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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MySQL 5.7 delivers a 3x speed injection

It's been more than two years since the general release of MySQL 5.6, and on Monday Oracle announced that its successor will soon arrive bearing a significant boost in performance along with improved security and scalability.

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Teradata doubles down on IoT with two new tools

The Internet of Things is a big part of what makes big data so big, and on Monday, analytics provider Teradata unleashed two new tools to help make sense of the vast troves of data it produces.

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Trifacta brings data wrangling to the masses with free desktop tool

Trifacta has already made a name for itself with its data-preparation software for the world of big data, but on Monday it set its sights on a broader audience with a free new tool for the desktop.

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Red Hat dives further into DevOps with Ansible buy

Red Hat will acquire IT automation software provider Ansible in a bid to bolster the tools it can offer enterprises for managing hybrid cloud environments through DevOps and other initiatives.

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Mind your analytics - or get ready for ethical hot water

It's no secret that the implications of big data extend far beyond organizational benefits into the societal and ethical realm, but market researcher Gartner predicts that the improper use of big data analytics will cause half of all business ethics violations by 2018.

BT Group

BT Group may give OpenStack the boot

OpenStack has gained considerable popularity over the years for its open-source cloud platform, but this week it looks like one major user is seriously considering dropping the technology in favor of a proprietary alternative.

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Walmart decries cloud lock-in, plans to open-source OneOps

Walmart on Wednesday announced that it will open-source the cloud technology it has built up following its acquisition of startup OneOps roughly two years ago.

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Overhauled Twitter taps ex-Googler Kordestani as executive chairman

Omid Kordestani, who until recently was Google’s chief business officer, is now executive chairman of Twitter.

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Beware of Oracle's licensing 'traps,' law firm warns

Oracle's aggressive licensing practices have gained it considerable notoriety over the years, and on Tuesday, a Texas law firm specializing in technology issued a warning urging enterprises to beware.

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Tibco jump-starts integration in the cloud with two new tools

Aiming to help organizations make the most of the cloud as they create and deploy enterprise apps, Tibco on Tuesday announced two new integration platforms: one for enterprises, and one aimed at mid-market firms.

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SAP unwraps Project Orca and gives it a new name

SAP has taken the wraps off of Project Orca and given the service a new name: SAP Cloud for Analytics.

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After mega-merger, Dell and EMC will enjoy freedom HP can only dream of

Dell's acquisition of EMC will give it access to a sales force notorious for its ability to "sell ice to eskimos," while EMC will gain a new foothold among mid-market customers.

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Dell's next 'AFTE' software robot will offer cognitive intelligence

Dell's next Automated Full-Time Equivalent software agent, now in the works, will incorporate cognitive intelligence such as self-healing, self-service and predictive analytics.

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Microsoft links Power BI to Alteryx for deeper analytics

Microsoft has bolstered Power BI several times already since the business intelligence application became generally available in late July, but on Thursday, it announced a particularly interesting partnership with Alteryx, provider of a platform for data blending and analytics.

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Zendesk tool taps machine learning to nip customer-service problems in the bud

Machine learning has been making its way into a growing range of enterprise software in recent months, and on Wednesday Zendesk provided a fresh example: Satisfaction Prediction, a new tool designed to help companies catch potential customer-service problems before they happen.