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Broadcast Business Model Endures as Aereo Loses Legal Challenge

1 July 2014

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On 25 June 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of U.S. TV broadcasters, which sought to block Aereo from operations on the ground that the cloud-based service was violating broadcasters’ copyrights. This ruling caps a nearly two-year battle between Aereo and broadcasters ...

Analyst(s): Andrew Frank Mike McGuire

NetSuite Acquires Venda, Enhances European Presence and Resources

24 July 2014

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On 17 July 2014, NetSuite announced the acquisition of Venda, an e-commerce vendor, for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition of Venda has bolstered NetSuite’s presence in Europe. Although NetSuite could deliver internationally prior to the acquisition, it only earned around 26% ...

Analyst(s): Penny Gillespie Praveen Sengar

Mobile Devices Are a Major Disrupter for Sales Applications

10 June 2014

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Task-driven mobile applications provide greater productivity for salespeople but will require sales application managers to take new approaches to sales force automation (SFA) application delivery. 24/7 access of mobile devices by salespeople will enable sales application managers ...

Analyst(s): Robert P. Desisto

How to Estimate ROI for Customer-Facing Mobile Apps

2 July 2014

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Estimating the value of a mobile app for customers is difficult, but IT leaders need to have realistic estimates to prioritize investment. Mobile app creation is different from other enterprise application engineering, so the multidisciplinary costs of development and operation are ...

Analyst(s): Richard Marshall

PTC Makes Key Advance in Model-Based Systems Engineering With Atego Buy

20 June 2014

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On 16 June 2014, the product life cycle management (PLM) and application life cycle management vendor PTC announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the U.K.-based software company Atego for approximately $50 million in cash. Atego focuses on model-based systems ...

Analyst(s): Marc Halpern

Canon-Milestone Video Surveillance Deal to Impact Government CIOs

20 June 2014

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On 13 June 2014, Canon’s European subsidiary announced an agreement to acquire privately owned Milestone, which focuses on open platform video management software. To date, Milestone's brand positioning has been built on being hardware agnostic. Terms of deal were not disclosed. ...

Analyst(s): Jeff Vining

Esri's Easy-to-Use GeoPlanner Will Appeal to Urban Planners New to GIS

22 July 2014

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On 18 July 2014, Esri officially launched GeoPlanner, an easy-to-use but powerful tool for casual GIS users. GeoPlanner, a Web application based on JavaScript, uses ArcGIS Online to create, analyze and report on urban planning alternatives. Esri also updated its CityEngine 3D modeling ...

Analyst(s): Jeff Vining

Accellos-HighJump Merger Could Position Supply Chain Vendors for Growth

14 July 2014

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On 7 July 2014, Accellos and HighJump Software announced they have agreed to merge. Both companies focus on supply chain execution software (SCE) and trading partner itegration technology. The combined entity will operate under the name HighJump, but will continue to use the brand ...

Analyst(s): C. Dwight Klappich Chad Eschinger

Implement Three Key Infrastructure Outsourcing Levers to Enable Digital Business

10 June 2014

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As businesses add new revenue through digital business channels, IT will be challenged by new processing requirements. IT organizations must therefore work with the business to understand the digital needs of the company and integrate them with the infrastructure strategy and IT ...

Analyst(s): David Edward Ackerman William Maurer

Micros Will Extend Oracle's Reach Into Hospitality and Midsize Accounts

30 June 2014

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On 23 June 2014, Oracle announced it has agreed to acquire Micros Systems, which provides integrated solutions to the hospitality and retail industries, for approximately $5.3 billion, the equivalent of $4.6 billion net of Micros' cash. Oracle expects the deal to close in 2H14, subject ...

Analyst(s): David Kohler Miriam Burt Kelsie Welch

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