In this edition: diginomica does cybersecurity, while AI alarmists meet an optimist. Salesforce has a world tour and SAP had a big show - we've got your breezy roundup. Grappling with workplace diversity is one theme this week; pizza is another. Food-related whiffs abound, with Pizza Hut asking for - and receiving - viral shaming. Finally, can AI ever make better music than the Biebs?
Cloud spend management source-to-pay vendor Coupa extends into direct buying, payments and analytics to blur functional boundaries in enterprise procurement
The addition of IBM and its range of Power-based servers to the Nutanix partner world is most intriguing, not least because the top of that range is the mainframe, and they can run up to 8,000 Linux VMs simultaneously. With a target market of big data analytics it could yet make an interesting prospect.
NoSQL player DataStax has announced the availability of a managed cloud service, which is now available on AWS, but will expand to Azure and Google soon.
Gap managed to impress Wall Street by beating expectations with its latest quarterly numbers, but the harsh reality is that it's being kept buoyant by Old Navy. Meanwhile the retailer is still at "foundational" level when it comes to digital.
It's nearly eight months since I last sat down with Salesforce's Chief Equality Officer Tony Prophet. Since then he's toured the world meeting employees, done his first product demo and seen the US political climate change. Meanwhile the 'day job' values remain unchanged across the Ohana.
Two years is a long time when it comes to the pace of automotive disruption. In my latest Q/A with Evangelos Simoudis, he gives us a look behind his new book on big data and the automotive industry. We get into the five cultural forces causing change in this sector, and why trends like mobility services present new risks and opportunities for carmakers.
A confluence of regulation and cyber attacks make the case for cloud based ERP aka SaaS an inevitable requirement.
Almost every conversation with SAP, its customers and partners had some tinge of indirect access. To its credit, SAP was up front about where it is at. User groups smell opportunity but each has a different approach. Customers are the ones who are left head scratching. We separate the noise from the signal on this discussion.