Source: IBMIn the latest twist to "data warehouse in a box" saga, IBM is taking the wraps off its Cloud Private for Data (a.k.a., ICP for Data) offering that it first announced back in March at Think. IBM promises in the new release to offer a private cloud platform that goes well beyond data warehousing to support advanced data science and data engineering as well. It will be available as software on an IBM turnkey product and through clusters running natively on Red Hat OpenShift container application platform as well. The latter is key to connecting to the IBM WebSphere installed base - they don't have to buy a separate cluster to take advantage of the new capabilities.ICP for Data blends and reengineers a mix of IBM tools and platforms into a cloud-native container and microservices architecture that runs with Kubernetes orchestration. It's safe to say that ICP for Data is cloud buzzword-compliant.It will tie in multiple data stores including the well-known Db2, which offers the … [Read more...] about IBM releases Cloud Private for Data
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After a long wait, Slack has announced the version of its popular work chat application that is designed for enterprises. Today, the company unveiled its new Enterprise Grid product, aimed at helping companies administer and connect multiple chat instances.Grid links separate Slack workspaces across an enterpriseGrid allows business administrators to set up each team inside their organization with their own centrally managed Slack instance. Those workspaces can then be linked using shared channels, and all of the people inside an enterprise can direct-message one another, even if they’re not part of the same workspace.Those features help deal with one of the biggest issues enterprises have encountered with Slack. The chat application isn’t really designed to support an entire business with thousands of people all working inside the same instance, while maintaining departmental separation. The only option prior to the launch of Grid was to use a series of isolated Slack … [Read more...] about Slack finally launches its enterprise edition
What is ERP?Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software standardizes, streamlines, and integrates business processes across finance, human resources, procurement, distribution, and other departments. Typically the software operates on an integrated software platform using common data definitions operating on a single database.In 1990, Gartner created the term ERP to describe the evolution of materials requirements planning (MRP) and manufacturing resource planning (MRP II) as they expanded beyond manufacturing into other parts of the enterprise, typically finance and HR.ERP systems evolved rapidly during the 1990s in response to Y2K and the introduction of the Euro. Most enterprises viewed Y2K and the Euro as the cost of doing business, and ERPs provided as a cost-effective way to replace multiple, old systems with a standardized package that could also address these issues.How do ERP and CRM systems differ?On the surface, ERP and customer relationship management (CRM) systems may seem … [Read more...] about What is ERP? A guide to enterprise resource planning systems
After working for two years on an enterprise version of its smart glasses -- Glass Enterprise Edition -- Google says its head-mounted display is now "fully available" for business use.There's still no way to buy the device online, and the question remains whether businesses can benefit from using Glass as a collaboration and workflow tool.Glass Project Lead Jay Kothari wrote in a blog post July 18 that Google Glass Enterprise Edition had evolved from a two-year limited program to being available now to more businesses through a network of development partners, such as EyeSucceed or Proceedix.Google's development partners create applications for specific industries, such as manufacturing, aerospace and healthcare.Google is pitching Glass as a tool that can ease workflows by helping employees remain engaged and focused on tasks by removing distractions. Saying "OK Glass," for example, can activate an application.Google partner Proceedix offers a software-as-a-service-based platform … [Read more...] about Is Google Glass really ready for the enterprise?
As anyone in IT can tell you, Linux has invaded the server room. The operating system is running file servers, print servers, content delivery systems, global caching servers, data archives, VPN servers — you name it. There’s a very good chance that the big iron that composes the backbone of your company’s digital world is powered by Linux.Chances are also good that it’s not on many of your desktops, if any.Microsoft Windows continues to rule the enterprise on the desktop. Any inroads made against it have come from macOS X, typically in marketing and creative divisions. Relatively few companies consider the option of Linux on the desktop. But in recent years Linux distributions have become far more sophisticated and user-friendly, and the cost of deployment can be a fraction of more traditional large-scale desktop installations. Linux is often viewed as more secure, too. PC World calls security “one of Linux's many advantages over Windows” and … [Read more...] about The 5 best Linux distros for the enterprise: Red Hat, Ubuntu, Linux Mint and more