Katherine NoyesU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

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Katherine Noyes has been an ardent geek ever since she first conquered Pyramid of Doom on an ancient TRS-80. Today she covers enterprise software in all its forms, with an emphasis on Linux and open source software.

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New IBM tech lets apps authenticate you without personal data

Back in January IBM announced Identity Mixer, a new technology for protecting users' personal data during authentication. On Friday, it announced that the technology is now available to developers on its Bluemix cloud platform.

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VMware CIO: 'I've worked for a lot of evil people in my career'

When you're the CIO of a company that sells to CIOs, you've got to figure there's a good chance you're going to be asked to do more than just keep the servers running.

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Startup Humanyze's 'people analytics' wants to transform your workplace

A wearable device called the Sociometric Badge can be used to track people's social activity at work, with an eye to helping companies boost collaboration and communication.

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Oracle cries foul over expert in Java case against Google

The accusations have been flying for five years now in Oracle's bitter legal battle with Google, and on Thursday the companies reportedly appeared in a San Francisco District Court to hear Oracle argue its latest charge.

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Red Hat delivers more container love in its latest Linux update

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 is now generally available, with new additions focusing on containers, security, networking and system administration.

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Microsoft Dynamics AX: A new ERP is born, this time in the cloud

Enterprise software has long been associated with clunky interfaces and a long learning curve, but Microsoft is aiming to change all that with Dynamics AX, the next generation of its flagship ERP system.

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Microsoft ups its DevOps game with a raft of new tools

It would be tough for Microsoft to top the seismic waves it created at last year's Connect developer conference when it announced the open-sourcing of its .Net application framework, but this year the software giant has plenty up its sleeve.

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Splice Machine taps Apache Spark for in-memory data muscle

Splice Machine has always banked on the scale-out capabilities of Hadoop, but on Tuesday it placed an accompanying bet on Apache Spark's in-memory technology.

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New Docker tool removes a big barrier for enterprises

Making containers enterprise-ready has been a theme at this week's DockerCon EU conference in Barcelona, and on Tuesday Docker itself launched a new tool with that goal in mind.

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Containers get a fresh business boost from Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise just rolled out an entire portfolio of Docker-focused products.

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Use Oracle's database? Watch out for this Dec. 1 deadline

Companies that use a standard edition of Oracle's database software should be aware that a rapidly approaching deadline could mean increased licensing costs.

A tale of two women: same birthday, same Social Security number, same big-data mess

Two Florida women were born on the same day in the same state and given almost the same name. Though no one realized it at the time, it turns out they were also given the same Social Security number.

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Think your IT project is a nightmare? Check these out and you'll feel better

There are many ways to gauge satisfaction with a new computer system, but when the people who have to use it show up for work wearing red and declare it "Code Red" day, you probably don't need to bother with a survey.

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How big data is changing the database landscape for good

Mention the word "database," and most people think of the venerable RDBMS that has dominated the landscape for more than 30 years. That, however, may soon change.

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Tibco courts 'citizen developers' with two new tools

One of the dominant trends in the world of enterprise software today is the empowerment of business users, and Tibco on Tuesday made two product announcements that could further that goal.