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  • NBA Bolsters Partnership With SAP To Bring Natural Language Queries To Stats Site

    NBA Bolsters Partnership With SAP To Bring Natural Language Queries To Stats Site

    The NBA announced today that it was bringing natural language queries to its online stats pages on NBA.com. The feature enables fans to type a question in a natural way and the site should come back with your answer without having to dig for it. The feature is launching in Beta starting tomorrow. The technology underlying this new functionality is supplied by a partnership with SAP using… Read More

  • SAP Melds Social And Learning In New Tool

    SAP Melds Social And Learning In New Tool

    For many years, we’ve had social tools and formal learning management systems, but we have never really had anything that combined the two — until today, that is when SAP announced a new system called SAP Jam Collaboration for learning. The new tool is designed to bring various aspects of corporate learning together in a more social setting. It uses SAP Jam as a platform that… Read More

  • At The World Economic Forum, A Study Of Disruption And Its Discontents Crunch Network

    At The World Economic Forum, A Study Of Disruption And Its Discontents

    Merriam Webster definition of disruption: To cause (something) to be unable to continue in the normal way: to interrupt the normal progress or activity of (something) The theme for this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos is “The Fourth Industrial Revolution”, which is an attempt to frame the disruption happening everywhere today as part of a larger paradigm shift. This… Read More

  • New SAP Tool Aims To Fuse Content and Community With eCommerce

    New SAP Tool Aims To Fuse Content and Community With eCommerce

    It’s often said that content is king, but in a typical marketing department you have a hodgepodge of content. That could include carefully-crafted web copy, blog entries and FAQs along with user-generated ratings and reviews. For many companies, at least some of this content is spread out across the site without any real connection between the product pages and the content that… Read More

  • NYC Rises As A Hub For Software-As-A-Service Startups Crunch Network

    NYC Rises As A Hub For Software-As-A-Service Startups

    As the market continues to mature, and as we watch a blossoming of SaaS activity in New York City, we believe that NYC is poised to become a genuine leader in the formation of companies leading the next wave of enterprise transformation. Read More

  • Cheaper Sensors Will Fuel The Age Of Smart Everything

    Cheaper Sensors Will Fuel The Age Of Smart Everything

    The Internet of Things is a term that’s being bandied about with increasing frequency these days. You could think of it as the “cloud” of 2015 — that buzzword that marketers put in absolutely everything because it makes their company sound cool and hip. The Internet of Things in actuality involves a network of smart sensors collecting data. As the sensors grow ever… Read More

  • The Spirit Of Coopetition Is Alive And Well In The Cloud

    The Spirit Of Coopetition Is Alive And Well In The Cloud

    Increasingly, companies that compete directly with another have been announcing major partnerships, and we saw a couple of good examples this week with Microsoft and Salesforce and IBM and SAP. Not coincidentally in my view, they both involved the cloud. That’s because companies may want to compete, but customers want their technology vendors to just get along. They need products to… Read More

  • SAP To Acquire Expense Software-Maker Concur For $129 Per Share

    SAP To Acquire Expense Software-Maker Concur For $129 Per Share

    Enterprise software company SAP just announced that has agreed to acquire Concur Technologies, maker of expense and travel management tools that are used by 23,000 businesses (including TechCrunch and its parent company AOL). The deal is for $129 per share, which is 20 percent higher than Concur’s closing price on Sept. 17 (yesterday). That gives Concur an enterprise value of $8.3 billion. Read More

  • On The Eve Of SAPPHIRE Conference, Vishal Sikka Puts SAP In The Rearview

    On The Eve Of SAPPHIRE Conference, Vishal Sikka Puts SAP In The Rearview

    It’s been a month of Sundays since Vishal Sikka resigned from SAP, and I spoke to him a couple of days before the start of his former company’s SAPPHIRE user conference that begins Monday in Orlando. The conference will be going on without him for the first time in 12 years, and Sikka is fine with that. Sikka sounds like a man at peace with his decision, one he says was his to make. Read More

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