Oracle Sets Its Sights on Engineering and Construction Industry With Textura Buy

Oracle is spending $ 663 million to buy Textura, a company that offers cloud services for the engineering and construction industry.

Textura’s products will be combined with Oracle’s existing Primavera project-management suite — the result of a 2008 acquisition by the database giant — in the Oracle Engineering and Construction Global Business Unit, Oracle announced on Thursday. The focus of that unit will be offering a comprehensive cloud-based project control and execution platform that manages all phases of engineering and construction projects.

“The increasingly global engineering and construction industry requires digital modernization in a way that automates manual processes and embraces the power of cloud computing to easily connect the construction job site, reduce cost overruns and improve productivity,” said Mike Sicilia, a senior vice president at Oracle who will lead the newly expanded business unit.

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Samsung’s Artik Cloud to challenge Microsoft’s Azure in IoT

Samsung and Microsoft have crossed paths in the smartphone and tablet markets, and will now do battle in the cloud. 

Samsung on Wednesday announced the Artik Cloud service for businesses, which the company hopes will give it a strong position in the emerging Internet of Things market. In IoT, it will take on cloud services like Microsoft’s Azure and IBM’s Bluemix.

Simply put, the Artik Cloud provides the tools needed for companies to securely collect, store and analyze telemetry data collected from a wide range of sensors.

The cloud service also provides software tools and connectors to link IoT data to other cloud services or silos of data that companies may have in server installations or outside sources.

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