partnerships

  • IBM and MIT pen 10-year, $240M AI research partnership

    IBM and MIT pen 10-year, $240M AI research partnership

    IBM and MIT came together today to sign a 10-year, $240 million partnership agreement that establishes the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab at the prestigious Cambridge, MA academic institution. The lab will be co-chaired by Dario Gil, IBM Research VP of AI and Anantha P. Chandrakasan, dean of MIT’s School of Engineering. Big Blue intends to invest $240 million into the lab where IBM researchers… Read More

  • Salesforce, IBM deepen partnership with new app integrations

    Salesforce, IBM deepen partnership with new app integrations

    Salesforce and IBM are joining forces again as they attempt to deepen their alliance. The partnership began last March when they agreed to sell each other’s artificial intelligence products, Watson and Einstein. Today’s announcement is all about data integration. Salesforce will be adding the ability to include IBM weather data in Lightning apps, while IBM will enable customers… Read More

  • Apple and Accenture teaming up to help enterprises build advanced mobility tools

    Apple and Accenture teaming up to help enterprises build advanced mobility tools

    There is a general misconception that Apple is strictly about consumer tools, but the fact is that the company has a big presence in the enterprise just by the sheer number of iPhones and iPads in the business world. It also has some high-profile partnerships with hefty enterprise vendors like IBM, SAP and Cisco. Today, Apple announced that it is building on those relationships with a brand… Read More

  • Pivotal-VMware-Google forge container partnership

    Pivotal-VMware-Google forge container partnership

    Pivotal, VMware and Google have teamed up on a containerization project that the companies say should simplify creating, deploying and managing container projects at scale. The companies are taking what is a set of open-source products and providing a commercial underpinning with the various parties in the partnership bringing the product to market. Read More

  • VMware Cloud is now live on AWS — and IT pros just did a little happy dance

    VMware Cloud is now live on AWS — and IT pros just did a little happy dance

    When VMware announced it was partnering with AWS last fall, it turned more than a few enterprise heads. After all, we’re talking about one company that dominates virtual machines on-prem, and the other in the public cloud. Together, the two companies make a powerful combination — and VMware made the whole shebang official today at VMworld when it announced that VMware Cloud was live… Read More

  • DJI drones can now run 3DR’s Site Scan software as old competitors become friends

    DJI drones can now run 3DR’s Site Scan software as old competitors become friends

    3D Robotics was supposed to be the drone manufacturer that could finally take on DJI. But its flagship drone, the Solo, never really became a big hit, and soon after the company exited the consumer business and raised a last-ditch funding round to try to pivot to an enterprise offering. Well it worked, and now 3DR has found its sweet spot as a provider of software for mapping and surveying… Read More

  • Box deepens partnership with Microsoft and turns its attention to AI and machine learning

    Box deepens partnership with Microsoft and turns its attention to AI and machine learning

    Surely Box is of sufficient size with enough data running through its systems to take advantage of machine learning. Today, the company announced a deepening relationship with Microsoft in which Box will take advantage of Redmond’s pure go-to-market clout, its data centers (via Box Zones) and, yes, its AI and machine learning algorithms. Read More

  • Open source and coopetition are the new normal

    Open source and coopetition are the new normal

    In a month of unexpected outcomes, we have also seen some tech partnership announcements, ones we thought we might never see. In fact, just this week we witnessed Microsoft joining the Linux foundation and Google joining Microsoft’s .NET foundation. You cannot minimize just how at odds these announcements are with what has been the reality of the tech industry over the last 20 years. Read More

  • From the distributed workforce to the partnered economy Crunch Network

    From the distributed workforce to the partnered economy

    Most won’t have noticed a recent $6.5M Series A for a company called Mobilize, but it’s indicative of a major change occurring in businesses today. Companies’ growing reliance on a distributed workforce have been occupying headlines and podcasts for the past couple of years. However, these conversations must now turn to how companies increasingly depend on partnerships as… Read More

  • Avoid the startup graveyard Crunch Network

    Avoid the startup graveyard

    The startup world moves at breakneck speed — what’s hot one minute is old news the next, and it can feel like the rules of the game change every day. For successful startups, rapid growth often attracts the attention of incubators and accelerators. However, there are other options. Namely, partnering with tech “titans” — bigger tech companies that used to be… Read More

  • Canonical-Pivotal partnership makes Ubuntu preferred Linux distro for Cloud Foundry

    Canonical-Pivotal partnership makes Ubuntu preferred Linux distro for Cloud Foundry

    Pivotal, developers of the Cloud Foundry open source cloud development platform and Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, announced a partnership today where Ubuntu becomes the preferred operating system for Cloud Foundry. In fact, the two companies have been BFFs since the earliest days of Cloud Foundry when it was an open source project developed at VMware. Read More

  • Apple’s latest foray into the enterprise involves deeper integration with Cisco

    Apple’s latest foray into the enterprise involves deeper integration with Cisco

    Lost in the hubbub of today’s two hour-plus Apple WWDC keynote was an announcement of deep integration between Apple and Cisco in the upcoming release of iOS 10 — yes, you read it correctly, Cisco. When it comes to enterprise partnerships, IBM has gotten the lion’s share of the attention. More recently, SAP made a high-profile partnership announcement of its own, but… Read More

  • Salesforce inks deal with AWS to expand international presence

    Salesforce inks deal with AWS to expand international presence

    AWS announced today that it was expanding its relationship with Salesforce.com, with Salesforce naming the cloud giant a preferred cloud provider. The agreement should help Salesforce increase its international presence without having to build its own data centers in countries that have data sovereignty laws, which require that data stays in-country. It’s expensive to build their… Read More

  • Microsoft and SAP love grows stronger in the cloud

    Microsoft and SAP love grows stronger in the cloud

    Microsoft and SAP have been pals for years and years, and today at the SAP Sapphire Now customer conference in Orlando, the two company CEOs, Satya Nadella and Bill McDermott announced they were taking the relationship to another level with deeper cloud integrations between the two companies. The deal will enable SAP customers to run HANA, the company’s in-memory database product … Read More

  • SAP announces new partnership with Apple to expand iOS in the enterprise

    SAP announces new partnership with Apple to expand iOS in the enterprise

    SAP announced a broad partnership with Apple today to bring iOS to SAP’s enterprise customer base. The announcement comes almost two years after Apple made a similar deal with IBM. Steve Lucas, president for SAP’s Digital Enterprise Platform says while it’s natural to see similarities between the two deals — two large enterprise companies making a deal with Apple… Read More

  • Partnerships And Interoperability Matter Most In Cloud-Mobile World

    Partnerships And Interoperability Matter Most In Cloud-Mobile World

    Once upon a time, companies built huge proprietary systems to track their customer information, content, accounting, business intelligence and every other business function you can name. These were expensive, monolithic systems that took years to implement and compatibility between systems was not a huge priority. Usually the technology choices had a lot more to do with the needs of IT than… Read More

  • Cooperation Is The New Normal At Microsoft

    Cooperation Is The New Normal At Microsoft

    When Microsoft settled its patent lawsuits with Google yesterday, it ended a long battle with the search giant, but it wasn’t an isolated action. It was part of a continuing pattern of serving its customers instead of its corporate ego. Whether it’s evolving agreements with Apple, Salesforce or Box or putting an end to senseless lawsuits, Microsoft is attempting to… Read More

  • Salesforce And Microsoft Continue To Broaden Partnership

    Salesforce And Microsoft Continue To Broaden Partnership

    Salesforce.com and Microsoft announced today that the companies would be building upon previous integrations and further strengthening their partnership. They made the announcement this afternoon in San Francisco at Dreamforce, Salesforce’s customer extravaganza. The two companies introduced a broad new set of integrations to help Microsoft products work hand-in-glove with… Read More

  • Box Joins The Establishment

    Box Joins The Establishment

    Box was once the intrepid upstart, but its recent announcements underscore the company’s growing maturity. By our measure, the publicly traded company is now clearly a member of the enterprise establishment. In the last few weeks, Box has formed close partnerships with the sort of companies its CEO Aaron Levie once made fun of — Microsoft and IBM. Yet these partnerships are… Read More

  • EMC Partners With Hippo To Gain Customer Experience Management Foothold

    EMC Partners With Hippo To Gain Customer Experience Management Foothold

    EMC and Hippo announced a partnership today in which Hippo, an open source web content management platform, will integrate with EMC Documentum, EMC’s enterprise content management software. As with all good deals, each partner gains something. EMC fills in a missing piece in its content management arsenal without having to spend a lot of money. Hippo gains access to a much broader… Read More