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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Oracle bolsters Retail Cloud with new services

It added six offerings to the Micros retail technologies it acquired last year

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Informatica goes private in $5.3B buyout

The move will take the data-integration giant away from Wall Street's prying eyes

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AtScale opens Hadoop's big-data vaults to nonexpert business users

New platform enables Hadoop analyses from within standard BI tools such as Microsoft Excel

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Would Microsoft ever open-source Windows?

The possibility is no longer far-fetched, one Microsoft engineer has suggested

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Oracle bolsters Marketing Cloud to show CMOs the big picture

New features aim to offer a more holistic view of customers, even as they switch devices and channels

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In a haystack of data, Alation helps find the needle

The startup's new platform looks not just at the data but at how it's been used over time

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HP hits former Autonomy execs with $5B suit

Mike Lynch, who was Autonomy's CEO, vowed he will strike back with his own lawsuit

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Why Meerkat and Periscope are the next big challenge for marketers

Efforts by companies including Starbucks and Spotify suggest potentially rich rewards, but it's early days

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New Unit4 platform promises 'self-driving' ERP

Product taps predictive analytics and machine learning to help minimize administrative burden

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Atlassian's JIRA Service Desk now helps employees help themselves

Universal search gives internal customers a single place to turn for answers

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Bullhorn's new CRM tool mines email for deeper relationship insight

The stand-alone SaaS offering promises a holistic view of company relationships

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Why analytics is eating the world

New tools promise to empower an increasingly diverse set of business users, but there are potential pitfalls

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Six features coming to Tableau's new BI analytics suite

Queries will be as much as 10 times faster

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GinzaMetrics helps marketers get more bang for their social buck

Four new tools link social-media efforts with the bottom line

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Salesforce App for Outlook brings CRM data to the inbox

Now in beta, the app is available for free with a subscription to Salesforce Enterprise Edition or higher