5 Technology Observations: 25 March 2015

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here are five (or so) technology news updates, insights, limericks, gossip and chatter to start your day for Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Actually, today's update involves eight items.

8. Small Buy, Big (Data) Deal: Apple has quietly acquired FoundationDB -- a NoSQL database startup that provides an important component in many big data platforms. The big question: Does Apple plan to build out big data services -- or is the company buying the technology to control it and leverage it for next-generation versions of iTunes, Apple TV, etc ...

7. Cisco IoT Strategy: The big picture became a bit clearer yesterday. If you missed it, check out this link.

6. What's In A Name?: Microsoft's new Azure App Service apparently is a single service that allows developers to write mobile and web apps. Key takeaway: It isn't called Windows App Service, Windows Mobile, or Windows anything...

5. What Came First: The brand or the platform? That's the question we're wrestling with behind closed doors as we work on code and brand development concepts in parallel. Not sure which side of the R&D house is winning the race... 

4. Remember Them?: Lexmark, the printer company, has snapped up Kofax for $1 billion. The acquisition involves software and data services to financial, insurance and health care companies. Translation: The push beyond hardware toward software and data services continues.

3. Who Really Controls the White House?: Don't worry. We're willing to wait while you search for the answer.

2. On-Premises Email Servers in 2015: Why?

1. The $99 Million Question: It involves an Albany software company. How is/was this $99 million being used? Alas, I have no time to pursue the answer but I have to admit I'm curious.

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