To Combat COVID-19, a Retail App Becomes a ‘Smart Quarantine’ Solution

April 4, 2020
Three years ago, Jiri Kram, a solution architect who studied Fintech at MIT and specializes in cloud computing and blockchain, designed a Smart Cities solution to help a Spanish retailer get shoppers to the right stores while safeguarding their privacy. Last month, after seeing the situation in his beloved Madrid and eager to help combat
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Google Cloud Unveils Massive, Wide-Ranging Global Response to COVID-19

April 2, 2020
Mirroring its marketplace ambitions to become one of the world’s top cloud-computing vendors, Google Cloud has disclosed a remarkably broad and deep set of initiatives to help people, businesses and government agencies overcome the COVID-19 crisis. The Google Cloud efforts span a vast range of objectives. They include getting 1,100 retail workers in Germany running
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When the Tide Goes Out, You See Who’s Swimming Naked | Ammirati on Innovation

March 31, 2020
Each month, “Ammirati on Innovation” episodes will look at ways that the disruptive-startup mentality is spreading beyond young entrepreneurs to big established corporations. Serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and Carnegie Mellon B-school professor Sean Ammirati, who sits at the intersection of these high-change dynamics, provides insight. Episode 11 In this episode, Sean gives us an update on
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SAP: Big Spike in Use of Sourcing App Offered Free During COVID-19

March 30, 2020
(The latest in our series examining the tech industry’s response to COVID-19.)   Since making its Ariba Discovery sourcing software temporarily available at no charge to help businesses cope with supply-chain disruptions, SAP said buyer postings have increased by 51% and supplier responses have jumped by 177%. On March 10, as the world began to
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Oracle Battles COVID-19 by Giving Researchers Gen 2 Cloud Infrastructure

March 27, 2020
(Latest in our series showing the tech industry’s response to COVID-19.)   In the global battle against coronavirus, Oracle has quietly aligned with a leading research university exploring novel ways to treat COVID-19 and with NVIDIA’s genomic-analysis specialists looking to unlock the structure of the deadly disease. In both cases, Oracle is offering its Gen
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Microsoft, Amazon and Salesforce’s Exceptional Leadership in Confronting COVID-19

March 26, 2020
While many of the world’s leading tech companies continue to make meaningful and enduring contributions to the battle against COVID-19, the three companies whose efforts have been most significant are Microsoft, Amazon and Salesforce. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that their standout leadership and innovative approaches during the unprecedented global COVID-19 crisis mirror their
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COVID-19: Radical Generosity and WFH Revolution | Lochhead on Different

March 25, 2020
Each month, “Lochhead on Different” episodes explore the need to differentiate people, products, and services in a world that encourages a lot of imitation. Christopher Lochhead is a best-selling author, top podcaster, and former tech-industry CMO. He's a student of not only business and technology and marketing but also human nature, human folly, human genius,
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WFH Revolution Making Microsoft Teams Global Phenomenon; Millions Added Daily

March 24, 2020
As the work-from-home and learn-from-home revolutions take hold across the globe in the wake of COVID-19, Microsoft Teams collaboration software could be growing more rapidly than any enterprise application in history. Let me state the perfectly obvious up front. A global pandemic is an incredibly unwelcome and unwanted trigger for such a phenomenon. No one
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The Four Main Reasons Your Cloud Spending Is Out of Control

March 21, 2020
Editor's Note: We’re delighted to feature a guest author on Cloud Wars today. Steve Schechter, an IT Director based in Hong Kong, shares the second in his 2-part series on taming runaway cloud costs. You can read Part 1 here.   How much are you spending on cloud every month?  Is it within the budget
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The COVID-19 Effect: Reconfigured Supply Chains & Remote Work | Uphoff on Industry

March 20, 2020
Each month, Tony Uphoff, visionary CEO of, joins Cloud Wars Live for a recurring segment. “Uphoff on Industry” will explore the innovations, upheavals, and breakthroughs reshaping the the world of manufacturing and industrial markets. Join Tony and me as we discuss disruptive new trends in the digital-industrial world. These include how we design, source and manufacture
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