DH Kass

Senior Contributing Blogger,
The VAR Guy
Maybe Tag Heuer Really is Jittery About Apple’s Watch
Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer is planning to develop a smartwatch of its own to compete with Apple’s Watch and may even snap up a company or two to help drive its new strategy, its top executive reportedly said.
Google Ventures Eyes Healthcare, Mobile Not Consumer Internet Startups

Is Google Ventures ahead of the IT curve or behind it? Where the search giant's investment arm places its best bets offers some telling clues about how it sees the hot and not-so-hot markets.

Samsung Mulling Mobile Pay Deal with Startup to Rival Apple Pay

Korean device maker Samsung is mulling a deal with Burlington, MA-based startup LoopPay, a mobile payment technology developer, in a move to compete with rival Apple's highly-publicized Pay system.

Unisys Taps Altabef, Former Dell Services President, as New Chief Executive

Unisys has named Peter Altabef, a 20-year industry veteran with extensive channel experience, as its new president and chief executive, replacing J. Edward Coleman, who abruptly announced in early October he would step down on December 1 after six years at the company's helm.

Silver Peak Names Ex-Cisco Exec as New Channel Chief

WAN optimizer Silver Peak has tapped Bob Bruce, a 30-year industry veteran and former top Cisco executive, to lead its global channel sales efforts.

Report: Lenovo Pitches Cloud, MSPs on Service Provider Program Due in January

Lenovo is on the hunt for cloud and managed service providers with plans to roll out a new service provider program next month, according to Alan Andrade, Lenovo North American channel strategy director.

Thoma Bravo, Elliott Management Technology’s M&A Odd Couple

Private equity firm Thoma Bravo and activist investor Elliott Management are proving to be technology's M&A odd couple.

Huddle IPO Pending as Cloud Collaboration Software Maker Raises $51 Million in Funding Round

Cloud collaboration software maker Huddle is setting itself up for an initial public offering as the developer has landed some $51 million in Series D venture funding, more than doubling its total backing to some $85 million.

Report: Microsoft to Showcase Windows 10 Mobile on January 21

Microsoft will show off the mobile version of its Windows 10 operating system at a January 21, 2015 event at company headquarters.

Sony Pictures Hack a Whole Different Kettle of Fish

Millions of confidential records, credentials and material thought to be secure have been pilfered this year by hackers or exposed in data breaches, with some incidents potentially more damaging than others.

IBM Security Study: Cyber Break-ins Overwhelming Enterprises’ Defenses

In no real surprise considering the number of high-profile, damaging corporate cyber break-ins in the past year--perhaps highlighted by the recent Sony Pictures Entertainment intrusion--a new IBM survey of enterprise chief information security officers, security executives and CIOs indicates a majority believe they are outgunned by a rising tide of external threats.

SAP to Resell HP Fortify App Security Software in Enterprise Deal

SAP will rebrand and resell Hewlett-Packard's Fortify enterprise application security software in a deal the German business software giant said will flesh out its quality assurance portfolio and help customers spot security weaknesses in their software.

Cisco Offers New Pre-Packaged Analytics Software for the IoE

Cisco is offering a set of pre-packaged software solutions, collectively dubbed Cisco Connected Analytics, to enable organizations to ascribe analytics to data no matter its location.

Microsoft Buys HockeyApp for Mobile Development Services

Microsoft has bought HockeyApp, a three-year old, Stuttgart, Germany-based provider of services and tools to help Android, iOS and Windows Phone developers build, distribute, and beta test mobile applications.

CenturyLink Buys Cognilytics for Predictive Analytics, Big Data

CenturyLink, fresh off its purchase of disaster recovery specialist DataGardens, isn't confining its M&A activities to cloud providers, snapping up San Jose, CA-Cognilytics, a 200-employee, predictive analytics and Big Data specialist to mid-sized and large enterprises.

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