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INTELLIGENCE REPORT SUMMARIES
Application Platforms
Date  Report
Feb 14
Oracle is addressing enterprises’ labor-intensive processes in customer support, chatbots, and integration via cognitive optimization enabled through cloud services.

Feb 2
The new Cisco Container Platform enforces Cisco’s multi-cloud strategy by offering customers a consistent way of running containers across both on-premises environments and public clouds, although initial use will be limited to Google’s Cloud.

Feb 1
By acquiring CoreOS, Red Hat deepened its role as a leading player in the growing container services market, helping to automate DevOps’ task in packaging, managing, and deploying modern enterprise applications.

Jan 29
Demand for agile web, mobile, and IoT app development platforms prompted IBM to expand its Mendix partnership, ultimately enabling enterprises to access IBM Cloud’s advanced platform services including Watson IoT and AI more easily.

Jan 18
The cloud era’s evolving app development technologies have presented new competitive opportunities for IT market leaders to help enterprises orchestrate the entire application and platform ecosystem of technologies across the entire lifecycle.

Jan 5
Following a year of significant progress in innovations supporting microservices and serverless architectures, attention to operational deployment needs will be the dominant theme among application platforms vendors in 2018.

Jan 3
Amidst its 50 qubit quantum leap, IBM makes a call to action among the best and brightest of computational minds to design intelligent apps running atop the IBM Cloud.

Dec 22 2017
New app development technologies in a cloud era have created a significant competitive opportunity for IT market leaders to help enterprises orchestrate the whole application and platform ecosystem of technologies across the entire lifecycle.

Dec 22 2017
Our top predictions for 2018 tackle enterprise challenges including the ever-growing use of public cloud computing, the need to manage disparate cloud platforms, and a desire to reinvent DevOps for continuous integration and delivery.

Dec 20 2017
The IoT market is presenting broader opportunities among IT leaders in the form of innovative development, security, streaming analytics and open source IoT operating system, all dispensed via cloud offerings.

Dec 19 2017
In 2018, data center technology vendors will, through partnerships and new solutions, target the need for hybrid, and increasingly distributed and intelligent IT environments, along with simpler ways of procuring, deploying and consuming IT.

Dec 8 2017
While the application platforms vendor community made significant progress in innovations supporting microservices and serverless architectures in 2017, attention to operational deployment needs will result in significant advancements in 2018.

Dec 8 2017
HPE has done much to strengthen the narratives about its recent acquisitions and their relationship with its wider strategy, but it now needs to build awareness of new brands such as OneSphere and GreenLake, and to address apparent overlaps.

Dec 6 2017
In 2017, the enterprise data and analytics vendor community emphasized opportunity, but the coming year will reveal a shift in focus towards quality, solving problems such as data governance, and putting AI to work within business workflows.

Dec 6 2017
To ensure the continued success of the OpenStack platform, the OpenStack community needs to demonstrate momentum around several new initiatives announced in Sydney, including a focus on improved support for containers and edge environments.

Dec 6 2017
Mobile app platforms are beginning to serve broader, modern app development agendas. We name IBM and Kony as leaders in executing innovative strategies in response to this trend.

Dec 5 2017
Outgoing HPE CEO, Meg Whitman, has encouraged new CEO, Antonio Negi, to be bold and take risks. Under his leadership HPE will strengthen its focus on IoT, the edge and intelligent IT and even plans to extend edge connectivity to outer space.

Nov 29 2017
Microsoft is creating a new API that will make location services a native component of the Azure platform, which will bolster the company’s IoT efforts, but a slow rollout and incomplete partner gallery indicates intent rather than execution.

Nov 17 2017
Red Hat’s newest cloud services supports operational requirements necessary for different types of apps now able to run on the platform, from net new mobile, big data, and analytics to lift and shift of traditional apps.

Nov 15 2017
Salesforce and its rivals including IBM and Red Hat are rolling out similar cloud services in the form of DevOps automation, management, and configuration, recognizing the industry is moving into the next phase of cloud development.

Nov 14 2017
IBM will focus key 2018 cloud initiatives on new services, tools, and architectures which support cloud-native paradigms that meet DevOps’ requirements for automation and infrastructure abstraction in their quest for CICD.

Nov 10 2017
Salesforce’s power-to-the-people moto is backed by portfolio-wide rebranding with its most cherished brand, Force, renamed Lightning – illustrating UX and its ability to meet coders and non-coders alike while addressing modern app development needs.

Nov 7 2017
SUSE’s new application platform builds on its DevOps technology acquisition from HPE last year, aimed at helping SUSE leverage its OpenStack relationships and move up the cloud stack.

Nov 3 2017
IBM Cloud Private is a hybrid cloud play with an emphasis on equipping developers with tools and capabilities for managing applications in multi-cloud contexts, but IBM needs a bolder and more joined-up approach to marketing its cloud solutions.

Nov 3 2017
IBM Cloud Private is a hybrid cloud play with an emphasis on equipping developers with tools and capabilities for deploying and managing applications in multi-cloud contexts, but IBM will face strong competition in this segment from a host rivals.

Oct 31 2017
Key themes of the 2017 Open Source Summit Europe included the continued ascendency of Kubernetes, which has fast become the most popular container management platform, and the support Kubernetes is receiving from vendors like Microsoft and Docker.

Oct 26 2017
A new Cisco-Google alliance will enhance both companies’ ability to offer hybrid cloud solutions to enterprises and advance the use of Kubernetes for container orchestration, but AWS could yet thwart Google’s bid for hybrid cloud supremacy.

Oct 25 2017
By prominently featuring Kubernetes at the center of its Azure Container Service, Microsoft solidifies a container strategy that directly threatens public cloud rival AWS.

Oct 18 2017
Instana, a startup built by a group of APM vets, is taking on the competitive DevOps market segment by addressing key pain points, including the need for multi-language support and minimal configuration setup.

Oct 17 2017
The transformation of NetApp’s business away from traditional storage and towards solutions that help enterprises manage and capitalize on data has resulted in an expansive set of brands that require careful marketing and management.

Oct 17 2017
Alongside the rollout of its blockchain strategy this week, IBM’s professional group, GTS, announced two new cloud services aimed at helping enterprise IT operators migrate and deploy workloads from the data center into a hybrid cloud environment.

Oct 9 2017
Oracle may be late to the cloud party, but its core integration and API platform serves as a strong foundation for its modern app development plans.

Oct 6 2017
At its annual Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle made several enhancements to its Cloud Platform presenting enterprise developers with new opportunities around blockchain, mobility, and serverless computing via integration and API management innovations.

Oct 4 2017
At its annual user conference, Oracle introduced a series of comprehensive investments in AI spanning both operations and business requirements with mobile chatbots, AI-infused LoB apps and a full set of AI cloud platform services.

Oct 2 2017
Application platform vendors are emphasizing a complete cloud stack through an end-to-end solution set which addresses intelligent, enterprise-grade applications and a broader role for operations and LoB users.

Sep 29 2017
Just ahead of JavaOne, Oracle’s long-awaited Java 9 and Java EE 8 releases include key cloud and microservices updates alongside a revamped update cycle involving the open source community.

Sep 29 2017
Enterprise IoT technology providers, in response to customer concerns over IoT costs and complexity, are taking matters into their own hands, creating prebuilt solutions specific to discrete IoT use cases and simplifying development processes.

Sep 29 2017
NetApp Insight 2017: Solution Announcements Will Reinforce Strategy Success and Further Fuel Takeover Rumors

Sep 29 2017
SAP is combining its PaaS and business apps strengths, enhanced through cognitive intelligence and presented to enterprises as solutions. The analytics innovations, along with RAD tools, are being fulfilled via partner technologies.

Sep 29 2017
To succeed with its plan to target industrial IoT growth opportunities, newly formed Hitachi Vantara must assert its core differentiators, including its extensive OT experience, “co-creation” approach and revamped Lumada IoT software.

Sep 14 2017
Application platform providers have big plans for the IoT market segment, playing a crucial role in the ecosystem alongside partners that need core integration and messaging platforms.

Sep 7 2017
Microsoft has moved to further container adoption via built-in image support for ASP.NET, now available on Linux.

Sep 6 2017
At its annual Connect conference, Huawei set down its plan to become one of the five dominant public cloud platform providers, but it intends to do so in a fairly unorthodox manner.

Sep 5 2017
Virtualization giant VMware demonstrated its might in addressing what’s become a key barrier of adoption: moving containerized apps into production. Now the question remains whether it can grasp equally important emerging DevOps issues.

Aug 30 2017
The new joint VMware, Google, and Pivotal container service eases infrastructure configuration requirements, which have delayed adoption, leveraging VMware’s core competencies. Overall, however, it lacks a DevOps technology roadmap.

Aug 24 2017
Building on a two-year cloud partnership, Red Hat is bringing Microsoft Azure and SQL Server into the fold of its managed hybrid cloud via OpenShift container service and RHEL.

Aug 22 2017
Google’s Chrome Enterprise OS launched today with links to Active Directory and AirWatch and covering Chrome and Android devices. The proposition could disintermediate network operators that offer enterprise mobility, and later IoT, services.


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