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IBM unveiled new software for managing and analyzing big data to the workplace. The new offerings span a wide variety of big data and business analytics technologies across multiple platforms from mobile devices to the data center to IBM’s SmartCloud. Now employees from any department inside an organization can explore unstructured data such as Twitter feeds, Facebook posts, weather data, log files, genomic data and video, and make sense of it as part of their everyday work experience. IBM is also placing the power of mobile analytics into the hands of iPad users with a free download in Apple’s iTunes Store. The new software is designed to help employees in industries such as financial services, healthcare, government, communications, retail, and travel and transportation use and benefit from business analytics on the go. IBM is delivering new analytics and information management offerings: New Hadoop-based analytics software on the cloud, which helps employees tap into massive amounts of unstructured data from a variety of sources including social networks, mobile devices and sensors; New mobile analytics software for iPad users; and new predictive analytics software with a mapping feature that can be used across industries for marketing campaigns, retail store allocation, crime prevention, and academic assessment. http://www.ibm.com/
Adobe Systems Incorporated announced the immediate availability and free trial of its new Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform and first set of solutions for Customer Experience Management (CRM). The Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform, first unveiled in June, is an open, modular, standards-based offering for delivering engaging digital solutions across social, Web, mobile, and print channels. The platform includes integration with the Adobe Online Marketing Suite to optimize digital marketing campaigns and personalize digital experiences across all marketing, sales and service delivery channels. In addition, integration with Adobe Flash Builder(R) 4.5 and Flex 4.5 helps enterprise IT organizations build highly expressive mobile applications for Android devices, BlackBerry PlayBook, iPhone and iPad. Built on the Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform, an initial set of the company’s Customer Experience Solutions are available now‚ Integrated Content Review; Web Experience Management; and Customer Communications. http://www.adobe.com/uk/solutions/customer-experience/enterprise-platform.html
HP and Autonomy Corporation announced the terms of a recommended transaction under which HP will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Autonomy for £25.50 ($42.11) per share in cash. The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both HP and Autonomy. The Autonomy board of directors also has unanimously recommended its shareholders accept the Offer. Based on the closing stock price of Autonomy on August 17, 2011, the consideration represents a one day premium to Autonomy shareholders of approximately 64 percent and a premium of approximately 58 percent to Autonomy’s prior one month average closing price. The transaction will be implemented by way of a takeover offer extended to all shareholders of Autonomy. A document containing the full details of the Offer will be dispatched as soon as practicable after the date of this release. The acquisition of Autonomy is expected to be completed by the end of calendar 2011. Founded in 1996, Autonomy is a provider of infrastructure software for the enterprise with a customer base of more than 25,000 global companies. Positions HP as leader in large and growing space‚Äî Autonomy has a strong position in the $20 billion enterprise information management space, which is growing at 8 percent annually and is uniquely positioned to continue growth within this space. Furthermore, key Autonomy assets would provide HP with the ability to reinvent the $55 billion business analytics software and services space, which is growing at 8 percent annually. Reasons for the acquisition were cited as‚Äî Complements HP’s existing technology portfolio; Provides differentiated IP for services and extensive vertical capabilities in key industries; Provides IPG a base for content management platforms; Enhances HP’s financial profile; as well as Autonomy should be accretive to HP’s earnings. http://www.hp.com/ http://www.autonomy.com/
CrownPeak, the Web Content Management (WCM) Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution provider, and Magus, the SaaS website quality and compliance monitoring provider, announced a partnership making the Magus ActiveStandards website governance platform available with the CrownPeak Cloud Web Content Management (WCM) System. The combined offering is a complete SaaS solution that gives the ability to allow more business users to publish content across multiple digital channels while protecting the brand by ensuring compliance with corporate, legal and regulatory standards. Online marketers are able to implement these initiatives in the cloud and receive the capability to quickly and easily deliver content to mobile devices, target content based on browsing behavior, integrate analytics into a content management environment and target content for authenticated site visitors and more when using the CrownPeak Cloud WCM System with the ActiveStandards compliance platform. The CrownPeak Cloud WCM System is a configurable solution that allows one to add, update and manage external content and make styling changes as quickly as eBusiness strategies demand. IT departments can maintain control of the infrastructure while giving Marketing the ability to serve visitors with the right content at the right time. The CrownPeak solution offers pre-integrated frameworks, the ability to deliver Cloud WCM globally without replicating IT infrastructure, a platform agnostic solution to import, export and publish data through standard protocols and formats. http://www.crownpeak.com/ http://www.magus.co.uk/
Microsoft is discontinuing Microsoft Reader effective August 30, 2012, which includes download access of the Microsoft Reader application from the Microsoft Reader website. However, customers may continue to use and access the Microsoft Reader application and any .lit materials on their PCs or devices after the discontinuation on August 30, 2012. New content for purchase from retailers in the .lit format will be discontinued on November 8, 2011. http://www.microsoft.com/reader/
Rivet Software, the provider of XBRL financial reporting and analytics solutions, announced the release of Dragon View 6.0. Dragon View 6.0 empowers business users to review and verify XBRL information. Dragon View 6.0 supports all review procedures within SOP09-1, the AICPA’s Agreed-Upon Procedures for XBRL. Dragon View 6.0 gives both public companies and auditors the ability to conduct quality and assurance checks of XBRL data and create the necessary external review and verification documentation. The SEC released a Staff Observations report on June 15, 2011 detailing common issues found in XBRL filings. Dragon View 6.0 gives business users a way to automate the review of these issues and improve accuracy and consistency across the entire filing. Dragon View 6.0 is now available in two packaging options. For companies with an existing XBRL creation tool, Dragon View can be purchased as a stand-alone review and verification solution. Rivet Software’s full auditing package includes Dragon View and CoreFiling’s Magnify, the world’s leading independent XBRL validation tool. http://www.rivetsoftware.com/