Big Blue gives third-party developers a crack at its cognitive crown jewel.
FORTUNE -- It has been two years since IBM's latest supercomputer, Watson, beat lowly humans on a special episode of Jeopardy!. Since then, the so-called cognitive system has expanded its vocabulary and expertise, developing into a fledgling yet promising commercial business for the tech giant.
The company has already piloted Watson-based applications in health care and customer service with a handful of MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Nov 14, 2013 11:28 AM ET
Ahead of the Oracle Open World developers' conference, co-president Mark Hurd spoke to Fortune about the software giant's shift to the cloud, and what else is next.
FORTUNE -- Mark Hurd has been co-president of mega-cap technology company Oracle for three years now, having joined shortly after his dramatic exit as CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Hurd's dramas these days are the more typical business type: Oracle's coming to grips that it is MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - Sep 23, 2013 10:41 AM ET
The company's latest file-syncing product is better, yes. Will it draw in streams of new customers? Not likely.
FORTUNE -- Does the world really need another file storage service? Probably not, but Salesforce.com (CRM) claims its new product, Salesforce Files, isn't just any ordinary "repository."
The San Francisco-based company announced an earlier version of the tool, a file-sharing service called Chatterbox, at last year's Dreamforce event (its annual customer lovefest, hosted by MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Sep 6, 2013 12:13 PM ET
The hot enterprise firm is only now putting its software online.
FORTUNE -- You might assume that a young, fast-growing enterprise software company like Tableau Software is all about the cloud -- a.k.a. selling and distributing applications over the web. But the Seattle-based company, which started out as a Stanford University research project in 2003, is only now launching a software-as-a-service version of its business intelligence tool, Tableau Server.
In May, Tableau MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Jul 18, 2013 7:01 AM ET
Concern that the headwinds hitting Oracle are not cyclical but secular are growing.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
FORTUNE -- What do you do when you are the best company in your industry, but your industry is mired in a slump of mediocre performance?
That's the dilemma faced by Oracle (ORCL), the enterprise software giant that has long been the most feared player in the competitive market for business software. Last week, Oracle reported that MOREJun 28, 2013 10:52 AM ET
To achieve balance he tries to leave work by 2 A.M.
FORTUNE -- Fortune's Brainstorm Tech Conference (July 22-24 in Aspen, Colo.) regularly brings together the best and brightest minds in tech innovation. Each week, Fortune will turn the spotlight on a different conference attendee to offer his or her own personal insight into business, tech, and entrepreneurship. This week, we asked Box co-founder and CEO Aaron Levie to answer 10 MOREJun 27, 2013 2:26 PM ET
China has long been a piracy trap for Microsoft. It hopes it can change that with new product launches and thousands of new employees in the country.
By John Foley, Reuters Breakingviews
FORTUNE -- Microsoft is staging a comeback in China. The world's biggest software maker hopes to use the twin technological disruptions of cloud computing and mobile devices to get a second bite of a market where profit has proved elusive. MOREMay 29, 2013 10:58 AM ET
The German software giant is betting on cloud-based technology and services.
FORTUNE -- In case you haven't heard, SAP is serious about the cloud. On Tuesday the enterprise software giant announced it will offer HANA, its in-memory database, as a monthly subscription service, delivered via the cloud.
A limited cloud-based version of HANA was already available through Amazon (AMZN) Web Services. But SAP (SAP) says customers will now be able to access MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - May 8, 2013 10:26 AM ET
But the software giant has set ambitious goals. Can it reach them?
FORTUNE -- It's been over a year since German enterprise software giant SAP shelled out $3.4 billion for SuccessFactors, a Silicon Valley-based maker of human resources software. Since then, engineers on both sides of the Atlantic have been hard at work getting SuccessFactors's cloud-based apps to work alongside SAP's on-premise offerings, so that customers can more easily adopt the MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Apr 12, 2013 7:13 AM ET
With a new laptop, Google is betting that living in the cloud on an ultrabook is not just cheaper, but much better.
FORTUNE -- Cloud computing has been around for some time now. But not many people believe they can do all their computing in the cloud. Not many, that is, outside the brainaics at the Googleplex.
With its line of Chromebooks made by various hardware partners, Google (GOOG) began testing in MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Feb 22, 2013 6:42 AM ET
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