Market landscape: in-memory database technologies

The landscape of data solutions has been significantly disrupted in the last several years, on multiple fronts. Another such disruption is taking place now, with the mainstreaming of in-memory database (IMDB) products.

Sector Roadmap

Sector RoadMap: data discovery in 2014

Self-service will be the most powerful market force in data discovery, with mobile support almost as critical. Currently Datameer and Tableau are the best-positioned data-discovery suppliers. Splunk, MicroStrategy, and SiSense are also strong, and Roambi is on the radar.

SAP’s shift to cloud may just be paying off

The German enterprise software company’s latest results show a drop in traditional licensing income, but a healthy uptick in cloud revenue that would be even stronger if it weren’t for pesky currency issues.

Sector Roadmap

Sector RoadMap: SQL-on-Hadoop platforms in 2013

Today’s most successful companies are the ones with the ability to capture and analyze all data available to them. Enter SQL-on-Hadoop solutions, which increase the accessibility of Hadoop and allow organizations to reuse their investment learning in SQL.

What happens if your PaaS passes?

If you build your company’s software on an external platform as a service, what happens when that platform disappears? PHPFog users are finding out. Here’s a cautionary tale.

Quarterly Wrap-up

Big data 2013: key trends and companies to watch

Besides the skyrocketing growth of data itself, there are several key technology trends we will be watching in 2013. That list includes a renaissance in the database market, next-generation SaaS-based BI and visualization tools, and data warehousing as a service. This report examines these trends and others, as well as the companies making a difference in big data that are worth watching as the industry moves into the next year.

Quarterly Wrap-up

Cloud computing 2013: how to navigate without a map

In 2013 IT organizations that support large enterprises will have to figure out how to successfully get mission-critical systems onto public and private cloud computing platforms. The way the industry will use cloud-computing technology in 2013 is not a matter of prediction but more a matter of following the existing adoption patterns and trends into the New Year. Those trends, discussed in this report, include the rise of standards, big data’s role in the cloud, industry-specific clouds, security, and more.

Oracle buys DataRaker for energy analytics smarts

With DataRaker buy Oracle says it can expand its reach into the water and energy verticals and offer deeper analytical “Big Data” services. It also buys new customers and a better maintenance and support revenue stream.


The converged-mobile-messaging market: analysis and forecast

Over-the-top (OTT) messaging applications have upended the mobile operators’ highly profitable short messaging services (SMS) business. The traditional mobile-messaging value chain is changing as upstart OTT players attack the carriers’ control of the value chain and drive down cost.

Oracle buys Instantis, yet another “cloud” company

It never ends. Oracle says its latest acquisition — Instantis — will make it a bigger player in cloud-based project portfolio management. Instantis capabilities will be combined with Fusion and Primavera functions, the company said. Oracle competes with — who else? — SAP in this space.

Metamarkets open sources Druid, its in-memory database

Metamarkets is open sourcing its in-memory database technology called Druid. The rationale for open sourcing a key piece of its technology platform is both altruistic (better all!) and a savvy recognition that if the startup doesn’t do it, someone else will build it.

Does big data really need custom hardware?

IBM and Cisco have both launched specialized hardware designed to securely and efficiently handle big data, but is there a large market for specialized big data gear? If there is such a market, are these the boxes that will fill it?

Ellison says no more big acquisitions. Yeah, right

Oracle CEO and acquirer-in-chief Larry Ellison told CNBC not to expect any big acquisitions in the near future. Instead Oracle will focus on its ambitious cloud plans, engineered systems and organic growth. We’ll see….


IT spending update, third quarter 2012

While cloud, mobility, social, and analytics have been driving demand for IT products and services in 2012, the worldwide IT spending picture has become dimmer as the year has progressed: We’re looking at 5.1 percent worldwide IT spending growth in 2012. The first in a new quarterly series of IT spending forecasts, this report is intended for vendors and users of IT technology to help them better align their technology and business strategies by identifying where their peers and competitors are focusing their investments in 2012. Additionally, this report creates a baseline context for evaluating the extent of adoption of emerging, innovative technologies.

Developers: Here’s your updated backend ecosystems roadmap

As enterprise software vendors try to get more mobile savvy — via acquisition or organically — mobile service companies are looking for new ports in a storm. Kinvey, which tracks these trends, has updated its backend-as-a-service ecosystem map to help developers sort things out.

Atlassian taps ex-Microsoft exec as chairman

Doug Burgum helped launch Great Plains Software and grow it into a company Microsoft bought for $1.1 billion. As chairman of SuccessFactors, he helped bring that company into SAP for $4.3 billion. Now he’s helping Atlassian grow as well.

Fusion-io turns NAND into DRAM for developers

Flash-based storage pioneer Fusion-io (s fio) says it has developed a method for extending a system’s memory from DRAM into Fusion-io’s NAND-based storage tier, enabling the possibility of bigger, cheaper in-memory applications than are currently possible.


PaaS market accelerators, 2012–2013

In recent months many have focused on PaaS solutions as an enabling technology to bring more control to the development and deployment of cloud-based applications and business processes. This research note will focus on the practical uses of PaaS technology for the enterprise, as well as how to move from an existing application-development technology to the use of PaaS solutions. It will also discuss how to make sense of the emerging PaaS market and players and make critical recommendations that will increase the chances of success in moving to PaaS technology.

Back to the future at the TTM symposium

Joe Weinman, senior vice president at Telx, recaps the 2012 IEEE Technology Time Machine symposium. At this year’s event in Silicon Saxony, discussions ranged from emerging nanotechnologies to application-layer services. Speakers included James Truchard, CEO of National Instruments, and UC Berkeley professor Leon Chua.

Oracle seeks social net analytics in Collective Intellect buy

If there were any doubts that the gulf between consumery social networking sites and the stodgier world of enterprise software is narrowing, Oracle’s plan to buy Collective Intellect should erase them. Collective Intellect’s social intelligence solutions monitor consumer conversations on Facebook and Twitter.

Oracle buys Vitrue to hone social marketing chops

Just when you thought Oracle might be done buying stuff, it buys something else. Today the database giant said it is purchasing Vitrue, a company that offers a SaaS service that lets companies better utilize social networking for their branding and marketing efforts.

SAP buys Ariba and its online marketplace for $4.3B

Enterprise software giant SAP is buying Ariba in a $4.3 billion move that will give it control of what may be world’s largest online marketplace. Businesses worldwide use Ariba’s e-commerce and procurement services to buy and sell all sorts of goods and services.

Amazon and SAP put All-in-One in the cloud

SAP All-in-One business applications will now run in Amazon’s cloud — another step that could make Amazon Web Services more enticing to risk-averse businesses that stress over entrusting their life-blood applications to a public cloud.

Coupa scoops up $22M to help companies cut costs

E-procurement player Coupa Software netted $22 million in a Series E funding round led by new investor Crosslink Capital. Companies use Coupa’s cloud-based services to track supplier contracts and requisitions.

Flash storage never sleeps

Although the storage world is awaiting an M&A explosion if EMC actually acquires flash startup XtremIO, Violin Memory and Fusion-io are keeping the hits coming in the meantime. Fusion-io is bringing in new software partners, while Violin brought in another $30 million.

SAP to Oracle: “I will drink your milkshake”

After years of beating around the bush, SAP declares that it is a database company and will take on the biggest kid on the block. It’s about time. It’s funding startups to build applications for Hana and Sybase. But beating Oracle won’t be easy.


Big data: beyond analytics

Key to understanding big data is to move beyond simply examining the technology for data storage and analytics engines in order to focus on other key developments in the field happening under the radar. This research note highlights some of these developments that are critical to any organization wanting to prepare itself for a data-centric economy in the coming decades. We go beyond analytics and highlight the roles of data quality, data obesity and data markets in the future of modern enterprises. We will also introduce a simple model for the next-generation platforms used for building intelligent, data-driven, self-organizing applications.


A near-term outlook for big data

Big data now touches everything from enterprises and hospitals to smart-meter startups and connected devices in the home. Hadoop, meanwhile, is fast becoming the leading tool to analyze that data, and there is the ever-lingering question of privacy and how we, the technology industry, are responsible for teaching ethical ways to collect and regulate our data. This report, composed of eight different sections each written by a GigaOM Pro analyst, offers insights on what to consider when it comes to big data decisions for your business.

Marketing is the next big money sector in technology

Businesses can now leverage big data for the benefit of driving marketing insights. According to Ajay Agarwal of Bain Capital Ventures, this fundamental shift will create several multi-billion dollar winners, and new technology companies will emerge as the marketing equivalents of Salesforce and SAP.

New-look integrator Appirio raises $60M

Appirio, which built its systems integration business in part by knitting software-as-a-service and legacy on-premises software together, netted $60 million in Series D funding led by General Atlantic, bringing total investment to $80 million.

Birst, ParAccel team to put a pretty face on big data

In a meeting of analytics minds, Birst and ParAccel are putting Birst’s graphical reporting gloss atop ParAccel’s analytics database.
Deals like this are the latest proof that big data is important but the ability to put that data into a useable format is also key.


Why the Mac is infiltrating the enterprise

Traditionally, the Mac has made up an extremely small sliver of corporate PC purchases, but over the last few quarters, more and more of them have been incorporated into the workplace. And on the heels of this trend was an announcement from the analysts over at Forrester last month: Businesses should start buying Macs for their employees. Or at any rate, they should at least start allowing employees to bring one, even if it’s their own, to work. Specifically, Forrester called the “prohibition” against Apple desktops and laptops on corporate networks outdated and said it needed to be “repealed.” And that represents a major opportunity for Apple.


Cloud computing 2012: a pessimist’s guide

How does the cloud market for the next year look? There will be no silver linings or lemonade. This research note, part of GigaOM Pro’s outlook for 2012, examines startups’ chances to challenge traditional enterprise IT practices, cloud pricing models, the true state of federated clouds, and how IT jobs will change in the coming months. Expect plenty of defensive M&A, cloud lock-in, phantom data discovery, outages, availability headaches, pricing confusion and job displacement over the next 12 months.

IBM buys Emptoris for supply chain analytics smarts

IBM is buying Emptoris, a specialist in supply chain and contract management analytics, in what is the latest example of an entrenched IT provider’s buying analytics and cloud capabilities. The move comes a week after IBM’s $440 million buyout of DemandTec.

SAP taps NetBase for deep social media analytics

The cloud-based SAP Social Media Analytics service aims to bring more consumer-centric smarts to SAP’s enterprise customers. SAP will sell and provision NetBase semantic search and analytics capabilities and provide a user-friendly dashboard to display the results on an iPad or other device.

SAP snaps up SuccessFactors in vertical SaaS push

SAP America’s decision to buy SuccessFactors and its human capital management expertise for $3.4 billion in cash, is just the latest acquisition of a vertically-focused SaaS player by a legacy software giant. Look for that trend to continue.

SaaS valuations: off the charts and staying that way

New research shows that software-as-a-service companies, which have been valued (much) higher than legacy software players, will continue to reap price premiums over the next 12 to 24 months. The numbers come from Martin Wolf’s M&A Advisors’ MW Index.

‘Sup with SAP?

SAP ‘s looking for acquisitions to help the enterprise software giant enter new “categories,” co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe said this week in comments that sparked a flurry of conjecture about potential targets. So what’s it going to buy to beef up its cloud- and consumer-cred?

So much Hadoop in so many places

Save for Hortonworks’ foray into the product space, none of today’s myriad Hadoop announcements are particularly earth-shaking, but they’re very meaningful when taken as a whole. They’re part of a larger trend in which anyone with a data-driven business has a Hadoop story to tell customers.

Proferi morphs into Tidemark, launches cloud-based EPM

Tidemark, once known as Proferi, emerged from stealth mode today and launched its promised cloud-based enterprise performance management offering with help from Terremark, Cloudera, SnapLogic, and VMware. In addition, Peter Currie joined David Duffield and Ben Horowitz on the Tidemark board. ropes in SAP Ventures for latest venture round just closed additional Series D funding, netting new money from SAP Ventures–the VC arm of enterprise software giant SAP AG, as well as, Bessemer Venture Partners and NEA. This brings the total from the overall Series D round of funding to $81 million.

What’s next for HP?

Will Hewlett-Packard persevere on the enterprise software and cloud computing track set by dearly departed CEO Leo Apotheker? The answer is yes–well–maybe, according to Executive Director Ray Lane and newly minted CEO Meg Whitman, who spoke on the analyst call announcing management changes.

Big data meets commercial building energy

Ditch the hardware and embrace big data and analytics — that could be the key to monitoring and managing energy consumption of commercial buildings. On Thursday startup FirstFuel Software announced that it’s raised $2.4 million from Battery Ventures and Nth Power, to scale up.


How to insure the cloud and protect everyone’s assets

Cloud-computing insurance has long been posed as a solution to the problem of cloud users assuming too much risk of failure in the wake of things such as lengthy outages, data breaches and Lulzsec attacks. But it seems the idea of off-loading some of that risk to a third party — an insurance provider — is finally becoming a reality. Kind of. At the very least, insurance providers are recognizing the importance of insuring both cloud providers and the companies that patronize them — even if their policies still need some fine-tuning.

How Google Maps is changing the face of data

Already incredibly useful for helping us get directions, find the nearest grocery store and find out our state capitol, Google Maps is now becoming the hot way to display enterprise or organizational data that’s tagged with location data. The timing of this trend isn’t surprising.

Enterprise clouds stay hot as Virtustream raises $10M

Virtustream, a cloud computing provider focused on hosting enterprise applications, has raised $10 million in a Series B round. The round was funded by existing investors Intel Capital, Columbia Capital, Noro-Moseley Partners, and TDFunds, which invested $49 million in Virtustream’s Series A round last year.

Tech giants are hungry for M&A — really hungry

In Silicon Valley, happy days are indeed here again: Investors are feeling generous, the IPO market is percolating, and the tech industry’s biggest players have worked up a very healthy appetite for mergers and acquisitions.

Mitsui Backs Redwood Systems’ Smart Lighting

Mitsui sees the promise of networked, smart, LED lighting. This morning, Redwood Systems announced it has raised $3.5 million from Mitsui’s investment arm. Investment Partner Shin Kodera called the funding “a testament to the impact we believe Redwood’s technology will have on the global business landscape.”

SAP Embraces Amazon Cloud, Calls It Production-Ready

Amazon Web Services has upped its enterprise credibility again, this time via a partnership with SAP that has certified certain SAP applications to run in production environments on the AWS cloud. With the designation, AWS joins a select group of enterprise-focused cloud providers.

GridGlo Mines Big Data for Real Time Energy Apps

Is the Foursquare, Twitter, or of real time energy data just around the corner? GridGlo, a year-old startup working on combining energy data with other big data sets, launched on Wednesday, with a plan to sell apps around energy info to utilities.

Thomas Siebel Unveils Customers, Scale of C3

Thomas Siebel unveiled customers and features of his stealthy carbon software company C3 at the Fortune Brainstorm Green event. It’s not a software product, said Siebel, it’s a $150 million effort that will take a decade to build and is more like a division of SAP.

SAP’s CIO Dishes on iPads and Green IT

What’s fascinating to hear how a company that deals in analytics and mobile-device management software approaches these issues within its own walls. For SAP, that means embracing the iPad as a business tool, dumping CRM databases in-memory and tracking carbon emissions down to the molecule.

Oct. 27: What We’re Reading About Infrastructure

One of the obstacles to cloud adoption is that most organizations have infrastructure in place, meaning they can’t just build best-of-breed cloud environments. This was reinforced via an on-point post from James Urquhart, a survey of satisfied cloud users and a round of funding for Riptano.

What the Web Is Saying: HP’s New CEO Fail

Eager to get over the embarrassing departure of former chairman and CEO Mark Hurd, who joined Oracle and was subsequently sued by his former employer, Hewlett-Packard has named a new CEO — but the response to its choice has been underwhelming at best.

What the Web Is Saying: HP’s New CEO Fail

Eager to get over the embarrassing departure of former chairman and CEO Mark Hurd, who joined Oracle and was subsequently sued by his former employer, Hewlett-Packard has named a new CEO — but the response to its choice has been underwhelming at best.

IBM Expands Smart Building, Green IT Tools

IBM has been talking for a long time about linking smart building technology and enterprise-wide sustainability. Late Thursday, it unleashed a slew of new products, services and partnerships aimed at cementing that role.

A Quick Look at the New StumbleUpon App

Social discovery engine StumbleUpon has released a new iPhone application, bringing the product’s web functionality to mobile devices.For those of you unaware, StumbleUpon, which was established in 2001, is a service which allows its users to browse the web in a casual and possibly addictive way.


Report: An Open Source Smart Grid Primer

Finally, the fragmented nature of the utility industry — there are some 3,000 utilities in the United States and Canada, serving roles from power generation to retail delivery of electricity — is a barrier to widespread adoption of new technologies.

Apple’s Enterprise Inroads

Apple, being the savvy company that it is, has positioned itself well to capitalize on IT departments looking to make a change. Some of the largest organizations in the world are taking another look at Apple products, and with good reason.


How Big Data Tools Are Shaping Sustainability Software

More sustainability software services have emerged in recent years than online dating sites, but the next trend for these companies is to turn to next-generation analytics tools to manage the massive of influx of  real-time data emerging around sustainability.

Analysis: Why SAP Is Buying Sybase for $5.8B

SAP says it is buying Sybase for $5.8 billion or roughly $65 a share. The deal highlights the growing importance of the mobile Internet & how smartphones are becoming the all important remote terminals of today’s modern enterprise, in the process supplanting the PCs.


Sustainability Reporting Software: An Overview

With the growing recognition that global warming demands a business response, many companies are budgeting for climate-change plans. These plans aim to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions across a wide range of activities, including procurement, manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, retailing, IT, waste disposal, and regulatory compliance. In drawing up and implementing these plans, though, businesses have made an unexpected discovery: The shift to greener operations creates competitive advantages by cutting costs, preparing for regulation of carbon emissions and presenting an attractively green ethos to the market. Sustainable business, it turns out, is good business.

To help implement their plans, companies can choose from a variety of enterprise sustainability software, also known as carbon management software, delivered via a Web browser in the form of Software as a Service. These systems collect resource-consumption data distributed geographically and functionally across the enterprise including electricity metering, transportation fuel costs and emissions from manufacturing and production facilities. The objective is to bring this data into one place where it can be examined and analyzed comprehensively.

Sustainability software covers three broad areas. One category is aimed at IT and helps manage energy consumption in data centers. A second category monitors and analyzes the flow of electricity in smart-grid installations. The third helps enterprises manage resources, emissions and waste. It collects data and offers visualization tools. The most advanced systems offer sophisticated modeling capabilities, which can aid greatly in formulating and implementing strategies for reducing an enterprise’s environmental footprint.

This third category is the subject of this report. While the green IT and smart-grid categories are relatively mature, the enterprise market is still taking shape. Moreover, this area has potential to become the largest by far. While the traditional market for sustainability software consists of Fortune 500 companies, smaller operations are beginning to recognize the benefits. Sustainability software will become attractive to businesses of all sizes and sectors as industries develop standards for tracking, evaluating, and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and as government regulations spur trade in carbon credits and environmental labeling of consumer products.

This report surveys the history of enterprise sustainability software systems, their capabilities, and how they’re being used in a variety of industries. It also offers recommendations for companies interested in using these tools.


Report: IT Opportunities in Electric Vehicle Management

During the next few years, plug-in hybrid and all electric vehicles will be mass-produced for the first time. The promise of reducing emissions, fuel consumption, and the cost of driving will prompt fleet operators and consumers to purchase more than 800,000 of these vehicles between 2010 and 2015, according to Pike Research’s forecasts. Keeping EVs charged and ready to go will require an infrastructure of equipment for vehicle charging and new IT management system for monitoring, analyzing, and controlling vehicle charging. This report looks at the opportunities for IT companies to solve a variety of challenges for utilities, automakers, consumers and others in the EV ecosystem. Includes market segment forecasts forcustomer information management, smart charging management and data analytics.

Planet Metrics Cleans Up With Method

Carbon management software is like a sophomore on the cleantech campus: it’s been around for awhile, but it’s just now starting to…

How to Put Sustainability On the Books

Corporate social responsibility reports are often a company’s beachhead effort on sustainability, and most focus on relatively easy-to-achieve metrics, such as employee…


Why SAP’s Carbon Software Buy Matters

This week, SAP took a surprisingly early step into the nascent carbon management market: it purchased the young (and relatively unknown in the broader software industry business) carbon management startup Clear Standards. The move is a game-changer for big software firms that have been eying the carbon management market, for startups that have been working on competitive products, and for industries outside of cleantech that have been unsure whether or not to bank on the price of carbon.

A Few Notable Things In Tech Land

Notable Observation: “In the context of software, the word Enterprise has now officially come to mean software that sucks. Enterprise Software hit…


The Smart Energy Home

Smart energy has become a household term, but smart energy technology still has a long road ahead before it actually reaches most U.S. households. However, the residential market is ripe with opportunities (and challenges) for both established and new technology innovators to revolutionize the ways in which we use energy.

A Founder's Tale: Angels vs. VCs

Editor’s Note: Founder Aruni Gunasegaram has written about the virtues of ignoring “the experts” , things no one tells you about VCs,…