Weekly Enterprise Software News Roundup Dec 10-14th

Enterprise Software News and Insights: 

Here are some of the biggest headlines of the week: 
  • U.S. Federal Agency That Switched From BlackBerrys To iPhones Has A Rethink: Plans To Test BB10 Devices Next Year: Some good news for embattled smartphone maker RIM: the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) has said it plans to test BlackBerry 10 devices next year, Reuters is reporting. A spokeswoman for the BlackBerry maker told the news agency that ICE will begin a pilot program on RIM's new line of BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES 10) early next year. Read More... 
  • Intuit CEO: Big Data Can Be "The Great Equalizer": The conventional wisdom has it that Big Data has been good for large enterprises, and very, very bad for consumers and small businesses. According Intuit CEO Brad Smith, though, big data can also be "the great equalizer." Read More...  
  • Google's Coolest Project? Broadband: According to Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, the most interesting project going on at the search giant is its high-speed broadband trials in Kansas City. (Missouri and Kansas versions). Read More...  
  • What we'll see in 2013 in cloud computing: Next year, "the cloud" will finally be ready for enterprise workloads and big companies will finally start moving them there. Data centers will stop being enclosed by walls and those are just two of GigaOM's 5 big cloud predictions. Read on for more. Read More...  
  • HP's 'Rent-A-Network' Could Be The Most Imaginative Thing It's Done In Years: HP just came up with a really cool new service to sell enterprise networks. It imitates the way Amazon sells cloud computing.Read More... 
  • Michael Dell: 64,000 Servers From Number One Position Worldwide And An Official Commitment To OpenStack: Michael Dell said onstage at his Dell Worldkeynote today that Dell is No. 1 in market share for servers in North America and Asia and 64,000 servers from the number one spot worldwide. Read More....  
  • Why The Enterprise Renaissance Will Be Big In 2013: "The easy problems in the world are solved, the hard ones are left, and we're going to need software to fix them."That's how GitHub co-founder Tom Preston-Werner characterized the technological challenges ahead at a roundtable discussion of predictions for the enterprise in San Francisco Thursday. Read More...  
  • Marc Andreessen on the Triumph of Software: Marc Andreessen, a partner in the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and a co-founder of the first major Web browser, Netscape Navigator, discussed software, unions, the fiscal negotiations in Washington and the notion of a tech bubble with Andrew Ross Sorkin at DealBook's post-election conference.Read More... 
  • Cisco Takes Secretive Role As "Unnamed Silicon Valley Industry Titan" In WhipTail's $31M Round: According to multiple sources, Cisco has taken a secretive role as the "Unnamed Silicon Valley industry titan" in a $31 million round forWhipTail, a flash storage company that also took investment from SanDisk and others. Read More... 
  • Amazon gives customers more detailed billing of their cloud services: New AWS billing lets customers see their cloud services charges broken out into more detail - a key issue for many customers who want a better look at what's going on in their AWS cloud. Read More...  

Blog Post of the Week:

  • Enterprise Software Lessons: Simple Is Easy to Understand but Hard to Build and Hard to Sell: Every other startup in the history of enterprise software claims to have the simplest solution to the domain problem they are solving. Seriously, have you ever heard anybody, even Oracle or SAP, say that their software is complex to use while selling to a customer?????? Read More...  
What's New with Tellago:
  • Last week we presented 2 sessions about cloud computing and mobility at VSLive Orlando. Our first session was based on the lessons we learned while building our enterprise mobility cloud platform: KidoZen (www.kidozen.com) . The second session was about Windows Azure Mobile Services and some of the techniques developers can use to start leveraging this interesting technology. Slides coming out soon.....

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