Katherine NoyesSenior U.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 cloud computing, big data, analytics and artificial intelligence.

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Faced with a bunch of obstacles, this robot got creative and surprised its makers

Dealing with obstacles is an inevitable part of life, and it looks like robots may be surprisingly adept at applying creativity to the challenge.

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SAP seeks to simplify IT with a beefier new version of Hana

SAP has updated its flagship Hana in-memory computing platform with a raft of new features designed to make IT simpler while giving organizations a better handle on their data.

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A new app from SAP helps line managers keep track of their budgets

It's not always easy for line-of-business managers to get a real-time view into budget and spending, but a new mobile app from SAP aims to change all that.

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Need e-commerce for your SMB? SAP has a cloud tool for you

Enabling e-commerce capabilities isn't a trivial matter for companies small or large, but SAP has a new tool it thinks will help SMBs in particular.

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5 things you need to know about data exhaust

Big data is now a familiar term in most of the business world, and companies large and small are scrambling to take advantage of it. Data exhaust, on the other hand, is less widely known, and in some ways it's an evil twin brother.

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Half the Web's traffic comes from bots, and that's costing you more than you think

Roughly half of all Web traffic comes from bots and crawlers, and that's costing companies a boatload of money.

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How toy street lamps are shedding new light on quantum computing

If you've ever had a train set, you might remember the tiny street lamps that are often part of the model landscape. Today, the bulbs from those toy lamps are helping to shed light on quantum computing.

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Adobe adds data-science muscle to its cloud services

Adobe on Wednesday announced a host of new algorithms in its cloud services designed to help brands uncover new patterns and put them to work.

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Is your data safe when it's at rest? MarkLogic 9 aims to make sure it is

The database landscape is much more diverse than it once was, thanks in large part to big data, and on Tuesday, one of today's newer contenders unveiled an upcoming release featuring a major boost in security.

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IBM's Watson is going to cybersecurity school

The result will be a cloud service called Watson for Cyber Security that's designed to provide insights into emerging threats as well as recommendations on how to stop them.

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How the skills shortage is transforming big data

Even as hard-core "quants" are acquiring ever more sophisticated skills to help meet the demand at one end of the spectrum, traditional business people are getting more savvy about data analysis and presentation.

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These graduate students had no idea their teaching assistant was a robot

On the Internet, "nobody knows you're a dog," as the old meme goes, and today, the same can increasingly be said of robots.

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That massive reported 'data breach' was just hype, Mail.ru says

Hold Security made quite a splash in the security world on Wednesday when it claimed to have recovered 272 million stolen email credentials from a much larger trove, but on Friday the email provider most strongly affected called the report a simple effort to create media hype.

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Apple partners with SAP in new enterprise push

The mobile enterprise got another boost on Thursday with the announcement of a brand-new partnership between Apple and SAP.

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What do you get when you cross Star Wars and famous art? This algorithm can show you

Artificial intelligence has been dabbling in art to increasing acclaim over the past few months, but a new study brings its uncanny proficiency to the far-more-complicated world of video.