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Accenture SMACs down on digital This article is sponsored by:

When you think of Accenture, most people would think about multi-year, multi-million cost, massive outsourcing, systems integration, ERP and consulting projects. Time to smack down on digital!

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Perspectives on a cloud bromance This article is sponsored by:

This week has seen one of the largest deals in enterprise software: Salesforce.com's nine year commitment to Oracle technology. In this final piece, we ask important outstanding questions and provide insights into what this means for customers.

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Aaron Levie: no more Game of Thrones This article is sponsored by:

Enterprise software is less Game of Thrones, more Friends thanks to Oracle et al, reckons Box CEO Aaron Levie. But the real winner is the customer.

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A French kiss for Adobe's digital marketing ambition This article is sponsored by:

A timely reminder that there have been things going on other than the Ellison/Benioff reshaping of the cloud world order came with the news that Adobe's beefed up its marketing cloud credentials with the purchase of Neolane for a cool $600 million.

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Salesforce + Oracle? Good grief! (the 5 stages) This article is sponsored by:

The news that cloud computing hero Salesforce.com has thrown its lot in with on-premise IT villain Oracle has produced a gamut of conflicting reactions for us cloud fanbois.

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TIBCO wants you to take notice of big data This article is sponsored by:

TIBCO has been hefting massive amounts of data for many years. In this conversation, Matt Quinn, CTO explains what the company means by 'big data' with examples of problems that it can solve. Enjoy.

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Oracle and Netsuite - the last shoe drops This article is sponsored by:

In the last of the big Oracle related announcements of the week, the company announces a strategic partnership with NetSuite. This is more of a win for NetSuite than Oracle in the short term but a bigger win for Oracle in its efforts to blanket the market. There are plenty of questions for customers to consider.

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HCM lessons and controversies - Q/A with Jarret Pazahanick This article is sponsored by:

Last Friday, I had a lengthy and frank conversation with HCM consultant Jarret Pazahanick. I wanted to better understand what motivates Jarret's blog posts, and also dig into the customer lessons he has learned after 15 years as an HR consultant. And, yes, SAP versus Workday. Here's the highlights.

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Oracle, Salesforce & things that make me go 'hmmm...' This article is sponsored by:

Thursday will see Marc Benioff and Larry Ellison standing together and talking in unison instead of standing apart and firing barbs at one another. Will they have answers to all the questions surrounding their new union?

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Pink Floyd - when near free hurts This article is sponsored by:

A war is brewing over royalties paid to musicians. Pink Floyd has come out as one fo many voices opposed to Pandora's support of proposed legislation that would see costs to Pandora slashed and rights removed.

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