rsssocialbusiness IDC RSS alerts Red Hat Acquires CoreOS: Opportunity for Red Hat Going Forward <P>Red Hat Inc.'s history of acquiring smaller companies, often ones that commercialize open source software into enterprise products, makes this acquisition just the latest of a long list of deals (over 30) that have added to Red Hat's portfolio. What is unusual this time, however, is that CoreOS Inc. and Red Hat have a high degree of product overlap. By comparison, most of Red Hat's previous acquisitions were complementary in that they expanded Red Hat's overall portfolio, such as the company's acquisition of JBoss, which added middleware capabilities; Gluster, which added software for file systems; or Ansible, which added configuration and orchestration capabilities. </P><P>We believe this acquisition was made for three reasons: To consolidate market share from a competitor, take advantage of the business operational model that CoreOS had successfully used for its enterprise clients and leverage CoreOS' complementary technology and engineering talent and influence in the Kubernetes community and related projects such as etcd and CNCF activities around container formats.</P> IDC Link Thu, 01 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Gary Chen, Al Gillen, Larry Carvalho Cisco Expands into Container Platform Software and Potential New Buying Centers <P>Cisco continues to extend its reach across developers, cloud architects, and infrastructure and operations teams to address the deployment, management, and orchestration challenges of modern application architectures and containers through a hardware-agnostic, standalone software product. </P> IDC Link Wed, 31 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Stephen Elliot, Gary Chen ConsumerScape 360: Consumer Sentiment Toward Personalization YOY <P>This IDC Survey Spotlight analyzes consumer sentiment on the following statements:</P><UL><LI>Online ads can be useful when they are tailored to my personal taste.</LI><LI>Some emails, websites, and apps are too personalized, I find them creepy.</LI><LI>Companies collect too much personal data about me online.</LI><LI>I like how some websites and apps are sometimes personalized to fit me.</LI></UL><P>This IDC Survey Spotlight is based on IDC's <I>ConsumerScape</I><I> 360</I><I>:</I><I> Emerging Tech</I><I>nology</I> <I>and</I><I> Video </I><I>Survey</I><I>.</I></P> IDC Survey Spotlight Tue, 30 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT John Jackson, Archana Ramachandra Driving Utilities' Digital Journey to the Next Level: Technologies Accelerating Digital Transformation <P>This IDC Survey analyzes a portion of the <I>IDC Energy Insights Annual Survey 2017</I> for the European utilities sector. The survey was carried out between July and October 2017 and targeted managers with IT responsibilities. The survey analyzed data from 175 European utilities across 10 European countries (France, Germany, the U.K., Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden) from electric, gas, and water utilities.</P><P>Examples of areas covered are: </P><UL><LI>Current adoption and future deployment plans for the four pillars of IDC's 3rd Platform and Innovation Accelerators </LI><LI>Digital transformation familiarity and implementation areas.</LI></UL> IDC Survey Tue, 30 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Phevos Skalidis Facebook News Feed Updates Leave Brands One Good Way to Win — and It's Better for Your Business <P>Facebook is changing its News Feed algorithm, according to a post by Mark Zuckerberg, "to help people stay connected and bring us closer together with the people that matter to us." Despite the numerous "sky is falling" articles, Facebook is returning to what works. Brands will need to do what Facebook always wanted them to do: Engage, not broadcast. </P> IDC Link Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Wayne Kurtzman The Business Impact of Facebook's Changes to Its Newsfeed <P>Facebook today announced changes to the way it selects the items that users will see in their newsfeeds. It will favor posts by friends and family, which are likely to foster meaningful transactions instead of driving more engagement. Consequently, users will see fewer posts by news outlets, brands, and celebrities. The newsfeed change will likely mean that users will spend less time on Facebook. The company also said it considered an additional change that would prioritize media deemed more credible, based on user polls and users' willingness to pay for news. </P> IDC Link Fri, 12 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Karsten Weide IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Social and Experiential Solutions 2018 Predictions - Japan Implications <P>本プレゼンテーションは、国内IT市場において、2018年~2021年に国内ソーシャル/エクスペリエンスソリューション市場で起きると予測される主要な事象をITバイヤー向けに記載したものである。</P><P>ソーシャルメディアの利用は、コミュニティと人々が互いに交流する方法を再定義し、現在では、すべてのソーシャルメディアユーザーがリスナー(聴衆)であり、インフルエンサー(影響力のある発信者)となり得る。また、人工知能(AI)、チャットボット、仮想現実(VR)、拡張現実(AR)は、ソーシャルメディア利用の基本ツールを変えつつある。これらの技術がもたらす優れた顧客エクスペリエンスの必要性は、ソーシャルコミュニケーションをよりスケールの大きなものにしていく。</P><P>「ソーシャルメディアは顧客にとって電話と同じく、毎日の活動に利用するメディアに成長している。企業は顧客エクスペリエンスとソーシャルエクスペリエンスを融合させる必要がある。AIやVRなど急速に発展している新しいテクノロジーは、企業が顧客とソーシャルメディアを結び付ける新しい機会を生み出している。国内のソーシャル/エクスペリエンスソリューションはグローバル市場と比較して数年の遅れが見られるが、東京オリンピック/パラリンピックに向けたソーシャルメディアによる顧客エクスペリエンスは、急速に世界市場に迫るであろう」とIDC Japanのグループディレクターである眞鍋 敬は分析している。</P><P>本プレゼンテーションの目的は、上記のような市場環境の変化を捉え、2018年以降に起きるとみられる10項目の事象を提示することで、ITバイヤーが時宣を得た対応策をとれるように支援することにある。</P> Tech Buyer Presentation Tue, 09 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Takashi Manabe IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Social and Experiential 2018 Predictions <P>This IDC Web Conference presents a discussion by IDC's Wayne Kurtzman and John Jackson on the key predictions that will impact the evolution of social media and customer experiences over the next one to three years. Senior IT leaders and line-of-business executives will come away with guidance for managing the implications these predictions harbor for their IT investment priorities and implementation strategies.</P><P>To learn more about IDC FutureScape 2018, go to <B></B><B>.</B> </P> Web Conference: Tech Supplier Fri, 22 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT Wayne Kurtzman, John Jackson Water Utilities IT Investment Priorities: Results from the Energy Insights 2017 Survey <P>This IDC Energy Insight Presentation analyzes a portion of the 2017 <I>IDC Energy Insights Annual Survey</I> for the European utilities sector. It focuses exclusively on the water segment.</P><P>The survey was carried out between July and October 2017 and targeted managers with IT responsibilities. It analyzes data for European water utilities across 10 European countries (France, Germany, the U.K., Italy, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, and the Netherlands).</P><P>This presentation focuses on business outlooks, IT budget distribution activities, external IT spending and ownership, leading business initiatives that influence IT decisions, and top information security priorities among water utility enterprises across Europe. Finally, it focuses on technologies that enable and trigger digital transformation, such as cloud (public and private), mobile, Big Data and analytics, and social media, as well as Internet of Things (IoT), cognitive systems, robotics, augmented/virtual reality, and 3D printing.</P> IDC Survey Wed, 20 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT Roberta Bigliani, Phevos Skalidis OpenStack Infrastructure Ecosystem: Adoption Patterns, Use Cases, and Market Outlook, Part 4 — Customer Survey Results <P>This IDC study is the fourth of a four-part special study entitled <I>OpenStack Infrastructure Ecosystem: Adoption Patterns, Use Cases,</I> <I>and Market Outlook</I><I>.</I> This document includes IDC's analysis on OpenStack deployment and user challenges based on a survey of 500 OpenStack users and evaluators.</P><P>"Enterprises are using OpenStack to drive private cloud deployments and as a key component of hybrid cloud strategies. However, there are still significant complexity and operational issues that especially plague the less advanced customers. Service providers leverage open source and OpenStack to build their services, and they fare better than enterprises in managing the complexity of OpenStack, but they tend to be more demanding technically in terms of requirements and scale. The service provider demand for OpenStack is quite strong, but enterprise demand has slowed recently. However, enterprises currently using OpenStack are growing their footprints, and a large number of enterprise OpenStack evaluators are still waiting to see how the technology evolves. OpenStack maturity has come a long way, but there is still much to be done in order to grow the accessible market." — Gary Chen, research manager, Software-Defined Compute</P> Special Study Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT Gary Chen, Laura DuBois, Ashish Nadkarni, Brad Casemore