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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After 10 years of profitability, Atlassian steps up for an IPO

It was late September when reports first suggested that Atlassian was planning a U.S. IPO, and on Monday, the Australian software maker followed through by filing its papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Google brings machine learning to the masses with new open-source tool

Google has been working on machine learning for years deep inside its R&D labs, and on Monday, it launched a new, open-source tool to help share what it's learned.

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Salesforce users: Big contracts signed early may get you special discounts, but watch out after that

Volume discounts are nothing unusual in the world of enterprise software, but over the last year or so Salesforce has reportedly been approaching customers early about upcoming renewals and wooing them with considerable extra discounts if they sign on ahead of time for the CRM vendor's full software suite.

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This analytics startup just emerged from stealth to help SMBs get a grip on unstructured data

Signals is a new textual analytics platform that aims to help users in businesses of any size crunch a wide variety of data without having to rely on highly trained data scientists or IT experts for help.

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Get ready for a customer-service overhaul in the next Dynamics CRM

Microsoft's Dynamics CRM 2016 software is just around the corner, and on Thursday the company revealed new details about what it will include from a customer-service perspective.

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Microsoft finally ties the knot with Red Hat for Linux on Azure

In a move many consider long overdue, Microsoft and Red Hat on Wednesday announced a new partnership through which Microsoft will offer Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the preferred choice for enterprise Linux workloads on Azure.

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Need a ride home from work? Now you can call Lyft from Slack

Back in August Slack added a new "Add to Slack" feature with launch partners including Box, and on Tuesday, it introduced another update designed to make tying in outside apps even easier.

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IBM pumps up its hybrid-cloud muscle with Gravitant buy

IBM on Tuesday bought Gravitant, a maker of brokerage software designed ease the purchase and management of software and services across mixed cloud platforms.

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What are the rules when a site publishes false information about you?

If an Internet company publishes false information about you online, can you sue for damages even if you weren't demonstrably harmed?

Enterprise software

Beware the 'black swans' in your supply chain

Any enterprise worth its salt knows that simply having a supply chain introduces a certain amount of risk, but few do enough to protect themselves against the extreme possibilities.

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How Apache Kafka is greasing the wheels for big data

Analytics is often described as one of the biggest challenges associated with big data, but even before that step can happen, data has to be ingested and made available to enterprise users. That's where Apache Kafka comes in.

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IBM snaps up Weather.com and more in Watson IoT push

IBM will acquire Weather.com and other digital assets from The Weather Company for its new Watson IoT Unit and Watson IoT Cloud platform, it announced Wednesday.

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Oracle pushes into AWS territory with new IaaS services

Oracle set its sights on a bigger piece of the cloud pie Tuesday with new IaaS services that put it in more direct competition with Amazon Web Services.

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Can Oracle lead in the cloud? Only if customers follow

If there was just one take-away from Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd at the company's OpenWorld show this week, it was that Oracle has now fully arrived at the cloud party and is ready to take a leading role. Whether that can happen, however, is entirely up to customers -- and their buy-in is far from guaranteed.


AWS casts a ray of strong sunshine on Amazon's profitability

Much of Amazon's sunny Thursday earnings report for the third quarter of 2015 can be traced back to its Web Services cloud division.