that it’s raised $15 million in funding led by Intel Capital, following investments from Samsung’s Catalyst Fund and energy delivery company National Grid.It comes after revenue grew four times year-over-year to hit “double-digit millions,” and shortly after Pixeom crossed a major milestone: over one million deployments.
With unstructured data now growing faster than database information, there are new challenges in maintaining control over data that goes dark almost as soon as it leaves the direct control of its creator.Metadata can serve as a mechanism for classification that can be used for long-term data governance, as well as improving the focus and efficiency of analytics applications.Learn more in this 451 Research Business Impact Brief.
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