Microsoft and Oracle announced a partnership Monday allowing some of Oracle's software to work more closely with Microsoft's. The deal aims to help clients embrace cloud computing, by allowing Microsoft Windows Azure cloud-computing service to run Oracle's database software, Java programming tools and application-connecting middleware.
Consumers want to know that brands value customer preferences and behavioral data by treating the information with respect. Etiquette will become more important this year, according to research released Tuesday. It's become a way to create trusted customer relationships.
Both social and mobile have a strong following, but Siemer & Associates, an early-stage investor in advertising and media startups in Los Angeles, identifies several emerging related trends, subsets of the smartphone and the tablet markets.
Ad targeting requires accurate data. Have you heard of Enliken? The company's business model aims to show people the data advertisers sell about them online. The site offers a survey of more than 50 data points. In my case, the survey gathered data from about nine data tracking companies.