An Open Letter To Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff: Don't Let Microsoft Inside Your Head

An Open Letter To Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff: Don
Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff speaking at a TechCrunch event last year. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch) (Note: After an award-winning career in the media business covering the tech industry, Bob Evans was VP of Strategic Communications at SAP in 2011, and Chief Communications Officer at Oracle from 2012 to 2016. He now runs his own firm, Evans Strategic Communications LLC.) Dear Marc— Congratulations on a great quarter, and particularly on …
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New Technology Is Powering Australian Small Business Export Growth

New Technology Is Powering Australian Small Business Export Growth
In today’s connected world, global communities form and shift with ease. They’re built around a common purpose, shared values, and mutual transactions. An online conversation can become a global discussion, business leads can reach you from countries you’ve never visited, and the hiring pool gets deeper and deeper as we embrace remote-working opportunities. As these connections become ever more commonplace, the awe we once felt about cross-continent relations has settled into a se…
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Microsoft Announces Project Brainwave To Take On Google's AI Hardware Lead

Microsoft Announces Project Brainwave To Take On Google
Credit: Microsoft A layout of how multiple the FPGAs chips work together in a large datacenter. Google jumped into the complicated and very expensive business of building its own chips to give itself an edge in artificial intelligence. The chip, called the Tensor Processing Unit, is optimized to run its deep learning algorithms. And to give it a leg up in the its nascent cloud business, the tech giant recently started making the hardware available to outsiders who …
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The Technology Ecosystem Comes Together At Forbes CIO Next

The Technology Ecosystem Comes Together At Forbes CIO Next
The opportunities and challenges of the chief information officer role are greater than ever. Navigating each successfully requires building a world class ecosystem around you. As the master of ceremonies for the Forbes CIO conferences for the past three years, I have been proud to build agendas that represent that world class ecosystem. First, we begin with some of the best CIOs in the world, limiting it to those who lead the function for companies of a billion dollars in revenue and above. Nex…
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Microsoft, Oracle Jump Into Blockchain On Same Day -- And Microsoft Is Clear Leader

Microsoft, Oracle Jump Into Blockchain On Same Day -- And Microsoft Is Clear Leader
Oracle Oracle president of product development Thomas Kurian surely knows blockchain will be huge--what are his plans? (Note: After an award-winning career in the media business covering the tech industry, Bob Evans was VP of Strategic Communications at SAP in 2011, and Chief Communications Officer at Oracle from 2012 to 2016. He now runs his own firm, Evans Strategic Communications LLC.) CLOUD WARS -- Enterprise-tech heavyweights Oracle and Microsoft each jumped…
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SAP Learning Hub, Because There's No 'I' In 'Cloud Project Team'

SAP Learning Hub, Because There
SAP Skilling up on cloud makes you this happy, apparently. The good thing about cloud computing is that it is inherently more flexible, lighter on upfront Capital Expenditure (CapEx) requirements, infinitely (well, in theory) expandable, more easily retractable (when less IT is needed) and it's often more easily custom-tuned to be the specific 'instance' of computing power that a customer needs. That's the good news. The bad thing about cloud computing is that it…
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30 Days Of Chrome: Your Post-Desktop Computing Future Is (Almost) Here

30 Days Of Chrome: Your Post-Desktop Computing Future Is (Almost) Here
Anthony Karcz Let's see what's on this side of the fence... I have a confession to make. I always knew this little Chromebook experiment was going to work out fine. Ever since I covered the G Suite updates last year, I've been eyeing Google as the connected development platform that I needed to generate and access content from anywhere. I still love Scrivener for its organizational abilities and amazing research collection tools, but generally I need those when …
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RoboGolfPro Offers An Instant Golf Swing Fix

RoboGolfPro Offers An Instant Golf Swing Fix
I don’t know what it’s like to be in Tiger Woods’ shoes. But now I know what it’s like to be in his golf shoes. And Jason Day’s. That’s because this past weekend at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif., I tried RoboGolfPro. It’s a robotic golf-training system that stores pre-recorded PGA Tour pro swings in it. Any amateur can grab onto the grip of a club that’s connected at the other end to a robot, and then be guided through a pro’s swing -- right down to every detail and at least at …
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3 Companies Nailing Digital Transformation (That You Haven't Heard About)

3 Companies Nailing Digital Transformation (That You Haven
If one thing is for sure, digital transformation has been a blessing—or a curse—for many companies. Some—especially legacy companies—have had a hard time retrofitting their processes and reinventing their image to fit in with a fast-paced modern world. Others, however, have shown themselves to be agile and willing to change with the times. Those are the companies I’d like to highlight now. In a recent article on Futurum, I discussed a few companies—StubHub, JetBlue, CapitalOne, an…
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IBM Forges Blockchain Collaboration With Nestlé & Walmart For Global Food Safety

IBM Forges Blockchain Collaboration With Nestlé & Walmart For Global Food Safety
A group of leading retailers and food companies including Nestlé and Walmart have signalled their commitment to “strengthen consumer confidence” in the foods they purchase by announcing a major blockchain collaboration with IBM. The consortium will work with ‘Big Blue’ to identify the “most urgent areas” across the global food supply chain that could benefit from the blockchain. Highlighting matters, every year one-in-10 people fall ill (c.600 million) globally and around 420,000 d…
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