Microsoft Acquires Health Search Engine, Medstory – The Continued Rise of Vertical Search

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Microsoft hasacquiredMedstory, a vertical search enginefor health information. This is an interesting development in a few ways – but in termsof Web tech trends, because it’s another sign of the rise of verticalsearch engines. We’ve written before about how VSE such asRetrevo are beginning to make their presence felt, alongside generic search engineslike Google and Live Search.Microsoft has bought Medstory because it’s an “intelligent” and “intuitive searchtechnology”. TheNY Times says that Medstory’s “search software applies artificial intelligencetechniques to medical and health information in medical journals, government documentsand on the Internet.” Doing some quick tests of Medstory, I noted that the search results were verythoroughly categorized and the types of sources were clearly identified, so that userscan get e.g. clinical trials and research materials if they wish. It’s a great example ofhow a vertical search engine can offer ‘value add’ features that are specific to thedomain – for example in the case of health, which is a highly specialized domain, thesource of search results is important; as is categorizing them so that differenttypes of information can be perused more easily.This acquisition follows Microsoft’s purchase last July of “health-intelligence”vendor Azyxxi. Mary Jo Foley is also reporting that Microsoft’s HealthStrategy group “has been building “Windows Live Healthcare” offerings, some of whichcould be free and ad-supported, and others of which could be paid andsubscription-based.”While the web-based health industry is a potentially huge market (just ask Jim Clark of Netscape andHealtheon fame), which probably is the main reason for Microsoft’s interest in it, anequally valid reason could be that Microsoft wants to corner the vertical search engineniche for health – before Google gets to it. Tags:#Microsoft#news#search#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Cloud Computing: Lower Costs and Greater Flexibility Lead Many Organizations to the Cloud

first_imgWhat does it take for mid-sized companies to consider the cloud as a viable option to long-used on-premise solutions?  That’s the question that Aberdeen Group recently took up in work sponsored by IFS.Three reasons why mid-sized companies choose to move some of their operations to the cloud from on-premise solutions are:Implementation and maintenance costs are cheaperEliminates or reduces the need to have dedicated on-site IT resourcesProvides flexibility in being able to scale usage up or down, depending on how the organization changesNick Castellina, Research Director at Aberdeen Group, said that “organizations may want to move some of their technology on-premise or utilise a cloud solution to open up a new business unit as part of a multi-tiered ERP strategy.  For mid-market organizations, the flexibility that cloud environments provide actually enables these organizations to implement more technology that can improve processes across the organization. Cloud solutions are more likely to enable mid-market organizations to combat their unique challenges.”David Eager, Vice President of Global Alliances at IFS, said that “as mid-size businesses identify their most critical business challenges, deploying a cloud solution can improve performance and create flexibility… The bottom line is you can quickly and cost-effectively deploy a solution that allows you to adapt to the ever-changing needs of your business.”last_img read more

Apple’s Long-Term Outlook is Still Solid, But…

first_imgTags:#Apple#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Apple, known for clobbering expectations in its quarterly earnings reports, put on a rare disappointing show this time. What can we learn from it?Apple Remains a PowerhouseThe trends and products that have driven Apple’s rise over the last couple of years are still there.The iPad is still the personal computer of the future, and Apple’s competition in tablets is still largely unconvincing. The iPad was Apple’s strongest seller last quarter, relative to expectations, with 17 million shipped. Combining iPads with Macs, Apple sold 21 million “computers” last quarter, an all-time record, beating even the most recent holiday quarter. iPad sales will only continue to grow, especially if a smaller, less-expensive version is on the way.The iPhone is still the best mobile ecosystem in the business. The iPhone didn’t sell as well as many observers expected last quarter for a few reasons, including anticipation around a new iPhone in a few months. And because it’s such a huge part of Apple’s business – 46% of its sales in the last quarter and 58% in the prior, blowout quarter – it has an exaggerated impact on Apple’s overall numbers. If the key to smartphone success  is the ecosystem of hardware, software, apps, and services, Apple is still the strongest player in the industry.The Mac is still the high-end choice for people buying old-school computers. Apple’s Mac business didn’t do so great last quarter, but a big reason was that the widely anticipated notebook updates didn’t happen until mid-June, near the end of the quarter. Look for a better Mac quarter in September as back-to-school MacBook sales kick in.The digital living room is still anyone’s for the taking. Apple sold 1.3 million of its Apple TV gadgets last quarter. That’s pretty good, but 1.3 million is less than 3% of the iOS devices Apple sold last quarter. For a useful, $99 add-on compatible with millions of TVs, the upsell rate could be higher. But perhaps Apple is smart to play it slow here: The Apple TV’s digital content story just isn’t fully baked yet. If Apple can sort that out, and if it ever has a ~$1,000 television to sell, the living room might become a real growth driver after all.Apple is still profoundly profitable. Even in a “bad” quarter, it made almost $9 billion in profit.But Let’s Not Gloss Over Key ConcernsChalk up some of the disappointment about Apple’s quarter to overexcited analysts who projected growth beyond reality. But as pseudonymous Apple-watcher Sammy the Walrus IV tweeted Tuesday night, “I don’t think it’s correct to just look at sales numbers and conclude everything is fine in Apple land. Concerns exist.” Those include…iPad profitability. The iPad is significantly less profitable than the iPhone. What’s going to happen when a cheaper model is in the picture? That’s not to say that it’s a bad move for Apple to try to gobble up as much of the tablet market as possible in its early state – such a strategy could pay off huge down the road. But if the iPad brings down Apple’s overall profitability, investors may value the company at a lower rate. They’re doing that today, with Apple shares down 5% in early trading.Growing reliance on the iPhone product cycle. The iPhone has become such a mainstream product that everyone knows when a new one is supposed to come out. This could easily cause millions of delayed purchases, especially this year as early iPhone 4 contracts come up for renewal. This “seasonality” has always been expected to some extent, and has been followed by pent-up demand and blowout sales, so it’s not a huge problem. But bunching everything up around the holidays doesn’t do much for the rest of the year. Also, the drop-off in iPhone sales from the March to June quarters this year – 9 million units – was a much different story than last year, when shipments increased almost 2 million in June over March. The main issue here is predictability, which is equally important to Apple as to investors.The big lesson: Apple isn’t going to hit it out of the park every time. This isn’t a revelation, but it’s easy to forget when a company seems to be on a permanent hot streak. The next quarter will probably be another forgettable one, but look for another massive holiday season from Apple.Also: Apple’s Reality-Check Quarter In Charts dan frommer A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Join Intel’s Dena Lumbang and Dan Brunton at IDF 2013 in SFO

first_imgDena LumbangIntel SCS Product Marketing Engineer PC Client Group / Business Client Platform Division 17 Years @ Intel Use Intel SCS to configure, tune, and discover Intel technologies, including Intel Active Management Technology and Intel SSD Pro SeriesAugment 3rd party manageability business processes (e.g. management consoles) with the Intel SCS framework and toolsMaintain interoperability with Intel SCS, making for a consistent customer experience with your solutionWhen not presenting, Den Lumbang can be found at the Intel booth software demo. She’ll also be mingling with some of our key software partners throughout the week.“Software developers can take advantage of this extensibility, and focus on the value added use cases ‘post-provisioning’,” Dena Lumbang.Access to Intel IT experts won’t be limited to technical sessions. IDF 2013 attendees can interact with other IT professionals and participate in product demos performed by Intel IT experts in the Business Client pavilion.“When I’m not presenting, I will be in the Business Client Pavilion to answer questions and provide demos of our many technologies,” says Dan Brunton. “Dena Lumbang and I will be giving a session on the Intel Setup and Configuration Software. We hope that the attendees who join us in our session will walk away with a clear understanding of the capabilities of the Intel SCS and how it can be easily integrated into both IT and third party ISV solutions.”Be sure to join Dan, Dena and other Intel IT experts in the Business Client Pavilion or the Advanced Technology Pavilion.IDF13 will take place September 10-12th in San Francisco, CA at the Moscone Convention Center.To join the conversation, follow @IntelITS and @IntelvPro on Twitter. For more details, visit Intel® Setup and Configuration Software. For IDF13, we’ve renewed our commitment to go deep into our technology, and to share Intel’s roadmaps and plans. We look forward to seeing you there. You think you know IDF? Think again. All technical sessions will be presented by Intel and industry experts including, Dena Lumbang and Dan Brunton. Their session on Intel Setup and Configuration Software will explain the framework for discovering and enabling Intel architecture capabilities for the vPro platform. Topics will include: Dan BruntonSenior Implementation Architect PC Client Group / Business Client Platform Division 13 Years @Intellast_img read more

Hewlett Packard plans to invest 500 mn in India

first_imgNew Delhi: Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) on Wednesday announced its plans to invest $500 million in India over the next five years to expand its operations, strengthen manufacturing capabilities and hire more people in the country. The company plans to increase its workforce in India by 20 per cent over the next three to five years. It will hire new engineering talent with expertise in areas of critical importance to customers such as artificial intelligence (AI) and networking, HPE said in a statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIt will also begin construction of a high-tech extension to its Mahadevapura campus in Bengaluru that will be able to house more than 10,000 employees, as well as state-of-the-art R&D facilities, it added. When complete, the 1.3-million sq ft campus will support a broad range of functions including R&D, engineering services, finance and sales. “This strategic investment (of $500 million) underscores HPE’s long-term commitment to India and will enable the company to grow its operations, manufacturing and employee base in the country, increase its R&D and services exports, as well as invest in technology initiatives to drive positive change for local Indian communities,” the statement said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHPE said it also plans to commence manufacturing in India. The company is scheduled to start manufacturing it subsidiary Aruba’s portfolio of mobility and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in India before the end of this year. “The manufacturing capability in India will allow Aruba to rapidly innovate networking solutions that will deliver benefits in support of the Digital India agenda and to customers across the country,” it said.last_img read more