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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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.

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IPsoft's 'Amelia' virtual assistant just got a whole lot more human

Amelia on Wednesday graduated to version 2.0, bringing the technology another step closer to passing the Turing test, maker IPsoft said.

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Meet Project Orca, SAP's new, Hana-based analytics tool

New analytics tools are popping up just about every day in the enterprise software arena, and on Tuesday, new details emerged on an offering from SAP.

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Atlassian takes JIRA beyond the development world

Atlassian's JIRA project-tracking tool has long been a popular choice among developers creating new software, but on Tuesday the company revealed a broader strategy by releasing three new editions tailored for different audiences.

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Why the software world needs a 'no-fly zone' for patents

Launched 10 years ago this fall, the OIN was formed by IBM, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony to create a protected zone of patents around core Linux and open source software technologies -- functionality that's essential for global open source projects, platforms and companies such as OpenStack, Linux, Red Hat, SUSE, Android and Apache.

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IBM zeroes in on unstructured data with Cleversafe buy

IBM will acquire object-based storage vendor Cleversafe in a move to bolster its cloud business unit with more flexibility and simplified management options in the hybrid cloud, it announced on Monday.

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The EU will examine banks’ use of customer data for profiling and marketing campaigns

As corporations mine customer data for business opportunities, the EU is concerned that using algorithms instead of humans will introduce unfair practices.

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How News Corp is uniting 10 business units and 25,000 employees in a global IT push

Embarking on a new IT project is a major undertaking no matter what your company's scope or size, but when you're News Corp -- with 10 business units and 25,000 employees around the globe -- it's not for the faint of heart.

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Former Autonomy CEO Lynch sues HP for $150 million

Making good on the promise he made earlier this year, former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch on Thursday filed a $150 million lawsuit against HP over what he called a public smear campaign against him and other Autonomy executives.

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IBM brings Bluemix behind the firewall for sensitive workloads

IBM’s Bluemix development platform is already available in public and hosted private cloud versions. On Thursday, the company announced a third option for customers that need to build apps behind a firewall.