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IN SHORT: Top industry news from Ninefold, Mindjet, Oracle and Capgemini

IN SHORT: Top industry news from Ninefold, Mindjet, Oracle and Capgemini

The latest services, acquisitions, partnerships and project completions

Ninefold launches Sneakernet service

Australian public cloud computing and storage company, Ninefold, recently announced its latest service – Sneakernet, to help eliminate barriers to entry for those thinking about mass data transfer into the cloud.

According to the company, this is Australia’s first Sneakernet service that addresses a barrier to cloud storage adoption – the upload of large amounts of data.

Sneakernet is the commonly used term for a service where hard drives of data can be couriered or otherwise sent to the cloud provider for direct upload into the cloud servers.

With the service, Ninefold now accepts data delivered on devices with either USB 2.0 or eSATA interfaces. Once upload is complete, the hard drives are returned.

Before the service was introduced, although Australian Internet services are notably fast, it was estimated for Internet transfers to take between six days (10Mbps link) to 60 days (1.5Mbps link) to transfer a TB of data. It also had impacts on other online business activities, rendering Internet upload of big data impractical.

According to Ninefold managing director, Peter James, with the exponential growth of data storage, businesses are transitioning more and more of it into the cloud.

“Increasingly, businesses of all sizes are working with larger amounts of data requiring more efficient and flexible storage methods. It is estimated that 1.8 zettabytes of data (one billion terabytes) will be created and/or replicated globally this year,” he added.

Mindjet premieres Mindjet Connect

Business productivity software and cloud-based application provider, Mindjet, has released Connect, a cloud-based, free online service that develops the way people work together.

The new Mindjet Connect collaborative work management software aims to help groups visualise their best designs and strategies, securely manage and share files, get teams working towards specific targets and access information from anywhere, at any time.

According to research firm, Forrester’s vice-president and principal analyst, Rob Koplowitz, the company’s 2011 report indicated that 43 per cent of workers work from several locations over the course of a month, while 42 per cent work outside the corporate firewall.

The solution was created to address the need for a decentralised, fast moving and quicker pace of change in communications, business and technology.

Mindjet CEO, Scott Raskin, said, “Work today is different. Individuals and teams are overloaded, increasingly virtual and knee deep in unstructured information, resulting in a lack of clarity, accountability and action.”

Mindjet also acquired Cohuman, a social task-based Web service that integrates social networking features to better facilitate collaboration across projects and tasks. It includes social aspects comparable to Facebook and Twitter, to provide consumers with the ability to better coordinate with colleagues.

The monetary value of the purchase has yet to be disclosed.

“Where Mindjet Connect helps teams get on the same page, Cohuman helps teams stay on the same page. The combination will further Mindjet’s vision to help people work better together,” Raskin added.

Mindjet Connect will be available as a free download at http://www.mindjet.com/connect.

Oracle completes Continua Health Alliance interoperability testing

Integrated business software and hardware systems company, Oracle Healthcare, is continuing its commitment to supporting industry standards that help healthcare organisations improve efficiency, care and patient outcomes by successfully completing interoperability testing with Continua Health Alliance.

During the testing, components of Oracle Fusion Middleware demonstrated the ability to securely manage and integrate data from multiple Continua-certified devices.

Oracle is a member of Continua Health Alliance, a non-profit, open industry organisation of healthcare and technology companies that collaborate to improve the quality of personal healthcare.

The completion of Continua Health Alliance interoperability testing follows Oracle’s participation in the 2011 Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) North American Connectathon, where the company demonstrated the capacity to rapidly interoperate with other IHE-compliant applications.

According to Continua Health Alliance executive director, Chuck Parker, It is essential for the industry to co-operate in advancing the Alliance’s goal of creating an integrated and secure system of personal connected health solutions that drives improved care and outcomes.

Oracle Healthcare global vice-president of healthcare and life sciences, Marc Perlman, said, “Oracle understands the role of IT standards and interoperability in realising the vision of connected healthcare in which individuals are empowered, through technology, to better manage their health and wellness.”

Capgemini partners with Sybase and SAP

Consulting, technology and outsourcing services provider, Capgemini, is partnering with SAP company, Sybase, to manage the deployment of enterprise mobility solutions.

As part of the agreement, Capgemini will host mobile solutions powered by Sybase Managed Mobility technologies and offer them on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) basis.

The companies are also intending to enter into an agreement to shape differentiated mobility solutions, through which Capgemini plans to make mobility solutions from SAP available to customers.

According to Capgemini vice-president and mobile solutions practice leader, Fernando Alvarez, it is the best time for the company to liaise with SAP and Sybase into the mobile solutions market.

“We are able to offer one of the most complete suites of SAP solutions available on premise or as a service, providing multiple options to meet customers’ needs from licensing to implementation, hosting and operation,” he added.

The solutions will provide: · Mobile device management powered by Afaria mobile device management solution, including related maintenance, hosting and implementation support · Mobile enterprise application platform services and associated mobile applications built upon Sybase Unwired Platform · Software and services bundling from installation to operations without any upfront investment required · Real-time and accurate mobile data collection · Reduced risks from custom program development

The companies also have plans to develop a structured go-to-market model aimed at promoting greater cooperation between their sales teams and leverage service offerings from Capgemini in support of high-value mobile applications from SAP.

SAP senior vice-president of global mobility and Sybase Solutions, Chris McClain, said, “Mobility is a real game changer for the enterprise, and we anticipate that a billion people will be unlocking additional value from their SAP back-office systems via their mobile devices and tablets.”

The company also most recently expanded to add a public sector division to its Canberra team.


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