Reliance to partner with Microsoft to incubate startups with seed VC capital, mentorship and technology

Reliance will operate through Gennext Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm it set up in 2010. The corporate VC arm has disclosed investments in two firms so far — Covascis Technologies Pvt. Ltd and Videonetics Technology Pvt. Ltd. The exact nature of the tieup is not known but the person cited above was certain that the startups, once identified, will be funded through RIL and there will be no limit on investments as at the seed stage, such companies require only .`50 lakh-.`2 crore.

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Oracle Database In-Memory

Oracle Database In-Memory transparently accelerates analytic queries by orders of magnitude, enabling real-time business decisions. It dramatically accelerates data warehouses and mixed workload OLTP environments. The unique “dual-format” approach automatically maintains data in both the existing Oracle row format for OLTP operations, and in a new purely in-memory column format optimized for analytical processing. Both formats are simultaneously active and transactionally consistent. Embedding the column store into Oracle Database ensures it is fully compatible with ALL existing features, and requires absolutely no changes in the application layer. This means you can start taking full advantage of it on day one, regardless of the application.

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When RightNow sold to Oracle for $1.8 billion, who got the money?

Some current and former employees, who requested anonymity, say stock options could have been more generous for the average employee – while others say opportunities for employee stock acquisition were the same or better than at many companies. As one former RightNow worker put it, “there were a lot of people who made a lot of money” on the sale to Oracle.

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A Fancy Cooler Has Stolen The Title Of Most-Funded Kickstarter Project From Pebble

CoolestCooler has now knocked the Pebble from its vaunted pedestal, with over $10.35 million raised and a little over two days remaining in its campaign.

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Microsoft refuses to comply after judge revives overseas data search warrant

The company argues that customer email deserves the same legal protections that US mail and the contents of telephone conversations currently have. In this case, the warrant was issued under the Stored Communications Act (SCA) using a less-stringent standard.

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Coming Clean on Facebook Reach | Social Media Today

OK – but how much is industry and how much is how good your own content is? “While Facebook brand pages reach an average of 6 percent of their fans, there is wide variation by company and industry. The declines ranged as low as 1 percent to as high as 65 percent.”

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Google Ends Authorship – What does this mean for Content Marketing?

Kind of a mess. “So is the concept of authorship completely dead? The answer is probably no. When asked that question Mueller cryptically said links are links – I take that to mean Google is now much better at understanding who is writing what”

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Is Collaboration Part of Your Customer Experience Strategy? – by @mfauscette

“CX and collaboration are natural allies as a strategy and need to be addressed together. From a CX perspective you simply can’t “fix” your customer issues without solving your internal organizational issues relating to collaboration and communication.”

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Apple’s screen size barrage with iPhone 6, iPad caters to enterprise – by @ldignan

“Apple’s plans to create larger iPhones and iPads may not be sexy, but there’s an opportunity to become as dominant as BlackBerry used to be in the enterprise. “

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Sage’s up-market solution: Is X3 ready for North American market? – by @brianssommer

“Sage ERP X3 has hit a new level of technological sophistication and market relevance. Will the firm put the resources together to help this product line take off in the North American marketplace? “

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Customers praise Microsoft’s ‘no BS’ explanation of cloud service outage – via @dbmoore

kudos for transparency but outages are still costly in the high stakes cloud biz for Microsoft…

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The future of search is finally here: It’s just not evenly distributed

not sure that enterprise search is anywhere close to where it could be…. “Search has been so consistently unsatisfying for so long across so many organizations that we’ve come to accept bad search as fate. But no more: It’s time for the tail to wag the dog.”

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California payroll: Another failure waiting to happen? – by @mkrigsman

“The State Controller’s Office is launching an assessment to recover its failed payroll project. This new project seems doomed even before it starts.”

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Workday Q2 FY2015 blows past revenue forecast, ups full year estimate – by @dahowlett

“Can anything stop Workday as it closes in on $1 billion in bookings? It seems not and the addition of BoA as a cornerstone financial services customer bodes well. But…it isn’t all plain sailing.”

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End the Tyranny of 24/7 Email

I always looked at this problem as an individual cracking down on their own habits, but some of these policies are interesting.

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Acumatica — Living the Channel Challenge in the Midmarket – by @josheac #aps14

“I’ve followed the enterprise software market for decades now, and the sad/ironic/bitter truth is that, when it comes to the large enterprise, all the great technology and marketing prowess goes to the field to die”

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Uber’s Biggest Danger Is Its Business Model, Not Bad PR

“But the real peril to Uber isn’t bad PR. It’s the costs of recruiting drivers and what that says about Uber’s business model compared to those of traditional software companies. More drivers don’t equal more value added. They simply equal staying alive.”

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Is SAP’s HANA Gaining Traction with Platform Approach? – by @all1ann

“Unlike its competitors, SAP has a platform vision for HANA, its in-memory database management system. But do its customers share the vision?”

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The Friday Roast – wearables and the Fitbit Force fraud – by @dahowlett

“You can fool the Fitbit Force into believing that you are taking activity when you’re not. Here’s how. It’s a fraud.”

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Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’ #research – via @dahowlett

“A major insight into human behavior from pre-internet era studies of communication is the tendency of people not to speak up about policy issues in public—or among their family, friends, and work colleagues—when they believe their own point of view is not widely shared. This tendency is called the “spiral of silence.”

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How Microsoft could beat Google and even AWS to lead the cloud – by @davidlinthicum

“Microsoft has a new CEO and a pretty loyal user base, and the company seems willing to change quickly around market opportunities. It could fend off Google and perhaps even over time catch up to AWS. Here’s how.”

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Event Report – VMware makes a lot of progress – but the holy grail is still missing – by @holgermu #vmworld

Holger with the VMworld wrap. “So the question is what is holding VMware back? It is certainly not the CAPEX challenge many of its partner face, both VMware and EMC have deep enough pockets. I am convinced it is also not the executive team not ‘getting this’. So what remains is a product roadmap challenge”

(Curated by Jon Reed. Read the complete article here)

IBM’s Watson: Can it improve returns on R&D? – by @ldignan

seems like Watson is becoming more central in IBM’s reinvention plans. “At an event in New York, IBM will highlight Watson’s latest abilities, which include using cognitive computing to aid the research and development discovery process.”

(Curated by Jon Reed. Read the complete article here)

Acumatica 2014 – playing for keeps in cloud ERP – by @jonerp #aps14

Saw some good things and some big obstacles still to overcome. Here’s the run down. “Acumatica CEO Jon Roskill set a take-no-prisoners tone at the 2014 Acumatica Partner Summit. But what exactly sets this cloud ERP vendor apart?”

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Appeals court denies Oracle request to restore $1.3 billion judgment against SAP – @chriskanaracus

Seems fair – I thought the ruling was excessive. “Oracle has failed to persuade a federal appeals court to restore US$1.3 billion judgment in its copyright-infringement lawsuit against SAP, but will have the options of taking a lesser amount of money or pursuing a new trial.”

(Curated by Jon Reed. Read the complete article here)