IDG Contributor Network: SUSE: Slow and steady wins the race

SUSE is one of the trinities of the Linux world, the other two being Red Hat and Canonical. SUSE is critical to the Linux world as they are among the top contributors to many open source projects including Linux. As someone who monitors the Linux world very closely, I keep a close eye on SUSE.

Most of you may not know, but SUSE is the oldest Linux company that’s still going strong. SUSE was founded in 1992; Linux was announced in 1991.

Being a German company, from the very early days, SUSE’s strengths were in engineering. I can’t say the same about their sales and marketing. The company got acquired by Novell, and while it did get sales and marketing muscles from Novell, it suffered from brand dilution. Although Novell knew that future was open source and Linux, there was an internal conflict between its own proprietary products and SUSE’s open source products. It was the same dilemma that killed Sun Microsystems.

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CIO Cloud Computing

Microsoft’s weak phone sales drag down its Surface and cloud wins

Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia is proving to be quite the albatross around the company’s neck. The company has stepped away from focusing on phones, and its handset sales revenue fell by almost half in the first quarter.

Microsoft sold only 2.3 million Lumia phones during the quarter, 73 percent fewer units compared with the first quarter of 2015. That meant Lumia handset revenue fell 46 percent. This dragged down the company’s overall device revenue despite major gains in its Surface business. 

Sales of Surface tablets and the Surface Book touchscreen laptop brought in $ 1.1 billion for Microsoft during the last quarter, compared with $ 713 million during the same period last year. That’s good news for the company’s future, but it’s being hurt by the present state of the phone business.

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Network World Cloud Computing

Assemble Systems Wins Constructech 50 Award for 2015

Assemble Systems, the leading provider of model-data-management solutions for the construction industry, is pleased to announce that it has been named to Constructech magazine’s Constructech 50. The Constructech 50 acknowledges the most innovative and influential technology vendors in the construction industry.

The 2015 Constructech 50 list is determined by the magazine’s editors, who judge on certain criteria like ongoing growth and customer satisfaction, participation in education efforts for the community, and have a strong product aimed to help the construction industry, among others.

“We are honored to be recognized as a top provider of construction-based solutions designed to streamline processes and make the most out of BIM,” says Howard Davis, CEO, Assemble Systems. “Our goal is to continue to be part of the construction industry’s technology movement, and we will continue to innovate our solutions for tomorrow’s leaders.”

Assemble provides easy-to-use software that helps all members of a construction team extract data, add intelligence, and collaborate in real-time to make better decisions and deliver projects on time and in budget. The technology company also attends national and global conferences to stay at the forefront of BIM software. Recently, Assemble launched an Academic Program to educate university students who want to pursue a career in the AEC industry.

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About Assemble Systems

Headquartered in Houston, TX, Assemble Systems is a BIM data management software company. Its flagship product Assemble is a cloud based platform allowing AEC firms to leverage BIM data for increased project insight, advanced project collaboration and data-driven decision making. Assemble is used today to manage over 1,400 projects. The Assemble Systems team includes technology experts and experienced architecture, engineering, and construction industry professionals who are addressing BIM interoperability for design, construction and operation. For more information, visit